The Dark Lord makes his way into the rebel base on Hoth.
Photo Credit: LucasArts credit - image from http://www.darthvader-starwars.com/
Today is the opening day of the 2007 Manitoba Comic Con and Sci Fi Expo at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg. This is their first year at their new venue where organizers are hoping for 10,000 attendees.
The Comic Con hosts both local dealers and those who have come in for the weekend. The main exhibition hall is full of displays ranging from traditional comics to manga and anime to graphic novels. There are more than fifty professionals and amateurs in the Artist's Alley including several from Winnipeg and the surrounding area offering individual prints as well as their own publications.
Events are equally split between today’s and tomorrow's schedule where the programming offers various panels and discussions for readers and technical sessions for writers and artists.
Sci Fi vendors are heavily weighted in popular programming with only a handful of classic television shows and movies making an appearance. In addition to the standard collectibles, fans of current shows can find lots of related merchandise including official and unofficial companion guides, DVDs and novelizations.
The primary costume events include a panel session which occurred at noon today along with the costume contest and masquerade ball occurring later tonight (tickets must be purchased separately from the weekend passes.)
The main draws for most attendees are the special guests, which this year include David Prowse, Darth Vader of Star Wars fame; Richard Hatch, who has appeared in both incarnations of Battlestar Galactica; and Herb Jefferson Jr., also of Battlestar Galactica - the original series. Star Trek fans can catch Gwynyth Walsh and Barbara March while Superman aficionados can meet Margot Kidder. Information on any of these actors can be found here.
The Manitoba Comic Con and Sci Fi Expo is already advertising next year's guests including several actors from Smallville and anniversary celebrations of Superman and George A. Romero.
Weekend passes are available at the door for $10.00. The event ends tomorrow.
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