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  1. Fan Expo Vancouver, November 10-12, 2017

    Hi Kevin, Everytime I walked by your corner booth area (where Stv Skroce set up), you seemed exhausted from all the wonderful work you did organizing the expanded artist/inker/writer alley. Props to you. The official vendor list was OK online, as this vendor did eventually buy his booths for FEV. I would recommend that the FEV website be updated as a vendor who booked 4 booths in a row is no longer offered the discounted booth price as of Nov, 2017 expo. For the 2018 FEV, I recommend Fan Expo place a display ad in the weekly Georgia Straight entertainment journal, as I don't recall seeing a display ad for the Nov/17 Expo in the daily Metro or 24 like Fan expo advertised in Nov, 2016. Thanks for your consideration.
  2. Fan Expo Vancouver, November 10-12, 2017

    But the exhibitor list was not accurate. One vendor was wondering why his name was on their website when he had not renewed or paid for an island of booths up to 15 days before the Expo. Perhaps this is the trend also reflected by Wizard World Chicago (used to be comic centric) in Aug, 2017 that only had 6 comic vendors out of 100 booths show up?
  3. Fan Expo Vancouver, November 10-12, 2017

    In short, you wish Metropolis Comics from NYC would vend at FEV rather than from Metrotown. Big Pete's Comics and Toys got smart by selling only NON-comic stuff at FEV like caps, Pop toys, ties, anime prints, pins, non-lethal swords. kimik: The vintage back issue vendors and $1 blow out dealers will be at the sold out 3 hall Van Comic Show end of Feb, 2018. Please visit if you are in Vancouver that weekend.
  4. I wonder if Informa from the UK (they run international conventions selling everything from heavy equipment, tractors, comics) who is the umbrella company for the Fan Expos across Canada will take over running the stronger Wizard cons in USA for 2018?
  5. Fan Expo Vancouver, November 10-12, 2017

    +1. Sounds promising for FEV. The only warning I will give is that last time an Edmonton or Calgary, Alberta promotion team tried to enter the Vancouver downtown Comic Expo market on a well placed summer weekend, the show refunded all vendors their 10' x 10' booth rentals but I was still out of pocket $50 in misc. fees.
  6. Fan Expo Vancouver, November 10-12, 2017

    I guess minimum wage went up in Florida by $3/hour like Seattle, WA where minimum wage is $15 US/hour. Harley's staff befuddled comparing FEV to San Francisco (ex-Wondercons) where collector/fans also suffer very high rental or mortgage costs yet buzz, excitement, attendance is strong and consumer $$ are there.
  7. Fan Expo Vancouver, November 10-12, 2017

    Most Expo and comicon contracts will say that vendors are not to pack up early so that collector/fans who show up in the late afternoon or final day still have a full variety of vendors to shop from. But if attendance on Sunday flatlined like Flatliner1313, one would expect vendors to start taking down their wall displays (slowly), etc. At least the Cgc staff had time for sushi, udon or exotic Tim Horton's downtown before heading off to the airport.
  8. Fan Expo Vancouver, November 10-12, 2017

    Surprised Flatliner was not able to at least get a nice sketch from the improved Artist Alley. Guess you did not wish to donate $125 to the artist Moore to get 1 (one) Walking Dead comic signed from btwn issue #1-6. Glad the toy, swords, Pop figure, caricature artists, and vendor selling $2 blow out comics did well in Vancouver.
  9. Fan Expo Vancouver, November 10-12, 2017

    Think this is Harley's inventory from his Canadian warehouse which means Yankees have not cherry-picked it yet. He had 2 scarce Amazing-Man's on his wall rack in US funds of course. My concern is that attendance and vendors instead of increasing 10%/year for FEV, is actually decreasing 10%/year. Means Informa may wish to either move the FEV to another month in 2018 (already moved once before from Easter in April) or pull the plug on Vancouver, BC.
  10. I think Paper Chase was on 6th and there was a corner magazine, used bookstore near there that had some second hand comics outside of of Golden Age Collectables on Columbia St, New Westminster before Talkin' Illustrations opened by Terry S.
  11. From my recollection, David G's Collector's Books and Comics at Dunbar and W. 16th Ave was Vancouver's first comic shop. I think Ken W used to work for Collector's Books before the 2 hippies started up The Comicshop on West 4th Ave. Patrick S also had Starfire (or Phoenix?) Books and Comics up the stairs in downtown New Westminster, BC before he opened up the first Golden Age Collectables on Columbia St, New Westminster. These are the tales from old timers like us.
  12. Fan Expo Vancouver, November 10-12, 2017

    Actually there are some large comicons that are successfully held outside of dense downtown cores but along major monorail or express bus routes. e.g. Chicago Wizard which is actually near the Blue line rail station before O'hare airport in suburb of Rosemont, and Calgary Expo (attendance btwn 86k to 100k) next to urban rail station, fairgrounds, ice rink.
  13. GA Reading Copies Everyone Should Have

    I also recommend smelling the pages:
  14. Fan Expo Vancouver, November 10-12, 2017

    Fan Boy: you are right in that some huge antique/collectibles conventions like Portland, OR are held out of their downtown core and north near their race track and older exhibition halls with good lighting. Can't comment on the Toronto con locations, as have never attended a con there but I have been to Toronto and Montreal corridor. Re: the PNE I find the lighting in their first hall nearest corner of Renfrew/Hastings St too dim. The middle building has brighter lighting and a large sportscard show was held out of there in the heyday circa 1991 before the hockey card crash.
  15. WTB: early Flaming Carrot

    Ashcan #19 raw 9.0, has slight bend top left bindery corner, back cover is all white. Not sure the print run so hard to price. Pmail me your best offer, as I am not sure I want to sell my scarcest Flaming Carrot, and have you been offered any other Ashcans yet?