Fan Expo Canada, the 15-year-old comics and pop culture extravaganza, kicks off Friday afternoon at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The three-day event is actually composed of five smaller conventions — Comic Book Expo, Sci-Fi Expo, Horror Expo, Anime Expo and Gaming Expo — but as this is a comics blog, we’ll focus primarily on that element.
Publishers ranging from DC Comics and Marvel to BOOM! Studios and Udon will have programming or booth presences at the show. Comics guests include guests of honor Stan Lee and Gary Frank, as well as Adrian Alphona, Yoshitaka Amano, Hitoshi Ariga, Brian Azzarello, J. Bone, Tim Bradstreet, Ross Campbell, Scott Chantler, Michael Cho, Olivier Coipel, Darwyn Cooke, Dan DiDio, Adam Kubert, Andy Kubert, Jeff Lemire, Doug Mahnke, Alex Maleev, Francis Manapul, Steve McNiven, Amy Mebberson, Paolo Rivera, Chris Sprouse, Cameron Stewart, Jill Thompson and Ethan Van Sciver.
On the film and television front, the convention will feature Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, William Shatner, Summer Glau, Michelle Forbes, Dean Stockwell, Felicia Day and James Marsters, among others.
The Toronto Star previews Fan Expo with a nice profile of cartoonist Jeff Lemire (Essex County, Sweet Tooth, Superboy). “I guess if you stop and think about all the early success, you can kind of get caught up in worrying about living up to it,” says the 34-year-old Toronto resident. “But at the end of the day I just have so much work to do.”