Last year, I spent Fan Expo helping my friend at her booth, but this year, plans went wonky. Instead, I ended up working the show itself, behind the scenes. I didn't get to see much of the show floor, much less the events. My time on the floor most often looked like this:
Still, it was lots of fun and the good kind of busy, and it was great to see the show in such good hands with the new owners. I've been around since 1998, when my love of anime resulted in the formation of an anime club at university. The club is apparently still running, and my status as first president and co-founder has earned me a legacy. Back then, it brought me to the attention of the Canadian National Comic Book Expo, which was expanding into the realm of anime. Back then, the show barely took up a few rooms at the back of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre south building. It's been pretty impressive to watch it grow bigger every year. A show this size is definitely going to have snags, but I heard a lot of positive feedback along the way, too.
Due to my job and my location, which was mainly in the south building, I hadn't expected to meet any celebrities, much less Stan Lee himself....