City gears up for Kelowna Fan Xpo

Comic and animation fans of all ages will descend on Kelowna Community Theatre for Fan Xpo on Saturday.

By Angie Brown/Contributor

Comic and animation fans of all ages are eagerly preparing for Kelowna Fan Xpo (KFX), which will take place Saturday at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Presented by New Vintage Theatre, the Fan Xpo will  feature celebrity guests, live performances, contests, and vendors from across the Okanagan.

Bonnie Gratz, the artistic director and producer of New Vintage Theatre, says KFX has “expanded the scope” of what it is offering this year.

“Last year was smaller with one headliner, and we were overwhelmed with the amount of people who showed,” she said. “This year we have expanded, and it will be a much bigger event.”

Gratz said more than 800 people are expected to attend KFX, up from the 300 who came out for the inaugural event last year.  “We are blown away by the step up we’ve taken, and we are really over the moon with what we’ve received.”

Notable guests will include John Delaney, the comic book artist for the Simpsons, and Mark Meer, who is best known for his role as Commander Shepard in Mass Effect.

Gratz said one of the events attendees are most looking forward to is the cosplay contest. Cosplaying is when fans dress up as their favourite characters.

“Cosplay is a huge part of our event, and I know there are some cosplayers who have been working for months and months on their  costumes,” Gratz said.

The contest is open to both kids and adults. Prizes include two tickets to Fan Expo Vancouver, and Easter baskets for the kids.

Tickets cost $20 in advance and $30 at the door.