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Fan Expo Vancouver: Lou Ferrigno


Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 2:06pm PDT
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Fan Expo is coming to Vancouver April 21st to 22nd, 2012 as the Comicon-style event hosts workshops, panels, gaming, Sci-Fi film and television celebrities, and more.

Where Vancouver Convention Centre
Date April 21 to April 22, 2012
Times Saturday 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tickets Available online. Single day tickets $20, weekend pass $30, kids 12 and under are free.

Previously known at the Canadian National Comic Book Expo, Fan Expo (now in its 18th year in Toronto) is the 3rd largest event of its kind in North America and it will be taking Vancouver by storm.

Confirmed guests so far include: Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin), Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Kristen Bauer (True Blood), Colleen Clinkenbeard (Fullmetal Alchemist), Veronica Taylor (Pokemon), Richard Cox (Inu Yasha), Trevor Devall (Mobile Suit Gundam), Mike McFarland (Dragonball Z), Brian Froud (Bakugan & Jimmy Two Shoes), Mike Choi (DC/Marvel Artist), Pia Guerra (Y the Last Man), Ian Boothby (Simpsons), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda), and Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Key attractions will be celebrity autographs & photo opportunities, sketching duels, costumes, workshops and seminars, retailer/exhibitor area, voice acting 101, the ultimate Fan Expo party, horror author panels, and more.

The 3rd annual Canadian Videogame Awards will also be hosted by Fan Expo on Saturday night, April 21st.

Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk)
Photo credit: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

I had the chance to chat with Lou Ferrigno, The Hulk himself, who is currently on Celebrity Apprentice about coming to Vancouver for Fan Expo.

“I come to Vancouver maybe once every 10 years,” Lou told me over the phone. He previously filmed three Hulk movies around town including The Trial Of The Incredible Hulk, and Death of the Incredible Hulk in the 1980s.

“I’ve never done a comic convention in Vancouver and I’m looking forward to it because I’m sure there’s a lot of fans out there who want to get in contact and see me and the other celebrities at the show.” Having never hosted an event like this (of this scale) before, there will definitely be crowds of fans at the ready here in town. Lou sounded very prepared for the opportunity. “I come down there with my Hulk posters, pictures, memorabilia, and everything.”


Photo courtesy: Fan Expo Vancouver

At 61 years young, and after starring in over 40 films, Lou Ferrigno still holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for being the only person to ever win two consecutive Mr. Universe titles. He’s always stayed true to his bodybuilding roots so I had to ask him what his fitness schedule is like these days. He said that he trains five to six days a week for about an hour or an hour and fifteen minutes at a time doing cardio, free weights, and machine weights. “I still train with the same passion — like I have done for the last 50 years.”

For someone who has been such an icon in American action-hero film, Lou is also a big fan of the genre. He said that he’s read comic books his entire life (naming The Hulk, Fantastic Four) and loves being involved with science fiction. You’ll soon be able to hear him in the all-star blockbuster The Avengers as he lends his voice to The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo plays Bruce Banner). “I know how The Hulk thinks and feels,” Lou added. “That’s why they wanted me to do the voice and that’s something I’m pretty happy with.”

To kick off the excitement for Fan Expo Vancouver, I have the opportunity to give away a pair of weekend passes along with a meet and greet with Lou Ferrigno. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite graphic novel character or hero (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win #FanExpo @ExpoVancouver passes from @Miss604 & #MeetLouFerrigno http://ow.ly/9uGzl

I will draw 1 winner at random from all entries next Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 12:00pm.

Update The winner is Gordon Johnson!

Current contests on Miss604.com

82 comments

  1. Vishi Sood says:

    Gotta meet the hulk!

  2. Vishi Sood says:

    Favorit hero has to be batman! then Wolverine! then the Hulk! wooh

  3. Aaron B. says:

    Batman of course.

  4. Brandon says:

    Always been a spiderman guy

  5. kent f says:

    Jesse Custer from Preacher

  6. Jason says:

    I used to watch the Hulk with Lou Ferrigno. Big fan! As far as favourite graphic novel hero goes, It would probably be Spiderman. Tough to choose though.

  7. marianne says:

    Zounds exciting!

  8. Mark says:

    Ironman!

  9. Johanna D. says:

    Anyone from Sin City!

  10. jake says:

    was a big fan of THE PUNISHER!!!…

  11. Taigi says:

    Touch choice, but Nightwing

  12. Liam says:

    John Constantine!!!!

  13. Samantha says:

    For me, Batman, my husband, the Hulk. #householdshowdown

  14. Devin says:

    Marv from Sin City

  15. Sandra W. says:

    Batman all the way!

  16. au07 says:

    i want to him, so crazy about him!!

  17. maria says:

    Wonderwoman!

  18. Carmelle says:

    I’d have to say Batman, hands down!

  19. @Tim604 says:

    Leonidas from 300? THIS IS SPARTA!

  20. Breanne says:

    This looks awesome!!!

  21. Christine says:

    Batman!

  22. Breanne says:

    Batman for sure!

  23. Robert says:

    The Batman. Also: Buffy.

  24. Jeff MacLeod says:

    I have a long list of Batman comics, some from way back in the 1960s. I’ve been collecting Batman for a very long time.

  25. Teresa K says:

    The Hulk

  26. Jeff says:

    Scott Pilgrim!

  27. harjit says:

    Celebrity Apprentice “Lou!”

  28. Rachel says:

    Batman!

  29. Katie says:

    Batman

  30. Marianne says:

    Batman for sure!

  31. Julie says:

    Wolverine

  32. Alex K says:

    Great dastardly deeds Robin , I am going to Vancouver to meet my Fans ,,, TO THE BATMOBILE

  33. isha says:

    Batman

  34. Evan says:

    Gotta go with Batman … very cool seeing the revamp of the franchise in recent years.

  35. Emily H says:

    I’d have to go with Spiderman.

  36. Stotes says:

    Mr Fixit (the Grey Hulk)

  37. tessa says:

    Spiderman!

  38. derek says:

    spiderman

  39. ed says:

    Sid the Sexist (Viz comics)

  40. Ka W Ching says:

    Superman

  41. Ceci says:

    Spiderman!

  42. winnie says:

    Hawk Girl.

  43. Tony says:

    Wolverine, but the Hulk was a favorite of mine too.

  44. Tracy says:

    100% Batman!

  45. Elizabeth says:

    Definitely Wonder Woman or Supergirl for me!

  46. Mary says:

    Wonderwoman!

  47. Was dedicated Fan of The Incredible Hulk when the Show was on the Air,
    would be Great to meet Lou.

  48. Bernadette says:

    Superman hands down!

  49. Meline says:

    Wonder Woman!

  50. Dee B says:

    Wolverine!

  51. Noelle says:

    Love the Sandman series!

  52. Trevor L says:

    I am going to go with Rick from the Walking Dea dright now… but if it had to be a classic character Iwould say Wolverine

  53. Safiq Maje says:

    I’d have to say Carnage from the spiderman graphic novels

  54. Sabinah says:

    Wolverine!!!

  55. Stephen T says:

    Hulk & Wolverine are my top 2 favorite since I was 9 yrs. old, also my kids fav. As well.
    Looking forward to taking my boys to the Fan Expo in Vancouver. Our first time ever. Very exciting news!!!

  56. Will says:

    Spiderman!

  57. Natalie says:

    Hit Girl!!!!!

  58. Luis says:

    Jesse Custer from PREACHER!!!

  59. Owen says:

    Doctor Doom!

  60. Andrew says:

    Punisher

  61. James K says:

    Ironman

  62. Joanna says:

    Nananananananana nananananananana BATMAN BATMAN BATMANNNN

  63. Sharad says:

    Gotta meet the hulk

  64. Tiffany says:

    Batman and Wonderwoman. 2 I know – but I have to rep the women!

  65. Tom says:

    Spiderman, no Batman….Boom!

  66. mario henriquez says:

    it is definitely the dark knight himself, BATMAN. Meeting Lou Ferrigno would be sweet as well.

  67. Nadya says:

    I have to say Batman!

  68. P Zapasnik says:

    Spider-Man

  69. Glen says:

    Captain Canuck of course, and Ironman.

  70. Jeff Rose says:

    Tried and true, I’ve always been a SUPERMAN fan.

  71. Lea says:

    Definitely Wolverine. Gotta keep it Canadian!

  72. Shawn says:

    Love Spiderman. Love to win tickets to this!!! Cheers.

  73. Bobby says:

    V from V for Vendetta

  74. Michelle says:

    Gotta be Superman!

  75. Al says:

    Spiderman!!!

  76. Sigrid says:

    Batman

  77. Harj says:

    Must meet him!

  78. Al says:

    Spiderman

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