Our first stop of the day was the Nathan Fillion Q&A. He was remarkably entertaining last year. Fillion draws the fanboys and fangirls like few others and fills FE’s Constitution Hall, 28,000 square feet. We were happy to start our Saturday!
With just a few of our friends. (Note: Fillion went on at 11; we took this photo about 9:45 am. All seats were gone by 10.)
The crowd was so impressive, we were droned! It was odd to see thousands of cameras filming a camera filming us. As the drone flew by, it left a nice breeze, or as the guy in front of us put it: “What a refreshing invasion of privacy.”
More of Fillion is always lovely, but we had to get from North Building to South Building to snag a place in line for our “must-do” of the day: an Adventure Time screening with the voice actors behind Princess Bubblegum (Hynden Walch) and Jake (John DiMaggio). Saturday is the most insane day of FE: more than 100,000 people at any one time. As we tried to push through the crowds, one of the Fan Expo “Minions” (as in Despicable Me minions) gave us a hint: go outside, run around the Center, and save about 30 minutes. Done!! We made it in time to be in row three–guaranteed to get inside the room! Then it was time to wait about 90 minutes … lunch time!
Here’s a panorama of what the line looked like when I got back with our pizza and drinks. FE had seriously underestimated the love of Adventure Time and had to double the room size. Mathematical!
No surprise that this panel drew some great AT cosplay. This couple was among the best. Our kids were, too. They had their picture taken twice by the Canadian network Teletoon, and I just found one of the pics on the Fan Expo Facebook page.
At last year’s FE, we saw a set of episodes curated by Pendleton Ward himself with a cute video intro. We also walked away with some sweet door prizes: a Finn hat, a set of AT dvds, and some AT Mad Libs books. What could top that? Well, this year, the panel took only three questions, and one came from Penn! He asked John DiMaggio how it was different to voice act “Jake” and “Bender.” Here’s DiMaggio answering. (By the way, it is both cool and weird to hear these character voices coming out of real people right in front of you. Especially when they slip in and out of character(s).)
We were apparently so entertaining in line, that the Teletoon folks came up and asked us to shoot a commercial. You don’t need to ask us twice! We actually sang the whole BMO’s Pregnant Song on camera, which was probably a bit “too Fan Expo” for TV, but we also hit all their talking points like pros, including their catch phrase (“Only on Teletoon), which will certainly see the light of day. If you’re in Canada, look for us beginning in October.
How can you top that? You can’t.
We took off then for dinner. It was a Blue Jays’ game day, so the Canteen at the Bell Lightbox had a blue corn dog special. Dinner decision made! I found a cute Benedict Cumberbatch “colouring” book at the TIFF shop and couldn’t pass it up.
After dinner, we traded clothes and went back for the night’s big cosplay event, the Masquerade, and ran into some of the ubiquitous Dead Pool cosplayers.
And, this adorable Avatar.
And, Iron Man!