The 11th annual Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo saw 103,500 people this year, only 500 short of their record attendance of last year. It is a world class event and the organizers do a better job each and every year. The hubby and I were there for a bit of fun on Saturday and it is just something to see. If you’ve never been then put it in your calendar now for next year so you don’t miss it!
We had a lot of fun just wandering around and sight seeing as we always do. Nothing surprises me anymore and sometimes I have no idea what some costumes are. I saw a guy pushing a cart of cabbages around. Anyone know what that is from? I’m clueless. I do know that this guy below was the Silver Surfer however.
My favourite part was attending the Orange is the new Black panel with Lea Delaria (Big Boo) and Jackie Cruz (Flaca.) Holy man are these gals entertaining. We laughed so much and Lea was throwing out the jokes fast and furiously as she is, and always has been, a stand up comedian.
Lea Delaria was the first out Canadian to perform television comedy. A “professional lesbian since 1982” #OITNB
— Calgary Expo (@Calgaryexpo) April 30, 2016
She had a lot to say about what OITNB has done for the “queer community” (her words) and said she realized that it was going to be a big deal after being chased down out front of a hardware store and asked to sign a screwdriver. Aside from the laughs, it became very clear that she has a heart of gold. She spoke of her parents who had both passed and nearly had me in tears.
I saw way, WAY more than anticipated in the way of fibre arts this year. There was even a booth full of yarn! Calgary Expo really has something for everyone to enjoy whether you’re the biggest Star Trek nerd or just want to dress up as Elmo (saw it) or whether you just want to wander around and gawk at the masses like me.