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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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JANUARY 2022 EDITION

DEEP DIVE

HISTORY OF BOBA FETT

With a new show starring Boba Fett, we thought it was about time to take a closer look into the history of this infamous Star Wars bounty hunter

CREATOR OF THE MONTH

2021 SHOW WINNERS

Everyone loves a great cosplay, so check out the Best in Show winners from all our Cosplay Craftsmanship Cup events in 2021.

GEEKY ASTROLOGY

JANUARY 2022

Joining a new fandom can be overwhelming sometimes. We’ve made it easy for you. Get into Anime this year by starting with the show our Zodiac thinks is best for you.

TEAM PICKS

WHATCHA PLAYING?

We asked our team “What are you playing at this very moment?” and have reported back with the video games you absolutely need to be playing right now.

LET'S RANK

TOP 2021 FANDOM TRENDS

From movies to shows and even live events happening again, 2021 was full of fandom moments we aren’t going to forget. Relive the past and check it out now.

WHAT'S NEXT?

UPCOMING SUPERHERO MOVIES

2022 is absolutely feeding us with amazing superhero movies. With instant hits like The Batman and Thor: Love and Thunder, we’re basically going to live at the movie theatre this year.

2021 EDITIONS

From Deep Dives to Let's Rank, 2021 had it all.

DECEMBER 2021 EDITION

WHAT’S NEXT?

MOST ANTICIPATED STAR WARS SHOWS  

The Book of Boba Fett is releasing this month, which means we’re overdue for a recap of all the great Star Wars content coming after that. Get caught up with What’s Next? today.

FAN EXPO STUDIOS

ADAM SAVAGE Q&A 

Want to know all about the key to busting myths? Check out our live coverage of the FAN EXPO Dallas Q&A with Adam Savage!

GEEKY ASTROLOGY

DECEMBER 2021

There’s someone waiting for you under the mistletoe this year. Do you know who it is? Let your Zodiac reveal your match.  

CREATOR OF THE MONTH

Jeff Jenkins

In this edition, Jeff Jenkins discusses their cosplay photography & their favorite projects they've worked on.

SHOP FAN EXPO

HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE 

From collectibles to comics, and even some cool apparel, the Shop FAN EXPO site has something perfect for everyone on your list. Find that amazing gift for a special someone.

TEAM PICKS

FAV HOLIDAY SPECIAL  

There’s always that one special that you watch every holiday season, without fail. Curious what ours are? Find out in the newest Team Picks. 

NOVEMBER 2021 EDITION

RENDEZ-VIEW

Injustice

What happens when Superman is tricked into killing Lois Lane? Chaos. Absolute chaos. Find out all about the newest DC movie in this month’s Rendez-View.

Creator of the Month

Best in Show Winner

In this edition, the winners of the Denver Cosplay Craftsmanship Cup discuss their Best in Show win and tell us about picking their group Cosplay!

Geeky Astrology

November 2021

Are you He Who Must Not Be Named? Maybe a friendly half-giant? Find out which Harry Potter character you are based on your Zodiac.

Team Picks

Who's Coming to Dinner?

There’s no way a celebrity would come to your Thanksgiving dinner, right? That’s not stopping our FHQ team, who are revealing their one dream dinner guest in Team Picks.

DIY TIME

Making a Clone Trooper Helmet

Have you ever wanted to cosplay as a 332nd Trooper? Never fear! Our resident Star Wars fan is here to show you the tips & tricks to customizing your own Clone Trooper helmet.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Most Anticipated MCU Projects

With so many MCU projects coming up, we thought it was time for a refresher. Join us as we recap the most anticipated upcoming projects from Marvel.

OCTOBER 2021 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

R Squared Cosplay

In this edition, we talk to R Squared Cosplay, winner of the FAN EXPO Dallas Cosplay Craftsmanship Cup!

FAN EXPO DALLAS RECAP

Our Fav Moments

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

FAN REACTIONS

Ambassador Reviews of FAN EXPO Dallas

We talked to some of our ambassadors about their thoughts on FAN EXPO Dallas. See what they had to say about the amazing weekend they had.

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

Best Movie Fashion Looks

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 OF THE OFFICE

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

CREATOR OF THE MONTH

MEET TIFFANY GORDON COSPLAY

In this edition, Tiffany Gordon Cosplay discusses how she got into prop-making and cosplaying, the most difficult projects she’s ever worked on, 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

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

Creator of the Month

MEET MELODY ROSE

Local cosplayer and content creator Melody Rose breaks down her brand aesthetic, working as an influencer and her love of cosplay. 

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.

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. 

June 2021

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. 

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.

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. 


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 APRIL RITON

This talented Dallas queen tells us about their career in drag, what fandoms spark inspiration and what LGBTQ+ representation should look like in comics. 

Travel Guide

POKEMON SNAP 

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

May 2021 Edition

Cosplayer of the month

MEET BROWN.SUGA.OUTLAW 

In this edition, Brown.Suga.Outlaw discusses her goal of bringing awareness to the underrepresented and tells us who her ‘cosplay mom’ is.

Geeky Astrology

A JEDI, A DROID, OR A GUNGAN?

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

Rendez-View

INVINCIBLE 

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

Team Picks

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ZOMBIE MOVIE?

*Uuugghhhhh* Ahem, we mean, in anticipation of Army of the Dead, the FAN EXPO Team picks their all-time fave zombie flicks. 

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

FAN-TASTY TEST KITCHEN

LORD OF THE RINGS SPECIAL

Welcome to FAN EXPO HQ's first edition of Fan-Tasty Test Kitchen! This is where our resident culinary (war)craftsman tests his skills in recreating the internet's most beloved and bizarre fantasy creations.

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? 

Cosplayer of the month

MEET SCARLETT WOLF

The Dallas cosplayer chats about BioShock and why a positive atmosphere is important in cosplay.

Team Picks

HOBBIT PERSONALITIES 

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

GEEKY ASTROLOGY

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS EDITION 

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

March 2021 Edition

Cosplayer of the month

woman wearing big puffy dress from Beauty and the Beast Film dressed like Belle

MEET CHELSEY GENTRY

This Dallas cosplayer whisks us away as she discusses their cosplay aesthetic, and their experience at FAN EXPO Dallas with The Little Mermaid

Factually Obscure

Wonder Woman holding lasso and smiling

SUPERHEROINES OF COMICS

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

Let's Rank

Scorpion from Mortal Kombat engulfed in flames

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

Wonder Woman holding tank

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 standing in formation

LANTERN CORPS. EDITION 

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

Fan Meetups Recap

influencer from TikTok

Q&A WITH ANUBACE 

TikTok Star Anubace joined FAN MEETUPS Dallas in an exclusive LIVE Q&A where he talked about cosplay, TikTok BTS and mental health awareness. 

February 2021 Edition

Let's Rank

sonice the hedgehog running with ring

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". 

Cosplayer of the month

MEET NELLICEUS

Cosplayer extraordinaire Nelliceus 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.

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.

Let's Rank

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. 

Nerdy Self Care 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.

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 Savannah Poison!

Team Picks

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.

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. 

2020 EDITIONS

A collection of FHQ articles from 2020, our debut year. 

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

DECEMBER COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

MEET EMILEE SHIELD 

Get enchanted and check out our interview with the talented and whimsical Emilee Shield! Emilee talks to us about their first cosplay, what inspires them and a few tips to get you started. 

CREW APPRECIATION

ORANGE ARMY LOVE

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Crew member for FAN EXPO Dallas? 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 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 CX COSPLAY

Hailed from San Antonio, Texas - CX Cosplay talks with us about their cosplayer inspirations, the challenges within the cosplay community and some pro tips for beginners. 

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? Either way, we're sure whether you're with friends, family, or hanging out by yourself you have a fave feast.

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.

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.


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.

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

Iconic Costumes in Horror 

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

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

MEET DOCTOR COSPLAY

In this new edition, Doctor tells us who inspires her and why representation is so important in cosplay.

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.

Cosplayer of the month

MEET HARLEY FRANCIS 

The Dallas cosplayer explains why Harley Quinn is in “her veins” and the ups and downs of the cosplay community.

Let's Rank

ICONIC 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 just for you.

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

BOOK PUBLISHING 101

Get the lowdown on the super-informative Once Upon a Time: Book Publishing 101 event.

Cosplayer of the Month

MEET KAI

The Dallas cosplayer tells us the hardest part about cosplaying and advice for new cosplayers.

Cat Fight

FAST FANTASY

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

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. **

Team Picks

FLICKS THAT FUEL OUR FEARS

Irrational fear R’ Us. These are the films that accidentally create our worst nightmares