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Recap: Toronto Comic Con 2019

A new year is upon us and that means a new Toronto Comic Con, and this year was even better than the last! Not only did it boast its usually incredible artist alley, but there were some awesome celebrities in attendance for the three-day extravaganza, and of course, we cannot forget the awesome cosplayers.

As always, the crowds were having a great time interacting with one another, their favourite authors, celebrities and much more. Some celebrity guests for this year included:

  • Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy)
  • Jonathan Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings)
  • Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
  • Jaleel White (Family Matters, Sonic the Hedgehog)
Ron Perlman as Hellboy (Courtesy of Revolution Studios/Columbia Pictures)

The standout Q&A (for me) was definitely Ron Perlman’s. He was extremely funny and very honest in answering questions from the moderator, as well as the fans in attendance. The best moment was certainly when he talked about the many times he’s worked with Oscar-winning director, Guillermo del Toro and the bond they’ve forged over the years.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a comic con without comic creators and there were many in attendance at Toronto Comic Con, including:

  • Phil Noto (Daredevil)
  • Jahnoy Lindsay (Luke Cage)
  • Jay Leisten (Return of Wolverine)
  • Marcus To (X-Men Blue)
  • Ty Templeton (Batman)
  • Dan Parent (Archie)
  • Paris Alleyne (Captain Canuck)
Symettra from Overwatch (Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment)

Despite its name, Toronto Comic Con isn’t only about comic books and comic book fandom, it always has a little something for everybody, including gamers. It’s likely that you’ve heard of this little game by the name of Overwatch, and two of its voice actors were in attendance:

  • Anjali Bhimani (Symmetra)
  • Jen Cohn (Pharah)

For those interested in books spanning many different genres including fantasy, sci-fi and more, there were also authors in attendance including:

  • E.K. Johnston (Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow)
  • Lesley Livingston (The Triumphant)
  • Ann Aguirre (Honor Bound)

Who also hosted an author panel on Saturday afternoon. The trio spoke about how they got their start in writing, how many books they’ve gotten published to-date and also took questions from panel attendees on some of their best writing moments, how to break into the publishing world, writing fan fiction and more.

As mentioned earlier, one cannot mention Toronto Comic Con and not mention the cool art one can find there and as the con was held just a week after the release of Captain Marvel, there was a lot of art to take in that featured Carol Danvers, including this print by Little Paper Forest and these bookmarks by Knightmares & Daydreams:

Captain Marvel bookmarks by Knightmares & Daydreams and Captain Marvel art print by Little Paper Forest (Photo courtesy of Neshonda Lowe)

From the fun had at this year’s Toronto Comic Con, we can honestly say we cannot wait for Fan Expo Canada (which takes place from August 22 – 25)!

Be sure to follow the Fan Expo Canada Twitter account for the most up-to-date information.

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