Heroes, villains, comic book characters and the like are set to descend on the Vancouver Island Conference Centre this weekend for the M-Con comic and gaming convention.
The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16, at the centre in downtown Nanaimo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. It will feature vendors, panel discussions and numerous gaming tournaments, including League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch and Magic: The Gathering.
There will also be a cosplay contest on Saturday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and contestants are asked to either pre-register online or in person from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday.
Guest speakers include Traci Hines, known as the Hipster Mermaid, and Peter Kent, who served as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s stunt double.
It is the fourth iteration of the event, according to Evelyn Boegh, M-Con event coordinator.
“I’m the general manager of Mosiac Information Technologies and it was one of our staff that got us into it,” said Boegh. “The first year it was only a one-day event at [Vancouver Island University] and it was so successful, we decided to start a non-profit society, so M-Con Event Society now runs the event. We really wanted to promote it as a fun family event with the goal not to make money … any of the proceeds over and above our expenses goes to a youth-oriented organization in Nanaimo.”
Nanaimo Youth Services Association is this year’s beneficiary.
Tickets for M-Con range in price from $15-$75.
For more information, go to www.m-con.ca.
TeenFest will take place at the conference centre alongside M-Con.