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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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NEW EDITION


Creator of the Month
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Creator of the Month

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!

READ OUR INTERVIEW
Geeky Astrology
a group of cartoon characters from the Looney Toons tv show
Geeky Astrology

WELCOME TO THE JAM

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

C'MON AND SLAM
Team Picks
Mario video game character Bowser wearing a wedding outfit
Team Picks

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.

MAKE A MATCH

LET'S RANK
League of Legends character firing a bow and arrow
LET'S RANK

BEST LEAGUE OF LEGENDS CHAMPS FOR BEGINNERS

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

PLAY ON
FAN-TASTY TEST KITCHEN
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FAN-TASTY TEST KITCHEN

LUCA'S SEAFOAM MER-SHAKE

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

GET A TASTE
TRAVEL GUIDE
Various pokemon from the video game walking around a lush meadow
TRAVEL GUIDE

THE WORLD OF POKÉMON SNAP

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

CATCH 'EM ALL

STREAMING LIVE
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STREAMING LIVE

TWITCH 101

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

STREAM ON
RENDEZ-VIEW
Man screaming with open arms in a jail cell
RENDEZ-VIEW

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.

GET GHOSTED

MAY EDITION


Cosplayer of the Month
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.

READ OUR INTERVIEW
Geeky Astrology
Geeky Astrology

A JEDI, A DROID, OR A GUNGAN?

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

PUNCH IT CHEWIE
Team Picks
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.

VIEW OUR PICKS

DEEP DIVE
DEEP DIVE

ENTER THE GRISHAVERSE

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

SUMMON THE LIGHT
YouTube Channel Preview
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!

TAKE A LOOK
Factually Obscure
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.

LIFT OFF

April 2021 Edition


Factually Obscure
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.

ADVENTURE ON
Let's Rank
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.

BOW DOWN
Team Picks
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.

LOOK BUT DON'T TOUCH

GEEKY ASTROLOGY
GEEKY ASTROLOGY

D&D Edition

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

ROLL FOR INITIATIVE
Cosplayer of the Month
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.

READ OUR INTERVIEW
FAN MEETUPS RECAP
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.

LEARN MORE

MARCH 2021 EDITION


Let's Rank
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
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.

GET INSPIRED
FAN MEETUPS RECAP
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.

LEARN MORE

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH
COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

MEET AUTUMN COSPLAY

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

READ OUR INTERVIEW
Factually Obscure
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.

GRAB YOUR LASSO
Geeky Astrology
Geeky Astrology

LANTERN CORPS EDITION

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

POWER UP

FEBRUARY 2021 EDITION


Let's Rank
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.

THANK THE ACADEMY
Geeky Astrology
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". 

WHAT'S YOUR SIGN?
Cosplayer of the Month
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. 

READ OUR INTERVIEW

Team Picks
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.

PLACE YOUR BETS
DEEP DIVE
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.

READ ON
FAN MEETUP RECAPS
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!

LEARN MORE

COSTUME CHAT
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.

MAKE IT SEW

JANUARY 2021 EDITION


LET’S RANK
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. 

TIME TO DEBATE
MOST ANTICIPATED
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.

THIS IS THE WAY
COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH
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!

MEET ELI KI

TEAM PICKS
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.

FAST FOWARD
FAN MEETUPS RECAPS
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.

LEARN MORE
YOUR BEST COMMENTS
YOUR BEST COMMENTS

January Edition

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

Let's LOL

Rendez-View
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.

CAST A SPELL
2021 GUIDE
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.



PUT YOUR FEET UP

PAST EDITIONS


LETS RANK
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 

FEEL THE HYPE
COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH - DECEMBER
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.

READ OUR INTERVIEW
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION

RECOGNIZING OUR VOLUNTEERS

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

JOIN THE COMMUNITY

Team Picks
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. 

ITS RE-GIFTING TIME
FACTUALLY OBSCURE
FACTUALLY OBSCURE

MAGICAL HOLIDAY TREATS

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

GET COOKIN'
HOLIDAY DIY GUIDE
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.

GET CRAFTY

Your Best Comments
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.

LETS LOL
FAN MEETUP RECAP
FAN MEETUP RECAP

Geeky Virtual Paint Night

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

LEARN MORE
Rendez-View
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.

THIS IS THE WAY

Factually Obscure
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.  

READY PLAYER ONE
Your Best Comments
Your Best Comments

November Picks

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

LET'S LOL
DEEP DIVE
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.

Equip Your Knowledge Shield

LET'S RANK
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.

DISCOVER MORE
Cosplayer Of The Month
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.

LEARN MORE
Team Picks
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.

WHAT'S YOUR SIGN?

FAN MEETUP RECAP
FAN MEETUP RECAP

Virtual Miniature Painting 101

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

LEARN MORE
LET'S RANK
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.

Prepare to Debate
COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH
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.

Read Interview

TEAM PICKS
View Our Picks
TEAM 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
YOUR BEST COMMENTS

October Picks

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

Let's Freak Out
FACTUALLY OBSCURE
FACTUALLY OBSCURE

Are Vampires Real?

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

BARE YOUR FANGS

DEEP DIVE
DEEP DIVE

The Dark Side of Fairy Tales

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

Prepare Yourself
LET'S RANK
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
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
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
FACTUALLY OBSCURE

History of Dice

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

DEEP DIVE
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
FAN MEETUPS

Pawsplay Pet Parade

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

YOUR BEST COMMENTS
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
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

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
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

FACTUALLY OBSCURE: CURSES

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


Let's Rank
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

BEST COMMENTS: AUGUST

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