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Vancouver Mega Comic-Con a family affair

Sarah Rowland

By Sarah Rowland, 24 hours

If you thought being a devout comic collector was just a nerdy guy thing, you’re wrong. I recently spent the morning at the Vancouver Mega Comic-Con and lemme tell you, there were almost as many she-geeks as he-geeks. To wit: Whole families showed up to the two-day convention at the Hyatt Regency hotel. And from what I could tell, the mothers and daughters weren’t just tagging along — they seemed just as enthusiastic about all the sci-fi paraphernalia, anime exhibitions and collectable toy booths as their male counterparts.

And it wasn’t all just family fun either. The world of graphic novels is not without its sex appeal. For proof of that, you needn’t have looked any further than the row of autograph tables. That’s where the hot, young, rising comic book star Francis Manapul was signing pictures and fielding questions from a never-ending lineup of fans. Also, on hand was the saucy Clare Kramer, who many may remember as Glorificus from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was there promoting her website,, an entertainment hub for “the growing geek contingency.”


Big Sister gala

It’s not often a fundraising gala has the power to thaw the hardened, champagne-pickled heart of a social columnist. But the touching testimonies from girls whose lives have been changed for the better because of Big Sisters seriously had me choking back the tears. Held at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel, the Big Sisters Gala was packed with beautiful people pitching in for a truly great cause. ’Twas an honour to be a part of it.


Closing time

If you’re a fan of Leonard Cohen, the Chelsea Hotel musical at the Firehall Arts Centre is a must-see. Back by popular demand, this musical production features the songs of our beloved Canadian poet as you’ve never heard them before. Judging by the success of the opening night, word of mouth alone is going to put a lot of bums in seats. Show runs until Nov. 3. For show times, visit


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