The Vancouver Comic and Toy Show is a trade show featuring collectible toys, superhero memorabilia, comic books and other similar pop culture items.
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?
In 2021 the Vancouver Comic and Toy Show took place on Sunday, October 24th, at the PNE Forum at 2901 East Hastings Street. That was a different time of year than usual. The 2020 event took place on March 1st. In 2022 it happens on Sunday, February 27th.
This year, the same as the year before, the 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 it has been there ever since.
How Much Does it Cost?
Admission to the Vancouver Comic and Toy Show costs $15 for people ages 13 and older. This is just $1 more than the year before. Children ages 12 and under are free.
What to Expect at the Show
The Vancouver Comic and Toy Show is a great event! At it you can 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 are sometimes chosen at random to win a gift card that can be used at any table in the convention.
When purchasing your tickets in 2021, 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. This may or may not be the case again in 2022.
In addition to all the items that were for sale, at the show there are also often comic and superhero artists on site to sign autographs.
Guest artists planned for 2022 include Verne Andru (from Captain Canuck) and Melanie Kohn (the voice actor of Lucy from Peanuts and Charlie Brown fame). Author Aaron Buck (from the books “Operation Rainfall” and “Planets Unite”) will also be there.
Other special guests in recent years have included:
- 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.
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.
For more information about the Vancouver Comic and Toy Show‘s website.
For a list of other events at other times of the year, check out our Festivals & Events Calendar.