About Van Isle Con
Vancouver Island Comic Con takes place in beautiful Sidney by The Sea on Vancouver Island, British Colombia. The show is held in, and supported by The Mary Winspear Centre and is a one-day extravaganza that is filled to the brim with creators, special guests, attractions and events. This by donation event is handcrafted with love and care and offers an experience you can only get on Vancouver Island.
We look to bring the fans, enthusiasts, and the general public a jaw-dropping event that people will remember for years to come, and did we mention it is by donation? Our goal is to create a place where creators have real opportunities, and so do the fans.
Opportunities for the fans to meet the people who have a real love and passion for the work they do and for those fans to hear them speak about that passion. We want to try our best to ensure the public has a fun experience and to avoid the classic waiting in long lines to get a whiff of their superhuman like scent.
With low table fees, we offer creators, whether you are new to the game or a seasoned pro, equal opportunity to make a profit and to be treated with the respect they deserve. Because without them these shows wouldn’t exist. With that, there is a diverse group of artists, crafters, and vendors for the public to get their sticky little fingers on. There is no shortage of cool stuff is what we are trying to say.
A Little History...
June 11th, 2017 marked Vancouver Island Comic Cons first year which brought no shortage of things to see and do for the fans on Vancouver Island, something that had been lacking in the comic con community for some time. With over 75 exhibitors, a cosplay contest, attractions and panels, and an amazing presentation from Oscar Winner, Chris Williams of Disney Studios, the show was a success!
The idea of holding a convention in The Town of Sidney started through a conversation at The Sidney Museum while they were creating their exhibit "Up, Up and Away! Comic-book Superheroes and our Culture". What at first was a plan to bring together a few local artists for a Canada 150 event, quickly grew into a full comic convention. We are now going into our third year with the Mary Winspear Centre and Sidney BIA sponsoring the event.