Niagara Falls Comic Con took place this past weekend in Canada. Although they made the space smaller this year compared to others, the place was booming with nerdy goodness and I soon got swept up in the excitement. While I didn’t personally meet any celebrities this year, all the attending guests seemed to be having a good time with their fans. I checked out the vendors and smaller attractions and had an absolute blast doing so.
The first stop I made was to see an incredible artist that I met previously this year at Toronto Comicon. Nathan Salmon does incredible 3-minute paintings and I was finally able to get one of my own. The painting is done entirely with aerosol spray paints and stencils. Getting to watch this guy work is almost as cool as the art itself. If you would like to check out his art, you can do so on his Facebook page or Instagram.
The cosplay turnout was surprisingly not as high as I thought it would be, but that’s not to say there weren’t some pretty neat costumes in attendance. Some of the highlights include an incredible Yondu puppet (from D&T Creative Services), an creepy Krampus clopping around, and some terrifying clowns (from HauntManor.com). Also, the anime fan in me was not disappointed by the amount of Boku No Hero Academia (My Hero Academia) cosplays there were, so that was awesome!
I was able to talk to Steve McGinnis, a horror illustrator, while I was perusing his impressive portfolio of prints and original pieces. Steve has done work for writers, directors, and producers in the film industry creating some pretty amazing pieces of art. He has also done covers for Fangoria, Gore Noir, and Diabolique Magazine, among others, and has even had his work published in over 40 children’s books. Talk about a jack of all trades. I personally loved his art based on 2017’s IT, and his Raiders of the Lost Ark paintings.
Of course, the visit to Niagara Falls Comic Con wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the Black Fawn Distribution booth. As always, the Black Fawn gang had the best-looking booth by far, decked out with merch for awesome films like WolfCop, Bite, Horsehead, as well as their more recent releases like Let Her Out and Antisocial 2. They look like they may have another hit on their hands as the sequel to WolfCop, Another WolfCop, is set to release soon.
While the con was not too big space-wise, the floor was packed to the brim with fun for all ages. With a fair balance between vendor and attractions, there was a lot to do that could warrant at least a couple days spent at the con. I can’t wait to see what Niagara Falls Comic Con does next to try and match the magnitude of this year.