AUGUST 4-6 2023

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center



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Team Picks – US Road Trip

Here at the FAN EXPO HQ, our team is always nerding out over the world of fandom. On Team Picks, we share some of our favorite things we’ve been watching, reading and playing. This month, we’re embracing summer and hitting the open road.  
Road trips and summer go hand in hand: sunny weather, exploring somewhere new, blasting music with the windows down … all of it comes together to form an unforgettable experience. The most important thing though is that you will be in the car for hours, sometimes in the middle of nowhere, so the person or people you choose to travel with are the make-or-break factor. If they’re awesome, your road trip will be awesome. If they are not, well, good luck to you.  
Today, we’re choosing the fictional characters who we’d want to have by our side for the perfect summer road trip. Here we go!

Ilana & Abbi

scene from Broad city on the bus

Customer Service Coordinator

If I could choose a fictional character or characters to road trip with, I would have to say Ilana and Abbi from Broad City. The hijinks that they get into are always hilarious and there is never a dull moment. I am that person who struggles to stay awake on long drives, so having these two around would keep me entertained and awake for the whole trip. I would have no idea what nonsense they are going to get into next and would just love to be along for that ride.

Ron Weasley

Harry Potter character Ron Weasley

Social Media Coordinator

I think I'd have to say Ron Weasley, which might seem like an odd choice but I think Ron would be a very dependable road trip buddy. He can drive a car and he knows the importance of snacks! I think I'd let him do all the driving and I'd be in charge of the music. I'm also hoping we would be able to take his flying car. How epic would that be?

Iron Man

Iron Man suit in a warehouse

Operations Coordinator

Why? Because it’s Iron Man! The trip would be filled with excitement—it would be its own adventure. Plus, he has cool gadgets to play with while we’re on the road.

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy character smiling

Social Media Coordinator

Poison Ivy, DUH! She would be good at scoping out perfect places to visit, warning me which plants not to touch, and providing an endless supply of fresh produce.  

Austin Powers

Austin Powers laughing

Senior Operations Coordinator

Austin Powers. He's my kinda dude and would definitely keep things interesting! 


Quicksilver character wearing goggles and running fast

Social Media Coordinator

We’ll start with the cons: he’s very impatient and could run the whole week-long route himself in 30 seconds. But! I also think that if you set up some ground rules to not ruin the experience, his powers could be a huge help. How far is the next rest stop? Which exit has the best restaurant options? Are we sure we’re going the right way? These are all very easy questions for him to figure out, and they would take a lot of the stress out of the trip.