Fan Expo Vancouver™ to launch April 21-22, 2012 (updated)

For the first time ever, Fan Expo Canada™ is extending it’s show westward!

Fan Expo Vancouver™ is the city’s very first major comicon.

Highlighting celebrities, shopping, panels and workshops, you will be able to find the newest and hottest in Anime, Manga, Comics, Sci-Fi, Gaming and Horror.

April 21st-22nd  2012, come out and meet your favourite celebrity or creator and shop for the hottest or most rare in comic books, graphic novels, manga, toys, t-shirts and more!

Fan Expo Vancouver™ is brought to you by way of Hobby Star Marketing Inc.  HSM was founded in 1992 as one of Canada’s premiere sports and entertainment marketing agencies.   The company first staked its claim in 1995 with the successful launch of the Canadian National Comic Book Expo.  It has since been re-branded as Fan Expo Canada featuring Comic, Anime, Science Fiction, Horror and Gaming.  The event has evolved into a spectacular, annual, multi-media even with prestigious acclaim, becoming North America’s 3rd largest event of its kind.




No guest announcements yet, but there will be postcard distribution to comic stores in BC, Alberta and Washington state on December 28, 2011. As far as I know I will be involved in the event coordinating the Canadian comic guests as well as running the comics programming, as I currently do these services for Fan Expo Canada and the Toronto ComiCONs.

While the announcement is very Hobbystar-centric, it should be noted that we are working with many members of the local comics community, including Vancouver Comicon promoter Leonard Wong, some of the folks involved in the Vancouver Comic Jams, and I’ve been in touch with the organizers of the Victoria Comic Con and VanCAF.

What’s also missing from that initial release is the involvement of the organizers of the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo who are part of this as well and will be helping to run the event, and we are also working closely with the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle.

The intention of the event is not to step on any toes or alienate anyone but to create a great event in a market that hasn’t had anything like it before.