March 29, 2023

If you want to be a hero, even for just for one day, head to Kitchener Comic Com.

The event is being held this Saturday, April 2, at the Citadel of Heroes, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. W.

Last year’s inaugural event was attended by 3,500 people. This year’s extravaganza promises to be even better, with more programming including gaming events, panel discussions and several exciting big names from both the comic book and entertainment industry.

These include:

Steve Lehmann, a Waterloo native, who has been making music since the age of four. While visiting relatives as a young child, he imitated the music of the grandfather clock on the piano, which led his great aunt to recommend piano lessons.

Scott Yaphe. Born and raised in Montreal and now living in Toronto, he may be best known for his work as an actor. He has filmed and recorded alongside Jennifer love Hewitt, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Maya Rudolph, Bob Balaban and many others.

Bradie Whetham is a Canadian-born actor, musician, emcee and convention personality. He got his start on Broadway at the age of 10 with Walt Disney’s Toronto rendition of Beauty and The Beast, performing as Chip The Teacup. Throughout his teens he appeared in over 40 international commercial ads including for McDonalds, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, Power Rangers, Gushers, and Zellers. He has also guest starred on numerous television series and films such as Wind At My Back, Goosebumps, The Defenders, Mother Russia, The Snow Queen, Eerie Indiana, and Marciano.

Richard Comely is well known as the creator of Captain Canuck. It has a special place in comic history because, in 1975 it was the only full-colour self-published book distributed to the mass market. But, of course, the character’s status as Canada’s premiere superhero didn’t hurt its legacy either. “Media and public attention have been tremendous for the series since it appeared in 1975,” Comely said. “’Canada Post’ put Captain Canuck on a stamp (1995), he appeared on the cover of Time magazine (1997) and in a number of other Canadian publications. I think all this demonstrates that Canadians love having their own superhero. After all, superheroes started with Superman and half of the creative team of Superman was Canadian born Joe Shuster.”

Mike Rooth, a Canadian illustrator who has been a freelance art mercenary since the late 20th century. As well as creating a score of pinups for some of his favourite indie comics, Rooth has also worked on numerous sketch card sets for both Rittenhouse Archives (Marvel Universe 2011, Marvel’s Greatest Heroes, Marvel Bronze Age 2012) and Cryptozoic Entertainment (CBLDF, DC Comics New 52, Tarzan 100th Anniversary, DC Legend of The Batman, and THE WALKING DEAD Comic Book set).

Richard Zajac is a comic book inker living just outside of Toronto. He has been working in the industry for years working most recently on Batwing and the Huntress mini-series with Marcus To for DC as well as the DC Villains poster for WB. He also has helped Francis Manapul on Adventure Comics and the Flash. He has written and published his own book; Thoughtless. He also teaches art instruction to kids and teens.

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