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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

PRO TIPS

STAR TREK LESSONS

In honour of William Shatner coming to FAN EXPO Canada: LIMITED EDITION, we’ve selected some of our top life lessons learned from Star Trek over the years.

GEEKY ASTROLOGY

JULY READINGS

Before you send in your audition tape, see which reality competition TV show you’d go far on based on your zodiac.

TEAM PICKS

CANADIAN FILMS

Oh Canada, home to so many amazing film locations. This month, the FAN EXPO Team chooses our fave films made in Canada.

FAN-TASTY TEST KITCHEN

BABY YODA BLUE MACARONS

Why? Because…Grogu. No need to use the Force to steal these, you can just make them yourself!

RENDEZ-VIEW

BLACK WIDOW

The long-awaited Black Widow solo film has finally been released, but was it worth the wait?

CREATOR OF THE MONTH

MARK CANNATARO FILMS

In this edition, Mark Cannataro Films discusses his background in 3D animation, gives advice to aspiring video creators, and tells us how he made Mark Hamill laugh.

JUNE 2021 EDITION

FAN-TASTY TEST KITCHEN

PRIDE RECIPE

To celebrate Pride, Chef Marcus created a fantastical Luca-inspired recipe to get us dancing.

DEEP DIVE

THE TVA 

The God of Mischief has found himself at the TVA in the new Loki series. We dive into the comic book history of this mysterious organization.

GEEKY ASTROLOGY

JUNE EDITION

It seems like EVERYONE was in the Space Jam trailer, but where do you fit in based on your zodiac?

CREATOR OF THE MONTH

MEET LEELANDO

In this edition, Leelando reveals her fictional style icon, discusses the similarities and differences between drag and cosplay, and gives her best drag advice. 

CREATOR OF THE MONTH

MEET JUICEBOXX

Canada’s Drag Race season 1 alumni, Juiceboxx discusses her fandoms, queer representation in pop-culture, and gives advice to anyone just starting out in their drag career. 

TRAVEL GUIDE

POKEMON SNAP 

Ready to find your next (virtual) vacation spot? Our travel expert has made a guide just for you!

TEAM PICKS

FIND BOWSER A BOYFRIEND

The FAN EXPO Team is here to play matchmaker for our beloved Bowser and are going to find him a new boyfriend!

LET'S RANK

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS CHAMPIONS

Choose your Champion! Our resident LoL gamer breaks down the top roles and positions for beginners.

MAY 2021 EDITION

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

MEET THE FAZGARDIAN

In this edition, Christopher Fazio discusses his coolest cosplay moment (which involves an Avenger!) and tells us who his ‘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 BE YOUR FICTIONAL MOM?

The FAN EXPO HQ 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!

FACTUALLY OBSCURE

LIFE LESSONS FROM THE MARTIAN 

In anticipation of Project Hail Mary, we re-watched The Martian and found some valuable life tips.

April 2021 Edition

Cosplayer of the Month

MEET THE WIZARDING SIBS

The Canadian cosplayers talk about fully immersing themselves in Hogwarts Wizarding World.

TEAM PICKS

DISCOVERING WHAT'S PRECIOUS TO US

Inspired by Gollum, the team shares what obsessions we can’t live without. 

LET'S RANK

ULTIMATE MCU PRINCE

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

FACTUALLY OBSCURE

THE LONG HISTORY OF HOBBITS

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

GEEKY ASTROLOGY

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS EDITION

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

COMMUNITY

POWER UP WITH THE SUPERPOWER 5K

Get ready to Run-Walk-Fly at the ultimate cosplay race day. Registration opens today with early-bird pricing. First 50 to register save an extra 10%.

FAN EXPO & INDIGO PRESENT: ANDY WEIR

TUESDAY, MAY 18 AT 7 PM ET 

Join #1 New York Times bestselling author Andy Weir as he discusses his new novel Project Hail Mary - an irresistible interstellar adventure.

MARCH 2021 EDITION

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

MEET BABY BEL BEL

The Canadian cosplayer talks about being inspired by Mr. Dressup and The Wizard of Oz.

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

A SILENT VOICE VIEWING PARTY

Romance and a bit of tears filled the air during the soon-to-be classic anime film screening.

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.

FLASH FICTION WINNERS

A LITERARY HERO HAS BEEN CROWNED

The Flash Fiction Competition was a book-flipping success. Thank you to all the amazing authors who submitted their stories.

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". 

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 MELTINGMIRROR COSPLAY 

The incredible MeltingMirror Cosplay talks to us about her first time cosplaying, tips on starting out, and who her 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.

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.

FAN MEETUPS RECAPS

INTRODUCTION TO USING ROLL20

Here’s what happened at the awesome Introduction to using Roll20 Virtual Tabletop for Dungeons & Dragons event.

PAST EDITIONS

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

MEET STAVVY COSPLAY

Stavvy Cosplay explains the “lust” behind creating FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood cosplay.

TEAM PICKS

FAILED BINGE

What do Schitt’s Creek & The Mandalorian have in common? These are some of the shows we got bored of binging.

LET'S RANK

BEST OF STUDIO GHIBLI

These are the best Ghibli films for newbies who want to explore a world of flying islands and eye-candy visuals.

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.

WELLNESS

THE ULTIMATE NERDY SELF-CARE GUIDE

Watch feel-good films, exercise, or be a plant parent? These nerdy tips are here to make life inside and out fun again.

BEST COMMENTS

JANUARY PICKS

Refresh, restart, and try not roll off your seat with laughter as you read Your Best Comments this month!


STREAMING GUIDE

2021 DISNEY+ SHOWS

Disney+ is coming strong this year so here is an easy to follow guide of what’s coming your way this year.

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

MEET TEMPEST COSPLAY

The Canadian cosplayer tells us about creating an explosive cosplay with My Hero Academia and New Year’s plans.


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. 

LET'S 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.

Factually Obscure

MAGICAL HOLIDAY TREATS 

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


HOLIDAY DIY GUIDE

GEEKY 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.

BEST COMMENTS

DECEMBER PICKS

End the year on a laughing note with Your Best Comments this month!

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION

RECOGNIZING OUR VOLUNTEERS

To be a part of the Volunteer Team is to be a hero among heroes. Learn more about our Volunteer's role in creating unforgettable experiences for our guests and attendees.

Team Picks

Console Personality Test

From the iconic Atari to the PS5, these are the consoles that 'allegedly' represent our birth months. 

Cosplayer Of The Month

Lydi Scott

The Canadian cosplayer tells us how she manages her “cosplans” and best-looking costume.

Your Best Comments

November Picks

Keep warm with laughter and check out Your Best Comments this month!

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.

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.

Factually Obscure

Psychology of AMONG US

We dive deep into the psychology of playing with Among Us with loved ones.

Rendez-View

The Mandalorian S2

With our Baby Yoda plushies in tow, we give you the low-down on what we loved or didn’t love in the new episodes.

FAN MEETUP RECAP

Among Us Live Game

Here’s what happened at the awesome Among Us Live Game event.

Toronto News

Jamie Allan’s ILLUSIONARIUM

Step into intrigue, mystery and wonder with the world premiere of Jamie Allan’s ILLUSIONARIUM.

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

Vain Virgos Cosplay

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

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

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

Charlie Castle

The Canadian cosplayer tells all about his first time at Toronto Comicon and the key to making a good TikTok.

TEAM PICKS

Travel with us to our fave Fantasy Worlds

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

YOUR BEST COMMENTS

DO IT FOR THE LIKES

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

FACTUALLY OBSCURE

History of Dice

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

DEEP DIVE

The Suicide Squad

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

FAN MEETUPS

D&D Epic Adventure 

Here’s what happened at the awesome Dungeons & Dragons Epic Adventure event.

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

JAMES HOBSON/THE HACKSMITH

The Canadian YouTuber / Cosplayer tells us the cosplay he’s most proud of and gives advice to newbies.

News

BEHIND THE FORCE: CUTE ICON BABY YODA

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

Your Best Comments

DO IT FOR THE LIKES

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

Factually Obscure

THE DARK WORLD OF CURSES

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