Pop culture takes over Niagara Falls at Comic Con
Thousands of fans will fill the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls for Comic Con. (Handout)
Pop culture is about to take over Niagara Falls as “The Hoff” and a star-studded lineup of iconic vehicles highlight Comic Con.
The headliner at Comic Con Niagara Falls, on from June 5 to 7, is David Hasselhoff, the actor, singer and producer who played Michael Knight in TV’s Knight Rider and Mitch Buchannon in Baywatch.
He will be accompanied by K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Two Thousand), an “artificially intelligent electronic computer module in the body of a highly advanced, very mobile, robotic 1982 Pontiac Trans Am” featured in the show.
Also look for Dukes of Hazzard pinup queen Daisy Duke, played by Catharine Bach, with a replica of the iconic General Lee car. And holy smokes Batman, the show includes the 1966 Batcopter and Batcyle from the TV series. There’s also Mad Max Interceptor, the iconic evil-looking black police car from the Mad Max film series.
“We feature a star-studded line up, cosplayers, memorabilia, movie screenings, workshops, comic books and more,” said Chris Dabrowski, show manager.
Among the celebrities will be Alfonso Ribeiro (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air); Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars); Linda Blair (The Exorcist); Cassandra Peterson (Elvira); John de Lancie (Star Trek); Manu Bennett (Arrow); Robert Davi and Joe Pantoliano (The Goonies Fratelli Reunion); Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead); and wrestler the Iron Sheik. Joining the lineup is Ryan Hurst known as Harry "Opie" Winston from FX TV’s Sons of Anarchy.
New is the Falls Horror Fest with exhibits, movie props, workshops, celebrities, costumes and question sessions and 30 coin-operated 1980’s arcade games. Comic book fans will find an expanded offering with more than 85 featured artists and independent publishers.
It’s at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, ON. Tickets are from $25, online at nfcomiccon.com and at the door.
DOORS OPEN OXFORD COUNTY
Oxford County out Woodstock way is celebrating its sports history at Doors Open events on May 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visitors can find out where the first recorded baseball game in North America was played and who won the tug-of-war contest at the 1893 Chicago World Fair.
Learn about where the World Crokinole Tournament is held annually and what basketball team once formed the nucleus of Canada’s Olympic team.
There are 18 sites to tour to learn about a championship badminton club, a world-class soccer facility as well as sailing, dragon boat racing, remote controlled aircraft and more. doorsopenoxford.ca
ALIVE MUNRO FESTIVAL IN HURON COUNTY
Huron County will “celebrate the short-story form” in the landscape that inspired a Nobel Laureate.
The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story from June 4 to 7 in Wingham features readings, book signings, presentations and masterclasses with some of Canada’s most respected authors and literary figures, said publicist Laurel Armstrong.
It will culminate with a Jubilee Gala when short story awards will be presented.
Gala speaker will be author Lisa Moore while there will also be readings in Clinton and Bayfield. Details: alicemunrofestival.ca.