WARNING: ALL PHOTOS ARE POORLY TAKEN ON MY BLACKBERRY.
I had some business in Toronto last Friday and managed to attend the FANEXPO on Thursday and Friday evenings. I arrived at my hotel around 6pm, checked in, grabbed some dinner and arrived at the show around 7pm (closing was at 11:00). I had been trying to call my LCS owner who was at the show and had a dealler's pass for me, but it turned out I had one digit wrong in his phone number. This mistake cost me $25 as I ended up paying to get in.
There were a lot of people leaving the show as I arrived so it wasn't too hard to get in or too crowded on the floor. Although the FANEXPO is advertised as comics, sci-fi, horror, gaming and anime, there was a heavy comic influence. There was a very big Artists' Alley covering the entire length of the room, a number of dealers (although mostly local) and an amazing amount of small press.
Thursday I didn't buy anything and basically just spent two hours walking around the floor. The comic dealers section wasn't very big and was mostly local guys. I did spend some time talking with a few people, but didn't have the time or energy for bin diving (also no room in my bag to take stuff home on the plane).
- As I mentioned, my LCS dealer was at the show and I saw two other dealers from Montreal (1,000,000 Comix and Bruno, who attends a lot of shows in the US).
- Harley was there as usual and we spoke briefly.
- Vintage Comics (Roy Delic) had a small booth packed with CGC 9.4 to 9.8 copies of key books. We spoke briefly and I met his girlfriend for the second time and his kids.
- Graham Crackers was the only dealer from the US, besides Harley, that I had heard of before.
- Former NOD member Wes Hagen was set up and I spent a while talking with him. It looks like I'll be selling him a some late BA and CA books at the Montreal in two weeks.
- There was an interesting guy from Pittsburg selling his personal OA collection. He had been at it for decades and was open to discussing his collecting over the decades. He didn't have much that interested me and I found his prices to be high, Albert Moy bought a few pages from him.