Back in February, February 18th to be more precise, I attended the first ever Kitchener Comic Con. The event was a one shot, a one day only free event being held at Kitchener City Hall. The event was billed as:
Kitchener Comic Con is the newest pop culture event for the Region of Waterloo within the city of Kitchener. KCC celebrates the wonderfulness that is comic book pop culture and all of It’s multi-generational fun, we invite all ages and genres to celebrate their passions and embrace the fandom culture within the region with the events that we host.
But sadly what it ended up being was a cluster of only okay vendors and normies walking around judging the more hardcore nerds. On one hand the lack of really good vendors made sense because it was a FREE event which meant that they did not find
My sister and I arrived at 12 PM (the event started at 11AM) and we had plans of checking out the masquerade, an event we had become attached to at Con-G. Unfortunately though things were very poorly organized and we never ended up getting to the event (or ever finding out where it even was). We were disappointed to discover that all there was to do at the event was look at the booths, as all of the events were impossible to find.
Though my sister and I had planned on staying till 3 PM, we only ended up staying till 2 PM as we quickly lost interest in the event. Due to the size of the event there really was not a lot to do.
Usually at cons we browse through the vendors and check out and chat with fellow cosplayers, but KCC proved to be really low on cosplayers. There were very few cosplayers except for the occasional Halloween costumes teen or closet cosplays so photoshoots were out.
We briefly checked out the gaming section but the Con Funk and attitude of the players, quickly chased us off. The gaming area was small and crowded by overly serious gamer guys who wouldn’t hand the controller to the girl even if she flashed him (they wouldn’t even allow kids anywhere near the systems!)
On a plus side, I did become obsessed with the adorable products of The Littlest Gift Boutique who sell freakishly adorable plushies and figurines and who I will likely be spending a chunk of money with at Anime North. (I have plans of reviewing the store).
Most of my fellow attendees agreed that the event was … a nice distraction. Kind of dull, very poorly organized and t
There is already plans for the event to run again next year with plans of making it an actual paid event, rather than a free one and many people question this decision. Without some serious changes, the con will not be worth any amount of money and likely fail.