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 dan@fanquestcon.com.

 

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

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.

 

Less than six weeks ’till FanQuest!

We are now only 40 days away from FanQuest and the organizing committee couldn’t be more excited about it! We have been working feverishly to finalize details for the con, including vendor and artist tables in our bazaar, performances in the theatre and courtyard areas, and (of course!) booking guests. These, along with the DnD Improv, Star Wars social and live Beer & Board Games evening events have been keeping us very busy.

We appreciate everything you have done to help us in creating this awesome event, but we still need your help in promoting it. Skip down to the end of this post for more info on that.

So, in case you’ve missed our posts on social media, or simply haven’t been following us there, here’s an update on all things FanQuest:

1. Guests

We have unfortunately had a few setbacks in this area over the past several weeks. Our committee members were working very hard to secure a particular guest for FanQuest, one who has touched upon many fandoms, but in the end we could not sign this guest for an appearance this year. However, we are confident that we will be able to bring this person to Winnipeg in 2018. The negotiation process with this guest took longer than anticipated, so we are a bit behind schedule for our marketing campaign. But we are still looking for a replacement guest and hope to have an exciting announcement for you this week! We also had film director Steven Kostanski and YouTubers Phylol and Huzzy cancel their appearances at FanQuest due to scheduling and travel conflicts, however Mr. Kostanski has assured us that he would love to come in 2018, and we are working on having Phy & Huz Skype in to a session on League of Legends at this year’s convention.

Not the greatest news overall, however we’re still very excited about our current guest lineup, and we think you’ll love the final guest announcement we’ll have for you later this week.

2. Bazaar

Our FanQuest bazaar is nearly sold out, thanks to everyone who bought tables during the Kickstarter campaign and afterward. You can find a detailed floor plan showing all the vendors and artists taking part. If you or anyone you know is interested in selling merchandise at FanQuest, please email allison@fanquestcon.com.

3. Programming

We are waiting to sign our final guest before we release our programming schedule, however due to overwhelming submissions we have added two more venues for panels, workshops and programming. We have booked a classroom at the U of W for additional sessions, and we are also going to use the outside courtyard space for performances and demonstrations. Even more awesome stuff for you to do at FanQuest!

4. Travel/Hotel

Anyone wishing to stay close to all the action at FanQuest may book a room at the Holiday Inn & Suites at a special discounted rate. Just call 204-786-7011 and ask for the FanQuest rate.

5. Star Wars social & evening events

We have booked Music Vibe DJ services to play the social, and they have promised an amazing light show, along with plenty of Star Wars-themed music. We are also working on themed drinks, snacks and decorations to help transport you to a galaxy far, far away. The Mandalorian Mercs will be on site collecting their bounties (all proceeds to go to charity) and Foamtastic Creations will have awesome Star Wars prop replicas there for you to check out and take photos with.

The DnD Improv and Beer & Board Games shows are still a go, and should prove to be highly entertaining. It is absolutely possible to go to both DnD Improv and the social or Beer & Board Games in the same night. We want you to be able to experience all things FanQuest!

6. Volunteers

We have received offers from many awesome people to help run FanQuest, but we do still need volunteers in key areas of FanQuest, such as guest liaisons, crowd management, information, and the photo booth. If you know anyone who is interested in volunteering for FanQuest, have them email sarah@fanquestcon.com.

7. Marketing/Promotion

As I said earlier, we are behind schedule on our marketing campaign, simply because we are waiting to secure our final guest. We want this person to be featured on our posters, Facebook and YouTube ads, flyers and other marketing materials. We think this person will be a big draw for several fandoms, and there’s no point in paying for a guest to come to a convention if we can’t advertise that they’re coming.

We are bypassing traditional media advertising in favor of those tactics above. We think our money is better spent on guaranteed views & impressions rather than perceived ones.

But we do very much need your help in promoting this event. We are going to start posting more frequently on Facebook and Twitter about the various things happening at FanQuest, most often with a call to action to buy tickets. We would very much appreciate it if all of you could share those posts, with your own comments or thoughts when possible, to your followers. This is how we really get the word out about FanQuest. It’s true that a lot of awesome people like yourselves have come forward and supported FanQuest through Kickstarter, but I know that there are many more people out there who don’t yet know about FanQuest. Help us let them know about it. Even sharing just once or twice a week will help us immensely.

Thank you in advance for all your support, we couldn’t do this without you. If you have any questions about any of this, feel free to email me at dan@fanquestcon.com

See you at FanQuest!

Dan Vadeboncoeur

FanQuest Floor Plan

Check out our nearly complete Bazaar floor plan! Click on any highlighted area for more information on our artists, vendors and attractions.

Floor Plan

Click on any area of the floor plan for more info.

Floor Plan
Gaming AreaMaxx CollectiblesPink Panda CreativeChris ChuckryDon's Prop ShopStellar Evolution DesignsChadwick GintherChristine SteendamSynesthetic PlayreTouch MediaBlue Danube CraftsIan SokoliwskiVersion 1.0.1Capt. Fizz & That Masked GuyJCB ArtSuper Gamer PodcastInstant Imprints DowntownPinkAuraPapel by KayeRenegade PencilNicholas BurnsThe Consulting CrocheterBonnie MailleDuct Tape DynastyMisc. MarionSuper BookFoldsMatthew Dyck & Hely SchumannbokchoiWastelanders EmporiumSteven KaulBy Blackbird DesignsYak and ShadowUnique BunnyPaper Beats RockPsyclone ComicsDeroKunSamaStudio#WOTAMStrange Things EmporiumBronze Age BoyUniversity of WinnipegJ. TanookiChloe SkyGMB ChomichukRetro DetectivePhoto Booth & merch tableGuest CornerVideo Game AuctionsLazy Nerd 204Digital FiascoRaging Ape PrintsDee's CollectiblesLittle Star Gifts

Gaming Area

All gaming activities are included in your FanQuest admission, and open to players of any skill level.

Maxx Collectibles

Toys, comics, tabletop games, and more!

Website

Pink Panda Creative

Original fandom-themed art, skate decks and prints.

Facebook

Chris Chuckry

Comic book colourist, illustrator & artist. Has worked for Marvel, DC and many more.

DeviantArt

Don's Prop Shop

3D printing, cosplay props & accessories.

Website

Stellar Evolution Designs

Geeky & gory handmade goods.

Website

Chadwick Ginther

Author of the modern fantasy epic Thunder Road Trilogy.

Website

Christine Steendam

Award winning & bestselling author of the Ocean series.

Website

Synesthetic Play

Cosplayer, artist & Twitch streamer,

Facebook

reTouch Media

Home of Jonny eSports: podcaster, eSports journalist, game developer.

Website

Blue Danube Crafts

Unique handmade leather art & jewellery.

Facebook

Ian Sokoliwski

Comic book colourist, illustrator & artist.

Website

Version 1.0.1

Hand-crafted hats and plushies, based on geek culture.

Facebook

Capt. Fizz & That Masked Guy

Podcasters covering all fandoms, including wrestling, comics, film and TV.

Facebook

JCB Art

Video game vector art, specializing in Smash Bros. and other Nintendo games.

Tumblr

Super Gamer Podcast

Indie gaming news & reviews.

Website

Instant Imprints Downtown

Customizable t-shirts, coffee mug & beer stein printing.

Website

PinkAura

Original art prints, both poster & postcard sized. Handmade jewlery.

Papel by Kaye

Paper crafts for all occasions.

Facebook

Renegade Pencil

Original art prints, t-shirts & art-related merchandise.

Website

Nicholas Burns

Comic book writer & artist.

Website

The Consulting Crocheter

Crocheted dolls, pillows and plushies themed after various comic book, anime, and video game characters.

Facebook

Bonnie Maille

Chain maille jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, handflowers), maille inlays, and bracers.

Website

Duct Tape Dynasty

Duct tape art based on anime, superheroes, celebrities, etc.

Misc. Marion

Various crafted items: buttons, magnets, keychains, phone cases and much more!

Facebook

Super BookFolds

Folded books of superhero logos and crocheted Star Wars toques.

Facebook

Matthew Dyck & Hely Schumann

Creator of Winterpeg, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi western comic book set in One Great City. Comics & art prints.

Facebook

bokchoi

High-contrast, anime-ish style original art. Featuring regular and metallic prints.

DeviantArt

 

Wastelanders Emporium

Custom-made geek culture-inspired etched glassware.

Facebook

 

Steven Kaul

Fandom-inspired art, prints & commissions.

Instagram

By Blackbird Designs

Steampunk costume items, jewelry, and accessories.

Website

Yak and Shadow

Creators of Surplus of Popes, a card game in which you must prove you had the best tenure as Pope.

Website

Unique Bunny

Japanese cute stuff.

Website

Paper Beats Rock

Anime-themed art prints, buttons, custom clocks, notepads and stickers.

Website

Psyclone Comics

Self-published comic books, original artwork, prints & sketches.

Facebook

DeroKunSamaStudio

Video game and anime-themed bead pixel art.

Facebook

#WOTAM

Funny anime-inspired t-shirts and pins.

Strange Things Emporium

"Where strange is normal." Unique clothing, jewelry, accessories and art.

Website

Bronze Age Boy

Specializing in mint condition Bronze Age comic books.

University of Winnipeg

Information about arts programs at the U of W.

uwinnipeg.ca

J. Tanooki

Cosplay Guest

Facebook

Chloe Sky

Cosplay Guest

Facebook

GMB Chomichuk

Self-published comic books & graphic novels, prints, sketches and commisions.

Twitter

Retro Detective

Used & vintage video games and consoles.

Photo Booth & merch table

Pose at our special Star Wars-themed photo booth featuring Foamtastic Creations' special props, free of charge! Also, pick up FanQuest t-shirts, poster prints and buttons here as mementos of the very first FanQuest!

Guest Corner

This is where our special guests will be meeting fans and signing autographs at certain times throughout the weekend. Similar to a theme park's "character spots," only one guest will appear here at a time. Guest Corner schedule will be posted one month before FanQuest.

Video Game Auctions

Selling previously played retro video games and systems.

Facebook Group

Lazy Nerd 204

Winnipeg-based chiptune musician.

Website

Digital Fiasco

A weekly podcast talking all things gaming.

Website

Raging Ape Prints

They make awesome shirts and prints to sell at conventions!

Facebook

Dee's Collectibles

Awesome toys, comics & collectibles!

Twitter

Little Star Gifts

Japanese and anime-themed toys and collectibles.

Website