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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

Cassandra Cosplays

In this edition, Cassandra Cosplays tells us all about their best advice for new cosplayers.

SEPTEMBER 2021 EDITION

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.

Creator of the Month

Wish

In this edition, Wish discusses their cosplay and tells us about their proudest cosplay piece.

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

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.

Let's Rank

Spider-Man Movie Villains

Look out, Spider-Man! We’re ranking all the best villains Spidey has faced off against in the movies.

AUGUST 2021 EDITION

MEGACON RECAP

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

AFTER HOURS PARTY

Missed the MEGACON Orlando After Party? We’ve got you covered! Check out our recap of the best parties in town hosted by Moshi Moshi Productions.

Creator of the Month

Winner Edition

In this edition, we talk with Miss Taurus Cosplay, winner of the MEGACON Orlando Cosplay Craftsmanship Cup about their looks & learn more about who they are!

Geeky Astrology

August 2021

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

The Office is the binge-worthy safe haven many of us have re-watched in the last little while, so we’ve rounded up some of our personal fav moments from the show.

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?

JULY 2021 EDITION

PRO TIPS

STAR TREK LESSONS

In honor of William Shatner, George Takei, and Brent Spiner coming to MEGACON Orlando 2021, 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

ROAD TRIP BUDDY

We know that a road trip is only as good as the company you bring, which is why we’ve picked our top fictional companions to join us on our fictional trip.

SPOTLIGHT

SCIENCE OF

Learn about The Science Of, the non-profit that uses pop culture to make STEM accessible and engaging to all audiences, before meeting them at MEGACON.

COSPLAYER ROUND UP

MEGACON ORLANDO 2021 COSPLAY GUESTS

In this edition, we chat with the incredible Cosplayer guests heading to MEGACON Orlando 2021. Featuring Kaye Cosplay, Claude Xavier, Casey Renee Cosplay, Jillea, MEGAChromatic, Luckygrim, Just Yeliz, Cassandra Ariel, and Mark Knight Rises.

RENDEZ-VIEW

BLACK WIDOW

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

JUNE 2021 EDITION

RENDEZ-VIEW

THE CONJURING 3

Is The Conjuring 3 really that scary? We reviewed the new movie from the supernatural horror series.

FAN-TASTY TEST KITCHEN

PRIDE RECIPE

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

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 VENUS ENVY

In this edition, Venus Envy discusses the similarities and differences between drag and cosplay and gives advice to anyone just starting out in their drag career.

LET'S RANK

BEST LEAGUE OF LEGENDS CHAMPS FOR BEGINNERS

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

SPOTLIGHT

VAMP

We’re shining the spotlight on VAMP and giving you a sneak peek of what to expect at MEGACON Orlando 2021.

TRAVEL GUIDE

THE WORLD OF POKÉMON SNAP

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

MAY 2021 EDITION

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

221BDISNEY (EMILY) 

In this edition, 221bdisney (Emily) discusses her passion for storytelling 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

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

MEET BRI ROSE

The Orlando cosplayer talks about joining a whole new cosplay world with The Little Mermaid’s Ariel.

TEAM PICKS

HOBBIT PERSONALITY

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

FAN MEETUPS RECAP

VIRTUAL Q&A WITH TAYA MILLER & BRAD R LAMBERT 

Taya Miller and Brad R Lambert joined FAN MEETUPS Orlando for an epic virtual Q&A.


GEEKY ASTROLOGY

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS EDITION

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

FACTUALLY OBSCURE

THE LONG HISTORY OF 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?

FAN MEETUPS RECAP

THE MUSIC OF DISNEY ON BROADWAY

The Dr. Phillips Center presented a very magical night with The Music of Disney on Broadway! 

MARCH 2021 EDITION

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

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

MEET LEXI VAUGHAN COSPLAY

The Orlando cosplayer talks about the epic process it took to cosplay Frozen’s Elsa.

FAN MEETUPS RECAP

COSPLAY CONVERSATION WITH MEGAN JANE

Fans were webbed up with awesome tips from the cosplayer and her love for MJ from Spider-Man.

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.

OUTDOOR SHOWS & EVENTS

DR. PHILLIPS CENTER

During Frontyard Festival™, presented by AdventHealth, you'll love live entertainment, unique experiences, and dinner and drinks delivered to your socially distant box.

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 MARI

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

Team Picks

BOOK SPEEDRUN

We’ve all had books that pulled us in and hooked us so hard that we couldn’t put them down. Here are the books that kept us reading and reading and reading until the very end.

FAN MEETUPS RECAPS

PIXAR TRIVIA

Here’s what happened at the awesome Pixar Trivia event. 

PAST EDITIONS

COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

MEET TYREEK DAVIS

Tyreek tells us about his first cosplay, his cosplans for 2021 and more!

TEAM PICKS

CHARACTER REFRESH

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. 

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.

BEST COMMENTS

JANUARY EDITION

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

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.


DEEP DIVE TIMELINES

BATMAN BEYOND

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.

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.

TEAM PICKS

EPIC HOLIDAY SHOWDOWN

The Grinch VS. Santa. The FAN EXPO team determines once and for all which of these holiday titans would win in a fight.



COSPLAYER OF THE MONTH

MEET MEGAN JANE ART

The Orlando cosplayer details her New Year’s plans including completing “in progress” costumes.

LET'S RANK

2020’S BEST POP CULTURE TRENDS 

Here are the some of the best moments of 2020.  From Among Us to TV reunions, these trends kept our spirits high.

HOLIDAY DIY GUIDE

GEEKY ORNAMENTS

Is it really the holidays without Baby Yoda, Spider-Man ornaments? We didn’t think so.


FACTUALLY OBSCURE

HOLIDAY TREATS & MAGICAL RITUALS 

Dig into how iconic fantasy authors were inspired by unique food traditions.

BEST COMMENTS

DECEMBER PICKS 

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


CREW APPRECIATION

RECOGNIZING OUR CREW

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

Team Picks

Amateur Artist Hour

The HQ team attempts to draw obscure Star Trek characters going on nothing but their name. This will not go well.


Cosplayer Of The Month

Sailor Virgo Cosplay

The Orlando cosplayer details their lust for good Fullmetal Alchemist cosplay and fighting perfectionism.

FAN MEETUP RECAP

Horror Movie Trivia

Here’s what happened at the awesome Horror Movie Trivia event.

Best Comments

November Picks

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

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.

LET'S RANK

Favorite Fandom Feasts

From Pan’s Labyrinth to Willy Wonka, your stomach will roar to life going through this delicious list.

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.

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.

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

Alyson Tabbitha

The Orlando cosplayer teaches us the importance of setting deadlines and shares how her love of art got her into cosplay.

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.

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

Taya Miller

In this new edition, Taya Miller shares when she felt like she first “belonged” in the cosplay community and why My Hero Academia is important to her.

TEAM PICKS

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! 

History of Dice

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

HARRY POTTER TRIVIA 

Here’s what happened at the super "magical" Harry Potter Trivia Night.

Team Picks

FLICKS THAT FUEL OUR FEARS

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


Cosplayer of the Month

KRISTINA MARIA

The Orlando cosplayer tells us their inspirations, advice for new fans, and day-to-day hurdles in making cosplay looks.

Cat Fight

FAST FANTASY

On the 20th anniversary of the animated sci-fi film, Chattermouth investigates if it's worth re-discovering.

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. **