Toronto FanExpo 2013 – Day One

*Sorry for the delay on this one, folks. Colum and Kendra’s coverage will be coming up in the next few days. (mostly Kendra’s, though. Colum is super lazy these days.)Fan-Expo-Canada-994x350For those of you living under a rock or who are… you know… not Canadian, FanExpo is the great white North’s answer to New York Comic-Con, San Diego Comic-Con, and all the rest of them.  Picture the standard cosplay, panels, and celebrities, but with an extra dash of people saying “Excuse me” while drinking a double-double.  While not the only Canadian con, it is most definitely the largest, and this was by far its biggest year yet.

FanExpo began as the Canadian National Comic Book Expo way back in 1994 by Hobby Star Marketing Inc., but has since grown to become the 4-day event that it is now.  No longer just comics and sci-fi/fantasy, you can now find sections dedicated to anime, gaming, horror, and, new this year, sports, all clustered around a ton of vendors designed to joyfully take all your money while you try to figure out why exactly you thought you needed a $500 Death Star throw rug.

Colum and I were on hand for 3 of the 4 days and, in true back-to-school spirit, I put together a guide of what I learned while standing in lines and eating $8 hot-dogs that tasted like cardboard. Continue reading


KinderScares photo contest winners!

First of all, we’d like to thank everybody who participated in our Halloween photo contest!  We got so many awesome pictures and we love them all!

Without further ado, the winners of our fun prize packages!

Kimberly sent us this pic of her baby mermaid, Annie:

Cutest thing ever?!


She’ll be receiving copies of Scott Nicholson’s ebooks for kids for her little guys to enjoy.

Caffeinated Joe sent us this pic of his daughter as Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd and his son, Charlie Brown in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown:

They’ll be receiving Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex, and A Zombie Ate My Cupcake.

And Tymothy submitted this photo of his son Jubal as the Joker.  Looks awesome!


They’ll be getting Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, the Bert of the Dead art, and Little Monsters Cookbook.

Congrats to all our winners! We hope everybody had a fantastic Halloween season!

The aftermath…

So…it’s November.  Halloween madness has come to an end.  All the crazy build-up to one night of horror-themed fun has reached its inevitable conclusion.


This year, November 1st isn’t just about sugar crashes and cleaning up the chaos caused by a night full of trick-or-treaters.  This year, you get one more chance to extend Halloween by digging through the photos you took yesterday (or last year, or a decade ago!) and entering our KinderScares Halloween Kids photo contest!

We have some fun prizes for your little monsters and will be announcing the winners on November 6th (so we have enough time to sort through and agonize over the choices…it’s always so hard to pick a winner!).

So get cracking and hang onto the Halloween spirit just a little longer!  We love love love the entries we’ve received so far and can’t wait to see the rest!


Our resident birthday boy…

…who really shouldn’t sweat it. What’s being thirty, when you’ve already got three kids and a minivan?  😉

16 days until Halloween

(Happy birthday, Colum!)


This is what things are looking like…

…in my neighborhood right now.

19 days until Halloween


Scour those ancient photo albums…

…for some creepy or cute pics for our Halloween Kids Photo Contest!

Pat Dreadful's youngest terror to help inspire you!

20 days until Halloween


It’s Thanksgiving weekend…

…in Canada, at least.  DT wishes all you northern horror fiends a happy turkey-filled holiday!

23 days until Halloween