Tonawanda News


May 28, 2013

A close-to-home ComicCon

Tonawanda News — So, Batman, the Incredible Hulk, Catwoman, Darth Vader and Boba Fett visit Niagara Falls. ...

It sounds like the setup for a bad joke or a really interesting movie, but in reality, it’s all taking place June 8 and 9 at Niagara Falls ComicCon in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Chris Dabrowski, the show manager, said 2013 marks the third year of the event, which got its start as a small, free convention at Dave & Buster’s on Clifton Hill.

“We thought, why not give it a try?” he said. “The response was phenomenal; more than 1,000 people came out.”

In 2012, the one-day convention moved to the Scotiabank Convention Centre, and attendance topped 5,000. 

“Everyone had a great time; the celebrities had a good time,” Dabrowski said, adding that the list included Burt Ward (Robin of the 1960’s “Batman”), Robert Picardo (of “Star Trek: Voyager”) and wrestler Bret Hart. “It was a very well-attended event.”

This year, Niagara Falls ComicCon will be a two-day event, growing from 27,000 to more than 100,000 square feet of convention center space and hosting dozens of guests. James Ponce, assistant show manager, said that they’re estimating an attendance of 10,000 to 12,000 people this year. 

“We have everyone from 1960s Batman Adam West to Lou Ferrigno ... to sci-fi icons like David Prowse and Jeremey Bulloch and Tim Russ. We have something for everyone,” Ponce said. “We have a wide range of celebrities to hit every demographic, kids, adults, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, everything through now.”

The list includes West of the 1960s “Batman” show; ‘80s icon Corey Feldman; original Incredible Hulk Ferrigno; Sam J. Jones, who played Flash Gordon in the 1980 film; Lee Meriwether, who played Catwoman in the 1966 Batman film; Prowse, who portrayed Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy; Bulloch, Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy; and Russ, Commander Tuvok in “Star Trek: Voyager.”

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