Happenings: Canadians – Are you ready for this week? THOR movie, FCBD, TCAF & more!

Canada is set to love comics this weekend as we go in for the first major comics weekend of the year with multiple events taking place all over the country.

On Thursday, May 5th Fan Expo Canada (TM) will be announcing the bulk of the comic book guests for the annual event that takes place this year on August 25-29. I am the Canadian Guest/Artist Alley/Comics Programming Coordinator for the Comic Expo aspect of this event and together with the AMAZING guests booked by our International Guest Coordinator, colleague Tiziano De Santis, we know that people are going to be excited by Fan Expo Canada (TM) 2011. Four days means a lot more excitement and opportunities for meeting some amazing creators from here and abroad and attend some top-notch comics programming! With more comics publishers attending than ever before this looks to be the biggest FanExpo for comics fans yet! UPDATE: TO SEE THE GUESTS – VISIT THE NEWS STORY POSTED MAY 5TH

On Friday, May 6th, Canadian comic book fans will be flocking to their local multiplexes to see THOR, the major motion picture based on the Marvel Comics version of the Norse God of Thunder created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Advance word of mouth is that this movie is as good as or better than the first Iron Man film, and no wonder as it has a great ensemble cast led by Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek), Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Natalie Portman. I know where I’ll be on Friday night!

This Saturday, May 7th is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. The annual extravaganza where the various local comic book stores across the world welcome comic fans, new and old, into their businesses to check out the store and receive some free promotional comic books as well. Many stores have arranged for day-long events, including signings, contests and barbeques.  On the weekend Robert posted a link to as many of the FCBD events happening across the country that he could find. If we missed any please let us know at retailers@joeshusterawards.com! Make sure you go and support for comics in Canada by visiting your local comic book store!

Finally, this weekend in Toronto, it’s the return of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), the 2-day FREE affair at the Toronto Reference Library. It’s got a massive line-up of the best and brightest of the webcomics and independant/artistic comics creative community on display for your interactive enjoyment, and has a ton of programming to boot.  There are a lot of Canadian creators debuting books at the event. Visit TORONTOCOMICS.COM for information on all happenings & programming, guest list and more – including a number of parties and special events that are taking place this week before the actual event.