The Fan Favorite Event has Swung into Toronto

By: Adam Choghri and Meron Teweldemedhin

A cosplay trio from Star wars posing for the camera. Credit: Meron Teweldemedhin

A Voice for your inner Monster

George was featuring his homemade game called, Monster Voices. He and his girlfriend made the game during Covid. “We had a lot of time on our hands, and we always enjoyed board games, but we wanted something we could play, kind of, on our own that would just be fun and wouldn’t be too serious.”  They describe their game as those who "love to make weird voices."

George holding his game, Monster Voice.

How do I play the game? 

On their Kickstarter they say that:

  1. You must lay out 9 of the monster cards. Then, each player is secretly assigned a monster.
  2. Once you do so, you have to flip over a "Words of Wisdom", then each player reads their card with what they think their monster would sound like.
  3. A player called, "Monster Spotter" can identify which monster they think the player has or other players. If the spotter did guess correctly, both the player and the spotter get points.
  4. Whatever player has the most cards, wins the game as the "Mega Monster" and as the game says, "eats all the other players."


Illustartor Magnus Merklin. Photo by: Meron

Magnus Merklin is an illustrator from Denmark, but he is studying Graphic Storytelling at college. He applied in 2019 and ever since then, he has been studying in Canada. However, he is about to graduate and is

currently interning. Merklin says that art has been his passion since he was young and wanted to pursue it. Although he did stop drawing for some time, he eventually picked it up again in high school and ever since then has pursued it as a career. Once he graduates this summer, he hopes to open an art studio.

“I'm going to graduate art school in June, then go back to Denmark, start freelancing and set up a studio. Got some trusted allies from my class. We're going to start freelancing and focus on doing our thing,” said Merklin.


Colorful Characters a must!

Upon entering the convention, you are hit with the colorful sight of different attendees' cosplays. Everywhere you went had interesting cosplayers like 51-year-old Philip, who was dressed as the witch king of Angmar from the lord of the ring series. This was Philip's first Comicon in Toronto since he is from Montreal. He said he wanted to try out Toronto’s convention. Interestingly, Philip designed his own cosplay.

Philip dressed up as witch king of Angmar from the lord of the ring series
Philip dressed up as the witch king of Angmar from the lord of the ring series. 

“Yeah, that's the witch king of Agmar if you remember the third movie. That's the one who got the sword in the face, then implode,” said Philip. He also added “Yes, everything is made by me. And it's foam," said Philip. 


Liam and Matthew made a homemade costume for the famous 2012 horror game, Slender-Man. The suit was very detailed. Liam said that his friend Matthew, "was talented to pull off" the Slender-Man look.

Liam and Matthew dressed up as the characters from Slender-Man.

Liam dressed up as the player from the game. Liam said it took them both 2-3 weeks to create their costumes. Slender-Man was a horror game where the players had to collect 8 pages around the wooded map. During the player's mission, Slender-Man would often appear, the player must avoid looking at Slender-man or he'll lose the game. 



Guelph dressed up as Marvel's Moonknight. It took four days for Guelph to create the mask for his Moonknight cosplay. "I 3D printed the helmet, so it took four days. I added some LED's to the mask and just bought a white suit. It worked very well and 3D printed some props for it." Moonknight first appeared in August 1975, he appeared in many Marvel comics, games, and shows. In 2022, the character got his own stand-alone show on Disney+.

Guelph showcasing his homemade suit from Marvel's Moon Knight.


Spencer dressed up as Denji from the popular anime series, Chainsaw Man. Spencer said it took two weeks to create the helmet. And for the saw that his character is holding, a few days. "In total, 2 weeks to make it," said Spencer.



Spencer dressed up as Denji from the famous anime series, Chainsaw Man.

This was Specner's first time at Toronto Comicon. He said he has attended Fan Expo before. "Comicon, I thought it would be emptier, but I'm presently surprised there's still a lot of people here."

Bullits or Bullets?

Pierre DesCotes isn't new to Toronto Comicon. He's been going to Comicon since 2021. “First year in ’21, I did five Comicons, last year [2022], I did 12 Comicons, and this year, I’m doing 17 Comicons.”  What does DesCotes sell? He sells real bullets but removes certain components from the live bullet, so it could be legal and sold.

Pierre DesCotes collection of inerts/dummy bullets.

These types of bullets are known as inerts, or "dummy rounds" which are often used for cosplays, movies, and tv shows, or to help with firearm instructors. “It is not ammunition by-law, what I sell are real bullets and brackets. But there is no powder and no live primer. So, by law, ammunition has to be fired by a firearm, but this is not. So, it’s good for training.”  











It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's your CAT?!

If those don’t suit your needs, one vendor has some superhero-themed capes for your furry friend. Katie runs the shop, Kitties With Kapes, which sells capes for cats and dogs.


You don’t have to get superhero-themed clothing, you could get a barista apron, bandanas of different characters from movies, and more.  Katie said that she has been at Comicon for five years. But before the five years at Comicon, Katie started at Fan Expo for 7 years now.  

Katie showcased her items for pets.

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