William Shatner, Stan Lee expected at 16th Fan Expo in Toronto

by W. Andrew Powell

Actor Brent Spiner meets a fan at the 2008 Fan Expo

Actor Brent Spiner meets a fan at the 2008 Fan Expo

Take a deep breath and try not to freak out, but in two weeks Toronto is going to play host to some of the people who make geek dreams come true.

We’re talking about the likes of William Shatner, Adam West, David Cronenberg, Julie Newmar, and the one and only Stan “Demigod of Comic Book Superheroes” Lee, who are all set to appear at this year’s 16th annual Fan Expo.

Those are just a few of the stars expected as Fan Expo takes over the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s North Building from August 27 to 29.

As always, fans will be at the event to meet their idols, and many of them will also be dressed as some of their favorite characters from television, comic books, anime, horror and gaming. At the same time, the convention floor will be packed with collectibles and memorabilia, and fans can take part in workshops, and other special events.

One of those special events includes a sneak peek at Walt Disney Studios’ Tron: Legacy, which also made an appearance at last year’s Fan Expo. Among other events planned for the weekend, Anchor Bay Entertainment will host screenings, plus panels with the stars of Durham County, and I Spit On Your Grave.

Fan Expo kicks off on Friday, August 27 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and then runs 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM on August 28, and 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM on August 29. Single tickets start at $29, or you can buy a pass for the whole weekend for $59. Fans looking to get up close and personal with their favorite stars should also be aware that some events and sessions require special tickets.

Stay tuned for more coverage from The GATE, including photos and interviews. For more information on the event visit www.fanexpocanada.com, and check out the list below of expected guests. (Please note that things can always change, so be sure to check the official website for the most current list of attendees.)

Expected Guests at Fan Expo 2010:
WILLIAM SHATNER – Captain Kirk of Star Trek
ADAM WEST – Batman from the 1960s TV Series
BURT WARD – Robin from the 1960s Batman TV Series
JULIE NEWMAR – Catwoman from the 1960s Batman TV Series
STAN “THE MAN” LEE – Legendary Guest Of Honour
DAVID CRONENBERG – Legendary Director of The Fly, The Dead Zone, Videodrome, Scanners
SUMMER GLAU – Star of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles & Firefly
JAMES MARSTERS – Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
PETER FACINELLI – Dr. Carlisle Cullen from the Twilight films
FELICIA DAY – Creator and star of the hit web series The Guild
DEAN STOCKWELL – Star of Quantum Leap, Battlestar Galactica & Dune
MICHELLE FORBES – Actress of True Blood, 24, Star Trek:The Next Generation
J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI – Creator of Babylon 5
SENDHIL RAMAMURTHY – Mohinder Suresh from the TV Series Heroes
MICHAEL DORN – Lt. Worf from the TV Series Star Trek:TNG
PETER MAYHEW – Chewbacca from the Star Wars films
LANCE HENRIKSEN – Bishop from the Aliens films
ERNEST BORGNINE – Academy Award Winning Actor
LESLIE NIELSEN – Cmdr. Adams from the film Forbidden Planet (1956)
JOAN COLLINS – Hollywood Icon and star of Star Trek’s “City On the Edge of Forever”
THOMAS JANE – Star of The Punisher and Mutant Chronicles
SHERRILYN KENYON – Best-selling author of the Dark-Hunter vampire series
GARY FRANK – Artist of Superman: Secret Origin, Batman: Earth One
JOHN ROMITA, JR. – Artist of Avengers
ANDY KUBERT – DC Comics cover artist
ADAM KUBERT – Artist of Astonishing Spider-Man / Wolverine
J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI – Writer of Superman & Wonder Woman
PAOLO RIVERA – Artist of Amazing Spider-Man
OLIVIER COIPEL – Artist of Siege
STEVE MCNIVEN – Artist of Millar And Mcniven’s Nemesis
ETHAN VAN SCIVER – Artist of The Flash: Rebirth
DOUG MAHNKE – Artist of Green Lantern
ALEX MALEEV – Artist of Scarlet
TIM BRADSTREET – Artist of The Punisher
WHILCE PORTACIO – Artist of Uncanny X-Men
BRIAN AZZARELLO – Writer of 100 Bullets, First Wave
DARWYN COOKE – Award Winning Artist And Writer Of Parker Series
DALE KEOWN – Artist of Darkness/Pitt
IAN CHURCHILL – Artist of Hulk
JILL THOMPSON – Creator, Writer and Artist of Scary Godmother, Magic Trixie
JIM VALENTINO – Artist, Writer and Editor of Shadowhawk
FRANCIS MANAPUL – Artist of The Flash
CHRIS SPROUSE – Artist of Batman:The Return of Bruce Wayne
C.B. CEBULSKI – Marvel Editor and talent scout
DAN DIDIO – DC Comics Executive Editor
JEFF LEMIRE – Writer & Artist of Sweet Tooth, Writer – The Atom
DOUG SNEYD – Legendary Cartoonist of Playboy Magazine
CAMERON STEWART – Artist of Batman & Robin, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne,
ROSS CAMPBELL – Writer / Artist of Wet Moon series, Shadoweyes

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