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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.
Today the 19th annual Fan Expo Canada kicks off in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and now that you know how to get your tickets, here's a look at some of the panels you won't want to miss.
Since no pop culture convention is complete with a visit from Stan lee, the comic icon will speak at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Room 105. Tomorrow, the 1980s are back with David Hasselhoff (4:00 p.m. in Room 105) and Hulk Hogan Uncensored, a ticketed event taking place in Room 102 at 8:00 p.m.
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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.
This weekend geeks from around the world with descend on Dubai for the annual Middle East Film and Comic Con.
The convention, taking place on April 5th and 6th, will feature the usual mix of international celebrity guests (including Alan Tudyk, Sean Astin, and Warwick Davis), panels, vendors, video games, and cosplay.
HBO is gearing up for the season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones with a new interactive exhibition, opening today in midtown Manhattan.
The exhibit includes costumes and weapons from the show, as well as an interactive archery experience.
George Lucas might have sold Lucasfilm to Disney, but that doesn't mean he's ready to ride off into the sunset.
The Star Wars Guru recently submitted a proposal to The Presidio Trust to build an art museum on a commissary site at Crissy Field in San Francisco.
Lucas is an avid art collector who currently owns more than 1,000 works of art, enough to rotate a gallery collection every six months for six years.
Marvel’s superheroes are about to descend on Hong Kong. Disney has just announced they will soon begin building the first ever Marvel “Themed Area” within their Hong Kong Disneyland Park.
The plan isn't a total surprise to comic fans. Disney has been open about the fact that they've planned to introduce more Marvel elements into their theme parks since they acquired the company in 2009. It also makes sense to launch the new enterprise in Hong Kong since it will be a big draw to tourists visiting from the mainland.