Picture all of your favourite science fiction characters, comic books, and fantasy games all in one place. Now picture that place being Liverpool.
Local Catherine Croft is trying to make a comic convention in Liverpool a reality.
Croft has already had a meeting that included community members, Norm Amirault, Recreation Director for the Region of Queens, and Brent Laybolt, a science fiction writer from Lunenburg, and all the attendees are excited by the idea.
“In one day, in less than 24 hours I’ve gotten over 40 emails saying ‘oh my god, what can we do to help?’” says Croft.
Croft held a mini comic convention at the Mill Village Consolidated School in 2013. She’s looking to go much bigger this time.
“We want our comic con. here to have all the varieties of a normal comic con. but of course have a South Shore Flair and that feeling,” says Croft.
Comic conventions usually encompass a large range of interests and not just comics. Costume making and costume contests, game playing, demonstrations, and even celebrity meet and greets are now staples of comic and science fiction conventions.
Queens Place Emera Centre is being looked at for the main venue of the event and using other venues in Queens if the event is large enough or needs to expand.
“(Queens County)’s so amazing with its gross potential, I mean you have the curling club, the Astor Theatre, you have the Hank Snow property, you have so many places you can expand,” says Croft.
Croft hopes to see the convention happen from June 12 – 14, 2015. That is the only time another comic convention isn’t happening and that is important in booking guest speakers and comic writers.
“We were very careful in planning because you don’t want to compete with other cons, that’s not the tradition of a con, everyone is welcome, we’re not competing,” says Croft.
Now Croft needs to know who else is interested in a comic convention and who would like to volunteer to help organize it and fundraise for it.
“I’m looking for people that love what we love,” says Croft.
People looking to volunteer for the event can phone 350-3161 or 350-6210