My Experience at Fan Expo 2010. Huge thread with lots of pics!


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I went to Fan Expo 2010 here in Toronto during the weekend. It was my first time going; apparently, Fan Expo has been around for several years but I only discovered its existence last year. After attending it, I have to say that it was well worth the trip, although I missed some opportunities, like taking pics of Adam West, Michael Dorn, etc. Ah well, I was there mainly for the video games and anime, and on that front I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

I took a lot of pics, so I’ll post them now and add some text as I go along (sorry C. Lint, I didn’t find that random Asian dude you wanted me to capture!). Sorry for the quality of some pics. Let’s get this started!


Ghostbusters cosplay

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This is the first pic I took on my way to the convention centre. I loved the costumes, but I wish they had someone to represent Winston for completeness.[/details]

Nintendo Booth

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Nintendo had a booth where you could play some games. Pictured above is Sin & Punishment 2, which I have yet to play. They also had SSBB, Mario Galaxy 2, and NSMB Wii. Nintendo had a special DQ9 event where you could download a special map if you tagged a guest named NOA1. Not only did I tag that person, but I also upgraded my inn from tagging a bunch of other people, something I didn’t know would happen. If you have the means to do it, definitely go to a big gaming event and tag random people; I got a lot of sweet maps that way![/details]

Old-school Batmobile

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Yep, it’s that Batmobile. You could spend money to have your pic taken while inside it. Apparently, Adam West and Burt Ward were on site at one point, but I was obviously elsewhere when that happened.

Voice Actor

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This is Vic Mignogna of Fullmetal Alchemist fame (or, for the gamers, Persona 3 fame). He was in attendance for autograph sessions and Q&A. I went to the Q&A (more on that later). The lineup was huge for the autographs and, as was the case for certain people, you had to pay a fee to receive an autograph.

Zellers Tourney

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Zellers (a local Canadian store) hosted a tournament for three games: Modern Warfare 2 for the 360, SSF4 for the PS3, and SSBB for the Wii. The grand prize for each tourney was 10 million rewards points. I’m not sure what you can get at Zellers with those kind of points these days, but it sounds like a lot.

Fullmetal Alchemist cosplay

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The Winry cosplayer wasn’t paying attention, heh. I just walked up to them with my camera without saying anything, though.

Harley Quinn

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I like this one. She had the body for it.

Indie Game

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This game is called Guerilla Gardening. I like the art style; not sure why, but when I first saw the game, it reminded me of an old game called Syndicate (probably because of the isometric view). The game’s creator has a website, Spooky Squid Games.

Deadpool

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Deadpool cosplay. Definitely needed some weapons.

Star Wars troops

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I thought these costumes were well done, though the red guard was a bit short, but what can you do?

Convention lockdown

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At one point, the convention centre had to be locked down because it was overcrowded. People were lined up outside for over an hour. Fortunately, that was the only low point in my two days at the convention.

Board game

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This is a board game called Hordes. I’m not up to date on board games these days, but it’s good that people still play these kinds of games.

Board game 2

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These guys are playing go, an old Japanese board game. I played it a long time ago and got destroyed. Definitely an interesting game, though.

R2D2

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A perfect replica of R2D2. It was operated by remote control.

Blazblue cosplay

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Carl and Rachel.

Assassin’s Creed cosplay

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I’m not too familiar with Assassin’s Creed, but this was easily the best cosplay I’ve seen of Ezio at the show (or is it Altair?). He even had the various hidden weapons.

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No idea what this is. It talked.

Sony booth

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Sony’s booth. They had the Move and its games on display, and I played the ping-pong game. I got the hang of things pretty quickly; I beat the two opponents I played against.

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Yes, that is Gran Turismo 5.

G4 booth

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G4 had one of the larger booths. As you can see, you could relax here and watch some TV.

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Electric Playground’s Victor Lucas, looking pretty for the camera.

Venom cosplay

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Eh, the only good thing about the costume was the mask. At least I got two girls in the pic.

Guess who?

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Yeah, there was no way I was going to get an autograph. The line was* huge*, and there was a fee on top of that. Any special events (Q&A, etc.) with him required a special pass, which was sold out–presumably for months–by the time I got around to ordering my ticket.

Ubisoft booth

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Just Dance for the Wii.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. You can’t tell from this screen, but there was so much chaos going on, I couldn’t see myself playing the game with so many players.[/details]

Dragon Quest

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This thing is absolutely cool. Just so you know, it wasn’t a guy wearing a Mimic costume. It’s impressive how someone can make something so convincing from scratch.[/details]

N7

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As an added bonus, I got some Borderlands cosplay.

Zellers tourney 2

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Some S4 action. They had a little bit of trivia where if you answered correctly, you won a Playgrounds T-shirt. I won one of the shirts by answering the following question: “What is M. Bison’s favourite day of the week?” I was surprised nobody else got that question. One question that struck me as iffy was the one about Sakura’s first teacher. I think the answer came from one of the non-canon anime movies (I think it was Alpha). Apparently, Ken–not Dan–was Sak’s first trainer.

Vic Mignogna Q&A

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I enjoyed the Q&A. The people there asked some interesting questions, and I got some insight into the world of voice acting. I actually recorded the session (sound only), and I plan to upload it so you guys can listen to it. At the end of session, we got to watch a short film made by Vic himself called Fullmetal Fantasy. Vic asked us not to record it, so the only way you can watch it is by attending a convention. The movie was hilarious…Vic seems to be a huge fan of Fullmetal Alchemist.

Yoshitaka Amano

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Star Wars figures

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Tron Legacy

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Boba Fett LEGO

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Further proof that LEGOs kick ass. They had a contest where you could guess how many pieces it took to create the statue. My guess was 5000, but now that I think about it, that number is probably too low.[/details]

Zellers tourney 3

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Some of you might recognize this guy (I didn’t). He goes by the name Buddah. He won the S4 tourney and won the 10 million HBC Rewards points. If you know this guy, ask him what he got with his points. Better yet, if he’s an SRKer, have him post in this thread. Buddah has a scary Seth.[/details]

DeLorean

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You know what this is.

Micro Volts

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This is a multiplayer PC game. It’s a 3rd-person team-based shooter which is in beta right now. It’s free to play; you just have to sign up at their site: MicroVolts - Online Multiplayer Toy Shooter. I played the game and rated the game based on my experience. I couldn’t give an accurate statement since I couldn’t try all the modes or the maps. I got a free flash drive, but I haven’t checked how much space it has (probably 2GB). There was this cute busty black girl who I think is a part of the dev team; I should’ve taken a pic of her.[/details]

T-Shirts

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Just random shirts. One of many, many booths that had stuff for sale.

Marvel stuff

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There was a lot of hype going on at Marvel’s booth, but I didn’t check to see what it was about.

My friend’s booth

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This is my friend Crystal, who I met in high school. I bumped into her completely by chance, which is crazy considering the thousands of people at the event. She’s an artist. Check out her stuff at Tomgeeks and Earthsong ~ An Online Graphic Novel by Crystal Yates. I bought two buttons that she designed: the Tetris and Pac-Man buttons (both are pictured above). [/details]

Team Fortress 2 cosplay

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You know, I own TF2 but I never really played it. It’s one of those games in my backlog.

FF13 cosplay

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What do you think? Cute?

Japanese 101

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I learned some random Japanese phrases at this session. The woman in the pics was the host. Her name is Yoko, and she’s beautiful.

Darth Vader cosplay

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This might have been the only Darth Vader cosplay I’ve seen. Luckily it’s damn good.

DC Superheroes

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A bunch of cool artwork, all framed.

G4 peeps

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Isn’t that Morgan Webb?

Zellers tourney 4

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Brawl tourney.

Q&A with Hitoshi Ariga

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The man (on the right…the person on the left is his translator, and she’s a female). I recorded this session too. I’ll have to listen to the recording to see if it’s good enough to upload.

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Random doodles. Apparently, Auto is Hitoshi’s least favourite character. He also doesn’t like X5 as a game too much. The boxes in the image above was Hitoshi describing how much space he leaves in between panels. There’s no standard; it’s all artist preference.

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Quick sketch of Dynamo Man. Hitoshi is the original creator of Dynamo Man and Burner Man. He also worked on various Mega Man games as an artist, so he’s not just a mangaka.

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Hitoshi completed the Burner Man sketch, but he took it away before I could take a shot of the final form. :frowning:

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Sketches of Ice Man, Proto Man, and Bass in their civilian forms. Bass was never made into a civilian in the Megamix comics, but one of the attendees asked Hitoshi to draw Bass as one. He had to think about that one!

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At the end of the session, there was a random draw where the prizes were the sketches. There were some surprises in there, like the above. The first prize was the next image…

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…and I won it! :woot: I’m definitely gonna frame this. Cut Man is Hitoshi’s favourite character.

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Me with Hitoshi.

Udon booth

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Udon was a part of the Hitoshi Ariga Q&A, and Udon boss Erik Ko was present. It was at the Q&A where I learned that Megaman Megamix was available to buy, translated. Volume 1 has been out for a while, but Volume 2 hasn’t been released yet in stores. But it was available to buy at Udon’s booth, so I picked up both volumes ($15 each).

Erik holding up Volume 2.

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Black Cat cosplay

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Yes.

Microsoft booth

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Kinect was on display. I’m not too sure about this, but I can see its potential for exercising/training.

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Random

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Tron again

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Still a way to go before it hits theatres…

R2D2 again

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I wonder how much this thing cost.

Storm troops

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I’ve seen some really good Star Wars cosplay overall at this event.

Fan Expo

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This represents what Fan Expo is all about.

Those are all the pics I took. For next year, I’ll make an effort to take more full-body shots of the cosplayers so you can see every detail. There were definitely some pics I wanted to take (such as a big-titted, bikini-top FFX-2 Riku cosplayer), but didn’t for whatever reason. I’d also like to go with other people so they can cover the things that I didn’t. I will also participate in whatever tournament they have next year, now that I know that they have them. I will also try to attend all three days so I don’t miss out on anything. I had a total blast at Fan Expo, and I highly recommend anyone (in Canada or otherwise) to attend.


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you had to pay a fee for voice actor autographs?..the same guys who do it for free at anime cons every year? you guys got played.

lol@ no winston…you expect too much from canada.


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I don’t think there were fees for every autograph signing, just some of them, like Stan Lee.


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that’s a Dalek from the British show Doctor Who.

EXTERMINATE!


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daaaaamn where was that Dalek? I never saw him :frowning:

I humped R2 D2 and got yelled at for doing that. Little fucker was asking for it.

I have a ton of other pics for ya, good amounts of celeb pics (mostly featuring my buddy in them lol) and girls in cosplay. Gimme time to get my hands/tools on them, and upload them.

I work with the Assassin’s Creed guy. My favourite thing was he took an umbrella, and made Altair’s pop out blade with it.

Did you not go on Sunday? No Stan Lee, no Leslie Nielson, a bunch of others tapped out.

And yeah, autographs ranged from 25 - 65 bucks. Summer Glau cost me 35, i wanted a photo op but they was sold out since saturday. Hell, her lineup was over 2 hours long (due to a second NEW line forming and becoming the new line due to cheating and lying). Heather Lagenkamp was fucking AWESOME (I sat and talked to her for like 40 minutes about Nightmare on Elm St, and she even called my mom on her cell phone to thank her for loving Dream Warriors), and I got to shoot the shit with Lance Henrickson too. Adam West and Burt Ward were dicks, and wanted top $$$ for autographs, and Adam West had a personal security team that would block all camera’s at all times. I got pics of Burt Ward though. Julie Newmar was a fucking fantastic lady though.

voice talent was doing autographs for free. comic talent was doing artwork for free (I will upload the joker pic the Red Robin artist did for me). Only shit that cost money was entry, and autographs for the big name celebs (but that shits normal).

edit: thought I should point out that the Altair guy (my buddy Rich) kept jumping into people’s photographs on purpose to be a dick. It was actually kinda funny/


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@Soviet: sounds like you had an awesome time! Yeah, I was at the expo on Sunday. I wanted to see Leslie Nielsen…I want to know what he’s up to these days.

I’m gonna see if I can upload my recording of the Vic Mignogna session.


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Here’s the Vic Mignogna recording.

Just a few things…it’s completely unedited, and you might not be able to hear the questions people asked because they didn’t get to use a mic. Also, I missed a bit of the session so the recording begins with Vic in the middle of answering a question about Ed’s relationship with Winry.


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meh, i had an okay time. By sunday, most of the good shit was bought up by OTHER stores, and being sold for extra cash (like the HUGE Galactus figure that was originally 80 bucks but other vendors jacked up to 180). Fuck I wanted that.

And I got abso-fucking-lutely fucked over during my attempt to get Summer Glau’s autograph. I was literally the last person she signed for, she couldn’t stick around, and i had to wait TWICE as long cuz a new line decided to take over the original line, and she didnt even sign what I wanted her to say (I wanted her to sign “No, I will not marry you” but she said that was mean, and instead signed “Marriage? We just met…”. Didn’t even put my name on it. And I wanted a pro photo taken with her, but she couldn’t fit me in. I literally went there ONLY for her.

Leslie Nielson cancelled last year too. He’s gonna probably die before Fan Expo 2011. My buddy saw him last year and said he looked like skin and bones. Still really wanted his autograph.