Final Attendance Numbers for Fan Expo Vancouver Are In!


FanExpo Vancouver has released its total attendance numbers the yesterday, and the final tally comes to…16,780! While impressive, there’s no doubt the organizers underestimated the force of fandom here in Vancouver. We can only guess how many people they turned away after their convention space sold out. In any case, hopefully next year they’ll reserve enough convention space to contain Vancouver’s appetite for celebrities, comics, and cosplay!

Source: Fan Expo Vancouver.

FanExpo Vancouver Gallery Part 2

Cosplay photography is one of the great joys of conventions, and FanExpo was no exception. Still, I’m not a professional photographer, and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the one the best…equipment on hand. Fortunately, there are good people like Julio Chavez on hand to get the shots that I cannot! Head over to his website to see more of his great work!

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FanExpo Vancouver 2012 Photo Gallery

Now, what would any good convention be without Cosplay? Vancouver brings out its best Comic Book costumes out against the backdrop of the beautiful Vancouver Convention Center!

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Fanexpo Con Report

After 17 years of entertaining in Toronto (a.k.a the center of the universe), the organizers of FanExpo decided it was time for Vancouver to have a comic convention of its very own. While Vancouver has has had many anime, sci-fi and comic conventions before, it hasn’t really been able to scale up its events for those world-famous convention centres it has down at the water front. Anime Evolution was probably the nearest contender, with well over 6,000 attendees at its 2010 outing.

The Vancouver Convention Centre is a gorgeous place to hold a fan event. It’s a shame there hasn’t been one there before. FanExpo took place on the lower level of the West building, which opened in 2009. The opportunities for cosplay photography are exquisite. You have the sails of Canada place, a clear view to the North Shore, the Olympic Torch sight, as well as Portal Park across the street. It’s got that right mix of nature and futuristic cityscapes that make for great shots.

The organizers of FanExpo were expecting to merely break even with 12,000 attendees. They blew that figure out of the water with over 20,000 attendees. People were lined up out the block to get in, and by noon they had completely sold out. And this is with almost zero promotion on the convention’s part! The Canadian Video Game awards had no problems giving out all their tickets within minutes. Last year, they had to get their audience to bunch up at the front so they would look like they had an actual crowd. Much kudos needs to go to the staff of the FanExpo and the convention centre, who were extremely professional at keeping the foot traffic moving.

The exhibitors hall was very impressive, even though they weren’t expecting this many people. The guests were positioned at the back of the hall, and were quite accessible for anyone who wanted to walk up and say hi.

Our cosplayers had a great turnout for the many first-time con-goers at the convention. The 501st legion and the Ghostbusters of BC held some great booths this year and took lots of pictures with the attendees. There wasn’t much room for any giant “hall-sweeper” type costumes, but rest assured, with a venue this size we will definitely see more elaborate costumes next year.

I can definitely say that Vancouver has really joined the big leagues of cons with FanExpo Vancouver. This town was hungry for a convention, and FanExpo delivered in spades. We’ll see more of what our fair city can do when Anime Revolution comes to the convention centre in August. I hope to see you there!

Deus Ex and Assassin’s Creed Among Canadian Video Game Award Nominees

The Finalists have been announced for 2012’s Canadian video Game Awards. Nominees for Game of the Year include Deus Ex: The Human Revolution, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Fifa Soccer ’12, Fight Night Champion, and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. The awards show will be held at Fan Expo Vancouver, and general attendees can see the show on a first come first serve basis.

Source:New Game Network

David Hayter to Host Canadian video Game awards

Metal Gear Solid voice actor and X-men screenwriter David Hayter is scheduled to host the Canadian video game awards taking place Fan Expo Vancouver on April 21st and 22nd. With the voice of Solid Snake on board, maybe we’ll see more sketches like this one at the awards show. Perhaps the SW:TOR Jedi Knight will start back-sassing? At least it won’t be Billy Crystal trying to do a Sammy Davis Jr. impression.

Source: Reviews on the Run.

Marina Sirtis, Tony Amendola, Brian Dobson, and Sam Vincent added FanExpo Vancouver

Fan Expo has added even more guests to its ever expanding roster. Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Tony Amandola (Master Bra’tac from Stargate:SG-1) will be appearing along with anime voice actors Brian Dobson (Garma Zabi from Mobile Suit Gundam) and Sam Vincent (Athrun Zala from Gundam Seed).

Source:Fan Expo Vancouver.

Fan Expo Vancouver Tickets On Sale Today

Tickets for Fan Expo Vancouver are finally on sale on the Fan Expo Website. Prices are $33 for the Deluxe Pass, $22 for the Standard Adult Pass, and $12 for children. The Convention is still going on April 21-22 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Center with Celebrity Guests such as Adam West, Burt Ward, Tom Felton, Kevin Sorbo, and Lou Ferrigno.


Comics Guests Announced for Fan Expo Vancouver

Fan Expo Vancouver has released the first round of comic artist and creator guests for 2012. The festivities commence April 21-22nd at the Vancouver Convention Center.

Esad Ribic (the Ultimates, Thor)

Whilce Portacio (Hulk)

Mike Choi (Dc/Marvel Artist)

Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Pia Guerra (Y the Last Man)

Stephen Sadowski (Warlord of Mars)

Source:Fan Expo Vancouver.

Adam West and Burt Ward to Attend Fan Expo Vancouver

You might be swooning at the idea of meeting Tom Felton aka Draco Malfoy. You might have a conniption over getting Kristen Bauer’s (True Blood) Autograph. But fellow Raingeeks, the true pinnacle of this year’s Vancouver Fan Expo will be a chance to meet the one and only Dynamic Duo. Adam West and Burt Ward aka 1960s Batman and Robin will be coming to our city’s first major comic convention, and that makes for one hell of a start.

Source: Vancitybuzz