With the 2012 Expo just around the corner, Fan Expo Canada™ announces a Top 12 List (because 10 is simply not enough) of must-see attractions and activities for this year’s convention. Combining the best of gaming, horror, comics, science fiction and anime, Fan Expo Canada is the largest event of its kind in Canada, and one of the largest in the world.
Here are this year’s Top 12 must-attend events:
- The Art of Frankenweenie – The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition captures the magic of Tim Burton’s filmmaking process and gives audiences an exclusive glimpse into the stop-motion animation process brought to life by this visionary filmmaker. From original sketches drawn by Tim Burton, to extensive props, sets and puppets, the exhibition showcases the artistic detail and vision that has gone into bringing this heartwarming tale to the big screen in 2012’s most highly anticipated animated movie. The Exhibition delves into the world of a boy who, inspired by science and the love of his dog, brings his beloved pet back from the dead.
- Halo 4 Premiere – Be the first to play the new Halo 4 at Fan Expo Canada!
- The Back To The Future Time Machine – Time-circuits on. Flux-capacitor…fluxing. Engine running… well, the engine won’t actually be running, but come and see one of the most famous vehicles in all of film history and help The Michael J. Fox Foundation in its fight against Parkinson’s disease.
- Fan Expo Speed Dating – Back by popular demand, speed dating is returning to Fan Expo Canada! Come and join in the fun and experience the thrill of meeting your potential soul mate! Each genre will have its own session as well as lots of mixed sessions! Free for attendees! This is a 19+ event.
- Celebrity Autographs & Photo Sessions – Don’t miss out on a chance of a lifetime to have your photo taken by a professional photographer with your favourite celebrity! A perfect opportunity to get that special something signed by your favourite celebrity!
- Costumes! Costumes! Costumes! – Fans dressing up in costumes, or cosplay, as it is sometimes called, is a BIG part of Fan Expo weekend. Literally thousands of amazing costumes are available for your viewing pleasure throughout the weekend. Don’t be shy, get your photo taken with all your favourite characters or come dressed up yourself.
- Over 400,000 Sq Ft Of Shopping Madness – Over 700 retailers join Fan Expo Canada to make your experience an unforgettable one! Specializing in everything comics, anime, gaming, science fiction and/or horror, these retailers have what you need. It is THE area to find just what you’re looking for – whether it’s a comic book from any era, original artwork, graphic novels, memorabilia, DVD’s, videos, games, toys or t-shirts – you will find it all here.
- MASQUERADE – If you’ve never been to a masquerade or cosplay, THIS is the one to attend! This exciting event features creative fans showcasing their original costumes derived from the comic, sci-fi, horror, anime and fantasy worlds – all on stage for a chance to win bragging rights. From caped crusaders to hot anime characters, be awed as a spectator or strut your stuff on stage. Master of Ceremonies, Gordon Rose, brings you the most popular event of the weekend and the largest show of its kind in Canada!
- The 501ST StormTrooper Legion: Grand March & Photo Session – A great chance for fans to get up close and get photos with Vader, Boba, and those lovable Stormtroopers! Have your cameras ready as the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers march the floor en masse, ending in the Grand Assembly photo opportunity.
- Live Pokemon DS Party – Hosted by Pokemon superstar Veronica Taylor! Bring your Nintendo DS and your Pokemon black, white, and other Pokemon games and play live with 20 other players including Ash Ketchum himself!
- Live Action Anime By Thousand Pounds Productions – Live on stage! Original live action martial arts inspired by your Anime favourites! You’ve never seen anything like this before! Beware: the first few rows of seating are sometimes called “The Splatter Zone”!
- Board Game Blitz – A multi-round, multi-game tournament to determine the best board gamer in Canada! Join players from across the country to test your board game prowess. This event is open to everyone.
With over 80,000 fans expected and more than 700 exhibitors and retail vendors covering over 400,000 square feet, Fan Expo Canada™ is going to be the hottest event of the summer.