With attendance numbers growing from 10 000 (Bruce Banner) to approximately 50 000 (Hulk capacity) since 2009, Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo is becoming the Canadian mecca for all things nerdy. For three days, I explored the sights, sounds and (Holy Thor!) the smells of Western Canada’s answer to San Diego Comic Con.
The fan-furious and the con-curious can enjoy anything from vendors and memorabilia to meeting famous guests. This year’s celebrity roster included comic creator Stan Lee, actor Adam West and wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts. The Expo is also a great opportunity to meet talented artists, whether they be seasoned industry pros or web-based independents in Artist Alley. Costumes are optional but encouraged. Conventions like this are a magical place where introverts become extroverted, and where it is never taboo to ask, “Can I take your picture?”