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Fan Expo 2010 Day 1: The Original Chewbacca, Vampires and Marvel's Unsung Heroes

by Aaron Broverman, posted Aug 28th 2010 3:30PM
Of all the years I've been to the Fan Expo convention in Toronto, 2010 was the first time I laid down $95 for the VIP treatment. The privilege included a variant Thor totebag, a special edition of Spider-Man #638 with guest of honor Stan Lee on the cover, a collection of Green Lantern and Flash power rings and two lithographs - -one, Batman by artist Gary Frank and the other, a reprint of the cover for Spider-Man #1 by Steve Ditko, but the most important thing the VIP pass gave me was time. Today, I was able to enter the premises at 2PM instead of the usual 4PM. So long, suckers!

It was a good thing too, because for the first time even showing up early wasn't enough. The Fan Expo will certainly set an attendance record this year, because the line began outside and almost snaked its way to the CN Tower, which is three full city blocks away.

Just last year, Fan Expo was relegated to the rear of the convention complex, but this year us geeks have taken over all three floors of the main building, and then some. What would be my first order of business in this virtual frenzy of fandom? There wasn't anything explicitly film or TV buff-worthy going on when the panel discussions began at 5PM, so on a day when Stan Lee was making the autograph hounds drool upstairs, I wanted to pay tribute to his lesser-known partners downstairs.

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Fan Expo 2010: The Good, the Bad, and the Nerdy

by Aaron Broverman, posted Aug 23rd 2010 5:30PM

For many years, comic book/sci-fi/horror convention Fan Expo has been playing the part of small potato to the massive beast that is Comic-Con. While the fest is still smaller than its American cousin, Fan Expo has grown leaps and bounds over the last few years. No longer do Canadian nerds have to make do with no-name D-listers.

This year's Fan Expo promises to be the biggest one yet. Not only does the convention boast the largest masquerade costume contest in Canada, where men and women bring their best fashionable interpretations of characters from each of the represented genres to the stage for prizes and bragging rights, but this year, they're bringing some serious celebrity heavyweights, including the father of the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee, and 'A History of Violence' director David Cronenberg. Oh, and did we mention Summer Glau, James Marsters, Ernest Borgnine and a cast reunion from the '60s-era 'Batman' TV series?

With so many stars in the same room, the floor may start to look like a living wax museum. But hob-nobbing with celebrities isn't the only thing Fan Expo has to offer. Read on for our picks for the best things to see and do.

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