(This story is sponsored by FAN EXPO Vancouver™.)
FAN EXPO HQ is one of the largest entertainment convention groups in North America, hosting over 500,000 fans annually across the country. And now the famous pop culture event is returning to the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building (1055 Canada Place) from Friday to Sunday (October 12 to 14).
FAN EXPO Vancouver™ has a three-day schedule, which is jam-packed with amazing opportunities to meet some of the biggest names in movies, television, and cosplay. Enjoy the chance to get up close and personal with your favourite celebrities as they sign autographs or pose for a professionally taken photograph with you. And hear all the juicy gossip as you ask your burning questions during one of the weekend’s speaker panels.
One of the highlights will be the presence of star guest Jason Momoa. The American actor is best known for his roles as Ronon Dex on the military sci-fi series Stargate Atlantis and as Khal Drogo in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He also played the title character in the movie Conan the Barbarian. And did we mention he lists model and producer on his résumé, as well? Talk about a superhuman!
But fans are especially looking forward to seeing Momoa reprise his role as Aquaman in the hotly anticipated blockbuster of the same name, later this year. The movie is the sixth installment in the DC Extended Universe, but the first full-length feature film centred on the character. And while Momoa might put the rest of us mere mortals to shame, if there is anyone who can do Aquaman justice, it’s surely him.
Momoa, along with other famous guests including Brandon Routh, Alaina Huffman, and Felicia Day, will be at FAN EXPO Vancouver™ taking part in various programming, signing autographs, and having their pictures taken. You can see the full list of this year’s guests on the website. Tickets for “Photo Ops” can be reserved online ahead of the event and starting at $60 (in addition to admission fees).
Professional photographers will be on hand to capture that special moment with your favourite celebrity and provide the 8” X 10” printed snap. But if you prefer to spread the cost, you can bring three friends with you and purchase extra prints and/or .jpeg files, too. Tickets are limited and are sold on a first-come-first-served basis, so make sure you act fast.
But if you prefer learning more about what goes on behind the scenes, then it’s definitely worth checking out some of the “How To” workshops or the ever-popular “Sketch Duels”, where professional comic artists battle it out before your very eyes. The Artist Alley is a perfect place to see the pencillers, inkers, and writers who work the front lines of the industry. And it’s here that you’ll find comics, graphic novels, limited-edition prints, and best of all, original art and sketches.
For Star Wars fans, the 501st Legion will be in attendance showing off their screen-accurate replicas of Imperial Stormtrooper armour. And may the force be with you as you help raise money for the Variety Charity at the on-site "Blast a Stormtrooper" Nerf blaster range.
And for the fourth year running, the award-winning Fictionals Comedy Co. will be performing and bringing laughs to FAN EXPO Vancouver™. The act’s trademark brand of improv pushes the boundaries of comedy and includes collaborations with comic book artists, slam poets, and even professional wrestlers.
There will also be no shortage of opportunities to indulge in some retail therapy with over 250,000 square feet of shopping madness.
And, last but not least, no fan expo would be complete without some cosplay. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed up as their favourite characters. And who knows, you may even run into the Luigi to your Mario at one of the cosplay meet-ups happening throughout the weekend.
FAN EXPO Vancouver™ takes place Friday to Sunday (October 12 to 14) at the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building (1055 Canada Place). Single-day passes start at $30, or an all access three-day V.I.P. package, which includes show exclusives and perks, starts at $229. To purchase tickets or for more information visit the website. Or enter below for a chance for you and a friend to win the ultimate FAN EXPO Vancouver™ experience with two deluxe weekend passes to the three-day event, plus a professional photo opportunity with Jason Momoa.
- Winner and a guest receive one professional photo opportunity each with Jason Momoa
- Two deluxe weekend passes including admission to all three days at FAN EXPO Vancouver™ with special preview access on Friday (October 12) at 2:00 p.m.
This contest has ended.
Contest Deadline: Wednesday, October 10, 3:00 pm
Winner(s) will be contacted either by phone or email.