What to see at Fan Expo 2013

Posted 9 years ago by myetvmedia

Fan Expo has finally released the final schedule and floor plan, and we’ve carefully gone over it with a fine tooth comb to tell you (yes, YOU) where to go.

Comics

First off, there are a lot of autograph sessions. There’s a pretty big selection of old and new creators, but bear in mind that many are not free. Be prepared for long lines for the big names, too.

Thursday is mostly industry talk, how to get into comics, copyright law, and whether or not webcomics are here to stay. Depending on your own reasons for going to Fan Expo, there is either a lot of things you will want to get to, or there isn’t.

Friday is more of the same, but with some variations. There are a few premieres (Max Steel, Captain Canuck) and quite a few panels on web originals. Garth Ennis will also be giving a panel with Max Brooks and Avatar Press, which is a definite must-see. The other big panel is Marvel’s Infinity & Beyond panel, dealing with the latest announcements from Marvel comics and what’s in the pipeline.

Saturday is a big day, starting with DC’s The New 52. No details yet, but expect big announcements and hints about the future. We also have Max Brooks Zombie Survival and Extinction Parade. And even more autograph sessions.

Sunday brings us to an end, with portfolio reviews by Marvel and DC, and panels on Arrow, Superior Spider-Man, a q&a session with Ron Perlman, and finally a quiz on general comicbook knowledge. There will also be sketchduels throughout the con, with such luminaries as Tim Sale, Stuart Immonen, and Yanick Paquette.

Sci-fi

Thursday sees the premiere of Conan O’Brien’s Super Fun Night. Get there early, that’s sure to be packed.

Friday has a lot of prop building workshops, both steampunk and fantasy themed, with panels by Ian McDiarmuid (the Emperor in Star Wars), George Takei and Nichelle Nicholls (Star Trek) and a preview of the upcoming Max Steel.

Saturday has a screening of J.J. Abrams Almost Human, introduced by Karl Urban (Dredd), a panel on 50 years of Doctor Who led by Colin Baker (the sixth Doctor), and cast meetings with Defiance, Lost Girl, The Listener and The Helix.

Sunday brings it to a close with the cast of The Walking Dead, a q&a session with Nathan Fillion (Castle, Doctor Horrible) and a panel led by Carrie Fisher.

Gaming

Friday has panels on funding indie games, the cast of Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and a panel on becoming a game developer.

Sunday has a panel on the future of the gaming industry.

There will also be demos of upcoming games, including Black Flag, Arkham Origin and Defiance, along with traditional games, with tournaments in Munchkin, Heroclix, Yu-Gi-Oh and many more running all weekend.

Horror

Horror opens on a high with Alice Cooper and a workshop by Gary Pullin. Friday continues with Don Cascarelli, several screenings, and an after-party featuring The Birthday Massacre. Saturday is when it really kicks off, with Jen and Sylva Soska, the Twisted Twins, a cast reunion for Reanimator, and a special screening of Phantasm II. Sunday ends the festivities with Little Terrors, a series of shorts.

Anime

The anime schedule is pretty packed, with a major focus on fan events, but there are plenty of big names in there too.

On Thursday, you have a panel on the voice acting industry led by Cherami Leigh (Is this a zombie?, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt), several Lolita events, and two panels on cosplay. Friday continues with a Lolita tea party and additional panels, a chance to meet the vocaloid star Yuu Asakawa, and a special event with the original voice of Ash Ketchum, Veronica Taylor.

Saturday has even more Lolita events, and ends with the masquerade. Sunday lowers the curtain with costuming workshops, a tea party, and a concert by Vocaloid Hatsune Miku. And even though this year is heaving with events, there will also be various fan events and meetups not endorsed by Fan Expo running throughout the weekend, but you’ll need to track those down yourself.

The Myetvmedia crew can be found Thursday, Friday and Sunday wandering through the con. If you see us, run over and say hello. In the meantime, check out the highlights from 2012 below!

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