Tuesday 23 January 2024


Guess Who's Back?! Back Again! 

That's right folks, we're baaaaaack! It's been a crazy few months for the DCN team! We're back for 2024 with a bang! 

I myself have moved across the world with my family from England to living remotely on a gulf island in Canada with all the changes and challenges that brings! We have had the holiday period with all the busy times, and of course the usual sickness at this time of year. Also a new addition I haven't experienced in quite this way before...snow! A huge amount of snowfall and the challenges this brings. Its been quite the time of it all. The other writers have had a well earned break and too have had the holidays, sickness and weather changes to contend with. 

However its January 2024, a fresh year full of opportunity and were ready to go! Our site encompasses so many things and we will continue to bring variety to our popular culture website. In addition to cosplayer interviews and convention reviews there will be other news, reviews and much more. 

We also will be focusing on our social media presence across Instagram, TikTok and our new YouTube channel so stay tuned for more content over there! Thank you all for your patience over this quite period and rest assured we are back in action! 

Thanks for following!

DCN Team

Rebel in the Chaos Cosplay     

     Editor and Head Writer

Sunday 17 September 2023

An Interview with Cosplayer Onceuponanellie

Wicked Lady
Photo by @laurathephot

I am thrilled to introduce you to UK Cosplayer and Disney Devotee @onceuponanellieEllie has an absolute array of cosplays under her belt, and also runs two other Instagram accounts; @elliebounding & @elliecollectspins

Elliebounding is an adorable page filled with fashionable outfits that you can get away with wearing to Disney parks! Ellie posts side by sides of Disney Characters with matching outfits that can be thrown together to get past Disney’s Park rules of not being allowed to wear costumes!

Elliecollectspins is an account dedicated to their pin collection! 

I wanted to interview Ellie not only for the fact she has a whole page dedicated to Disney bounding, but also after discovering her awesome Riverdale cosplays! As CW’s Riverdale is sadly coming to an end this year, I wanted to reminisce about the previous seasons and included a fun quick-fire round of questions in this interview, to discuss this iconic adaptation of The Archie Comics!

So, without further ado, here is my interview with Once Upon An Nellie! 

Anna Frozen
Photo by @laurathephot

When did you first start cosplaying?
I did my first casual cosplay in 2012 and then properly started in 2013!

How have your cosplay skills progressed since you first started cosplaying?
I'm not great at making things but I think I have gotten better at putting cosplays together e.g., with clothes from charity shops/online.

What advice would you give to someone who’s thinking about joining the community?
I would say do it! I think starting with a more casual look is a good way to ease yourself in if you're nervous. Look at your favourite characters and who you would want to portray and go from there!

Who has been your favourite character to cosplay so far?
Princess Anna from Frozen is my go-to comfort cosplay. I have 4 different outfits for her so can choose depending on weather etc!

Betty Cooper
Photo by @donaldmanning

You have a whole Instagram page dedicated to Disney Fashion 
(@elliebounding) What do Disney Fashion mean to you and how do you come up with your outfit choices to match the characters!?
Disneybounding originally started as a way to get around the costume rules at Disney parks (adults aren't allowed to wear costumes except for at Halloween parties) I have been a part of the community for a few years, and it was a really big saving grace during lockdown. I personally like when there are challenges with themes as I find it easier to come up with looks that way. The most recent challenge I took part in was the bounding with pride for pride month where every day was a different colour.

You have many awesome Anime cosplays under your belt too! What is your favourite Anime show/movie?
I have to say Sailor Moon! I got into anime quite late in life, but Sailor Moon was my first and I have a lot of love for it!

You also run an Instagram for your current pin collection! How long have you been collecting pins and where do you normally purchase them from?
I have been collecting pins for many years now! My dad is a big collector and I think that influenced me a lot ha-ha! I get them from a range of different places online (e.g., Etsy or the Disney store) but I do prefer to buy them in person which I do at comic cons.

TY Lee
Photo by @bydeebee

I LOVE Riverdale and saw you have cosplayed Riverdale characters in the 
past, so I thought it would be fun to play a little quick-fire game based on the popular Netflix show!

  • Favourite season?
    Season one for the nostalgia or three for the wildness!

I totally agree! Season one was so spooky and mysterious I loved it so much! Although I have to say, season 7 is super fun with all the 50’s aesthetic!

  • The best musical episode?
    A Night to Remember (Carrie)

Ooooh! That’s a great episode, Cheryl absolutely nails it as Carrie! I think mine must be the Heathers Musical Episode though! I love the songs and costumes.

  • Team Bughead or Barchie?
    Bughead forever 

100% agree! I think Betty Jughead have a lot more chemistry in real life and as their characters!

  • Favourite ‘SHIP?
    Bughead for this too!

I think I agree…But I did love Cheryl Toni together too.

  • Who was the most perfectly cast actor in your eyes?
    I think Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl. I don’t think anyone else could do her justice! 

Absolutely! She is ICONIC as Cheryl! I think they are all pretty perfectly cast to be honest…But I think Lili Reinhart as Betty is my favourite casting, she really is an amazing actress!

  • Your Milkshake order at POP’s would be?

Gooood choice! I actually have visited the diner which was the inspiration for POP’s! (Rocko’s 24-hour diner, based in Vancouver!) I tried the Cookies & Cream and Birthday Cake Milkshakes! :p

  • Have you been satisfied with the final season? (NO SPOILERS PLEASE)
    The finale hasn’t happened yet, but the latest episode (7x12) was very wholesome. 

I am so behind! But as I type this, I am currently on Episode 2 of Season 7! I am a little sad its nearly over!

I LOVE your Luna Lovegood cosplay! What Hogwarts House are you in?
Thank you, even though I cosplay a Ravenclaw, I'm actually a Hufflepuff! 

If you could live in any fictional universe, which one would you pick and why?
This is tough! I think it would have to be Harry Potter because I'd love to be able to do magic. 

You’ve been to many conventions! Which ones did you enjoy the most and where will people normally find you at a con?
It really depends on what I want out of the convention! For the social and cosplay aspect, I think MCM and MegaCon are the best for that. If I want guests, then Monopoly conventions and Telford for sure!

What cosplays do you have planned for the rest of the year and which conventions will we see you at next?
I'm hoping to have my Bridgerton cosplay finished  but other than that, I don't currently have any new cosplays planned and will be going back to some old favourites! My next convention is MegaCon Manchester at the end of July and then I have a few more for the rest of the year! (Comic Con Wales, Comic Con Liverpool, Telford and MCM Birmingham) 

Photo by @deadghostpixelsphotography

Thank you so much for reading and big thanks to Ellie for agreeing to take part in this interview!

Sammy aka @queenofshadows_cosplay


   Editorial Assistant/Writer

Monday 10 July 2023

Calgary Expo 2023: A Review


It’s a three cons down, so many to go deal!

Hi again - it’s Meghan, back with another Convention Review! This time, I attended Calgary Expo, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada from April 27-30; 4 days of merch, art, celebrities, and most important - cosplay! I (@maplesugarcosplay) was in attendance with two other members of Daily Cosplay Net - Arthur (@brightest_day_cosplay) and Keara (@Pynkpyro).

Arthur, Keara, and I would like to bring you a review from our perspectives; who we were cosplaying, what we were excited to see, our experiences and final thoughts at the end.

Before we begin, I would like to acknowledge that Calgary is situated on the ancestral territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. It is on these unceded and stolen lands that we meet, gather, and (cos)play.

Day 1: Thursday Evening


I arrived in Calgary in the early afternoon. I made my way to the Stampede Park via Uber. The Con opened at 2 pm for VIP, and 4 pm for all other pass holders. I was very lucky that a friend was working in a booth, and had a spare exhibitor pass for me so I was able to come inside and hang out before the Con opened.

The Con was spread out between two buildings. Ticket pick up was in a smaller building called the ‘Big Four’. They had quite a number of booths set up to give folks their badges, though the first day it was bustling with folks picking up their VIP passes and their 4 day passes. The badges themselves had to be activated, and con-goers had to scan in when entering a building, and scan out if they left the building.

The upper level of the Big Four is where Artists Alley was, alongside the tattoo area.

The outside of Big Four was lined with all different food trucks - at least 20 or so by my count!

The main con was held in the BMO Centre, a short walk from the Big Four. This was comprised of two adjoining buildings - one of the buildings was taken up with the Main stage, a few vendors, the Kids area, Cosplay Red Carpet, and a large 501st Garrison booth; the other room was merchants with a wide variety of items to get and the celebrity photo op/autograph area. Most of the internal food options were in the larger merchant hall - the con itself serving items like hot dogs, fries and chicken strips; independent food vendors had nerdy cookies, cotton candy, Ukrainian fare, lemonade, coffee and Albertan beef jerky.

The calm before the storm

I took my time to walk the hall early on; I tried on some corsets at my fav booths, investigated some cool laser-cut art, and the first round of cosplays. It was very quiet this evening; I heard from the locals a lot of VIPs use this time to look at everything, and do their major purchasing on the Friday/Saturday, which are busier days.

Vanilla Cosplay as Mollymauk Tealeaf
from Critical Role

My cousin is part of the local 501st - the Badlands Garrison. Her husband was just accepted into the 501st as Darth Vader, and Friday evening was his first ‘shift’ in his suit. I got a lovely introduction to the Badlands Garrison, who were extremely welcoming to me while I was there. I stayed with my cousin while her husband ‘Vadered’ for an hour, then we packed up and headed home for the evening.

Darth Vader wants you to join the Dark Side

Day 2: Friday


Friday was my first day in cosplay - I went as my Grey Warden from the Dragon Age video game series.

Meghan as Warden Commander Tabris
from Dragon Age

I used my Exhibitors pass to get in again, though this time I went to the Big 4 to pick up Saturday passes for my nieces and nephews. I did go a little later in the day, so I was able to walk in, grab the passes, and head upstairs to check out the art in Artist’s Alley.

I was really pleased with the variety of art I saw - some local folks who I’d never seen, and also some folks who I’ve seen in Vancouver before. There was a lot of art of the current popular characters - Genshin Impact, Demon Hunter, Arcane, Spy X Family, Critical Role/Vox Machina - to name a few. There was also a good mix of traditional superhero and Star Wars in there, plus some completely independent stuff that wasn’t fandom related at all. I usually try to pick up a piece of art from every show I go to, but I had zero space in my pack to bring something home!

I swung by the 501st booth again and got a picture with a friend, who was in her Mando armour.

Myself and SweetSurreyGirl with the 501

I attended two panels today: one on how to become a mermaid, as I joined the mermaid community in 2010 and wanted to make connections with some Alberta mermaids, and another about getting started in competitive cosplay, which was hosted by cosplay guest Austyn Larkham. Both panels were held in small, independent rooms just off of the main con room in the BMO Centre. The Competitive Cosplay panel was especially well run; Austyn was professional and so funny. It made me feel really inspired to try and document a larger cosplay build and maybe try my hand at competition!!

I met quite a number of the cosplay guests - one of them, Lucky Grim, was also dressed as a Grey Warden!

Warden Commanders Cousland and Tabris

I met another Grey Warden - Cathartic Creation -  who had a gorgeous cosplay. It was so nice to see all the Dragon Age cosplays!

Warden Commander Tabris with
a more different Cousland

The quality of cosplay at the Expo was phenomenal. I was so impressed not only with more mainstream cosplays, but the whimsical ones as well. I saw a Star Trek Commander in a cowboy hat, a couple Weird Als, and my fav of this day, a Nardwaur The Human Serviette.


I was able to walk the cosplay red carpet on this day, and I also got to meet
Sirnotsir Cosplay, who I had met via TikTok - which was so awesome! It’s pretty wonderful meeting fellow cosplayers that you’ve known for a while in the flesh.

Myself and Sirnotsir cosplay as Thanatos from Hades

Near the end of the day, I ran into fellow Daily Cosplay Net writer Arthur! Once again, it’s so nice to meet people you interact with online in real life!

Tristan and Cyclops!

 At the end of the day, I headed home with extremely sore feet but a very happy heart.

It was my first day at the Expo and the first time in a long time at a comic con without a cosplay. I landed in Calgary around 3:30 and checked into my AirBnB to get some rest and charge my phone before heading out to the Stampede Park at 6 PM. My original plan was to just go on Saturday and Sunday. However, since I had never been to this Expo before, I had to familiarize myself with the venue’s layout in order to be prepared for the next 2 days in cosplay so that no time was wasted in looking for celebrity autograph tables, photo op booths, main stage and red carpet. My decision to go on Friday even though I was exhausted from the lack of sleep from previous night’s birthday celebration (yep, I am 30 now and still feel like I'm 21) and traveling, was the right move as it also helped me get my free weekend pass from my Vancouver FAN EXPO’s VIP badge.

Nica Stone

Sailor Banana Cosplayer

It was a warm evening and there were only a couple of hours left for the Expo that day. I was on the clock so I got cracking once I received my weekend general pass and filmed sufficient videos of the artist alley area whilst connecting with new cosplayers to promote them on our instagram page. It was at this moment when I met @missnicastone and @sailorbananacosplay at their table selling their prints, stickers and other merch. After a brief chat with them I noticed right opposite to their table was artist @sheldonbueckertart’s booth, who I had purchased a beautiful Batman artwork from at FAN EXPO Vancouver earlier this year. It was a delight to also see some tattoo artists in the same building with some incredible works on their tables while also tattooing some of the patrons.

Sheldon Bueckert booth

I embarked to the BMO Center building where the main stage, celebrity autograph tables and photo op booths were located. It was a massive space with multiple halls housing a variety of merchants. As I found the photo op booth and autograph tables for the celebs, I decided to spend the remaining hour interacting with more cosplayers and was fortunate to finally run into @higher_function who is from northern British Columbia and had followed me on Insta earlier this year. He sported an immaculate Sam Wilson Captain America costume. Right after that I ran into @lydiasteelecosplay_ who was dressed up as the wrestler, Orange Cassidy from the major promotion All Elite Wrestling. She helped me find @kidremington who owns @cancosplaycards who I had the pleasure to meet earlier this year at FAN EXPO Vancouver. Our love for pro wrestling made us good friends on Instagram since then and I was very excited to join him and his other friends at the Hitman Bar, a new establishment right next to Stampede Park in the Cowboys Casino building, built in tribute to the Canadian wrestling legend, Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart. As a long time wrestling and Bret Hart fan, this was a real gift for me.



Hitman Bar

Day 3: Saturday


Saturday was an early day for us, as my cousin-in-law had the first Vader shift of the day. So after an early wake up and breakfast, I put on my Tristan Thorn cosplay, from the movie Stardust, and the whole family (3 adults and 3 kids) piled into the car and we made our way to the Con.

I was told by multiple people that Saturday would be the most busy day and they were right! Even early on, the Expo filled up. There was a huge line outside the Big Four for ticket pick up - I was very glad I picked up our passes the day before!

I picked Tristan Thorn as my cosplay as I was intending on meeting Charlie Cox. Sadly, a couple days before the Con, Charlie had to cancel - maybe because of a scheduling conflict with filming Daredevil: Born Again? I loved Charlie in Stardust - his breakout role - so even without him being in attendance, I decided to wear the cosplay that I had worked hard on! I ended up being recognized by a few other attendees, which made my day.

Meghan as Tristan Thorn

The Con did attract some awesome celebs: Andy Serkis, Bonnie Wright, James MacAvoy, Vincent D’Onofrio, Emily Swallow, and Jonathan Frakes, to name a few. Plus lots of VA’s, like Peter Cullen (Transformers), Sarah Natochenny (Pokemon), Melendy Britt (She-Ra, Princess of Power), to name a few.

By the afternoon, the family and I toured the Con, and it was very crowded. Lineups were very long at every food station and outside at the food trucks. Moving through the con was hard at this point! However, I did have a wonderful moment - another cosplayer was having difficulty with her costume, and myself and a friend were able to safety pin her back into her costume - which she went on to display at the Cosplay Competition! She didn’t win, but it was wholesome participating in the spirit of ‘cosplayers helping cosplayers’.


SewrentiyCosplay as Princess Serenity

The day ended with Andy Serkis wanting to meet the 501st Garrison. After his panel, Andy came back to where the Garrison’s change tent was, and met many of the members in their costumes. The Garrison then paraded to the booth for a photo - the whole Garrison crowding in. It was quite the spectacle, with many fans recording the procession and photo taking session. It was so cool to see a celebrity interested in their fandom, and being so gracious as to interact with them!

Can you spot Andy?

After Andy’s visit, and 6 hours on my feet without sitting, myself and my family headed home just after 3 pm. On my way out though, I met another cosplayer whom I’ve followed for forever - BlaqueWidowe in her Ahsoka Tano cosplay - I love that cosplay brings us together!

Meghan and BlaqueWidowe
Tristan Thorn and Ahsoka Tano


Arriving around 10.30am I met with Arthur to stand in line to get our split second photo taken with James McAvoy.

Arthur and I got talking to many cosplayers all around us and where Meghan our other writer for dailycosplaynet found us in line and where we were able to catch up and share our experiences so far far.

Waiting for James McAvoy as Jean Grey I thought I would be more nervous but there was a time when I caught a glimpse of him and noticed his build was strong but he stood close to my height.

We walked swiftly into the photo booth Arthur on the left and I was on the right. I felt a slight squeeze and I held my breath as the photo was taken. I breathed out a thank you and with his strong accent he replied "My pleasure."

We walked out of the booth and proceeded in a well designed line to receive our photos.

Arthur and I walked to a booth nearby to quickly get protective screens to protect our new treasure. Once our treasure was secure Arthur and I had chatted up a few cosplayers to have a small photo shoot with.

I quickly ran to the car to do a costume change to meet with my friend Erich who is a great photographer. We met near the train tracks and enjoyed meeting these wonderful people and creating new memories!

Photographer 📸 (erich3d)

Wolverine (sheldonious)

Scarlet witch (rescuekitteh)

Polaris (Proudmoore3377)

Cyclops (brightest_day_cosplay)

Resurrection of Jean Grey (Pynkpyro)

X 23 (uvebeenaddled)

Soon it was 1pm, The James McAvoy panel was happening at the main hall. Arthur and I made our way as close as we could to the front but also so we could video Arthur asking James McAvoy a question. During  this time we went Live for his panel so others could see Arthur talk to James. 

After the panel we headed straight to the James McAvoy Meet and Greet. The line was always 5 rows deep but we waited patiently until it was our turn to move forward and to stay as close to the table as possible and this is where Danny Trejo accidentally bumped me trying to get back into his booth and bumped my rear and turned to me flushed and apologized.. stopped his line to genuinely say sorry and that he would get in trouble with his girlfriend if he continued talking to me. And gave me a hug and handshake and then I moved quickly forward to meet James McAvoy with Arthur.

Meeting James McAvoy was very humbling because he really is just like everyone else. His reaction to Arthur's comment to the earlier Q&A from his panel was humbling and James reached over to give Arthur a hug!. Overall all my experience with James McAvoy was very a humbled kind man. But if he is with his children.. just leave him alone respectfully.

After this I did decide to get back to the air bnb I was staying at and become a civilian but with vaporeon ears. And a few hours later I returned to the convention to take photos of some amazing cosplayers and makes some new connections with some new friends!

My friend dani (Saltinecosplay) was dressed as Ash Ketchum and my group of ladies with (missjessbennet) Jolteon, (uvebeenaddled) umbreon, (pynkpyro) vaporeon and (axxiecos) eevee ear we all walked by the voice of Ash Ketchum herself Sarah Natochenny stopped us herself to take photos and a live video! We stopped for at least half-hour to legit hang out with an amazing funny woman!


I had been waiting for this day for around 2 months. It was finally here, the day I am going to meet James McAvoy, whose performance in X-Men: Days of Future Past helped me through some of the hardest times in my life from 2014. Since I spent the first half of my day with Keara, I won’t repeat what she just wrote. I will however, say thank you to her for agreeing to split the James McAvoy meet & greet with me and also being my con buddy.

After parting ways with Keara, I was able to finally meet up with a close friend of mine from Regina, @spidermark82. I had met Mark at the Vancouver FAN EXPO in 2020 when he was cosplaying Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman while I suited up as Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spider-Man. Ever since then, we developed a bond on Instagram and kept in touch until we met again earlier this year at FAN EXPO Vancouver for the first time in 3 years. He was my con buddy for the 2nd half of that day going forward.

I cosplayed Cyclops last year only a couple of times but Keara was the only other X-Men cosplayer in Vancouver who had collaborated with me. It was a real treat to run into multiple X-Men cosplayers at Calgary Expo this year to get some photos for my social media profiles along with my Cyclops cosplay. I had the great fortune of running into a couple of Mystique and Magneto cosplayers who did a great job with their costumes and makeup. If only Keara was still around in her Phoenix costume to snap photos with them too.

Mark and I made our way towards the Cowboys Casino around 6:30 with @analog__android who sported a great Two-Face makeup and costume, for a drag show where we watched the performances for an hour and then made our way to Hitman’s Bar for dinner.

Day 4: Sunday


Sunday was a chill day for me. I wasn’t going to be at the Con very long, as I had to be at the airport at 12 pm. Before I hit the floor, I helped my cousin-in-law bring his Darth Vader kit into the Con so he could work the Garrison’s booth, and then be Darth Vader later on in the day.

Circus Baby from Five Nights
At Freddy’s: Sister Location

I was only at Con for about an hour and a half; my highlight was running into another fan who had just seen Jonathan Frakes. I met Jonathan at Fan Expo Vancouver, and we both gushed about what a wonderful person he was.

I left the con with slightly damaged cosplays, swollen feet covered in blister tape from 3 days of Con where I hardly sat down, but a happy heart full of wonderful experiences, new friends, and old friends. I can’t wait to attend again next year.


Today was the day I was going to meet the man who made me fall in love with Spiderman when I was 8 years old, Sam Raimi. Hence, I suited up as the Ultimate Spider-man for the day and I headed to the Expo at 10:30 AM to be there on time for my 11 AM photo op with the legendary director. I made sure to take off my mask and wear a jacket over my costume for the photo op. When it was finally my turn to walk into the booth, I was met with a “WOW!” reaction by Mr. Raimi, who complimented my cosplay and reached his hand out for a shake with a big smile.

After the photo op, I met up with my friend from Regina, Mark again who was dressed up as the Insomniac Spider-Man and made our way to the artist alley building to meet @missnicastone and @sailorbananacosplay who were cosplaying as two different versions of Spider-Gwen. Luckily we also ran into a really cool Sandman cosplayer by their table at the building followed by a Silk cosplayer.


Mark and I then embarked to the BMO Center building again for Sam Raimi’s Q&A session but we were early and joined Shameik Moore’s panel for the last 20 minutes. I wanted to get there before Raimi’s session began so that I could be first in line for the questions. This panel felt very educational as Sam shared a lot of useful tips to young aspiring directors and moviemakers on how to begin their careers. After attending this Expo, I learned that attending Q&A panels is better than autograph sessions as you get to have a brief conversation with the celebrities and not have to pay for it. You could also get a con buddy to film the experience for you to look back on in the future during a Q&A.

I then made my way to the red carpet with Mark where we walked down individually after being announced. That was my last goal for the day as I had to head back to the AirBnB and get ready to check out and head to the airport. 

Local 501: Badlands Garrison

I would like to give a special shout out to the Badlands 501st Garrison for this particular trip. I ended up spending a fair amount of time in the Garrison’s back area, where they would kit up or relax between time in their booth. Since my cousin-in-law was a Vader, if I wanted to spend time with my family, it was around the Garrison.

R5-D4 and R2-D2

They are an amazing group of people, and were immediately welcoming to me. They learned my name, chatted with me, and generally made it a safe/quiet place to go during the Con. I was extremely lucky to be related to someone attached to the Garrison, and they were willing to let me in their space.

The Garrison does a lot of fundraising for charity - so if you’re ever at a Con, make a donation and have your picture taken. I am all for supporting your local Garrison - I sincerely hope next year, I can help out at their booth for a couple hours as a thank-you.

Impressions on the Con


I was blown away with the Calgary Expo. I was really pleased to see wide hallways between the booths - which did make it easier to move around on the most crowded days. I was also really pleased with the food systems - the con itself gave out buzzers to folks, that would light up and beep when their meals were ready for pick up. They weren’t priced too badly as well, and the quality of what I ate there wasn’t bad for the price point either.

The independent food vendors also had a great variety - in the main room, there was a wide assortment of foods to choose from, and even more so from the food trucks outside. Including pizza, tacos, burgers, mini donuts and other sweet treats, there was a little something for everyone. The line ups were only bad on the Saturday - I spent about 30-45 minutes in line for lemonade that day.

The Con seemed well-run and organized as well. The ticket line ups seemed to move quickly, however the badges had to be activated so you could scan in-and-out of each building. No matter the building you went to, you had to scan your pass to enter or exit. This did make for some choke points where it was difficult to move or had long lines. Having an exhibitor pass was really handy during these times.

Artist Alley had some extremely talented artists this year, not just traditional art, but also 3D printed items, hand-crocheted critters and dolls, glasswork, dice, leather-wrapped books and bags, and I saw quite a number of laser-cut art as well.

The merchant hall had a lot of variety as well - some folks I knew from my local Cons and a lot of new vendors as well. Everything was well spaced, and was fairly navigable. The celebrity area was quite large as well, and never felt overcrowded.

I really enjoyed my first experience at Calgary Expo, and I hope to come back next year!


The Calgary Expo is the best FAN EXPO I attended in Canada since 2016 in Toronto considering the star power of the celebrities and the other festive activities such as the parade, and massive spider-verse meetups. I also loved the plethora of food trucks outside with lots of options for food. My favorite thing about this Expo was the space utilization. Unlike Vancouver, the majority of Stampede Park’s area was well occupied by the expo in order to give the patrons enough breathing room and have more exhibits instead of just local vendors selling their goods and services. FAN EXPO Vancouver Convention only uses up the lower level space of the convention center and oversold tickets this year which made it very crowded. I hope to come back next year for the Calgary Expo with more friends from Vancouver and other parts of Canada.

Calgary Expo is scheduled to run again April 25-28, 2024; get your tickets and we’ll see you there!

By Meghan Charles, Arthur Kaz, and Keara Gowan, staff writers at Daily Cosplaynet

Meghan Charles


Arthur Kaz


      Keara Gowan


Vancouver Comic & Toy Show - April 2023

Who doesn’t get excited when they hear the words ‘Comics’, ‘Toys’ and ‘Con’? Two of those three words appeared this April with the latest Vancouver Comic & Toy Show from the owners of Canadian Comics, held at the popular PNE Forum.

While it’s not as big as Fan Expo or Anime Revolution, this event certainly gives local pop culture fans something to look forward to in-between the larger conventions.

Over 300 tables of sellers were present, some offering the usual goodies, such as comics and toys and then there were the vendors that sold slightly more unique products, such as scented candles, custom made magnets and 3D printed mugs.

General Admission: Saturday $22.00, Sunday $15.00, 2 Day Pass $25.00, Kids 12 and under FREE! Tickets sold online, or cash at the door.

Plus…Big Kudos to this!

MULTIPLE GIANT-$IZE DOOR PRIZE$ - Multiple Vancouver Comic & Toy Show $50 and $100 Gift Cards for use anywhere at the Show to be Mystery Bag drawn during the Pre-show Line-up on Both Days! Plus, Multiple Gift Cards for use anywhere at the Show to be randomly handed out at the door Both Days!

Our reporters Sammy (cosplaying as Captain Marvel) and Arthur (cosplaying as the Ultimate Spiderman) were there to cover the event and interview some of the vendors and fellow cosplayers on Saturday the 1st of April.

Here’s what they got up to!

501st Garrison

I was so excited that I would be teaming up with fellow Marvel fan and co-writer Arthur to cover this event. Arthur is a great cosplayer and has become a good friend, his passion for cosplay is admirable, he really gets into character and his ultimate Spiderman was a huge hit with everyone!

I was really looking forward to seeing what Vancouver Comic & Toy show had to offer and it was also my first time in the PNE Forum too. It’s a large space, about 44,000 square feet, the venue is often used for large conventions and concerts, so it was cool to see the inside of it for the first time. 

I arrived at the vendor hall around 1pm after running a little late due to a wardrobe malfunction, I could feel the energy and the buzz coming from inside and was excited to get in and have a look around.

The first thing I noticed as I entered the hall was the shear size of this venue, with its 60ft high ceilings the venue is open and spacious.

The second, was the rows and rows of vendors. It felt never ending, although it certainly was laid out much better than some larger cons I’ve been to, and luckily the vendors didn’t seem too crammed together.

Some vendors were your usual con sellers, selling cool pieces of art, handmade trinkets, stickers that sort of thing. Then there were more unique tables selling things like the 3D printed items from Diabolical Dungeoneer or original creations like the World of Eezoes booth, which by the way was my absolute favourite stall, the creator Kidcitizencrafting was so sweet and has created such a beautiful, magical world of mysterious creatures. I HIGHLY recommend checking them out!

World of Eezoes

Then there were some vendors who literally were just selling things from their personal collections. Some things were quite impressive, like giant collectable figurines and then some things kind of seemed a bit like junk, I feel a bit mean using that term, but there were some items that looked so worn and tatty…But I guess the saying goes; one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!

The main downside to the number of sellers tables was the lack of space for anything else… Apart from having an area for the 501st Garrison, (whom by the way were awesome and helping raise money for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank!), there were literally just endless rows of tables. It kind of reminded me of a car boot sale, not sure if there is a US/Canadian term for this, but basically, it’s just regular people lining up to sell their personal belongings out the backs of their cars.

There also seemed to be rather poor structure and planning when it came to the layout either, a few comic book artists we met were mixed in with everyone else and they kind of got lost in amongst all the chaos.

One guy was so happy we stopped to ask questions about his comic, because most people were just ignoring him where he was a little hidden in amongst other stalls. So special shoutout to creator and illustrator, Tony Bosley, with his new comic book series – The Adventures of Malcolm Ferroid!

Whilst also on the subject, I would also like to give a special shout-out to Jay Mundi, owner, and creator of the ALLStarsYOUniverse

Jay is so passionate about this project and has spent the last 10 years trying to perfect it. He really took the time to explain to us his idea of creating a universe as big as Marvel or Star Wars but using it as a platform to educate children ages 8+ on important subjects such as, anti-racism, being kind to one another and protecting our planet etc. whilst still having fun and becoming the number 1 Superhero in their own YOUniverse.

@candyhappy & @ladyvalkyrie13

I do think Jay could use some help on the marketing side of things, there is a lot of information to remember with this comic book and I think shortening and the wording and explaining will help make it more appealing to kids and less complicated for the adults. But the concept is there, and I wish him all the success.

The biggest issue that we encountered on the Saturday was that nearly every vendor we spoke to said they hadn’t sold anything, or the few that had had only made one or two small sales. We were also told by one seller that the tables were very expensive to rent, $140 for the weekend, but the fact that they weren’t getting any sales meant that they were very much out of pocket.

We tried to give the sellers some hope, that maybe more people would return on the Sunday and make those bigger purchases, but we are also in a recession right now, so maybe people just can’t afford to spend at this time. Vancouver is a very unaffordable city to live in and people are struggling more and more each day. I hope that there were more sales on the Sunday for the seller’s sake…if not, I can’t imagine many of them would return next year.

The facilities were pretty good at the PNE Forum. I believe there were two sets of washrooms available and as far as I was aware the venue was wheelchair friendly. More indoor seating was needed for this event though, as there were only a couple of tables and chairs for people to take a break, and more signs are needed with directions to the outdoors food trucks. We didn’t notice there were more food options outside until after we had already bought a drink and a cookie at the indoor kiosk. This was pretty much all I could eat here, as the indoor food venue only sold meaty pizza and hotdogs, nothing vegetarian friendly and certainly no vegan options. Food trucks were advertised on their website and Facebook page, but without noticing them upon entering, I had no idea they were there.

I also feel like the outdoors space was a bit wasted, they could have easily reached out to local cosplayers to do meet and greets at the entrance to draw people in.

Overall, I did enjoy myself. The variety of vendors available was quite something and I loved getting to know some of the local artists and cosplayers more personally! (Interviews will be uploaded to our brand new YOUTUBE channel soon! 😉).

I just wish they offered more opportunities and activities for local cosplayers. There were very few cosplayers on the day, it would have been nice to have seen more people show up in costume. This would be very easy to change too, offering local cosplayers the chance to set up their own booths, running a cosplay contest or parade, organising unique photo op areas, or maybe even offering some mini panels/Q&A type things would make this event more appealing to our community.

There also wasn’t anything for kids to do either, apart from shopping, which I’m sure entertained them for a bit, but I imagine they would have gotten bored rather quickly. The kids we did come across loved our cosplays and asked for photos, so again, the more cosplayers attending these smaller cons the more fun the day is for everyone involved.

I look forward to seeing if the event organisers listen to feedback and make some improvements, it would be great to see them get as successful as Fan Expo, we could use some larger cons in Vancouver! <3

Sammy as Captain Marvel

Compared to last year’s event, this time they had more space available from the other side of the building for accommodating more vendors. This was a big win for the convention as it not only managed to onboard more merchants, but it also gave the guests more breathing room while strolling around. I still recall how stuffy it was last year in the summer when it was pretty humid during July, and it was packed which made the experience not as fun as this year.

An ancillary benefit of having more vendors is having variety to the type of products and services they offer. Last year it was mostly comics and collectibles being sold by nearly all the merchants. This year’s offerings were more unique. For instance, there was a seller (Hail Clayton) who made and sold special candles shaped to look like stormtroopers from Star Wars, Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, and food items such as ramen soup and corn on the cob.

Another distinctive vendor was selling incredible 3D printed mugs with Dungeons and Dragons themes (Diabolical Dungeons). They also had some cool dice rollers and holders that blew my mind away because I never knew such things even existed before! My hat is off to the event management company behind this decision to bring in these types of businesses this year to further broaden their offerings to all the customers who spend their hard-earned money to discover more than just comics and collectibles.

Another thing I really admired about this event is the lottery they had for the participating vendors. It is something we hope they carry forward as a tradition to entice more creative vendors in the city to apply for the next show. It allows the new players in the market to get noticed and build their brands by giving them the opportunity to meet prospective clients and other business partners. Hopefully these lotteries in the future will see the same growth as the expansion of the event to achieve these ambitions. It will also simultaneously inspire new creators to pursue their passion and give them the boost they need to eventually morph into entrepreneurs.

Lemon Dawn Studio

We were delighted to see the 501
st Outer Rim Garrison organization at the event with some incredible Star Wars character cosplays supporting the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. They seemed to attract a lot of guests to take photos with R2-D2, Chewbacca, Kenobi, and a couple of Stormtroopers in return for a donation. Having an association that supports a good cause at your premises is always a plus point for any big event.

As most Vancity residents have felt it in recent years, the grocery bills continue to shoot up. Hence, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank was the perfect cause to have at this event the way we see it.

It may sound like this event was a giant success based on the previous sections, but unfortunately it was mild. There are a couple of good reasons for that. Firstly, it had very limited online presence. Having only a Facebook page to promote events would have worked back in the early 2010’s but that ship has long sailed. Facebook alone is not sufficient to advertise upcoming shows and attract new visitors anymore. An Instagram and maybe even a TikTok will make a lot of difference in appealing to not just toy and comic collectors but also cosplayers. Like last year, we did not see too many cosplayers this year the day we went to the event. It is imperative for local pop culture events to put in as much effort as possible to attract costumed customers as it will not only help them get better press coverage, but also bring in more die-hard fans who are willing to spend some of their disposable income.

The comic and toy show was very lacklustre this year in terms of interactivity compared to last year when we at least had a popular local cosplay guest in the form of Katy DeCobray, who had her own booth set up while she dressed up as Harley Quinn along with another well-known local cosplayer Julianne who was there as Poison Ivy. This year it felt more like just an exhibition to do some shopping or window shopping. While they did have the 501st Outer Rim Garrison, not a lot of local cosplayers were aware of their appearance hence we didn’t see too many costumed bodies. To reiterate our previous point, you can have a good offering as a business, but without effectively marketing it, you will not be able to meet your target audience.

@wrestlngfan @chadsklapsky @Brightest_day_cosplay

Our recommendations for the next show:

We would like to say, that this event did have a very cool poster/graphic design which really popped on pamphlets, however, there needs to be more effort on the marketing end of things and a little more attention to detail when it comes to the placement of vendors and artists.

Our advice for the organisers is to create accounts on Instagram and TikTok, where most of the creative minds share their content these days. That way they will be able to attract more cosplayers and hopefully experience a boom in ticket sales. To sweeten the pot, maybe even host a cosplay competition to entice the local cosplayers to want to show up there. This will help get the word around online to a plethora of extremely talented cosplayers who have a lot of followers on their accounts. Inviting local high-profile cosplayers like Katy DeCobray again, along with a few other names such as @evilyn13 and AnyaPanda would also help bring in the crowds.

Separating comic artists and other vendors would help keep some organisation and stop some of the smaller tables getting lost in the crowds.

Having an official photographer and videographer on site will also make a huge difference, as they are the ones who make the cosplayers and vendors look good on camera. Addy Davies, RJ Design and Photography, and Dale L Photography are some of the best local photographers who we recommend for great outdoor and indoor photos. Their pictures will grace any cosplayer, merchant, and event management company’s social media pages.

Providing more photo opportunities and extra activities for kids will also help make the day more memorable for families.

Lastly, we recommend hiring someone who can help reach out to potential sponsor partners who can provide some funding while also simultaneously promoting the show to their existing associations and customers. Having a couple of benefactors always helps in taking events to new heights.


The organisers have already set a date for October 21st and 22nd later this year for the next show and we’ll be sure to be there to give you all live updates and keep you up to date with the latest Comic Con news! 😊

Thanks so much for reading!

Sammy & Arthur.


   Editorial Assistant/Writer

Arthur Kaz