Tuesday, September 01, 2009  
FanExpo 2: Over 59, 000 Attendees

:: Posted by BK @ 9/01/2009 06:58:00 AM
More highlights from the 3-day comics/horror/sci-fi/anime/gaming event from this past weekend in Toronto. According to owner Aman Gupta in his "Letter from the president" posted on the FanExpo homepage, this year's show saw "a 22% increase in
attendance from last year with a record-breaking crowd of more than 59, 000 visitors." The letter also notes the huge wait-times and line-ups that many bloggers have complained about, adding, "we have learned from the 2009 experience and
are already implementing changes to make the entry process smoother, faster, and more efficient for 2010."

On with the show:

-Best post so far: cartoonist Tara Tallan has a great thoughtful post about the place of Small Press comics at the show. I wondered last year at the nonsensical placement of print-sellers and macrame and fan artists next to young giants on their way to creating the great Canadian graphic novel.
-Kevin Boyd, the man behind the comics guestlist at the con, weighs in with a "state of the industry" report and talks numbers and Canadian content.
-a nice round-up of cartoonist-themed events and personalities from Darrell Ferguson
-The Beat reports!
-Darwyn Cooke panel
-Get yer Didio hate on, Teen Titans fans
-cosplay photos
-Steampunk X-Men
-Billy Dee Williams is still alive!
-The first time I have ever read the term "lobbycon."
-FanExpo vs TCAF
-Horror lit hilites
-Con report from Digital Kontent with my favourite photo yet: little kid versions of the Wonder Twins and Blue Beetle!
-Caricaturist and Sheridan prof Peter Emslie reports
-Dale Eaglesham interview
-photo tour from an anime consumer
-great photos
-Udon's Canadian, right?
-National Post photos
-photos

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