Fan Expo Vancouver April 20 – 21

Fan Expo Vancouver

Batman, Catwoman and Black Canary at Vancouver Fan Expo 2012. Photo credit: Shawn Conner.

“Geeks” is too derogatory and “nerds” is so passe. “Fan” is as good a term as any, although the people coming out to Vancouver’s second Fan Expo (at the Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place) might more accurately be called “pop culture vultures.” They love (and collect) their fave pop culture media and titles, particular when it comes to genre TV and movies, along with comics, games, manga and anime.

But just about anyone who’s ever seen an episode of a Star Trek series or picked up a comic book can enjoy a Fan Expo. Taking its cue from the multi-media soiree that is the San Diego Comic-Con, Fan Expo brings together folks of all stripes to mix and mingle. Many of them dress up for the occasion as their favourite character/characters, making Fan Expo Vancouver possibly the best people-watching experience this side of Burning Man. And there’s a ton of celebrity guests, too.

Vancouver Fan Expo 2012

A costumed Daenareys Targaryen (Game of Thrones) at Vancouver Fan Expo 2012. Photo credit: Shawn Conner.

Guests include Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), Nichelle Nichols (the original Star Trek), James Marsters (Angle, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary, Stargate-SG1), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), David Prowse (Star Wars), Rachel Nichols (Continuum), and more. And those are just the TV/movie guests!

Batgirls unite! at Vancouver Fan Expo 2012. Photo credit: Shawn Conner.

Batgirls unite! at Vancouver Fan Expo 2012. Photo credit: Shawn Conner.

There are also celebrities from the worlds of anime, video games and of course, comics – including Stan Lee, the man credited (along with artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko) for creating the Marvel Universe.

Original Batmobile Vancouver Fan Expo

The original Batmobile at Vancouver Fan Expo 2012. Photo credit: Shawn Conner.

There’s no Batmobile this year. However, there is the Back to the Future time machine, presented by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Special events include the Canadian Videogame Awards, screenings, autograph and photo sessions, panels, an artists alley and lots more – including dozens of retailers’ booths with merchandise for sale. So bring a bag – or two!

Fan Expo Vancouver 2012

Wolverine and friend outside the Vancouver Convention Centre for Fan Expo 2012. Photo credit: Shawn Conner.

For more info, visit the Fan Expo Vancouver website.

 

 

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