Fan Expo 2010 – The Big Crunch
With the end of the last weekend of August comes the end of Fan Expo, by far the largest gathering of fans from across the geek spectrum in Canada, and third largest in North America. 2010 also marks the third year that we at RGB Filter have stormed the gates with video cameras and mics in hand to interview artists, writers, game designers and the occasional geek celebrity, meaning that I’m personally looking at about 6 hours of footage to pour through.
One of the consistent highlights of Fan Expo is the small press and artist alley area, where there’s always something interesting and off the beaten track to discover. This year we talked to a number of people in artist alley, and should have those interviews up soon.
This year wasn’t without its problems though. While the estimated attendance was up from 59,000 in 2009 to approximately 70,000 this year, the main hall was moved from the 260,000 square foot south building to the 193,000 square foot north building (a medical convention occupied the south building this year). Even in 2009 the crush of people was getting to be an issue, with people waiting to get into a building filled to capacity. You don’t have to be a math genius to know that cramming more people into a smaller area would result in the fire marshal declaring the building over capacity, leaving some people waiting to get back inside for hours.
Even with the organizational mess, Fan Expo was a blast, and I’ve got to get to that aforementioned video footage. As a quick tease, we’ll have interviews with Sweet Tooth creator Jeff Lemire, actor Tahmoh Penikett, and the creators of Pure Pwnage, among others. We also caught up with the gang from The Anthology Project, which saw its wide release back in July, and is an absolutely gorgeous book.