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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.

A Filthy Lot, From Startup to Vancouver’s Variety Channel for Gamers & Nerds Alike

17 Nov
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(Top to Bottom): Nadav Sacha-Santo, Trevor Gemma, Billie Taylor and Chris Livingston.

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

A Filthy Lot Entertainment is a relatively new North Vancouver based company who encourages content creators to just do it. A Filthy Questline is one of their three channels (the others are the main, an anything goes, and comedy channel) where talents can show off their love for pop culture. Whether that’d be with comic book movies, board games, video games or role-playing, there’s a lot more to this company than meets the eye.

Christopher Livingston is the CEO and Trevor Gemma is the CCO of this company. Before creating this company, they both had careers in the local film/television scene. The former was a lighting technician but he wanted to produce. Part of his credits include The Killing, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and Pirates of the Caribbean 5. The latter was an actor with the desire to craft his own productions. From a local cult hit Gutterballs to The Little Mermaid, a horror film, to Riese the Series (web) his success was as varied as the wind that guides him. The two met during production of Riese

“It was a magical little web series everyone became friends on, which doesn’t happen very often in the film. I’ve made a lot of long-term friends there, including Chris, Nadav, and Mischa, who were with us when we started the company,” said Gemma.

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Tanagokoro: A Culinary Portrait on Changing the Fishing Industry

5 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Vancouver Asian Film Festival
Nov 4-13, 2021
International Shorts Program
Available to watch anywhere in Canada from 11/11/2021 11:00 am to 11/13/2021 11:59 pm

Japanese chef Yoshinori Ishii is more than a trendsetter. He’s out to change the industry in Tanagokoro: A Culinary Portrait.

After a terrific introduction to the man and how he earned his Michelin star (while he was in tenure in London’s Umu), the reason he earned massive respect is because he gives everyone some wisdom. That is, to be a top masterchef, he’ll only ethically harvest food the traditional Japanese way. 

The United Kingdom’s transition to a new method of catch and slaughter was not overnight. He wrote many letters and chatted with various fishmongers and leaders in industry to change how things are done. He used his passion and gift of gab to sway heads, and that’s the true focus of this documentary. This gentle man is the embodiment of Buddha and he’s done more than started change in one country. His teachings are spreading and hopefully soon, there’ll be more converts.

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Two Top Quick Picks from Spark Animation Festival

28 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

October 28 – November 7, 2021

Vancouver, BC‘s Spark Animation Festival has always been on my radar for years. To finally get to see the short and feature length films offered here meant this organization finally made the call to fully stream all of their programming. This includes the works theNFB has scheduled in this event and include past favourites which I saw at Fantasia.

Last year’s show (pardoning the pun) sparked my interest in watching more of their selections. The timing of this event falls in October, sometimes before Fan Expo Vancouver, which, for a short time, ran in November. The option to attend in-person is often tough because of my budget on how often I can make trips to the mainland.

From the handful of pieces I saw as midnight rolled in, the two annual programs that deserve full attention are:

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Vancouver’s Most Haunted in Review

22 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Torchwood Editions
Available to order on Amazon USA

Although Ian Gibbs of Victoria’s Most Haunted (2017) didn’t take a road trip to explore the rest of Haunted Vancouver Island to put into a new book (it’s been tackled by Shannon Sinn), he is back examining the Lower Mainland instead! This time, he’s delving into the secrets Greater Vancouver has tucked away. Instead of always tackling the most well-known places, he went around to find other incidents in Vancouver’s Most Haunted: Supernatural Encounters in BC’s Terminal City.

I’ve looked at his first collection (review here) and it’s an enjoyable read. This latest shows how his narrative has developed over the years. When Gibbs is not telling tales of meeting the undead as one of the many guides in Victoria, BC’s Discover the Past’s Ghostly Walks, he’s working on his next Ghost n’ Bears podcast. What he enjoys the most is extoling the incident that helped shaped the transition of human to spirit. Sometimes, as with a certain “Private Home on Marine Drive,” it’s about testing the cultural mainstays of whether other ethnic cultures believe in this world or not. Kristy’s (not her real name) experience of staying at her grandparent’s luxury home is a standout. It is this chapter and another run-in at a private residence that I found the most engaging to read.

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