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CELEBRITY PHOTO SESSIONS

Don’t miss out on a chance of a lifetime to have your photo taken by a professional photographer with your favourite celebrity! This is the only way to get a beautiful 8x10 glossy photo of you with one of our guests in an intimate setting.

AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS

A perfect opportunity to get that special something signed by your favourite celebrity! Be sure to check out the schedule so you don’t miss out! NOTE: guests may charge additional fees for an autograph. Celebrities have their own signing booths on the Exhibit floor. They set their own hours, but basically if they are not scheduled for something else, you will find them in their booths.

FAN FAVOURITE COSPLAYERS

Toronto Comicon wouldn't be complete without the help of some great Cosplayers! Cosplaying all weekend, running panels, taking photos and having fun!

ARTIST ALLEY

Indie meets pro in this special area where you will find all of your favourite pencillers, inkers and writers. This is a “must experience area” for anyone interested in meeting the rising stars and the people who work the front lines of the industry! Here, you’ll find it all – comics, graphic novels, limited edition prints and best of all, original art and sketches!

RETAILER AREA

Specializing in comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming, our retailers are bringing the newest and most rare goods on the market today. Find the missing book or DVD in your collection, or get a complete set at prices you’ll never find elsewhere. Toronto Comicon will make sure you leave with your hands full.

CELEBRITY Q&A

Get up close and personal with your favourite celebrities! These unique sessions give fans a chance to ask questions and get answers to horror’s best-kept secrets - from the celebs themselves. Prepare to be wowed and learn about how the biggest names in the industry got to the top!

COSPLAY CRAFTSMANSHIP CONTEST

The Cosplay Craftsmanship Contest is a costume contest where cosplayers can show off their crafting skills without having to appear on stage. This contest focuses solely on workmanship, and does not contain any presentation aspect. Cosplayers will sign up for scheduled appointments throughout the weekend where they will have ten minutes with our judges to show off all of their hard work. Click here for all the details!

BEHIND THE SCENES VISUAL EFFECTS IN FILM BY SPIN VFX

The technology changes almost everyday, but there is one thing that is still a constant in working on Visual Effects in film and television, talented people! Come and meet Jennifer Maillett of Spin VFX, a skilled creator who will share secrets and behind the scenes techniques and footage on how they pull off some of the most impressive Visual Effects in the industry. 

WOMEN & DOCTOR WHO

The women of Doctor Who are sometime seen as both side-kicks and leaders, often weakened by stereotypes, but often strong role models. From Verity Lambert to Bill Potts and now the Doctor herself, this discussion is about how women have shaped and been shaped by the world of Doctor Who. Moderated by the Doctor Who Society of Canada.

“WHO IS THE DOCTOR” A JEOPARDY STYLE TRIVIA CONTEST

Find out if you’re as clever as the Doctor. Get ready to participate along with your fellow audience members, as you Team up for this Jeopardy style trivia contest that will test your Whoniverse knowledge and exterminate your competitors! Brought to you by the Doctor Who Society of Canada.

WIN, LOSE OR EXTERMINATE!

You don’t have to be an artist like Van Gogh or even Chloe Webber, but you do have to be quick on the draw to win this game of Doctor Who themed Pictionary! Fun for all ages. Brought to you by the Doctor Who Society of Canada.

TOUR HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF IMPROV WIZARDRY

Let The Dandies take you on an improvised tour of the greatest wizarding school - Hogwarts. Experience life in each of the houses. Learn a new spell. But watch out for He Who Shall Not Be Named!

WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

Listen in and participate in our numerous sessions! Soak it all in through seminars and workshops held by the pros of the industry. With the professionals leading the way, you’ll be sure to learn how they do it in the real world.

SKETCHING DUELS

Sketching Duels: The best of the best in the comic industry join together in a fun and relaxed atmosphere where creatively anything can happen! Each sketch duel provides a lucky chance to win artistic masterpieces drawn during each session. Come one – come all and experience the creative minds in comics.

THE 501st LEGION: STAR WARS PHOTO SESSIONS

A great chance for fans to get up close and get photos with Vader, Boba, and those lovable Stormtroopers! Be sure to visit the always exciting 501st Legion booth in the lobby.

STAR TREK IMPROV: HOLODECK FOLLIES BY THE DANDIES

Holodeck Follies is a fast-paced improvised Star Trek show for Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike. This comedy show is for all ages and encourages full audience interaction - from the initial episode plot suggestion to group scenes and sound effects. Holodeck Follies is currently Canada's only, and Toronto’s longest running, improvised Star Trek show. Laugh long and prosper!

COSTUMES! COSTUMES! COSTUMES!

Fans dressing up in costumes, or cosplay as it is known, is a BIG part of Fan Expo weekend. Literally hundreds of amazing costumes are available for your viewing pleasure throughout the weekend. Don't be shy; get your photo taken with all your favourite characters or come dressed up yourself. View our props policy here: Props and Weapons Policy

STEAMPUNK ARTISANS

What began as a literary sub-genre has become a full-fledged flavour of cosplay! With a little Victorian inspiration, a dash of the fantastic and good pair of goggles, the possibilities are endless! Fantastic gadgets, costume pieces and accessories are all available for sale from our wonderful attending artisans.

STEAMPUNK: AN INTRODUCTION

Steampunk. What is it? What does it look like? How can you get started? Join us for this fast-paced and information filled panel covering the world of steampunk and its history, getting into steampunk cosplay, and how to start making your own props.

PROP MAKING II – TECHNIQUES AND RESOURCES

Now that you have modified your first Nerf gun or set of goggles - what next? This panel will introduce you to some more advanced methods of prop making including: molding and casting, 3D printing, and foamsmithing. You will also learn about amazing prop making resources which you can access most of them for free.

BUFFY THE IMPROV SLAYER – HIGH STAKES IMPROV

Vampires have moved to Toronto but after 20 years in Sunnydale, so has Buffy! Join The Dandies for an hour of Buffy the Vampire Slayer inspired comedy made up on the spot! Help the Scooby Gang find the vampires, demons and maybe even love.

DOCTOR HORRIBLE’S SING-ALONG-BLOG LIVE!

Calling all Evil League of Evil applicants and theatre lovers alike! Join us as we do a preview for the live read through of cult-classic Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog! An all-female cast of comedians and actors read and sing exerts from the show. And what is a sing-along blog if you can’t sing along? Lyrics will be provided for those who need them! Join us for this fun-filled, satirical performance of this classic and show Bad Horse you belong in the ELE.

MASQUERADE 101: ALL DRESSED UP, NOW WHAT?

Masquerade 101: All Dressed Up, Now What?:  You’ve taken the time and the effort to build a great costume and you want to show it off at the Masquerade. Well, here is an opportunity to get some hands-on advice from panelists who have competed at the different levels in the Masquerade competitions. Learn how to present your costume on stage. And it all starts with a little planning. Whether looking to do a walk on, tell a very mini story, a little dance or anything in between, here is an opportunity to break down the process and discover tips that can help you show off your Cosplay in the best light possible.

WIG RESCUE WITH ARDA WIGS CANADA

Arda-kedabra! Are you in search of the resurrection spell to revive your wig from the grave? Looking to cast it back to the state of whence it came? Join Arda Wigs Canada for the wig master’s guide on wig repair and revival! Learn about our favourite tools, and behold the various techniques, tips and tricks for turning tangled messes back into magnificent, wearable wigs! Watch us wave our wands and reset curly and straight wigs in minutes. Let us teach you our ways of wig care, washing, and maintenance to keep your wigs at their most fantastical! Trust us, it’s just like magic!

WIG HEAT STYLING WITH ARDA WIGS CANADA

Heat is a staple in wig styling and can be harnessed in a way that makes your wigs look professional and top notch! However, it can also be daunting. Which is why Arda Wigs Canada is here to teach you how to properly use blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, and garment steamers to style synthetic wigs. See techniques for curling, straightening, spiking, adding volume, changing parts and more! It’s going to be a hot topic!

ADVANCED WIG TECHNIQUES WITH ARDA WIGS CANADA

Level up! Take your wig styling knowledge to the next level with Arda Wigs Canada. Learn advanced techniques such as sewing wefts, resizing, dyeing and creating structured styles from one of our Master Wigmancers. You’ll also witness some of our key Arda Tips and Tricks! Don’t miss this chance to equip yourself the necessary wig expertise to step up your game and advance to the next level!

LOLITA FASHION ARTISANS

Visit with some of the talented artisans behind many of the most beautiful Lolita projects ever created! The Lolita fashion craze from Japan has inspired an entire creative movement in North America and you can see what’s available and where the artists are taking it.



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