Fan Expo 2013: Recap

As per usual Canadians have once again proven that we are awesome, with the inner nerd in all of us making a full appearance at Fan Expo last weekend in Toronto. Nearly 100,000 of us showed up and it was a great weekend for all that could make it featuring the best in comic, gaming, TV and movies – all for the people who love them the most.

This year’s cosplay was truly fantastic. While many stuck to the originals (i.e. Joker, Storm Trooper, etc) there were some very inventive ones out there including a Greendale Human Being and even Ben Affleck. Fan Expo isn’t just about the cosplay – though by the amount of it we should really make cosplay its own separate event. This years attractions were some of the best they’ve ever had.

Gamers got the opportunity to try out the brand new consoles coming out later this year. With Microsoft and Sony both unveiling their brand new consoles with plenty of demos for people to try out. We personally got to try them out and they are wicked cool. Tons of cool games to look out for later this year, and Fan Expo attendees got to try them first. There were also tons of cool guests including Michael Mando (Far Cry 3), Brentalfloss, Eric Johnson (Splinter Cell) and Victor Lucas (G4) that did meet-and-greets and were signing autographs.

Don’t worry though movie-lovers got the full treatment this year. The major booths were run by eOne Films, Warner Bros. and TIFF. Warner Bros were promoting their upcoming film Gravity with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, while TIFF was promoting their Cronenberg exhibit they’ll be hosting in October. The true winner though was eOne. Not only did eOne come prepared with tons of cool promotional material – like models from The Mortal Instruments and You’re Next masks you could earn – they also had interactive photo sessions for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Ender’s Game. As if that wasn’t enough they brought in Gavin Hood (director of Ender’s Game) to sign autographs and give out posters. They also were giving out Blu-ray’s and Scene Creek were able to get their hands on a copy of Kick-Ass and The Place Beyond The Pines, so thanks eOne!

What’s Fan Expo for moviegoers if there aren’t any sweet guests though? They had that one covered too. There were loads of guests ranging from all sorts of genres there to talk and sign autographs, some of which included: Stan Lee, Zachary Quinto, Hulk Hogan, Nathan Fillion, Karl Urban, Norman Reedus, Laurie Holdan, Ron Perlman, Carrie Fisher, Slash, David Hasselhoff, Gina Torres, Alice Cooper, Ian McDiarmid, Stephen Amell, George Takei, Dean Cain, Shawn Ashmore and Max Brooks. I imagine no one was able to meet all of them but the fact there was so many idols to choose from was outstanding.

It was an all around great time for anyone who went. You can try and come with a plan but there is so much to do it’s doubtful you’ll stick to it. For some it’s the best four days of the year, and it’s easy to see why. There are so many passionate geeks here in Canada – we should be proud.

Photography Credit: Marc Levy

Josh is an independent Canadian filmmaker studying out of the Toronto Film School. In his spare times he combines his passion for writing with his passion for film, and contributes his voice to whoever is looking to listen.

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