Family activities at this weekend’s Fan Expo Vancouver

With BC Family Day long weekend approaching, what better way than to spend it with nerds of all ages at the annual Fan Expo Vancouver? There are family rates, and kids under six get in free (kids from six-10 too, just go to the end of the post to see how you can get a coupon).

This year’s event takes place from Feb. 15-17, Sat-Mon, at the Vancouver Convention Centre. It features a full range of celebrity guests and comic-book creators (find out more here), cosplayers, exhibitors and more. Read on to learn about the Family Zone and see some great pics from previous Fan Expos.

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Family activities at this weekend’s Fan Expo Vancouver

Look who’s coming to Fan Expo Vancouver 2020

Stars of the big screen and small are the big draw at Fan Expo Vancouver, a yearly three-day pop-culture event of photo ops, autographs, games, exhibitors, and cosplayers.

This year, the big names at Fan Expo Vancouver (Feb. 15-17 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place) include Christina Ricci (Addams Family), Tom Welling (Smallville), and Brendan Fraser (Doom Patrol, Encino Man). Other guests include two guys from The Office (Brian Baumgartner and Oscar Nuñez), William B. Davis (X-Files), and Levar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Of course, Fan Expos aren’t just celebrity gawkathons; there’s also a comic-book component, harking back to fan conventions’ roots. They might be strangers to the general public, but several guests will have comics fans rooting through their long-boxes to pull out copies of back issues to be signed. Here’s a look at some of the ink-stained wretches coming to Fan Expo Vancouver 2020.

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Look who’s coming to Fan Expo Vancouver 2020

Who to see at this year’s annual free comics convention VanCAF

An image of Shade the Changing Girl (Young Animal/DC) by Vancouver artist (and VanCAF 2019 guest) Marley Zarcone

Each year, Vancouver’s only free comics convention brings creators and fans together for two days at the Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, near Yaletown). Many of the artists and writers are local, while others come from across Canada or over the border from Oregon and Washington.

This year, the convention takes place May 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dozens of guests will have exhibition booths, and it’s fun to just show up and go from table to table. (Entry is free; find out more at vancaf.com.) But here are a few notable guests.

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Who to see at this year’s annual free comics convention VanCAF

The original Hulk and Buffy are coming to the Fan Expo Vancouver. What more do you want?

Hellboy’s Ron Perlman (right) is coming to Fan Expo Vancouver. But don’t ask him about Hellboy.

Each year, Halloween comes a little early for Vancouver geeks and freaks. Fan Expo Vancouver (Oct. 12-14 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place) is a three-day wonderland of comics, animation, sci-fi, horror, gaming and more.

This year, featured guests include the original Hulk, the original Buffy, and the new Aquaman. See below for more.

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The original Hulk and Buffy are coming to the Fan Expo Vancouver. What more do you want?

Six artists to check out at ArtBreakers Illustration Market 2018

Art director/visual development artist Alexia Tryfon will be a guest at this year’s Arbreakers Illustrators Market. Art by Alexia Tryfon, ‘Saturday Morning Cartoons’.

Vancouver is fortunate to be home to many animation, gaming, and movie studios. That means we have a lot of artists who work at those studios and, in their off-time, create their own porjects.

Now in its second year, ArtBreakers Illustration Market is a two-day exhibit of work meant to highlight work by some of these artists. This year, over 40 illustrators, concept designers, comics artists and illustrators, many based in Vancouver, will attend. Many will debut and sell original prints, books, shirts, bags and enamel pins.

The Market takes place at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St., Sept. 22-23 and is open (and free) to the public. Here are a few of the more than 40 artists scheduled to attend.

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Six artists to check out at ArtBreakers Illustration Market 2018

Look who’s coming to this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!

Lewis Trondheim, the French writer/illustrator of The Spiffy Adventures of McConey, is a guest at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (May 19-20).

VanCAF, Vancouver’s annual celebration of small-press and independently-published comics and graphic novels, grows every year. With more people attending, there is also an ever-increasing number of creators taking part in panels, talks, and the exhibition halls. In fact, it can get kind of overwhelming.

Of the dozens of guests coming to this year’s two-day event (May 19-20 at the Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews, in Yaletown), we’ve selected a few to check out. But there are so many that we advise setting aside at least a couple of hours to see and chat with as many cartoonists, illustrators, and writers as possible. And don’t forget your wallet—there’ll be plenty of cool merchandise to pick up.

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Look who’s coming to this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival!

Vancouver artist to illustrate Margaret Atwood’s first graphic novel

vt Author Margaret Atwood04

Dark Horse Comics has announced that it will publish the first graphic novel by Margaret Atwood. Helping the author of The Handmaid’s Tale and the Oryx and Crake trilogy, among many other celebrated works, realize her vision is Vancouver artist/illustrator Johnnie Christmas.

The book, Angel Catbird, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2016, and concerns what Atwood is calling an “unusual superhero.”

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Vancouver artist to illustrate Margaret Atwood’s first graphic novel