1. The HUGE Assortment of Vendor Booths
What’s one of the main attractions conventions use to reel us in?
Vendor booths, of course!
Very few of us can resist the allure of the chance to get our hands on collectibles from our favourite franchises. Books, figurines, posters, etc. And this is one of the many angles where The Edmonton Expo went oh-so right because there was a vendor booth for just about anything you could imagine.
Vintage comics? Check. Rare toys and figurines? Check. Rare video games? Check. Replica weaponry? Check. Assorted handmade jewelry- from geek chic to Steampunk? Check. Anime girl body pillows? …Check. Tie-dye underwear? ………Check. Really.
Trust me, if I had a little more spending cash to my name, I’d have left there with a lot more. And no, I don’t mean the anime girl body pillow.
Or do I?
2. Ron Perlman
Okay, this one is 100% my personal opinion because I absolutely adore Ron Perlman. He was hands-down the biggest reason I wanted to attend the Expo. Perlman is widely known as the titular Hellboy, Clay Morrow from Sons of Anarchy, as well as Vincent in the television series adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. To me he’ll always be known as The Narrator of the Fallout game series (War… War never changes).
Over the two days of the Expo I had the chance to speak to him personally, get his autograph and attend his panel- all of which were great experiences. He took the time to chit chat about Fallout as I gushed to him about how much I loved him as The Narrator, and although it was clear he was rather tired, he still smiled and said he was grateful I took the time to stop by and see him. I screamed internally.
I’ve ever been particularly gung-ho about meeting celebrities, but I have to admit there was something amazing about being able to interact with someone who has been, in a sense, part of my life over many years (I first heard him as The Narrator when I was six years old and then in most every installment of Fallout since!).
3. It Was A Melting Pot of All Things Geek
Every convention I’ve ever attended were geared towards something specific. Animethon for Anime and PAX for gaming (I know, my convention list is small- don’t judge me!). Of course it’s not as if each event bans the presence of any other “geek” interest, but it’s still very apparent what each convention is about.
This was far less so at the Edmonton Expo.
My mind was boggled at how many corners of the geekdom this event touched and I, frankly, ran about the expo hall like a giddy child with the need to see everything at once. Star Trek, Star Wars, zombies, video games, Steampunk, horror, Doctor Who, Lord of The Rings… you name it! I had no idea where to even start.
The best part of all was how much opportunity I had to learn. I’ll be the first to admit I’ve never been a big fan of Star Trek, my comic book knowledge has dwindled since my childhood and I only know what Tumblr taught me about Doctor Who. The chance to meet and talk to fans from all these fandoms opened my eyes to a lot of cool things I think I might have to take a gander at (impending Doctor Who marathon in 3…2…1…).
Cosplay is always one of my favourite aspects of any convention I attend. It reminds me just how much people love their fandoms. The dedication is, for lack of a better word, beautiful. Things that some people find ridiculous or silly are things that bring all kinds of people together. This point also ties in with point 3; being able to experience cosplay from games, comics, film and television was really neat!
Take a look!
5. These Doctor Who Cosplayers
The photo really speaks for itself. Look at that little guy. Just look at him!