The Vancouver Comic and Toy Show is a trade show featuring collectible toys, superhero memorabilia, comic books and other similar pop culture items.
Tentative dates for the event in 2021 were going to be February 28th, June 27th and October 24th. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the February event has been cancelled. Details about the other two events are to be confirmed.
Vancouver Comic and Toy Show
In 2020 the Vancouver Comic and Toy Show took place on Sunday, March 1st, at the PNE Forum at 2901 East Hastings Street between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm.
This was the event’s second year at this venue. In previous years it has been at the Vancouver Croatian Cultural Centre.
General Admission in 2020 was $12 but for children ages 12 and under it’s free. 2022 details will likely be similar.
What to Expect at the Show
At the Vancouver Comic and Toy Show in 2020 you could expect to see close to two hundred tables with vendors selling vintage comic books, superhero posters, action figurines, hot wheels, trading cards, plush toys, Funko pop figures and many more items. At the door lucky guests were chosen at random to win a gift card that could be used at any table in the convention.
When purchasing your tickets, there was a stand next to the table where you could donate money or non-perishable food items to the Vancouver Food Bank. If you donated, you received some raffle tickets for free.
In addition to all the items that were for sale, at the show there were also comic and superhero artists on site to sign autographs.
Special guests in 2020 included:
- Aaron Buck – a creative fan fiction comic book writer who had just published his first original book.
- 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.
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: Don’t be afraid to barter. This show is more of a market-style set up so if you can find the person in charge of the table they will likely negotiate the price, especially if you are buying more than one item from them.
Tip #3: If you want some of the more rare items make sure you get there a bit before 11. 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.
For more information about the Vancouver Comic and Toy Show see the Canadian Comics website.
For a list of other events at other times of the year, check out our Festivals & Events Calendar.