Everyone keeps asking me “What can you do at a Comiccon except waiting in lines and watching cosplayers?” Well, let me put it this way: if you’re a fan of pop culture, this is an event you do not want to miss! This is a recap of my experience at Montreal Comiccon this year.

Last weekend, the event happened at the Palais des Congrès for three days from July 6th to 8th. The organization is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. If you’re a fan of comics, movies, games and anime, this is the place to be! I absolutely had to go: I bought a 3 day pass, which gives you access to the three days of the event.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Comiccon, there are many things you can do there. Obviously, everyone expects to see actors/artists and cosplayers over there and yes I can assure you there were plenty! Chuck Norris, Pamela Anderson, Jason Momoa amongst others were the main guests invited at this year’s event. You can also get autographs and photos with them, but you do have to pay for that. This all happened on the 2nd floor in the main exhibition hall.

Speaking of the exhibition hall, this is where you go if you want to buy a lot of swag like T-shirts, comic books and even games! The cool thing that I did not know before going in there was that it isn’t all about comics, there were also video game exhibitors like Square Enix, PlayStation & Nintendo. You could play their latest games and even some exclusives like Starlink: Battle for Atlas! In the exhibition hall, you can also find the artists alley. This was the place to buy custom-made art and meet some of your favorite artists! Some even did commissions on the spot (for a price)!

The Indie Game Zone was the place to play some of the latest games made by indie studios. I had to go try “The Messenger,” an upcoming Ninja Gaiden-inspired game made by Sabotage Studio. We also went to the Nintendo booth where we’ve tried Starlink: Battle for Atlas. The demo was presented by the game’s creative director himself, Laurent Malville! He even showed us the Arwing, Fox’s spaceship, but we could not take any photos/videos of it. Let me tell you, it looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to get my hands on it myself.

During the whole event, you could assist panels and presentations. There were waiting lines, but everything went smoothly thanks to the great organization at the Palais des Congrès. The first panel we went to was the “Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Made in Montreal” panel. The creative director and producer talked about the upcoming game and they’ve even showed us a demo of the game. No video/photos obviously! The second panel we went to was called “3, 2, 1, Let’s Jam! The Music of Cowboy Bebop,” where the presenter discussed the music of the beloved western-inspired anime.

One of my favorite part of the whole Comiccon were the many concerts played by the Montreal Film Music Wind Orchestra (OVMF). We went to the Star Wars and Video Games concerts, which happened on the evening last Friday and at the start of the day on Saturday respectively. My personal favorite piece from both concerts was this super awesome mashup of Final Fantasy & Star Wars battle themes put together! Here’s a video of it if you’re interested:

Obviously, there were a lot of cosplayers over there! I tried to hunt for the best ones and took a few pictures and videos of them! Cosplays varied from movie to even video game characters, everybody was there!

That was it! I hope reading this got you interested in going at one of these events one day. I had an absolute blast and I will definitely be going again next year. Next time, I might even cosplay as one of my favorite characters…!

-Nicolas @KEURQUE