Exhausting – that’s really the only word I can use to describe Day 2 of Fan Expo Canada.
When you’re on the move with a 9-year-old with boundless energy, you want to keep up with her as best possible, which meant lots of walking around, taking in the sights of the event while also standing in lines.
Here’s a rundown of some of our highlights:
Tara Strong and Greg Cipes of Teen Titans Go!
The Princess absolutely adores this show and was extremely excited to find out master voice actors Tara Strong (Raven) and Greg Cipes (Beast Boy) were going to be at Fan Expo. I think you can tell by her face that she was loved the opportunity.
We also went to Tara and Greg’s Q & A session, where the duo was extremely animated talking to the hundreds of fans gathered. Both were grateful for the love of their fans and spoke of how doing conventions was their way of giving back.
Poster artist Orlando Arocena was at Fan Expo to sign free copies of his exclusive numbered Dark Phoenix poster, which ties in with the 4K Blu-ray that Orlando created for the Target exclusive release of the film, which arrives in stores September 17th. I had a chance to chat with Orlando, highlights of which will be up in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out the gorgeous art he created below.
Earlier this week, I had the chance to do a private test drive of a few upcoming Nintendo games for the Switch, including Pokemon Sword and Shield, Luigi’s Mansion 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. I enjoyed all of then, including the Pokeman title, which actually surprised me, as I’ve never been able to find an entry point into the franchise that really worked for. The ease of gameplay and appealing graphics made this title a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to bring the Princess to that event, but our friends at Nintendo did make sure she got the chance to try out some of the titles that are on the Fan Expo floor.
“It was fun,” she says about Luigi’s Mansion 3. “It’s like a Ghostbusters game, but different. It was easy to learn how to play.” As for Link’s Awakening, “I liked the graphics. It’s the first Zelda game I’ve played and I do want it for our Switch!”
I’m going to concur with the Princess of both assessments. The limited-time we had with both titles showed up some great gameplay and was enough to hook us both. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening arrives on September 20h, while Luigi’s Mansion 3 is out October 31st. Bother are going to be essential purchases for Switch owners.
Before we left, we also picked up the Princess commission from Valiant editor and penguin lover extraordinaire, Heather Antos.
The rest of our day was spent walking through Fan Expo, and it was, as mentioned, exhausting. We hit everything we wanted to see though and had an excellent time doing so. It’s hard to believe this event has been going on 25 years and has only been getting bigger every year. Our own E.A Henson is having his first experience here this weekend, and we’ll be sure to get his impressions. As for the Princess and I, we’ve already confirmed we’ll be back next year.
To find out what’s happening at Fan Expo for the rest of the weekend, you can visit their website here.