Valiant Expands 2016 Convention Tour with Eight New Dates

Valiant 2016 Tour

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Valiant’s 2016 Convention Tour Expands with Eight New Dates Across the Country – Beginning at Fan Expo Canada!

Valiant is kicking its coast-to-coast road show into high gear…and getting ready to bring the most critically acclaimed superhero universe in comics today to hundreds of thousands of new fans throughout the US and Canada!

Valiant is proud to announce a new slate of additional dates for the Valiant 2016 Convention Tour – a months-long, nationwide celebration coming soon to a town near you! Continuing at Toronto’s Fan Expo Canada, Valiant’s one-of-a-kind convention set-up is getting ready to roll into Baltimore;Portland; New York City; San Antonio; and more:

Thursday, September 1st – Sunday, September 4th
Fan Expo Canada

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, CA

Friday, September 2nd – Sunday, September 4th
Baltimore Comic-Con 2016

Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

Saturday, September 10th – Sunday, September 11th
Rose City Comic Con

Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 14th
GameStop Expo 2016

Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

Saturday, September 17th  – Sunday, September 18th
Buffalo Comicon

Buffalo Niagra Convention Center
Buffalo, NY

Thursday, October 6th – Sunday, October 9th:
New York City Comic-Con

Jacob Javits Center
New York, NY

Friday, October 28th – Sunday, October 30th
Alamo City Comic Con

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

Friday, November 11th – Sunday, November 13th
NC Comic Con

North Carolina Convention Center
Durham, NC

The year’s industry-leading celebration of your favorite superheroes takes flight in Toronto, CA at Fan Expo Canada 2016! From Thursday, September 1st through Sunday, September 4th, join Valiant at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for a weekend packed with programming, merchandise, and the best-reviewed comics in the industry!

Visit Booth #838 all weekend long to find out why Valiant has captured the nation’s biggest headlines and highest praise – including an unprecedented 50 Harvey Award nominations – with a complete collection of trade paperbacks and hardcovers featuring Valiant’s world-class roster of superheroes and villains, including X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT REBORN, FAITH, DIVINITY, NINJAK, RAI,ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, HARBINGER and more! Then stick around for a universe of high-flying merchandise, including t-shirts and collectibles featuring X-O Manowar, Faith, Bloodshot, and more!

Plus: Get the inside scoop on the most celebrated superhero universe in comics on FridaySeptember 2nd at 3:45 PM in Room #717 with Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here ­– a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters! You’ve seen the reviews, you’ve heard the buzz… Now find out why Valiant Entertainment has taken fans and critics by storm as the most acclaimed comic book publisher! Join us here for a one-of-a-kind introduction to the largest and most acclaimed independent superhero universe in comics! From X-O MANOWAR and FAITH to BLOODSHOT REBORN and DIVINITY, get the stories behind Valiant’s biggest heroes and find out where to jump on board right here with an in-depth tutorial that’s perfect for new fans!

Then, peek into the unbelievable stories charging towards your favorite superheroes on Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00 AM in Room #713 for Valiant: The Future of Valiant and Beyond! Valiant Entertainment is the most acclaimed publisher anywhere in comics today… Now, find out what’s next for powerhouse series like FAITH, GENERATION ZERO, BRITANNIA, BLOODSHOT U.S.A., HARBINGER RENEGADES, SAVAGE, and DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE right here as the future of Valiant starts here with an exclusive round of news and announcements – only at Fan Expo Canada!

As Valiant continues to skyrocket towards the top of the charts, the road to this year’s most exciting announcements, exclusives, and can’t-miss comics begins right here with one of the biggest shows of the year, only at Fan Expo Canada!

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MegaCon joins with Fan Expo

MegaConBanner2MegaCon gets sold to Canada’s Fan Expo, becomes MegaCon Orlando!

Article Via the Orlando Business Journal

Read it all HERE!

FAN EXPO Vancouver™ 2014 Gathers Geeks and Superheroes

March 25, 2014 by  
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Amell Arrow

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Freddy Krueger to The Walking Dead alum added to the star-studded line-up

Vancouver, BC (March 19, 2014) – FAN EXPO Vancouver™ will mark its third year by delivering a fan-tastic Easter Break escape for geeks and superheroes of all ages. The celebration of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming returns April 18-20, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

In the wise words of Jedi Master Yoda “Do or do not, there is no try.” At FAN EXPO Vancouver™ fans can ‘do’ it all: Q&A’s with celebrities and industry pros, sketch duels, photos opportunities with the entire Star Wars 501st Legion crew, retail and exhibitor areas bursting with rare comics and collectibles to the latest nerd-wear and tech-gear, and gatherings of fellow minded superheroes in and out of disguise (Batman or Bunny costume optional).

“FAN EXPO is the perfect playground for pop culture fans of all ages and this year we made it bigger for Vancouver fans,” says FAN EXPO HQ President, Steve Menzie. “We added 50% more space and a third day so our fans can enjoy even more of the fandom they are so passionate about.”


  • KARL URBAN (Almost Human; Star Trek)
  • STEVEN YEUN (The Walking Dead)
  • BRUCE CAMPBELL (Army of Darkness; Evil Dead)
  • ROBERT ENGLUND (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
  • STEPHEN AMELL (Star of Arrow)
  • ELIZA DUSHKU (Angel; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Dollhouse)
  • GIANCARLO ESPOSITO (Breaking Bad; Revolution)
  • RAY PARK (G.I. Joe; Star Wars Episode I)
  • CHARISMA CARPENTER (Angel; Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • JON HEDER (Napoleon Dynamite; Blades of Glory)
  • MICHAEL ROSENBAUM (Smallville)
  • BRUCE BOXLEITNER (Babylon 5; Tron)
  • JOHN DE LANCIE (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • MORENA BACCARIN (Serenity/Firefly; Homeland)
  • TOM FELTON (Harry Potter)
  • BILLY BOYD (Lord of the Rings)

For the complete list of guests, info and tickets, visit our website at

FAN EXPO Vancouver™ is a comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event featuring exciting family-friendly activities. 2014 Celebrity Guests include Karl Urban (Star Trek), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness), Stephen Amell (Arrow), Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), and more! FAN EXPO Vancouver™ is now a three-day pop culture extravaganza April 18-20, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC.

FAN EXPO HQ is the largest entertainment convention group in the country and one of the largest in the world. Collectively it hosts almost 250,000 fans annually at FAN EXPO Canada™, FAN EXPO Vancouver™, FAN EXPO Regina™; Toronto ComiCon, Dallas Comic Con, Dallas Sci-Fi Expo, and Dallas Fan Days presented by FAN EXPO.

Scene on the Web Weekly: August 19-25, 2013

August 22, 2013 by  
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Tampa Bay Comic Con and Fan Expo Canada get bigger and adds sports stars, Thor is headed to Disneyland, and the Heroes of Cosplay get reviewed.

Fan Expo Canada Adds Sports in 2013 with Hulk Hogan, Bobby Orr, Joe Montana, and More

March 7, 2013 by  
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TORONTO, ON (March 6, 2013) – Canada’s favourite and largest fan convention,Fan Expo Canada, is expanding by adding a new genre to the show: Fan Expo Sports – The Ultimate Sports Celebrity Experience.  The only convention of its kind to marry the worlds of pop culture with sports, the 2013 return of Fan Expo will see over 100,000 entertainment and sports fans unite at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to get a glimpse of their favourite celebrities.

“Sports are as much a part of pop culture as comics or science fiction,” says Steve Menzie, President of Hobby Star Marketing Inc.  “There are many similarities in the celebrity experience, with everything from sports collectibles to equally devoted fans.  We are creating an event that unites fans of entertainment – whether sporting or cultural.  It’s a natural fit and will offer a winning combination for all Fan Expo fans.”

With a mission to provide the “ultimate sports celebrity experience,” Fan Expo Sports goes above and beyond traditional sports shows that focus solely on signings and memorabilia.  Attendees will have a chance to meet their favourite sports celebrities, including Canadian hockey legends Martin Brodeur, Joe Sakic, Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr (in a rare public appearance); Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Joe Montana; wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan in his first Canadian appearance; Canadian horse racing champion, Ron Turcotte (Secretariat’s jockey) and many more!

Experience once-in-a-lifetime attractions including:

  • CELEBRITY PHOTO SESSIONS: A chance of a lifetime to have your photo taken by a professional photographer with your favourite sports celebrity!  This is the only way to get a beautiful 8×10 glossy photo of you with one of our special guests in an intimate setting.
  • AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS: A perfect opportunity to get that unique item signed by your favourite sports celebrity!  Be sure to check out the schedule so you don’t miss out!
  • PANELS/Q&A’s: Our special guests will all be speaking and taking questions from the fans, live on stage!  Like your very own press conference, the Pros will be here to answer your questions about their careers or issues in the world sports.  You never know what they might say!  Celebrity sports journalists will moderate many of these panels!
  • SEMINARS: Interested in hearing North America’s top sports agents tell you what it takes to earn scholarships or play professional sports?  Then listen to and participate in our numerous free seminars!  Soak it all in through many specialized sessions presented by the professional sports personalities!
  • OVER 70,000 SQ FT OF SHOPPING MADNESS!: Hundreds of retailers from all over the continent join FAN EXPO SPORTS to make your experience an unforgettable one!  Specializing in sports cards, licensed merchandise, sports memorabilia, equipment, jerseys, hats, and other collectables; these retailers have what you need.  It is THE area to find just what you’re looking for – whether it’s items from another era, posters, artwork, books, DVD’s, videos, toys or Tshirts – you will find it all here.

Fan Expo Canada will return to Toronto from August 22nd to 25th, taking over the entire North and South buildings of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with over 750,000 square feet, 100,000 fans and 900 retailers, artists and exhibitors.

For more information on Fan Expo Canada, visit

About Fan Expo Canada:
Founded by Hobby Star Marketing Inc. as the Canadian National Comic Book Expo in 1995, FanExpo Canada is an annual four-day multi-genre fan convention featuring comic, anime, science, fiction, horror and gaming.  The convention is the largest of its kind in Canada and among the largest in the world, filling the entire South Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with over 90,000 attendees every August.  Other shows produced by Hobby Star Marketing Inc. include Toronto ComiCon and FanExpo Vancouver.

Scene on the Web: Fan Expo Canada 2012

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Scene on the Web: Fan Expo Canada 2012

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Sci Fi Reigns at Toronto’s Fan Expo Canada 2012 [Op-Ed]

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Gillian Anderson Fan Expo Canada


 By Chris Lackner

 “All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination?”

Carl Jung

“Don’t you call me a mindless philosopher you overweight glob of grease!”

— C-3PO to Jabba the Hutt, Star Wars: A New Hope

Carl Jung may have said it more eloquently, but leave it to the droid C-3P0 to sum up my response to critics of sci-fi and fantasy.  Those who unfairly dismiss the worlds of fantasy as mindless and cheesy are missing the big picture: that the genre, when done well, can teach us more about ourselves than almost any other.

From franchise epics like Star Trek and Star Wars to serial dramas like The X-Files, the best sci-fi and fantasy offer a glimpse into our modern world through a distorted, funhouse mirror. They offer a safe place to deal with challenging questions about society, technology, ethics and politics. They just happen to also offer heroes in spandex — and the occasional Wookie.

Behind almost every costumed fangirl and fanboy flocking to this week’s Fan Expo in Toronto, is a story that has challenged us, and made us re-think our place in the universe.

Just a quick glance at the list of celebrity appearances at Fan Expo offers countless examples of fantasy as high-art.

For starters, there’s Gillian Anderson. As Scully on The X-Files, Anderson represented our modern skepticism of the fantastical – the logic-driven cynicism of our age. Her counterpart, David Duchovny as Fox Mulder, offered the other side of the coin: a man willing to challenge beliefs, to push boundaries and to believe the impossible was possible. When you look past the alien conspiracy, sexual tension — and the occasional sewer monster — their two characters are a good representation of how the sci-fi genre works.

We, as the audience, are all Scullys. And sci-fi and fantasy works — whether novel, comic, TV show or film — are collectively, the Mulder of the equation. Probing. Challenging. Mind-opening.

Lou Ferrigno of The Incredible Hulk will bring his biceps to this week’s convention. The series, which originally ran from 1978 to 1982, is cherished for its campy fun. But at the same time, The Hulk connects on a personal level. Brainy scientist Bruce Banner, and his inner-green demon and anger issues, speaks to the animal instincts inside all of us. Sure, we’re civilized. But who among us hasn’t wanted to give in to their frustrations and embrace the big green behemoth’s mantra of “Hulk smash.” There is a reason why Mark Ruffalo’s understated, human portrayal of the character in the recent film, The Avengers, offered some of its best moments.

Christopher Lloyd’s bug-eyed Doc Brown — also in Toronto this week — offered an almost cartoon-like presence in the Back to the Future series. But the good doctor and company made us think about the future we all might face, especially in the series’ second installment where Marty (Michael J. Fox) visits the not-so-distant future of 2015. So much of the future portrayed as fantastical in the film has come true. The interactive homes, with their multi-connected screens and ready access to electronic news and information, are already a part of our modern, web and mobile-driven lives.  (For the record: I’m still waiting for my flying car and hover board).

The best sci-fi not only reflects who we are but tells us where we might go. The Star Trek franchise is healthily represented at Fan Expo by Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek Voyager) and Levar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation). Through its intergalactic, fictional canvas, the series explored some of our most taboo, troubling subjects — from genocide, racism and civil war, to terrorism and genetic science. The show’s depiction of an ideal-driven struggle for equality and peace among vastly different species, offered lessons on mutual respect for our all-too divisive real world. (They showed us the magic potential of a holodeck… I’m betting Apple is already working on one).

James Marsters will be in town from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a cult series that used metaphor-laden monsters and demons to tell a coming-of-age story of a teenage girl and her group of friends.  Alan Tudyk is here from Joss Whedon’s short-lived, beloved series Firefly, which portrayed a central government vastly overstepping its powers and authority. Not a future any of us want to see, but one explored in some of the best sci-fi epics. Firefly’s portrayal of a future language, which at times seemed a hybrid of English and Chinese, might be another one of those fictional ideas that one day becomes a reality in our globalized culture.

X-Files, showcased at Fan Expo with appearances by both Anderson and William B. Davies, (the actor who playing The Smoking Man), inadvertently sums up the genre best. Mulder’s character once suggested, “dreams are answers to questions we haven’t figured out how to ask yet.”

The same could be said for sci-fi and fantasy. It’s the landscape of dreams, but it can offer us answers to some of our most important and burning questions.


• Chris Lackner is a Media Consultant with Holmes Creative Communications and a journalist. He can be reached at


Scene on the Web Weekly: August 20-26

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FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN ORDERING PRE-CONVENTION SKETCHES FOR MY 2013 CON APPEARANCES: I will be opening my lists on SEPTEMBER 5th, 2012. As of now my convention schedule includes Dallas Comic Con and London Super Con in February, MegaCon in March, , Boston Comic Con in April; Motor City Comic Con and Houston’s Comicpalooza in May, Supanova Perth and Sydney in June; Florida Super Con and San Diego Comic Con in July. There are other shows still in negotiations,but these are the confirmed shows. Pass the word…George Pérez
To help those interested to make their decisions:<br> <br> Rates for my 2013 pre-convention commissions are as follows<br> Marker Portrait (9”x12”-chest up): $125<br> Marker Portrait with Pencil Tones: $175<br>… Marker Mini-Bust (9”x12”-waist up, including arms): $225<br> Marker Mini-Bust with Pencil Tones: $275<br> Marker Full Figure (on comic board @ 11”x17”): $325<br> Marker Full Figure with Pencil Tones: $400<br> <br> All sketch prices are for single figure only*, usually with no backgrounds unless I choose to add a small bit like rocks, starry skies, geometric shapes, etc.**<br> • I also can do Portrait and Figure combinations like Galactus’ head looming over the rSilver Surfer for $500 (marker only) or $675 (with tones) or two characters interacting (at double the single character rate) LIMIT IS TWO CHARACTERS PER ILLO. <br> • **For the Full-Figure sketches I now offer a little extra detailed background (a gargoyle for Batman to stand on, some machinery, trees, etc., for an extra $100)<br> <br> Payment is to be in cash (in US Dollars, if possible, at foreign shows) when you receive the artwork at the convention. LIMIT TWO COMMISSIONS PER PERSON PER CONVENTION<br> There are plenty of examples of my sketches on my FB pages so that should give you an idea of the quality I strive to achieve to justify the high prices. <br> <br> Starting September 5th, if you’re still interested I just need to know which convention you’ll be attending, the character(s) you’d like, and the format. First come, first served.<br> <br> Good luck!See More</a>George Pérez Fan Page

Fan Expo Canada 2012 Announces Halo 4 Sneak Peek, Video Game Guests, and More

August 14, 2012 by  
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PLUS: Meet the Cast and Creators of Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Many More!

Tickets On Sale Now For This Ultimate Four-Day Fan Experience – August 23-26

TORONTO, ON (August 13, 2012) – This year’s Fan Expo Canada™ brings a special preview of the much-anticipated Halo 4, giving fans the exclusive chance to play the next installment of the Halo franchise before its release to the public on November 6, 2012. Expected to be the biggest video game release in history, the preview will surely be a summer highlight for gaming fans at Fan Expo Canada™.

The gameplay excitement shores up an incredible line-up of special guests and gaming attractions. Fan Expo Canada™ offers gaming fanatics a diverse array of programming, from how-to workshops to live Q&A sessions from working professionals in the industry.

Celebrating 18 years as the Comic Con of the North, Fan Expo Canada™ will be at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre August 23-26, 2012.

Participate in one of many exciting video game tournaments, get to try out upcoming games, sit in on video game publisher presentations or just explore the many different activities in the EB Games Gaming Expo. This is the event that gamers simply CAN-NOT-MISS!

Some of this year’s video game guests include:

  • Shawn Baichoo (Assassin’s Creed)
  • Michelle Boback (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)
  • Amber Goldfarb (Assassin’s Creed Ii & Brotherhood)
  • Paula Jean Hixson (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)
  • Michael Mando (Far Cry 3)
  • Neil Napier (The Assassin’s Creed Series)
  • John Stocker (Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory)
  • Elias Toufexis (Assassin’s Creed, Deus Ex:Revolution)
  • The Cast & Creators Of Red Vs Blue (Halo Web Series)

With over 80,000 fans expected and more than 700 exhibitors and retail vendors covering over 400,000 square feet, Fan Expo Canada™ is going to be the hottest event of the summer.

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ON – An Evening with Doug Sneyd

Doug Sneyd appears at the Comic Book Lounge on Saturday August 18, 2012 from 7:00 – 10:00pm!

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The Comic Book Lounge and the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop are proud to welcome legendary Playboy cartoonist Doug Sneyd for an in-store event on the evening of Saturday, August 18th. The event starts at 7pm.

Doug will be displaying some original pieces and preliminary art, as well as have a selection of limited edition prints including some of the ones he will be premiering at Fan Expo Canada the following weekend.

The Comic Book Lounge and the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop are honoured to debut a unique BLACK CANARY print at this event, done for this event by Mr. Sneyd. It will be available exclusively in store starting that night, and at booth 714 at Fan Expo Canada on August 23-26.

The evening will include a Q&A session with Mr. Sneyd, as he discusses his work and career as an illustrator.

This will be an adult event, alcoholic beverages will be served. Martinis will be prepared with Iceberg Vodka, the sponsor for these festivities. There will be finger foods and prepared hors d’oeuvres.

Admission is $10, but if you don’t already have THE ART OF DOUG SNEYD, anyone who purchases the book from the Comic Book Lounge gets in FREE.

The Comic Book Lounge + Gallery
587A College St. Toronto, ON

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