6 reasons to unleash your inner superhero

By: Allegra Czerwinski

SuburbiCon proves that you don’t have to live in a big city to attend an awesome comic convention.

“The spirit of this particular show is to really highlight the creative side of comic books, so we really try to push the independent creators, the artists and writers behind the comic books,” said Andy Dailey, organizer of SuburbiCon.  

SuburbiCon was so well received in its first year that it's pulling out all the stops for a bigger and better show for 2015.  

“We saw a huge variety of people who were interested in learning more or even buying original artwork or expanding their comic book collection,” said Shayna McConville, Cultural Arts Manager.  

Whether you love to nerd out about comics, you’re new to the comic world or maybe you just want an excuse to dress up like a superhero, there’s plenty to do at this one-of-a-kind event.


  • 1. Cape and mask making

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    Create and personalize a cape and mask using templates, just in time for Halloween!


  • 2. The Mega-big comic page

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    Work collaboratively to fill in blank text bubbles on a huge scrolling piece of paper to complete the storyline.


  • 3. Fan art contest

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    Anyone who attends has the chance to enter the fan art contest!  Create your favorite character or something from your imagination. Your work will be judged by a panel who will determine prize winners.


  • 4. Superhero photobooth

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    Dress up like your favorite character using the cape and mask you made yourself, or utilize the props available. Choose from a selection of masks inspired by Marvel and DC characters, including Iron Man, Wolverine and The Hulk.  


  • 5. Artist demonstrations

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    This is your chance to learn from pros including Craig Boldman, Justin Wasson Allison Dickson and others.

    “A lot of people are here because they want to be an artist and are interested in the profession,” McConville said.


  • 6. Comic swap

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    New this year, sponsored by Gem City Comic Convention. Bring individual comics or a whole box for the opportunity to trade with other comic enthusiasts. It’s a great way to refresh your comic collection without spending money, and you get to support independent artists.



What: Suburbicon, Comic Creator Expo

When: Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Dr, Kettering. 

Cost: Free

More info: Website | Facebook