Edmonton Expo recap


Photo by Lucas Taylor

Photo by Lucas Taylor

Since 2012, the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo has been a place for people from all walks of life to gather and celebrate comics, movies and television.

For three days attendees got non-stop shopping, saw amazing cosplayers, and got to meet fantastic guests from the and from the film, television and comic book industry.

“What keeps me coming back are the promoters. They are the most honest and most straight-shooting people,” said Garret Wang, actor from Star Trek, who moderates guest-speaker’s panels and has attended both the Calgary and Edmonton Expos many times throughout their histories.

Wang was able to get the gig by filling in for a moderator that called in sick, in what turned out to be one of his favourite parts to date.

“I said ‘sure’ and asked who I was moderating for. They told me ‘Stan Lee.’

“I was a little shocked and asked if it was for Chinese-Stan Lee or Stan Lee-Stan Lee,” said Wang.

Tons of media guests attended this year’s Edmonton Expo. Some notable guests included Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin from Stranger Things, Clare Kramer and Kristine Sutherland from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gene Simmons bass-guitarist and co-lead singer of Kiss, Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters and Eugene Brave Rock from Wonder Woman.

Comic book legends behind G.I. Joe, X-Men and Avengers titles from throughout Marvel Comics history, Larry Hama, Jim Steranko, Bob McLeod, and Howard Mackie sat in artist alley meeting fans and signing autographs.

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 kicked off the first day of Edmonton Expo with a panel for actor John Rhys-Davies of Lord of the Rings, with fans asking questions about several of Davies’s roles.

Artist Alley was also abuzz with tables full of hand-made crafts and paintings. It was a quiet night for the Expo, but a great start to the weekend.

Saturday, Sept. 23 was a big day. Amongst other guests, The Avengers landed with a panel from Anthony Mackie, also known as the Falcon.

At Mackie’s panel he spoke about his role in the new film Detroit and made a few jokes teasing the Spider-Man: Homecoming star, Tom Holland.

The second day of Expo brought out all of the best cosplayers getting creative with their costumes, from a Captain America inspired Darth Vader, to Pyramid Head from the Silent Hill horror-video-game franchise. To end day two of Edmonton Expo, Gene Simmons and his bandmates held a concert at the Expo Centre.

Wrapping-up with final panels from Ernie Hudson, Charlie Cox of Daredevil, and the kids from Stranger Things, attendees finished their day with photo-ops with their favourite actors, getting some memorable autographs and did last-minute shopping to conclude another amazing Edmonton Expo weekend.

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