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Daniel Chai discusses Northwest Fan Fest

Interviews

May 18, 2015

Daniel Chai is the face of the Fictionals, someone we’ve had the pleasure of working with before, and someone with a deep and abiding presence in the Fan Community of Vancouver. He’s going to be performing at Northwest Fan Fest, and took the time to talk to us about the fandom and some of the things he’s looking forward to at Northwest Fan Fest this year.
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LMM: What does fandom mean to you?
Daniel Chai: Fandom is a way for me to celebrate all of the geeky & nerdy things that make life a little more epic. Whether it’s comics, video games, pro-wrestling or improv comedy, I enjoy Fandoms!
LMM: How do you explain that to people not in the know?
Daniel Chai: I ask them for the one thing they love talking about the most. Chances are, there’s a fandom for that thing!
LMM: How has being a part of the fandom affected your life?
Daniel Chai: I’ve met so many amazing friends through various fandoms, and I get to celebrate with them at Northwest Fan Fest!
LMM: What kind of impact do events like Northwest Fan Fest have for the fandom?
Daniel Chai: It’s a great way for everyone to get together, let out their fan sides, and party! Safe, non-judgemental fun!
LMM: What’s your favorite part of Fan Fest?
Daniel Chai: The favourite part of NWFF is being able to perform with my improv troupe, The Fictionals Comedy Co. Audiences at conventions like NWFF are always amazing!
LMM: Who are you excited to see at NWFF?
Daniel Chai: All of my talented friends in their best cosplay!
LMM: How would you get somebody who has never heard of it to come out?
Daniel Chai: Comedy, Live Music, Celebrities, and walking distance from the Skytrain in beautiful New Westminster. Come on down!

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Tessa Joyce Riecken discusses Northwest Fan Fest

Culture, Interviews

May 15, 2015

Tessa Joyce Riecken is a freelance artist from Vancouver Island. She works primarily in storyboarding, posing, and character development. You can visit her website at http://tjriecken.com/ to learn more, or come by Northwest Fan Fest to talk to her in person. We’d recommend the latter.

 

LMM: What does fandom mean to you?

Tessa Joyce Riecken: To me a fandom is a kingdom populated by nerds who share a similar interest or obsession. A fandom upholds a world of content and keeps the excitement of a subject, new or old, alive. I say nerds with absolute affection as my heart bleeds for them and I myself identify as one.

 

LMM: How do you explain that to people not in the know?

Wereville + assistantTessa Joyce Riecken: It is difficult to fully explain fandom to people who have never been in one but, to put it very simply, a fandom is a positive community that celebrates a shared interest. Not only do people come together to discuss content that has resonated with and inspired them, but people also contribute to the fandom by creating their own work in the flavour or style of the group’s interest, such as: fan art, fanfics and cosplay. People who create fandom content are a lot like musicians who perform cover songs .

 

LMM: How has being a part of the fandom affected your life?

Tessa Joyce Riecken: Every fandom I engage with allows me to step past the role of spectator and into the world of cartoon, anime and nerd culture as a participant. I have personally created a fair amount of fan art which has, as a bonus, helped me grow a larger audience and generate more interest in my original artwork. For some people fan art can be controversial and I understand that. For others, like myself, fan art for the fandom helps me to make friends, practice techniques, honour my exemplars and uncover themes that are important to me as an artist.

 

LMM: What kind of impact do events like Northwest Fan Fest have for the fandom?

Tessa Joyce Riecken: Events like Northwest Fan Fest provide a welcome and safe place for anyone and everyone who is a fan of something, whether that’s comics, anime, games, Star Wars or steampunk, to get together and have fun. It doesn’t matter what you look like, how you dress, what you believe in or where you come from in order to be a fan and enter the fandom. There are a lot of things that divide people in the world. I think it’s important to have positive events like Fan Fest to bring people together; even if it is only over Dr. Who or Naruto.

 

LMM: What’s your favorite part of Fan Fest?

Tessa Joyce Riecken: This is my first time at Fan Fest. But! My favorite part of any festival is meeting new people in artist alley and basking in the positive enthusiasm radiated by everyone. My face always hurts from smiling so much.

 

LMM: Who are you excited to see at Northwest Fan Fest?

Tessa Joyce Riecken: I’m definitely excited to see my friends unveil their cosplay and the Costume Contest. I’m also excited to see my fellow artists and the Live Sword Cutting Demonstration!

 

LMM: How would you get somebody who has never heard of it to come out?

Tessa Joyce Riecken: If they were sceptical, I’d buy their ticket for them if I had the extra cash. And I’d tell them that my artist alley table has free candy.

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Keegan Parker-Flick on the Fandom and Northwest Fan Fest

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Keegan Flick-Parker discusses Northwest Fan Fest

Interviews

May 5, 2015

Keegan Flick-Parker is one of the geniuses behind West Coast Geeks vs. Nerds, the new Community Manager at the EXP Restaurant and Bar! He’s a big player in the Vancouver Geek Community, and he’s taken the time to talk about both the Fandom and how much he’s looking forward to Northwest Fan Fest.

 

Keegan Flick-Parker 01LMM: What does fandom mean to you?

Keegan Flick-Parker: A dictionary-style definition of fandom might be an intense appreciation for a certain work, creator, character, or group – but I think that’s really just what fandom looks like from the outside. Most people who would identify as “fans” are people who have a deep emotional connection with whatever it is they are fans of. A lot of us have discovered things about ourselves, met friends (and maybe lovers), and opened our minds to new possibilities thanks to the books, movies, games, characters, and shows that we’ve come to love over the years.

For those of us who grew up being considered a little “different”, I think that fandoms offer a chance for escape – but also a chance to connect with others. When you meet someone who loves something you love, you instantly have something in common that you can talk about. The best way to make lasting connections with other people is through shared passions and interests. True fandom, in my opinion, isn’t about elitism or “knowing the most” or “having the most stuff” but rather is best exemplified by developing and sharing your passion with others.

 

LMM: How do you explain that to people not in the know?

Keegan Flick-Parker: I don’t know if there is anybody who can’t understand fandom. Everyone must have something in life that interests them or that they are passionate about. No matter what you call them (be it “hobbies”, “crafts”, or “obsessions”) this is fandom. Love sports? Follow your home team? Invite your friends over to watch the games? That’s fandom! Whatever you love – whatever gets you excited – especially something that you love to learn about and share with others – that’s fandom!

 

LMM: How has being apart of the fandom affected your life?

Keegan Flick-Parker: I don’t think I can accurately say that I’m part of “the fandom” (whatever that is) but rather that I am part of many fandoms that have, over time, come together and mingled to form a cohesive mish-mash of things that I love. My interests in geekery, live theatre, and event production have amazingly come together to guide me down the path I follow today and have led to some amazing opportunities.

I believe that anyone, given enough motivation, dedication, and passion can accomplish virtually anything. It often takes a little creative thinking, and the drive to stick to it through the hard times, but anyone can turn their hobby into a vocation, an interest into a career, their knowledge into expertise. My fandoms have helped me develop myself into a well-rounded person who is able to do the work I love with people I respect and admire. Who can ask for more?

 

LMM: What kind of impact do events like Northwest Fan Fest have for the fandom?

Keegan Flick-Parker: Whether you’re someone who is interested in learning more about an interest, purchasing merch to decorate your home or show off to your friends, meeting new people (for professional networking or just personal relationships), taking part in entertaining panels and events, dressing up in costume, or just want to spend a fun weekend out of the house… you can get something from Northwest Fan Fest and other similar events.

What Fan Fest can offer that some other events cannot, however, is a commitment to building and maintaining a safe, friendly, fair, and fun local community. The people behind the event are not a large amorphous corporate entity – but rather, local business owners, entertainers, and fans themselves. They want an awesome local event just as much as everyone else, and it really shows in their dedication to making Fan Fest the best it can be!

 

LMM: What’s your favorite part of Northwest Fan Fest?

Keegan Flick-Parker: Meeting all the people who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to express themselves, learn about new and exciting things, or meet others of like-mind. It’s always a pleasure meeting fans of my show, getting to talk to them about what their interests are, and offer any insight into the local entertainment industry that I can. As someone who enjoys producing and watching local fan-centric events, I’m always happy to meet new people and support new ventures!

 

LMM: Who are you excited to see at Northwest Fan Fest?

Keegan Flick-Parker: All of you awesome people who are reading this article! Come and say “Hi!” and I’ll give you a high-five!

 

LMM: How would you get somebody who has never heard of it to come out?

Keegan Flick-Parker: That depends. I think there’s something for almost anyone at an event like this. Check out the NWFF website, take a look at the vendors, artists, panels, and shows and see what appeals to you. The location is super-easy to get to, the facilities are brand-new, and there is so much content to choose from. You’re bound to see something that interests you!

Give it a chance – I’m sure you’ll love it!

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Northwest Fan Fest 2014 – Wrap Up

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July 2, 2014

 

Northwest Fan Fest 2014 has come and gone and need to be categorized as a success. An event programmed by fan for fans, it combined Cos & Effect, Anime Evolution, and the Vancouver Gaming Expo into a single event that covered a wide variety of geeky interests. (more…)

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Gamers, Cosplayers and Anime, Oh My!

Lifestyle, Showcase

June 27, 2014

Three of  Vancouver’s most celebrated conventions combine like Voltron to form Northwest Fan Fest.  We will be there all weekend providing full coverage for you.  This is our master page with links to all the articles and coverage we have going on. Check out the live feed for up to the minute commentary.  Event Highlights are our must see list. This weekend is going to be fun so stay tuned. (more…)

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NWFF 2014: Event Highlights

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June 27, 2014

2014’s Northwest Fan Fest is freshly underway and there is a multitude of very cool events happening over the course of the weekend. Here’s just a few of the things we’re excited to see: (more…)

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Northwest Fan Fest – Walkoff Teaser

Lifestyle, Videos

June 21, 2014

The audience attending Northwest Fan Fest’s cosplay contest at the Richmond Night Market were treated by an impromptu rendition of the classic Anime Evolution event: THE WALK-OFF!

It was a rematch between last year’s champion Brian Milne and runner-up Arash Azizzadeh.

Strutting ensued… (more…)

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