WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE 2012 NIAGARAFALLS COMIC CON/MACABRECON COMES TO NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO CANADA
Reflecting back on my humble upbringing, it isn’t any mystery how my interests of today evolved. Life wasn’t easy growing up in the small rural town of Seagrave, Ontario. Our closest neighbour was over a kilometre away. With three older sisters, few friends and a bit of an eccentric misfit in school I was constantly in search of an escape.
An imagination is arguably the most valuable commodity a youngster can have. I explored my interests to amuse myself border lining fanaticism. First the pages of Marvel and DC Comics depicted a world of adventure before me that had me tearing through the pages in eager anticipation for more. Reading the adventures of the X-men, Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk and Batman truly honed my creative spirit and moreover made me realize there was a common bond with these fictional characters and my own existence. In an unusual sense my hero’s documented alienation and isolation had mirrored my own. I’d go so far as to say when the pages in my comics came to life it was very therapeutic to a troubled youth.
Of course as we mature our interests modify somewhat, our horizons inevitably expanding. Although cable was not a viable possibility in the country, it was a rare treat to get to tune into the now defunct CKVR, channel three and watch old reruns of the Batman and Robin show. Even though their adventures are somewhat preposterous by today’s standards, I found myself glued to our modest television each day after school. You always wanted to know what precarious predicament the dynamic duo would get themselves out of in the final hour. As an added bonus I was always enthralled by the prowess of such super villain guest stars as Caesar Romero and Vincent Price. Waiting for the impending animated Kapow, Blam, and Shezam to flash upon the screen in their good versus evil fisticuffs was my one guilty pleasure that had me in bliss time and again.
With minimal exposure to male bonding or any real sense of a role model, I desperately tried to get interested in sports thinking that was what a young boy did. No matter how tenacious my efforts I could not understand the amount of time invested in hockey, baseball and football. Frankly I’d drift off into my own imagination once again waiting for the real action to begin.
Then dawned the era of professional wrestling or sports entertainment as it’s affectionately referred to these days. Wrestling had all the variables of exciting viewing. You had your good guys or heroes always standing up for truth and justice against the villains or heels constantly cheating and taking short cuts. Story lines were absurd but captivating nonetheless. Good always prevailed eventually. It was comparable to a testosterone fuelled male ballet. Some of my fondest memories were watching the live in house shows in Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens.
It’s only natural that a child’s interests from comic books to television to wrestling would eventually take a turn to the macabre. Horror films took all the adrenaline coursing through a teen’s very fiber and projected it upon the screen. What else could a fifteen, sixteen year old male ask for than occasional flashes of gratuitous nudity, blood, gore, chills and suspense? If something was powerful enough to make you sleep with the lights on, run back from taking the garbage out or hold your date just a little closer, than this was something worth exploring further.
Now most definitely a self-professed horror aficionado and undeniably a fanatic there is no wonder what my reaction was to hear about the forth coming Niagara Falls Comic Con/MacabreCon 2012 coming to my home town of Niagara Falls, Ontario.
First and foremost our fair city is best known as one of the honeymoon or romance capitals of the world. The breath taking view of constant cascading streams of water, illuminate the hearts and passion of thousands of tourists each year. While Clifton Hill boasts scores of oddity attractions ranging from The World’s Guiness Book of Records Museum to the Ripley’s Believe it or Not exhibits there is a little something for everyone with a taste for the bizarre and surreal. What better locale for a gathering of all legends, icons and stars of the silver screen, comic books, wrestling and horror?
On Saturday June 9, 2012 the general public has the opportunity to get up close and personal with their idols, celebrities and perhaps even those who you loved to hate. Billed as Niagara Falls Comic Con/MacabreCon, 27 000 square feet of comic book vendors, television and movie stars, wrestlers and horror legends will be signing autographs, and potentially available for photo opportunities.
A personal extended expression of gratitude to Chris Dubrowski and Paul Tappay the true brains behind organizing the event. David Daniloff of Daniloff Productions has been tenacious with all media inquiries and public relations. ‘For more information on Daniloff Productions
go to www.daniloffproductions.com or facebook fan page
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Confirmed guests to date:
TV/Stars of The Small Screen & Iconic TV Characters:
Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyageur)
Burt Ward (Robin) &1966 Batmobile
Dustin “Screech” Diamond: Saved By The Bell
Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes) The Walking Dead
Ralph Zavadil aka Cap’n Video
Jessie Sulidis (The Bachelor & The Bachelor Pad)
Murtz Jaffer: (Reality Obsessed)
John A. Russo Director/Screenwriter Night of The Living Dead
1974’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre:
Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface)
Teri McMinn (Pam)
Marilyn Burns (Sally)
April Mullen, Tim Doiron – Dead Before Dawn 3D
Cathy St. George – No Strings, Grave Danger
Josie Lee – Justice on The Border, International Pin Up, Fashion Model
Writers and Artists of The Printed Page
Ty Templeton, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Avengers
Kent Burles, illustrator Malibu comics, Planet Of The Apes, Adventurers
Dave Ross, Written and drawn for Marvel & DC Comics, Captain America, Batgirl
Ken Lashley, Illustrator for Hasbro, Mattel, DC, Marvel
Leonard Kirk, Supergirl, Star Trek, Witchblade
Bev Hogue, Blue or Nothing
Bret The Hitman Hart
Brutus The Barber Beefcake
Greg The Hammer Valentine
The Genuis, Leaping Lanny Poffo
For VIP packages and ticket information go to www.nfcomiccon.com
General admission is $15 can be purchased online or select retailers listed on the site or picked up at the box office.
Tickets and VIP packages including the Texas Chainsaw Massacre VIP package can be purchased through www.daniloffproductions.com
Saturday June 9 2012 Doors open at 10:00 to 7:00pm
Scotiabank Convention Theatre
6816 Stanley Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario
For fans, enthusiasts, admirers of comic books, animation, film, television, horror and wrestling make your dreams reality by getting your one of a lifetime opportunity to meet and celebrate all that those moments of escape in pop culture fantasy based phenomenon.
VIP tickets for each respective event are going fast, be sure to get yours today.