It’s been two weeks since I was at Fan Expo Regina and yet it still feels like it was yesterday.
I remember the rush of excitement as I shook hands with, met, chatted with and got a photo taken with celebrities Ray Park, Marina Sirtis, Tia Carrere and Kevin Sorbo. I remember how friendly they all were. Just thinking of it puts a smile on my face. We were bubbling with excitement the whole time.
I remember surging through the aisles at Evraz Place looking at all the displays and items for sale. I remember sitting in on several panels. I remember the cool cosplay.
It was May 3 and 4. It was a weekend I will never forget.
I’d never been to any type of comic book or pop culture convention prior to Fan Expo Regina and neither had my companions, my sister and our good friend. It was a first for all three of us. Attending the show was one of the best decisions we could’ve made.
I remember looking at all kinds of collectibles, including rare and newer comic books, movie and television posters, props of weapons or jewelry from movies (including the Deathly Hallows necklace from Harry Potter that I wear as I write this) and T-shirts from comic books, movies and television shows.
Thankfully, we’d done our research ahead of time. We knew to bring a lot of cash with us and to wear comfortable shoes. Most places took cash only and there was a lot of walking. Not that any of us minded. We loved looking at all of it.
In Artists’ Alley, we watched artists sketch creations in front of our eyes. We stopped by a booth where the artist would sketch us as one a favourite superhero or villain.
My sister and I did that. It was a cool feeling standing there with my chin in a certain place, holding as still as I possibly could. And then I took home his wonderful drawing, transformed in only a matter of minutes into my secret identity. I’d tell you what it is, but that would defeat the point.
And then there were the costumes. We were among the cosplay folk that weekend and we saw some cool costumes. We ran into Thor, Loki, Iron Man, Batman, Spider-Man, Captain America, many incarnations of The Joker, Poison Ivy and countless characters from video games such as Halo or Assassin’s Creed.
There were characters from Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek as well as Gandalf, Bilbo, Arwen and Thranduil from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. We even ran into an enthusiastic Mario, Luigi, Peach and Wario.
We also saw Green Arrow and his nemesis Deathstroke. After two of us got our picture taken with Green Arrow, we later discovered Deathstroke had photo-bombed the picture in the background. That is now one of my favourite photos. Then we sat in on Q&A sessions with lots of celebrities. Those were neat.
On Star Wars Day, May the Fourth, we were in the second row in the centre for a Q&A with Ray Park, Darth Maul himself. He ended his session doing a demonstration with a lightsaber on stage for the crowd. That was awesome too. I could go on forever relishing in all of my fantastic memories from the weekend. I’ll definitely be going again next year when the expo returns to Regina. Next up on my comic book convention radar is San Diego. My sister and I scored tickets to the world-renowned San Diego Comic Con International and can’t wait to be there in July.
After all, now that I’ve had a taste of comic conventions, there’s no going back.
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