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Orillia’s big comic convention is only a month away - June 23 and 24.

The comic convention is being expanded to two days this year because Orillia’s first Comic-Con, held last May, broke the attendance record for a single-day Orillia event. More than 7,500 people came out to meet celebrities, meet comic guests, compete in a cosplay (costume) contest, and visit vendors with comic books, toys and pop-culture items.

This year, the name also has changed, to Cottage CountryCon, because last year people came from the entire cottage country area surrounding Orillia. The new name reflects the fact that Cottage CountryCon serves all Simcoe and Muskoka areas.

“We have an amazing lineup of talent and attractions joining us in Orillia in June,” says Carmine De Santo, promoter of the Comic-Con. “We are very excited for the fans of Orillia and area.”

De Santo, who is the owner of Dr. Comics comic and pop-culture specialty shop in Downtown Orillia, says huge crowds are expected for the 2018 show.

“The 2018 Cottage CountryCon goes for two days, with triple the venue space and more than 300 vendors,” De Santo says.

The 2018 Comic-Con will be on Sat., June 23, and Sun., June 24, from 10am to 6pm, at the Rotary Place - Orillia Sports Complex Area, 100 University Avenue, Orillia, which has more than 120,000 square feet of show space.

“The Cottage CountryCon will be a collector’s mecca,” De Santo says. There will more than 300 comic book, live wrestling, retro toys, posters and pop-culture vendors from across North America.

The CountryCon also includes comic guests, actors, attractions, a cosplay contest and door prizes. 

Confirmed feature guests and attractions in 2018 include:

  • Kevin Eastman - Creator/Artist Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Jackson Bostwick - TV Actor - SHAZAM TV Series
  • Jim Starlin - Creator of Thanos (Avengers Movie 2018) - Legendary Comic Book Artist
  • Butch Patrick - Eddy Munster from The Munsters 1960’s TV Show
  • Optimus Prime - Life Size Truck 
  • James O’Barr - Creator/Artist of The Crow
  • Bob Camp - Creator/Artist of The Famous TV Cartoon Series: Ren & Stimpy

- Baby Vehicle from Super-Natural

- K.I.T.T - Famous Car from the Knight Rider TV Series

- Back to the Future Car - Delorean on Display at the Comic-Con

- Batman 1990 Movie - The BatMobile on Display at the Comic-Con

In addition, there is a special event on the Friday evening before the Cottage CountryCon. An Evening with the Crow, June 22, will take place at the Geneva Event Centre.

This will be an exclusive evening with the creator of the Crow - James O'Barr. There is a meet & greet with O’Barr, watch the famous Crow movie with him, followed by a Q&A session with O’Barr. Plus he will talk a bit about the new Crow movie coming out soon.

For more details and ticket information visit

You can purchase tickets Dr.Comics (Downtown Orillia) or online at

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