We were gone almost a week working at the Fan Expo 2013 in Toronto. It was a great fun show. Here are some pics for you guys…..
The hilarious duo Jay & Silent Bob are back with an exclusive live performance for Fan Expo Canada™ 2012:
JAY AND SILENT BOB GET OLD!
Fan Expo Canada™
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Friday August 24, 2012
Jay & Silent Bob are dying, watch it as it happens!
Film icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes made history and fans all over the world with the characters Jay & Silent Bob from the movies Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks 2. Now you can see them live in your hometown, recording their comedy podcast JAY AND SILENT BOB GET OLD!
FAN EXPO CANADA™ 2012 is proud to announce Patrick Stewart as a headline guest.
The English film, television and stage actor is most widely known for his television and film roles, such as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and its successor films, Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series, and as the voice of Director Bullock in American Dad!.
We are petitioning the FanExpo crew to get the Greatest Musical performer of all time….it would be awesome if they got William Hung. Man, that guy can sing….
A follow-up to the last Fan Expo post! Just sent to all attendees on the Fan Expo mailing list, Aman Gupta, president of the event, has issued an apology. Here it is, for anyone who hasn’t yet received the e-mail!
On behalf of the staff of Fan Expo Canada™ I would like to apologize for the lengthy delays and inconvenience experienced by many at Fan Expo Canada™ this past weekend. We were, quite simply, inadequately prepared for the increased crowds in a venue that was neither familiar to us nor not capable of meeting our collective demands. We recognize and have heard from many of you that this was unacceptable and unfair to our loyal fans.
The staff at Fan Expo have been and will continue to read and act upon the concerns communicated by our fans about Fan Expo 2010. In preparation for Fan Expo Canada™ 2011, we have already confirmed a booking of the entire South Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This will be the largest area ever used for our show and its layout is far better suited to the size and nature of our event. We are also committed to the communication of key practices for ticket purchases, show access and other related logistics effectively and well in advance of the 2011 show. In addition, we intend to engage all of the event stakeholders as we work through the planning process including: staff, fans, venue, security, Fire & Emergency Services, Tourism Toronto and the City of Toronto in this process.
We appreciate the continued support of each fan, and are grateful to have fans who are willing to take the time and effort to help improve the “Fan Expo Experience”. Again we sincerely apologize to the fans that were unable to enjoy the full experience of Fan Expo 2010. Please know that we welcome your feedback and suggestions for how we can improve the fan experience. Please forward your comments to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aman Gupta and the Fan Expo Team
We had a blast at this year’s Fan Expo! There were brilliant costumes, amazing deals and celebrities from the worlds of comics, film and television ready and willing to meet with their adoring fans. Unfortunately, though, not everyone was able to have so awesome an experience: lines, overcrowding and overselling resulted in some angry attendees, including a few who couldn’t even get in with VIP passes. The troubles were enough to get the attention of journalists and The Toronto Star has a story on the upset at the con!
Fan Expo organizers, activate your force fields: a revenge of the nerds is brewing.
Hundreds of gamers, superfans and sci-fi geeks are fuming after a mismanaged weekend at Fan Expo Canada, a popular annual convention celebrating pop culture.
Eventgoers say this year’s three-day convention was marred by hours-long lineups. On Saturday afternoon, crowds became so unmanageable organizers had to shut down door sales and temporarily lock out ticket holders, prompting hordes of frustrated fans to start chanting for refunds.
While the Fan Expo has always seen its share of organizational glitches, loyal attendees say this year’s convention was by far the worst.
“This is very hard for me to admit: I wanted to cry in frustration,” said 28-year-old Mike Dodd, who covered Fan Expo for his website, This Week in Geek. “Sure there’s been hiccups previous years but this was a friggin’ joke.
“I’ve never seen people so demoralized. A sad nerd is not a good thing.”
The annual pop culture convention, which attracted just under 60,000 people in 2009, has been rapidly gaining popularity and this year saw record numbers thanks to a star lineup, including comic book creator Stan Lee, Adam West (TV’s Batman) and Star Trek’s William Shatner.
Organizers were “definitely overwhelmed” by this weekend’s crowds, said Aman Gupta, president and CEO of Hobby Star Marketing, which operates Fan Expo.
Gupta said a scheduling conflict forced this year’s convention to move from the south hall of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to the north, which has smaller capacity. Organizers also tried to shorten last year’s lineups by hiring 85 more staff and doubling their ticket entry points. The problem is, the improvements worked a little too well.
“We took last year’s problems, we solved them extremely well to the point where it hurt us in a different area,” Gupta said. “We need to find that happy medium.”
Clara Nigh has attended Fan Expo for four years and preordered a $60 deluxe weekend pass, which was supposed to give her in-and-out privileges. But on Saturday, Fan Expo’s most popular day, Nigh left the convention centre to grab some lunch; when she returned, hundreds of people were waiting outside locked doors.
A security guard told her no one was allowed back in until patrons inside started leaving.
“That line wrapped around the block,” she said.
Sunday’s wait times were better but lineups still snaked around the block, Nigh said. And to make matters worse, she added, staff members were still selling tickets.
“I thought, ‘money grab,’” Nigh said. “How can you take people’s money when you can’t guarantee them entry? When you can’t even guarantee people who prepaid months ago?”
Gupta said door sales were shut down for about three hours Saturday when the main level of the convention centre exceeded capacity.
The weekend was just as tough on staff and volunteers, he said, and two of his publicists actually broke down in tears.
“We’re really sorry and we’re going to do absolutely everything we can to fix this problem for next year,” Gupta said.
But for 27-year-old Stephen Bryce, who made a YouTube video railing against the disorganization of this year’s event, nothing will ever get him back to the Fan Expo.
“If someone did lose their temper in that crowd, all hell would’ve broken loose,” he said. “We very much had the impression the people running the convention were flipping us off and laughing at us, saying, ‘Ha ha, we got your money, we can do what we want with you.’ ”
Starting today at 4pm, FAN EXPO opens its doors to legions of fanboys, fangirls, professionals, creators and celebrities from the world of comics, sci-fi, film, television and more! There’s a ton of stuff to see, panels to enjoy and collectibles to snag: you’ll definitely want to check this out if you’re anywhere near Toronto this weekend.
Boasting a guest list that includes Felicia Day, William Shatner, Adam West and many, many more, it’s an event unlike any other in Canada and one convention you won’t want to miss!
We’re going to have our own table, so if you want to snag some of the very cool mercgh we’ll have with us, come by our table! We’ll be CmdStore and Toys on Fire in the vendors’ section of the con!
New figures are on their way from Star Wars: CLONE WARS, pre-orderable now and shipping later this month! If you’re a fan of the film, the show, the comics or just the awesome new style they brought to the Star Wars Universe, then you’ll want to get your hands on these 3.75-inch figures. Here’s the run-down of the figures you can snag both as a complete set or individually:
- Rex CW1
- Obi Wan Kenobi CW2
- Commander Cody CW3
- Destroyer Droid CW4
- Yoda CW5
- Count Dooku CW6
- Anakin Space Suit CW7
- Pre-Visla Mando CW8
- Mando Guard CW9
- Grievous with Cape CW10
- Aurra Sing CW11
And if the animated universe isn’t quite far-out enough for you, then maybe you’d prefer to see something far stranger in the form of this Toronto Sun article detailing Sith Lord Darth Vader’s weekend plans…
Darth Vader may have done battle in a galaxy far, far away, but in Toronto, he’s going to be doing yoga.
The Dark Lord of the Sith and his storm troopers will be descending upon Trinity Bellwoods Park Wednesday morning to embark on a 20-minute exercise regime.
The effort at the park on Dundas St. W., just east of Ossington Ave., is designed to promote this weekend’s Fan Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
“It might be interesting for people to come out and get some shots of Darth Vader and the storm troopers doing park things and creating a little buzz for Fan Expo,” said Roy Mitchell, 36, the head of the Toronto Garrison of the 501st Legion — a group of Star Wars aficionados.
The display starts at 11 a.m. with Vader, storm troopers, bike gunners, snow troopers and clone troopers doing yoga, playing tennis and having a picnic.
The 501st Legion, which boasts roughly 80 members in its Toronto chapter, always make an appearance at the Fan Expo convention.
“We’ll have the main group do each thing and it’s a photo opportunity,” said Mitchell, who will be playing Darth Vader.
“We can’t do things like Downward Dog or anything, yoga will probably be limited to standing poses. We’ll then set up a tennis match and maybe Vader will be standing on the line and be the judge. It’ll be fun and that’s the idea.”
Mitchell added it’ll be interesting to watch the storm troopers attempt to hit the tennis ball with a racket, especially when they can barely see out of the helmets.
“They may get lucky and may make it back to serve, I have no idea,” he said.
Among some of the now-un-caped crusaders appearing at this week’s expo are Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar, the original Batman, Robin and Catwoman.
For more information about FanExpo, go to: FanExpoCanada.com
SEE YOU THERE!
Another convention in the books…and we are freakin’ exhausted. It was a disaster from the day we got into Toronto. We got to the Toronto Metro Convention Center at 7:30 am and didn’t get inside until 10:15 am. Nothing was going right. The show opened to the public at 11:00 am and we finally finished setting up at 2:30 pm in the afternoon. We had no sales until then. We forgot our product scanner back home and could not hook up our POS (point of sale) system. At the end of the show, we were the last ones out. We finally got back home at 2:30 am in the morning. Didn’t know that taking a Red Bull would keep me up all night long!
On the plus side, we met several regular customers at our booth and schmoozed with some costumed chicks and dudes. It was not a good show…but we tried our best to have fun.
We don’t plan to return to this show. However, we do plan to be at the FanExpo 2010 in August. Our man….Stan Lee will be there signing. We hope to see you there!
We’ve still got some of our exclusive First-Appearance Sabretooth figures left. From the Marvel Select collection, these figures stand about 7 or 8 inches tall and feature amazing sculpting and a great paint job reflecting Sabretooth’s original look from his first appearance in a 1977 issue of Iron Fist (as “Sabre-Tooth”).
We brought him to Fan Expo, but if you weren’t able to make it, you can order him here or by clicking his pic above. This one’s a great find for collectors and you can only get it from us!