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Sunday December 7th, 2014

Posted at 9:24pm

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Continuing a December tradition, a local event has exceeded expectations once again.

Taking place at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts, located at 201 Riverside Drive West,, Christmas ComicCon 3 (C3-3) was a success. With over 100 vendor tables, attendees doing their Christmas shopping had lots to choose from. This included everything from comic books and graphic novels to collectibles like vintage toys, movies, manga, anime, posters and original art. It’s so much stuff that the vendor area was expanded to fill the width of the Alumni Skyline ballroom.

With panels on the first floor, comic book and TV celebrities were also on hand. Essex County’s artists Jason Fabok (Justice League, Batman Eternal,) David finch and his wife Meredith (Wonder Woman) and Windsor imprint GlassMonkey Studios’ Tony Gray (Tales Of the Incredible Conduit) led the charge — no pun intended.

Joining them were penciller Mike McKone (Deadpool,) industry legends Keith Pollard, Arvell Jones; and Fantastic Four’s Leonard Kirk.

C3-3 didn’t slack on the TV front either. Fresh from CW’s most watched show ever was Chad Rook, who recently played Weather Wizard on The Flash. While some may not recognize the event’s other TV guest, his voice is likely familiar to everyone. Paul Soles, the voice of 1967’s Spider-Man and Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer’s Hermey the Elf, made his first convention appearance for a special honour.

“How no one ever thought to book this man before is beyond me,” C3-3 organizer Mike Michalski previously said. “He’s an absolute legend who has provided smiles to millions and millions of people for more than six decades. At 84-years-young, it’s high time the fans get to show him how much his work as Spidey, Hermey the Elf and other roles has meant to them. He’s in for a great day, too – as I’ve had people from all over Canada message me to say they are flying in just to meet him. It warms my heart to hear that. We also plan to mark the occasion by presenting him with the very first Christmas Comic Con ‘Northern Star’ award for his contributions to the world of animation. He certainly deserves it.”

For those wanting a spectacle, Cosplayers were also out in full-force. Doctor Who, Beast, Deadpool, Magneto and Hellboy were among many that could be seen in all their costumed glory. Rewarding those who put time and effort into every detail, Rachel Gray, Jordard Girard and Sean Moss also judged a Cosplay costume contest: Mike Poirier (of The Comic Book Syndicate) and Becca Potter hosted the proceedings.

For more information about future conventions, those interested can visit Christmas ComicCon’s facebook page or official website.

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