Fan Expo Canada Announces Star-Studded Line-up for 2012: Stan Lee, Gillian Anderson, Patrick Stewart, Kevin Smith, Etc.

Gillian Anderson

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CELEBRITY GUEST LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR 18th ANNUAL FAN EXPO CANADA™ – AUGUST 23-26

Among This Year’s Star-Studded Guests: Stan Lee, Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Carpenter, Patrick Stewart, Kevin Smith, Rose McGowan, John Carpenter
PLUS Cast Members from The Walking Dead and True Blood!

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

TORONTO, ON (June 12, 2012) – Celebrating 18 years as the Comic Con of the North, Fan Expo Canada is gearing up for this year’s event boasting the largest combined gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event in the country and one of the largest in the world!  Fan Expo Canada will be at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre August 23-26, 2012.

Some of this year’s celebrity guests, comprising some of the world’s most legendary names in pop culture, film and television, as well as industry luminaries include:

  • STAN LEE (Legendary Creator of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, as well as countless others)
  • GILLIAN ANDERSON (The X Files)
  • NELSAN ELLIS AND SAM TRAMELL (True Blood)
  • PATRICK STEWART (Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men™ Feature Films)
  • KEVIN SMITH AND JASON MEWES (Jay and Silent Bob)
  • ROSE McGOWAN (Charmed and Grindhouse)
  • JENNIFER CARPENTER (Dexter)
  • CHRISTOPHER LLOYD (Back To The Future)
  • NORMAN REEDUS and JON BERTHAL (The Walking Dead)
  • LUKE PERRY AND JASON PRIESTLEY (Beverly Hills 90210)
  • JOHN CARPENTER (Legendary Director)

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.

TICKET DETAILS:

PREMIUM Fan Expo Pass: SOLD OUT!

DELUXE Fan Expo Pass: $95 – BEST VALUE, LIMITED QUANTITIES

  • Includes unlimited access to Fan Expo Canada for all 4 days
  • Advance entrance on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 (2:00 p.m.)

SINGLE Fan Expo Pass:

  • Includes unlimited access to Fan Expo Canada on specified date
  • (Excludes special ticketed events and anything otherwise noted)

Thursday, August 23, 2012:      $25.00
Friday, August 24, 2012:          $30.00
Saturday, August 25, 2012:      $45.00
Sunday, August 26, 2012:        $35.00

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

Fan Expo Canada 2011 Adds Hayden Panettiere and William Shatner

Hayden Heroes

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TOP 10 MUST SEES AT FAN EXPO CANADA™

The ultimate four-day fan experience adds Heroes star HAYDEN PANETTIERE and the one and only WILLIAM SHATNER to line-up!

TORONTO, ON (August 17, 2011) – Only eight more days until FAN EXPO CANADA™ arrives in Toronto!   Canada’s premier combined gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event – the third largest in the world – is celebrating 17 years of Comic-Con North!  This year’s expanded four-day festival takes place August 25-28, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre showcasing more than 600 exhibitors and retailers covering over 250,000 square feet.

Tickets to FAN EXPO CANADA™ are on sale in advance until August 21st and available at the door.  Prices range from $79 (DELUXE Fan Expo Pass); and SINGLE Fan Expo Passes from $40$30 and $25.  All prices include HST and are available through the FAN EXPO CANADA™ website, www.fanexpocanada.com.

In addition to NEW features and events including Nerd Speed Dating, fans can also expect returning popular favourites such as Canada’s largest costume Masquerade, Artist Alley, Sketching Duels, National Gaming Tournaments and, of course, celebrity autograph and Q&A panels.  For the complete programming schedule, visit www.fanexpocanada.com.

TOP 10 MUST SEES AT FAN EXPO CANADA

CANADA’S LARGEST COSTUME MASQUERADE - SATURDAY NIGHT ONLY! 8PM (All genres) If you’ve never been to a masquerade or costume play, THIS is the one to attend!  This annual 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.  Master of Ceremonies, Gordon Rose, brings you the most popular event of the weekend and the largest show of its kind in Canada!
(Saturday, Aug. 27, 8 pm, Hall G)

NERD SPEED DATING (All genres)
For the first time ever, speed dating is coming to FAN EXPO CANADA™!  Come and enjoy good music, great company, and the thrilling potential to meet your soul mate!  Each genre will have its own session and is free for all attendees!  This is the perfect opportunity to seek out like-hearted individuals at the biggest fan party of the year!  This event is for adults 18 years of age or older.
(Thursday-Saturday, various times, Room 803)

TELETOON CANADA PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “STAR WARS: CLONE WARS”
Season Four, Episode One (Sci-Fi)
The season will be an exciting one where viewers will see the heroic Jedi Knights and their clone army fight to preserve order.  Season four will show efforts met with strong resistance from the massive Separatist droid army.  Escalating and expanding into uncharted corners of the galaxy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars grows with exotic adventures and enhanced animation.  Within the galactic battle, fearsome foes from the past return to settle the score, including lethal adversaries such as bounty hunter Cad Bane and the monstrous Savage Opress.  Hosted by TELETOON at Night’s Fred Kennedy, fans in attendance will get the chance to win one of three mystery prize packs to be revealed onsite.
(Saturday, Aug. 27, 5 pm, Room 718)

SKETCHING DUELS (Comic)
Check out your favourite comic artists as they go pen to pen!  The original art they produce goes up for grabs once they’re done!  An amazing experience to witness, these friendly competitions show who’s got the edge in comic book illustration!
(Thursday-Sunday, various times, Room 716)

STAR WARS – JEDI SCHOOL (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
Lightsaber Dueling Demo & Workshop.  How do Jedis do it?  It looks so cool!  Find out here.
(Saturday, Aug. 27, 4 pm, Room 715B)

501ST GRAND MARCH
Have your cameras ready as the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers march the floor en masse as they travel to the location of their much looked forward to Grand Assembly photo opportunity.  When they get rolling they can’t stop, so get your shot and then get yourself to the Gallery on 800 for the Assembly.
(Saturday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m., 800 Level)

REMEMBERING FRIGHTENSTEIN
Join VICTORIA PRICE and producer/co-star MITCH MARKOWITZ as we take a walk down memory lane of The Hilarious House of Frightenstein, Canada’s legendary monster kid’s show starring Vincent Price and Billy Van.  Moderated by Rue Morgue’s Paul Corupe!
(Friday, Aug. 26, 5 pm, Room 715B)

ANIMOTION J POP DANCE (Anime)
Coming to you from the heart of downtown Toronto, Fan Expo is proud to present our annual J-Pop dance. Featuring a mix of the hottest hits from the hottest shows, to classics everyone remembers and loves, ANIMOTION promises to give you the beats to unleash your inner dance machine!

LOLITA FASHION 101 (Anime)
Lolita,a Japanese street fashion know for its intricate and delicate doll-like look, has become one of the most recognized street stylesin Japan, and is now a popular movement in North America.  Members of ‘The Southern Ontario Lolita Community’ will give you an opportunity to find out all about this growing fashion style and how to get involved in it!  Check out the fashion show too!
(Sunday, Aug. 28, 1 pm, Room 707; Fashion Show, Sunday, Aug. 28, 1:30 pm, Room 718)

VIDEO GAME TOURNAMENTS and CARD TOURNAMENTS (Gaming)
GX offers the largest destination for live competitive console and PC gaming tournaments featuring all the latest and hot titles.  GX has been the site of the Canadian National Championships for Magic: the Gathering, Pokemon, and UFS Universal Fighting System, and is hosting the national championship for the Great Canadian Board Game Blitz.  FAN EXPO CANADA™ is home to the largest gathering of gamers in the country!
(Daily, various times and locations)

FAN EXPO CANADA™ recently announced its stellar line up of celebrity guests comprising of the world’s most legendary names in pop culture, many of today’s hottest film and television stars, as well as industry luminaries including:

Sci-Fi / Fantasy:

  • ANTHONY DANIELS (Star Wars)
  • ELIZA DUSHKU (Dollhouse)
  • TOM FELTON (Harry Potter)
  • LARRY HAGMAN and BARBARA EDEN (I Dream of Jeannie)
  • LEE MAJORS (The Six Million Dollar Man)
  • HAYDEN PANETTIERE (Heroes) - NEW
  • KATEE SACKHOFF (Battlestar Galactica)
  • ROBERT J. SAWYER (Bestselling author of Flashforward)
  • WILLIAM SHATNER (Star Trek) - NEW
  • KEVIN SORBO (Hercules)
  • SAM TRAMMELL (True Blood)

 

Horror:

  • ROBERT ENGLUND (A Nightmare On Elm Street)
  • JOHN WATERS (Legendary director of Pink Flamingos, Multiple Maniacs, Serial Mom)
  • MARTIN LANDAU (Ed Wood) - NEW
  • JOHN ASTIN (The Addams Family)
  • DOUG BRADLEY (Hellraiser)
  • HEATHER BREWER (NY Times bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod)
  • LANCE HENRIKSEN (Aliens)
  • VICTORIA PRICE (Daughter of Vincent Price and author of A Daughter’s Biography)
  • STEVEN SEVERIN (London Punk pioneer and founder of Siouxsie And the Banshees)

 

Comic:

  • CHRIS CLAREMONT (Legendary Comic Writer) – NEW
  • DAVID FINCH (Batman:The Dark Knight Artist) – NEW
  • JOE KUBERT (Legendary Comic Book Artist)
  • ADAM KUBERT (Artist of ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN & WOLVERINE)
  • ANDY KUBERT (Artist of BATMAN & FLASHPOINT)
  • JEFF SMITH (Cartoonist Guest of Honour – Creator of BONE)
  • DOUG SNEYD (Legendary Playboy cartoonist)
  • CLAY MANN (Artist — X-Men: Legacy) - NEW

 

Anime:

  • JASON DELINE, SHAWN MEUNIER (Stars of Bakugan)
  • MIKE MCFARLAND, CHRIS SABAT (Stars of Dragonball Z)
  • JUNKO MIZUNO (Acclaimed manga artist)
  • VIC MIGNOGNA (Star of Fullmetal Alchemist:Brotherhood)
  • VERONICA TAYLOR (Star of Pokemon)

 

Gaming:

  • JARETT CALE, GEOFF LAPAIRE (Pure Pwnage)
  • ROBIN D. LAWS (Author – Dungeons & Dragons, Heroquest)
  • ED GREENWOOD (Author of Forgotten Realms)
  • VICTOR LUCAS, SHAUN HATTON (The Electric Playground)

 

For the complete list of celebrity guests, go to www.fanexpocanada.com.

TICKET DETAILS: All advance ticket sales are available August 21st through the Fan Expo Canada
website: www.fanexpocanada.com.  (All prices include HST)

DELUXE Fan Expo Pass: $79 — BEST VALUE, LIMITED QUANTITIES
·        Includes unlimited access to Fan Expo Canada for up to 4 days
·        Access to Special Expo Preview on Thursday, August 25 at 2:00 pm
·        (Excludes special ticketed events and anything otherwise noted)

SINGLE Fan Expo Pass:
·        Includes unlimited access Fan Expo Canada on specified date
·        (Excludes special ticketed events and anything otherwise noted)

 

Thursday, August 25, 2011
(starting at 4pm)
Friday, August, 26, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
$25$30
$40
$30

 

SHOW DETAILS:

WHEN: AUGUST 25- 28, 2011

Thursday, August 25Friday, August 26
Saturday, August 27
Sunday, August 28

WHERE:

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Special Preview for Deluxe Pass holders)
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
10:00 am – 6:00 pmMetro Toronto Convention Centre South Building
222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For more information visit, www.fanexpocanada.com

BONE 20th Anniversary Tour

Jeff Smith celebrates the 20th anniversary of BONE with a world tour stopping in six cities across three countries. It starts at Comic-Con International in San Diego where the 20th Anniversary Box Set makes its official debut! The tour goes on to Baltimore Comic Con, Fan Expo CanadaNew York Comic Con, Mid-Ohio Comic Con, and finally the Lucca Comics & Games Festival in Italy. Check out Jeff’s blog for more details!

Fax Expo Canada 2011 Offers Up Thrills and Chills

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Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger

Thrills and Chills at 2011 Fan Expo Canada™

Horror genre heavyweights headline Festival of Fear Horror Expo: Freddy Krueger, Elvira, Gomez and Hellraiser

Toronto, ON (May 17, 2011) – Some of film and television’s most fear-provoking characters of all time are set to appear in the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear Horror Expo, August 25 – 28, 2011 as part of Fan Expo Canada™, the nation’s largest gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event. 

Horror genre personas Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), Elvira, Hellraiser’s Pinhead (Doug Bradley) and The Addams Family patriarch “Gomez” played by John Austin headline the frightening lineup joined by horror royalty Victoria Price (daughter of King of Horror Vincent Price) and legendary director John Waters to name a few.

The RUE MORGUE FESTIVAL OF FEAR is the country’s largest horror expo, attracting an average of 70,000+ fans to the heart of downtown Toronto over four days in August. This powerhouse event is an extravaganza of celebrity guests, autograph signings, Q&A sessions, seminars and workshops, plus a colossal selection of horror movies and memorabilia including books, toys, video games, trading cards, posters and tons more. Horror fans of all ages will also have the opportunity to preview upcoming films in the Screaming Room, participate in the midnight horror masquerade on Saturday, August 27th and enjoy musical performances by horror punk bands.
 

2011 National Horror Expo – The Rue Morgue Festival Of Fear Celebrity Guests:

Guests of Honour:
ROBERT ENGLUND (Freddy Krueger in the original A Nightmare On Elm Street, Freddy Vs Jason)
JOHN WATERS (Legendary director of Pink Flamingos, Multiple Maniacs, Serial Mom)

Special Guests:

JOHN ASTIN (Gomez of The Addams Family)
DOUG BRADLEY (Pinhead of Hellraiser series)
REMY COUTURE (FX artist, The Punisher, Death Race, Inner Depravity)
ELVIRA (Mistress of the Dark)
LANCE HENRIKSEN (Bishop in the Aliens feature films)
MALCOLM MCDOWELL (Alex DeLarge of A Clockwork Orange and Dr. Samuel Loomis of Halloween films)
VICTORIA PRICE (Daughter of Vincent Price and author of A Daughter’s Biography)
TOM SAVINI (Dawn of the Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn and director of 2009’s Night of the Living Dead)
SAM TRAMMELL (Sam Merlotte in True Blood, Dexter)
 
Horror Punk Guests:
BLOOD CEREMONY (Toronto’s Witch Rock Pioneers)
GHOULTOWN (Texas’ Premier Hellbilly Band)
STEVEN SEVERIN (London Punk pioneer and founder of Siouxsie And the Banshees, Music For Silents)

Key Features And Highlights of the Festival Of Fear Horror Expo:

·       Intimate and Interactive celebrity presentations and autograph sessions allow fans the opportunity to meet their favourite personalities and learn from an insider’s perspective
·       Screaming Rooms – a great opportunity to preview upcoming films and projects
·       Special presentation at the Bloor Cinema – TBA.
·       Workshops and Seminars – daily free lectures by horror industry experts
·       Q&A Sessions – visitors can participate in an open forum with industry professionals
·       The Official Horror Expo Party on Saturday, Aug. 27th – dress up as a popular horror character and compete for a midnight costume contest!
·       600 commercial exhibitors and retailers will offer everything from graphic novels, trades, videos, DVDs, movie memorabilia, original artwork, posters and more!
·       Industry Preview Area – see the latest products and services and get a sneak peek at upcoming projects
·      Artist Alley – meet the up and coming talents in the horror world including feature writers, artists and publishers.
 
For a 17th consecutive year, visitors from across Ontario and around the world will have the opportunity to experience the very best of pop culture first-hand at the upcoming 2011 Fan Expo Canada™. In addition to The Festival of Fear Horror Expo, the country’s largest combined event will include Anime, Science Fiction Expo, Comic Book Expo and Gaming Expo.
 

SHOW DETAILS:
 
WHEN: AUGUST 25- 28, 2011
                       
Thursday, August 25, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Special Preview) 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, August 26 – 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 27 – 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, August 28- 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
                       
WHERE:  Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building
222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 

For more information visit, http://www.fanexpocanada.com/

Fan Expo Canada 2011 Adds Sci-Fi and Fantasy Icons

Tom Felton Draco Deathly Hallows

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Pop Culture’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Icons Added to Powerhouse Lineup at 2011 Fan Expo Canada™

 

Stars of True Blood and Harry Potter join C-P3O, The Six Million Dollar Man and Hercules on SFX Science Fiction Expo Stage

Toronto, ON (May 11, 2011) – Fan Expo Canada™, Canada’s largest gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event, today announced a star-studded lineup of science fiction celebrities that is sure to thrill fans of all ages. The Science Fiction Expo spotlights a plethora of television and film idols spanning generations including

Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man), Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) as well as today’s hottest fantasy stars such as True Blood’s Sam Trammell, Harry Potter’s Tom Felton and Sci-Fi “it” girls Eliza Dushku and Katee Sackhoff.

Original Star Wars actor, Anthony Daniels, who played CP3O, joins the weekend-long “Celebrating Star Wars” programming featuring 501st Legion, The Droid Hunt, Masquerade, Lightsaber Duel demonstrations, video presentations, costume and prop making workshops, photo sessions and more!

Also announced, returning by popular demand is Fan Expo Canada’s Steampunk programming – a growing sub-genre of Sci-Fi, inspired by the industrial Victorian era. The introduction of STEAMPUNK to last year’s event drew massive crowds of enthusiasts from all corners of the world.

The SFX Science Fiction Expo Celebrity Guests Include:

· ANTHONY DANIELS (C-3PO in Star Wars feature films)

· ELIZA DUSHKU (Echo in Dollhouse)

· BARBARA EDEN (Jeannie in I Dream of Jeannie)

· TOM FELTON (Draco in Harry Potter feature films)

· LARRY HAGMAN (Major Anthony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie)

· LANCE HENRIKSEN (Bishop in the Aliens feature films)

· LEE MAJORS (Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man)

· NICHELLE NICHOLS (Uhura in the original Star Trek)

· KATEE SACKHOFF (Captain Kara of Battlestar Galactica)

· MICHAEL SHANKS (Dr. Daniel Jackson in Stargate SG-1)

· MARINA SIRTIS (Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation)

· KEVIN SORBO (Captain Dylan Hunt in Andromeda and star of Hercules)

· SAM TRAMMELL (Sam Merlotte in True Blood)

Key Features and Highlights of the SFX Science Fiction Expo:

· “Celebrating Star Wars” with an entire weekend-long programming including 501st Legion Conference, The Droid Hunt, Masquerade, Light saber Duel demonstrations, Video presentations, Costume & Prop making workshops, Photo Sessions and more!

· Intimate and Interactive – celebrity presentations allow fans the opportunity to meet their favourite celebrities and learn some of Sci-Fi’s best kept secrets in an open Q & A forum

· Autograph Sessions with Science Fiction celebrities – always a crowd pleaser

· Canada’s largest Masquerade on Saturday, Aug. 27 – dress up as a popular Science Fiction character

· 600 commercial exhibitors supporting a full complement of science fiction and entertainment themes including collectibles, videos and more

· Science Fiction industry professional workshops for the public

· Industry Preview Area – see the latest products and services and get a sneak peek at upcoming projects

For the 17th consecutive year, visitors from across Ontario and around the world will have the opportunity to experience the very best in pop culture first-hand at the upcoming 2011 Fan Expo Canada™. In addition to the Science Fiction Expo, the country’s largest combined event will include Anime, Comic Books, Festival of Fear Horror Expo and GX – Gaming Expo. Stay tuned for more announcements in the upcoming weeks.

SHOW DETAILS:

WHEN: AUGUST 25- 28, 2011

Thursday, August 25 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Special Preview)

4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, August 26 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 27 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Sunday, August 28 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building

222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For more information visit, www.fanexpocanada.com

Fan Expo Canada Reveals Comic Guests Lineup for 2011

Flashpoint and Fear Itself

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2011 Fan Expo Canada™ Reveals Powerhouse Lineup of Comic Guests!

Rare appearance by legendary Kubert comic book family and Bone creator Jeff Smith headline the massive four-day Comic Book Expo

Toronto, ON (May 5, 2011) – Fan Expo Canada™ Canada’s premier and largest gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event, today announced its highly anticipated lineup of celebrity guests in the comic medium including industry leaders Adam, Andy and Joe Kubert and Cartoonist Guest of Honour Jeff Smith! The creative masterminds behind such iconic brands as Batman, Fantastic Four, Captain America, The Flash, Thor and Spider-Man will all be participating in Fan Expo’s ever-popular Comic Book Expo, August 25 – 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

For four jam-packed days, Comic Book Expo offers fans autograph sessions with celebrity comic guests and programming highlights that include: hundreds of industry experts on-hand for Q&As, portfolio reviews, advice and live instruction; meet and greet with popular artists, inkers and writers in Artist Alley; industry previews of upcoming comic news and projects; and more than 600 comic retailers offering the country’s largest variety of genres, collectibles, independent publications and Expo exclusive offers all under one roof! Not to mention, Canada’s largest Comic Masquerade Night on Saturday, August 27th – where hundreds of fans dress up as popular comic book characters.

The Comic Book Expo Celebrity Guests include:

· JASON AARON (Writer of ULTIMATE CAPTAIN AMERICA, WOLVERINE)

· BRIAN AZZARELLO (Writer of FIRST WAVE & 100 BULLETS)

· MARK BROOKS (Artist of UNCANNY X-FORCE)

· JIMMY CHEUNG (Artist of AVENGERS)

· OLIVIER COIPEL (Artist of THOR)

· SHANE DAVIS (Artist of SUPERMAN EARTH ONE)

· MARKO DJURDJEVIC (Artist of THOR, FANTASTIC FOUR, SPIDER-MAN)

· DALE EAGLESHAM (Artist of ALPHA FLIGHT)

· STEVE EPTING (Artist of FANTASTIC FOUR, CAPTAIN AMERICA)

· MATT FRACTION (Artist of THOR, IRONMAN, UNCANNY X-MEN)

· RON GARNEY (Artist of ULTIMATE CAPTAIN AMERICA)

· JONATHAN HICKMAN (Writer of FANTASTIC FOUR)

· KATHRYN IMMONEN (Writer of WOLVERINE & JUBILEE)

· STUART IMMONEN (Artist of FEAR ITSELF)

· DALE KEOWN (Artist of HULK)

· ADAM KUBERT (Artist of ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN & WOLVERINE)

· ANDY KUBERT (Artist of BATMAN & FLASHPOINT)

· JOE KUBERT (Legendary Comic Book Artist)

· JEFF LEMIRE (Artist of SUPERBOY)

· ALEX MALEEV (Artist of MOON KNIGHT & SCARLET)

· FRANCIS MANAPUL (Artist of THE FLASH)

· STEVE McNIVEN (Artist of CAPTAIN AMERICA)

· TONY MOORE (Artist of THE WALKING DEAD & VENOM)

· JAMES ROBINSON (Writer of SUPERMAN)

· DAN SLOTT (Writer of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN)

· DOUG SNEYD (Legendary Playboy cartoonist)

· JEFF SMITH (Cartoonist Guest of Honour – Creator of BONE)

· ETHAN VAN SCIVER (Artist of THE FLASH REBIRTH)

For more information and the complete programming line-up for Comic Book Expo, go to www.fanexpocanada.com.

For the 17th consecutive year, visitors from across Ontario and around the world will have the opportunity to experience the very best in pop culture first-hand at the upcoming 2011 Fan Expo Canada™. In addition to the Comic Book Expo, the country’s largest combined event will include Anime, Science Fiction, Festival of Fear Horror Expo and GX – Gaming Expo. Stay tuned for more announcements in the upcoming weeks.

SHOW DETAILS:

WHEN: AUGUST 25- 28, 2011

Thursday, August 25 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Special Preview)

4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, August 26 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 27 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Sunday, August 28 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building

222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For more information visit, www.fanexpocanada.com

Fan Expo Canada Expands to 4 Days in 2011

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Fan Expo Canada Reveals Colossal News for 2011

Toronto, ON (January, 2011) – In response to it’s outstanding popularity, Fan Expo Canada™ has added a fourth day to it’s 2011 event, announcing dates of August 25 through August 28, 2011. Toronto hosts the largest combined gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event in the country, which will now be the third largest in the World. The 17th annual Fan Expo Canada™ will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, returning to the South Building.

Fan Expo Canada logoOwned and operated by Hobby Star Marketing, Fan Expo Canada™ offers fans of every genre the chance to meet their favourite celebrities and pop culture heroes at autograph and photo sessions; participate in informational workshops with industry experts offering advice, tips and portfolio reviews; and shop for exclusive Fan Expo Canada™ offers, collectables and memorabilia from more than 600 exhibitors.

“By offering unique experiences and opportunities to interact with icons, industry leaders, and other enthusiastic fans, Fan Expo Canada™ delivers a signature event in Canada that satisfies fans’ cravings like no other,” says Aman Gupta, President of Hobby Star Marketing. “For the past 17 years Fan Expo Canada™ has been the only event to bring this level of fandom to Toronto and 2011 will bring even more to visitors than ever before with incredible limited edition offers, the widest range of industry merchandise available, and appearances by genre demi-gods.”

Hobby Star Marketing Inc. was founded in 1992 and has quickly become one of Canada’s premiere sports and entertainment marketing companies. Since its inception, Hobby Star Marketing has secured a niche in the industry by specializing in professional sport and entertainment celebrity placement at a variety of venues and events.
Additional Highlights:

• Celebrity Presentations, Q&A’s, autographs and photo opportunities
• Tons of costumed characters from your favourite TV shows & movies
• More than 600 exhibitors and retailers offering a full range of pop culture and entertainment themed licensed merchandise including comic books, toys, collectibles, games, videos, and more!
• Industry Professional workshops for the public

SHOW DETAILS:

WHEN: AUGUST 25- 28, 2011

WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, Ontario

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.fanexpocanada.com

Stan Lee Guest of Honour at Fan Expo Canada 2010

Via Fan Expo Canada:

NUFF SAID! STAN LEE IS COMING TO FAN EXPO CANADAâ„¢ 2010!

Fan Expo Canadaâ„¢ is excited to announce our iconic Guest of Honour for 2010! Creator of the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, X-Men, Daredevil, Fantastic Four and of course Spider-Man! A true living legend, STAN “The Man” LEE will be with us in Toronto this August! And this is just the beginning…

“We are so thrilled that Stan Lee is finally coming for this historic appearance,” says James Armstrong, event coordinator for Fan Expo Canadaâ„¢. “It will be electrifying when the fans get to meet ‘The Man’ in person.”

At 87 years of age, Stan Lee is more active than ever with an unmatched career as a Writer, Editor, Publisher, Producer, and Actor. Be sure to join us for the weekend of August 27th through 29th 2010 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the immortal STAN LEE!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesâ„¢ and Chaoticâ„¢ Highlight Fan Expo Canada

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Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTM and ChaoticTM Highlight Fan Expo Canada

TMNT 25th Anniversary Panel & Screening and Chaotic Gaming Tournaments Provide Exclusive Fan Opportunities

TORONTO, August 28, 2009 – 4Kids Entertainment, global licensing agent for Chaotic and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), will be showcasing these two brands this weekend at Fan Expo Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from August 28-30. This three-day event promises to be bigger than ever as Fan Expo Canada celebrates its 15th Anniversary.

“The TMNT and Chaotic brands have evolved in no small part thanks tor their dedicated fans across Canada,” said Al Kahn, Chairman and CEO, 4Kids Entertainment. “We look forward to bringing them the new TMNT video games and feature film as well as the new Chaotic beverage, trading cards and TV series.”

Attendees can quench their thirst by heading over to the Chaotic booth (#546) to sample Chaotic’s new nutrient-infused beverages. There will also be exciting raffles held each day of the Expo, providing fans the chance to win Chaotic trading cards, t-shirts, card accessories, and copies of the Chaotic: Shadow Warriors video game from Activision. Raffles will be held on Friday, August 28 at 6 PM and 8 PM, Saturday, August 29 at 12 PM, 3 PM and 6 PM and Sunday, August 30 at 1 PM and 3 PM.

In addition, fans should be ready to get their “game on” at the following tournaments in the Gaming Area in room #808.

iPod Touch Challenge: Friday, August 28 at 4 PM, Saturday, August 29 at 3 PM and Sunday, August 30 at 12 PM
• Play for a chance to win an iPod Touch 8GB in these Sealed Deck Tournaments (Twenty dollar entrance fee)
Playmat Challenge: Daily, check times in the Gaming Area
• Win three matches to win a custom Chaotic Playmat in these 8-person Single Elimination Tournaments (Ten dollar entrance fee)
Championship Challenge: Saturday, August 29 at 10 AM
• Compete for a laptop and an invite to the 2009 World Championship (Twenty-dollar entrance fee)
Youth Challenge: Sunday, August 30 at 12 PM
• Players 13 years old and younger can compete for booster packs and a custom Chaotic playmat (Twenty dollar entrance fee)

For Turtle enthusiasts, a special TMNT panel will be held on Sunday, August 30 from 2- 4 PM in the Convention Centre in room #717. The diverse panelists, who will discuss the long history of the brand and the Turtles’ popularity over the past 25 years, include:

• Gary Richardson (moderator), CEO of Mirage Studios (owners of the TMNT property)tmnt_sq
• Lloyd Goldfine, supervising producer, 4Kids Productions
• Randall Lobb, producer of the TMNT documentary
• Mike Dooney, TMNT artist
• Eric Talbot, TMNT artist
• Steve Lavigne, TMNT artist

Fans will also get a sneak peek of the “Turtles Forever” animation special and never-before-seen footage of the upcoming TMNT documentary. In addition to the Chaotic booth, attendees should head to Mirage Studios booth (#543) for TMNT giveaways, autographs and much more. Chaotic is a revolutionary trading card game which integrates a collectible in-person card game with an online multi-player experience.

Each Chaotic trading card is printed with a unique alphanumeric code that enables players to upload their personal card collection onto www.chaoticgame.com. Chaotic connects traditional trading card elements with state-of-the-art technology to create an interactive gaming experience like no other.

Complementing the Chaotic Trading Card Game is the Chaotic animated TV series, whose second season, entitled “Chaotic M’arrillian Invasion,” currently airs in Canada on TELETOON and in the U.S. on Cartoon Network, Disney XD and on TheCW4Kids, the five-hour Saturday morning children’s programming block on The CW Television Network.

Visit www.tmnt25.com and www.chaoticgame.com for additional updates.

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About 4Kids Entertainment

With U.S. headquarters in New York City, regional offices for its trading card business in San Diego, California and international offices in London, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE) is a global organization devoted to the creation, development, production, broadcasting, distribution, licensing, and manufacturing of children’s entertainment products.

Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, 4Kids produces animated television series and films, distributes 4Kids’ produced or licensed animated television series for the domestic and international television and home video markets, licenses merchandising rights worldwide to 4Kids’ owned or represented properties, operates Web sites to support 4Kids’ owned or represented properties, and produces and markets collectible trading card games. Additionally, the company programs and sells the national advertising time in TheCW4Kids five-hour Saturday morning block on The CW television network.

Additional information is available on the www.4KidsEntertainment.com corporate web site and at the www.4kids.tv game station site.

About Mirage Studios
Mirage Studios, Inc. is part of the Mirage Group, a group of companies located in Northampton, Massachusetts that owns, manages, nurtures and protects the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property.

Documentarian Kevin Sean Michaels Signing at Fan Expo Canada

August 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Canada, Collectibles, Convention News, Horror

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 14, 2009

Documentarian Kevin Sean Michaels comes to Toronto with John Waters-narrated film, “The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels”

TORONTO, ON – Grindhouse movie pioneer Ted V. Mikels is the subject of a new documentary film.

“The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels,” directed by Kevin Sean Michaels (“Vampira: The Movie”), is a rollicking look at the independent cinema of Ted V. Mikels, who has been producing films for over 60 years.

Mikels is considered a maverick of low-budget movie making after 60 years in the business.

Ted Mikels with Masuimi Max

Ted Mikels with Masuimi Max

Filmmaker Ted V. Mikels was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1960, the enterprising young Mikels relocated his wife and six children from Oregon to Hollywood with the film-cans of his first movie, “Strike Me Deadly.” From that point, Mikels began steadily producing. “The Black Klansman,” “The Corpse Grinders,” “The Astro-Zombies, ” “Girl in Gold Boots,” and “The Doll Squad” followed, and challenged the major movie studios by setting box-office records. As for big league gimmicks, audiences for a Ted V. Mikels production found nurses and ambulances on hand at the theaters to assist “scared-to-death” moviegoers.

Meanwhile, his private life became legendary. In the 1970′s, Mikels lived with a harem of women in a castle with secret passageways. In the 80′s, Mikels moved from California to Las Vegas, Nevada and opened his own studio, where he has been producing movies ever since.

Examples of Mikels’ influence can be seen everywhere from music to television. Punk band The Misfits wrote a tribute song called The Astro-Zombies while Mikels’ film “The Doll Squad” became the template for the television series Charlie’s Angels and inspired the look of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill.”

Cult icon John Waters (Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Cry-Baby) narrates the new documentary.

“Ted V. Mikels puts the ‘exploit’ in exploitation films,” said Waters.
“He’s pretty amazing.’”

Documentarian Kevin Sean Michaels will be signing the DVDs, “The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels,” and “Vampira: The Movie” in Toronto, ON at Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear, part of the Fan Expo, at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Aug 28 – 30, 2009.

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