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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.

Comic Cons, Concerts and Concerns in the Midst of a Continuing Pandemic

18 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Usually around this time, I’d be planning (or have attended) a pop culture convention by now. Emerald City Comic Con may run their 2021 event at the end of the year, but by then, are we sure it’ll happen when information of COVID-19 variants is the new concern? We’re in a pandemic, and although a vaccine is available, it’s not guaranteed to completely placate the virus. LiveScience published an article explaining how they work. People can still be carriers and not show any symptoms.

Plus, not everyone are able to get the shot right away. The rollout will target particular public health sectors first, before the public, and most regular joes–the fandom–is last in line. Changes to these events are expected because any show that doesn’t incorporate safety measures as a precaution is not only hazardous to everyone’s health but also a breeding ground for another wave.

As much as I like to resume that life of an avid con goer in a normally busy month of March, I don’t see myself feeling comfortable being at one unless these events invest in “the new norm” which includes plexiglass barriers to put between fans, dealers and guests along with many sanitizing stations. Whether that’s with ultraviolet portals to pass through or a table with cleansing dispensers, it won’t be enough. The shows that want to take place sooner than later may include waivers for everyone to impress their fingerprint upon so that the company can’t be sued if an attendee gets sick.

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Fan Expo Vancouver 2020 In Pictures & Convention Report

6 Mar

215d2-fanexpovancouverBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Fan Expo Vancouver (FXV) is eight years old! This event began in 2012 and over the years saw plenty of ups and downs. It shifted from a February event to November, and now it’s back in its mainstay of late Winter. The latest event took place a few weeks ago, during this province’s Family Day last month and attendance was quite good. Pairing this event with a long weekend felt good, and to have this event run from Saturday to Monday may seem unusual to some, but it’ll become a norm for this event’s future. Children and parents had a place to play in! A corner was sectioned off for young wizards to sort Harry Potter style. There were bouncy balls and even a small area for costumed tykes to show off their best superhero pose.

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Ideally, the family section should be in a room of its own (cosplay contest included). When the organizers behind this show seem to be settling on using the biggest singular room possible, maximizing the space will be a challenge in the future. The huge food court area may get shrunk. Thankfully, sandwiches, doughnuts and sodas will keep attendees appetites sated. Wild Bill’s Old Fashioned Soda is looking to make a dent in the convention scene with its flavourful root beers. I couldn’t resist and picked up a souvenir cup ($40) which was freely refillable for a day. For $5 on other days, I could remain on a carbonated high. However, for those wanting something more hearty have restaurants outside the convention center to eat in, like the Tap & Barrel. Since this space stretches out to cover both stages on opposite ends, the choice is sound for those not needing a good seat for the panels offered.

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This Weekend is Fan Expo Vancouver 2020! What to Do, What to See…

13 Feb
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Feb 15-17th, 2020 Vancouver Convention Center (West Building)

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Fan Expo Vancouver is upon us, and the fun does not have to be about meeting the big name guests. While it’s terrific we have returning favourites like Bruce Campbell and select cast from The Flash, the diversity is broad. We have representatives from fond favourites like X-Files, Battlestar Galactica, Walking Dead and the Office. I’m hoping for more representation from Stargate SG1 (one year, they got two names from Universe, but I’m holding out for the big five uniting here instead of the very pricey GateCon).

This event takes place after Valentines Day and continues on B.C. Family Day. The change in dates may seem odd to some, but the shift is done on purpose get other guests normally not available to them–and compete with the Seattle event. Are they returning to form since February was when this event first debuted? It’s hard to say, but I’ve been a regular attendee for some years now and will continue to monitor.

This event starts today! For those interested in what’s being offered, my picks of events to attend include:
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The 2020 Pacific Northwest Convention Scene & How Star Trek Plays into It…

26 Nov

By Ed Sum (Find him on Twitter as @edohotep)

In the Pacific Northwest, if the organizers behind the coming “comic book” conventions for next year are not careful, the focus on Star Trek will not be as exciting as it ought to be. The 90s was ripe for the scene because everyone loved watching The Next Generation. Appearances of talents from this franchise at a comic book store or science fiction convention was a guaranteed draw. I met a handful of these talents before charging for autographs became a mandatory thing.

CBS All Access Picard is a dream come true. It’s a continuation of The Next Generation and will bring the cast back (or feature other Admirals, past villains and etc) as easy as writing a time travel episode.

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