TORONTO COMICON CELEBRATES SAILOR MOON’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A CAST REUNION AND ANNOUNCES FUN FAMILY PROGRAMMING
Programming highlights include: Sailor Moon Sunday, Sketch Duels, and live recordings of Toronto’s hit podcasts
Taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre March 18-20
TORONTO, ON (March 9, 2022) – After two years, Toronto Comicon, presented by FAN EXPO Canada, is back with everything fans love including celebrity guests, comic creators, and more! The annual pop culture convention celebrates comics, sci-fi, fantasy, and animation for three days of non-stop programming for fans of all ages including the always popular Family Zone. Fans of the iconic ‘90s anime Sailor Moon are in for a powerful treat this year with a whole day dedicated to the magical series including a cast reunion panel, music celebration, fan meetups, trivia, plushie workshop and more, all celebrating the 30th anniversary. The ultimate fan celebration blasts off at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s South Building from March 18-20, 2022.
Toronto Comicon’s Family Zone will keep the mini mes and superkids in your life entertained this March Break with fantastic fun including craft, plushie making, sustainable gardening, and slime making workshops; Harry Potter-themed content including Sorting Hat ceremonies and photo ops; fort building; sing-a-longs; and the Toronto Comicon Little Village where they can play to their hearts’ content.
New this year, Toronto Comicon introduces podcast programming with a selection that includes the improvised true crime podcast Killed to Death, comedy interview series You Made Me Queer!, actual-play D&D podcast Dwarven Moss, improvised scary story SPOOKED!, a podcast offering modern analysis of vintage celebrity gossip The Reheat, horror-fiction Parkdale Haunt, and sci-fi thriller Cascadia.
Special celebrity, comic, cosplay and voice actor guests at this year’s show include newly added members of the original Degrassi Junior High cast Amanda Stepto, Stacie Mistysyn, and Pat Mastroianni; in addition to previously announced guests including the incredible Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk); Star Wars legends Tim Rose, who brought Admiral Ackbar to life, and BB-8 and porg puppeteer Brian Herring; the original Red Ranger Austin St. John (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers); Hollywood icon John Cusack (Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity); beloved Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, The Handmaid’s Tale); former TARDIS time-traveller Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Victoria); and many other iconic guests. For a complete list of guests, info and tickets, visit comicontoronto.com.
Programming Highlights for Toronto Comicon include:
SAILOR MOON SUNDAY!
Sailor Moon is turning 30 and Toronto Comicon is hosting a whole day of Sailor Moon-themed programming to celebrate! Meet the voices of Sailor Moon, Sailor Mars and Tuxedo Mask at Toronto Comicon and join the cast reunion panel on Sailor Moon Sunday with Linda Ballantyne, Katie Griffin, and Toby Proctor. Take part in the Sailor Moon Amazing Race, as fans are challenged to complete seven Sailor Moon themed tasks in the race to win a signed poster and official photo op with the cast of Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon Sunday also includes a fan meetup, trivia, a celebration of Sailor Moon music, a plushie workshop, and button making.
Beyond autograph signings and photo ops, celebrity guests will take part in Q&A presentations where fans can learn more about their storied lives and careers. Scheduled panelists include:
- Jenna Coleman on Friday, March 18
- John Cusack on Saturday, March 19
- Laura Vandervoort on Saturday, March 19
- Stars of Degrassi Junior High Amanda Stepto, Stacie Mistysyn, Pat Mastroianni on Saturday, March 19
- Tim Rose on Sunday, March 2
FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
Even the youngest superheroes will have something to do, from epic fort building and princess sing-a-longs, Sorting Hat ceremonies, Harry Potter photo ops; plushie making and crafting workshops; sustainability gardening, slime making and relaxing in the Toronto Comicon Little Village, where you can play in the village houses, hunt for bugs, go fishing and so much more!
Cosplay takes centre stage with panels, showcases, competitions and more. Fans can join professional cosplayers Jillea and Married Makers for craftsmanship and industry insight panels; hit the Cosplay Red Carpet to get their free photo taken by Droo Photography; test their skills to see if they could beat the Squid Game Dalgona Challenge; and show off their costume at the Toronto Comicon Costume Contest on Saturday, March 19 where Best Hero, Best Villain and Best Duo/Group winners will be crowned. Younger cosplayers can get in on the fun with the Kids Cosplay Contest on Saturday afternoon.
Be sure to check out the comic stage for three packed days of drawing and colouring demos, sneak previews, industry insights and more. Superstar comic creators Dave Johnson, Jim Shooter, and Tony Harris, amongst many others, will be on hand to share expert tips and tricks, or fans can take a seat and pick a side for the ultimate Sketch Duels showdowns.
Artist Alley is a must experience area for anyone interested in meeting the rising stars and the people who work the front lines of the industry. Indie meets pro in this special area where attendees will find all their favorite pencillers, inkers and writers. This show staple offers everything from comics and graphic novels, to limited edition prints and original artwork, as well as crafters and makers.
Toronto Comicon is teaming up with The Sonar Network and Frequency Podcast Network to bring attendees some ear food, including Killed to Death, You Made Me Queer!, Dwarven Moss, SPOOKED!, The Reheat, Parkdale Haunt, and the independent podcast Cascadia. More details available on the schedule.
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP
Over 400 exhibitors will be on the convention floor, specializing in all things comics, anime, gaming, science fiction and horror. Whether it’s original artwork, graphic novels, comic books from any era, memorabilia, videos, games, toys or t-shirts – there are endless vendors to discover at the show.
For the full programming schedule, visit: fanexpohq.com/comicontoronto/
Health & Safety Guidelines
Toronto Comicon will follow official government and local authority guidance as well as any venue or location-specific regulations. Masks are mandatory, no exceptions within the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For more information on the health and safety measures in place, please visit fanexpohq.com/comicontoronto/
Please note that there will be no onsite media accreditation. If you wish to attend and cover this year’s show, please apply here: https://forms.gle/
Attending the Show from outside of Toronto?
Fans of all ages can save on the cost of admission and travel together with the GO Combo Saver Program which includes a round-trip GO fare. With Union Station just a short walk away from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, passengers can take advantage of regularly scheduled train trips to Toronto and ensure they don’t miss a minute of the action. BUY & SAVE HERE
Missed the Advanced Price?
On Friday, March 18, flash your PRESTO Card at the box office and get in at the Advanced Price (a 20% discount) off our Friday Single Day Adult, Youth or Family Pass admission. Valid for on-site sales only, cannot be combined with other promotions.
Toronto Comicon presented by FAN EXPO CanadaTM is a pop culture convention for fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming. The annual three-day convention is jam-packed with family-friendly activities and celebrities. This year’s show takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from March 18-20, 2022. www.comicontoronto.com