It’s coming up quickly! The OTHER C2E2 – the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo!
I had the pleasure of attending this event last year representing the awards (alas it was not in the cards for this year) and I think it’s a fantastic event, very worth your while as a comics fan.
About the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo
The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo was born in 2006 after carefully evaluating the potential of a show dedicated to not only comics, but to the cross-media attention that exists in the entertainment industry. As has been the result, our expo has become the single largest event of its kind across all of Western Canada. We feature all elements of pop culture including sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming, animation, and the horror genres.
In our very first year, over 3,000 individual people attended what became a beyond-our-expectations hit! Our second year more than doubled for an attendance of 6,500+! Year 3 experienced another jump, and we had 8,000+ that came out. 2009 was our most successful year, as we broke the 5 digit mark with over 10,000 people coming out over the weekend.
The Calgary Expo has always been hosted on the Stampede Grounds, in the heart of the city of Calgary. Everyone in Calgary knows where the Stampede is, with easy accessibility to everyone. In our first year, the event was held at the Big Four Building, with over 32,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space. We expanded in our second year and moved over to the Round Up Centre’s 50,000 sq. ft. Hall D. In 2008 we also added the 12,000 sq. ft. Palomino rooms for programming. For our 2010 event, we’re planning on adding an extra hall (the newly constructed Hall E), which will give us over 112,000 sq. ft. of space!
In 2006 and 2007, our shows were restricted to one-day events as we continued to grow and as we needed to gauge the growth potential. In 2008 we went up to a 2-day event, and we haven’t looked back. With a larger cast of guests, more events than ever before, and a vision for a much larger attendance record, this was a decision we just couldn’t pass up!
We’ve had a very positive increase in attendance, guests, exhibitors, and volunteers every year. We are trying our best to build the a great experience for everyone involved, and we’re striving to continue with that trend.
For any event to be successful, you need to be constantly growing and improving. Each year we’ve added 1 major element to our event, and our 2010 will feature the horror genre AND the extra exhibit hall.
Comic Guests this year include
Francesco “Matt” Mattina