Last year’s Fan Expo was a huge deal for me… I finally made my first costume and hit the Convention Center floor with the rest of the nerds, freaks and geeks as everyone’s favourite Latverian despot… Dr. Doom! I was in the huge group picture with Stan Lee and even payed to meet the guy and get my pic with him (the man is 92)! It was an amazing time and Marvel fans were abuzz with excitement! You could almost feel the electricity crackling through the air!
This year seems to be focusing on Horror Movies, something I’ve never been into, so the likes of Bruce Campbell (Ash) and Robert Englund (Freddy) as well as a few other “big” names like Ray Park (Darth Maul), and Karl Urban (Judge Dredd), really don’t do much for me. Jon Heder cancelled his appearance this year, so I guess I’ll never get my Napolean Dynamite action figures signed!
Vancouver Fan Expo expanded to 3 days this year, which I really think is excessive… 2 days was more than enough last year, and speaking as a toy-hunter, all the best stuff will be gone after Friday anyways. I also don’t really feel inspired to cosplay this year, as I didn’t get something new together and didn’t just want to do Dr. Doom again, even though it got such a great reaction last year!
So, this year being so lackluster, I opted for the $20 Friday pass for the more cursory experience. At least the HARDCORE cosplayers will be there on day one (and without a mask I can actually take pictures this year), as well as the fresh booths full of toys (that I can’t really afford). I have a few friends with booths this year though, so maybe I will bring my mask and my cape for a few staged shots (nobody needs to know what’s underneath Doom’s cape)! Next year I would like to cosplay Thanos, so I better start working on that costume now!
See you at Vancouver Fan Expo tomorrow, true believers!