REVIEW: Heroes and Villains Fan Fest 2018

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Over the weekend I was able to attend the “Heroes and Fan Fest” / ‘Walker Stalker Con” conventions in San Jose, California. This was my second time attending the events and I can honestly say I had more fun than I did last year. I have attended similar conventions, Twitchcon and San Francisco Comic-Con, earlier this year, which gave me an idea of what to expect. I was able to meet some incredible people, check out the amazing art and creations from different individuals, and was able to attend most of the panels.

It was announced earlier in November that people could pick up their badges the day before the event to avoid any complications from picking it up the first day of the event. I learned my lesson from Twitchcon and decided to pick up my badge on Friday. There were different sections for the different badge levels and multiple people at each section, which definitely made things easier for guests.  I was happy to be able to pick up my badge within 10 minutes. I appreciate the effort that was put in to make this process as easy as possible. Guests were able to enter the convention pretty quickly. They had multiple people checking guest’s bags, which is something I take very seriously. With what’s happened at other events like these, I’m glad people’s bags were being checked.

I was able to check out some incredible art from multiple vendors at the event before going to the panels. I was a bit overwhelmed by the multitude of art pieces that were available to purchases. I can only imagine just how much dedication and hard work was put into these drawings. One of the vendor booths that caught my attention was Kris Kringle’s booth. He had several drawings of characters from The Walking Dead including Daryl, who’s played by Norman Reedus on the show. ( who I just knew I had to purchase. As an added bonus, he told me that he only made a few of those drawings, which made it that much for special for me to have. Needless to say, I’m very excited to have this in my collection. Make sure you check out his website and follow him on both Twitter and Instagram @deeplydapper. 

I would’ve been extremely surprised if there weren’t any comics for sale at the convention. One of the main vendors was Skybound, which mainly had merchandise and comics from The Walking Dead. While I’m a fan of the show and the comics, I hadn’t read any of the comic arcs after the Whisperer War. I was looking for a new comic series to read. Luckily I was able to find a new comic series that also had elements of horror. I stopped by the Scary Tales Publishing table and had a conversation with the founder of the company, Kevin Glover. He began telling me about the comic that he’s most proud of creating, which is Lady Frankenstein. It’s a modern take on the Frankenstein story but with a female character as the main lead. I managed to read it on my way home from the convention and highly recommend all horror fans, or even if you’re not a horror fan, to get a copy. The first two issues are available now and issue 3 is available to pre-order. From the conversation I had with Kevin, I can tell he’s extremely proud of creating this series and I can’t wait to read the rest of it.

A huge portion of the convention was the panels. I attended most of the panels, including panels on The FlashArrowFear The Walking Dead, and The Walking Dead. It was incredible to see the actors from the show talk about what they do and also share some details about the shows. It’s quite a different experience reading coverage and being there to experience it. It’s an experience I will never forget.

Photo Cred: @magicwheelchair on Instagram

One of the biggest highlights from the entire convention took place during the ‘Green Arrow’ panel. The panelist was Stephen Amell, who plays as the Green Arrow on Arrow. What had already been an amazing and hilarious panel turned into one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen. The convention partnered with an organization called Magic Wheelchair to help on a special fan who was in the audience. The organization creates costumes for children who are in wheelchairs at no cost to the family. They’ve done some incredible work in the past, which I highly recommend you to check out. During the event, several employees of the company presented a fan with her own special costume. Learning that she and her family were huge fans of Doctor Who, the organization transformed her wheelchair into the chair that Davros uses. The entire crowd cheered as the chair was revealed. I’m glad that organizations like these exist. This makes it so that ALL fans can enjoy all the aspects of conventions. The convention surely does live up to it being for the fans. There’s an option for people to volunteer and donate if you are interested.

Overall, being able to attend both days of the convention was an amazing experience. It’s helped me establish my love for conventions and inspired me to go to more conventions. I was able to fully see how much the people who run the convention care about the fans and bare witness to the welcoming environment that they’ve established. Every guest was excited to be there and have a great time. I’m glad I was there to see it in person. I hope to attend more Heroes and Villains Fan Fest / Walker Stalker events in the future.

5 / 5 Super Hero Landings!