It may not be the first comic convention that comes to mind, but the Fanboy Expo is one that is full of fun, heart, and endless entertainment. 2016’s tour for the convention has so far been through Lakeland, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee. It’s next stop Knoxville, Tennessee, June 24-26, and Slickster Magazine has been invited to cover the entire weekend.
Getting Ready for Fanboy Expo
I’ve been to the past two Fanboy Expos in Knoxville, and I have to say they are a lot of fun. They aim to bring the excitement and attractions that larger-scale conventions would have, but also keep the laid back and easy going environment for all attendees and guests. From the entire staff to the volunteers, everyone is there to make sure you have a good time and are there for any assistance that you need.
But the heart of any convention is the vendors, artists, celebrity guests, and COSPLAY, right? Fanboy goes above and beyond bringing out a range of all ages from all around the region and surrounding states to celebrate such a wonderful time. The vendors are always great, selling all sorts of collectible memorabilia that makes my wallet angry. Unique artists set up at their booths doing on site sketches and selling beautiful original work of your favorite characters. And the cosplay is always spot on, I still can’t believe some of the costumes that comes through and how people are able to craft them together.
Guests at Fanboy Expo
- THE William Shatner from Star Trek along with Nichelle Nichols from TOS
- Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeanie
- Billy Dean Williams aka Lando from Star Wars
- Dean Cain who played Superman
- The Dukes of Hazzard cast reunion
- Aaron Stanford who played Pyro in the X-Men franchise
And for you wrestling fans out there: Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, and Kevin Nash are some of the faces that will attend. For the full celebrity list be sure to check out their page here.
During the coverage I will be showcasing the convention and how wonderful it is, hopefully grab some interviews with guests who don’t mind, of course show off the amazing cosplay action, and all of the other highlights that happen over the weekend. Be sure to check back here for a follow up article as well as video coverage.
If you want to know more about the Fanboy Expo or are interested in checking the convention out for yourself, go to their website for all of the info.
Here is an interview I did with Leif Tilden (who played Donatello in the original TMNT movies) last year: