Pop Culture Show brings comics, costumes, video games to Sarnia

Comic books, collectibles, cosplay and more are coming to the Sarnia area this weekend.

The eighth annual Sarnia Pop Culture Show is scheduled for April 16 at the Point Edward Arena.

Organizer Trent Rogers said there will be about 100 vendor tables.

“Featuring all kinds of stuff; comic books, games, toys, art, collectibles, handmade crafts and jewelry, of course,” he said. “Game demos, there was a photo booth, cosplay was a big part of it, people came in in costumes and took pictures with costumed people, we did that with St. Clair Child and Youth Services, so they usually We host events and we raise money for them as well.”

A portion of every ticket sold goes to the nonprofit.

Rogers said they encouraged people to dress up, adding that it was something people liked to do, especially in Sarnia.

“There’s a really strong, passionate cosplay community here,” he said. “They make costumes all year long to come to the show and show them off, which is one of the funnest aspects for us, especially for the kids; they love to dress up, which is another thing besides Halloween Opportunity for them to dress up and be their favorite superhero.”

The first show in 2013 was attended by about 400 people, while more recent events have drawn about 800, Rogers said. He hopes they will exceed 1,000 this time.

“Comic book conventions are the reason my friends and I get out of town a lot and go to big cities like Toronto, Windsor, London, what have you, and at one point we just thought it was something we wanted to try and be ourselves in Sarnia, “He said.

Rodgers also said they will have some special guests in attendance.

“We haven’t gotten to the point where we’re attracting big names, but we’ve always had some comics artists from Ontario and Michigan, some of their work published by some of the big companies, including Marvel, IDW, Archie Comics,” he added.

The event will be held at 210 Monk Street from 10am to 6pm. Tickets are $10, and children 11 and under are admitted free.

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