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Pandemics, Fan Expo Vancouver and Capital City Comic Con 2022

10 Jan

FAN EXPO VANCOUVER - Festivals - 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC - Phone  Number - YelpAs we enter year three of the pandemic, it‘s safe to say no pop culture convention is expected to run at full capacity. Despite reports of other big events–namely Fan Expo Portland–cancelling for this region, the organizers behind two of British Columbia’s events (Fan Expo Vancouver and Capital City Comic Con) are still listed as taking place in February and March. They are most likely going to operate at half capacity in accordinace to health guidelines.

Some events have to sally forth otherwise bankruptcy has to be declared. Contracts were signed, and not many have a Impossibility Clause. That is, the government has to directly intervene to say this event cannot continue and there’d be no breach of contract.

It’s expected that attendees will have to wear masks throughout and show proof of being vaccinated. 

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Examining I Want to Believe’s Investigator’s Archive

19 Dec

I Want To Believe: An Investigators' ArchiveBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available to purchase on Amazon USA

I Want to Believe, An Investigator’s Archive delves into the backend that television shows rarely feature–getting to know the people. In this book by Jason Hewlett and Pete Renn, we get a down to earth interviews with various paranormal investigators from across the world (North America mostly) who are truly dedicated to this craft, and why they’ve made it their life’s passion.

To cap things off, we hear a story or two of their most memorable finds about the hereafter. They won’t send shivers down your spine, but here, you’ll get a better sense of what these people do than seeing a dramatized take on television. This book is a loose extension these author’s own YouTube series, We Want to Believe, where they investigate the occult.

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Honouring Hara Setsuko at the Cinematheque

11 Dec

Setsuko Hara web2Co-presented with the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
Dec 23, 2021 – Jan 3, 2022

In celebration of the 100th birthday of beloved Japanese actress and icon Hara Setsuko, The Cinematheque and the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre proudly present Ozu Yasujiro’s so-called ​“Noriko Trilogy,” the cycle of immortal masterworks, informally named after Hara’s onscreen counterparts, that endeared the luminous talent to movielovers the world over.

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Knowledge Kids is all Geared up for the Holidays!

5 Dec

knowkidsxmasEven adults can enjoy youth oriented programs with their children as Christmas time approaches. Knowledge Kids has a huge lineup of holiday specials that’s now playing online throughout Canada, on television (in British Columbia) and through the app (android and ios) which is sure to delight. There’s 38 shows in all, and instead of one-offs, they are running periodically all month long.

Molang and Paw Patrol have the most to offer, and who doesn’t want to get fuzzy with Shaun the Sheep? Even the Stinky & Dirty Show proves they can get to the spirit. This American-Irish-British animated series is all about finding creative ways to solve problems, and for “Sleigh Riders/Snow Problem,” they have to save the holiday!

A sampling of the schedule includes:

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How to Plan for Fan Expo Vancouver 2022

3 Dec

215d2-fanexpovancouverBy 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 AcademiaJustin 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.
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