Comic Con is hot! It’s grown to become one of the most popular pop culture events in the Netherlands and attracts thousands of people per edition. The Comic Con Europe organization (Rotterdam and Amsterdam) and Dutch Comic Con organization (twice a year in Utrecht) have been competing in the Netherlands for a number of years, but fortunately, there is enough room for each to survive. The second edition of Comic Con Ahoy in Rotterdam, held on the first weekend of March, was quite busy and cosy.
Comic Con Ahoy offers everything related to fandom: there is all the merchandise you want, you can play new and old school games in the gaming area or take a picture with the actor from your favourite TV shows or movie. Many national and international guests from different genres and disciplines, such as comics, film, cosplay and TV are present. Unfortunately, some fans of these Hollywood stars are deeply disappointed; most of the big names didn’t show. Christopher Lambert from Highlander, Chris Rankin from Harry Potter, Charles Dance from The Game of Thrones and Steven Ogg from The Walking Dead unexpectedly couldn't make it due to bad weather.
Fortunately, with names such as Ronn Mass from Bold and the Beautiful and Richard Harmon from The 100 there were still plenty of famous stars during this edition of Comic Con Ahoy, but also Rotterdam's own heroes like Robert van der Kroft from Sjors and Sjimmie and other Dutch comic artists were present. The event featured several panels with the stars on the big stage who were ready to answer any and all questions and talk about past, current and future projects.
At Comic Con, you can get a signature and photo from the artist, with prices varying between 20 euros all the way up to 100 euros for a photo with two people from The 100. But the best part is watching all the beautiful cosplayers strolling around at the venue. Johnny Depp, Luke Skywalker, Rick and Morty, Batman... everybody is there and willing to go on the picture with you.
It is striking that the rival organization Dutch Comic Con also organizes an edition in Utrecht in four weeks time. On March 31st and April 1st, 2018, the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht will be transformed into the largest Comic Con in the Netherlands. This makes the need for the Rotterdam edition a little a bit unnecessary, but they had the luck of being the first event of 2018 which helps to attract enough audience anyway.
Are you a fan of comics, manga, cosplay, games and e-sports? Do you like movies, series or are you a real board game fanatic? The various Comic Cons in the Netherlands have everything you could ask for! It's definitely a great weekend full of spectacle, entertainment, special guests, workshops, great experiences where you can meet new friends with whom you can share your passions.
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