Fan Expo Vancouver is officially over for another year. Didn’t we just have one though? Yes. We had one in October of last year, and now we’ve had another one in March. They’re always moving the schedule around to get the best guests. Which is pretty cool. But hard to plan around.
Regardless, they really nailed the layout this year. Seemed like there was so much more space and I loved the main stage being right at the entrance and not enclosed in a private room.
They had some great guests this year - lots of comic book artists like Dan Parent, Arthur Suydam and Doug Wheatley. Celebrity wise we had Billy Dee Williams, George Takei, Mark Sheppard, Khary Payton, Marisol Nichols, and more!
Friday night Ceara and I did most of our shopping. Got the lay of the land and sat in on two panels. First we watched the great Billy Dee Williams. He was incredible and super lively. He even sang us a song!
Next we sat in on Khary Payton’s panel and he was INCREDIBLE. I’m a huge fan of him because of The Walking Dead but also because of Critical Role. He really lit up the hall and told some great stories and brought up The Golden Girls like 10 times. He shared that he would love a spin off show of Ezekiel set as a prequel when Ezekiel was a teenager. You can check out a clip in the video below!
Saturday we wandered around a lot but it was SUPER packed so we did a little shopping and checked out all the amazing cosplay.
Sunday we sat in on the Riverdale panel which included Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, and Nathalie Boltt. Nichols and Boltt were so much fun. Boltt is a super weirdo and I’m totally into that. She shared that she loves going to female wrestling and burlesque shows here in Vancouver. We found out that Nichols is a super foodie. Petsch was way more guarded and seemed kind of over it all. To be fair to her, everyone kept asking the same 5 questions over and over. You can check out a full clip in the video below!
It was nice to see how much Petsch loves Cheryl and Toni, and she shared how hard it was to film the scene when Cheryl falls through the ice. They filmed it for 16 hours in a shipping container and it was incredibly difficult and scary. It was also filmed on one of the coldest days Vancouver had ever seen. Nichols shared that her hardest scenes to film are when Hiram Lodge is being a dick to Veronica. As a Mother in real life, she finds it really hard to keep quiet while it happens. They all seemed very close and it was overall an enjoyable panel.
I also want to give a quick RIP to Luke Perry who passed away while I was writing this. He played Fred Andrews on the show and was a light in everyone’s lives. We’ll miss you Luke! Sending lots of love to his family.
Obviously, there wasn’t a lot of horror. There never is at this expo which annoys me greatly. BUT there was a lot of horror merchandise this year which was a nice surprise. I picked up a lot of awesome stuff. You can check that out in an upcoming Mail Bag.
Artist’s Alley as always was filled with some great stuff. So many talented folks out there. Hopefully soon I’ll have some spotlights for you with some of the people I met.
A big thank you to Fan Expo for letting us wander around all weekend and participate in the fandom. It’s always a really fun weekend! Check out video below of all of our adventures. Also bare with me - this is my first time filming AND editing a video. I’ll get better….I promise…