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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.
Tags: 2001 A Space Odyssey, Aliens, Cowardly Lion, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Cyberman, Dalek, Doctor Who, Ed Wood, EMP Seattle, Labyrinth (movie), Plan 9, Seattle, The Princess Bride, Wizard of Oz
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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.
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.
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.
A smaller display of Dr Who fandom:
And then there’s the t-shirts:
Don’t forget the cosplayers!
Then there are the celebrities:
And other random stuff:
Oh yeah, comics: