Northern FanCon has come and gone for another year!
From day one, watching the attendees roll into all three Kin Centres and the CN Centre, I knew that the fans of this elaborate event have been shaking in their boots for an entire year waiting for this to come around again!
The first words I heard form the mouth of an excited youth were “OH MY GOD I’M GOING TO BE BROKE AFTER THIS!” And he could not have been the only one thinking so.
With Kin 1, 2, and 3 loaded with vendors, artists, celebrities and endless amounts of glorious FanCon craziness, it was no surprise that most people not only wanted, but needed weekend passes to sift through everything available.
Kin 1 was dedicated as artist alley, showcasing all things art, comic book, and photography related. If you wanted to grab a photo with the Stormtroopers, you had the chance to do that, if you wanted to add to your comic book collection, you could do that, and of course if you wanted to meet the celebrities, they were there for you as well.
As you head over to Kin 2 it was a lot of vendors giving you the opportunity to see their work. One of the main attractions of FanCon was located in this area. Harrison Productions, a company dedicated to making props for movies and television series’. A few examples of where you might have seen Harrison’s work include: 300, Battlestar Galactica, Arrow, only to name a few. In this arena you could also meet more celebrities, one of which included the man I was waiting to meet, Jeremy Palko, who is a mainstay in The Walking Dead, and also has involvement in Bloodline and Vampire Diaries.
If you consider yourself a gamer, then you probably would have found yourself, or did find yourself, stuck inside Kin 3. The entire place was plastered with video games. Games you could play, games you could buy, even gaming tournaments. I spoke with someone who came prepared, with over $30 worth of quarters so they could play all of the arcade like games. Lucky for them, all the games were free, so her and her family could enjoy them non-stop. One of the boys that I spoke to about his experience at FanCon was simply happy that he placed well in the Super Smash Bros tournament, because that is the specific reason he came to the event. There was also a variety of professionals dressed up in Cosplay who you could visit and get a photograph with. Each and every day these cosplayers were in a different outfit, and made the weekend a unique experience for those with weekend passes.
I can’t forget to mention all of the celebrity panels, and competitions inside the CN Centre! Something new everyday, and every hour whether it is a TV star or a One Man Star Wars Show!
I think the most interesting part of the weekend was seeing all of the people in attendance not only go crazy over all of the vendors and merchandise and all that comes with FanCon, but watching them go crazy over the other people’s costumes in attendance. All of these people are gathered in this place for a similar reason, and watching them all come together and simply enjoy each other’s costumes and company was the greatest feeling.
Here’s looking forward to you Northern FanCon 2017!