10. Pro – Fan Expo is enormous, it’s one of the largest in the North America, behind The San Diego and New York Comic Cons for attendance, last year it had an estimated 127 000 fans
9. Con – Fan Expo is enormous, with such a huge attendance it’s almost running out of space. While the Metro Toronto Convention Centre is a very large venue, it might not be the proper location for this Expo any longer. It’s crowded, you trip over people constantly, and the ability to actually view some of the items at sales booths is not easy, unless you are there for multiple days.
8. Pro – Variety. Fan Expo doesn’t just cater to one class of fan, it encompasses quite a few genres, Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Comics. If you have a liking for modern cinema and comic culture this is the place for you.
7. Con – Variety. Fan Expo tries to cater to every single genre, because of this they’ve filled themselves to capacity with so many different things that it’s a little overwhelming for even seasoned attendees.
6. Pro – Celebrities. Every year Fan Expo brings in guest from a lot of different movies and shows. Each year attempting to one up the year before. This year the big draws were Rupert Grint, Norman Reedus, Tom Felton, Jason Mamoa and Hayley Atwell.
5. Cons – Celebrities. While attempting to draw in such big names a lot of times it seems like by focussing on those “Big” names they forget about the other stars that have been providing years of great television and movies. Case in point, Norman Reedus is a big name nowadays, but he really started to become a big name when he starred in a movie with Sean Patrick Flannery and David Della Rocca. The movie was Boondock Saints, and yes while there were photo ops where an attendee could pay for a memorable photo with the cast, there were no Q & A’s or any other attractions for a movie that has Cult Classic written all over it. Norman was busy with Walking Dead events, when really a 1 hour Boondock Saints panel would have killed.
4. Pro – Photo opportunities. Every single special guest is generally available at some time for a photo op. The costs vary depending on the celebrity status of the guest. This is a great opportunity to meet and have a memory with a great celebrity from the present of past.
3. Con – Photo opportunities. These things are not cheap, getting a photo with Rupert Grint this year was $125 dollars Canadian. While George A. Romero was $65. While Rupert is a big star (technically), that is a whole lot of money to dish out, especially considering he hasn’t released a box office hit since The Deathly Hallows in 2011. While Hayley Atwell who has been in several movies as well as the show Agent Carter fetched only $65 dollars for a photo op. These prices are not horrific but they are a lot of money for a fan to dish out.
2. Pro – Q & A’s. Every year there are a variety of Q&A panels where guest get to speak to attendees. A lot of the time this is amazing, I’ve attended several and some are just fantastic. Jason Mamoa this year was funny and really showed a side of himself that really is the reverse of what people though he was truly like.
1. Con – Scheduling. Sometimes Q&A’s and events are scheduled in such a manner that it is almost impossible to see two panels in a row. Amy Acker (Root from Person of Interest, or Fred from Angel) had an amazing Q&A that both my wife and I wanted to see. Immediately after Hayley Atwell had a Q&A scheduled. The line-up was enormous, so much so that we barely got in to see Hayley, which was truly who my wife wanted to see. A little more time in between might make the experience better.
0.5 Pro – The Experience. No matter how disappointing some events might be or how expensive, Fan Expo is something everyone should try, even if it’s just once. If you’re a fan of any pop culture this is an event you’ve got to try it out.
– Kristopher Reavely