I'm no Matt Morgan, and I want to get that out of the way up front. Our resident Hobby Gaming expert knows the ins-and-outs of every game out there, while I don't really know my Magics from my Gatherings. See, I don't even know that's one game, that's how out of it I am. So when a card game manages to seep through into my consciousness, you know that it's moved far past "early adopter" stage. "Cards Against Humanity" is one of those games, and it's poised to break into the mainstream, big time. Read More...

Though FanExpo Canada is relatively light on the entertainment aspect that characterizes San Diego Comic-Con, or New York Comic-Con - other than the massive focus on celebrity signings and photo ops - there was one big splash from an upcoming movie this year: Tim Burton's Frankenweenie. The Director's return to stop motion animation took up a large chunk of real estate on the Con floor with a huge showcase of characters, props, and the process of making the feature length film.

Even if you couldn't make it to FanExpo, we managed to snag enough photos to help you - pardon the pun - bring Frankenweenie to life:
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The cosplayers were out in droves at FanExpo Canada 2012 and we were there to snap some stills of the killer costumes from some of DC's fans. One note...people dig Poison Ivy, man. Check them out right here:

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Sunday was the last day of FanExpo Canada, which meant one thing: Kids Day! Or at least, ever so slightly more kids content than usual, including a panel with some experts on making comics for a younger audience. On the panel were Faith Erin Hicks (Bigfoot Boy), Willow Dawson (Hyena in Petticoats), Scott Chantler (Three Thieves), and Jack Briglio (Growing Up Enchanted), moderated by Jennifer Haines, owner of the Eisner winning comic book store The Dragon.

“It sometimes feels like a niche market, but it shouldn’t be,” said Haines before introducing the panel. Things then kicked off talking about writing your own material, versus licensed material - which is obviously a large part of kids comics. “With Scooby Doo, I remembered the ‘60s ones, and I wanted to be faithful to that,” said Briglio, adding that beyond that, it has to go through multiple levels of the Editorial process. With his own work, “doing my own series is far more liberating.” Read More...

The last panel we hit up at this year's FanExpo Canada was easily our most anticipated. For those of you still not familiar with the famous Canadian Sketch Duels, artists get suggestions from the audience for sketches, they do as many as they can in an hour, and lucky audience members walk away with their sketches, free! And in the meantime, the creators chat about their process, and more! And this one? Amanda Conner vs. Darwyn Cooke, for the title of KING OF CANADA. Read More...

As announced yesterday at FanExpo Canada, artist Ramon Perez is joining writer Jason Aaron on Wolverine & The X-Men, starting with January's issue #25! The arc finds Wolverine taking the kids on a field trip to the Savage Land, and then running smack dab into his time-lost older brother Dog. Needless to say, shenanigans ensue. To find out more, we chatted with Aaron and Perez, as well as found out how this will crossover with a Canadian classic (or not): Read More...

The last day of FanExpo Canada also brought the last DC Comics panel of the Con. Wipe away your tears, though, because there was some big news items awaiting the crowd of excited attendees. On the panel moderated by DC's John Cunningham were Dan Didio, Greg Capullo, Jason Fabok, and David Finch.

First, Cunningham talked to Capullo about bringing the Joker to Batman. “We’re going to scare and frighten the s**t out of you all,” said Capullo. “This is going to be Joker meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Joker had his face on ice, and he’s robbed and stolen the face back. I think it would be cool to have this stuff rotting away, so there’s flies buzzing around him. You guys think that’s cool? I hope all your pants will get tight, and your nipples will stiffen, and you’ll enjoy it.” Read More...


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As just announced at FanExpo Canada, DC Comics is launching a brand new version of the Justice League of America in 2013! Written by Justice League's Geoff Johns, and pencilled by Batman: The Dark Knight's David Finch, the title brings together a disparate group of heroes under the leadership of Steve Trevor to fight the Secret Society of Super Villains. We had a chance to sit down and talk with Geoff Johns and David Finch about the title - which will be running side by side with Justice League - in advance of the reveal, and found out more about the line-up (hey, there's Vibe and Stargirl!), how they come together, and why this might be the start of something even bigger: Read More...

The last day of FanExpo Canada also, sadly, brought Marvel's last panel. Wipe away those tears, though, because we have a slew of images from the future of the X-Men, including a sneak at some art we'll be talking about more tomorrow. Enjoy:

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One of the last panels Saturday at FanExpo Canada was “On The Couch with Ty Templeton,” a free-form discussion about comics, with a focus on indie versus corporate work. On the panel were Darwyn Cooke, Jimmy Palmiotti, Dan Slott, Ramon Perez, and Lar deSouza.

The panel kicked off talking about the topic of the day, with deSouza saying that because his comic is a web presence first, they write more for themselves - and have a better relationship with their fans. He called it a much more “intimate” experience, and that he felt that immediacy was filtering up to the mainstream. Read More...

When last we left Morbius, The Living Vampire, he was locked away in a floating prison forever. When last we left the team of writer Joe Keatinge and artist Rich Elson, their Thanos series had been suddenly and mysteriously scuttled by Marvel. Well, now we know - if not the reason why that happened, at least what other series will be taking over most of their time... And what's happening next for Morbius. Turns out? Their destinies are intertwined, as the duo is taking on Dr. Vampire, M.D. into a new, ongoing series, starting this January: Read More...

You probably know Tudyk best from his work on Joss Whedon shows like Firefly, and Dollhouse, and okay, probably Firefly. But the talented actor has a lot of roles under his belt, and a crowd ready to hang on his every word here at FanExpo Canada. “This is like Comic-Con, but better,” said Tudyk entering to huge applause from the audience.

He then hit some “popular” questions he’s been asked at signings this weekend:

- “I’m a pisces.”

- “I’m currently single.”

- “What am I doing lately? I’m at a Con in Toronto.”

- More seriously, “I’m on a show called Suburgatory. We’re in our second season, which, as someone coming from Firefly, is amazing.” Read More...

DC Comics kicked off their Saturday programming at FanExpo Canada with a packed panel featuring some of their top talent - and a few big announcements. Panelists included: Dan Didio, Amanda Conner, Brian Azzarello, Darwyn Cooke, and moderator John Cunningham.

First, two announcements:

- Bill Sienkiewicz will take over pencilled for the late Joe Kubert, working with Andy Kubert on inks. Sienkiewicz was Andy’s first choice.

- The publisher announced a new mini-series, “Before Watchmen: Moloch” which we have more news about here.

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On the biggest day of FanExpo Canada, Marvel held their biggest panel, talking about all things Marvel NOW! On the panel were Steve Wacker, Nick Lowe, C.B. Cebulski, Axel Alonso, and Tony Moore, moderated by Arune Singh.

Starting off, Singh noted that they’re not giving anyone, “new collars,” and Alonso added that the idea harkens back when he was a kid, and comics all had “different flavors.” Back to Singh, he plugged one of the developments was the addition of Marvel AR to titles, as well as digital downloads with every copy.

First up was Uncanny Avengers:

“The fact that we lured John Cassady out of semi-retirement says a lot about our confidence in this series,” said Alonso. Lowe added that this book is in the continuity as previous Marvel books. “It’s the same story, not a reboot.” Read More...


One of the most unique - and fun - aspects of FanExpo Canada is the Sketch Duel, a chance for artists to be taken out of their element, and thrown “against” each other in front of an audience. Here’s the set-up:

- Artists are given a character, suggested by the audience.

- The artists draw and chat live in front of the crowd.

- Lucky audience members win any art drawn during the panel. Read More...

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