Fan Expo 2013 Brought Out The Celebrities
Fan Expo 2013 has come and gone, but for four days fans of horror, science fiction, comic books, anime, and even sports came out in the droves to meet their idols and buy memorabilia.
This year fans of the popular series The Walking Dead not only got to meet one of the creators of the comic book series (Tony Moore was there signing autographs and selling his art once again), but four members of the TV show cast where there as well. Norman Reedus (who plays the ever popular character Darryl Dixon) returned for the second year in a row, and this year he displayed art and cards made by his fans on the wall behind him. By the end of Sunday the wall was completely filled. Michael Rooker who plays his brother Merle was also in attendance, as was Laurie Holden (Andrea) and Steven Yeun (Glenn). Fans of the original Star Trek series also got to meet two of their idols. George Takei and Nichelle Nichols were both there signing autographs and chatting with fans. They also took part in an hour long discussion sessions with fans where they reflected on the success of the show, and answers fan questions. Star Trek reboot casts member Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban took time from their busy schedules to sign autographs for fans as well. Star Wars fans got to meet their idols too, as Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine) were there.
Thanks to Showcase and Space television fans got to meet the casts of current popular shows as well, such as Being Human and Lost Girl. The upcoming television series Bitten starring Real Style cover girl Laura Vandervoort had their cast present in a live interview segment, and the new ABC series Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (A spin off of Once Upon A Time) aired the pilot episode. Real Style caught up with the beautiful Piper Perabo, star of Covert Affairs, and asked her what it meant to meet fans at Fan Expo in the city where her show is filmed.
“It’s really fun,” Perabo said, “All of us from the show are on Twitter and we might tweet during the show sometimes, share pictures from the set or film videos abroad, but that’s not the same as meeting at all. It’s not the same as talking live. It’s much more exciting. I like social media and I am glad that it exists, but meeting live is different. I know for people that I am a fan of when you meet them live it’s way different than tweeting them. I think it’s exciting and fun.”
Fan Expo is very quickly becoming Canada’s version of Comicon, with more and more celebrities turning out each year, and larger crowds. We can’t wait to see what next year brings.
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