This weekend at Fan Expo, Marvel Comics historian Jason Shayer was able to sit in on a panel featuring comics legends Walt and Louis Simonson. Here’s Jason’s report!
Spotlight on the Simon sons
Fan Expo 2013
Friday, Aug 23 – 12:30pm
Unfortunately, for some unknown reason, this panel was scheduled for only half an hour. The moderator wisely skipped any introduction or spotlight material and immediately opened the floor to questions.
The first question was about Beta Ray Bill (first appearance in Thor #337, Nov. 1983) which was punctuated by a cosplayer donning an impressive homemade Bill costume. Walt explained that he had carte blanche with the title and wanted to create a new hero who was worthy of the inscription on Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer. Read the rest of this entry
A little different Saturday At The Movies this week. Rather than looking at one movie in particular, I thought I’d run down a couple of the films being featured at Fan Expo this weekend. If you’re going to down to the event, you can check out all the promotions on hand, and if not, you can learn more about some upcoming genre flicks either hitting theatres or that are currently out on DVD.
A Little Bit Zombie:
A zombie comedy that hit DVD this past Tuesday, the film is being featured over at the Anchor Bay booth at Fan Expo. You can say hi to the cast, check out some film props and grab a poster of the flick. If you like your zombies with a dose of humour, you’ll probably dig A Little Bit Zombie.
Find out what other flicks are being featured at Fan Expo after the jump!
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It’s another edition of our Biff Bam Popcast! As we get ready for Fan Expo Canada, our panel will discuss the films of the great director John Carpenter, who will appearing at Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear August 23-26 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Find out what Carpenter films are our faves and which ones we find lacking. The popcast kicks off at approximately 10pm with JP Fallavollita, Glenn Walker, Corina Newby, Andy Burns and our special guest, Alex West of Scare Tactic and a Rue Morgue contributing writer. Watch us live at 10pm right here, or catch it on demand after 10:30pm!
This Thursday, thousands upon thousands of pop culture fanatics from around the world are going to arrive in San Diego for Comic-Con 2012, mecca for the uber geek in all of us. Now, while I’ve never been to San Diego Comic Con , watching Morgan Spurlock’s wonderful documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, I felt as though I received a crash course in what all the hype is about. Check out the trailer and then read more after the jump.
For many of Biff Bam Pop’s contributors and friends, August is a big time for us, since Fan Expo Canada touches down in Toronto, full of comic book creators, sci-fi and horror celebs and lots and lots of merchandise to be had. A highlight for JP Fallavollita and myself was the chance to meet Stan Lee a few years back – an awesome experience.
Now, the folks at Hobby Star Marketing have set their sights west, with Fan Expo Vancouver, running April 21-22 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Event Co-ordinator James Armstrong was kind enough to answer some questions via email about the new iteration of the biggest fan experience in Canada.
Andy Burns: Why is 2012 the right time for Fan Expo to head west?
James Armstrong: Our team had several hurdles to deal with in expanding our schedule to include an event in Vancouver. One, is our flagship event, Fan Expo Canada is in August and has grown to one of the largest shows of its kind in the world. It takes about 18 months of planning and hundreds of moving pieces to make FEC happen, so we had to budget our time to make another event happen and that time is best for us at the beginning of the year. As far away from FEC as possible. Secondly, we wanted the Vancouver event to be at the Vancouver Convention Centre, and no where else. It turns out that is the same idea a lot of other events have because it was difficult for us to book space in the facility due to how busy they are with other events! And thirdly, we did not want to conflict with another event out West, especially with our friends at the Calgary Expo. Finally, early this year, all of these factors came together and we are excited to launch April 21-22.