Fans say their final goodbyes at the Calgary Expo at the Stampede Grounds on Sunday, April 30, 2017. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

Calgary Expo brings magic to fans

Attendance was down at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, but the fans still embraced their collective fandoms making up for the low attendance with intense passion. The Calgary Expo attracted over 95,000 fans down from the 105,000 last years. The lower attendance count was largely due to the struggling …

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Dune Rats kick up a dust storm

Bassist Brett Jansch strums the break down to the song “Dalai Lama.” Singer Danny Beausa smiles eagerly at the crowd waiting for chaos to unfold. Drummer BC Micheals hits the crash cymbals, igniting the final chorus. Under the red lights of Calgary’s Nite Owl, the band rhythmically shouts “marijuana” repeatedly …

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The  legendary Stan Lee speaks with Todd McFarlane at the Calgary Expo on  Sunday, April 30, 2017. The candid conversation was watched by 1000's of attendees. The Calgary Expo marks Lee's last Canadian convention, for real this time. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

Comicbook Legends Stan Lee and Todd McFarlane unite at the Calgary Expo

Legendary comicbook creators Stan Lee and Todd McFarlane joined forces to the delight of fans at the Calgary Expo Comic and Entertainment Expo. “Stan Lee is a guy who tells it like it is,” said McFarlane during the introduction to the legendary comic creator Lee at the Calgary Expo. McFarlane, …

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The Sons of Fenrir battle at the Coke Stage in the Stampede Grounds at Calgary Expo on  Thursday, April 27, 2017. The group of re-enactors recreate ninth century Scandinavian culture and preform demonstrations for expo attendees. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

History is going to the Vikings

Calgary Vikings, the Sons of Fenrir, have taken over the Calgary Expo to bring the raiding, fighting and pillaging way of life to attendees. The Vikings have been bringing the fight to the Expo for the last six years. More than 30 warriors represent the group for the raid this …

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The 501 Garrison poses for pictures with a little Star Wars fan in the BMO centre at Stampede Park in Calgary on  Friday, April 28, 2017.  The 501 Garrison works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to raise money for the charity. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

May the force make your wish

The 501 Garrison is using the dark side of the force to help Calgary Expo fans raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. “The people who attend the Calgary Expo are some of the most generous and genuine people,” says April Cote the fearless leader of Make-A-Wish foundation at the Calgary …

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Kayla Marceniuk, right, gets inked at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo at the Stampede Grounds in Calgary on  Thursday, April 27, 2017. Marceniuk chose to get a tattoo at the Calgary Expo to memorialize her great grandmother who recently passed away at the age of 110. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

Geeks with Ink

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo leaves a lasting mark on attendees, but nothing last longer than a tattoo. Shades of Grey Tattoo offers attendees the chance to make their convention experience permanent by getting a tattoo during the Calgary Expo. “Geek culture and tattoo culture have a lot of similarities …

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James Marster speaks at the Corral Centre  in Calgary on  Friday, April 28, 2017. This year marks the 20 year anniversary of Masters hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

James Marsters reflects on 20 years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

No one can twirl an evil mustache quite like James Marsters, star of the upcoming Marvel television show Runaways. “It’s a group of teenagers who find out that their parents are supervillians. “I’m not playing a teenager,” jokes Marsters at his Calgary Expo Panel. The art of embracing villainy is …

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Lindsay Thomas showcases the 2017 Calgary Expo Artbook: Fairy Tales and Classic Monsters in the Boyce Theatre Lobby at Stampede Park in Calgary on  Friday, April 28, 2017. All proceeds from the book go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The book features pieces from over 50 artists who are attending the event. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

The Art of Charity

The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo will be channeling fan’s love of the magical convention experience to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. “Artists are pretty happy about it. We’ve been doing [the auction] for a lot of years so they are familiar with it and know what to expect,” …

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Fandoms unite at the 12 annual Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

Beam down for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo launched in 2006, playing host to 3,400 attendees. In it’s 12 years the Calgary Expo has taken flight. In 2016 the event attracted over 105,000 attendees. On Thursday, April 27 at Stampede Park, the …

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The neon icon of rap music

RiFF RAFF plays Calgary April 19 For the city wide music and art festivals happening in Calgary this summer, iconic rapper and Internet persona RiFF RAFF says that there’s only one way to go about them. “There needs to be a certain level of carefree-ness,” said RiFF RAFF. He said …

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Chris Stills performs during the Prophets of Music Gala at The Palace Theatre in Calgary on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. For the Weal's Prophets of Music story. (Photo by Quinten Hauck/SAIT)

Rising from the ashes

Father of Brentwood Five victim forms non-profit It’s not often that something so good comes out of something so tragic, but when Barclay Hunter lost his son Josh, within a matter of days that The Prophets of Music were born. Joshua Hunter, 23, was stabbed to death nearly three years …

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Art show curator Lorenzo Fusi at ACAD's Illingworth Kurr gallery Friday, March 24, 2017. The gallery has a strong focus on public art and mental health. (Photo by Brady Bateman/SAIT)

Optimizing a vote to public art

The City of Calgary welcomes citizens to vote which public piece will be brought to full scale. Bus pieces, greenhouse frameworks and dice introduce the future of public art to ACAD and the City of Calgary. From March 23 to April 22, ACAD’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG) invites the public …

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Bobbi Bazini and band perform songs from his album Summer Is Gone on Friday, March 24, 2017 at The Gateway. 
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Go Bobby go!

Singer-songwriter Bobby Bazini gives a post-Gateway interview on Chuck Berry and his own music. Chuck Berry died of cardiac arrest at the age of 90, leaving a legacy in rock ‘n’ roll that’s hard to comprehend. Berry pioneered the “rebellious” style of song writing and performance present in music today, …

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Trailer Park Boys coming to The Gateway

Randy and Mr. Lahey are coming back to The Gateway on May 5, to grab Calgary by the scruff with two hours full of liquor, hijinks and greasiness. The dynamic duo that are the characters Jim Lahey and Randy Bobandy from the award-winning Canadian cult comedy series Trailer Park Boys, …

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Journalism prevalent career in comic books

Comic creators love reporters for truth-seeking superheroes Since the Golden age of comic books, writers have drawn on the incorruptible journalist as their hero to get to the bottom of the truth. There is a parallel between journalism and the fictional world of comic books. “With the power of the …

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