Comic festival transforms downtown

Downtown London was transformed into a comic book fan’s paradise Saturday.

An estimated 2,000 people filled Dundas Street for Comic Book Day, many lining up for a free comic book at Heroes and other comic book stores dressed as their favourite character.

What used to be a day when participating retailers simply gave away free comics has become a major event in London, said Cory Downing, as he staffed a table outside Heroes.

“It has grown; it is an amalgamation of everything that has to do with this culture,” he said.

“It is a celebration of comic book culture.”

The celebrations included chalk drawings on the street, face painting and demonstrations of cosplay, or costuming. Dundas also was lined with tables promoting various businesses and clubs.

Downing said the domination of Marvel and DC movies at the box office has helped comics move into the mainstream, allowing fans to be open about their love of the genre.

“We are big into video games and comic books and the opportunity to get a free comic book and check out what is new, is pretty nice,” said Jon Speziali, who was in line with his wife and two kids, ages four and one.

“The culture behind comics is people want to be what they see. This is a great outlet for them to dress up and share their passions.”

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