A Night for the (Stone) Ages

Dinophiles and aspiring artists alike came out to our first paint night fundraiser, Dinos & Drinks with Nyco Rudolph this past Monday, December 4th. It was an evening of delicious beer and food at PEG Beer Co. along with (of course!) the creation of fearsome Thunder Lizards… wearing Santa hats and wielding lightsabers.
Nyco expertly guided participants through the composition process, and the crowd quickly picked up his techniques. In no time, they were painting away! Check out their finished work in the gallery below.

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The event was an incredible success, and we raised almost $800 to go towards FanQuest 2018 costs! A fantastic time was had by all, and we will absolutely be holding another one! See you there!

Dinos & Drinks with Nyco Rudolph!

Join Winnipeg artist and dinosaur enthusiast Nyco Rudolph for an evening of painting Thunder Lizards in a holiday- or fandom-themed setting. Nyco will take you through the steps of painting a fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex, and then help you dress it up for the holidays or for your favourite fandom. Think the Mario T-rex from Super Mario Odyssey, but with Wolverine claws, or a lightsaber, or a sonic screwdriver, or… (you get the idea.)

One of Nyco Rudolph’s dinosaur-inspired pieces.

Paint, brushes, and a 16 x 20 canvas will be provided to all 40 participants. The completed Dino-painting is yours to take home and hang proudly in your living room. The tasty food and beer at PEG Beer Co. are not included with admission, but highly recommended. All participants will be working from a palette of 4 colours + black & white.

Tickets are just $35 and can be purchased via PayPal or credit card on Yapsody ( or email to buy tickets with cash or Interac e-transfer.



Start time is 7:00 pm, however we recommend arriving around 6:30 to allow yourself time to familiarize yourself with the materials and canvas.

Vendor Spaces Are Sold Out!

Surprised, overwhelmed, grateful.

That’s how we’re feeling after all vendor spaces at FanQuest 2018 sold out just two weeks after our venue and date announcement, and a full 8 months before the event itself.

The original idea behind announcing the FanQuest 2018 venue and dates, and opening up vendor spaces and tickets for sale on October 20th, was to take advantage of the gathering of fans and artists at the Central Canada Comic Con (C4) the following week. We figured that some people attending C4 would see our announcements on social media and mention it to their friends at the con, and hopefully word of mouth would take over from there.

We announced that tickets & tables would go on same a few days before the 20th, on all our social media channels.

Our thinking was that some artists and vendors would take advantage of our early bird pricing after C4, when they were flush with cash after an awesome weekend of sales.

So you can imagine our surprise when two-thirds of the available spaces (originally 42, just a few less than the previous con) sold before C4 even started. We immediately began receiving messages from artists and vendors who were a part of FanQuest 2017, telling us how much they loved the first con and that they absolutely wanted to be a part of it next year.


We were overwhelmed with requests. Not a bad position to be in, but unfortunately it led to us dropping the ball when it came to getting in touch with those who had inquired about tables before the announcement, and the vendors who had participated in FanQuest 2017, but had missed the announcement on our social media feeds. We were so busy responding to vendors who were buying space, we forgot to email everyone else who might have been interested in doing so. We are very sorry about that.

Even after we added 18 more spaces by renting the dining hall at RRC, we realized on Friday, November 3rd that we could not commit to selling any more tables until we re-assess our floor plan to determine how many more table spaces we could fit comfortably into the venue.

We are so grateful for the support of Winnipeg’s creator community, FanQuest would not be the amazing event it is without you. We are working on fitting more tables spaces in to FanQuest 2018, so if you didn’t get a space, please sign up for our vendor wait list and we will contact you as soon as they become available.

We are beyond excited at the awesome collection of independent writers, authors, illustrators and crafters who will make up the FanQuest 2018 Bazaar. We are working with each vendor individually on how to best meet their needs, and we are looking to get creative with the spaces we have available to us at RRC’s Exchange District Campus.

Thank you to everyone who has booked their space and purchased tickets for FanQuest 2018! We can’t wait to see you all there. Keep following us on all our social media spaces for more news on vendor spaces, guest announcements and everything else we’re planning for FanQuest 2018. We can’t wait to tell you all about it!



FanQuest 2018 Venue & Dates!

FanQuest Vol. 2 will take place June 23 & 24, 2018 at Red River College’s Roblin Centre in the historic Exchange District!

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This LEED-certified building blends both modern and classic architecture into a unique campus space that has hosted many events and visiting dignitaries over its 13-year history. Vendors will line the beautiful central atrium, while artists will have their own space in the CGA Manitoba Room. All programming will take place in the fully-connected lecture theatre, and the local Tim’s will be accessible for FanQuest patrons to take a break and grab a coffee or bite to eat.

For more information on booking your vendor space at FanQuest, click here. Early bird tickets are also available via Yapsody. Follow FanQuest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for upcoming guest, programming and other announcements about FanQuest 2018.

We’re so excited and can’t wait to see you all next June at FanQuest!

– Team FanQuest

Everything that happened at FanQuest 2017!

The first annual FanQuest has come and gone, and if you weren’t able to make it out to the U of W this past weekend, boy did you miss out! Some highlights of the con include the LARPs season two screening with live commentary, the Great White North chiptune showcase, Beer & Board Games Live, DnD Improv, and so much more!

In addition to all the awesome programming and events taking place in and around FanQuest, there was a whole lotta podcasting going on! Here’s a rundown of all the shows recording and streaming from FanQuest:



Capt. Fizz & That Masked Guy – These guys were among our earliest backers on Kickstarter, and they used their creator table to podcast all weekend long, interviewing various FanQuest attendees, vendors and guests. The full episode list is here.



Digital Fiasco – hosts Dandr0id and Jack McBastard were podcasting from their FanQuest booth, discussing the latest in video game news. Check out the episode here.




Infinity +1 – Jason Dueck was at the Geekdom House table interviewing passers-by, asking them what their favorite Star Wars moment was. The episode finishes up with a great interview with FanQuest guest D.C. Douglas.



Super Gamer – Host Mark McAvoy was video live streaming on Saturday, sitting down with FanQuest guests LARPs, among many others. Check out that interview below and find the rest at



Of course, Winnipeg’s amazing cosplay community came out to FanQuest in full force,  and local photographers took advantage of some of the U of W’s unique architechture for some great cosplay shots! Check out the storify below and visit the IVR Photo, Melissa Keetin Photography, and Half Light Photography feeds for more awesome shots.

Everything that’s happening at FanQuest!

We’re only one week away from the fan convention that YOU made possible! We can’t wait for you to come and experience everything that FanQuest has to offer. Here is a rundown of everything that’s happening:


The Star Wars 40th Anniversary Social Celebration

We’re celebrating the greatest movie ever made (IMHO) in true Manitoba style: Star Wars themed drinks, food and music, trivia and awesome silent auction prizes to be won. Check out the event page on Facebook and you can get your tickets here.



The DnD Improv Show – Four shows over the weekend, each story building from the previous one, and it all adds up to the epic prequel for their critically-acclaimed Fringe show this fall. You must experience all four shows to get the whole story. Get your evening show tickets here.





Workshops – Just added this week, we have a great lineup of interesting and educational workshops taught by our talented bazaar artists and vendors. All workshops are free for FanQuest attendees, check out the schedule here.



Panels/Q&As – Our awesome guests talk about their careers and answer your questions in the Eckhardt-Gramatte theatre. We’ve also got panels on cosplay, LARPing and live commentary screenings! Theatre schedule.

Video game tournaments – we’re running four tournaments over the weekend: Retro NES, Mario Kart Double Dash, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Star Wars: Battlefront. More information on tournaments here.


Beer & Board Games Live – Come see YouTubers Blame Society Films in their element as they play Winnipeg-made games and enjoy local craft beer. It’s a celebration of comedy, fandom and Winnipeg! Get your tickets here.




GuestQuest – This is something new we came up with: in a small group of 10 or so people, you sit down with the guest of your choice and have a conversation with them about their career, life and the fandom-based projects they’ve worked on! Seats are limited and it is first come, first serve. More information here.

Performances in the Quad – From chiptune artists to j-pop dance routines, our outdoor courtyard area will be a place for you to relax and enjoy the show. Free for all attendees, schedule is here.

The FanQuest Bazaar – more than 50 local artists, crafters and vendors selling the coolest fandom-themed merch around! Interactive floor plan.


All this and more, as there are sure to be lots of surprises throughout the weekend. If you didn’t get tickets as part of your Kickstarter reward, they’re available on Yapsody or at Book Fair, Maxx Collectibles, Galaxy Comics and Gizmo’s Galaxy. Note to parents: all children 12 and under get in for free!

If you did receive tickets as part of your reward, all you have to do is show us ID at the door and you’re in!

Please let all your friends who love fandom know about FanQuest, we want to pack Riddell Hall to capacity, to fill Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall, and to show the world how much Winnipeg loves its fandoms.

Thank you all so much for supporting us, we can’t wait to see you all at the first ever FanQuest!

Gaming at FanQuest!

Video games have been the source of countless fandoms over the years, and we’re celebrating them at FanQuest with four console game tournaments! All game tournaments are free to enter for all FanQuest attendees, with novice and expert skill levels and awesome prizes to be won!

The Retro Detective Challenge

A spin of the wheel dictates which original NES game you’ll play in a head-to-head challenge. The rules are simple: winner moves on, loser doesn’t (but can give it another go if they want!) It’s a different game every time! These games are the foundation of the video game industry, and they’re just as challenging and fun as they were 30 years ago. Brought to you by the Retro Detective, your source of vintage consoles and games in the FanQuest Bazaar.

Mario Kart Double Dash

Regarded by many gamers to be the best of the series, this classic GameCube title is the only Mario Kart game to feature cooperative gameplay. You and a friend will compete against other teams of two for a chance to win the ultimate Mario Kart trophy!

Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Our guest D.C. Douglas provides the voice of Resident Evil villain Albert Wesker in this tournament-fighting favourite, so it only seems fitting that we hold a FanQuest MvC3 tournament in his honour! Who knows, maybe D.C. will stop by the gaming area to take on challengers as his best-known video game character!

Star Wars: Battlefront

Blame Society Films’ Matt Sloan is the voice of Darth Vader in this visually stunning third person action shooter. You’ll face off against three other players on a randomly-selected map. Whoever scores the highest moves on, simple as that!

There is no pre-registration for FanQuest gaming tournaments, you must register in person at FanQuest – first come, first serve. Participants must be in the gaming area when their name is called in order to play. Anyone who is not there will be moved to the bottom of the list. For more information on our gaming tournaments, email


Tabletop Gaming

We haven’t forgotten about the “OG” gamers out there! FanQuest will have a tabletop games area as well, where game creators will be setting up and playing games. Attendees are also welcome to set up their own games, or games that they purchased at FanQuest and play right then and there! Stop by and check out what’s happening in the gaming area.


CharityQuest is our annual campaign to select a single local charity to highlight and throw the full weight of our fandoms at to make a real difference in our community.

Thanks to your suggestions, we have found three non-profit organizations that we would love to support: the Movement Centre of Manitoba, SEED Winnipeg, and the Manitoba Eco Network.
Now, it’s time for you to let us know which of these charities you’d like us to raise money and awareness for at FanQuest 2017. Check out each organization’s website, and then vote in the poll on the sidebar.
We will announce the selected charity for FanQuest 2017 on May 25th.


LARPs is coming to FanQuest!

LARPs is a scripted web series that explores how the imagination of play affects reality—and vice versa. In a LARP, or live action roleplaying game, players assume the identity of their chosen character and physically perform their actions (as opposed to simply describing them). Six twentysomething friends meet regularly to play in a LARP, and we follow them through their daily lives to see the parallels between the game and the real world.

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LARPs was a hit series produced in Montreal and picked up by Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry YouTube Channel. Coming to FanQuest from LARPs are: creator/director Julian Stamboulieh, writer/performer Jon Verrall (Evan the GM), Amber Goldfarb (Kat the Cleric) and Jonathan Silver (Arthur the rogue).