Montreal’s 2014 Comiccon didn’t just exceed expectations, it blew them clear out of the water. Comic book fans and fans of just about every fantasy and sci-fi genre came out to the three day long festival that proves being a nerd is definitely not a bad thing. Over 50 000 guests from all walks of life travelled near and far for what has become one of the most important pop culture gatherings of the year. People came out in droves dressed in some of the most elaborate costumes I have ever seen. Spiderman, Batman, Transformers, Superman and Wonder Woman were some of the more popular superhero costumes while other more elaborate costumes such as Spawn, the Joker (Nolan’s The Dark Knight) we also found slinking in the shadows. People come to Comiccon for many reasons. They are looking for the latest additions to their collections and to be with likeminded folk who love to dress up and have fun. Fans also came out to see the favorite stars whose roles inspired them and continue to inspire a new generation of fans. Actors like Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men), Matt Smith (Dr. Who) and Karl Urban (Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Judge Dredd) were main draws and drew thousands of fans for Q&A’s, conferences and photo ops. A special panel reuniting the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation was also featured and shows like Arrow, Power Rangers, Battlestar Galactica and more also featured main members of their casts. It was a gathering of characters like we have never seen in the city. Artists, sports figures, gaming consoles, cosplay superstars and exhibitors selling everything from comics and toys to costumes and jewelery were also on hand for their legions of fans. Comiccon is one the most successful fan conference franchises in North American drawing millions of people each year. If this year was any indication, Montreal will continue to be a rising star in the Comiccon circuit.