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I wrote a big long post last year about how fan Expo and I were breaking up. I extended the relationship metaphor into the whole “it’s not you, it’s me cliché”, coming down the side of no, wait, it’s you. (And it is, Fan Expo, make no mistake.)

However, in the same post, I admitted that the likelihood of us getting back together for a weekend fling this year was high. This is Fan Expo number 20, and I know you’ll be pulling out all of the stops to get my money. And this is in spite of the fact that you’ve chosen to take place on Labor Day weekend this year, which increases my hotel bill, or, forces me to stay farther away keep the hotel bill the same.

Your competition is Montréal Comic Con, who is announcing guests faster than you are, in spite of being several weeks later, and I think this is a marketing tactic designed to try to get me to book before you’ve announced enough to pique my interest. Up until a couple of days ago, it was working.

Montréal has confirmed six of the seven primary actors from Star Trek the next generation. Only CaptainPicard himself, Patrick Stewart, has yet to sign on. This, and the addition of Robert England, whom we missed at Ottawa by leaving a little early, definitely had Montréal in first place, in spite of the fact that fan Expo has booked William Shatner and Elijah Wood, Capt. Deckard and no not Capt. Kirk and Frodo. I’ve seen Shatner speak three times in, and very much enjoy. I’d love to see him again, but I was bouncing that out against six members of the next generation cast.

Oh, wait, Montréal has also announced Q, John DeLancie, and Tasha Yar, Denise Crosby. So now I’m looking at six principles and two key secondaries from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Montréal was definitely in first place.

Until you announced Adam West and Burt Ward, the original Batman and Robin. You’re making it hard, Fan Expo, as you intended.

When I consider the entire family, the variety of guests already announced for fan Expo, and they’re not even close to being finished announcing, fan Expo just pulled instantly ahead. Because we’re now looking at Captain Kirk, Frodo, Batman and Robin, the many characters of Bruce Campbell (who we saw at Ottawa but was very entertaining), and Stan the Man Lee, whom I have met, but never actually heard speak because last year I took the girls to a photo op while Lesli and Erik went to see Stanley.

I think I might be ready for that fling with fan Expo. And because I know there will be more announcements, and because the girls are hoping for another Vocaloid concert, and because there will be other things that I want to see and do whilewe’re there, I think I’m ready to book the hotel now.

Oh, I know you’re going to disappoint me again, Fan Expo. The crowds on Saturday will jack up my stress level, and the organization for autographs and photo ops will drive me up the wall, but I have the sneaking suspicion that one of the seven Skype calls that Leonard Nimoy has signed on to do this year could be there, and if they set it up so that it happens with William Shatner on stage to converse with him, I don’t think I could forgive myself for missing it.

So I think I’m ready Fan Expo. Break my heart again.

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