Fan Expo Vancouver took place over the weekend, bringing in loads of pop-culture hounds from all over the West Coast. Only in its sophomore year, the convention drew in a crowd of thousands to the Vancouver Convention Centre, despite the inevitable rain. Whether you’re into Lego or The Walking Dead, the expo was packed with geek culture goodies for everyone. The big celebrity guest for the weekend was Mr. Stan Lee himself, who showed up for an all-day signing and Q&A panel on Saturday. There were loads of other comic book creators and celebrities in attendance including Elvira, James Marsters, Sean Astin, Michael Rooker, and many others.
This is a smaller convention, but it has a big heart. Without having to plan for major news announcements from publishers and film studios, the focus remains on the attendees. Despite the insane lines on Saturday morning, which seemed almost unmanageable for the staff, the con floor was filled with beaming faces.
One of my favorite parts of the expo this year was Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear. Festival of Fear is an annual horror convention, and this year they brought it in as part of Vancouver Fan Expo. Rue Morgue set up a nice big booth in the center of the con floor that featured horror guests such as the Soska sisters and Tom Savini among others (See the interview with the Soska’s here). Rue Morgue also set up a table full of back-issues and copies of their “200 Alternative Horror Films You Need To See”.
Although the number of comic book industry people was limited, Fan Expo brought in a solid guest list including Alex Maleev, Kurtis J. Wiebe, Ed Brisson, Nat Jones, Neal Adams, David Finch, JT Krul, James Stokoe, and more. The artist alley was pushed to the back of the con floor, and the space was extremely tight between the rows. Had the event been called a “comic con” rather than a “fan expo”, I would have been weary of the limited space allotted for artist alley.
The 4th annual Canadian Videogame Awards also took place during the show. Vancouver is the third largest videogame developer in the world, making it an ideal place to host the awards. Much like the Shuster Awards, the event celebrates the best and brightest in Canadian videogames. Far Cry 3 cleaned up the award show, winning 6 awards.
Below you can check out my photos from the show. My personal favorites are the insane Joker makeup and the moving-painting of Jesus holding a child with a dove soaring above.
All photo credits – Lonnie Nadler