Published Sep 24, 2019Ahead of what would have been its 25th year, the Central Canada Comic Con (a.k.a. C4) has announced it will be shutting down for good.
Michael Paille, the CEO of C4's parent company River City Conventions, broke the news in a statement shared through the Winnipeg-based event's Facebook page yesterday (September 23).
"River City Conventions after 25 years will be closing its doors permanently," he wrote. "There will be no future events planned for 2020 or the future."
Paille thanked "everyone for their support and help in making the last 25 years amazing," and acknowledged the "thousands of awesome volunteers, lots of local clubs and organizations as well as amazing costumers and cosplayers that came out over the years." He did not explain why River City Conventions was closing permanently.
CBC News reports that in a now-deleted post from April, Paille noted that the 2019 edition of C4 would not take place, and that they would aim to bring the event back in 2020. He cited increases in rental costs, lack of available dates, and a lack of local support from business and the city of Winnipeg.
Beginning in 1994 as the Manitoba Collector's Expo, C4 hosted the likes of William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Ron Perlman and Dave Prowse, as well as comic book icons such as George Perez, Neal Adams, Greg Horn, Ethan Van Sciver and more.
Read Paille's full statement below.