What happens when the Fonz meets Phoenix? Find out at this year’s Fan Expo Vancouver.

Famke Janssen (pictured here as Phoenix) is one of the guests at this year’s Fan Expo Vancouver.

The cast of The Flash, Arrow, and iZombie are among the guests at this year’s Fan Expo Vancouver. Even the Fonz, Henry Winkler, is coming to town.

Western Canada’s largest family-oriented pop culture event, Fan Expo Vancouver celebrates fandom in all its myriad forms, from comics to movies and TV to gaming. Genres such as anime, sci-fi, and horror collide in this annual consumer jamboree.

This year, Fan Expo returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place) for three days, Nov. 10-12.

Here’s a look at some more of what’s in store.

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What happens when the Fonz meets Phoenix? Find out at this year’s Fan Expo Vancouver.

The return of Princess Leia, and first-timer White Canary – at this year’s Vancouver Fan Expo

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Carrie Fisher is back at Vancouver Fan Expo this year.

Western Canada’s biggest collection of Wookies and the Star Wars fans who love them is returning to Vancouver. From Nov. 11-13, fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, just about anything with “star” in the title, Game of Thrones, and other science fiction, fantasy and horror properties will gather – some in costume – to meet their heroes, heroines and villains. And to buy stuff.

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The return of Princess Leia, and first-timer White Canary – at this year’s Vancouver Fan Expo

Cartoonists at large – highlights of this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!

Art by Faith Erin Hicks, a Halifax cartoonist who is one of the guests at this year's Vancouver Comic Arts Festival.

Art by Faith Erin Hicks, a Halifax cartoonist who is one of the guests at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival.

Talented guests, entertaining and informative panels and an all-around good vibe have combined to make the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival one of the city’s most anticipated events, at least by comics nerds (and the city has plenty of those).

Now in its fifth year, VanCAF 2016 takes place May 21-22 at the Roundhouse Community Centre. This year’s special guest is Lynn Johnston, known to fans of the funny pages as the creator of the popular comic strip For Better or For Worse. The Canadian cartoonist, who worked on the strip for over 30 years before retiring in 2010, will be in conversation with cartoonist Doug Savage on Saturday, May 21. Afterwards, she’ll sign books and meet fans.

But there are plenty of other highlights, too. Let’s look at some of the other creators who are going to coming out to talk comics. And, by the way, VanCAF is FREE, although enthusiasts might want to think about paying for a VIP Package, which is $20 and includes raffle tickets, posters and more.

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Cartoonists at large – highlights of this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!

VCON – Sept 28 – 30 at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel

Costumes at VCON

Vancouver’s annual science fiction convention VCON takes place Sept 28-30 at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. Photo credit: Sam Chua/VCON

This year, Vancouver hosted one of the biggest pop culture conventions that’s ever come to the city. But, for all its bells, whistles, and TV stars, the well-attended (estimates put ticket-buyers at 5,000+ over the con’s two days) Fan Expo Vancouver probably wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the efforts of small, dedicated bands of individuals – nerds, really – who started gathering to discuss their interest in comic books, science fiction and/or fantasy at small conventions in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

One of the oldest of these in the Pacific Northwest is VCON. Now in its 37th year, the annual science fiction convention brings together the region’s SF aficionados along with authors, artists, and workshops that range from bellydancing to “How Not to Be a Creeper” (exactly what it sounds like, according to the VCON site’s description), and more.

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VCON – Sept 28 – 30 at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel