By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)
In a month, Fan Expo Vancouver will take place, celebrating all things pop culture on October 12-14, 2018. Instead of The CW heavy focus from the previous two years, this take feels a touch Halloween-centric. Just announced is the original teenage vampire slayer, Buffy aka Kristy Swanson! Just as equally is Ron Perlman, the original cinematic Hellboy. Other media guests include Jason Momoa (Stargate: Atlantis), Lou Ferrigno (Incredible Hulk), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Michael Cudlitz (Walking Dead), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Jaleel White (Sonic the Hedgehog) and Jason David Frank (Power Rangers).
In the voice talent front, Batman is coming! Kevin Conroy is the voice of the beloved hero in Batman: The Animated Series, and to name a few, joining him is Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time) and Charles Martinet (Super Mario). In the comic book world, Dave Dorman Chad Hardin and Mike Henderson are the featured guests!
A DC Heroes theme is noticeable but not as strong this year. With Aquaman soon hitting theatres, a lot of eyes will be on Momoa. This actor got his start in Baywatch Hawaii and since then, his star power has been nothing but on the rise. During this event, he may talk about his many pop culture roles. From Conan to Game of Thrones, just what can he do next?
Regulars might complain about this year not having a lot of stand out talents appearing to regale audiences with stories, but I have hope more names will be announced in the remaining weeks. After all, with a celebrity-heavy Fan Expo Calgary and Toronto, to not give this city equal weight will get folks talking.
I hope the Back to the Future cast will make some kind of appearance. Even a one-day thing will be terrific.
At the same time, the Vancouver Convention Centre is host to SHUX (Shut Up and Sit Down), a board gaming event all weekend. Anyone feeling torn between which of the two events he or she should attend need not fret. Each event caters to a different side of geek fandom. Plenty of signage will point the way for attendees on which building they should head to. The West building will be Fan Expo and East building is SHUX. As for whether fans can be allowed to pass through both exhibit halls or not, no official statements have been made. I like to see this happen, and it would go a long way to bring the entire geek community together