Happenings: Montreal Super-Mega Charity Comic Convention, November 13-14, 2010

I learned recently that a new convention would be debuting in Montreal, QC this month. It’s called the MONTREAL SUPER-MEGA CHARITY COMIC CONVENTION and it takes place on November 13-14. It seems to have come together very quickly, as the show was just announced in early October.

According to their website, the goal of the Montreal Super-Mega Charity Comic Con is to help others less fortunate: 50% of all admission ticket sales will be donated to the Pediatric Oncology Unit of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

I also received an email from show director Dr. Gerry Ross. I know Gerry mainly as a comics dealer who has been around for some time, who owns the Montreal store 1,000,000 Comix and has exhibited at various shows in New York, Toronto and Montreal.

The website was a little difficult to figure out at first, as the tabs for GUESTS, EXHIBITORS, ABOUT US, etc. don’t work, but everything is listed on the home page that you need to know about the event itself.

When: November 13-14, 2010

Where: Holiday Inn, Pointe-Claire Montreal Airport. 6700 Trans-Canada Highway, Pointe-Claire, QC. Free Parking.

Hours: 11AM-7PM on Saturday and 11AM to 5PM on Sunday. VIPs get in an hour early.

Admission is $9.99 per day, $18.99 for a 2 day pass. Everybody gets a free comic worth anywhere from $0 to $500 (randomly selected).

There’s also a VIP rate of $14.99 per day, $27.99 for the weekend. VIPS get in early, and receive a signed, limited poster by Richard Comely, and a vintage Starspawn (?) portfolio or something equivalent to it if supplies run out.

Kids 8 and under are free admission.

Guest of Honour is Richard Comely, creator of Captain Canuck.

Celebrity Guests:
Actress Rebecca Staab (Invisible Woman – unreleased “Fantastic Four” movie)
Actress Sofia Shinas (“The Crow”)
Actress Brenda Bakke (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”)
Actress Jennifer Korbin (Cinemax After Dark’s “Lingerie”)
Actress Denise Cobar (Cinemax After Dark’s “Lingerie”)

Comic Guests:
Geof Isherwood
Attila Adorjany
Darren Emond
Richard Serrao
John Hebert
Sanya Anwaar

1,000,000 COMIX INC (Montreal)
WES HAGEN (Kitchener-Waterloo)
GUY LEGER (Kingston)
K2 CONSULTING GROUP – KRIS Kycia (card game inventor Fantasy: Adventure Quest Cards)
GALLERY Synesthesia (Montreal art school and gallery)
CHOZEN STUDIOS (Newmarket, Ontario, Comic Books and Children’s books)

Items of Note:

Yanick Paquette has donated a Wonder Woman illustration which will be auctioned off at the show.

There will be a showing of the unreleased “Fantastic Four” movie from 1994 by Roger Corman – movie actress Rebecca Staab (The Invisible Woman) will be there to take questions.

Galerie Synesthésie, a Montréal art school offering drawing, painting, and comic book making classes is presenting. Storytelling through Comics, by legendary artist Geof Isherwood. Isherwood teaches all aspects of comic book storytelling, including the character development, dramatic story structure, snappy dialogue, easy-to-follow sequential artwork, eye-catching inking, clean lettering, and enhancing mood through colour.

There will be prizes for best male and female superhero.

Since this is a new event, I can’t really vouch for it in either direction. Clearly on the positive side of things is the promoter’s statements that he will be splitting his gate receipts with the Montreal Children’s Hospital. I look forward to reading the show reports from attendees and guests.