POW! Parade of Wonders & Calgary Expo

We get to do a really different type of entertainment PR when it comes to the media relations demanded of the comic-con (fan conference or convention) world. This past spring at Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo we hosted over 60K fans and the stars of Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Dr Who, Star Trek, Princess Bride, X-Files, and Star Wars (even Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher). You’ve never seen so many Slave Leia costumes! And then there was the concert for Weird Al Yankovic.

A highlight was doing the PR around Calgary’s first POW! Parade of Wonders – a parade built on the bizarre world of cosplay: Co-Marshalled by the Torchwood Trio: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, & Garret David Lloyd and Calgary Mayor Nenshi – who even rode in the ‘Back to the Future’ Deloren. Did we mention Mayor Nenshi even made our celebs honorary Calgarians in a White Hatting Ceremony.
Screen Shot 2013-09-07 at 7.06.24 PM Screen Shot 2013-09-07 at 6.50.07 PM

Screen Shot 2013-09-07 at 7.13.20 PM Screen Shot 2013-09-07 at 6.50.50 PM

There was also an interesting morning press circuit with Casper Van Dien who had a Stormtroopers flashback while hosting the morning weather report on Breakfast TV and when we stopped by to see Tarzan Dan at the KOOL FM morning show – we were all wide awake after he broke out a Tarzan cry and showed off his Casper tattoo. It’s not every day that a publicist gets to enlist the help of Will Wheaton to write Star Trek-centric interview questions for other celebrity guests. Oh the lengths we go to, to help our media friends get their interviews!

Fan Expo Sets Records & PR Firsts

It’s truly the age of the nerd. This past spring we did the media relations for Fan Expo Vancouver – this time moving into the bigger convention hall. And in 2014 we’ll now be expanding to three days.  We’ll have to top Tia Carriere (shwing!) co-hosting the entire CityTV morning show with Riaz Meghji. And Lord of the Rings star, Sean Astin, front cover of the Vancouver Sun with his joining the Sun Run in support of the Boston Marathon bombings.

And this fall we raised the comic-con bar with social media love for Fan Expo Canada. This year Fan Expo added sports to the event and became only the second event to ever take-over the entire Toronto Convention Centre and hosted over 117K fans! Massive full frontal nerdity!!

DSC09667 IMG_1280