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Fans flock to Niagara Falls Comic Con

A menacing Jason Voorhees, complete with a bloody hockey mask, walked the floors of the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ont., on Saturday, kindly stopping whenever someone asked if they could get a photo with him.

A "talkative" droid from "Star Wars" roamed the convention floor to the laughter of those he strolled by. Zombies and characters from "Game of Thrones," "Arrow" and "Star Wars" were everywhere - and those were just the fans in costume. At the second day of Niagara Falls Comic Con, the fans were as much into the spirit of the convention as the celebrity guests.

The three-day event, which got off to a successful start on Friday evening, continued Saturday with another busy day. Lines were seen outside the building into the early afternoon as attendees waited to get inside the convention, which now takes up about 200,000 square feet of the building.

More than 100 celebrities, authors and artists were among those appearing at Comic Con, which also includes panel discussions, workshops, a cosplay contest, gaming and rows of unique merchandise.

Many of the celebrities could be seen going beyond the paid autograph or photo to take a few extra minutes with fans. Despite lengthy lines to meet Scott Wilson (“The Walking Dead”), the actor patiently talked to fans, giving hugs and handshakes to nearly everyone. Actor Sean Astin ("The Lord of the Rings") could be seen conversing with fans at his table, which was next to those for his “Goonies” co-stars, actors Joe Pantoliano and Robert Davi.

Among the comic artists, James O’Barr, the creator of “The Crow” graphic novels, quietly sat at his table creating original artwork for some who purchased his prints.

Photos opps went beyond the celebrities, as people could be seen posing with life-sized cardboard cut-outs of characters from "The Walking Dead" in a large display created for the home video release of the show's fifth season, as well as the original 1966 Batcopter, the 1966 Batcycle and K.I.T.T. from "Knight Rider."

The convention continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For a full schedule, see niagarafallscomiccon.com. Here are some highlights:

11 a.m.: Q&A session with David Hasselhoff.

11 a.m.: Learning the Tricks to Animation workshop.

Noon: Q&A with Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy”).

Noon: “Dawn of the Dead” revisited with Ken Foree and Tom Savini.

1 p.m.: Q&A with Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”).

2 p.m.: 30th anniversary of “The Goonies” with Sean Astin, Joe Pantoliano and Robert Davi.

 

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