What do you get the geek who has everything?
Friday, October 19, 2012 at 9:53PM
Raffaele Furgiuele in Cos-Play, Shopping

Michael Anderson posing in his steampunk costume.

Rainy afternoons, like the one this past Sunday October 14th, usually gives the impression that you should stay at home and enjoy some quite time.  Entering the Nepean Sportsplex initially seemed to give the impression that most of Ottawa agreed.  However, the closer you got to halls A and B, the more Jedi, anime and steampunk characters could be seen lining the corridors of the building.  Once at those halls it seemed like every geek in Ottawa showed up for the first ever Ottawa Geek Market.

Vendors thought it was going to be an average day for them.  They were completely surprised when over 300 people were waiting in line for the doors to open.

“This morning was incredibly busy,” said Angie Kuehl of the Comic Book Shoppe.

Event organizers Stacey Young (left) and Karen Fraser (right) posing with a jawa from the 501stThat enthusiasm would not die down.  Throughout the day the event was at or near the 500 person capacity.

Even the staff running the event found ways to join in with the fun.  It wasn’t uncommon to see security staff deck out as soldiers from video games.  In fact, a personal favourite was the security chief dressed as a Klingon warrior.

Luckily, there didn’t seem to be a need for the staff to intervene.  Fans were just there to have fun.  Some were there to try their hand at a board game.  Others went combing through each vendors unique wears.  Others still just wanted to show off the costumes they created.

In the end, though, everyone simply walked away with a smile on their face.

“It’s been great,” said Dominc Bercier, co-founder of local comic publisher Mirror Comics. “We love Ottawa shows.”

Update on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 10:46PM by Registered CommenterRaffaele Furgiuele

Just a quick update.  I was just informed that the organizers managed to raise $2448.32 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Nice work guys!

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