Toronto is fortunate to have a lot of choice when it comes to comic events: there are a myriad of one-off signings and lectures given in the city; there is the free-to-the-public TCAF event; there is the Wizard comic/media show held in the spring; and of course, the Hobbystar FanExpo show.
There should be no doubt that Aman Gupta has built this event from very humble beginnings into the 3rd or 4th largest comic/media event in North America, and for that he should be heartily congratulated.
Over the past 5+ years there have been a lot of great comic guests coming through Toronto in late August, thanks to the efforts of FanExpo staffers Tiziano DeSantis & Kevin Boyd, and the majority of comic fans in area have been very fortunate to have access to these creators.
I don’t think there is much doubt that this event does a great job of getting paying customers through the door, and a lot of Canadian creators make a lot of money at this event. Would I be wrong to say that FanExpo is the #1 Toronto event for Canadian creators to make money? No doubt in my mind this is true.
FanExpo also provides space to a great number of Canadian creators, the list this year is impressive:
ARTHUR DELA CRUZ
SALGOOD SAM (aka Max Douglas)
VALENTINE DE LANDRO
ANTHONY DEL COL
RICHARD A. KIRK
STEVEN CHARLES MANALE
MARVIN S. MARIANO
I hope everyone enjoys the weekend.