The second annual Kelowna Comic-Con is set to be bigger and better than last year’s inaugural convention.
A larger space at the Kelowna Curling Club, about 100 vendors, more artists and a lot more pop-culture fans are expected to attend the weekend-long fantastical festivities.
Whether you’re into Star Trek, anime, cosplay, comic books, fantasy, horror or gaming, this event is a one-stop shop.
The organizer of the event, Mike Kay, says Comic-Con is for everyone. “Think about your favourite show, your favourite movie, now or even in the past,” Kay said, “and I can pretty much guarantee there is something here for you that you will be excited to see.”
Conventions such as the Kelowna Comic-Con are considered non-judgmental, inclusive environments. “It’s a very safe space here and it’s an understanding community,” Kay said.
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Eight celebrity guests are in attendance throughout the weekend including Denise Crosby, who is best known for her role as Security Chief Tasha Yar in season one of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which debuted in 1987.
“I’ve made two documentaries called Trekkies and Trekkies 2 about the experience of what this means to people and giving fans a chance to tell their story,” Crosby said.
The actor visits about 10 conventions a year, meeting loyal Trekkie fans all around the world.
The Kelowna Comic-Con includes a board game and video game section as well as a cosplay contest, along with much more. Over 2,000 people are expected to visit throughout the weekend.