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The FHQ Newsletter

Welcome to The FHQ, the ultimate fan-stop for everything in the world of pop culture including TV, film, anime, horror, comics and more. It spotlights the talented cosplayers, creators, and comments on our feed, And of course, there will be chances to win cool swag. 

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NEWEST EDITION

RENDEZ-VIEW

Injustice

What happens when Superman is tricked into killing Lois Lane? Chaos. Absolute chaos. Find out all about the newest DC movie in this month’s Rendez-View.

CREATOR OF THE MONTH

Consistency Costumes

In this edition, Consistency Costumes discusses their award winning Soul of Cinder cosplay.  

GEEKY ASTROLOGY

November 2021

Are you He Who Must Not Be Named? Maybe a friendly half-giant? Find out which Harry Potter character you are based on your Zodiac.

TEAM PICKS

Team Edward or Team Jacob

We asked the FHQ team to finally speak their truth: are they team Edward or team Jacob? We know it’s a hard choice. Find out what team they’re on.

DIY TIME

Making a Clone Trooper Helmet

Have you ever wanted to cosplay as a 332nd Trooper? Never fear! Our resident Star Wars fan is here to show you the tips & tricks to customizing your own Clone Trooper helmet.

WHAT'S NEXT

Most Anticipated MCU Projects

With so many MCU projects coming up, we thought it was time for a refresher. Join us as we recap the most anticipated upcoming projects from Marvel.  

OCTOBER 2021 EDITION

RENDEZ-VIEW

Malignant

The newest addition to James Wan’s horror roster is here and we had our resident movie-buff get spooked just so that he could review it for you. Find out just how scared he got and read on.

TEAM PICKS

Guilty Pleasure Movies

It took some convincing, but our team agreed to reveal their cringiest guilty pleasure movies to the world. Read on to discover the secrets our team kept (until now).

GEEKY ASTROLOGY

October 2021

We’ve all got a little villainy inside. Let your Zodiac reveal your best villain counterpart.

LET'S RANK

Unintentionally Creepy Movies

Sometimes the scariest of movies weren’t made to be scary. That doesn’t stop them from sending a chill down our spine. We rank the top ‘not scary’ movies that still haunt us to this day.

DIY TIME

The Office Halloween Costumes

It’s all we’ve been watching lately, so why not dress up as someone from your fav show? We’ve got the ultimate guide to the best & easiest The Office Halloween costumes.

CREATOR OF THE MONTH

SilverLiningsCosplay

In this edition, cosplayer SilverLiningsCosplay tells us all about their over 85 different cosplays!

TEAM PICKS

Whatcha Reading?

With the CALGARY EXPO Adult Reading Challenge well underway, our team wanted to share the books we can’t seem to put down.

SEPTEMBER 2021 EDITION

Calgary Expo Recap

Our Fav Moments

From iconic voice actors to amazing cosplay talent, there was no shortage of awesome events at CALGARY EXPO: LIMITED EDITION. We’ve recapped some of our favourites for you.

Creator of the Month

Matt Leverton

In this edition, we talk to Matt Leverton, winner of the CALGARY EXPO: LIMITED EDITION Cosplay Craftsmanship Cup!

Rendez-View

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is finally in theatres. Does the new Marvel epic live up to our wildest dreams?

Deep Dive

The History of Mortis

How much do you really know about Mortis? We think it’s about time for a Deep Dive on the origins of this mysterious The Clone Wars planet.

Geeky Astrology

September 2021

They could teach you a thing or two. Find your best mentor based on your Zodiac.

Team Picks

ENROLL NOW

The Coolest Schools

Class is in session! The FHQ team studied up this year and we can definitively tell you which schools are worth going to.

AUGUST 2021 EDITION

Creator of the Month

MEET SARA HOLLOHAN 

We're featuring an incredible creator from our community of fans and learning about who they are beneath the surface. This month, we have Sara Hollohan!

Geeky Astrology

GET SHIPPED

Based on your zodiac, we’ve designated which ship you’d get shipped on, and who you’d be shipped with. Makes sense, right?

TEAM PICKS

FAVE ANIMATED CHARACTER

The FAN EXPO Team was posed with an extremely difficult and life-altering question: who’s your fave animated character OF ALL TIME?!

RENDEZ-VIEW

THE SUICIDE SQUAD

The Suicide Squad, directed by James Gunn, has finally punched its way to our screens, but did the obscure group of DC misfits live up to the hype?

LET'S RANK

BEST MOMENTS FROM THE OFFICE

The Office is the binge-worthy safe haven many of us have re-watched in the last little while, so we’ve rounded up some of our personal fave moments from the show.

JULY 2021 EDITION

Creator of the Month

a drawing of comics legend Stan lee

MEET TAY ODYNSKI

We're featuring an incredible creator from our community of fans and learning about who they are beneath the surface. This month, we have Tay Odynski!

Geeky Astrology

Gordon ramsey in hell's kitchen

REALITY TV COMPETITIONS

The team is putting it all on the table with an all-new question: which reality TV show matches your zodiac sign? Don’t miss a second because it all starts … right now.

Team Picks

Characters from Scott Pilgrim movie at a bar

FILMED IN CANADA

This month, to celebrate Canada Day, we’re diving into the wide catalogue of movies filmed in Canada.

PRO TIPS

Star Trek crew members flying the enterprise

STAR TREK LIFE LESSONS 

We rounded up a few valuable lessons from Star Trek that we’ve learned over the years to help us Live Long and Prosper.

FAN-TASTY TEST KITCHEN

Baby yoda eating a cookie

GROGU'S CLASSROOM COOKIES

Get your aprons cause our test kitchen recreates the iconic blue "cookies" from The Mandalorian Season 2.

RENDEZ-VIEW

Marvel character black widow pointing gun

BLACK WIDOW

After months of anticipation, MARVEL’s Black Widow IS here, and so is our review.

FLASH FICTION

An open book sitting on a rocky surface

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

The winner of our Flash Fiction Competition is revealed! Read the winning entry by Brandon Trotter.

JUNE EDITION

Creator of the Month

a person wearing makeup, flower crown and necklace

MEET ANNE XIETY 

We're featuring an incredible creator from our community of fans and learning about who they are beneath the surface. This month, we have Anne Xiety!

Geeky Astrology

a group of cartoon characters from the Looney Toons tv show

WELCOME TO THE JAM

Discover who your Space Jam teammates are based on your personality.   

Team Picks

Mario video game character Bowser wearing a wedding outfit

FIND BOWSER A BOYFRIEND 

This Pride Month, Bowser's done chasing Peach and is ready to explore a new side of himself and meet someone new.

LET'S RANK

League of Legends character firing a bow and arrow

BEST LEAGUE OF LEGENDS CHAMPS FOR BEGINNERS

New to LoL? We’ve got a helpful guide on which characters to try out first.

FAN-TASTY TEST KITCHEN

Two cartoon kids eating ice cream cones on the beach

LUCA'S SEAFOAM MER-SHAKE

We invent new fantasy foods inspired by films and TV shows. This month, Luca! 

TRAVEL GUIDE

Various pokemon from the video game walking around a lush meadow

THE WORLD OF POKÉMON SNAP

Explore the vibrant and varied Lental region to find your next Poké-cation.

STREAMING LIVE

Laptop loading streaming platform Twitch

TWITCH 101

Learn how to use Twitch, what to watch, and which categories to check out next.

MAY EDITION

Cosplayer of the Month

MEET ATAK COSPLAY 

In this edition, Atak Cosplay remembers their first cosplay and tells us who their "cosplay mom" is.

Geeky Astrology

A JEDI, A DROID, OR A GUNGAN?

Discover who your Star Wars co-pilot is based on your personality.   

Team Picks

WHO WOULD YOU WANT AS YOUR FICTIONAL MOM? 

This month, to celebrate Mother’s Day, we’re talking about some of our fave fictional moms.

DEEP DIVE

ENTER THE GRISHAVERSE

New to crossing the fold? We’ve compiled basic facts to help you on your journey into the Grishaverse.

YouTube Channel Preview

INTRODUCING FAN EXPO HQ CHANNEL 

Our YouTube Channel is getting an overhaul – here’s your first look at upcoming videos, featuring Sean Astin and Darren Criss!

Factually Obscure

PANDEMIC LIFE LESSONS FROM THE MARTIAN

With most of the country still facing restrictions or quarantines, here are some tips from The Martian to help you from going mad.

Fan Meetups Recap

GROOT PAINT NIGHT

Here’s what happened at the awesome Geeky Virtual Paint Night event.

April 2021 Edition

Factually Obscure

THE HISTORY OF HOBBITS

In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit. Join us as we take you on a quest to see where it all started.

Let's Rank

BEST “DISNEY” MARVEL PRINCES

Disney princes don't get enough love as it is, and there's even less recognition of the MCU's many contributions to that list. We're here to fix that.

Team Picks

OUR PRECIOUS

We all have at least one thing that we get just a little too possessive over. Here’s our list of things that we’ll admit to clinging to a little too tightly.

GEEKY ASTROLOGY

D&D Edition

Roll a D20 and discover which D&D class matches your personality.  

Cosplayer of the Month

MEET LITTLE MISS HANNAH

Cosplayer extraordinaire LITTLE MISS HANNAH talks to us about their first time cosplaying, tips on starting out, and what their fave LOTR movie is.

MARCH 2021 EDITION

Let's Rank

MORTAL KOMBAST KAST

Revel in our ranking of 2021’s upcoming MK competitors. Who will win the tournament? Let's find out.

Team Picks

INSPIRATIONAL FICTIONAL WOMEN

In honour of International Women's Day earlier this month, we're sharing the fictional women who've inspired us.

FAN MEETUPS RECAP

PI DAY BAKE-ALONG

What''s better than pie on Pi Day? This event featured princesses, bad math puns and lots of amazing apple pies. Check out the highlights.

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

MEET GELNYTHE COSPLAY

Cosplayer extraordinaire GELNYTHE COSPLAY summons the power of flight and talks about cosplaying Legend of the Dragon.

Factually Obscure

HISTORY OF WOMEN IN COMICS 

Marvel at the past and present of heroines like Wonder Woman, Storm, and how they inspire readers today.

Geeky Astrology

LANTERN CORPS EDITION

Let your horoscope shine bright and discover which Lantern ring fits your personality.

FEBRUARY 2021 EDITION

Let's Rank

SCI-FI MOVIE OSCAR FACE-OFFS

Most of the time the Oscars go for (period) dramas, but that doesn’t mean they don’t go for sci-fi. So, this month we’ll be ranking, in chronological order, the most exciting sci-fi face-offs in Oscar history.

Geeky Astrology

FEBRUARY EDITION

The cards are all out on the table for this one. In our first edition of Geeky Astrology we deep dive into your feels and uncover what you desire most in February. Take it from us, the "experts". 

Cosplayer of the Month

MEET KRISTY

Cosplayer extraordinaire KRISTY talks to us about their first time cosplaying, tips on starting out, and who their cosplay crush is. 

Team Picks

BOOK SPEEDRUN

We’ve all had books that pulled us in and hooked us so hard that we couldn’t put them down. Here are the books that kept us reading and reading and reading until the very end.

DEEP DIVE

BLACK COMIC CREATORS

February is Black History Month, so in honor of this event, we are focusing on some of our favorite African-American comic creators. From Black Panther to Captain America.

FAN MEETUP RECAPS

Geeky Virtual Paint Night

Here’s what happened at the awesome Geeky Virtual Paint Night event.

COSTUME CHAT

Frankie Drake Mysteries 

Join us for a Q&A with moderator and Frankie Drake star, Sharron Matthews, alongside costume designers Jenifur Jarvis (Frankie Drake) & Joanna Syrokomla (Murdoch Mysteries). Learn how they find clothing that makes each series look dashing and lavish while remaining faithful to their time periods.

JANUARY 2021 EDITION

MOST ANTICIPATED

Disney Shows for 2021 & Beyond

Last year Disney Investor Day touched on projects already in public knowledge during the event but NOBODY expected the sheer amount of announcements that came out! Here’s a helpful reminder of some of the shows that are coming you way in 2021.

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

Meet Gladzy Kei

Welcome to Cosplayer of the Month, where we feature an incredible cosplayer from our community of fans and learn about who they are beneath the surface and, ahem, WORBLA. This month, we have Gladzy Kei!

DEEP DIVE TIMELINES

Batman Beyond

This month marks the 22nd anniversary of the debut of Batman Beyond a Warner Bros. Animation series produced in conjunction with DC Comics. Time to DEEP DIVE into the mythos behind the critically acclaimed series

TEAM PICKS

Character Refresh

A new year means a new chance for some of these characters stories to be told again, but better this time. We’ve got some ideas on how to do that, so here they are in this month’s picks: Character Refresh   

FAN MEETUPS RECAPS

Holiday Cookie Bake-Along


Sweet baked treats met inner geeks at this recent meetup. Check it out!

YOUR BEST COMMENTS

January Edition

Your Best Comments this month are wild and hilarious so hop on in and check 'em out.

Rendez-View

WandaVision

With a blast from the past and 'snap' into a new reality as  MARVEL viewers are transported to a place our heroes have never been before...60's suburbia? Stay tuned as we cover weekly episodes of Disney+ latest hit WandaVision.

2021 GUIDE

Nerdy Self Care

After a long year of patience and uncertainty, 2021 is the perfect time to invest in yourself. What could be better than TV binges and ZOOM parties you might ask? Check out our Top 5 Tips for the Ultimate Nerdy Self Care Guide.

PAST EDITIONS

LETS RANK

BEST POP CULTURE TRENDS OF 2020 

It’s hard to believe anything beyond - ahem, well you know - could be trending in 2020, but you’d be wrong! Check out the best trends of 2020 - the ones that made you laugh and got you through the year 

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH - DECEMBER

MEET TREATZ COSPLAY 

Check out our interview with the talented Treatz Cosplay! They talk to us about their first cosplay, what inspires them and their New Year's Resolutions.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION

RECOGNIZING OUR VOLUNTEERS

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a volunteer for CALGARY EXPO? Click the article to find out!

Team Picks

HOLIDAY CAGEMATCH

On Team Picks, we share some of our favorite things we’ve been watching, reading and playing. This month, we’re asking a question no one else dared to ask: who would win in a fight, the Grinch or Santa?

FACTUALLY OBSCURE

MAGICAL HOLIDAY TREATS

Learn more about how ancient magical rituals influenced the holiday treats we know and love today. 

HOLIDAY DIY GUIDE

FUNKY TREE ORNAMENTS 

With all of us being cooped inside for the holidays we’ve all run the gamut of things to do. But never fear, we’re here to inject some seasonal fun you can do at home. Yes, that means making cool ornaments.

Your Best Comments

DECEMBER EDITION 

Your Best Comments this month are filled with oodles of holiday cheer so hop on in and check 'em out.

FAN MEETUP RECAP

Geeky Virtual Paint Night

Here’s what happened at the awesome Geeky Virtual Paint Night event.

Rendez-View

The Mandalorian Season 2

Joined by FAN EXPO HQ guest commentator and super fan Lizzie, we attempt to breakdown all the things you might have missed in the first two episodes from the good, the bad, and the Baby Yoda.

Factually Obscure

Why Our Brains Love Gaming

Is it the convenience? the competition? the story-telling? Dig deeper and find out why gaming has become the peak obsession of our inner psyche.   

Your Best Comments

November Picks

Your Best Comments this month are scarily funny so hop on in and check 'em out.

DEEP DIVE

What You Didn't Know (or Forgot) About Skyrim

Here’s an invaluable rundown on the little known deets on the iconic action RPG. 

LET'S RANK

5 Best Animated Independent Films

Explore this amazing list of some of the most magical animated independent films from around the world.

Cosplayer Of The Month

YYC PRINCESS

The Calgary cosplayer tells us all about how her first cosplay and gives advice to cosplayers who are just starting out.

Team Picks

Star Trek Aliens - Sight Unseen

The HQ team attempts to draw obscure Star Trek characters going on nothing but their name. This will not go well.

FAN MEETUP RECAP

Disney Trivia Night

Here’s what happened at the awesome Disney Trivia Night event.

LET'S RANK

The Long and Undead History of Zombies

From Thriller to The Walking Dead, we explore the history of these treasured baddies throughout pop culture.

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

Cas

In this new edition, Cas gets into why finding motivation is important, cheap supply and prop gets at Walmart, and more. 

TEAM PICKS

Horror Flick Twist Endings

The FAN EXPO team shares the unforgettable movie surprises that still haunt us.  

YOUR BEST COMMENTS

October Picks

Your Best Comments this month are scarily funny so hop on in and check 'em out.

FACTUALLY OBSCURE

Are Vampires Real?

From countless graves to tuberculosis, we investigate the fiction and real-life origins of those pesky bloodsuckers.

DEEP DIVE

The Dark Side of Fairy Tales

Learn about the gruesome and dark fairy tales that inspired the stories and films you love.

LET'S RANK

Millennial Disney Channel Movies

Remember the Cheetah Girls, Proud Family, or Get a Clue? We do and we’ve picked the best of the bunch.

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

Bees

The Calgary cosplayer rises up for her love of She-Ra and uses cosplay as a way to collaborate with other creatives. Plus find out how you can join a Fan Meetup with Bees.

TEAM PICKS

Fantasy Worlds

Once upon a time, the FAN EXPO team dreamed of being in a world full of flying creatures and fantastical things.  

FACTUALLY OBSCURE

History of Dice

From Dungeons & Dragons to Monopoly, dice have roots that span as far as Egypt and Medieval times.
 

DEEP DIVE

Suicide Squad 2

Bloodsport, Blackguard, Javelin, oh my! Here’s the rundown on the vast amount of characters in the new DC movie.

FAN MEETUPS RECAPS

Pawsplay Pet Parade

Here’s what happened at the cosplay canine spectacle in downtown Calgary.

YOUR BEST COMMENTS

September Picks

The Fall has risen. But these comments are non-stop, so check out Your Best Comments this month!

Cat Fight

FAST FANTASY

Chattermouth considers the breakneck speed at which fantasy shows like Cursed and The Witcher are being released.

Team Picks

TEAM PICKS: FIRST HORROR FILMS

The FAN EXPO team was once a bunch of chickens. These are the flicks that horrified us as kids.

Cosplayer of the Month

WC COSPLAY

This time around with the wondrous cosplayer WC Cosplay, we learn about the intense time commitment for costumes and what keeps them inspired.

BEHIND THE FORCE

FACTUALLY OBSCURE: BABY YODA

The too-cute force of nature is still a mystery to fans and the public. We investigate.

Your Best Comments

BEST COMMENTS

Summer is winding down. But these comments are non stop so check out Your Best Comments this month!

Factually Obscure

FACTUALLY OBSCURE: CURSES

We unleash the dark world of curses and their long history in human civilization.

Let's Rank

LET'S RANK: UNDERRATED 80s MOVIES

Four 80s nostalgic movies that deserve more praise.