As those who follow us on Twitter and Instagram know, Tech Geek Gamers were at the Edmonton Expo this past weekend, and we had a blast. The Expo has grown in recent years and now encompasses the entire Expo Center. A quick walk from the Coliseum LRT station, we made it past the fleet of food trucks despite our lack of coffee (not Cory-he had FIVE CUPS because he’s a machine), and made it to the lines.
Thank the gods for press passes.
Attendance numbers were up this year, and the sheer number of amazing cosplay, local businesses, and fun venues really made the time blow by. The weekend found us interviewing attendees, giving away pairs of Gunnars, and visiting local talent like the crew of Filthy Casual, cosplay queen Nica Stone, and Extra Life, where we donated a pair of Gunnars to the charity auction.
Gunnar winners weren’t the only ones who walked away from the Expo with loot. With so many artists and shops, it was hard not to!
Before I get to my list of awesome finds, I’d like to point out that this is the first time I have not blown my cash on oldschool game cartridges. It felt so odd to not leave with a bag full of NES or N64 games, but what I did find definitely makes up for it.
FCJD Grey tank top-Filthy Casual Co.
Anyone who partakes in the alcomohol will recognize this one. Based on the classic Jack Daniels whiskey logo, this cotton blend dark grey tank features the FC brand info instead. Super comfortable! Check out their huge line of shirts and more!
Copic Sketch Markers-Copic
I love art, and one of my past times includes drawing a semi-autobiographical cartoon. When I choose to color them, finding realistic skin tone colored inks can be a pain in the butt. Fortunately local art supply shop Colours had a booth selling pretty much anything a cartoonist could need. I now own three color tones that can only be described as ‘so Irish you’re almost translucent’. I can’t tan worth a damn. Shut up.
Custom printed Lego bricks-BrickRadar.com
Calgary-based business Brick Radar creates custom designed bricks, from your name to your favorite console, you name it. With an impressive library of creative lego designs anyone can build, collectors and lovers of the best toy ever can help you make whatever your heart desires.
I desired the smallest Atari 2600 console I’ve ever seen. And Speak n’ Spell. Also an Etch A Sketch.
I may have a new addiction.
Legend of Zelda t-shirt-Chop Shop Goods
I bought something LoZ themed. Shocker, I know. This black cotton shirt is a custom, on-location printed shirt. You select your shirt color and style, then choose your design from the Chop Shop Goods catalog full of pop culture goodness. Half an hour later, you have yourself a shirt!
My shirt features the Song of Time from Ocarina of Time. Loves it.
Original Art Sketch-Robin Morley
During a previous job I got to meet Robin Morley, a local artist who pretty much does it all- traditional art, comics, game art design, you name it. Whenever I go to an Expo I stop by his booth to see what’s new.
This year Robin featured some amazing Star Trek themed art, a what-if comic book cover inspired by Nathan Fillion and a plethora of art from his speed paints and online sessions. What he does in Photoshop with just a basic idea of a concept would blow you away.
I picked up an original sketch from one of those sessions that features Red Sonja. The details found throughout this piece, the simplicity, the form…love it.
I MAY have demanded he draw her during a session where he posted an excellent Conan the Barbarian à la Frank Frazetta.
Conan was the first comic I ever read (stole a peak at my cousins stash as a kid). This will be framed and hung by my bookshelf holding my comic collection.
The beautiful thing about the Expo, aside from being surrounded by hundreds of like-minded lovers of all things geek, is the opportunity to meet with local talent, be it cosplay, game designers, or artists. We met a lot of fun groups we hope to be able to involve with the show, be it via guest appearances, games, etcetera.
Thanks again, Edmonton Expo, can’t wait until next year.