The Direct Energy Centre was host this past weekend to the Wizard World Toronto Comic Con and I dropped by the event to see what kind of terrifying toys and monstrous movie memorabilia was available for purchase.
Being the impatient person I am, I headed over to the con on Friday afternoon, shortly after the event opened. As expected, the crowds were fairly light for that first evening – which makes for a pretty relaxed experience when browsing around the dealers’ booths and various set-ups. Of course, Saturday is always the busiest day for events such as these and the number of convention-goers picked up considerably from the night before.
Among the horror and monster-themed items for sale were various action figures, model kits, plush dolls, t-shirts and these great handmade masks of such horror heavyweights as Jason, Freddy and Michael Myers.
Though I didn’t find any of the new Bif Bang Pow! Twilight Zone Mego-styled action figures I was looking for, I did manage to unearth a lot of great vintage horror and monster-themed comic books and magazines. Just look at the spectacularly beautiful artwork on these!
After some more searching, I came away with a few other creeptastic comics, including these:
Several celebrity guests were on hand, including Star Wars actors Peter (Chewbacca) Mayhew and Jeremy (Boba Fett) Bulloch, Nicholas Brendon from Buffy, Scott Thompson from TV’s Kids in the Hall and wrestlers Ted “The Million Dollar Man” DiBiase and Virgil.
Of particular interest to Rue Morgue readers is the lovely and talented Danielle Harris (Halloween 4, Hatchet 2, Stake Land) with whom I was able to have a bit of a chat with.
With this show come and gone, Toronto fans can now set their sights on this summer’s Fan Expo and Festival of Fear! See you there!