Finding your way to the first-ever Fan Expo Vancouver (held on April 21 and 22 at the Vancouver Convention Centre) was simple. If your geekdar kicked into high gear when you suddenly started seeing Jedi Knights, X-Men, Mario Bros., or Gothic Lolitas traipsing about as if they were on a pilgrimage, you were on the right track.
As much as celebrities from Batman's Adam West and Burt Ward to comic book artists were a big draw, a significant chunk of the entertainment came from the cosplay patrons themselves.
Characters from Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel and DC comics, Game of Thrones, Ghostbusters, Reboot, Labyrinth, G-Force: Guardians of Space, Halo, Tin Tin, anime series, video games, and much, much more all converged in one deliriously heady, visually overloaded, freaky mashup.
Here's just a sample of what was on view.
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