This weekend, it's FanExpo Canada

Actually, it has already started: Like all the big cons, FanExpo Canada runs four days, from Thursday through Sunday. Guests include Stan Lee, Becky Cloonan, Scott Chantler, J. Torres, Ramon Perez, Willow Dawson, Darwyn Cooke, Neal Adams, Jill Thompson, Brian Azzarello, Amanda Conner, Frank Quitely and, of course, the ubiquitous Jim Zubkavich. Showbiz guests include Christopher Lloyd, Lou Ferrigno and cast members from The Walking Dead, Buffy and Criminal Minds.

The Toronto Sun charts the growth of the show from its humble beginnings. The first show, in 1995, drew 1,400 people, and for years it was a comics-only show. Then it added anime, then Star Trek, and next thing you know it was a Big Deal. Organizers expect 80,000 people to attend this year, and in 2010 FanExpo hit an important big-con benchmark: It was shut down by the fire marshal. That year they were in the North Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre; this year they are back in the South Building, which is a larger space.

If all this piques your interest, you don't have to wait until next year to get tickets. Same-day tickets are available at the box office, and it doesn't look like they are sold out.

Stay tuned to Comic Book Resources, Robot 6 and Spinoff Online this weekend for coverage of FanExpo Canada.

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