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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

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!

SEPTEMBER 2021 EDITION

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.

Creator of the Month

Foam Forge Cosplay

In this edition, Foam Forge Cosplay discusses his journey through cosplay and his favourite piece, his Master Chief helmet.

Geeky Astrology

September 2021

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

Team Picks

Best Movie Fashion Looks

Sometimes the fashion in shows and movies can be the true scene-stealer. In this month’s Team Picks, we discuss our favorite fashion moments in pop culture.

Let's Rank

Spider-Man Movie Villains

Look out, Spider-Man! We’re ranking all the best villains Spidey has faced off against in the movies.

AUGUST 2021 EDITION

Creator of the Month

MEET NAT JONES

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

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?!

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.

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?

JULY 2021 EDITION

Creator of the Month

Cosplayer leaning up against a building

MEET CARLEY BOMBSHELL 

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

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.

JUNE EDITION

Creator of the Month

a person posing in a dress made of comic strips

MEET EMMONIA 

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

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.

RENDEZ-VIEW

Man screaming with open arms in a jail cell

THE CONJURING 3

What can we say? The devil made us do it. Check out our review of the latest entry in the Conjuring universe.

MAY EDITION

Cosplayer of the Month

MEET FANTASY'S SOUL COSPLAY 

In this edition, Fantasy Soul's 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.

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 SKYE MARVELL

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

FAN MEETUPS RECAP

DIY EASTER CRAFT NIGHT 

To celebrate spring and the Easter season, we held a virtual craft night! We made DIY Easter Bunny Plant Pots, complete with super cute bunny tails and feet.

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

SAILOR MOON COSPLAY MEETUP 

Two amazing cosplayers dropped by to discuss what they love about cosplay, how to get started and of course, everything Sailor Moon.

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

MEET AUTUMN COSPLAY

Cosplayer extraordinaire AUTUMN COSPLAY talks about The Road to El Dorado and discovering cosplay treasure.

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 BIBI COSPLAY

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

Team Picks

GODZILLA vs. KONG

What is a King to a God? In spirit of the upcoming Warner Bros. movie release, we pit the two colossal Kaiju against each other, where only one can come out on top.

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

STAR TREK TRIVIA NIGHT

A group of Star Trek superfans put their knowledge to the test in this intergalactic trivia night. Find out what happened and how you can join the next one!

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

LET’S RANK

5 Most Mind-Blowing Studio Ghibli Films

How can you decide between perfection? Our resident Studio Ghibli superfan takes the guess work out of having to pick the best from Hayao Miyazaki's best films. 

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 Eli Ki

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 Eli Ki!

TEAM PICKS

Failed Binges

Sometimes even the best shows just don’t click with someone. Or they have differing tastes, or don’t have the patience to stick with a show “until it really gets good”. Whatever the reason, here are the shows that we left at the back of our “continue watching” lists.

FAN MEETUPS RECAPS

Die Hard Trivia Night

You came, you saw, you yippy-ki-yayed. Here's what went down at the recent Die Hard Trivia Night meetup.

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 ELLIPSES COSPLAY 

Check out our interview with the talented Ellipses 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 EDMONTON EXPO? Click the article to find out!

Team Picks

WORST GIFTS 

It's the gift that keeps on giving...and giving. This month, we’re being visited by the ghost of Terrible Gifts Past. 

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

Ruka

This local cosplayer tells us all about how their first cosplay and gives advice to cosplayers who are just starting out.

Team Picks

ZODIAC CONSOLES 

Ever wondered which video game consoles correspond with which zodiac signs? Probably not! But with all of the console news surrounding the PS5 and Xbox Series X, some wires got crossed in our brain and then we couldn’t stop thinking about it.

FAN MEETUP RECAP

Virtual Miniature Painting 101

Here’s what happened at the awesome Virtual Miniature Painting 101 event.

LET'S RANK

Most Iconic Horror 'Fits

Get fashionably slash-y for our ranking of the best Horror costumes from flicks like Jason, Freddy, and more.

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

Nica Stone

The Edmonton cosplayer tells us about her first time at Edmonton Expo, the power of a good Pokemon cosplay, and more.

TEAM PICKS

View Our Picks

Surviving a Horror Flick

It’s Survival of the Fittest… or at least who isn’t a big scaredy-cat on the FAN EXPO HQ team.   

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

Vega Cosplay

Our featured cosplayer powers up and explains how Voltron helped turn cosplay into a full-time passion. Plus join Vega’s Fan Meetup.

TEAM PICKS

Fantasy Worlds

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

Pawsplay Pet Parade

Here’s what happened at the cosplay canine spectacle, Pawsplay Pet Parade.

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

MEGGII COSPLAY

This month's cosplayer of the month, Meggii Cosplay shares why not comparing yourself with others is the key to success.

Factually Obscure

FACTUALLY OBSCURE: CURSES

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

Let's Rank

2020 MOVIE FOMO 

From A Quiet Place II to Black Widow, we just want to see these movies NOW. Which are you most excited to see? 


BEST COMMENTS

BEST COMMENTS: AUGUST

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