Well, it has been a week since FanExpo here in Toronto. To many, it is a fun way to end the summer (and maybe spend way more money than you intended), and this year was no exception! That being said, we can’t pretend that everything about it is perfect all the time.
Here are some of our greatest moments and horrible encounters at this year’s FanExpo:
Favourite thing: The fantastic Cabbage Guy (from Avatar: The Last Airbender) cosplayer, complete with a cart full of cabbages!
Least favourite thing: The Obnoxious Guy Who Hogs Panelists’ Time – you know the one
Something to see more of next year: Lord of the Rings cosplayers. The Ent was amazing, but could I get a Boromir or a Sam? Maybe a shieldmaiden of Rohan or two!
Favourite thing: I really liked the game demos (duh), Artist’s Alley, and the Video Games voice actor’s panel (because it was hilarious, and a great impression of Ezio Auditore may have been done). Oh, and chasing after/gawking at cosplayers. It was also really great to see that gender swapped costumes were a huge thing this year – lots of Lady Avengers, I even saw a boy Sailor Moon.
Least favourite thing: The crowds (Sunday in particular was a NIGHTMARE), and the fact that the organizers didn’t know what to do about lineups and also getting people into panels on time. Even at the booths the lineups were pretty confusing. For example, when I was trying to play the Assassin’s Creed demos I had to walk all the way around and ask people if I was in the right line, but this also had to do with their booth setup. It’s definitely starting to get too big for that venue.
Something to see more of next year: More female panelists! I went to a bunch, and only two of them had women panelists. The one that had the most was the voice acting panel, which had three. Diversity in the panels is definitely something I’d like to see more of, especially since the gender split of the convention goers was probably 50/50.
Favourite thing: John Barrowman’s stage lap dance
Least favourite thing: how quickly the lines got full and capped.
Favourite thing: Meeting Voltaire! He’s one of my favourite people in general, so getting to talk with him (and buying one of the Deady Bunnies) was kind of a dream come true.
Something to see more of next year: Where was the cosplay this year? I mean, there were some great ones (which can be seen on our tumblr and facebook page), but not as many as previous years. I hope this isn’t an ongoing trend, because it’s a huge part of the experience!
What were your likes and dislikes of this year’s FanExpo? Let us know in the comments!