Our 4th year at Fan Expo. First year with Full accreditation. We knew we need to make sure that this was the most hilarious and most out of the world day for everyone to experience. I would like to think we accomplished that. I think. However, our very own Mountain-Man, A.J Desjardins, documented what occurred during the day.
Now you know what it is like to ride with Droids Canada. Enjoy!
FUCK! Pickup is in like 2 minutes at least I won't miss pickup like for Niagara Falls would suck getting to Fan Expo myself however. Thankfully Dan is running late. Managed to get ready and dressed in record time. Got my gear together and packed. Should I grab my Funko POP’s to get signed. Do I wanna be standing in line for who knows how long on one of the busiest days of the con? Pass
Dan Mo arrives at my door and notice that his oldest daughter is in tow. Todd did warn me ahead of time. But now it won’t be the typical drive up. Language is usually free flowing throughout the day now I am going to have watch the potty mouth but apparently he warned her that there may be the odd word said. Even still at times we tend to make up some pretty good ones along the way
So we had decide early last night that we’d hit A&W for breakfast. I am preferable to Mickey D’s for breakfast however I ain’t driving so I take what is in front of me. Plus being on a ‘seefood’ diet (I see it… I eat it) I can’t really complain. We grab it to go instead of sitting and eating due to the lateness of arrival and trying to make up a little bit of time.
We get to our regular on the road stop at Casablanca Blvd in Grimsby. At first it appeared as if we weren’t going to stop. I am like this is standard road trip we ALWAYS stop at Casablanca we need Timmie’s dammit. Unless you want me to kill someone on the way up in the car. Coffee is needed here for caffeination and to reduce rage. We hit drive-thru and get back to the drive ahead but then I figure we’ve got a playlist in preparation for the ride up and there is no such thing. No Darude WTF is going on here?
Todd cracks out the phone and begins shooting our Facebook live video. We discuss Hamilton smelling like tar and farts. Not even sure how we get on the topic of wrestling but Dan drops the QOTD with ‘John Cena would kick out of a nuclear holocaust’
We’ve arrived managed to get in through the VIP doors and manage to make our way to the south building. Todd contemplates getting in line for Amell to autograph the post but manages to speak to one of the crew and they tell us to come back later and they will see what they can do about the apology for his previous post a couple years back.
Run into Geoff and Tanith as they are heading to the north building. Todd mentions his love for John Barrowman and Geoff instantly breaks up with him. #ItsOver
In line for the first photo op of the day with Bruce Campbell. Ran into a Todd’s buddy Shane go the wait flies by with some good conversation. Todd starts breaking rules and ‘fighting the system’ by stepping over the lines taped on the floor. The crew member dealing with the lines is way to enthused about her job.
Apology with Amell fell through will have to wait until the photo op. Bruce photo op complete. What a fucking suit he wore! Goddamn… I say goddamn! Manage to work our way down to the retro arcade. Speak to a couple of friends Steve buckley who ran the arcade, Del a fellow podcaster, Sarah Manilla aka Supergirl. I caught wind that Mat Mania available so I had to give it a crack. Smashed the high score but was disappointed only getting to the 10th match. (Redeemed myself when I got home and hit 24)
After getting some street meat with Dan and Isabella they take off to the south building between photo ops to check out the booths and stuff. Todd and I run into and interview with Sheikahchica Cosplay from the Tangent Bound Network. Multiple interruptions by people wanting photos. No it’s okay people we weren't trying to conduct an interview or anything.
Run into Jenn Marvel whom Todd doesn't even until she is like 3 feet from him. I get it she is short and all but she is literally making a face and sticking her tongue out at you. How does one miss that? While speaking to her and her boyfriend I noticed a fucking Alpha Flight cosplay! North Star and Aurora! I was like holy shit I think the only other one I have seen over the years was a Vindicator. I will always geek out for Alpha Flight
Head back to the retro arcade after I purchase a gift for the wife (Which she fucking loved cause I know her so well). Interview Del for the show and his show. Todd tries on his crochet/knitted (I don't know which fucking one it is okay?) Bane mask that was 2 years in the making. He tries to run a couple bumpers/promos for Del there is quite a bit of laughter at the multiple attempts.
Amell photo op. Apology accepted and the next day Todd even posted on Facebook about it and he went out of his way and commented on it. Super nice guy. Got a little bit of time to hunt for something for myself off and I only needed about 10 to 15 minutes to hunt down my Reinhart Funko which I have been searching for for a while.
Fillion photo op done. Felt a little rushed but he chuckled at the picture of Alan Tudyk in what appeared to be a somewhat drunken mess. People are filing out of the con and prepping to hit the after parties. (As Todd says one of these years one of these years)
Run into Space Moose (Mike and Christine) as well exit the con for a celebratory cigar. Manage to shoot the shit for a bit figure out when we will run into each other next which I think might be GTA con cause it's in town for them. Super nice people love chatting with those two. At this point we are all tired as fuck. My legs and knees have had from pounding the con floor all day meds helped but seriously need to get off my feet
Get to the car and wait about 20 minutes to even attempt to get out the lot when as we get ready to head out the swing bar comes down and hits the hood of the vehicle. Dan flips his shit as the parking attendants don't appear to give a fuck. Todd flips his shit at some asshat that passes us to get to the highway when we are clearly mid lane change. And people wonder why I don't drive it's asshats like that.
We are still not on the highway yet. About a kilometre from it now. Multiple near accidents and I think the best thing I saw was a U-turn and crossing of 3 lanes of traffic. A near multi car pile up at an intersection but we manage after everyone stops to pull right throw and move on (my point for not driving is being strengthened by this)
We arrive at Habanero Taquiero in Oakville I think. A previous stop by Dan and Todd from a previous con. I gorge on a good sized burrito and some freshly made nachos and manage to have some for a midnight snack when I get home. Solid food all round. 5 Beards out of 5 from the Mountain Man. Unfortunately, it leads to near death later on.
Drive thru for Timmies at Casablanca (Duh!) and shortly thereafter Dan goes apeshit for the test strips on the one lane of the highway. But he won't drive over the diamonds in the carpool lane. Dude is fucked. Same shit I really wonder about him on some days.
Isabella talks about making some bad decisions when she gets home over one of her sister’s friends who is sleeping over tonight. And then it hits us. Who fucking shit their pants?! It was fucking vile! No one admits to it until Dan starts laughing he could keep a straight face. And within 10 minutes he shits his pants again and tries to lock us out of rolling down the windows. What a dick! I think he should go see a doctor about that.
Finally home sweet home. Another Fan Expo in the books. Good times as always never enough time to get everything accomplished. Definitely a two day con with all the photo ops and chatting with people we run into just doesn't leave enough time in the day. But always fun however tiring as fuck time to kick back and enjoy the rest of the evening. Until next year, I can't wait to see who they bring into the MTCC for Toronto Comic Con and Fan Expo should good either way.