FAN EXPO Vancouver™ 2014 Gathers Geeks and Superheroes

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FAN EXPO VANCOUVER™ GATHERS GEEKS AND SUPERHEROES

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.”

FAN EXPO VANCOUVER™ GUESTS INCLUDE:

  • 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 http://jivecommunications.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=2f3e3a68691554962f3e63fb8&id=d9ccc6a1d5&e=28ad5431a1

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.

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

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FAN EXPO LAUNCHES FAN EXPO SPORTS, THE ULTIMATE SPORTS CELEBRITY EXPERIENCE

NEW ADDITION INCLUDES CELEBRITY GUESTS BOBBY ORR, JOE MONTANA, HULK HOGAN AND MANY MORE!

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 http://www.fanexpocanada.com

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.

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

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FAN EXPO OP-ED

 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 clackner@hccink.com.

 

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

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FAN EXPO CANADA™ ANNOUNCES A SNEAK PEEK OF HALO 4, THE BIGGEST VIDEO GAME RELEASE IN HISTORY!

PLAY THE GAME BEFORE ANYONE ELSE AT FAN EXPO CANADA™

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.

For ticket information visit: http://www.fanexpocanada.com/tickets/

Visit fanexpocanada.com for exciting announcements and join the official Facebook fan site atfacebook.com/fanexpocanada

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

Fan Expo Canada 2012 Comic Book Expo Lineup to Include Stan Lee, Neal Adams, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Capullo, and More

August 10, 2012 by  
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IT’S A BIRD…IT’S A PLANE…IT’S THIS YEAR’S COMIC BOOK EXPO LINEUP

Among This Year’s Featured Guests: Stan Lee, Neal Adams, Kevin J Anderson, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Capullo and Many More!

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

TORONTO, ON (August 9, 2012) – As if having Stan Lee on board isn’t enough, this year’s Fan Expo Canada™ offers amazing programming supported by some of the biggest names in Comic Art. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to face-off in sketching duels, have their portfolios reviewed by industry experts, contribute to a mega mural as well as meet and interact with legendary comic artists.

Festival highlights include:

· Screenwriting for animation panel discussion
· ReBoot Retrospective with creator Gavin Blair
· Pitching you creator-owned comics
· Industry Roundtable discussion with Ty Templeton, Canadian comic book artist and writer
· A unique Q&A with the creators of CHEW
· Power Rangers mega mural created by fans

Some of this year’s celebrity guests, comprising some of the world’s most legendary names in Comic Art, include:

· STAN LEE (Legendary creator of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man and many more)

· KEVIN J ANDERSON (International best-selling and award winning author)

· KAARE ANDREWS (Ultimate comics cover artist)

· GREG CAPULLO (Batman artist)

· J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (Marvel cover artist – Spider-Man)

· JIMMY CHEUNG (Avengers vs. X-Men Artist)

· NEAL ADAMS (Legendary comic artist)

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.

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

For ticket information visit: http://www.fanexpocanada.com/tickets/

Visit fanexpocanada.com for exciting announcements and join the official Facebook fan site at facebook.com/fanexpocanada

Fan Expo Canada Provides a List of Their Top 12 Things to Experience at Their 2012 Convention

Fan Expo Canada 2012

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THE TOP 12 THINGS TO EXPERIENCE AT FAN EXPO CANADA

Celebrities, Masquerade Ball, The Official Back To The Future Time
Machine, Halo 4 Preview and so much more

- Celebrating 18 years as the Comic Con of the North August 23-26, 2012 - 

Tickets On Sale Now For This Ultimate Four-Day Fan Experience

TORONTO, ON (August 8, 2012) – With the 2012 Expo just around the corner, Fan Expo Canada announces a Top 12 List (because 10 is simply not enough) of must-see attractions and activities for this year’s convention.  Combining the best of gaming, horror, comics, science fiction and anime, Fan Expo Canada is the largest event of its kind in Canada, and one of the largest in the world!

Here are this year’s Top 12 must-attend events:

  1. THE ART OF FRANKENWEENIE – The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition captures the magic of Tim Burton’s filmmaking process and gives audiences an exclusive glimpse into the stop-motion animation process brought to life by this visionary filmmaker.  From original sketches drawn by Tim Burton, to extensive props, sets and puppets, the exhibition showcases the artistic detail and vision that has gone into bringing this heartwarming tale to the big screen in 2012′s most highly anticipated animated movie.  The Exhibition delves into the world of a boy who, inspired by science and the love of his dog, brings his beloved pet back from the dead.
  2. HALO 4 PREMIERE – Be the FIRST to play the new Halo 4 at Fan Expo Canada!
  3. THE BACK TO THE FUTURE TIME MACHINE – Time-circuits on.  Flux-capacitor…fluxing.  Engine running… well, the engine won’t actually be running, but come and see one of the most famous vehicles in all of film history and help The Michael J. Fox Foundation in its fight against Parkinson’s disease.
  4. FAN EXPO SPEED DATING – Back by popular demand, speed dating is returning to FAN EXPO CANADA!  Come and join in the fun and experience the thrill of meeting your potential soul mate!  Each genre will have its own session as well as lots of mixed sessions!  Free for attendees!  This is a 19+ event.
  5. CELEBRITY AUTOGRAPH & PHOTO SESSIONS – Don’t miss out on a chance of a lifetime to have your photo taken by a professional photographer with your favourite celebrity!  A perfect opportunity to get that special something signed by your favourite celebrity!
  6. COSTUMES!  COSTUMES!  COSTUMES! – Fans dressing up in costumes, or cosplay, as it is sometimes called, is a BIG part of Fan Expo weekend.  Literally thousands of amazing costumes are available for your viewing pleasure throughout the weekend.  Don’t be shy, get your photo taken with all your favourite characters or come dressed up yourself.
  7. OVER 400,000 SQ FT OF SHOPPING MADNESS! – Over 700 retailers join FAN EXPO CANADAto make your experience an unforgettable one!  Specializing in everything comics, anime, gaming, science fiction and/or horror, these retailers have what you need.  It is THE area to find just what you’re looking for – whether it’s a comic book from any era, original artwork, graphic novels, memorabilia, DVD’s, videos, games, toys or t-shirts – you will find it all here.
  8. MASQUERADE – If you’ve never been to a masquerade or cosplay, THIS is the one to attend!  This exciting event features creative fans showcasing their original costumes derived from the comic, sci-fi, horror, anime and fantasy worlds – all on stage for a chance to win bragging rights.  From caped crusaders to hot anime characters, be awed as a spectator or strut your stuff on stage.  Master of Ceremonies, Gordon Rose, brings you the most popular event of the weekend and the largest show of its kind in Canada!
  9. THE 501ST STORMTROOPER LEGION: GRAND MARCH & PHOTO SESSION – A great chance for fans to get up close and get photos with Vader, Boba, and those lovable Stormtroopers!  Have your cameras ready as the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers march the floor en masse, ending in the Grand Assembly photo opportunity.
  10. LIVE POKEMON DS PARTY! – Hosted by Pokemon superstar Veronica Taylor!  Bring your Nintendo DS and your Pokemon black, white, and other Pokemon games and play live with 20 other players including Ash Ketchum himself!
  11. LIVE ACTION ANIME BY THOUSAND POUNDS PRODUCTIONS – Live on stage!  Original live action martial arts inspired by your Anime favourites!  You’ve never seen anything like this before!  Beware: the first few rows of seating are sometimes called “The Splatter Zone”!
  12. BOARD GAME BLITZ – A multi-round, multi-game tournament to determine the best board gamer in Canada!  Join players from across the country to test your board game prowess.  This event is open to everyone.

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.

For ticket information visit: http://www.fanexpocanada.com/tickets/

Visit fanexpocanada.com for exciting announcements and join the official Facebook fan site at facebook.com/fanexpocanada

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