Fan Expo Vancouver: Lou Ferrigno

Comments 82 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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

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

Update The winner is Gordon Johnson!

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82 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Vishi SoodTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 2:08pm PST

    Gotta meet the hulk!

  2. Vishi SoodTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 2:11pm PST

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

  3. Michael KwanTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 2:13pm PST


  4. Aaron B.Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 2:15pm PST

    Batman of course.

  5. BrandonTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 2:19pm PST

    Always been a spiderman guy

  6. kent fTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 2:19pm PST

    Jesse Custer from Preacher

  7. JasonTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 2:20pm PST

    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.

  8. marianneTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 2:21pm PST

    Zounds exciting!

  9. MarkTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 2:27pm PST


  10. Johanna D.Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 2:33pm PST

    Anyone from Sin City!

  11. jakeTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 2:33pm PST

    was a big fan of THE PUNISHER!!!…

  12. TaigiTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 3:03pm PST

    Touch choice, but Nightwing

  13. LiamTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 3:04pm PST

    John Constantine!!!!

  14. SamanthaTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 3:06pm PST

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

  15. DevinTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 3:14pm PST

    Marv from Sin City

  16. Sandra W.Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 3:41pm PST

    Batman all the way!

  17. au07Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 4:08pm PST

    i want to him, so crazy about him!!

  18. mariaTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 4:11pm PST


  19. CarmelleTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 4:18pm PST

    I’d have to say Batman, hands down!

  20. @Tim604Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 4:44pm PST

    Leonidas from 300? THIS IS SPARTA!

  21. BreanneTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 4:53pm PST

    This looks awesome!!!

  22. ChristineTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 4:53pm PST


  23. BreanneTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 4:54pm PST

    Batman for sure!

  24. kahhleeTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 4:57pm PST


  25. RobertTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 6:09pm PST

    The Batman. Also: Buffy.

  26. Jeff MacLeodTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 6:15pm PST

    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.

  27. Teresa KTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 7:32pm PST

    The Hulk

  28. JeffTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 8:15pm PST

    Scott Pilgrim!

  29. harjitTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 8:22pm PST

    Celebrity Apprentice “Lou!”

  30. RachelTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 8:33pm PST


  31. KatieTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 8:33pm PST


  32. MarianneTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 8:38pm PST

    Batman for sure!

  33. JulieTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 9:45pm PST


  34. Alex KTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 10:38pm PST

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

  35. ishaTuesday, March 6th, 2012 — 11:03pm PST


  36. EvanWednesday, March 7th, 2012 — 3:32am PST

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

  37. Emily HWednesday, March 7th, 2012 — 7:23am PST

    I’d have to go with Spiderman.

  38. StotesWednesday, March 7th, 2012 — 7:36am PST

    Mr Fixit (the Grey Hulk)

  39. tessaWednesday, March 7th, 2012 — 9:38am PST


  40. derekWednesday, March 7th, 2012 — 10:25am PST


  41. edWednesday, March 7th, 2012 — 11:07am PST

    Sid the Sexist (Viz comics)

  42. Ka W ChingWednesday, March 7th, 2012 — 11:12am PST


  43. CeciWednesday, March 7th, 2012 — 1:25pm PST


  44. winnieWednesday, March 7th, 2012 — 4:40pm PST

    Hawk Girl.

  45. TonyWednesday, March 7th, 2012 — 8:49pm PST

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

  46. TracyThursday, March 8th, 2012 — 12:24am PST

    100% Batman!

  47. ElizabethThursday, March 8th, 2012 — 8:19am PST

    Definitely Wonder Woman or Supergirl for me!

  48. nance428Thursday, March 8th, 2012 — 9:56am PST


  49. MaryThursday, March 8th, 2012 — 12:03pm PST


  50. Gordon JohnsonThursday, March 8th, 2012 — 1:18pm PST

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

  51. BernadetteThursday, March 8th, 2012 — 3:05pm PST

    Superman hands down!

  52. MelineThursday, March 8th, 2012 — 6:34pm PST

    Wonder Woman!

  53. Dee BThursday, March 8th, 2012 — 9:16pm PST


  54. NoelleFriday, March 9th, 2012 — 8:39am PST

    Love the Sandman series!

  55. Trevor LFriday, March 9th, 2012 — 9:09am PST

    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

  56. Safiq MajeFriday, March 9th, 2012 — 10:05am PST

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

  57. SabinahFriday, March 9th, 2012 — 10:26am PST


  58. Stephen TFriday, March 9th, 2012 — 11:59am PST

    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!!!

  59. WillFriday, March 9th, 2012 — 12:26pm PST


  60. NatalieFriday, March 9th, 2012 — 2:50pm PST

    Hit Girl!!!!!

  61. LuisFriday, March 9th, 2012 — 2:50pm PST

    Jesse Custer from PREACHER!!!

  62. OwenFriday, March 9th, 2012 — 3:27pm PST

    Doctor Doom!

  63. AndrewFriday, March 9th, 2012 — 9:08pm PST


  64. James KSaturday, March 10th, 2012 — 3:20pm PST


  65. JoannaSunday, March 11th, 2012 — 12:06pm PDT

    Nananananananana nananananananana BATMAN BATMAN BATMANNNN

  66. SharadSunday, March 11th, 2012 — 2:41pm PDT

    Gotta meet the hulk

  67. TiffanySunday, March 11th, 2012 — 3:50pm PDT

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

  68. Samantha ClarkMonday, March 12th, 2012 — 4:15am PDT

    Strom from X-Men

  69. TomTuesday, March 13th, 2012 — 11:17am PDT

    Spiderman, no Batman….Boom!

  70. mario henriquezTuesday, March 13th, 2012 — 11:20am PDT

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

  71. NadyaTuesday, March 13th, 2012 — 11:21am PDT

    I have to say Batman!

  72. P ZapasnikTuesday, March 13th, 2012 — 12:29pm PDT


  73. GlenTuesday, March 13th, 2012 — 12:34pm PDT

    Captain Canuck of course, and Ironman.

  74. Jeff RoseTuesday, March 13th, 2012 — 1:11pm PDT

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

  75. LeaWednesday, March 14th, 2012 — 9:36am PDT

    Definitely Wolverine. Gotta keep it Canadian!

  76. ShawnWednesday, March 14th, 2012 — 10:39am PDT

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

  77. BobbyWednesday, March 14th, 2012 — 11:39am PDT

    V from V for Vendetta

  78. MichelleWednesday, March 14th, 2012 — 12:32pm PDT

    Gotta be Superman!

  79. AlWednesday, March 14th, 2012 — 12:55pm PDT


  80. SigridWednesday, March 14th, 2012 — 2:50pm PDT


  81. HarjWednesday, March 14th, 2012 — 3:00pm PDT

    Must meet him!

  82. AlWednesday, March 14th, 2012 — 11:24pm PDT


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