By Paul Hunter
The first ever Fan Expo Vancouver descended upon the Vancouver Convention Centre earlier this year, bringing with it Hollywood celebrities, exclusive attractions and a sea of fandemonium. As part of the weekend convention, Reboot Communications and Greedy Productions held their annual Canadian Videogame Awards (CVAs), with Future Shop as the title sponsor.
In addition to the CVAs, the Fan Expo Vancouver welcomed a ton of celebrities from the horror, sci-fi, comic book, anime, and video game industries. Among the guests were Adam West and Burt Ward (Batman), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Billy Campbell (The Rocketeer), and three Star Trek: The Next Generation favourites -- Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Michael Dorn (Worf), and John de Lancie (Q).
Plenty of gaming celebrities were also in attendance, and walked the CVA red carpet, including popular Electric Playground and Reviews on the Run hosts Victor Lucas, Scott Jones, Shaun Hatton and Marissa Roberto. As a special treat, the screenwriter for X-men, David Hayter, also made an appearance, a guy whom gaming fans might recognize as the voice of Solid Snake and Naked Snake from the fan-favourite Metal Gear Solid franchise.
Another surprise at the Fan Expo Vancouver was the ReBoot reunion, the first-of-a-kind Canadian CGI-animated television series that made it mainstream in the mid-90's. A special panel session featuring creator Gavin Blair and cast members Garry Chalk (Slash & Turbo), Sharon Alexander (AndrAla), and Shirley Millner (Hexadecimal) gave a retrospective on the beloved series.
Of course a fan convention wouldn't be complete without a wide assortment of geeky attractions, and the Fan Expo Vancouver definitely delivered. Attractions included an authentic Batmobile, a Star Wars Kids hour, an artist alley, sketching duels, and retailer and exhibitor areas.
It was a busy weekend jam-packed with fun and excitement, and if you were in attendance I'm sure you'll agree -- the Fan Expo Vancouver definitely has to return next year.
To have a look at some of the fun that was had at the inaugural Fan Expo Vancouver, check out these photos below:
[This article originally appeared on the Future Shop Tech Blog]
Saturday, August 4, 2012
By Paul Hunter