Last weekend Justine and I visited Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, which is the 2nd largest comic convention in Canada, taking place in our home province of Alberta. The experience was not quite the same without Kris there to complete our team, but we still managed to have an absolute blast. Cosplay, quality friend time, and celebrity sightings were the highlights of the weekend, and those will all feature prominently in this Calgary Expo 2016 recap.
Instead of reviewing the expo this year, I decided it might be a little more fun to give you some insight on the random adventures and funny moments that we had throughout the course of the weekend. So while this is by no means a full weekend recap, it offers a little more personal insight than a review might.
Of course one of our favourite parts of any Expo weekend is dressing in costume the whole time, and last weekend was no exception. We hit a solid range of fanbases with our cosplays over the three days. On Friday, we dressed as Disney princesses. On Saturday, we reunited our Game of Thrones cosplay crew. And on Sunday, we debuted our new DC Bombshells outfits.
It’s always fun to pretend to be someone else for a day… or in our case, 3 other people on 3 consecutive days. Being a Disney princess is always a blast; it’s exceptionally difficult to not spend the day smiling at everyone. Our Game of Thrones group is always a hit (largely due to our friend Danny who makes for an excellent Joffrey… who everyone just loves to hate). The DC Bombshells outfits were very cute and actually quite comfortable, even if they are a little more revealing than my costumes usually tend to be.
More photos from all of these are still to come, so consider this your sneak peek!
Over the course of this expo weekend, Justine and I had more celebrity interactions than we’ve ever had at a comic convention in the past. These stories are unique memories that we get to take home with us; I’m quite sure no one else in attendance at the event has the same collection as we do.
On the day we were dressed as Belle and Briar Rose respectively, Justine and I were heading off the grounds to take some downtime before the afterparty. As we were walking to the car, a golf cart whizzed past us and we heard someone exclaim “Hey Belle!”. We turned around and there was John Barrowman perched on the back of a golf cart, waving at us. We both waved awkwardly and then laughed so hard as his cart pulled away.
As you may already know from this blog, we are huge boyband fangirls. Nowadays this extends to One Direction specifically, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had love for many others over the years. One such band is *NSYNC, so how could we pass up the opportunity to go to an afterparty for the Calgary Expo 2016 hosted by none other than Joey Fatone? We couldn’t. That’s the answer. So we went, saw him close the show, and then asked for this selfie. He was totally chill and happy to oblige.
This was the most exciting interaction for us as giant Harry Potter fans. It helps that Tom Felton is also young and gorgeous, of course. We were out at the hotel bar one evening visiting with a friend and expected we might glimpse a few celebrities since we knew this was the hotel the guests were staying at. Earlier in the evening, John Barrowman came into the entrance of the lounge, then before long turned around and headed elsewhere. Tom Payne from the Walking Dead sat down at the table next to us for about 30 seconds, then headed out right away. That had been the extent of the excitement when we decided to head elsewhere.
Our group was actually in the lobby trying to rally everyone while Justine popped back into the bar to say goodbye to the people who were staying. It wasn’t long before I got a text from her saying that Tom Felton was in the lounge.
With this news I headed back inside, delighted that I’d have the opportunity to stare at the back of Tom Felton’s head or something like that (this is the extent of what we got to see of Lana Parrilla last year, and boy was the back of her head cute). When I arrived, I found Justine and we stared lovingly over to the corner of the bar where he was seated. To our delight, he was actually hanging out and chatting with a few fans. One of our friends who planned on talking to him came and brought us over too.
Justine and I both struggled with the decision of whether we wanted to go meet him. This was a different situation from Joey Fatone the night before; Joey had been brought in to host the afterparty which means that I felt much more ok about interacting with him. Tom had come down to enjoy a casual drink in the evening during his spare time. But we looked over, realized he wasn’t being mobbed and was more just chatting with people, thought about how he was our #1 person at this year’s expo to meet, and decided to go for it.
Our friend Aaron from Manapop, who had brought us over, said hello first and asked if Tom would do him a favour and take a picture with us two lovely ladies.
Why, of course! That’s free for a hug and a kiss!
Aaron then tried to run at him while Tom jokingly avoided his advances. Tom then turned to Justine, asked her name and shook her hand while repeating it, then did the same for me. We practically died. Tom Felton knew our names for like 5 seconds, and definitely acted like he was trying to remember them 😍😍😭😭!! Next he grabbed Justine’s phone, asked the two of us to come right in close to him, and took a selfie. This was seriously the highlight of the weekend.
Random Photo Sessions
Typically one of our favourite parts of attending an expo (aside from the cosplay itself) is having people take pictures of us in our costumes. When someone comes up to ask for a shot, it is just total reassurance that you did a good job. On Disney princess day, we had so many little girls who were excited to meet us – possibly because they believed we were the real thing – as well as many parents that wanted photos to make their kids exceedingly jealous.
Walking around with our Game of Thrones group is especially fun. Because everyone looks so great and put so much effort into these costumes, we typically can get “stuck” in central locations with people just lining up to take photos of us all. There was one point on Saturday that we were about 30 feet from the coffee cart when we decided we wanted to go there… it took about 45 minutes to actually make our way to the line since person after person just kept coming up with cameras. We actually had several people say we should do event appearances. The event planner in me is considering cool things to do with this.
Our DC Bombshell outfits were a little more low key; we weren’t stopped for photos near as often as either of the other days. This was actually kind of a nice thing for Expo Sunday.
We did a few fun photo sessions by ourselves, and were shot by a few amazing photographers. I can’t wait to see how the photos come out looking – we’ll be sure to share those when they arrive!
Other Funny/Awesome Moments
- At one point on Game of Thrones day, we were trying to escape a conversation and all started saying “oh, right… we have to get to this panel right away”, then walked off in the direction of the room. Once we were out of sight, we stopped and continued just hanging out and having our picture taken. This was all fine and good until we were caught red-handed NOT at the panel… “Oh, they closed the door on us”.
- We met this great Kylo Ren. Seriously. He’s so great that I couldn’t NOT mention it here. He told me that we were both princesses as we took the photo 😂
- At one point when I was walking around with Danny in my DC Bombshell Black Canary, a guy came up and asked if he could get a photo with Danny (who was dressed in his Game of Thrones best as Joffrey again). Danny agreed and the guy turned to me and was like “do you happen to have a phone? I usually get people to take pictures and send them to me”. I looked at him in disgust, because obviously if you want a picture you should have a device to take it on. Also, as mentioned, my DC Bombshell outfit was a biiiiiit scandalous and I didn’t really want to give this guy the opportunity to connect with me via text message or anything like that. Luckily Danny stepped in with his phone and tried to push the guy towards just giving his Instagram handle. I took the picture, though I’m honestly not sure if Danny got around to sending it over. Seriously, who does this????
- On the final day of the Expo, we lost our friend Cole for awhile. Which is especially hilarious because he is totally the baby of the group. He gave Justine his phone in the morning for safekeeping, which also included all his wallet contents, so he was pretty helpless without it. He then wandered off. Justine headed to a panel, and Danny and I spent the next hour or so walking around together sort of looking for Cole, but mostly just wandering. It wasn’t until much later that Justine and I tracked Cole down and he returned to us, scared of the ordeal he had just gone through. He promised to stick with the group or take his phone when he left from then on.
Hope you enjoyed my recap of Calgary Expo 2016! Did you attend this year? What are your favourite stories from a comic convention? Let us know in the comments!
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