Marvel star featured guest for Ingite Comic Expo

by | Sep 29, 2016 | A&E

Daniela Gitto

Arts and Entertainment Reporter

It’s time for students to get their super-hero costumes dry-cleaned because one of Humber College’s most anticipated events is back, and it’s going to be Marvel-ous.
Ignite Student Life is hosting its fourth annual Comic Expo in partnership with Stadium Comics at North campus on Monday in the Student Centre from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Lakeshore campus Expo will be on Tuesday at the same time in L Building. The first 50 students at both events get a surprise giveaway.
This free walk-thru is packed with new comic vendors and illustrators, a cosplay costume contest and a Magic: The Gathering tournament.
An intended highlight is a question-and-answer session with special guest Brett Dalton, better known to fans as Agent Grand Ward from the TV series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Dalton will appear at both campuses.
“I’m absolutely stoked, I’m a huge fan of The Hive (Dalton’s character on Agents, it’s) always great to meet the dude behind the mask,” hospitality management student Austin Eckstein said.
Dalton’s list of credentials is growing exponentially, and his most recent upcoming feature films include The Tourist and Lost in Florence, along with the short film Trust No One
“I’m super excited that Humber celebrates our culture and allows artists to come in and display their work,” film and television student Onyeka Oduh said.
Meanwhile, cosplayers will put their acting skills to the test because they’ll be judged on costume accuracy, stage presence, and crowd interaction.
First place gets $250, while second place wins Raptors tickets and there is $50 for third.
Cosplayers are alerted that metal prop items are not allowed and all props must be evaluated by Ignite staff before entering the event.
Ignite Student Life VP Ammar Abdul-Raheem reminds students that cosplay is not consent. Patrons don’t have the right to take pictures of people in costume or ambush them with hugs unless they receive permission.
“It’s about getting the community together and also outwardly showcasing that culture,” Abdul-Raheem said. “We love juxtaposing a culture to the diverse students we have.”
Attend the event with an open mind, Abdul-Raheem advises.
“Explore seeking something for yourself, and you might fall in love with something you may not have expected,” he said.