By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)
Fan Expo Vancouver is gearing up to return Feb 19 to 21, 2022 and it’ll be magical! Ticket sales started in December, and it’d make for a terrific gift for those hankering to return to the pop culture convention scene.
Matthew Lewis from the Harry Potter movies is one of the first talents announced. After these films, he’s appeared in local theatre and the occasional film, like The Rise and Terminal. His transition from a chubby young actor to hunk has many female hearts a-fluttering, and those who’ve followed his television appearances must be giggling concerning his latest work in the new All Creatures Great and Small.
Also known to be appearing are the vocal talents behind the popular anime, My Hero Academia–Justin Briner, Jason Liebrecht and Christopher Sabat.
More names are expected to be announced late December and in the New Year. There’ll be at least a dozen talents to meet; as for who they are won’t be easy to predict as the Fan Expo brand has expanded into the States; they’re replacing Wizard World. Portland’s show has the Back to the Future cast in attendance in January, and it’s not likely they’ll refreshed in time for Vancouver the following month. The Dallas and San Francisco show will take place much later in the year.
Monitoring other events worldwide suggests not every organizer–talents included–is a hundred percent certain they can offer a packed event, and Fan Expo Vancouver is no different. The hope here is that the organizers will consider using other parts of the building rather than concentrate everything on one floor. It was done when this gathering was young, but it transitioned to being all in one tent event the past few years.
More and more pop culture conventions have protocols in place to keep attendees healthy. In what to expect for this event includes:
- A check station for those fully vaccinated to get a wristband or sticker to put on their badge to certify they are ‘safe.’
- Wearing a face mask at all times. Certification guidelines will vary (please check faq for the latest updates).
- Sanitization stations
- Plexiglass barriers in photo-op and autograph areas.