Category: The Art of the Con


… and decided to make a movie about Comic-Con, what you would get is this….

Gotta love Kevin Smith….

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope will hit theaters April 6th.

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Scott BakulaOkay, not really, and I have to admit that I haven’t been following Chuck since the middle of last season, but it doesn’t change the fact that I’m super excited to find out that Scott Bakula has been added to the roster of guests at Wizard World Comic Con this April 14th to the 16th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (yay! new venue!).

Scott will be joining Jeri Ryan, Amy Acker (FRED!), Sean Maher, Paul Wesley (at least he doesn’t sparkle) and a slew of others at this years Comic Con.

Keep your eye on the Wizard World Comic Con site for more announcements and schedule of events.

Guess I better get off my butt and get caught up on the last season and a half of Chuck.

And I still think Chuck’s dad is alive!

Amy Acker

Woot!

Whedon Fest has updated their guest list for their inaugural convention, October 1st – 3rd at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel!

The beautiful and talented Amy Acker, aka Fred/Illyria from Angel, and Dr. Saunders/Whiskey from Dollhouse and lately Rachel Conroy of Happy Town will be making her first visit to Canada and will be joining fellow guest Nicholas Brendon.

I’m chuffed. Can you tell?

In other Whedon Fest News, they have updated their schedule of events to add Geek Off Tournaments,

We will be running a number of Geek-Off trivia contests over the weekend to test your knowledge of Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dollhouse and Dr. Horrible. After preliminary rounds there will be our Ultimate Geek-Off with finalists. We have a ton of cool prizes to give away and the title of “Ultimate Whedon Geek.” If you’re interested in participating in this contest (and aren’t afraid of being up on stage!) you will be able to register your name on Friday when you pick up your badges. Contestants will be selected randomly from these entries.

a Dessert Party,

We will be holding a special meet and greet dessert party on Friday night, featuring a chocolate fountain, truffles, pastries and more! A perfect way to indulge and chat up our special guests!

and a live charity auction in support of the SickKids Foundation:

On Saturday October 2, 2010 a live auction will be held at WhedonFest in support of SickKids Foundation. The funds from our auction will support research, education and care at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and will help many children around the world. There will be a ton of great items, so please keep checking back as we update with what’s up for auction and how you can help SickKids Foundation.

among other events. Get more information on the Whedon Fest website.

This is really shaping up to be a great con. I’m really looking forward to attending. Still no word as to volunteer opportunities as of yet, but Evelina of Starry Nights Events told me that they will be needing stewards to help with the main room and people for the autograph/photograph lines and will be looking to fill these roles closer to the event. So, if you are interested in volunteering, contact Starry Nights using the Contact form on the website.

More updates to come!

Anime North, 2010 - May 28 - 30It’s Anime North 2010 this weekend at the Toronto Congress Centre, Doubletree Hotel and Sheraton Toronto Airport.

Wow! They’ve really expanded this year!

Guests include John Swansey, Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayers, Brittney Karbowski, Micah Solusod, Vic Mignogna, Steve Bennet, Ben Dunn and performances by Gavin Goszka, Douglas Tong and Eikostate.

The event started at 1:00 PM this afternoon and goes until Sunday at 5:00 o’clock. Highlights of the weekend include the Otakubaloo Rave on the TCC patio tonight at 6:00 PM, Super Street Fighter IV on Saturday at 9:00 am and an Art Auction on Sunday at 10:00 AM. Check out the schedule for more details.

If you are driving along Dixon past the venues be prepared for slower traffic as people slow down to ooggle the cos-players.

Also, if you are planning to attend, but don’t have your ticket yet, Anime North organizers posted the following notice on their website:

There is a group online who claim they have purchased “bulk” Anime North memberships and are now reselling them at discount prices, giving them out to people outside the con on Friday. This is a scam, and they are giving people counterfeit badges.

Anime North is taking anti-counterfeiting measures on the convention badges this year. If you do NOT get your badge from us, it’ll clearly be a phony, you will not be allowed into the convention, and you will have wasted your money.

Please be careful how you purchase your tickets.

Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend this year. But I will drive by with the kidlets to check out the cosplayers. DH says he’s going to get his costume ready for next year… wonder what it’ll be.

Enjoy!

Felicia Day and James MarstersOh this is completely SQUEE-worthy!

FanExpo Canada has announced its guestlist and it can only be described as *EPIC*!

As you have probably already guessed, Joss Whedon luminaries Felicia Day and James Marsters will be appearing at the con. I’ve heard that they are both a lot of fun and very generous to their fans. No word yet as to whether they’ll take part in autograph and photo sessions, but I’ve got everything crossable, well, er, crossed.

Other guests include:

  • William Shatner
  • Joan Collins
  • Adam West
  • Burt Ward
  • Julie Newmar
  • Peter Facinelli
  • Michael Dorn
  • Peter Mayhew
  • Sendhil Ramamurthy

That is quite the list. And that’s only for the Sci-Fi part of it. The Festival Fear Horror Expo is just as epic with David Cronenberg, Ken Russell, Lance Henrikson, Heather Langenkamp, and more. Not to be outdone, Comic Book Expo has booked Stan Lee, Gary Frank, John Romita, JR., Olivier Coipel and Steve McNiven.

PHEW! There is something for every brand of geek/fan/nerd etc…

DH is looking forward to all the steampunk seminars. I want to go to the Q&As.

FanExpo Canada will be taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, August 27th to the 29th.

I’m so excited. See you there!

Whedon Fest, October 1st - 3rd, 2010, TorontoWhedon Fest is coming to Toronto!

The con will take place on October 1st through the 3rd at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre!  Starry Night Events, the company who is organizing the Whedon Fest describes the event as

…a 3 day unofficial convention to celebrate all that is Whedon. The convention will feature guests and events from Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible and Dollhouse. We will be celebrating the Joss ‘verse. The unofficial convention will comprise of guest talks, autograph and photograph sessions, charity auction, contests, a Saturday night dance, and more!

Nicholas BrendonTheir first guest announcement was made today and it’s a doozy: Nicholas Brendon, aka Xander Harris, will be attending the con. There’s no word as of  yet as to which events he’ll be taking part in.

This is the first event Starry Night will be putting on, so I hope it goes well for them. No word yet as to whether they’ll need volunteers and they are still updating their events list but I’m going to keep an eye on the event and keep you updated.

Anyone else interested in attending?

And oh! Did we have fun!

Erin Gray aka Wilma DeeringI got to meet the totally fabu Erin Gray, aka Wilma Deering from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (both TV and the movie).  She was my absolute favorite when I was a kid, even more so than Princes Leia.  I know that’s a bit of a heretical statement considering how much I love Star Wars, but face it, Commander Deering piloted the Earth Defense Directorate Starfighters.  Leia was only ever a co-pilot.  Gil Gerrard was also supposed to be there, but I didn’t see him (I had *such* a crush!).

Ernie Hudson was also at the con, but there was such a large crowd around him, that I didn’t get a chance to ask him if he would be in the new Ghostbusters movie.  Another favorite that was there was Doug Jones.  I glimpsed him briefly on my way to the costume pageant that Elfkin was competing in, but he was gone by the time we got out. I spoke with some of the volunteers and they said both Ernie and Doug were a lot of fun and had some great stories. Next time!

On a totally unexpected note, I ran into Red and Jonny, the couple I blogged about a couple of weeks ago who wear Star Wars Stormtrooper helmets wherever they go.  They were totally sweet. Elfkin (the Pirate Grrrl!) and I posed with Red.  It was a blast.  If you’re reading this you two, keep it up.  I can’t wait to see more of your adventures.

Me, Elfkin and Red!The picture does not do Red’s dress any justice.

The Vampire ConspiracyI also ran into Marc Morgenstern, who directed The Vampire Conspiracy, which has just been turned into a a graphic novel.  Okay, I ask you, what do you do when you’re confronted by the director of one of the worst movies you have ever seen in your life and he asks you:  “So, what did you think?”

Do I say:  “It had an unforgettable vision.” or “Great ending, didn’t see it coming” or even better “I had a blast watching it.”

No, my mind goes blank and I make a gibbering idiot of myself. I think I insulted the poor guy.

I admit it.  I SUCK!

The movie has an interesting premise, I will give it that, but the execution is so horribly amateurish that it’s distracting.  Never mind the poor acting, dialogue, lighting, etc… There isn’t even buckets of gore to keep things interesting.

At any rate, he gave me a free copy of the graphic novel, which I will read, and then I’ll give the movie another go ’round.  I received it as a free screener when I was working at HMV, so I can watch it again as many times as I like, or use for torturing Twi-hards, whatever seems more appropriate.

The long and the short of it is, that DH and I had such a good time that we’re going to volunteer at Polaris 24 in July, but I have a sinking suspicion that DH is only doing it so he can bend Robert Sawyer’s ear.