Attention all nerds, geeks, cosplayers and true believers: In less than two months, the 2016 Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo (Western Canada’s largest pop culture convention) will kick off in Calgary, Alberta. As usual, many big names will be there, including the one man I’ve been trying to track down for years: the ever-elusive Stan Lee!
In all fairness, Stan Lee was at the Calgary Expo when I attended the show back in 2012. However, an unfortunate turn of events (i.e. my hospitalization) prevented me from meeting the Marvel Comics legend at that time. Mr. Lee planned to attend the Calgary Expo last year, but sadly for me he bailed at the last minute due to some scheduling conflicts. Just as I was about to give up on ever meeting one of my true idols, Mr. Lee is back on track for 2016! Here’s hoping the third time’s the charm.
Many other special guests will be present including ‘The Walking Dead’ cast members Steven Yeun, Lennie James, and Alanna Masterson; Robin Lord Taylor from ‘Gotham; Grace Park and Michelle Forbes from ‘Battlestar Galactica’; Brandon Routh from ‘Legends of Tomorrow’; Karl Urban from ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Dredd’; and Captain James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner!
Of course, attendees will also be able to check out hundreds of vendors, exhibitors and artists, as well as join numerous panels and workshops all weekend. There will be absolutely no time for boredom to set in.
The 2015 Calgary Expo was the most successful yet, breaking attendance records with over 104,000 people at the show. If you love science fiction, comic books, film, TV, animation and all things pop culture, be sure to stop by and take part in the festivities. Maybe I’ll see you there too!
The Calgary Expo will be in full swing from April 28th to May 1st at Stampede Park (BMO Center, 20 Roundup Way SE). Tickets can be purchased at the official Calgary Expo web site.