Calgary Expo 2018

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“What to buy? What to see? Whose autograph to get?” These are generally the type of questions I ask myself before going to a comic convention and things were no different at this year’s Calgary Expo.

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I’ll start things off with the TeeTurtle Minis; these tiny plushies are actually reversible to reveal different colors and/or facial expressions!

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With the presence of so many Back To The Future stars at this year’s expo, S.A.L.U.G. decided to create a Back To The Future themed display with everyone’s favourite Lego bricks.

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Their attention to detail was impeccable as always, plus it was neat to see how they connected all the different universes together.

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New this year was the OMEN by HP Gaming booth, which as the name implies, featured a range of gear from the OMEN lineup by HP for people to try out (hi missharvey!).

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The OMEN X gaming desktop sitting pretty while people got to test out its capabilities with various games.

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While we’re on the topic of gaming rigs and peripherals, HyperX was also on hand with an array of equipment for people to test…

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…and they were also giving away multiple keyboards, headsets, mice, and mousepads!

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Yes you read that sign correctly; this is actually cake by the talented people over at Sugar Illusions.

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Calgary Expo exclusive Bob Ross Funko Pop!

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Nintendo was on hand demonstrating their latest gaming console, the Switch. I must say, I am very impressed with what this modular console is capable of when paired with the Labo platform!

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Want to dress for expo without cosplaying? No problem.

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Japanese cats are everywhere…

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Cool take on a classic puzzle.

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I’ve honestly no idea what these are…

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Some sleek looking stained glass designs by the folks over at Vigilante Glass.

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When you have business to take care of but need to stay classy.

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Rawry & Pohly now have t-shirts available!

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PICKLE RIIICK!

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This was rather tempting but I don’t wear bowties…

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Puglie very own Calgary Expo exclusive, Cowboy Puglie!

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Look it’s Pikach- wait a minute…

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Highly detailed masks by Pink Fuzzy Demon. Majora’s Mask is fairly common but I was pleasantly surprised to see Aku Aku next to it!

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New to this year’s expo was artist Sloane Concepts. These figures are pieced together by hand using nothing more than bits and pieces of other various items.

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The amount of detail in each piece was extremely impressive to see.

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Soft and disproportioned Japanese things…

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Need to cook but stay in style? No problem, Aria’s Apparel has you covered!

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Oh you can also fall asleep in style now too with the help of these glow in the dark pillow cases by Glow To Sleep.

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Sorting Hat Cupcakes by Handmade Cake Company which feature the different Hogwarts houses inside each cupcake!

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It’s nice to see that manga is still as popular as ever in this day of digital media.

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Random booth but I thought this Mario Kart figure was pretty cool.

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BOOM giant velociraptor on the table.

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Some intricate DIY Pocket Towers by Black Thumb Creations which you can also use in their own dice game!

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Hitsuji No Wooly!

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When you need to bring dessert with you everywhere you go.

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Random thought: expect a GIANT lineup of people if you’re getting taiyaki in Calgary…

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These are much cooler than the sticky notes I use at work.

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These pens are also much cooler than the ones I use at work except are about 600% more likely to get stolen.

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Mesmerizing marble kit which you can buy ready to go from Solarbotics!

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I’m suuuper looking forward to the new Venom movie with Tom Hardy on the way. Hopefully they do it right this time…

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Highly detailed helmets by Modulicious. Damn.

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The Detective Pikachu amiibo is literally about twice the size of your average amiibo…

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I didn’t catch the name of the vendor but they had lots of neat laser cut 3D model kits available.

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Giant Jenga for everyone to play!

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One of my favourite things I found in Artists Alley was these enamel pins by Alagaesha Art. Those Gameboy pins even have glow in the dark screens!

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Hell yes it’s sushi crochet by Sir Purl Grey!

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We’ve seen lots of different creations with Perler Beads in the past but I was especially enjoying these door hangers…

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…as well as Pokemon card overlays by hollohandcrafted.

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That’s all for now folks, but as usual make sure you click the link below to view the full album to see the rest of the photos. Cosplay post coming soon!

-brandon.

Click HERE to view the full photo set on Flickr.

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