Hamilton Comic Con – October 1st and 2nd, 2016
Just one week after the London Comic Con was the Hamilton Comic Con. Is there really no time to rest? Lol
For this year’s event, they changed the location to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. At first, I was very concerned about the location. For previous years, it was right downtown and very accessible for the attendees. With it being downtown, buses are running all the time and it’s a nice, central location. I figured that there’d be a significant drop in attendance this year, with the show being outside of town, right near the airport. I was wrong. The promoter had arranged shuttle buses from downtown, to the show and also back again. That was a big help.
Also, I felt that the people that did take the effort to attend this show did so with the intention of buying stuff.
Now, having the convention in one side of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum actually was really, really cool. For admission to the show, you were also allowed admission to the museum. For me, as a “young” grown up man, seeing the old planes was just amazing. I can only imagine how the kids that attended felt. I’m sure it was an incredible experience for many of them.
Some of this year’s celebrities included David Prowse (Darth Vader), Corey Feldman (do I need to tell you who he is?), George Wendt (Cheers), Catherine Bach (Dukes of Hazzard), Amanda Bearse (Married…With Children), Denise Crosby (Star Trek TNG), Pat Mastroianni (Degrassi Junior High), and a number of wrestling stars, Koko B. Ware, Lanny Poffo, Bret Hart, and Mick Foley.
I had a decent show, sales-wise. Some notable sales for graded books include:
- Amazing Spider-Man #15 6.5
- Magnus Robot Fighter #1 4.0
- Tales To Astonish #27 5.5
- More Fun #60 5.0
- Doom Patrol #99 7.0
- X-Men #95 8.5
- ASM #671 Signed by Stan Lee 9.6
- ASM #299 signed by Stan Lee 9.2
- X-Men #14 6.5
- Molly O’Day #1 7.0
- Strange Adventures #2 7.0.
I also sold a whack of trade paperbacks, kids comics and sets.
All in all, it was a very successful show. I’m very excited about next year’s event and now hoping it’s held at the same location.