So you’ve got your tickets for this week’s Fan Expo Canada 2019 and you’re ready for 4 glorious days of geekdom at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Great. Know what you’re gonna do when you get there? There’s a whole lotta convention for the taking if you plan ahead. There’s these things called panels where you can hear cool people talk about amazing stuff. There are also events that take place after the con floor closes to keep the geeky fun going. Know which ones to go to? Let us help you out with that. Here’s my picks for the MUST SEE panels and events at Fan Expo Canada 2019!
Breaking Into Comics
11AM – Room 716B
Are you looking to break into comics but don’t know how? This is the panel to go to find out. The landscape of comics industry is ever-changing. Get the info you’re looking for from comic artists Mike Feehan, Leisha Riddell and Jenn St. Onge, and editor Heather Antos. These cats know what they’re talking about. All aspiring comic creators should go and take notes. And say hi to moderator (and former Geek Hard contributor) Brent Chittenden! He’s a good egg.
Hasbro Presentation: Star Wars
12:30PM – Room 705
Hasbro is back at Fan Expo Canada! They were here last year with some fun presentations and we even got the chance to chat with them! They’re back again with even more panels for Transformers, Marvel and Star Wars! If you’re a big toy collector, you’ll probably want to make it out to all 3 panels happening in Room 705 of the South Building. But if you can only make it to one, I highly suggest the Star Wars panel. What awesome toys from a galaxy far, far away will they unveil? Only way to know is to go!
The Dandies Present: Holodeck Follies
5:30PM – Room 701A
It wouldn’t be a Fan Expo show in Toronto without The Dandies. This troupe of nerdy improvisors are putting on multiple shows during the weekend and it’s guaranteed that they will be covering one of your favourite fandoms at some point. But I’ve picked out the classic Holodeck Follies for this show. If you love funny tales of federation ships run amok or star fleet officers who have long forgotten the prime directive, you need to check out their Star Trek inspired improv. Laugh long and prosper.
The Super-Heroes of DC
12PM – Room 714B
It’s been awhile, but DC has returned to Fan Expo Canada after many years and they’re here in a big, bad way! If you’re a DC Comics fan, you don’t want to miss this panel as some of the biggest creators at the Distinguished Competition give you a behind-the-scenes look into their creative process on some of the best titles on the comic racks. Margeurite Bennett, Greg Capullo, Evan Doc Shaner, Peter Tomasi and Jamal Campbell will all be on hand. If you love DC, this is the place to be!
Q&A with Transformers Stars Frank Welker & Peter Cullen
2PM – Room 106
Two of the most iconic voice actors on stage together to talk about their iconic roles as the ultimate stand-ins for good vs. evil. I think I just peed myself with excitement. The voices of Megatron and Optimus Prime take the stage to talk Transformers and more! It’s safe to say that this panel is more than meets the eye.
Nerd Noise Night 2019!
8PM – The Rec Room (255 Bremner Blvd)
Not all the fun is on the convention floor. After the show closes for the evening, you still want to get your nerd on. The perfect place for that is across the street from the MTCC South Building at The Rec Room. Not only is it an amazing venue filled with video games, food and drinks, it’s also the site of this year’s Nerd Noise Night. The Cybertronic Spree, Wordburglar, Swamp Thing and Contra-Band will all be there playing geek music the only way they know how: LOUD! Get your tickets HERE!
Q&A with Jeff Goldblum
11AM – Room 106
Jeff Goldblum might just be the coolest guy on Planet Earth. He might be the coolest guy in the galaxy. We don’t know yet. We haven’t been there. Listening to this man talk for an hour to a crowd of fans will make you feel like you’re in a different galaxy altogether. He’s just that cool. The guy’s got stories, that’s for damn sure. Who knows what stories will come out of this Q&A. You don’t want to miss it.
Q&A with The Goonies Stars Sean Astin, Corey Feldman & Ke Huy Quan
12:30PM – Room 106
Goonies never say die! But they do answer your questions. So come bring your ragtag group of friends and listen to tales of One-Eyed Willy’s treasure from three of the Goonies live on stage. Sean Astin, Cory Feldman and Ke Huy Quan are good enough for you….they’re good enough for me…..they’re GOOD ENOUGH! If you miss this opportunity to see them, you’ll want to commit hari krishna! (That’s hari kari, mom.)
Todd McFarlane – Raw and Uncensored
2PM – Room 716B
If you listened to Geek Hard a couple of weeks back, you know that we got the chance to chat with Todd McFarlane and ask him all of our burning questions. Now it’s your turn. Todd McFarlane will be at Fan Expo and he’s ready to give some A to your Q. And the Toddfather will pull no punches. Got questions about Image, Spawn, Marvel, Toys, whatever? Bring it. He’s shooting straight from the hip. And be sure to go by his table during the weekend as he’s giving out free autographs.
That’s the list for the MUST SEE panels and events at Fan Expo Canada 2019! Be sure to go to ALL of these events….or at least a few. And if you see us at any of ’em, be sure to come up and say hi.
Fan Expo Canada runs from August 22nd to 25th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For more information, check out the official convention website.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!