Vancouver played host to its first ever major comics and pop culture convention Saturday, 21 April 2012, as the Vancouver Convention Center opened its doors to an estimated 12,000 Fan Expo Vancouver attendees. Convention participants, many dressed in meticulously-detailed costumes, were treated over the course of seven hours to artist/celebrity photo-op and signing opportunities, in-depth TV and comics panel discussions, discounted comics and fashion retailers, and the chance to interact with their fellow comics fans and pop culture enthusiasts.
The line-up for on-site ticket sales wound through the Vancouver Convention Center lobby and spilled onto the West Waterfront Road sidewalk, stretching the length of up to two city blocks by around 1 PM. The unexpected surge in attendance—a Fan Expo volunteer made the claim that organizers’ projections were for a one-day total crowd of 3,400—led to some early, albeit mild, confusion among attendees and delayed event start times but for the most part, Hobbystar Marketing‘s west coast Fan Expo premiere proceeded with nary a hitch. Fan Expo Vancouver will run through Sunday, 22 April.
The Comixverse will be posting feature articles on select events in the coming days, so make sure to check our Fan Expo Vancouver coverage section regularly for updates. In the meantime, below are some images from opening day (click on the thumbnails to view in larger size):