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Fan Expo Canada 2013 wrapped up on Sunday, but not before more than 100,000 fans got their cosplay on, tried out dozens of new video games, saw their favorite celebs up close, and bought lots and lots of comic books.
We've already deemed it better than San Diego Comic Con, but now you can see why.
Check out our gallery of photos from this year's Expo, which took place Aug. 22 - 25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre:
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After spending this last weekend at Fan Expo Canada, we've learned that bigger isn't always better. Here are some of the clear advantages Fan Expo has over San Diego Comic-Con:
· Less Waiting
Being used to the mega-lines at San Diego Comic-Con, where fans start queuing up the night before, we were panicked when we arrived at our first Fan Expo panel a mere two hours early. The panic quickly subsided once we arrived to find only two fans in line early. This ended up being normal for the panels, leaving plenty of time to enjoy other events and the rest of the conference.
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This weekend Fan Expo Canada, the country's biggest pop culture convention, will bring together guests from the world of gaming, horror, comics, Sci Fi, and (for the first time) sports in Toronto.
This year's special attendees, who will be participating in panels, autograph signings, and Q & A's, includes David Hasselhoff, Stan Lee, Dean Cain, George Takai, Nathan Fillion, Hulk Hogan, Bobby Orr, Joe Montana, Walking Dead stars Norman Reddus and Steven Yeun, Star Trek's Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban, and many others. And, of course, there will also be plenty of comic vendors, contests, and swag for fans.
Fans of the novel The Ender's Game can immerse themselves into Battle School at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend.
Summit Entertainment and HGTV have created The Ender’s Game Fan Experience, which is so big they couldn't fit into the convention center. Located outside the Hilton Gaslamp, the experience takes fans through sets created for the upcoming movie.
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For the first time foodies are getting their own panel at San Diego Comic-Con. A Feast For Your Eyes: Creativity In Comics and Cuisine will bring together 5 panelists to discuss the similarities in the creative processes of artists and chefs.
The panel's official description reads, "Cooking is creativity. Food is art. In so many ways, the connections between food and comics on a creative level are everywhere. A chef's knife is the equivalent of an artist's pencil or brush. Their kitchens are their canvases. Both chefs and artists are only limited by their own imaginations; they both use their tools to take what is in their minds and create masterpieces in different mediums. But the processes are the same, and that's what panelists will be exploring in this open discussion."
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Did you miss out on getting a badge for the International Comic-Con this year? Don't worry, there is still plenty you can do in San Diego this week without one. Here's a look at our top 8 picks:
· The Walking Dead Escape
The Walking Dead Escape is back this year giving fans of the show a chance to be a zombie or a victim in an apocalyptic obstacle course. Tickets for zombies, victims, and spectators can be purchased online at thewalkingdeadescape.com.
If you lost out on getting San Diego Comic-Con Badges when they first went on sale back in February, you have one more shot.
Four-day badges are still completely sold out, but a few thousand single-day badges are available now via a resale lottery. Yesterday, Comic-Con International announced they have 3,100 Saturday badges - the most coveted of them all - that were returned or cancelled and will be distributing them through a random drawing.
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Wizard World, which produces annual comic cons in Portland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Ohio, Austin and New Orleans, has added cons in Nashville and St Louis for 2013.
The St. Louis event is set for March 22-24 and the Nashville con will take place October 18-20. Stan Lee, Dean Cain, Billy Dee Williams, and James Marsters are among the confirmed guests for both.
Advance tickets are now on sale and range from $30 for one day passes to $499 for Platinum VIP passes. Visit www.wizardworld.com to purchase tickets.
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Batman fans can now see a collection of goodies from The Dark Knight Trilogy while getting 15% off their stay at the JW Marriot in Los Angeles through December 14.
This week Warner Bros launched The Dark Knight Legend pop-up exhibit at L.A. LIVE’s Event Deck, just in time for the December 4th release of The Dark Knight Rises on Blue-Ray.
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With thousands of geeks invading New York City for New York Comic Con, there are plenty of other comic-themed events planned around town this weekend.
Here's a look at a few geeky festivities you don't need a NYCC badge to get into:
Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Sina Grace, Justin Jordan, and Tradd Moore are set to appear at Image Comics/Multiversity’s Party on Friday night at Houndstooth Pub.
Stan Lee has attended so many Comic-cons in recent years, it was only a matter of time before he started his own.
Last year the comics icon launched Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo which welcomed 35,000 people, the largest comic convention debut ever.
This weekend the con returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center for its second year. Along with Lee, other special guests will include Elvira, Kevin Smith, Lou Ferrigno, Felicia Day, Thomas Jane, and Linda Blair.
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Comic purists have complained for years that San Diego International Comic-Con, taking place between July 12 -15 at the San Diego Film Festival, has become too commercial and way too crowded, but this year they will have an alternative.
Some of Comic-Con's original founders are celebrating the event's 40th Anniversary by organizing the first San Diego Comic Fest, which they describe as an "intimate scale, old school comic con."
The Comic Fest will go down October 19-21, 2012 at the San Diego Town & Country Resort and Convention Center. Organizers plan on having about 1000 attendees, compared to SDCC's 100,000 + fans.
If you've had it with the crowds and lines at San Diego Comic-Con, you can buy tickets to SDCF at http://www.sdcomicfest.org/.