Buzz Aldrin and Henry Winkler Part of Canada's Biggest Pop-culture Event set to take place this Weekend


    TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Fan Expo will invade Toronto this Friday.
Canada's most popular pop culture event, Fan Expo will bring Buzz Aldrin - one
of the first people to walk on the moon - horror film producer and writer, Wes
Craven, and some of the biggest names in science fiction to Toronto. Fan Expo
is brought by Hobby Star Marketing and will take place from August 22-24 at
the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in the South Building.
(www.hobbystar.com/fanexpo2008/)
    "You'll want to make sure you head down to the convention centre this
weekend as this year's Fan Expo has something for everybody. Buzz Aldrin is an
iconic figure who appeals to everyone young and old interested in the wonder
of space," said Aman Gupta, President of Hobby Star Marketing Inc. "The
producer of such classic horror flicks as A Nightmare on Elm Street and the
Scream trilogy, Wes Craven, is sure to be a draw along with some of your
television and film stars."
    Fan Expo will also welcome fiction film and television stars including:-         Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager)
    -         Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica)
    -         Henry Winkler (Happy Days, The Waterboy)
    -         Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
    -         Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville)
    -         Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings)
    -         Laura Vandervoort (Smallville)
    -         Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica)
    -         Rene O'Connor (Xena: Warrior Princess)
    -         Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
    -         Jeremy Bulloch (Star Wars)The annual event staged at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
encompasses over 270,000 square feet, and focuses on five pop culture genres
including: The Comic Book Expo; SFX - Science Fiction Expo; The Rue Morgue
Festival of Fear - Horror; CNAnime - Japanese Animation and GX - Gaming Expo.
Over 50,000 genre fans from all over the world are expected to attend this
year's event.
    Other highlights from this year's show will include: Informational
workshops with industry experts offering advice, tips and reviews; Masquerade,
Canada's largest costume contest; Rue Morgue Festival of Fear; 600 commercial
exhibitors supporting a full compliment of pop culture and entertainment
themes including comic books, manga, animation, toys, collectible card games,
video games and web entertainment; exclusive show merchandise; millions of
dollars in collectibles for sale, and new this year is the Major League Gaming
(MLG), which replaces the World Series of Video Games.
    For up-to-the-minute updates, and a full-listing of celebs who will be in
attendance, please visit: www.hobbystar.com/fanexpo2008/.

    About Hobby Star Marketing
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    Hobby Star Marketing Inc. was founded in 1992 and has quickly become one
of Canada's premiere sports and entertainment marketing companies. Since its
inception, Hobby Star Marketing has secured a niche in the industry by
specializing in professional sport and entertainment celebrity placement at a
variety of venues and events. Hobby Star Marketing also hosts its own events
such as the 2007 Fan Expo Canada.




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Enterprise, (905) 682-7203, cdabrowski@oebenterprise.com