The end of summer is sad for most people, but for me, it’s my favourite time of year. Fall is starting, sure, but it is also FAN EXPO TIME. The last four years, the nerd in me has cried for four straight days as I prance around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and buy a ton of geeky merch between scheduled photo ops and autographs. And this year’s Expo was just as exciting.
Of course, with everyone having Poke-fever this summer, every booth had some sort of Pokemon-themed merchandise. My favourite booth every year is the Cakes Cove setup, as pictured above. This year I got a box of DC hero chocolates, as well as a white chocolate Serenity and milk chocolate storm trooper lollipop, but they also had nifty Pokemon treats!
I also picked up a stuffed Snorlax for my bed and a Cubone for Luke. (I don’t think I’ve introduced Luke on my blog yet, but he’s my boyfriend. So take note for any future reference). All the Pokemans!
The first day I also got to see the one and only John Barrowman at his booth and take this selfie with him and my friend, Caitlin. Okay girls, duck face!
Every time I go, there’s always one celebrity I am SUPER excited for – someone who when I approach their table I get butterflies in my stomach and I just want to hug them. Well, this year, that person was Jack Gleeson (better known for his role as Joffrey in Game of Thrones). I’ve been marathoning the show to catch up, and am so obsessed with how great of an actor he is. So getting the chance to talk to Jack and have him prove just how different he is from his character was just lovely.
Merch-wise, I bought an incredible Lannister sweater that I can’t wait to wear because wow it’s so soft, and also the GOT shirt I’m actually wearing in the photo above.
Besides Jack Gleeson, the big draw for me this year was the three cast members of Firefly who would be in attendance – Alan Tudyk (Wash), Morena Baccarin (Inara), and Jewel Staite (Kaylee). I got a chance to meet Alan Tudyk my first year at Fan Expo in 2012, so this year I was able to add two more autographs to my collection. I was also happy to meet Morena because Deadpool was incredible and she was spectacular (as usual).
I didn’t even end up going to the Sunday, because I was so exhausted. But it didn’t even matter, because I got to buy some cool new stuff, I got to meet some actors from my favourite shows (Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Firefly), and have some great fangirl moments with some of my favourite nerds. Can’t wait to see what next year has in store!