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EMP, Seattle

When I went by this place on Sunday I didn’t know exactly what it was, and figured it was a children’s museum (the banners announcing the Fantasy exhibition were what led me to think that). The tip off should have been the Jimmy Hendrix banner, but for some reason it didn’t register (and while I recognize that Hendrix is one the 60′s era musical greats, can’t say I listen to his stuff much anymore). My co-presenter at the conference I am presenting at arrived late yesterday and told me that the place was essentially a pop culture mecca, especially for SciFi geeks, so we decided to head there during a lull in the conference.

The place is well worth the visit, and here are some pics I took of what’s inside.

Detail from If VI was IX #1

Detail from If VI was IX #1

Detail from If VI was IX #1

Detail from If VI was IX #1

6-fingered Man's Glove from The Princess Bride

6-fingered Man’s Glove from The Princess Bride

Labyrinth Display

Labyrinth Display

Cowardly Lion's Costume from the Wizard of Oz

Cowardly Lion’s Costume from the Wizard of Oz

Shirt from Shaun of the Dead

Shirt from Shaun of the Dead

Captain's Chair from Original Star Trek, Surrounded by Tribbles

Captain’s Chair from Original Star Trek, Surrounded by Tribbles

Gill Man's Mask from Creature from the Black Lagoon

Gill Man’s Mask from Creature from the Black Lagoon

Flying Saucer from Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space

Flying Saucer from Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space

11ft-long Discovery Model Used in 2001: A Space Odyssey

11ft-long Discovery Model Used in 2001: A Space Odyssey

Alien Costume from Aliens

Alien Costume from Aliens

A Battered-looking 80s-era Dalek from Doctor Who

A Battered-looking 80s-era Dalek from Doctor Who

80s-era Cyberman from Doctor Who

80s-era Cyberman from Doctor Who

Nirvana In Utero Angel

Nirvana In Utero Angel

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Sunday at Fan Expo 2012

My youngest daughter Annie has been wanting to go to this event all year, so I bought ticket beforehand for this day for her, Vanessa and myself. Vanessa wore the Catgirl t-shirt she had bought at the show on Thursday, her friend Hayley went as a Nerdfighter, and her other friend Lauren went as Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony. Annie joined up with two of her friends there too and they wanted to roam the show together, so I ended up spending my time with Bill sans kids, which was unexpected. Since I had already been on Friday I didn’t take as many photos, especially since the crowds were that much more dense, though I managed to see some things I hadn’t run across on the previous visit.

Fan Expo: Dalek Auric Entering Fan Expo

Fan Expo: Dalek Auric Entering Fan Expo

Fan Expo: Hayley as a Nerdfighter

Fan Expo: Hayley as a Nerdfighter

Fan Expo: ''Cyanide and Happiness'' Artists Tandem-drawing

Fan Expo: ”Cyanide and Happiness” Artists Tandem-drawing

Fan Expo: Muppet Animal Cosplayer and a Fan

Fan Expo: Muppet Animal Cosplayer and a Fan

Fan Expo: Lolita Cosplayers

Fan Expo: Lolita Cosplayers

Fan Expo: Dan Parent Drawing Betty and Veronica

Fan Expo: Dan Parent Drawing Betty and Veronica

Fan Expo: Ironman and Thor Cosplayers

Fan Expo: Ironman and Thor Cosplayers

Here’s a gallery of these and other images from the show:

On the whole this year’s show seemed bigger and better organized than the debacle in 2010. Still, there were some problems, like lack of decent cell phone coverage within the building as the cell phone repeaters were likely swamped by the sheer number of people in close proximity. This issue also affected the vendors though, as one of them told me that on the Saturday their portable credit card transaction machines couldn’t work due to the overwhelming volume of cell phone traffic. I also heard through the grapevine that many people who hadn’t already bought their tickets were turned away on the Saturday for the same reason at the ticket vendor booths. Bill and I were also wondering if this is now the single largest convention in Toronto, as expected attendance was in the 80,000 range.

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A Visit to Wizard World 2012

Went to Wizard World Toronto with my daughters and a couple of their friends today. Wizard World is the first of a trio of comic-book related events that take place in Toronto every year, the other two being the Toronto Comics Art Festival (arguably my favourite as it is mostly indie publishers) which takes place in May, and Fan Expo Canada which comes in August.

Arguably the smallest of the three, Wizard World is still fun and is aimed at those fans looking to meet (and get autographs from) cult-series celebrities as well as substantial comics-related stuff, sci-fi and other genre stuff, along with a few local, independent artists looking to make a name for themselves.

Case in point: the local Dr Who Fan Club had a Dalek on hand, which the girls posed with at the show. This turns out to be Dalek Auric, who has his own fan page on Facebook.

Wizard World: Girls with Dalek

Wizard World: Girls with Dalek

A smaller display of Dr Who fandom:

Wizard World: Dr Who Items

Wizard World: Dr Who Items

And then there’s the t-shirts:

Wizard World: Dr Who T-Shirt Display

Wizard World: Dr Who T-Shirt Display

Don’t forget the cosplayers!

Wizard World: Annie with Stormtroopers

Wizard World: Annie with Stormtroopers

Wizard World: Cosplayers

Wizard World: Cosplayers

Wizard World: Minecraft Creeper Head

Wizard World: Minecraft Creeper Head

Then there are the celebrities:

Wizard World: Amy Ackerman

Wizard World: Amy Ackerman

Wizard World: Dean Stockwell

Wizard World: Dean Stockwell

Wizard World: Crowd Photographing Arrival of Scott Bakula

Wizard World: Crowd Photographing Arrival of Scott Bakula

And other random stuff:

Wizard World: Beware the Boss Behind You!

Wizard World: Beware the Boss Behind You!

Wizard World: Rainbow Dash in Plastic Beads

Wizard World: Rainbow Dash in Plastic Beads

Wizard World: This is Not a Pipe

Wizard World: This is Not a Pipe

Oh yeah, comics:

Wizard World: Row of Comics 1

Wizard World: Row of Comics 1

Wizard World: Row of Comics 2

Wizard World: Row of Comics 2

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Fan Expo Toronto 2011

Took myself and the girls to Fan Expo. Here are a selection of some of the pics I shot while there:

Fan Expo: Wonderwoman Holding a Dalek

Fan Expo: Wonderwoman Holding a Dalek

Fan Expo: Soviet Batman and Nazi Joker

Fan Expo: Soviet Batman and Nazi Joker

Fan Expo: Girls in Dr Who Costumes (Dalek and Angel) Along with Vanessa and Hailey

Fan Expo: Girls in Dr Who Costumes (Dalek and Angel) Along with Vanessa and Hailey

Fan Expo: Two Voice Actors from "Total Drama Island" with Annie

Fan Expo: Two Voice Actors from "Total Drama Island" with Annie

Fan Expo: Pokeman Balloon Costume

Fan Expo: Pokeman Balloon Costume

Fan Expo: Real Steel Robot: Atom

Fan Expo: Real Steel Robot: Atom

Fan Expo: Real Steel Robot: Purple Robot

Fan Expo: Real Steel Robot: Purple Robot

Fan Expo: Lego Hagrid

Fan Expo: Lego Hagrid

Fan Expo: Wall of T-Shirts

Fan Expo: Wall of T-Shirts

Fan Expo: Cowboy and "Test" Coming Down Escalator

Fan Expo: Cowboy and "Test" Coming Down Escalator

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