Being from Southern Ontario, it’s not often that comic conventions come out our way. However, one annual convention called Fan Expo comes to Toronto every year and brings in some of the biggest names in the business. In a nutshell, it’s the San Diego Comic Con on a smaller scale, centered in Toronto.
It focuses on Comics, Horror, Science Fiction, Anime and Video Games. It’s quite a well-rounded event.
Last year, I was able to meet my childhood hero, Stan Lee. Olivier Copiel, Gary Frank, Leonard Kirk, and Steve McNiven, to name a few, all made their appearances too. The year before that, I was lucky enough to meet Joe Quesada. This years list is beyond impressive:
JEFF SMITH (artist/creator – BONE)
JOE KUBERT (Legendary Artist)
ANDY KUBERT (artist – FLASHPOINT, BATMAN)
ADAM KUBERT (artist – ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN & WOLVERINE)
TONY MOORE (artist – THE WALKING DEAD, VENOM)
MATT FRACTION (writer- FEAR ITSELF, THOR, IRONMAN, UNCANNY X-MEN)
STEVE EPTING (artist – FANTASTIC FOUR, CAPTAIN AMERICA)
JONATHAN HICKMAN (writer – FANTASTIC FOUR, S.H.I.E.L.D, PAX ROMANA)
STUART IMMONEN (artist – FEAR ITSELF)
OLIVIER COIPEL (artist – THOR)
JASON AARON (writer- ULTIMATE CAPTAIN AMERICA, WOLVERINE)
JAMES ROBINSON (writer – SUPERMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA)
STEVE McNIVEN (artist – CAPTAIN AMERICA, NEMESIS)
SHANE DAVIS (artist – SUPERMAN EARTH ONE)
RON GARNEY (artist – ULTIMATE CAPTAIN AMERICA)
MARKO DJURDJEVIC (artist – THOR, FANTASTIC FOUR, SPIDER-MAN)
JIMMY CHEUNG (artist- AVENGERS:THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE)
BRIAN AZZARELLO (writer – FIRST WAVE, 100 BULLETS, JOKER)
ETHAN VAN SCIVER (artist – THE FLASH REBIRTH)
MARK BROOKS (artist – UNCANNY X-FORCE)
DAN SLOTT (writer – AMAZING SPIDER-MAN)
ALEX MALEEV (artist – MOON KNIGHT, SCARLET)
DALE EAGLESHAM (artist – ALPHA FLIGHT)
FRANCIS MANAPUL (artist – THE FLASH)
KATHRYN IMMONEN (writer – WOLVERINE & JUBILEE)
DALE KEOWN (artist – HULK, PITT)
JEFF LEMIRE (artist – SUPERBOY, SWEET TOOTH)
KATIE COOK (artist – GRONK, STAR WARS, FRAGGLE ROCK)
DOUG SNEYD (Legendary Playboy cartoonist)
Of course, there’s even more!
David J. Cutler
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Anthony Del Col
Michael Del Mundo
W. Scott Forbes
Steven Charles Manale
Ramon K. Perez
Publishes and Studios:
Transmission-X (TX Comics)
Check out more updates as they come along on FanExpo’s Website.
I’m very excited for Stuart and Kathryn Immonen, Matt Fraction, Steve McNiven, Marko Djurdjevic, Alex Maleev, Oliver Coipel, Dale Keown, Steve Epting, Jimmy Cheung, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Leonard Kirk, and Tony Moore.
It’s going to be a blast!
In other news, CGC Comics just announced that they’ve reached a milestone with 100,000 Signature Series books being certified through them.
“All collectibles certified with the prestigious CGC Signature Series label have been signed in the presence of a CGC representative, and are then submitted for CGC certification. CGC authenticates the signatures and indicates all pertinent information on the prestigious CGC Signature Series label. The Signature Series label includes security features such as an official hologram seal and a unique serial number. The item is then graded and encapsulated in CGC’s patented, tamper-evident holder, to become a treasured part of a collection. Thanks to CGC Signature Series, collectors know their signed items bear the seal of the most-trusted name in collecting.”
I’m proud to be part of that 100,000 with my copy of X-Men #15 signed by Stan Lee. (Who knows why I’m proud – I just am.)
Keep on Space Truckin’!