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Zombies, go-carts aiding growth of Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario

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From Buffalo Business First:

Niagara Speedway will take go-cart riders up and down four stories to ground-level course. The five-minute ride is expected to be ready by July

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.

Stormtroopers, wrestlers, zombies invade Clifton Hill

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From the Niagara Falls Review (includes a video and some pictures):

Back when it was still called WWF wrestling and Hulk Hogan ruled the ring with his headband and tear-away shirt, Paul Lemire started buying up the rubber action figures that most boys under the age of 12 would covet and then ultimately forget about when they got older, moved on to girls and realized these guys were acting.

Lemire, in his 20s back then, had no interest in playing with the Wrestling Superstars, however, and didn’t even open them. Instead he stashed them away in storage boxes where they would sit undisturbed until recently, when he broke out the collection and appraised its value.

“The entire collection of the figures I have right now is worth about $10,000,” Lemire said, pointing to a table full of about 20 rubber characters including the late Randy Macho Man Savage, Roddy Piper, King Kong Bundy, Big John Studd, and others.

In total, Lemire now has about 60 of the toys, down from the 70 or 80 he had before he started selling them.

“Individual wrestlers, for example Harley Race, that thing’s worth about $300 to $400,” Lemire said. “The Killer Bees tag team, $300 to $400. A lot of them are worth between at least $125 up to $300 or $400 a piece.”

Lemire, 58, was one of the vendors at the first-ever Niagara Falls Comic-Con 2011 at Dave and Buster’s restaurant and entertainment complex on Clifton Hill on Saturday.

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