This will be a somewhat conflicted post as on one hand, I’m very negative about the Vancouver Fan Expo, but yet I still went this year and may go again. I’ve been a few times, skipped last year entirely and keep hoping for them to make it better. This has yet to happen to any significant degree. It would be nice if they could shake up the format a little now and then.
So what was the biggest reason that I went this year, with all that compalining, well I had to meet Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, etc) as I was unlikely to get another chance.
The first thing you should know about these events is that they are not cheap. You’re looking at $45 for a single day (there also multi day passes), which just gets you in the door. The majority of what you’re seeing are likely local vendors, many of which you can just go visit their store any day of the week. What is more exciting to seek out are the unique craft vendors on the floor.
There are numerous panels you can attend, but they tend to be brief and spaced out so you have to spend ALL day with limited places to sit down to see them. The celebrity pictures and autographs are expensive (in this year’s case a photo with Brendan Fraser (The Mummy) was $130 for example) so chances are you’ll have to just pick one person.
I take a lot of pictures almost everywhere I go. So, here are some random ones of the Province that I live in, British Columbia.
One of the traditions I picked back up this year was go back to the Festival of Lights at Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver, BC, Canada with my Mom. Here are some of the pictures and if you live in the area I highly recommend it!
Contiuning in my series of posts about Halloween events around abouts where I live we come to the Stanley Park Ghost Train. Now, there are those who say it’s only an event for little children but you seen awful lot of adults traveling alone. It’s nostalgic for me at this point and every year they have a different theme.
So, below is a gallery of some of my favorite photos over many years worth of visits. Please note the photos are taken from a cellphone camera on a very wobby train in the dark.