2015 Guests

John de Lancie

Actor

Mr. de Lancie has an eclectic career: His film credits include, “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle”, “The Fisher King”, “Bad Influence”, The Onion Field”, “Taking Care of Business”, “Fearless”, “Multiplicity”, “Women on Top”, “Nicholas”, “Good Advise”, “Patient 14”, “The Big Time”, “Reign on Me” and soon to be released “Pathology”, “Game”, “Teenius” and “Crank2.” Mr. de Lancie has appeared in numerous television shows including; “Hill Street Blues”, “West Wing”, “Shark”, “Without a Trace”, “Sports Night”, “Judging Amy”, “The Closer”; “Star Trek”, “Legend”, “LA Law”, “Picket Fences”, “Civil Wars”,...
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John Rhys-Davies

Actor

Appearing Saturday Only. Iconic British actor John Rhys-Davies, best known to film audiences for his roles in the blockbuster hits RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, was introduced to a new generation of fans in the blockbuster trilogy THE LORD OF THE RINGS (THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS, AND THE RETURN OF THE KING) in the role of Gimli the dwarf. When not busy with these blockbusters, he was a ubiquitous presence in international television and film, where he essayed numerous military and professorial types, as well as a wide variety of ethnicities. Rhys-Davies also lent his formidable voice to countless animated efforts and video games, making him ...

Amber Benson

Actor, Writer

Amber Benson is a “maker of things.” A prolific writer, she is the author of the five-book Calliope Reaper-Jones urban fantasy series for Penguin, and the middle-grade book Among The Ghosts, for Simon and Schuster. Behind the camera, she co-directed the Slamdance feature film Drones, and (co-wrote) and directed the BBC animated series The Ghosts of Albion. In her previous incarnation as an actor, Benson spent three years as Tara Maclay on the cult television series Buffy The Vampire Slayer and later this year she will appear as head vamp Amelie in Morganville: The Series for Geek & Sundry. Her new book, The Witches of Echo Park, was relea...

Alaina Huffman

Actor

Alaina Huffman was born in Vancouver. She is an actress and producer, known for SGU Stargate Universe as Lt Tamara “TJ” Johansen, Smallville as the Iconic DC character “Black Canary” and currently she reigns as the Queen of hell “Abbadon” on CW’s hit show Supernatural.
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Kris Holden-Ried

Actor

Kris Holden-Ried trained as an actor with Uta Hagen’s Master Class Scene Study and Janine Manatis of The Actor’s Studio before going on to amass an impressive résumé of work on the big and small screens. Playing the cool shape-shifting Fae and detective, “Dyson” on Showcase’s drama series, Lost Girl, Holden-Ried’s most memorable lead roles include “Giles” in A Touch of Pink and “Jack” in A Stone's Throw, and he supported in Gossip with Kate Hudson, K-19: The Widow Maker, and as Wayne Gretzky in Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story. Other roles have included Emotional Arithmetic, starring Susan Sarandon and Gabriel Byrne; Never Forget, a mystery thriller featuring Lou Diamond-Phillips,...
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Paul Amos

Actor

Paul is an actor from Wales, UK. After leaving LAMDA he went to work with several prestigious theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. On arriving in Canada Paul spent a couple of years with the Stratford Festival Of Canada, since then he has developed an impressive resume of TV credits. Having worked on several projects including Combat Hospital, Warehouse 13, Degrassi goes to Hollywood, Mudpit, She's the Mayor, Casualty (BBC), several indie features including Nexus, Long Gone Day, Bastards and Sex After Kids, and the animated web series adaptation of Captain Canuck. Paul is best known for his recurring characters Dr.Roberts in Murdoch Mysteries and Vex in the Showcas...
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Kirby Morrow

Actor

Kirby trained in Theatre and developed his vocal skills on the stand-up Comedy stages around the world. He has played hundreds of characters over the last 21 years, but is best known as Goku from Dragonball Z, Cyclops from X-Men: Evolution, Miroku from Inuyasha, and Michaelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Most recently, Kirby has voiced various characters on Lego’s Ninjago and Star wars, including Cole the black ninja, Anakin Skywalker and General Grevious. More shows you would know Kirby from are: Slugterra, Deathnote, Transformers, Gundam Wing, Team Galaxy, Class of the Titans, Starship Operators, Gundam Seed Destiny, Project Arms, Barbie...
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Gavin Buhr

Actor

Gavin was born in Oxford , England and grew up in the Maritimes. He decided to pursue a career in the film and TV industry and was based for decades in Vancouver BC. Starting as an actor, Gavin gravitated towards the action side of film and became an extremely busy stunt performer and coordinator. To date he has appeared in over 200 shows , many of which are top science fiction and adventure series. Because of his 6'5" height and sheer size, many of his roles have been as villains and bad guys, which he has greatly enjoyed. Among feature films you might have seen him in are Red, The Hulk, Outlander, 2012, This Means War, The A Team, I Robot, The Sixth Day, I Spy, as well as Fantastic 4 and Fantastic 4 The S...

Lenore Zann

Actor

Lenore Zann is a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia representing the electoral district of Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River. Lenore is also an award-winning actor, writer and producer with 33 years of experience in Film, TV, Radio, Animation, and Theatre with a reputation for mentoring a new generation of young artists - for which she received the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Lifetime Award for Service to Community and Country Recently named as a national spokesperson for the Canadian Association of Mental Illness and Mental Health, Lenore is a passionate speaker known for her unique political views, openness, integrity and frankness on issues ranging from society's growing financial inequali...

Kelley Armstrong

Writer

Appearing Saturday & Sunday only. Kelley Armstrong is the author of the Cainsville modern gothic series and the Age of Legends YA fantasy trilogy. Past works include Otherworld urban fantasy series, the Darkest Powers & Darkness Rising teen paranormal trilogies and the Nadia Stafford crime trilogy, She also co-writes the Blackwell Pages middle-grade fantasy trilogy as K.L. Armstrong with M.A. Marr.

Joëlle Jones

Comic

Joëlle Jones is a comic book artist living in Portland, OR. She is currently writing and drawing a new series Lady Killer published by Dark Horse and is also known for her work on Helheim, and the follow up Brides of HELHEIM the supernatural viking thriller series written by Cullen Bunn and published by Oni Press. She has also worked on various projects with the New York Times, Graphic Universe, Vertigo, DC, Marvel, Dark Horse and ONI press.

Jeph Jacques

Comic

Jeph Jacques grew up in Rockville, Maryland and currently lives in Western Massachusetts, although he is working on becoming a Halifax resident. He has drawn comics his entire life, and has been doing Questionable Content since August of 2003. He launched his new comic project, Alice Grove, in 2014. He likes dogs and guitars.

Mike Rooth

Comic

Mike Rooth is a Freelance Art Mercenary working out of his studio (or ‘living room’, as it is more commonly known) in Oakville, Ontario. Rooth was a full time illustrator of children’s books, magazine articles, cover art, short stories, and educational graphic novels for over a decade before he started chasing after his comic book dreams by creating pinups, mini-comics, and cover artwork for both indie creators and mainstream publishers alike: Kill Shakespeare (IDW), Ben Templesmith’s The Squidder (IDW/44FLOOD), Savage Sword of Conan (Dark Horse Comics), and Nailbiter, The Wicked And The Divine, and Intersect (Image Comics), as well as Canada’s own Captain Canuck (Comely Comics). He has also wor...

Troy Little

Comic

Two time Eisner nominee and Xeric recipient, Troy began a career in animation after graduating from the Interpretive Illustration course at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada. In 2000 he began self-publishing his comic series Chiaroscuro which garnered him both a Xeric and PEICA grant and was eventually collected by IDW Publishing and published in 2007. His second book, Angora Napkin was published in 2009 with IDW and was nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award (Best Publications for Teens) in 2010. Angora Napkin was also developed as an animated pilot for Teletoon, Canada and was broadcast Halloween night in 2010. Angora Napkin: The Golden McGuffin, the weekly web serial was launched in 2012. ...

Rob DenBleyker

Comic

Cyanide and Happiness is a daily webcomic and weekly animation produced by Rob DenBleyker, Dave McElfatrick, and Kris Wilson. C&H is one of the world’s top webcomics with international appearances and acclaim and is known as much for their iconic stick figures as they are their often controversial humor. Now, after the one of the most successful animation Kickstarters of all time, C&H released Season 1 of The Cyanide & Happiness Show last fall as well as weekly animations since August 2013.
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Fadi Hakim

Comic

Publisher, Chapterhouse Comics Group President, Captain Canuck Incorporated At age 6, Fadi bought Captain Canuck #1 at a Flea Market Comic Stall, and hasn’t looked back since. Forming Captain Canuck Incorporated with Richard Comely in 2012, Fadi spearheaded the redesign of the Captain with Kalman Andrasofszky and Paul Gardner, and produced the Animated Series- ‘Captain Canuck: Fool’s Gold’, starring Kris Holden Reid, Paul Amos, Laura Vandevoort and Tatiana Maslany. Series Two, ‘The Prometheus Protocol’ and an upcoming third series will make way for a Theatrical Animated Feature in 2017. Fadi Hakim consequentl...

Richard Comely

Comic

Richard Comely worked as a sign painter, crest, embroidery and clothing designer, portrait artist and graphic designer before publishing Captain Canuck from Winnipeg in 1975 and Star Rider and The Peace Machine in 1981. Richard has taught drawing since 1989. He has written and illustrated for magazines and newspapers in Canada and The U.S. He wrote and illustrated three newspaper strips as well as children’s books, greeting cards and storyboards. He helped create a one year post graduate course in comic book scripting and illustration for Mohawk College. His Drawing from the Pros video was a best seller in the North American educational market. He is working with Fa...

Vitaly S. Alexius

Comic

Vitaly S. Alexius is from Novokuznetsk, Siberian Russia. On April 11, 1997 fate gave him an unexpected twist and by means of aerial transportation he was thrown about 5555 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to Toronto, Canada. He has been tutoring on the subject of drawing and painting since 2000. In 2002, he learned Photoshop and used it to develop an innovative, digital-art style, which he called “Dreaminism”. Currently he is working as a photographer and freelance illustrator while painting chapters for the “Romantically Apocalyptic” graphic novel and doing commissions on the side such as concept art, book illustrations and cd covers.

Brenda Hickey

Comic

Brenda Hickey is a comic artist and writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. She's had an unhealthy obsession with the comics art form from a very young age, and can't remember a time when she wasn't drawing. Her most well known work is on IDW's My Little Pony Friendship is Magic series. Other works include her self published mini series Tatian in Halls of the Turnip King, her webcomic series In the Air, comic issues for Bayer Medical, as well as contributions to several comic anthologies.

Jessica Nigri

Cosplay

Jessica Nigri is a cosplay entrepreneur and professional model, famed for her cosplay and charity work. She has cosplayed Morrigan, Harley Quinn, Rainbow Dash, Female Joker and Anya Stroud, to name but a few. One of her most famous cosplays was that of Pikachu in 2009 that helped garner her much attention (she has close to 400K fans on Facebook). In 2012, she entered and won an IGN contest to portray Juliet Starling in the video game Lollipop Chainsaw produced by Suda51. For 2013, she’s been hired by Suda51 to portray Vivienne Squall in Killer is Dead, an upcoming action game whose main character, Mondo Zappa, is tasked with killing dangerous criminals and assassins from around the world.

Ryan Brandt

Cosplay

Ryan Brandt, FakeNerdBoy, is a cosplayer and a big dork originally from the DC area, currently living in Atlanta. Some of his most notable costumes include a genderbent Vi (League of Legends), genderbent Rogue (X-men) and most recently, a DeathKnight (World of Warcraft). Brandt will be debuting his Samurai Jolteon this year as well as MANY more! He can’t wait to see everyone at Hal-Con and take ALL THE SELFIES!

Nathan DeLuca

Cosplay

Nathan DeLuca is a giant nerd, comic book addict, cosplayer, and rabbit enthusiast hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia. After cosplaying for the first time at Hal-Con 2012, he fell in love with crafting and making characters come to life. He has been honing his armor and prop making skills since, specializing in EVA foamcraft and thermoplastics and branching out to casting and 3d printing. In 2014, Nathan started taking commissions and has been working full time since. Best known for portraying Kaidan Alenko (Mass Effect), Nightwing, and Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier, his work has been featured on Cos Culture, Kotaku, JustSaying, Faces, The Gazette, and the cover of Geek Inked. He also travels locally and in...

MHA

Local Hero

Maritime Heavy Armour is a multi-genre science fiction and fantasy armour costuming group. They formed after the first Hal-Con in 2010 and now have branches in both the Maritime provinces as well as the Ottawa capital region. Every year Maritime Heavy Armour patrol the Halifax waterfront to raise funds to help support research in the fight against prostate cancer and take part in the annual Father’s Day Run/Walk for the Cure. You can also find them at many of the parades and events around the city in support of other great causes.

JVPS

Local Hero

The Jules Verne Phantastical Society celebrates a love of steampunk science fiction - a love of history, a love of what if, a love of adventure, a love of stories. The society is named for Jules Verne, one of the "patron saints" of steampunk and the author of 20'000 Leagues Under the Sea, which features not only the Canadien hero Ned Land, but which also celebrates the Cunard steam-ship company of Halifax. The society has hosted numerous public events, ranging from picnics to author meetings, pirate day gatherings to historical tours. The society has curated a museum exhibit on steampunk, given talks and lectures, hosts a book club with the Halifax Public Library, and more. Working with museums, libraries, a...

Kevin St. Pierre

Local Hero

A Maritime native out of New Brunswick, what started out more as a fluke, has turned into a full time hobby. Being Canadian, 5’4″ tall and born almost to the day of the character’s first appearance in comics. It’s perhaps no coincidence that at Hal-Con in 2010, he first “SNIKTED” his way into The Wolverine claws. Kevin prides himself on becoming Logan and with the help of some talented photographers and lots of practice he has transformed himself into what many people you’ve never heard of have called “The Real Wolverine” “…straight off the pages of a comic book”. To quote one avid Convention Goer: “You are the most badass wolverine there is, and I’ve seen A LOT. Everything I s...

Michael Hamm

Local Hero

Michael Hamm is a local model and cosplayer. With the help of the geek community and comic-conventions he was able to overcome his introversion and become a social media personality. His love of 80’s and 90’s pop culture is only superseded by is unlimited passion for all things comic book. In addition to this, legend has it Michael may actually just be a large cat in perpetual human Cosplay.

Adi the Adipose

Local Hero

Adi the Adipose made her way across the ocean in 2012, relocating from Cardiff, Wales to Halifax. After rooming for several months at a local comic book store, Adi met her human and future room mate, Mike Montgomery. Despite several rough patches (most notably an incident involving a Velgaran Heat Ray and several lamp posts) the pair have become a true 21st century “odd couple.” Adi dabbled in numerous ventures early on during this partnership, such as a brief foray into politics under the “Drunk ‘n Disorderly” banner with local celebrity Fat Apollo. 2012 saw Adi’s debut at the 3rd annual Hal-Con where her positive reception led to a position as a part time booth buddy with the convention as well...

Fat Apollo

Local Hero

Fat Apollo, Michael McCluskey, is a mixture of all things geeky and nerdy rolled up in a crunchy comedic shell. Donning Everlast boxing gloves, as well as a cape and shirt made of vintage Battlestar Galactica bed sheets (circa 1977) – Fat Apollo is a true multi-media juggernaut. Fat Apollo was the first to harness the raw sexuality of geek culture, and has, thrice, been voted “Sexiest Person in Halifax”, ending Ellen Page’s undefeated seven year run, as well as 3rd most Halifamous celebrity and Best Local Character by readers of The Coast magazine. He is also the first winner of the Halifamous Chocolate Bar competition at “Sugah!” leading to the creation of the Fat Apollo Candy Bar. The showbi...

Erica Brookfield

Local Hero

Erica Brookfield, aka. Lanthea Cosplay, started cosplaying at Hal-Con in 2012. Since that first time cosplaying, she has found a love for making props and cosplay armour. Mainly (but not exclusively) working with the thermoplastic Worbla, she has created costumes such as a Diablo 3 Barbarian, Tyrande Whisperwind, and has designed and created an Armored Ariel cosplay. She is currently working on many commissions as well as designing and creating her own version of the iconic Harley Quinn. Her work has been featured on The Nerdist, worbla.com, Cosplay Supplies, Cast4Art, Worbla LatinoAmerica, Cosplay in America, EZcostumes, Adafruit Industries Cosplay blog and much more. She is always willing to share her know...

Usagi Cosplay

Local Hero

Usagi Cosplay is a local cosplay group made up of four very unique members. The Howling Shoopuf (Lucia), the creater of Usagi, is studying theatre and film at Dalhousie University and a graduate from Neptune Theatre school. She is also a cosmetologist, as well as a very active cosplayer and world traveller. Miki currently is being amazing with maid cafes and being a profesional loli. She loves cosplaying as well as dabbling in lolita fashion every so often. Madigan (Courtney) is a full time Registered Massage Therapist and esthetician at Massage Experts who actively knits and cosplays. If you ever need to talk to someone about DC comics, she is your gal! Peachii (Xander) is a professional hairstylist who wor...