Fan Expo HQ

FAQ

GENERAL EXPO INFO

What is your Props and Weapons Policy?

View our props policy here: Props and Weapons Policy

What is our Costume and Harassment Policy?

View our policy here:  Harassment and Costume Policy

I have never been to an event like this. What happens?

“The Expo,” as it has become known, is a playground for people of all ages who are interested in any, or all, of the 5 genres Fan Expo Canada has to offer.  Each event has its own schedule of activities unique to its industry (schedules will be made available under each event) including, but not limited to; gaming tournaments, question and answer sessions with the hottest guests in their industry, artists competition (“Sketching Duels”), workshops like special effects/make-up, portfolio reviews, a masquerade (where people dress up as their favourite character) and much more!  If that isn’t enough for your senses, there are also exhibits from major companies showcasing their latest products and the largest retailer area of its kind where you can buy that limited edition item or that something special you’ve always wanted.  These are just some reasons why Fan Expo Canada is celebrating its 19th year and is the largest event of its kind in Canada!  Come experience it for yourself!

How much does it cost?

See “Tickets” link for updated information.

When is it?

August 28th through 31st 2014.

Where is it?

The Metro Toronto Convention Center, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. North & South Buildings. Just East of Skydome and the CN Tower. St.Andrews is the closest Subway stop, and Parking is available at and around the facility.

What are the hours of Expo?

Thursday: 4PM – 9PM (2pm for Advance Deluxe Passholders)

Friday: 10AM – 7PM

Saturday: 10AM – 7PM

Sunday: 10AM – 5PM

What is a panel?

A panel is a group discussion on a topic they enjoy. The panelist speakers are often fans or professionals who work in the related industry. It is a great opportunity to ask questions and discuss why things are the way they are.

What is an Autograph Session?

This is an organized session of time set aside by our guests to sign items that you have brought or purchased. Most Autographs are available for free with your admission, but, for some Guests there is an additional fee, or donation required for charity.

How does the Autograph session work?

Most autographs from our guests work on a first come, first serve basis. Most guests do not charge for an autograph, but a few do. Be sure to check your Expo program for a schedule of Autograph sessions. Not all guests sign every day, so you don’t want to miss anyone.

What is a Masquerade?

This is one of the most popular events of the Expo. Fans get their chance to show off their fantastic costume creations in front of a live audience for prizes. Most costumes are related to what our fans love most, Comics, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Anime. The effort put forth by the contestants in this event is incredible! This event should not be missed!

Is Fan Expo a Star Trek convention?

No! The Expo has many components, and Star Trek is one of them, but we offer many events under one roof for a reason. Most of the fans’ interests cross over into the various events.

What are the rules on photography and videotaping?

Please use common sense when taking photographs and ask your subjects if it is okay to photograph them. Video is not restricted, except during a few stage presentations but photographs are always permitted.

Who are this year’s guests?

Please check our “Guest” links for the most updated list of who will be appearing at this year’s Expo.

When will you be announcing more guests?

New Guest announcements are made available to the public simultaneously through the Expo’s electronic mailing list and the web page. We only announce our guests after a set date, and not before.

Why didn’t you invite “fill in your guest here”?

The Expo strives to get the guests that a majority of fans will want to see. We also try to have different guests for each Expo, to attract people that have visited us before. The number one reason guests can’t be a part of our show are their schedules. All of these people have very busy lives, so sometimes it is difficult to find the time to attend. If we did not get your favourite guest last year, just stay tuned, we may have them this time.

The Expo advertised “guest name here” but I could not find him/her at the Expo, what’s the deal?

Every year a very small percentage of our guests cannot join us as planned. The reasons are endless, but in the end we usually do not have enough time to react as far as changing the schedules and advertising. If a guest cancels we will give as much notice as possible, but sometimes it is not possible when emergencies arrive. Also, not all guests attend the Expo for the entire operating hours of the show. If you are only visiting the Expo for a couple of hours, you will not see all of our guests as they are scheduled for all different kinds of events throughout the three days. Please join us for the whole weekend and don’t miss out!

When will you post a tentative schedule?

A tentative HOUR TO HOUR SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED IN AUGUST on the web site. The final version appears in the Expo program which you will receive at the admission counter.

Will you be posting/emailing the schedule?

As mentioned in the above paragraph, our guests are busy people and with that, comes the difficulty of making a schedule well in advance. The Expo will try and set up a schedule for the fans as soon as possible, but please be warned, things always change.

What are Artist Alley and Small Press? 

The Artist Alley is the hub for all professional and amateur artists.  The special area at the Expo is where these artists display and sell their art and related products. They also meet with the fans face to face and many do sketches live for commission, sign and sell previously published works. Small Press is a big part of the Artist Alley and features mostly amateur artists and publishers who are trying to make their way into the industry. Many professional artists working today cut their teeth in the small press grassroots before breaking into the mainstream publishing industry. Very often, the participating small press publishers offer items that have no other distribution other than Fan Expo Canada, so this is the only chance fans have to see and purchase their wares.

 

 

GLOSSARY: CONVENTION TERMS

Chair: Short form of `Chairperson’ or better known as `Boss’.

Con: Short form of `Convention’, the type of event your at.

Concom: Short form of `Convention Committee’, the group who put everything together.

Fan: Short form for a `Fanatic’.

Fandom: the community of people who enjoy popular culture, who visit conventions, and take part.

Fen: many fans, plural of fan.

Filk or Filking: the `music’ of a very small part of fandom.

Goh: Short form of `Guest(s) of Honour’.

Neo: person who has never been to an event like this, if this is your 1st expo, you’re a `Neo’.

Panels: Discussion sessions, usually involving the guests, on topics related to the specific genre.

Pros: Short for `Professional’ meaning one who makes a living at writing, acting, editing, etc.

Registration: the act of gaining a membership to a convention.

 

 

GLOSSARY: SCI-FI TERMS

Android: An artificial life-form that is not organic in origin.

Droid: Short form for `Android’.

Hugos: Annual jured Award of Excellence in science fiction, named after editor Hugo Gernsback. Membership: your ticket, or admission to the convention.

Nebulas: an annual award voted on by professionals in the field.

Pulp: a sometimes Science Fiction magazine printed between 1930 to ‘50 on cheap paper.

Robot: a machine that operates in many ways like a human.

Sci Fi: a short form of `Science Fiction’ that is generally frowned upon by the professionals.

SF: Short form of `Science Fiction’ tough one, eh?

Trekkers: What Star Trek fans prefer to be called after 1987.

Trekkies: An official word from the dictionary, which describes a Star Trek fan. Or, what Star Trek fans, pre-1987 prefer.

 

 

GLOSSARY: COMIC TERMS

Ashcan: a prepublication facsimile of an intended comic book title, usually in a `half’ format in black and white only.

B&W: stands for black and white.

Baxter paper: a high quality heavy paper used in some comics.

Bronze Age: a non-specific term to describe comics published between 1970 to 1980.

Colour Touch: a restoration process by which coloured ink is used to hide colour flecks, flakes, and other flaws.

Colourist: An artist who paints the colour guides for comic books.

Distributor Paint Strip: colours brushed on the edges of comic book stacks, used as coding for the distributor.

Double Cover: an error in the binding process, results in two covers being put on a single book.

Dust shadows: a comic exposed to the gathering of dust, that will result in a dark stripe.

Embossed: a pattern which is pressed onto comics to create relief as part of it’s design.

Fanzine: an amateur fan publication.

File copy: a comic that originates from the file of the publisher, and was not in circulation.

Four colour: a printing process in which the three primary colours and black are use, may also refer to defunct Dell publishing company.

Foxing: small brownish-gold spots that may appear on a comic caused by mold growth.

Gatefold: a double sized cover that folds in on itself.

Genre: categories of art divided up as to their content type.

Golden Age: comics released between 1938 to 1945.

Indicia: Publisher’s title, issue, date, copyright, in small print on the inside of the cover.

Inker: an artist who draws/paints the ink over the original pencil drawings in comic books.

Key: a single issue in a series where important things happen.

Modern: the period of comics published from 1980 to present.

Mylar: an inert, hard, plastic bag to protect comic books.

Pedigree: an outstanding book from a famous collection may have a history of it’s owners.

Penciller: An artist who draws the original comic images.

Post Code: comics published after 1954.

Pre Code: comics published before 1954.

Provenance: a document authenticating the previous owner, or verification of an autograph.

R: stands for a reprinting of original material.

Rare: means only 10 to 20 copies are known to exist.

Restored: a comic has undergone repair to try and make it look close to the original condition.

Roll: the condition of the spine that is caused by folding back the pages when reading.

S.A.: stands for the Silver Age period from 1956 to 1969.

Saddle Stitch: the staple binding of comic books.

Scarce: means 20 to 100 copies are estimated to exist.

Splash: a large comic art panel that often fills the page.

Subscription crease: a fold caused when comics are mailed out.

Sun Shadow: the lightening of colour caused by exposure to light.

Superhero: a costumed crime fighter who has abilities beyond ordinary men. Likewise of the Supervillian.

Variant: a different cover used for the same comic issue.

Very Rare: means 1 to 10 copies are known to exist.

Warehouse Copy: a comic from a distributor and did not go into circulation.

 

 

GLOSSARY: ANIME TERMS

Anime (pronounced ‘annie-may’): Animation in the style developed and commonly used in Japan since the 1950s.

Anamorphic: Videophile term used to describe high-quality widescreen DVDs.

Baka: The Japanese word for “idiot” or “fool”.

Catboy: Male version of catgirl; see below.

Catgirl: A female, anthropomorphic cat-human hybrid character; generally a cute girl with catlike ears.

Cosplay: A “Costume Play”, a sort of amature theater in which fans dress up as favorite characters and enact scenes from anime, usually at conventions.

Digisub: Digital fansubs. A digitally produced and distributed fansub (see fansub, below). Produced by fans who digitize as-yet-unavailable-in-English anime and add subtitles.

Doujinshi: Doujinshi can mean several things. Most generally, it is an unofficial comic book (or other art, possibly digital), usually by an amateur, that is based on characters not “owned” by the writer/artist. Some-what like fan-fiction.

Dub: Re-recording the dialogue (and, at times, songs and sound effects) of a program with dialogue in another language.

Ecchi (sometimes written “H”): A Japanese word for “pervert” (though the connotations are somewhat more mild—see Hentai, below). Usually used by American fans to refer to anime and related art of an adult nature.

Fansub: A video translated and subtitled by anime fans, rather than a professional company.

Furry: Used as a noun to refer to anthropomorphic, usually humanoid versions of animals—most commonly cat/human hybrids (aka “catgirls”).

Glomp – A hug in the manner of a small child, similar to a bearhug but often including one or both legs as well as arms. Also a hug in which the hugger jumps and catches the victim by surprise or off-guard.

Hentai: The Japanese word for “pervert” (see Ecchi above, which is a milder form). It is commonly used by English-speaking fans to refer to pornographic anime (note that it usually has slightly stonger connotations than Ecchi).

Manga: In English, generally used to mean Japanese comic books. Occasionally also used (even by the Japanese) to refer to animation (as in Manga Video). Pronounced “mahn-ga”.

Mahou Shoujo: Japanese for Magical Girl.

Mecha (pronounced ‘meh ka’, like the place): Comes from the Japanese word for mechanical, meka, which in turn came from English.

OAV: Original Animated Video. A sort of Anime miniseries produced to be released directly to video.

OVA: Original Video Animation: see OAV, above.

Otaku: Japanese word used by English-speaking anime fans to refer to an avid anime fan.

Ronin: The Japanese term for a samurai without a master.

Sub: Short for “subtitled”—used to refer to a subtitled Anime program.

Seiyuu: The Japanese word for voice actor (or actress). Commonly used by English speaking fans.

Shoujo: A style of artwork and story created for girls. Characterized by plots that focus on emotion and relationships, and art that tends toward the florid, with lanky characters and rather effeminite (but always attractive) men.

Yaoi: Commonly used by English-speaking fans (particularly of the type who write fanfics) to refer to stories involving male-male relationships (generally between young, pretty hero types).

 

 

GLOSSARY: HORROR TERMS

American Gothic: Gloomy atmosphere plays a smaller role in American Gothic, psychic breakdown plays a role.

Cthulhu: A universe created by author H.P. Lovecraft a fictional premise was that the world was once inhabited by another more ancient race of dark powers.

Cross Genre: Horror stories that ofter cross genre lines, to fantasy, science, romance, etc

Cutting Edge: ideas in fiction that refuses archetypal, supernatural aspects that are new.

Dark Fantasy: a fantasy story that can have supernatural elements but is not the supernatural fiction of traditional vampires, werewolves, etc.

Dark Fiction: a term often used by Horror creators that see the word “Horror” as a not-friendly marketing term.

English Gothic: Horror stories that developed as a reaction to the Age of Reason and dominated English literature from 1764 into the early 19th century.

Extreme: Horror that goes straight to the blood-and-guts and aims for the gross-out without hesitation.

Fantastique: a borrowed French word meaning Fantastic Fiction or fiction that has some “super-natural” element to it. Also the title of a good genre news magazine.

Future noir: Noir type stories that take place in the near future

Goth: Short term for Gothic

Interstitial Fiction: Horror stories that defy genre breakdowns

Lovecraftian: Name for the style of story telling that followed after the author H.P. Lovecraft had past.

Neo-noir: Noir type stories that take place in present day

Noir: Usually set in an urban underworld of crime and moral ambiguity. Dark, cynical, paranoid themes of corruption, alienation, lust, obsession, violence, revenge and the difficulty finding redemption in non perfect world.

Psychological Horror: Based on the disturbed human psyche. Psychological horror can also deal with ambiguous reality and seem to be supernatural.

Quiet (or Soft) Horror: Subtle, never visceral or too shocking, with atmosphere and mood providing the miasma of fear rather than graphic description.

Slipstream: Another expression of “Cross Genre” Horror stories that often cross genre lines, to fantasy, science, romance, etc

Splat: Lots of gore, variation of Extreme or Splatter

Splatter: Lots of gore, variation of Extreme or Splat Horror

Splatterpunk: Near future horror that involves technological advances in killing

Surreal: Not really sub-generic, it can be used just to mean unreal; strange or bizarre.

Tech-noir: Noir type stories that take place in a mixed history, usually Technology is the cause of this advanced story telling style which harkens back to icons of past eras.

Visceral: A term, not a sub-genre, that refers to earthier, more reality-based or supernatural fiction with a tendency to be “in-your-face” but not to extreme.

Weird: “Weird fiction” is sometimes used as a synonym for horror. It can also mean only strange, uncanny, supernatural stories or refer to a school of writing popularized by the pulp magazine “Weird Tales” more “traditional” horror.

 

 

GLOSSARY: GAMING TERMS

VIDEO GAME TERMS

ROLE PLAYING GAME TERMS

BOARD GAME TERMS

LIVE ACTION ROLE PLAYING TERMS

COLLECTABLE CARD GAME TERMS

EB Games Ubisoft Payd Subway Entertainment One Lego Space Hasbro Showcase Teletoon Pizza Pizza Marvel Gamer Zone DC Entertainment Autodesk Uber Lyra TriOS College Rue Morgue New Ventry Productions Medieval Times Royal Canadian Mint

 

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