Fan Expo Vancouver lineup announced
– by Shawn Conner
The first Fan Expo Vancouver has announced its initial lineup of celebrities. The April 21 – 22 event, to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, offers a mixed-bag of stars of yesteryear, anime voice actors and a couple of relative heavy-hitters, and all we can say is: what, no Battlestar Galactica?
Leading the pack are Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise), Kristin Bauer from HBO’s True Blood and Nicholas Brendon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Adam West and Burt Ward from the old Batman TV series will also make appearances, as will several names familiar to anime fans, including Colleen Clinkenbeard (Fullmetal Alchemist), Veronica Taylor (Pokemon), Richard Cox (Inu Yasha) Trevor Deval (Mobile Suit Gundam), Mike McFarland (Dragonball Z), Brian Froud (Bakugan & Jimmy Two Shoes). Producer Hobby Star Marketing & Fan Expo promises more guests to be announced soon.
Aimed at fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming, Fan Expo Vancouver will include celebrity autographs, photo ops and q-and-a sessions. Costumes, sketching duels, a party, science fiction, horror and fantasy author panels and of course a retailer and exhibitor area.
Single-day tickets for the all-ages event are $20, a weekend pass is $30, kids 12 and under get in free. Tickets go on sale Feb. 21 at www.fanexpovancouver.com.