Day one of four at Fan Expo Canada 2013 is in the books. It marked my first ever trip to the annual event, meaning this post is nothing more than a personal reflection of my exploration. The first thing I discovered to correctly respect the experience is an exercise in both stamina and patience. It also requires a boat load of money!
A preamble so you understand where I’m coming from. I admit I’m not true fan boy but I do enjoy science fiction. Growing up I was a huge Star Wars fan. I lined up with my uncle for the midnight screening of Episode 1: The Phantom Menace opening night and I had the original trilogy gold box set on VHS. If you’re reading this and don’t know what VHS means, take out your internet box thingy and look it up. That said, I was never fully immersed in the culture so day one was a unique experience.
Though I was out of my element, I never felt out of place. In a venue full of the unfamiliar and odd alike, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Let it be known, the world of fantasy is full of benevolent individuals and I stress individuality here. There was a refreshing blend of commonality, proportionally balanced with distinctiveness. It was an interesting dichotomy for an ‘outsider.’ It was as though I was a new born, each turn of the head painting a new bewildered face.
The more I poked and prodded the more I discovered. The bewildered look draped across my face quickly altered into one of intrigue. Artistry and creativity flowed from the fingertips of the countless comic book artists, perched on the stool at their booth. Half with a welcoming smile and the other too engrossed in their sketches to bother.
Costumes were abundant and complex, but once acclimatized it soon became apparent to me that it’s not as polarized from a sporting event where fanatics adorn the colors of their team, paint their faces and use horns to show their appreciation.
The entire scene was eclectic. There was something for all. Comic books, film, technology and even sporting memorabilia, you didn’t need to be a fan boy or girl to find something to appreciate.
Now that I’m accustomed, true investigation can begin. What will day two provide? A run in with Hulk Hogan? A touchdown pass from NFL great Joe Montana? One thing is for sure, my life long search for Waldo is finally complete.