Calgary Expo returns with big-name guests this spring

Feb 21 2017, 11:15 pm

The 12th annual Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo returns to Calgary’s Stampede Park this spring.

Taking place from April 27 to 30, the Expo is an annual all-ages convention for all things pop culture including comics, sci-fi, gaming, anime, and horror, fantasy, and more.

A number of special guest appearances have already been announced, notably Jeremy Renner, who is known internationally as Hawkeye, Marvel’s arrow-slinging superhero, and seen recently in Hollywood super-hits like Arrival, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, and The Bourne Legacy.

Renner has also been nominated for two Academy Awards (‘best supporting actor’ for The Town and ‘best actor’ for The Hurt Locker), and has lead some of the biggest film franchises in modern movie history (Mission Impossible, The Avengers, Bourne).

Joining him are other newly announced guests: Steven Yeun (“Glenn”, AMC’s The Walking Dead), Ruth Connell (Supernatural), Aly Michalka (iZombie, Hellcats, Phil of the Future), Roger Cross & Melissa O’Neil (Dark Matter), and Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon a Time, Murder in the First) will join fellow Mass Effect voice actor (and Edmonton native) Mark Meer.

Creators confirmed as well

A number of high-profile creators will also be attending this year’s event.

Notably part of the list is comic colourist Laura Martin, whose career includes Backlash/Spider-Man, StormWatch, Divine Right, Universe X, Planetary, JLA, Ministry of Space, Astonishing X-Men, Serenity, Infinite Crisis, Thor, Civil War: Frontline, Secret Invasion, War is Hell, and New Avengers.

Other confirmed creator guests included:

  • Matt Banning, inker/artist (The Darkness, New Avengers, Green Lantern)
  • Tom Grindberg, illustrator (Conan, Judge Dredd, Batman)
  • Ken Steacy, artist (Astro Boy, Jonny Quest, Sacred and the Profane)
  • Marco Bucci, artist (Disney, LucasFilm, Hasbro)

Since it began in 2006, the event has grown to host over 100,000 attendees annually and has become Canada’s largest independent pop culture convention.

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

  • When: Thursday, April 27 to Sunday, April 30
  • Where: Calgary Stampede Park
  • Tickets: $20 to $160, available online
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