BPL Comic Con

2018 BPL Comic Con

Our 3rd annual BPL Comic Con® takes place on Saturday, September 22, 2018. With over 2,000 people attending in 2017, we can't wait for the fun and excitement this year. Join us for vendors, artists, cosplay contest, face painting, workshops, cake contest, digital quests, VR and more!

View our BPL Comic Con Program or see below for a full list of activities and the schedule for the day.  

Game On!
This year we're excited to be partnering with Game On!, the City of Barrie's annual gaming event. We'll be spread out at 3 locations in Barrie - the Downtown Branch of the Barrie Public Library, City Hall Rotunda, and the Five Points Theatre presented by Pratt Homes & Development.

Game On! will include retro gaming, VR, local game developers, video game competitions and more. View the Game On! Program

Schedule of Events


Angus Ross

Big Flex

Kids Floor

Little Flex

Teen Area

DVD Area





MacLaren Crafts


Face Painting


Scavenger Hunt








OMG Games
















Loc Nguyen

Digital Art Workshop

Superhero Storytime



Kids Costume Parade



 Cartooning Workshop

Yer a Wizard 














Cosplay 101


Kids’ Dragon Eggs

Dragon Eggs 






Zombification Workshop





Costume Contest










Cosplay 101
Join last year’s costume contest winner Winston Cooper (@NuffProps) as he talks about how to get started in Cosplay, making your own props, costumes and so much more.
Drawing Cartoons
learn from Marshall Geddes owner of the Drawing House to deconstruct popular cartoon characters and then create your own using drawing and cartoon fundamentals.
Digital Art 101 with Loc Nguyen
Listen to local digital artist Loc Nguyen discuss how to get started in digital painting from the basics of choosing hardware and software while including some digital painting techniques.
Zombification Workshop 
Learn the technique behind make-up to turn yourself from a human  to a brain loving zombie with Ashley from Bling Face Painting.
Yer a Wizard
Will your wand be made out of unicorn hair or Phoenix feather? Come to the Library wand shoppe and make a wand of your very own.
Dragon Eggs
Create your very own egg-stra special Dragon eggs. Will your egg have the colouring of a Hungarian Horntail or Norwegian Ridgeback? you decide.

Featured Cosplayers

Snowhawk Cosplay
SnowHawk Cosplay is a Barrie area cosplayer who has been cosplaying for over 4 years.  His work has been featured twice on Marvel.com for "Costoberfest" and has been involved in various events like the Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade and the Guelph Santa Claus Parade.

Pufferdoodles is a Canadian cosplay model and artist who has been cosplaying and attending conventions since 2011. She is excited to be back at Barrie Comic-Con to share her love of cosplay and geek culture with everyone!

Paper Bag Cosplay
Catherine, Marie and Hudson are part of a cosplay group formed by 8 family members stretching across 3 generations. For BPL Comic Con®, they’ll be cosplaying as characters from the anime Sword Art Online.

Winston Cooper Jr.
Winston Cooper Jr. has been cosplaying and creating props for 3 years, and has won awards at Fan Expo Toronto, Orillia Comic Con and BPL Comic Con®. He runs a business under the name Nuff Props.

Heather Armstrong
Heather is thrilled to return to BPL Comic Con® as Wonder Woman. She also has a love for the renaissance, and has been attending renaissance fairs in the U.S. since 2003.


  • Loc Nguyen
  • The Drawing House
  • Digital Art Creations
  • Nyla's Pixel Haven
  • True Creations
  • Orillia Fun Finds
  • Asphodel & Cytherea
  • Big B
  • Hedi & L.A. Siegel
  • Comic Post
  • Studio Eevachu
  • Wonderealm Graphics
  • Jennifer Austin
  • Perspective Books

Convention Rules

  • All Barrie Public Library policies apply to convention goers.
  • All costumes/cosplay must be appropriate for viewing by all ages.
  • Cosplay is not consent; no hugging or touching without consent.
  • No real, functional, or realistic looking weapons may be used as props.
  • We reserve the right to ask people with realistic looking weapons to leave the library.
  • No projectiles that can be fired are allowed on the premises, including NERF style dart/arrows.
  • No pets are allowed, even in costume.
  • Behaviour which is disruptive, abusive, insulting, harassing or threatening to library users, staff or volunteers is prohibited. Anyone who is seen as a threat to the safety or enjoyment of library facilities will be asked to leave.
  • If you feel unsafe at any time, speak to library staff, volunteers or security.

Prize Draws

The Prize draws this year will be in part with Game on!. There will be a quest desk where you can pick up a passport and to be entered to win a prize you must visit two or more locations. 

Visit the Quest Desk Location for more information!

Cake Silent Auction

  • Each cake will have a bid sheet in front of it. The minimum bid is listed on the top of the bid sheet.
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older to bid on a cake.
  • The bidding will start at 9:30am and close at 2:00pm on Sept 22 only.
  • Winning bids will be posted at 2:10pm on Sept 22
  • Winners will have between 2:30-3:30 on Sept 23 to claim their cake
  • All cakes must be paid for and picked up before 4:00pm on Sept 22
  • All sales are final, and all cakes are sold “As Is”
  • More detailed instructions of the bidding/winning process are available at the cake display