WHAT: Visitors from across Ontario and around the world have the opportunity to experience the very best of pop culture first-hand at the upcoming 16th Annual Fan Expo Canada™.. The return of the country’s largest combined event which includes The Comic Book Expo, CNAnime, SFX Science Fiction Expo, Festival of Fear Horror Expo and GX- the Canadian National Gaming Expo is the perfect family outing and offers something for all ages and interests!

The Comic Book Expo features a number of industry luminaries who will be participating in autograph and Q & A sessions. There will also be a number of industry experts on hand offering portfolio reviews, tips and suggestions for aspiring future comic book artists.

The Comic Book Expo has an amazing guest line up including appearances by:

STAN “THE MAN” LEE – Legendary Guest of Honour

GARY FRANK – Artist of Superman: Secret Origin, Batman: Earth One

ANDY KUBERT – DC Comics cover artist

ADAM KUBERT – Artist of Astonishing Spider-Man / Wolverine

PAOLO RIVERA – Artist of Amazing Spider-Man

OLIVIER COIPEL – Artist of Siege

STEVE MCNIVEN – Artist of Millar and Mcniven’s Nemesis

ETHAN VAN SCIVER – Artist of The Flash: Rebirth

DOUG MAHNKE – Artist of Green Lantern

YOSHITAKA AMANO – Legendary Artist Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D

HIROSHI ARIGA – Legendary Artist Mega Man Megamix, The Big O

ALEX MALEEV – Artist of Scarlet

TIM BRADSTREET – Artist of The Punisher

WHILCE PORTACIO – Artist of Uncanny X-Men

BRIAN AZZARELLO – Writer of 100 Bullets, First Wave

DARWYN COOKE – Award Winning Artist and Writer of Parker Series

DALE KEOWN – Artist of Darkness/Pitt

IAN CHURCHILL – Artist of Hulk

JILL THOMPSON – Creator, Writer and Artist of Scary Godmother, Magic Trixie

JIM VALENTINO – Artist, Writer and Editor of Shadowhawk

FRANCIS MANAPUL – Artist of The Flash

CHRIS SPROUSE – Artist of Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne

C.B. CEBULSKI – Marvel Editor and talent scout

DAN DIDIO – DC Comics Executive Editor

BOB LAYTON – Artist Iron Man and Hercules

JEFF LEMIRE – Writer & Artist of Sweet Tooth, Writer Adventure Comics, Superboy

DOUG SNEYD – Legendary Cartoonist of Playboy Magazine

CAMERON STEWART – Artist of Batman & Robin, Sin Titulo

ROSS CAMPBELL – Writer / Artist of Wet Moon series, Shadoweyes

YANICK PAQUETTE – Artist of Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, upcoming Batman Inc.

KHOI PHAM – Artist of the Mighty Avengers, upcoming Chaos War

PAUL AZACETA – Artist of the Amazing Spider-Man

KELLEY ARMSTRONG – Writer of Angel: After the Fall

J.T. KRUL – Writer of Green Arrow, Soulfire, Mindfield

JOE BENITEZ – Artist of Soulfire, upcoming Lady Mechanika

MARCUS TO – Artist of Red Robin

TY TEMPLETON – Renowned Canadian writer and artist

J. BONE – Artist of Super Friends, Allison Dare

J. TORRES – Writer of Allison Dare: Little Miss Adventures

SCOTT CHANTLER – Writer/Artist of Northwest Passage, upcoming Two Generals

AMY MEBBERSON – Artist of the Muppet Show

LEONARD KIRK – Artist of the New Mutants

RICHARD COMELY – Creator of Captain Canuck

PETER STEIGERWALD – Renowned industry colourist.

CHRISTIAN ALAMY – Inker of Green Lantern

WES CRAIG – Artist of Guardians of the Galaxy

JEFFREY “CHAMBA” CRUZ – Artist of Street Fighter II Turbo

VALENTINE DE LANDRO – Artist of X-Factor

KEN STEACY – Legendary Canadian artist

ALVIN LEE – Artist Birds of Prey

ALINA URUSOV – Cover artist Birds of Prey

STEVE MANNION – Artist of Fearless Dawn

CONOR McCREERY, ANTHONY DEL COL & ANDY B. – The creative team behind Kill Shakespeare

ALEX MILNE – Transformers artist

DAN PARENT – Artist Archie

Plus hundreds of additional creators for the full list visit www.fanexpocanada.com

Publishers and institions in attendance:














Collectors drop your books off for certification with CGC – The Comic Book Grading Company.

Key Features and Highlights of the Comic Book Expo:

Autograph Sessions ~ always a crowd pleaser, visitors have the opportunity to meet and seek autographs from their favourite Comic Book professionals

Comic Studios ~  professional comic book studios & publishers will pack their booths with talented creators along with signings, sketching and discussions

Artist Alley ~ meet hundreds of top professional pencillers, inkers and writers

Small Press Pavilion ~ this Indy Market features local a wealth of independent comic books, magazines and other related publications

Canada’s largest Masquerade on Saturday, Aug. 28th – dress up as a popular Comic Book character and compete

600 commercial exhibitors and retailers will offer everything from gold age and silver age comics, graphic novels, trades, toys, games, videos, DVDs, movie memorabilia, original artwork, posters and more

Industry Preview Area ~ see the latest products and services and get a sneak peek at upcoming projects



5:00 – Steve Ditko and Bill Everett: Spider-Man, Sub-Mariner, Daredevil & Beyond

Two Marvel Comics giants join forces! Steve Ditko is the co-creator and original artist of the Amazing Spider-Man, and creator of Dr. Strange and Mr. A. Bill Everett created and was the original artist for the Sub-Mariner (the first anti-hero and mutant of the Marvel Universe), and co-created Daredevil. Join author Blake Bell for a slide show presentation and discussion on his two upcoming books: Fire And Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner, and the Birth of Marvel Comics, and Unexplored Words: The Steve Ditko Archives v2. – ROOM 103A

5:30 – Breaking Into Comics The Marvel Way

Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking “I could do that…if I knew how!” Well, here’s your chance! Join C.B. Cebulski, Marvel’s Senior Vice President, Creator & Content Development, and special guests artist Olivier Coipel (Siege, Thor), Marvel Senior Editor Steve Wacker (Amazing Spider-Man, Shadowland), Marvel editor Jeanine Schaefer (Uncanny X-Force, Wolverine , Senior Vice President of Brand Planning and Communications Mike Pasciullo, and Chief Operating Officer James Sokolowski, and more to find out the answers on how to get your foot in the door at every level in the creative process and how to make your job MARVEL! – ROOM 104A

5:30 – How to Workshop: Herding Cats in a Hailstorm- The Secret Life of the Comic Book Editor with Joey Cavalieri

From Julie Schwartz to Archie Goodwin, the comic industry has had a history of formative editors who have shaped memorable projects and creators. A renaissance man who has written professionally and taught at the renowned School of Visual Arts, senior DC editor Joey Cavalieri discusses his relationship with top talent and what it takes to get published in today’s competitive comics market. Moderated by Walter Dickinson – ROOM 203D

6:00 – Sketching Duel: Jim Valentino vs. Whilce Portacio – ROOM 206C

7:00 – DC Nation

The DC NATION returns to Toronto!We’re always looking for new recruits, so be sure to come on by as DC Comics’ Co-Publisher, Dan DiDio, Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Francis Manapul, Chris Sprouse and some of the industry’s top talent lead the way to give you the inside scoop to all current and future NATION members! – ROOM 104A

7:00 – How to Workshop: From Thin Air- Drawing the Comic Book Figure from Memory with Bob Layton

Comic book artists are known for their abilities to produce detailed artwork on tight deadlines from their imaginations. Creating the human figure without reference is a Herculean effort essential to the cartoonist. Join Bob “Iron Man” Layton as he demonstrates a simplified approach to constructing the human form that is invaluable to the aspiring pro. – ROOM 203D

7:30 – Sketching Duel: Paolo Rivera vs. Alex Maleev vs. Khoi Pham – ROOM 206C

8:00 – Marvel: X-Men

Following Second Coming, Marvel’s merry mutants are unable to catch a quick breather. As Curse of the Mutants begins, there’s no telling what the vampires have in store for the X-Men…or is there? You’ve got questions & these people have answers! Marvel editor Jeanine Schaefer (Uncanny X-Force, Wolverine) and Senior Vice President, Creator & Content Development C.B. Cebulski are joined by a host of creators to lay out what’s going on with the X-Men. Panelists include Leonard Kirk,Valentino DeLandro, Whilce Portacio and more for this all-new, all-DEADLY panel! – ROOM 205B

8:00 – How to Workshop: Comic Book Bootcamp with Ty Templeton

Watch Toronto comics impresario Ty “The Guy” Templeton as he performs the 50 minute “nutshell” version of his celebrated Comic Book Bootcamp course. Ty will expose why talent is a myth, the importance of narrative flow and foolproof methods for creating successful writing pitches. – ROOM 203D


11:00 – DC Universe

Your guides to comics’ greatest Universe include DC Comics’ Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, Brian Azzarello, Gary Frank, Jeff Lemire, Doug Mahnke, Francis Manapul, Yanick Paquette, Marcus To and some of the industry’s best and brightest stars! – ROOM 104A

11:00 – Drawing Ahead: The Future of Comics

While the art and craft of graphic storytelling remains unchanged, there are a variety of new mediums for creators to use to deliver their visions to the world. With the boom in mobile digital devices, paper and print are no longer the limit, and many artists are finding success creating and distributing their work in digital form. Join a panel of leading comics creators to discuss the evolution of comics distribution, the benefits and drawbacks of working with or independently from a publisher, and their current and future projects. A great forum whether you’re an aspiring creator, an established pro considering your options, or a fan interested in new ways of reading comics. Panelists include: Ramón Pérez, Andy Belanger, Cameron Stewart, Scott Chantler, Willow Dawson, Max Douglas. Moderated by Kill Shakespeare’s Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col – ROOM 205B

11:00 – Spotlight on BOOM! Studios/BOOM Kids! Panel

Join BOOM! Studios as it take over Fan Expo for one full hour. Learnwhat is next for BOOM! as Ross Richie runs down the most exciting new projectsfrom BOOM! Studios, BOOM Kids! and BOOM! Town. This is a panel you won’twant to miss. – ROOM 203D

12:00 – Marvel Television Presents: The Avengers – Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – ROOM 104D

12:00 – Spotlight on the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art

Your chance to learn all about this renowned institution founded by the legendary Joe Kubert – ROOM 203D

1:00 – Spotlight on the One and Only STAN LEE (Deluxe Pass Required) ‘Nuff Said! – ROOM 107

2:00 – Sketching Duel: Gary Frank vs. Olivier Coipel – ROOM 104A

2:00 – Marvel: Your Friendly Neighborhood…Shadowland

Want to know more about Daredevil’s reign over Hells Kitchen during Shadowland or about Spidey hitting the “Big Time”? Well this is the panel for you as Senior Editor Steve Wacker (Amazing Spider-Man, Shadowland), artist Paolo Rivera (Amazing Spider-Man: One Moment In Time) and C.B. Cebulski, Marvel’s Senior Vice President, Creator & Content Development, talk about what’s on the horizon for Peter Parker and Matt Murdock. Mark this on your calendars folks as this panel is sure to touch upon the MAJOR changes for both of these fan-favorite characters. – ROOM 104D

2:00 – How to Workshop: My Dark Places- Writing for Comics with Brian Azzarello

A former Clevelander who spent his early days in the trenches of independent comic book editing, Eisner Award winning scribe Brian Azzarello is a chronicler of the darker aspects of human nature. From 100 Bullets to his original graphic novel Filthy Rich, Azzarello has proven he is the comics heir apparent to noir writers like Jim Thompson and David Goodis. Join Brian as he discusses his approach to writing the comic book -script and gives pointers to attendees. Moderated by Robert Pincombe. – ROOM 203D

3:00 – Are you awake? Time to Find Out (Zeroes2Heroes) – ROOM 103A

3:00 – How to Workshop: Hardboiled Storytelling- Page Construction and Composition with Darwyn Cooke

A direct artistic descendant of Caniff, Toth and Robbins, Darwyn Cooke has produced a look and storytelling ability unique in contemporary comics. Listen to this modern master discuss his theories on pacing, eye flow, spotting blacks and page design. From rough sketch to final art, Darwyn will break down his process and show you the components of a well constructed page. – ROOM 203D

3:30 – Sketching Duel: Bob Layton vs. Ian Churchill – ROOM 104A

3:30 – Marvel: Pint O’ CB

This is it, Mighty Marvel fans- the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full of surprises panel you wait all year for, and it’s here! Marvel’s Senior Vice President, Creator & Content Development, C.B. Cebulski, takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements, and keeps you guessing with surprise guests. You never know who will show up, but you better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about! So head on over and grab a pint with C.B.! – ROOM 206C

4:00 – Discover the Mysteries of God’s Lake (Zeroes2Heroes) – ROOM 103A

4:00 – How to Workshop: Of Directors and Cinematographers- The Penciller and Inker Collaboration with Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy

In the artistic process of producing comics, pencillers and inkers have to work together very closely and often the skills of one blend into the other. This workshop will help define the creative boundaries of the two practices. Learn the difference between layouts, tight pencils and finishes. Find out why inking is not just tracing. Listen to Green Lantern dream team Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy discuss their collaborative relationship. Moderated by Gibson Quarter. – ROOM 203D

5:00 – Yoshitaka Amano Spotlight(Deluxe Pass Required)- ROOM 105

5:00 – Spotlight on Archie Comics: Way Past Cool!

It’s been an exciting year for Archie Comics, but that’s just the start, with plenty of surprise announcements about the future of Archie Comics. Then, hold on to your hats as the world of Archie is invaded by that little blue hedgehog! Exclusively at Fan Expo, The creative minds behind the Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe comic series’ will reveal some super secret inside info that you will not want to miss! The panel will feature a Q&A session. – 205B

5:00 – How to Workshop: Drawn in Blood- Creating in the Noir Style with Alex Maleev

Longtime Bendis collaborator and artist on the hot new book Scarlet, Alex Maleev has a natural talent for picking “the right moment” in each panel of a story. His iconic stylings have delineated the darker side of life from Daredevil to Spider-Woman. Watch how Alex creates one of his mind-blowing images. – ROOM 203D

6:00 – Comic Geek Speak Podcasting Panel!

Come and join the Speakers of Geek to discuss podcasting, building a community, how to start a podcast and other topics. Whether you’re a listener, a podcaster or a soon-to-be podcaster, this quorum type panel is the perfect way to exchange ideas and grow the podcasting medium as a whole. And we’ll wrap it all up with a quick-fire trivia game for your chance to win some prizes! We hope to see you there! – ROOM 103A

6:00 – How to Workshop: Thumbnail to Finish: Layout of the Comic Book Page with Steve McNiven

From an early training ground at CrossGen to working on major projects for Marvel, Steve has emerged as one of the top artists in the field. Noted for his richly detailed images and adrenaline stimulating storytelling, he continues to craft amazing pages that pull you along at a breakneck pace. Listen as the artist shares his secrets for building action and suspense that keep the readers coming back for more. Moderated by Gibson Quarter. – ROOM 203D

6:30 – Kirby Krackle Live!

Join Seattle-based nerd rock band duo KIRBY KRACKLE (Jim Demonakos and Kyle Stevens) for a “VH1 Storytellers”-style panel. The band, whose self-titled debut album was named “One of the best albums of 2009” by Tuscon Weekly, while their new album, E For Everyone, was called “Geek Rock Perfection” by Wired, will be doing live songs, discussing music and their approach to it, and much more! – ROOM – 205A


12:00 – Sketching Duel: McNiven vs. Van Sciver – ROOM 206C

12:00 – How to Workshop: Bold Strokes: Painting Powerful Interiors and Covers with Paolo Rivera

An industry professional since 2002, Paolo Rivera continues to build breathtaking acrylic images for the covers and interiors of top Marvel books. Watch Paolo discuss his virtuoso technique for designing and composing an eye catching colour page. Attendees will learn how to successfully incorporate both imagination and photo reference to full effect. – ROOM 203D

1:00 – Marvel Your Universe

Join Senior Vice President of Brand Planning and Communications Mike Pasciullo, Manager of Sales Communications Arune Singh, Senior Vice President, Creator & Content Development C.B. Cebulski, and Chief Operating Officer James Sokolowski as they leave their Marvel ID’s at the door and enter as fans! Want to know how things work at the House of Ideas? Got some things to get off your chest about a Marvel character or story? Well here’s your chance True Believer! It’s the panel for fans BY fans with no spin, no Marketing, and just a friendly chat amongst fans! – ROOM 104D

1:00 – How to Workshop: Drawing for Impact- Heroic Anatomy with Ian Churchill

Superheroics have to be chronicled in a larger than life fashion. Part of this is the exaggerated musculature and structure of the heroic body. Join Marvel artist extraordinaire Ian Churchill as he demonstrates the dynamic differences between drawing a mild-mannered Bruce Banner and a raging, rampaging Hulk. – ROOM 203D

1:30 – Sketching Duel: Doug Mahnke vs. Francis Manapul – ROOM 206C

2:00 – How to Workshop: Floating Worlds-Watercolour Masterclass with Jill Thompson

Watercolour is a difficult medium at best and a hard one to master. Watch Beasts of Burden and Scary Godmother artist Jill Thompson show you how to build a successful watercolor painting. This workshop will show it all, from initial pencil sketch, to the layering of vibrant colour to build an expressive piece with depth and dimension – ROOM 203D

2:30 – Aspen MLT: The Aspen Universe and Beyond

Join the creators of Aspen MLT as they discuss what’s new at Aspen in 2010 and what’s coming up in the future. – ROOM 104D

3:00 – How to Workshop: Expressive Anatomy – Drawing Heads and Hands with Olivier Coipel

Any artist will tell you the most difficult thing to draw about the human form is the head and hands. Watch one of Marvel’s “Young Guns” Olivier Coipel as he shares his secrets for breaking these complex structures down into simple shapes. Whether you’re drawing the Avengers or the X-Men these tips will prove to be valuable tricks of the trade. – ROOM 203D

4:00 – DC: How to Break Into Comics

All are welcome to join Dan Didio and learn secret tips on how to break into the comics world as a professional! – ROOM 205B

4:00 – Q&A with Hitoshi Ariga – ROOM 203D

5:00 – Udon: 10 Years of Comics and Games

Celebrating Udon’s 10th anniversary, Erik Ko (Udon chief), Jim Zubkavich (Udon project manager) and others share tips and tricks they’ve learned working with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Capcom, Marvel, Hasbro, and Blizzard. Find out how to break into the biz, and get a sneak peek at Udon’s upcoming projects. – ROOM 203D


AUGUST 27 – 28 – 29, 2010

Friday, August 27

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (special preview)

4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 28

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 29

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Metro Toronto Convention Centre

North Building

255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


BASIC PASS: August 27 – $29 CAD

BASIC PASS: August 28 – $35 CAD

BASIC PASS: August 29 – $29 CAD

DELUXE PASS: August 27 – 29 (includes access to special preview on August 27): $59 CAD

Some celebrity presentations are specially ticketed events.

For dates, times and prices, visit fanexpocanada.com.

A free kids coupon is available online. Tickets are now on sale.


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