Kick-Start March Break with Toronto Comicon

Feb 23rd 2012
Toronto's Greatest Pop Culture and Entertainment Event
Presented by Fan Expo Canada™ Takes the City by Storm March 10-11

The ultimate weekend features celebrity guests, hundreds of exhibitors, tons of costumed
characters and millions of dollars worth of collectibles and merchandise for sale

Appearances by Tia Carrere, Edward Furlong, Charisma Carpenter, Star Trek's Robert Picardo, cast of
Revenge of the Nerds and Terminator films & Star War's Chewbacca

Gaming tournaments featuring $2000 in cash prizes

- TICKETS ON SALE NOW! -

TORONTO, ON (February 13, 2012)-- Experience the very best of pop culture at the upcoming Toronto Comicon, one of the country's largest fan events including comic books, anime, science fiction, horror and gaming. This first-annual Toronto Comicon, presented by FAN EXPO CANADA™, takes place March 10-11, 2012 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Toronto Comicon brings together a fascinating array of celebrities, exhibitors and retailers. This two-day convention showcases the latest licensed entertainment properties and related products across its many pop culture focuses.

Tickets to Toronto Comicon are on sale now, with basic tickets priced at $20 (all access single day pass) and deluxe tickets priced at $30 (all access weekend pass). Kids under 12 receive FREE admission.

All prices include HST and are available through the Toronto Comicon website, www.comicontoronto.com.

Toronto Comicon recently announced a stellar line-up of celebrity guests comprising some of the world's most legendary names in pop culture, many of today's hottest film and television stars, plus industry luminaries:

Celebrity Guests
TIA CARRERE (Wayne's World)
EDWARD FURLONG (Terminator 2: Judgement Day)
CHARISMA CARPENTER (Angel/Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
PETER MAYHEW (Chewbacca from Star Wars)
ROBERT CARRADINE & CURTIS ARMSTRONG (Revenge of the Nerds)
ROBERT PICARDO (Star Trek Voyager)
KRISTANNA LOKEN (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)
Comic Guests
GEORGE PEREZ (Legendary Comic Creator)
MARK BAGLEY (Ultimate Spider-Man)
PAOLO RIVERA (Daredevil)
"FEARLESS" FRED KENNEDY (Radio & Television Host, BigSexyComics.com)
Anime Guests
J. MICHAEL TATUM & CAITLIN GLASS (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
SPIKE SPENCER (Evangelion)
CHERAMI LEIGH (Fairy Tail)>
SEAN SCHEMMEL & SONNY STRAIT (Dragon Ball Z)
For the complete list of Toronto Comicon guests, visit www.comicontoronto.com.

TORONTO COMICON PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS:

GAMING TOURNAMENTS
Register Now for the Magic: The Gathering 2K Open at Toronto Comicon. Two thousand dollars in cash prizes guaranteed!

AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS
A perfect opportunity to get that special something signed by your favourite celebrity!

CELEBRITY PHOTO SESSIONS
Don't miss out on a chance of a lifetime to have your photo taken by a professional photographer with your favourite celebrity!

CELEBRITY Q&A SESSIONS
Get up close and personal with your favourite celebrities! These unique sessions give fans a chance to ask questions and get answers to horror's best-kept secrets - from the celebs themselves. Prepare to be wowed and learn about how the biggest names in the industry got to the top!

THE 501st LEGION: STAR WARS PHOTO SESSION
A great chance for fans to get up close for photos with Vader, Boba, and those lovable Stormtroopers!

TORONTO COMICON KICK-OFF PARTY
Strap on your utility belt because G33KPRON is throwing the official Toronto ComiCon kick-off party, featuring DJ's, burlesque dancers, giveaways, live painting and a secret celebrity guest.

SKETCHING DUELS
Check out your favourite comic artists as they go "pen to pen"! The original art they produce live, goes up for grabs once they're done!

WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS
Listen in and participate in our numerous sessions! Soak it all in through seminars and workshops held by the pros of the industry. With the professionals leading the way, you'll be sure to learn how they do it in the real world.

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS
Are you an aspiring artist? Bring your portfolio to the people in Artist Alley, the Publishers and even the Guests themselves, to show off your talent to industry professionals. Get their opinions and suggestions on your work, to help you make it in the competitive and exciting world of comics and manga.

VOICE ACTING 101
We are happy to welcome back the many stars from the anime voice acting world. Join them for special sessions as they share their experiences both in front of and behind the microphone.

"HOW TO" WORKSHOPS
Join these FREE special educational sessions led by the hottest professionals working in the places you want to be.

WEB SERIES FOR GROWN-UPS
Mature audiences are invited to explore the gritty parts of society in these noirish thrillers. These tales aren't coming to a theatre near you, nor on your local TV. They're only broadcast on the web, bringing iconic stories to the newest entertainment frontier. Meet the creators and cast and get to see exclusive clips of the latest web series.


SHOW DETAILS:

WHEN: MARCH 10-11, 2012

Saturday, March 10: 11am - 6pm
Sunday, March 11: 11am - 5pm

WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building
222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

BOX OFFICE HOURS:

Saturday, March 10: 11am - 6pm
Sunday, March 11: 11am - 5pm
For more information visit, www.comicontoronto.com

Hobby Star Marketing Inc. was founded in 1992 and has quickly become one of Canada's premiere sports and entertainment marketing companies. Since its inception, Hobby Star Marketing has secured a niche in the industry by specializing in professional sport and entertainment celebrity placement at a variety of venues and events. Hobby Star Marketing is proud to be celebrating 18 years of hosting its own event, Fan Expo Canada 2012.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOBBY STAR MARKETING INC. VISIT
www.hobbystar.com

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