On the weekend of June, Red Deer had its first comic expo at Westerner Park. It started with a lot of potential for a first timer. The stadium was big enough to offer plenty of booths and autograph areas, and still leave room for more activities. They managed to gather fan favorite guests, including Kane Hodder (four-time Jason Voorhees), Morena Baccarin (Deadpool, Firefly) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Chloe Bennett. They had all of the fun and games often associated with comic cons, from online gaming to an inflatable bounce house. It isn’t as big as Calgary Expo and it’s not as unique as Calgary Horror Con, but for anyone looking for a good time, Red Deer Comic & Entertainment Expo delivers.
Once you step past the ticket booth, you come find a row of autograph booths. Along with Hodder, Baccarin and Bennett are frequent horror actor Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Helena Mattsson (American Horror Story) and Cosplayer Nicole Marie Jean. Opposite them were an inflatable children’s playground, bounce house and a few booths selling geek items. Two booths stood out from this area. One featured cakes shaped like pop culture icons including a Stormtrooper mask and Olaf from Frozen, courtesy of Cake it! Another was Odd-Lot Puppetry Co. which not only displayed its unique Muppets and Lion King masks, but also allowed kids to make their own puppets. My personal favourite was a Donald Trump puppet.