Being a geek is cool. Who would have thought that enjoying comic books, collecting action figures, liking anime or dressing up as your favourite video game character would become the “in thing” for today’s generation?

But that’s what’s happened. And the thousands of fans that pour into Fan Expo Canada year after year only solidifies the coolness of being a geek.

James Armstrong, Event Coordinator at Fan Expo Canada says that Fan Expo Canada is a meeting place of community for us nerds.

“Some call it nerd community, but there was a time when things like computers, where ONLY for nerds,” says Armstrong. “How true is that today? I think Fan Expo Canada is the haven to all those who may feel a little of that ‘old world’ stereotype peer pressure – a lot of us are closet nerds.”

“The fact is, it’s cool to be a nerd now, and this is the four days of the year to embrace it and celebrate it with tens of thousands of others who you immediately have something in common; a love of pop culture,” continues Armstrong. “Fan Expo Canada offers so many facets to fans that the scope attracts virtually every demographic. You get the general feeling that everyone attending is on the same team no matter what your uniform or lack of one – maybe I should have said costume!”

Photo Courtesy of Fan Expo.

What’s been dubbed the Comic Con of the North by many, is back again for yet another fun-filled year bringing enthusiasts – young and old, girls and boys – together under one roof for all things nerdy. From anime, horror, sic-fi, comics and gaming – no stone has been left uncovered.

Celebrating 18 years, Fan Expo Canada is back bigger and better than ever at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building cover 400,000 square feet with over 700 exhibitors like Ubisoft Canada, Hasbro, the Silver Snail, XBOX 360, PS3, EB Games, Rue Morgue, and CTV. Get the inside scoop from your favourite celebs and authors, attend Canada’s largest Masquerade ball, take a photo with costumed characters, let your kids have fun chasing a life-like remote-controlled R2D2, or take part in panels and Q&A sessions.

Today, you’re also invited to a joyous and unique experience, the first-ever Fan Expo Canada wedding. Two devoted super-fans will be saying their “I do’s” today before their families, friends and tens of thousands of Fan Expo guests. The superhero themed wedding of Amy and Rob Bridges will take place at 1pm in Hall G of the Metro Toronto Convention.

Photo by Nelson Caetano.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the legendary Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor and many more. You can also get the chance to take a photo by a professional photographer with your favourite celebrity like Rose McGowan (Charmed), Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk), Gillian Anderson (X-Files), Julie Benz (Dexter), Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) and James Masters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to name a few.

Gaming has also become another one of Fan Expo’s more popular attractions. With tablets, smartphones and social platforms like Facebook, Jeyson Acevedo, PR Manager for Ubisoft Canada says the video game industry is expanding beyond what most people thought was reserved for hard-core gamers.

“Today, the whole family can sit together and play a video game. Gaming has become a mainstream activity and it will continue to reach new audiences through interactive entertainment,” says Acevedo. “Kids, men, women, grandparents – everybody can jump in and have fun. I think it’s important for a video game company to explore and offer something for everybody.”

If you’re not into Assassin’s Creed, you might be better suited for the world of Might & Magic or Raving Rabbids on Facebook. Ubisoft also offers the Just Dance franchise and Your Shape: Fitness Evolved to help people stay fit. And for the musicians in the family, they can learn how to play guitar with Rocksmith.

Ubisoft Canada’s newest addition, Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth. Courtesy of Ubisoft Canada.

This year, Ubisoft is showing off some of the industry’s most anticipated titles like Assassin’s Creed III, Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, Just Dance 4, ZombiU and Rocksmith, which recently welcomed the addition of bass support.

“We are incredibly excited to bring Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor, as well as other fan-favourite heroes and villains from the Marvel universe to life and for the first time in full motion-gaming,” he says. “Twenty different characters, a wide variety of cooperative and competitive game modes, tons of unlockable bonuses and an eye-catching art style inspired by the artwork used for the Secret Invasion storyline.”

“Needless to say, comic book fans will get the chance to unleash their inner superhero with Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth,” adds Acevedo.

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