The 2014 Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo featured actors and artists from popular TV shows, animation studios, and game developing companies. Our Wand team (Tylar Hamblett, Chris Gee, Brad Lam, and myself) visited there over the weekend to check out the festivities. This year’s Edmonton Expo saw 47 000 visitors – shattering the previous count of 27 000 visitors in 2013. The event was open to people of all ages, from the very young to the very old, and was mostly a fun, family, and friends event. Even Mayor Don Iveson donned his Star Trek gear as he went down to the Expo to give a talk. Clearly, #yegnerds are having their day since geek culture is now not just mainstream, but unabashedly so. People at the Expo, from all walks of life, wholeheartedly embraced their quirkiest pop culture obsessions, or in other instances, discussed the intricacies of a shared allegiance to a certain animated cult following. Mini celebrations were continuously had as sudden recognition and subsequent appreciation of a cosplay featuring a rare character or alien race drew complete strangers together, however briefly.
Edmonton Expo is actually growing at a faster rate than any of the other shows I work with, including the Calgary Expo. Edmonton is a proud nerdy city, and I can’t wait to see how this show grows in the coming years
Emily Expo, Edmonton Expo’s host and spokesperson
At the forefront of the emerging mainstream geek culture are TV Shows such as CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, from which Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar visited to give an Edmonton audience a very entertaining panel. Spirited storytellers such as Discover Channel’s MythBusters‘ own Grant Imahara and NBC’s Hannibal‘s Mads Mikkelsen were alternated with panels by local standouts such as game developer BioWare and voice actors such as Mark Meer and even Albertan brick artist Dave Ware. Lively discussions on the lives of Women in Gaming or instructions on preparing a proper Medieval Feast were also available to audiences.
Please also check out Tylar Hamblett’s article on Mads Mikkelsen, as well as our audio coverage of voice actors Mark Meer and Raphael Sbarge, brick artist Dave Ware, and the lovely ladies from the Women in Video Gaming panel (below).
Photo and video galleries can be found below! Enjoy!
Cover photo by Wanderer Online Photojournalist Chris Gee. Gallery photographs by Wanderer Online Photogaphers Brad Lam, Chris Gee, and Antony Ta.