Canadian Military Mingled With Ghostbusters & Star Wars Cosplayers at Windsor Comicon

During Windsor Comicon 2018 The Canadian Military Mingled With Ghostbusters & Star Wars Cosplayers While Cosplay Contests Drew Impressive Costumes

Pop culture and comic book fans took advantage of the opportunity to put on their costumes and cosplay during Windsor ComiCon, Windsor’s Premiere Pop Culture Event held at Caesars Windsor this past weekend.

Children in costume during Windsor Comicon

Children dressed in costumes at Caesars Windsor during Windsor Comicon on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Thousands of attendees, many dressed in costume, enjoyed celebrity guests, artists, writers, a wide variety of vendors, a kids zone, and special celebrity panel discussions. Some even took part in costume and cosplay contests.

Ghostbusters cosplayer at Windsor Comicon

A member of the Detroit / Great Lakes Ghostbusters Coalition cosplay group stands beside a Canadian Military vehicle during Windsor Comicon on September 29, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

In addition, several cosplay groups, including the Detroit and Great Lakes Ghostbuster Coalition, and from Star Wars, the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion, were popular during the event. In fact, local Canadian Armed Forces from HMCS NCSM Hunter, and the 31 Canadian Brigade Group Army Reserve had a lot of fun mingling with the cosplay groups.

Great Lakes Ghostbusters Coalition at Windsor Comicon

The Detroit / Great Lakes Ghostbusters Coalition at Caesars Windsor during Windsor Comicon on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

The Great Lakes Ghostbusters Coalition stopped by the military booths trading proton packs, or “neutron wands” as they are sometimes called, for military guns and climbed aboard the military vehicle on display.

31 CBG's Steve Ghikadis is joined by members of the Great Lakes Ghostbusters Coalition during Windsor Comicon

31 CBG’s Steve Ghikadis is joined by members of the Great Lakes Ghostbusters Coalition during Windsor Comicon on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

On the final day of Windsor Comicon, Canadian military troops travelled to a galaxy far, far away, arriving at the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion interactive area located on Caesars Windsor’s Colosseum stage. While there an epic battle of good versus evil with the entire universe at stake was cosplayed among the groups. While all the participants seemed to be having fun, 31 CBG’s Steve Ghikadis seemed to be the most enthusiastic.

Canadian military members of the HMCS Hunter and 31 CBG cosplay with the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion during Windsor Comicon

Canadian military members of the HMCS Hunter and 31 CBG cosplay with the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion during Windsor Comicon at Caesars Windsor on September 30, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Saturday’s Cosplay contest winner, Michael Reeve, designed and created his impressive homemade Batzerker costume. Even more impressive was his cosplay performance on stage during the competition.

Michael Reeve Cosplays as Batzerker during Windsor Comicon

Michael Reeve in his homemade Batzerker costume moments before entering the Windsor Comicon cosplay contest at Caesars Windsor on September 29, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Another impressive homemade costume, complete with mechanical expanding and retracting wings, was Ben Grondin’s Hawkman costume.

Dr. Stevil with cosplayer Ben Grondin as Hawkman at Windsor Comicon

Dr. Stevil is disappointed that Hawkman’s (Ben Grondin’s) energy drink didn’t give him wings at Windsor Comicon on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

The cosplay contest was hosted by Sylvia Ward of Enchanted Princess Adventures, emceed by Dr. Stevil, and the judging panel included Geoff MacDonald (Messiah Complex Cosplay), Rachel Petersen (RayGrey Cosplay) and legendary actor and voice actor Phil Lamarr (Marvin in Pulp Fiction, original Mad TV cast member, voices of Samurai Jack, Green Lantern, Futurama, and dozens more).

Windsor Comicon Cosplay Contest Judges

Windsor Comicon Cosplay Contest judges from left to right, Geoff MacDonald (Messiah Complex Cosplay), legendary actor and voice actor Phil Lamarr, and Rachel Petersen (RayGrey Cosplay) on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

Windsor Comicon Cosplay Contest participants

Participants of the Windsor Comicon Cosplay Contest on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

The 4th Annual Windsor Comicon was presented by Cartoon Kingdom and a portion of proceeds will help support the Kiwanis Sunshine Point Camp for kids.

The 5th Annual Windsor Comicon is tentatively set to return to Caesars Windsor on September 21 & 22, 2019. However, the team behind Windsor Comicon won’t make fans wait that long because they are planning the first ever Windsor Toy & Comic Expo set to take place at Caesars Windsor on May 26, 2019.

For more information visit https://www.windsorcomicon.com

Slimer with Great Lakes Ghostbusters Coalition member during Windsor Comicon.

A member of the Great Lakes Ghostbusters Coalition holding a replica Slimer during Windsor Comicon at Caesars Windsor on September 29, 2018. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.