The Mississauga Comic Expo (MCX) was held Octobr 21st and 22nd at the Mississauga Central Library, a short stroll from the Square 1 bus terminal.
Mississauga is largely known as a suburb of Toronto without much of its own identity, but urban Ontario is growing and so is comic culture, so if Windsor and London can have their comic-cons, the people of Mississauga should also be able to enjoy their own show without the commute to The City. The influence of the Toronto Comic Art Festival is evident, from being held in a library, to the free admission, to the comic guests being discouraged from selling fan-art prints, luckily there’s enough productive locals with their own material to sell.
Taking a pause from his Inktober projects, Mike Rooth premiered the Widow’s Wake sketchbook, vol 2. The living viking artist has been developing his nordic legend since before the rise of the sons of Aryas and the book’s long awaited release next year will cause Yggdrasil to shudder and groan. Another highlight debut made at MCX was the Hogtown Horror collection release just in time for Halloween. And it wouldn’t be a GTA comic event with local community icon Jason Loo selling copies of the Pititful Human Lizard.
The lower floor of the Mississauga Library is a section designated for the children, and the children who happened to be checking out picture books were excited to see the handful of cosplayers, like a few Star Wars characters, a Batman, and some more obscure heroes and villains.
The Mississauga library system is part of the online Comicsplus Library Program which grants free online access to hundreds of comic books to anybody with a library card, that’s a convenient way to read that’s worth checking out for frugal fans.
The MCX wasn’t an amazing show by any means, but it was free and an excellent proof of concept in a fun location to establish the event – so it can be assured that next year will be a definite destination. With Canzine now grown into something unique, the MCX is poised to inherit the role of TCAF Jr. And that’s good news since one TCAF isn’t enough.
-Michael Ryan, November 3rd 2016
I wrote this entire article on a train!