Some of the heroes from last year's CAPE.
CORNWALL, Ontario - Cornwall's own comic and pop culture event is getting ready to kick off its third year this coming Saturday, April 22.
The popular Cornwall Area and Pop Event (CAPE) is growing and evolving every year. This year will be the first time that there will be a cosplayers contest.
The contest will be divided into two age categories, 12 and under and 13 and over.
it will also come as a relief for cosplayers that at this year's event there will be a cosplayers lounge, equipped with enough glue and duck tape for all costume repairing needs. There is nothing worse for a Wolverine cosplayer than when their claws keep falling off.
CAPE's roster of guest stars this year include Sean Gunn of Gilmore Girls and Guardians of the Galaxy fame, Yanic Truesdale of Gilmore Girls and Kimberly Leemans of America's Next Top Model, the Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries.
CAPE organizer Carol Sauve said that guests you get to talk to at CAPE, you might not get a chance to see at larger conventions.
"We have to market CAPE differently than the big city shows," she said. "One feature is that you might not get a chance to talk to or see the guests that we have at those bigger shows."
This will be Yanic Truesdale's first Comicon style event, and Sauve said that Cornwall's convention was now reaching out to new fanbases.
"Usually comic conventions are based around a lot of comic, sci-fi and fantasy fandoms, but when you bring in someone like Yanic from Gilmore Girls you really start to open up that demographic," said Carol Sauve. "Dads can bring their daughters who might be interested in Gilmore Girls and they can check out some of the actors from the Walking Dead at the same time."
This year, the City of Cornwall is giving CAPE goers a helping hand with transportation. Cornwall Transit will be offering free bus service for those with a CAPE ticket on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 and will be offering a shuttle service from Walton Court to the Benson Centre and back on Sunday.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this service for our residents,” said Len Tapp, Division Manager, Cornwall Transit. “Cornwall Transit is proud to partner with successful community events such as CAPE.”
Check out CAPE's website for full details.
CAPE opens this weekend on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Benson Centre.