I really wanted to go to Comic Con this year but those plans didn’t happen. But Fan Expo Vancouver was the next best thing. This event took place at the Vancouver Convenstion Centre from April 18th – 20th. I’m not really a nerd or obsessed with any of the stuff as much as some people. But I consider myself a fan. I love comic books and super heroes and science fiction. I’m not sure if my friend invited me to come with her, or if I invited myself to come with her. But either way, I went.
There were photo ops and autographs but they were crazy expensive. Stan Lee was there, but only on the Saturday and I went on the Sunday. My friend got a photo with Nichelle Nichols, as well as her autograph.
There was a bunch of random stuff and plenty of booths everywhere. I’m not a fan of crowds. So it was kind of overwhelming at first but then I got used to it.
I didn’t dress up. Because I didn’t have a costume or time to find one. My friend pointed out that since I had a red dress, I could have been Uhura or someone from Star Trek. All I needed was the Starfleet symbol to put on it. Oh well. I decided it was best to leave the costumes to the experts.
One of my favourite costumes was this couple who went as Pam and Dr. Krieger from Archer. I only started watching the show this year and I kind of hate myself for not having done so sooner. Their costumes were awesome, right down to the dolphin hand puppet.
Along with the likes of Stan Lee and Nichelle Nichols, there were Elvira, Tia Carrere, James Marsters, Amanda Tapping, Juliet Landau, and others.
There were also a bunch of giant lego characters. So naturally I had to go take pictures next to them. I never really got into lego that much as a child. But these were awesome. There was a lego Yoda.
And there were Lego Super Heroes. Looking at this photo, it kind of looks like Batman is giving the finger.
And I couldn’t not take a photo with the Lego Incredible Hulk. He’s my favourite.
And then there were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Does anyone remember Reboot? It totally reminds me of my childhood. I remember coming home from school and watching it on YTV. We met one of the animators and Michael Benyaer, the voice of Bob. I was so excited about meeting the voice of Bob.
And then we got to my favourite part of the convention. At the far end, there was an area with a few stations set up for pictures. You make donations to charity and in return you get to take awesome photos. The first of these was with Ghostbusters in a proton pack and flight suit.
My friend had already gone the day before, but I told her I would pay another $5 to have her in my photo. The money goes to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. I realize I don’t look all that excited about being a ghostbuster. But believe me, I was. I think I was just annoyed because the guy taking the picture with my blackberry was complaining about how it took a long time to save a photo.
As awesome the ghostbusters were, that was not the best photo op. There was a Back to the Future booth where you could take your picture with the DeLorean. It was $20 and donations went to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. I was so excited, I knew this had to happen but we decided to come back later.
My friend bought all sorts of cool things like Star Trek Catan. I’m supposed to go over and play it at a game night at some point, but it hasn’t happened yet. She also bought some Tardis jewellery. I never usually buy the jewellery at these places because I’m usually allergic. But the lady told me the earrings were nickel free. In which case I obviously had to buy myself some Mario & Luigi earrings.
After a brief bit of shopping, it was time to go back… to the future. It had to happen.
I got to sit in the driver’s seat. Which is super ironic since I don’t drive. But whatever. I just had to sit inside that car. My friend opted for the hover board because she’s cool like that.
I look good in the DeLorean. I kind of never wanted to get out of it.
Another costume I loved was Where’s Waldo. It made things fun because throughout the day, we would spot him in the crowd and be like “Found him!”.
Along with the Ghostbusters and Back to the Future booths, there was also a Star Wars one. We decided to wait until later, when Darth Vader was there. We had to wait a bit because they were all taking a large group photo.
With a $3.00 minimum donation to Variety Children’s Charity, you get a Star Wars pin, as well as the opportunity to take your picture with the characters.
Sadly, Darth Vader never came back. Leia asked if we wanted her in our photo, because some people wanted just the droids. Of course we wanted Leia in our photo. One of the droids had a dirty uniform. So naturally I stood by him.
Before leaving, I wanted to go back and see the voice of Bob again. Because I just really wanted a picture with him and forget to ask the first time. Michael Benyaer was really cool about it.
Even though I don’t actually watch Doctor Who, I thought I should get a picture in the tardis. My friend told me it was best that I don’t let anyone there know that I don’t watch Doctor Who. I guess all the hardcore fans would not approve.
I thought I should get a couple comic books for my brothers before leaving. Because I’m such a nice person. And because some of them were really cheap.
Also candy. Because who doesn’t love candy? Especially when it comes in a Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Coin box containers.
Fan Expo was a lot of fun and I’m glad I went. My biggest complaint was the complete and utter lack of food. They totally needed at least one food booth in there. But other than that, it was good times. I mean where else can you go ghost busting AND time travelling?