Comic con keeps growing

It's a sure sign you've hit on something good when people come to you instead of the other way around.

That's the case for Michael Kay, producer of the Kelowna Comic Con.

Now in its third year, Kay says he no longer has to scour the country looking for talent, many are coming to him.

This year's big name, Canadian actor Lochlyn Munro, who hails from Lac La Hache, sort of fell into that category.

"He was actually following us on Instagram, if you can believe it, liking everything and commenting on a few things," said Kay.

"I noticed that, and I contacted him directly and asked if he wanted to come. He said he would love to, gave me his agent's number and we started to talk."

Munro's name may not be recognizable, but his face is. He's a regular on the current hit Riverdale. He also starred in Northwood and had a recurring role on Charmed along with several movie credits.

Kay says he has also had to turn down people in the previous weeks.

"I'm still receiving calls from agents saying so-and-so wants to come to the show, do you have room?

"I've turned down a couple of big names because I've already filled out the lineup for this year. We will keep those in mind for other years, obviously."

This year's two-day event also features Nadine Marissa and Kerry Cahill from Walking Dead and Travis Wester from Supernatural.

Creative guests include the legendary Arthur Suydam, Diana Greenhalgh, John Delaney and Matthew Southworth. 

This year's cosplayers include Seviria Cosplay, Hyoken Seisou, Twin Flame Fabrications and Kelowna's own Roze Masquerade. The cosplay competition will include a cash prize for the first time.

The Comic Con attracted more than 2,000 people last year, and Kay anticipates hitting the 3,000 mark this year.

The goal, he says, is to become one of the top events in the country.

"Our goal is to be one of the biggest ones in Canada. By the fifth year, we want to be one people talk about coast to coast."

The Kelowna Comic Con runs Aug. 24 and 25 at the Kelowna Curling Club on Recreation Avenue.

Tickets start at $25. Click here for ticket information.

Kids 12 and under are free courtesy of Chibi’s Anime Goods and Collectibles.

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