September has rolled around and that means con-goers from far and wide put on their geekiest outfit and head to the Edmonton Comic Expo, in Edmonton Alberta, Canada. ECC is a yearly convention that celebrates all that is holy; anime, superheroes, video games, TV shows and basically anything a geeky loving individual can think of and for a 3-day pass for 69$ why not?!
Even though the weather was freezing cold, the celebrity guests this year were as hot as ever. Doctor Who loving fans were met wonderfully by David Tennant (basically the most precious bean to ever exist) and Matt Smith, the 10th and 11th Doctor, both of which, had spotlight panels where they discussed their thoughts on the new Doctor and their future in television. Mark Sheppard (Supernatural) decided to take advantage of his spotlight panel and wandered the crowd doing his own Q&A as well as roast some of the more unsuspecting attendees. John Barrowman (Torchwood, Arrow, Doctor Who) blessed his fans with his spectacular cosplay and was his usual ray of sunshine to those who feel out of place in their community. Among those there were Carlos Valdes and Danielle Panabaker from The Flash, Michaela Conlin and TJ Thyne from Bones and Ray Park from Star Wars. Most importantly, the Expo welcomed amazing voice actors and actresses such as Linda Ballantyne and Katie Griffin from the 90s anime Sailor Moon, Kevin Conroy THE voice of cartoon Batman and last, but definitely not least, Shawn “Solo” Fonteno, Ned Luke, and Steven Ogg from a little known game, Grand Theft Auto V. All of which had their own panels, signings and photo opportunities.
As you can see, ECC does its best to make sure there’s something for everyone!
The floors of the convention are littered with the best cosplays from all over Canada and all sorts of ages. This year’s cosplay guests included Vivid Vision, Vamp, Kid Remington, Stoosh Cosplay, Soni Aralynn and Karli Woods, all of which brought their amazing talent to share with their fans. It’s always a pleasure to stop and have a chat with wonderful individuals who have such a passion for their art.
If guests and cosplay aren’t your style then you definitely will be spending all your time in the vendor hall throwing all your hard earned cash on the best geeky products your heart desires, and ECC does not fail to deliver. Nerdy aprons, chain mail, stained glass, figures, retro video games and basically anything you can think of can be found on the floors of the convention halls. If you can walk through without buying a single item then you have some pretty good self control, and I wish I were as strong as you.
The Edmonton Comic Expo might have changed a few things that I did not care for, such as, less food trucks and the lack of a drop in board game area but, all in all it is a wonderful place to be alongside like minded people in the community. It’s a nice way to spend your time, indoors, away from the cold and I definitely recommend taking the time to at least experience it once.