Windsor Comicon Heroes Unite! Building A Pop Culture Experience
Local Businesses Support Windsor ComiCon.
Since its inception in 2015, Windsor ComiCon has grown by leaps and bounds to provide the finest pop-culture experience for fans of all ages and beyond throughout Windsor and Essex County.
With the third instalment just around the corner, a new leadership has taken over with a goal of continuing to grow the convention for years to come.
Colin Douglas — a long time collector of comic books and action figures — is known in the fan community as the promoter behind “TFcon” (TFcon.ca), the world’s largest fan-run Transformers convention held annually for the last 16 years in Mississauga, Ontario. He acquired the rights and ownership of “Windsor ComiCon” through Past President Steve Menzie.
Douglas’ passion for all things geek also resulted in the creation of “Ontario Collectors Con” (OntarioCollectorsCon.com) and the “’80’s Toy Expo” he produces every year, which also gives fans a place to find rare and imported toys, comics and collectibles. This provides a unique blend of experience and know-how to take the reins of “Windsor ComiCon.”
“I am thrilled to continue to get to know the communities in the area and am extremely excited to be able to provide what will be a fantastic event for the fans in Windsor and Essex County,” says Douglas.
In between the transition of leadership, local Windsorite Jeremy Renaud has stayed on as the show’s Marketing, Sponsorship and Public Relations Coordinator.
“It’s been a wonderful transition and we have a great team,” Renaud states. “Colin has also given me the opportunity to try new things and engage local businesses in the community.”
Together, the team, along with a dedicated crew of 10 key volunteers, has engaged over 20 new corporate sponsors and community partners as well as a new beneficiary in the area, utilizing a mix of strategies and tactics more common to the realm of sport.
“We are thrilled to engage the local business community who are helping us reach our target audience,” declares Douglas.
At the helm of local businesses in support of “Windsor ComiCon” is its newly found presenting sponsor, Cartoon Kingdom.
Locally owned, Cartoon Kingdom (CartoonKingdom.ca; 2001 Provincial Road. behind Silver City) is a 19 year old boutique store featuring a wide range of licenced collectibles, which span across all genres, including, but not limited to, superhero, pop culture, film and television-related fandom.
“Windsor ComiCon is a show on a scale unlike any other in the Windsor Essex area,” remarks Co-Owner Nat St. Pierre. “We liked the idea of having a partnership in ensuring this is a great event that stays successful for years to come. The ComiCon demographic directly matches who our products are geared towards and being involved helps us show people what Cartoon Kingdom is all about.”
Cartoon Kingdom plans to feature a variety of toys, collectibles, novelties and home items at “Windsor ComiCon” this summer. There is literally something for everyone.
“We believe in the team involved in organizing ‘Windsor ComiCon,’ so much so, that we did not hesitate in pledging our support as the presenting sponsor,” states Co-Owner Arlen Mifflin. “Colin and his team are putting on a show that is truly built around the fan experience and we couldn’t be more excited to be involved.”
Moving forward into the Con’s first-ever experiential program that will yield a festival like atmosphere around non-traditional show hours, the team has collaborated with The Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association (DWBIA) (DowntownWindsor.ca; 419 Pelissier Street, Windsor).
The DWBIA advocates for continuous improvement, promotes sustainable growth, cultivates and protects the uniqueness and creative spirit within our city centre. As a proponent for downtown revitalization, the DWBIA strives to create and nurture a downtown that defines the character of the Windsor region and actively works to invest in amenities that people want, need and use.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the Con and we’re lining up a suite of opportunities that supports local business and engages families,” indicates DWBIA Executive Director Debi Croucher. “The Con will spur numerous opportunities for secondary and tertiary business.”
The DWBIA serves its membership by ensuring the long-term vitality of Downtown Windsor, through advocacy, economic development, business recruitment and retention, innovative marketing, and beautification and safety initiatives. It believes “Windsor ComiCon” brings an influx of people into the city centre and encourages the support of downtown merchants through this innovative, fun and exciting event. Stay tuned for more exciting news as the DWBIA activates on-site programming with downtown local businesses through the “Night of Heroes” and “ComiCon After Dark Party” events, to name just a few.
Also located in the downtown core, Rogues Gallery Comics (RGcomics.com; 327 Chatham Street West, Windsor), which is owned and operated by local Windsorite Shawn Cousineau continues to be a strong pillar in the “Windsor ComiCon” community by providing support and promotion since its inception in 2015.
In 2017, however, Rogues showcases a strong presence in both its promotional area on the exhibitor floor along with integration of its staff in a variety of panels.
Furthermore, utilizing the show as an opportunity to increase its profile, while building a new and strong client list, comic fans of all ages were thrilled to learn of Rogues’ presentation of Deadpool Co-creator Fabian Nicieza.
“At Rogues, we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this event,” says Cousineau. “It gives us an unique opportunity to showcase our wide variety of comics, toys and games and our store is literally footsteps away from Caesars Windsor as well.”
Just outside the downtown core, heading east and offering friendly helpful service and a welcoming atmosphere, is Rex & Co. Jewelry and Pawn (302 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor).
Rex & Co. Jewelry and Pawn is owned and operated by Holly Qin and Quy Tran. It is a vibrant collective shop where people can find almost anything they imagine; from jewellery, toys, electronics, both new and retro games, to the most unique items.
“We are excited to be a part of the event,” Tran comments. “It gives us an opportunity to expose our brand and store offerings to a whole new community of people who are looking for great products at an exceptional price.”
Rex & Co. Jewelry and Pawn has provided support in both presentation of WWE Hall of Fame wrestling superstar Jake “The Snake” Roberts, as well as the provision of unique items to support a variety of contests. “Rex & Co. is very proud to be a part of Windsor and anytime we can be a part of something that brings people into our beautiful city, I jump at the chance to show people how great Windsor is and how we are willing to be part of this community,” adds Tran. “Come to ComiCon where fantasy becomes reality.”
As lifelong comic book fans, MoonJump Video Productions (MoonJump.ca; 624 Chilver Road, Windsor) in the heart of Walkerville, is managed by Owner and Production Director Jendo Shabo and partner Stiven Agoubi. The company joined “Windsor ComiCon” to help make it the best event possible by offering exceptional video services.
“We’re thrilled that ‘Windsor ComiCon’” is back,” Shabo states. “Every year seems to be bigger and better than the last, and we couldn’t be happier to be part of the team. Our goal is to build new relationships with fellow corporate partners while getting to know the local comic-loving community.”
MoonJump is a full service video production company whose sole purpose is to provide premium video services at affordable rates. They make it easy to show off your brand or business with unique, stylish videos, custom made to suit your brand image.
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