This weekend FAN EXPO Philly was in full swing. I, myself, was only able to attend on Sunday, but I got to tell you it was a great time there.
FAN EXPO ran last year, but people were still a little wary because of COVID, so this year was so much nicer. Larger crowd too.
The organizers really did a great job planning the layout. Everything was mapped out nicely. Areas with signs to you knew where to go. I’ve been to a lot of cons, and a lot of them are a disorganized mess. So this was nice. The isles were a nice size that it was easy to walk through. I honestly think I only bumped into 2 people. There was room enough to even take pictures of cosplayers walking by.
Speaking of cosplayers, I really saw some amazing talent there. Really nice.
Artist alley, always my favorite, had plenty of talent like Dan Slott, Frank Cho, Jim Shooter, and many more big names in the industry. All so approachable.
The media guests were impressive too. From fan favorites, like the cast of SMALLVILLE, to Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio from Daredevil. That area was well organized, and the volunteers were not rude, but very helpful.
Finally, there was the vendors. There were all kinds of different vendors ranging from POPs, to imported items, to hand-crafted items, those were the most impressive. I did feel like there were not enough comic book vendors though. I could really count the number on my hands. I’m more of a comic guy and on the hunt for TPBs, so to not have that many comic vendors, kind of bummed me out.
Overall, this was an amazing show. It is truly one of the better-run shows out there.
Next year, FAN EXPO Philadelphia will be a little earlier: May 3-5, 2024. Keep an eye out for more info on that show at their website: https://fanexpohq.com/fanexpophiladelphia/
Thank you so much to the staff at FAN EXPO for allowing this reporter get his geek on!