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    Cross border fandom

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    I hadn’t even heard about this until I read this article…

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It was William Kircher’s second visit to Canada.

    The New Zealand actor, best known for his role as the dwarf Bifur in the The Hobbit trilogy, was one of the celebrity guests at the inaugural Fan World event held jointly in Niagara Falls, Ont. and Niagara Falls, N.Y.

    “I went to a fan convention in Winnipeg. It was a little chilly and grey,” he recalled Saturday as he signed autographs for fans at the Canadian venue at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

    “Niagara Falls is fantastic. Such a beautiful place. I’m making my wife jealous right now because she’s still in New Zealand and when you see Niagara Falls, you really should see it with a loved one.”

    Kircher enjoys meeting with fans of his work.

    “It’s an adventure for me. I travel all over the world.”

    Thousands pack convention centre for Comic Con

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    They came as zombies and as superheroes. They came in drag and in batsuits.

    Mostly, they came in droves to Saturday’s Niagara Falls Comic Con. When it was over, about 5,000 people passed through the pop culture party, making it one of the biggest single-day events at the Scotiabank Convention Centre since it opened last year.

    “We crushed it,” said a satisfied co-organizer Paul Tappay, who spent a year planning the show with business partner Chris Dabrowski.

    “We’re an organizing mullet … he’s the business end and I’m the party end.”

    After holding the city’s first Comic Con on Clifton Hill last year, they gambled on the city’s new convention centre for this year, knowing it could be a financial nightmare if it didn’t take off. They both hoped for 2,000 to 3,000 people to show up – that figure was history by noon. Crowds packed the hall all day scooping toys, books and autographs, confirming Tappay’s hunch Niagara Falls was ready to compete with cities like San Diego and Toronto as a Comic Con destination.

    It erased any doubt there would be a show next year. It’ll be a two-day event in 2013, using even more floor space.

    Two of my sisters took my two sons to this, and they had a great time. They said the place was very busy, and that they’d definitely go back if they did it again. They didn’t think that the price could be any higher though, unless they get more “big-name” stars in.

    Autographs for the ages

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s a leather-bound relic stuck on the top shelf of a basement room at Oak Hall.

    It’s tucked behind a sheet of plastic, barely noticeable among the binders, filing cabinets and film canisters.

    But it just might be the most impressive autograph collection in Niagara Falls.

    The first signature in the Niagara Parks Commission’s official guest book is illegible. It was someone from England who visited on Aug. 8, 1920. The next dozen or so pages are the same thing — quickly-scrawled names of people who passed through the Commission’s 62.2-hectare park named for Queen Victoria, which opened in May 1888.

    It was an unremarkable tome, notable only to mark the distances people travelled to see Niagara Falls.

    Then in 1923, former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George became the first famous visitor to sign the book. It wasn’t flashy — no witty message attached — but it was history.

    Since then, the rich and famous alike have been jotting their names in the same book, compiling a roll call any autograph collector would covet.

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