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Photos: Toronto ComiCon 2016 (Day 2)

By: Theresa Shim –

Toronto ComiCon 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto on March 19, 2016. (Photo: Theresa Shim/Aesthetic Magazine)

Toronto ComiCon 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto on March 19, 2016. (Photo: Theresa Shim/Aesthetic Magazine)

Longer lines and bigger crowds defined day two of Toronto ComiCon 2016. Saturday hosted more celebrity panels, cosplay and comic talks, and scheduled photo-ops, and while most cosplayers attended on Friday, most returned sporting event more amazing cosplay of their own creation. Highlight cosplays included several great ensemble cosplays, including a great Game of Thrones group and an extremely detailed Pyramid Head from the Silent Hill franchise.

Celebrity guests like Robbie Amell (The Flash), Will Friedle (Boy Meets World, voice actor for Guardians of the Galaxy tv series), Dina Meyer & Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), and the ensemble casts of Killjoys, Sailor Moon, and Dark Matter made appearances at panels throughout the day. Surprise guests, including Kristian Bruun (Murdoch Mysteries, Orphan Black), who has been posting live updates from the Toronto Comicon Twitter account (@TorontoComicon) all weekend, along with Toronto Councilman Norm Kelly and actress Italia Ricci. Kelly, who is known across the city as “6-Dad” appeared to be as in tune with popular culture as ever, being featured on the TouchwoodPR and TorontoComicon Twitter pages, posing with Stormtroopers. Italia Ricci was in attendance alongside fiancé and co-star Robbie Amell, whose panel brought laughs and significant insight on his work with The Flash, a hush-hush secret project to be revealed soon, and the Canadian film industry.

  • On his “secret project”

Despite his refusal to say much, Amell offered a teaser to attendees, as well as mentioning that it would be a “Canadian production, created and hosted by Canadians.” The project is titled Code 8 and he has worked on it in collaboration with his cousin Stephen Amell.

  • On a possible X-Files spin-off:

“Scheduling conflicts didn’t really allow for more episodes. The show ends on the biggest cliffhanger ever. I asked Chris [Carter], “How could you do this?!” … There’s no talk of a spin-off. Having worked on the show…David [Duchovny] and Gillian [Anderson] really are what makes The X-Files special. I would only do it if they were involved. I know they’re trying to work [scheduling conflicts] out.”

On playing another superhero in Marvel/DC Universe:

“I would like nothing more to play Batman. It doesn’t just have to be Batman. It can be Batman Beyond. It can be Nightwing. I grew up on Batman, as my mom who is sitting over here knows. She has worked tirelessly on my Batman costumes.”

On working with his cousin Stephen Amell on The Flash: 

“It was awesome. It was myself, Stephen [Amell], and Grant [Gustin] against Reverse Flash. It was a huge episode. It was the penultimate episode of the first season. Getting to work in the same business as family is rare and it’s great to work alongside him. Stephen [Amell] and I have talked about working together for a long time.”

On the Canadian TV & Film Industry:

“I used to really dislike Canadian TV and I’ll be honest with you: it was because it looked like garbage. Don’t laugh – you’re all thinking it! It’s not that way anymore. Canadian TV has taken a lot of leaps, like that show – the one where she plays clones…Yes, Orphan Black! Orphan Black is super impressive. It looks great, it’s a great show, she was nominated for an Emmy. You know, I was a little pissed off for a while that big, huge American productions would come here and shoot and look a certain way and have a certain status to them…And then I’d watch Canadian shows and they’d just look so cheap. What was wrong? The nice thing is, Canadian productions are catching up. It looks good now. There are good, creative people in Toronto and we’re starting to take pride in that. We want to work on Canadian projects. You know, I was saying we shot what we’re releasing on Tuesday [Code 8] with Canadians. Really super-talented Canadians. If everything goes to plan, we’ll shoot the rest of it in Canada. We’ll [do post-production] in Canada. We’ll hire Canadians. It means a lot to me. I feel like it would mean a lot to you guys. So many great things film here. Why not Canadian things?”

Toronto ComiCon wraps up today (March 20) at 5pm.

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