Even though they had already purchased tickets for FanExpo, many people were told they would have to wait outside because the crowd was at full capacity inside the north building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
“I think they dropped the ball on how much size the convention centre uses this year,” Scott Campbell told CBC News.
Campbell, who was dressed as Cobra Commander, had suggestions for expansion and better utilization of the facility. Commenters on the story were harsh in their criticism, but it’s an internet message board, so use your own judgment:
I had no problem getting into the convention with my deluxe pass on all 3 days. The key is 1) get there early and line up before the advertised opening time and 2) once you are in, do not leave until you are done for the day. As for going out to get lunch, pack a lunch instead. Either make sandwiches or pick up some subway before you leave. A good cooler bag helps keep them fresh all day. And bring plenty of bottled water. That way you avoid having to pay $$ for con food. And you save a lot of $$$ that can be used at the vendors.
That said, the line to get in on all 3 days was ridiculous, and went around the corner as far as Lake ontario. All 3 days I got there early, and the line was at the Go Train overpass by then. But I was still able to get in. Also, the main problem I saw Saturday was them scheduling too many big panels in the same area near the same time, so there was a crush of people who were in 2 different lines and one mob coming out of Stan Lee that caused gridlock in that area, it took a good 30 minutes to get out of there. They need to space these things out over the 3 days better and avoid putting these big guests all in one place.
Also, they should have the concept of “Sold out” like San Diego does. They should not be allowed to get away with selling way more tickets than the venue can hold. Once it sells out, do what San Diego does and stop selling tickets!
Sounds like pop culture is just TOO popular in Toronto.
Artist Jill Thompson twittered some photos photos of the crowd on Saturday and it looks pretty huge.
So who else went? Was it a good time?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.