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Vancouver Comic and Toy Show at the PNE Forum

Comic Books at the Comic Book Show

The Vancouver Comic and Toy Show is a trade show. It features collectible toys, superhero memorabilia, comic books and other similar pop culture items.

The event takes place on Sunday, October 23rd. Other events that same weekend include Circo Osorio Circus shows at Coquitlam Centre, a Diwali Boat Party, a number of Haunted Houses and other Halloween events.

 

Circo Osorio in Coquitlam

 

Vancouver Comic and Toy Show

The Vancouver Comic and Toy Show is one of the largest events of its kind in Western Canada. If you like comic books, especially vintage ones, you’ll be in heaven at this event!

 

When and Where is the Show?

The Vancouver Comic and Toy Show normally takes place on a Sunday at the PNE Forum. The venue’s address is 2901 East Hastings Street.

In 2021 the Vancouver Comic and Toy Show took place on October 24th. In 2022 there are three shows, two of which have already happened. One took place on February 27th and another was on June 26th.

The next Vancouver Comic and Toy Show takes place on Sunday, October 23rd, in 2022. The same as usual, doors open at 11:00 am and the place closes at 5:00 pm.

Up until 2019, the event took place at the Vancouver Croatian Cultural Centre. However, it moved to the PNE Forum that year and has been there ever since.

 

Popartbyks Comic Poster Display
Popartbyks’ Vendor Display

 

How Much Does it Cost?

Admission to the Vancouver Comic and Toy Show costs $15 for people ages 13 and older.  Children ages 12 and under enter for free.

 

What to Expect at the Show

The Vancouver Comic and Toy Show is a great event (assuming you like comics and collectible toys). At it you’ll see 200 or so tables with vendors selling vintage comic books, superhero posters and action figurines. Also for sale are hot wheels cars, trading cards, plush toys, Funko pop figures and many more items.

At the event lucky guests are sometimes chosen at random to win a gift card that can be used at any table in the convention.

In addition to all the items that are for sale, at the show there are also comic and superhero artists on site to sign autographs.

Guest artists planned for October 2022 include James Lloyd (from Futurama Comics), Chris Ayers (poster artist), Jaqueline Tyracek (Cranial Moon Designs) and Vance Nevada (former wrestler). Melanie Kohn (voice of Lucy van Pelt) and comic artists Ryan Heshka and Robin Thompson will also be there.

Other special guests in recent years have included the following:

  • Aaron Buck – a creative fan fiction comic book writer who published his first original book in 2020.
  • John Gallagher – a Vancouver-based artist who created illustrations for popular films and TV shows such as Power Rangers, Once Upon A Time, Twilight Zone and Umbrella Academy.
  • Randy Stone – creator of the brand Altruistic Comics, he has created many comics including Eskimo Kisses, Champion and Death and Comics.
  • Diana Greenhalgh – a BC illustrator and designer who has worked with 20th Century Fox and Marvel on Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse and Upper Deck.

 

John Gallagher at Vancouver Comic Show
Artist John Gallagher

 

Tips and Tricks

Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your experience at the trade show.

TIP #1: Walk around the show and make a list of all the potential items you have an interest in purchasing before buying any. They may be available from more than one vendor and then you can compare the prices between the two and buy the less expensive one.

TIP #2: Despite TIP #1, if you see something you really want, especially if it’s rare, recognize that if you don’t buy it right away that it might be gone by the time you get back!

TIP #3: Don’t be afraid to barter. If you can find the person in charge of the table they will often negotiate the price, especially if you are buying more than one item from them.

Tip #4: If you want some of the more rare items make sure you get there a bit before 11:00. There is usually a long line-up to get in for the first hour of the show, but it’s worth waiting in if you are looking for a specific item.

 

Other Information

For more information about the Vancouver Comic and Toy Show‘s website.

If you like comics, superheroes and anime, other Lower Mainland events you might be interested in include the following:

For a list of other events at other times of the year, check out our Festivals & Events Calendar.