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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

CheeseCakePanda

In this edition, cosplayer CheeseCakePanda tells us all about their Pike Trickfoot cosplay.

SEPTEMBER 2021 EDITION

Creator of the Month

Boston Reinhardt

In this edition, we talk to Boston Reinhardt, winner of the FAN EXPO Boston Cosplay Craftsmanship Cup!

FAN EXPO Boston Recap

Our Fav Moments

From iconic voice actors to amazing cosplay talent, there was no shortage of awesome events at FAN EXPO Boston. We’ve recapped some of our favorites for you.

Cosplay Red Carpet

Photos from FAN EXPO Boston 2021

We had some amazing talent strut their stuff at the Cosplay Red Carpet events. Check out all the photos from the weekend full of amazing red-carpet catwalks. 

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

VIEW OUR 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.

AUGUST 2021 EDITION

TEAM PICKS

FAVE ANIMATED SHOW

The FAN EXPO Team was posed with an extremely difficult and life-altering question: what’s your fave animated show 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?

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?



LET’S RANK

BEST MOMENTS FROM THE OFFICE

With the stars of Dunder Mifflin coming to FAN EXPO Boston, we rounded up some of our personal fave moments from The Office. 

CREATOR OF THE MONTH

MEET SAM SYNDULLA

In this edition, Sam Syndulla discusses how she got into cosplaying, her aspirations, and gives advice to new cosplayers.

JULY 2021 EDITION

Rendez-View

BLACK WIDOW

After months of anticipation, MARVEL's Black Widow is finally here! Check out our review for all the deep cuts, and future of the MCU

Geeky Astrology

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.

FAN-TASTY TEST KITCHEN

GROGU'S CLASSROOM COOKIES

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

Team Picks

US ROAD TRIPS

We’re choosing the fictional characters who we’d want to have by our side for the perfect summer road trip. Here we go! 

PRO TIPS

STAR TREK LIFE LESSONS

The pro tips you need during your long voyage across the galaxy, Live long and prosper. 

Creator of the Month

MEET WRETCHED HIVE CREATIONS

Welcome to Creator of the Month, where we feature an incredible creator from our community of fans and learn about who they are beneath the surface. This month, we have Wretched Hive Creations!

June 2021 Edition

FAN-TASTY TEST KITCHEN

SEAFOAM MER-SHAKE

Whisk away to Positano with our mystical take on a classic Italian treat inspired by Disney Pixar's Luca.

Rendez-View

THE CONJURING 3

HORROR FANS! We braved through every jump scare to bring you our review of the finale to the Conjuring universe. 

Geeky Astrology

JUNE EDITION

Welcome to the SPACE JAM...and you're new team! For June, you've been drafted into a NBAnimation team based on your zodiac. 

Creator of the Month

MEET VIOLENCIA EXCLAMATION POINT

Dragula star Violencia chats with us about their journey in drag, super stardom and their fave fandoms. 

Travel Guide

POKEMON SNAP 

Greetings trainer! No need to be camera shy, enjoy this comprehensive guide of the vibrant Lental region from Pokemon Snap.

DEEP DIVE

THE TVA 

Forget what you think you know about the TVA - chances are they'll wipe your memory anyway. Before they do, check out our DEEP DIVE on what they're up to. 

May 2021 Edition

Rendez-View

INVINCIBLE 

We review Invincible in all of its superpowered and gory splendor. 

Geeky Astrology

A JEDI, A DROID, OR A GUNGAN?

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

Cosplayer of the month

MEET PROFLYY

In this edition, Pyroflyy discusses which cosplay piece took 200 hours to create and tells us who her ‘cosplay mom’ is. 

Team Picks

WHO WOULD BE YOUR FICTIONAL MOM?

The FAN EXPO Team loves our real moms, but if we HAD to choose a fictional mother figure, these are our top picks.  

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!

April 2021 Edition

Cosplayer of the month

MEET VICTORIA ROSE

The Boston cosplayer summons their Saber cosplay and why loving the Fate series is their destiny. 

GEEKY ASTROLOGY

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS EDITION 

Embrace destiny and discover a new you with our fiery D&D horoscopes for the month of April. 

Team Picks

HOBBIT PERSONALITIES 

The FAN EXPO HQ team figures out which hobbit most resembles our personality: Sam, Frodo, Merry, or Pippin. 

Factually Obscure

THE LONG HISTORY OF THE HOBBITS

From the Stoors, Harfoots, and Fallohides, discover how they found the shire. 

Let's Rank

ULTIMATE MCU PRINCE

Which character in the MCU is the greatest prince: Thor, T'Challa or Tony Stark? 

March 2021 Edition

Cosplayer of the month

MEET THERA

In this new edition, Thera talks about cosplay helping their small business, Spark a Dream Princess Parties. 

Let's Rank

MORTAL KOMBAT KAST

With the upcoming release of Mortal Kombat we breakdown which of these kombatants is most likely to win the tournament and seize the title of Champion. The battle for Earthrealm is on!

Team Picks

INSPIRATIONAL FICTIONAL WOMEN

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

Geeky Astrology

LANTERN CORPS. EDITION 

Shine bright like a....Lantern? Channel your inner guardian (or tyrant) as we explore your astrological Lantern Corps. energy for March.

Factually Obscure

SUPERHEROINES OF COMICS

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

FAN MEETUPS RECAP

MCU WATCH CLUB 

Confusion and celebration marked fans' reaction to watching WandaVision's series finale. What was your take?

February 2021 Edition

Let's Rank

GAME TO MOVIE ADAPTATIONS

What classifies as a 'good' movie, or even a 'good' game for that matter. In this month's Let's Rank we break down the highs and lows of Hollywood's recent game to movie adaptations. Prepare for a system update. 

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". 

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.

Cosplayer of the month

MEET TIFFANY MZZSKITTLESTR 

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

Team Picks

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS 

On Team Picks, we share some of our favorite things we’ve been watching, reading and playing. This month, we’re examining the pre-Netflix phenomenon of “book speedrunning” .

January 2021 Edition

Rendez-View

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.

January Cosplayer of the Month

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 Maddie Rose!

Nerdy Self Guide

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.

DEEP DIVE

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. 

Disney Shows 2021

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. 


Team Picks

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   

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 FAIRWIND COSPLAY 

Get enchanted and check out our interview with the talented and whimsical Fairwind Cosplay! Fairwind talks to us about their first cosplay, what inspires them and the thrill of cosplay

CREW APPRECIATION

RECOGNIZING OUR CREW

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Crew member for FAN EXPO Boston? Click the article to find out!

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.

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?

Your Best Comments

DECEMBER PICKS

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

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. 

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER

Meet Black Crystal Cosplay

Straight from the East Coast we bring you Black Crystal Cosplay! Check out their take on the cosplay community at large, what inspires their craft and why anime is the BEST fandom. 

Let's Rank

Favorite Fandom Feasts 

What would you say your favorite food for Thanksgiving is? Could it be the sizzling buzz from Flying Cauldron Butterbeer or the mesmerizing decadence of natural growing Toffee-apple trees? Take a look at our fave eats.  

Your Best Comments

NOVEMBER PICKS

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

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.  

DEEP DIVE

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

Welcome fellow Dragonborns, here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Skyrim. And if you do, now you have another excuse to rediscover them and play again.

TEAM PICKS

Star Trek Aliens - Sight Unseen

We played a little game: each of the following team members was told the name of a different type of Star Trek alien. Without googling it, they had to describe and draw that alien. Let’s see how they did...

Rendez-View

The Haunting of Bly Manor 

For the love of horror and horrors of love - we welcome you to the gates of Bly Manor. Upon arrival, we will show you everything there is to love about this Haunting story, and everything there is to fear. 

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

M Blackburn

The Boston cosplayer goes Adventure Time with their cosplay and explains the importance of inspiring other non-binary people in the world.

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.

Cosplayer of the month

MEET ZOE

The Boston cosplayer tells us about the first time they went to FAN EXPO Boston, embodying Doctor Who, and working with EVA foam.

Let's Rank

ICONIC MILLENNIAL DISNEY CHANNEL MOVIES 

Get a clue on the best throwback Disney Channel flicks from Cheetah Girls to Proud Family. 

TEAM PICKS

OUR FAVORITE FANTASTICAL CREATURES

These are the TV and films that made us want pets... that definitely don't exist in real life. 

DEEP DIVE

SUICIDE SQUAD 2: ROLL CALL 

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

Factually Obscure

HISTORY OF DICE

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

Your Best Comments

SEPTEMBER EDITION

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

Fan Meetups

COSPLAY SHOWCASE

Here's what happened at the fan charged Boston Cosplay Showcase. 

Cat Fight

FAST FANTASY

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

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

MEET BRIE YUSKO  

The Boston cosplayer tells us about her latest cosplay, a gender-bent version of Bakugou from My Hero Academia, and her advice for new cosplayers. 

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? 

Release dates TBD. **