Plans are being sketched up for a new comic and fantasy expo for the region.
A group of self-described nerds, and comic book enthusiasts from Grande Prairie are in the early stages of planning the Peace Region’s first ever comic and fantasy expo. Though no dates or details have been officially announced, if all goes well the festival would take place in the fall.
“It still depends on the pandemic and how the reopening goes, but we’re hopeful we can have it in the fall. This isn’t a virtual kind of thing, it needs to be experienced in person,” said Tosh Mugambi, a member of the organizing committee, adding that it’s possible the event would be outdoors or a mixture of outdoors and indoors.
Mugambi said the group has long wanted to hold a comic expo in the North for some time, but that the pandemic prompted them to get the ball rolling.
“We’ve always gone to these events every year, in Edmonton and Calgary and other places. When everything got cancelled, and with travel looking much different going forward and a need for local options, we thought we had a big community right here in the Peace Region to hold an event of this magnitude,” Mugambi said.
“With all these towns, Grande Prairie to Dawson Creek, Fort St. John to Peace River, I’m pretty sure there’s 15 to 20 nerds that would come to an event like this.”
Right now, Mugambi said the committee is focusing on building interest in the communities, and bringing the comic and fantasy communities in the Peace Region together. They created the Facebook group Peace Country Comic and Fantasy Expo this month as a place where people can come to discuss their fandom and what they would like to see at an event.
“There is a very large demographic of young people in the North Peace Region, and there’s a really good chance if we build it properly it has the potential to become a yearly event and a tourist attraction,” Mugambi said.
Mugambi said he’s reached out and had discussions with a number of celebrities about attending so far, but is keeping those names under wraps for the time being.
“For me, this is my tribe, I’m a nerd. I love the creativity these events bring out in people, there’s no age limits. I’ve met ladies in their 80s dressed in character, and little kids dressed up like the Hulk. There are no limitations, most of us are movie buffs, and if we can live out our fantasies for three or four days, why not do it?” Mugambi said.