Hamilton Comic Con Has Something For EveryoneOctober 6, 2015
Conventions always start with the hope that they will tap into a market that not only embraces them but supports them on a consistent basis, allowing them to expand and grow. Hamilton Comic Con is definitely one of those cons that now have an established fan base that eagerly awaits their return every year.
Now held over two days, the fans showed up in force to see their favorite celebrities and wrestlers while taking time to browse and shop at many of the vendors booths that occupy two floors at the convention center in Hamilton.
It was an interesting mix of guests, covering popular franchises such as Star Wars and Star Trek as well as cult favorites Sharknado, The Goonies and Dukes of Hazard. It seemed everyone was having a great time, with the guests smiling almost as much as the fans who lined up to see them.
There are a few important things to remember when putting a convention together, such as organization and giving people what they want, and those behind the scenes in Hamilton seemed to have that figured out and then some. Knowing your audience is essential and by the size of the crowds I would say they know exactly how to make their fans happy.
For example, they had a Sharknado reunion of sorts with actors Ian Ziering and Tara Reid both in attendance. The Sharknado franchise has become something more than just a cult hit as seen at the Q&A panel. It was standing room only and while both actors have enjoyed success outside of the Sharknado movies, a bulk of the conversation was about just that. The fans were made even happier when Ziering announced there would indeed be a Sharknado 4.
Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Ray Park (Darth Maul), both members of the Star Wars franchise, also enjoyed big lines and smiling faces. Ray Park posing in a fighting stance with a young fan dressed up as Darth Vader was a wonderful sight to see.
Vendors of all shapes and sizes also seemed to be doing good business, selling everything from t-shirts to jewelry to the incredibly successful Pop Funkos. For a smaller con, they really had a nice variety of items. It was also nice to be greeted by the smiling members of Deadly Grounds Coffee, whose free samples of their product helped this writer immensely in the early going!
While all signs pointed to a successful two days (the announced attendance was ten thousand), I am interested to see what the showrunners have in mind moving forward. If they keep getting bigger they might need to expand and I’m hoping for the sake of the con that the convention center in Hamilton is able to meet their needs.