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Welcome to Hal-Con 2016!
Hal-Con is a sci-fi, fantasy and gaming convention run completely by much-too-dedicated volunteers. We are community focused, participating in many events around the Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia (such as other festivals, parades, and gaming events).Learn more
2016 Guest Highlights
Cheryl Gates McFadden is an accomplished actor, director, choreographer, voice actor, and educator best known for her work as Dr. Beverly Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Credited in the majority of her acting roles as Gates McFadden, she began her entertainment career as a choreographer with Jim Henson productions, acting as Director of Choreography and Puppet Movement in Labyrinth. McFadden joined the cast of Star Trek: TNG in 1987. She briefly departed the show during season two, and rejoined the cast in 1989 until the end of the series in 1994. McFadden also appeared in Star Trek: TNG movies Generations (1994), First Contact (1996), Insurrection (1998), and Nemesis (2002). She has made appe...
Jeremy was born in the town of Market Harborough in the middle of England. He is one of six children and even at the young age of five was on stage in his school show enjoying acting and singing. After failing a school exam at the age of eleven Jeremy seemed destined for the acting profession and was soon attending Corona Academy Drama School, making his first professional appearance at the age of twelve when he appeared in a commercial for a breakfast cereal. Following many appearances on children’s television, Jeremy’s big break came at the age of 17 when he landed a major role in the musical film Summer Holiday which starred the pop idol Cliff Richard (now Sir Cliff). Shortly after he went in...
Toby Proctor has been working professionally in the entertainment industry since he was 8 years old. He got his start in theatre, playing the role of "Oliver" and went on to perform for about 10 more years in various stage productions. At the age of 11, Toby started to work on television shows for both US and Canadian Networks. He has also been in over 50 commercials for TV and radio throughout his career. In addition to being in front of the camera, Toby has worked behind the scenes as a cinematographer and casting session director. His list of credits include, Heroes Reborn, Lost Girl, Reign, Nikita, XIII "The Series" The Man, Skulls III, Earth: Final Conlfict, MegaMan 2, Animorphs, Police Acade...
For the past 20 years, Linda has worked professionally on stage, screen and television, and has been heard in hundreds of radio and television commercials worldwide. Her extensive animation career consists of a wide variety of characters including series leads in: Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon/Serena), George of the Jungle (Magnolia), Little Charmers (Ogre Sue), Mia and Me (Queen Mayla), My Big Big Friend (Lilly’s Mom), The Avengers (Wasp), Toot and Puddle (Tulip), Will and Dewitt (Shelley), Disney’s Yin Yang Yo (Saranoia, Ella Mental, Smoke and more), ...
Kevin Hearne is the New York Times bestselling author of the IRON DRUID CHRONICLES and STAR WARS: HEIR TO THE JEDI. His novel Tricked was on the New York Times' best seller list. His novel SHATTERED was on the USA Today best sellers list. Kevin is currently working on A PLAGUE OF GIANTS, an epic fantasy out next year from Del Rey.
Ben Templesmith is a New York Times best selling artist and writer most widely known for his work in the comic book industry where he has received multiple nominations for the International Horror Guild Awards as well as the industry’s top prize, the Eisner Award. He also won a Spike TV Scream Award. He was born March 7th 1984, in Perth, Australia. Raised as an orphan by monks & studied marine biology and design at UWA. As a creator, his most notable works have been 30 Days of Night (which spawned a major motion picture) and Fell. His other projects include the critically acclaimed serial Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, as well as Welcome to Hoxford, The Squidder and Singularity 7, all of which he also wr...
Rob Salkowitz is an author and educator who explores the growing influence of comics and fan culture on entertainment. His 2012 book Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, and TEDx Talk “Transmedia in the Hour of the Nerd” helped focus media attention on the excitement and innovation coming from comics. Rob teaches communications at the University of Washington, writes regularly for Forbes and ICv2, moderates panels at conventions worldwide, and has appeared on CBC, “The Today Show,” NPR and other programs talking about trends in the industry.
Mike Rooth is a Canadian Freelance Art Mercenary with an illustration career that spans two centuries. Rooth has created comics, pinups and variant covers for both independent creators and mainstream comic publishers alike (Image Comics' NAILBITER, THE WICKED + THE DEVINE, Dark Horse/ Dynamite RED SONJA/CONAN, IDW/Templesmith's THE SQUIDDER, Chapter House CAPTAIN CANUCK, FUBAR: By The SWORD and others) while working on his own original comics creation WIDOWSWAKE.
Fred Kennedy is a Kentville boy done good. After touring the country and getting fired from one radio station after another he finally landed in Toronto where he proceeded to work on radio again, only this time he also began working in television, hosting Fred at Night on Teletoon. Then he got fired from there too. But all the while he's been publishing indie comics like Teuton, Monstrosity, Helos, Son of Gothra, Mike Gorbsmith, and now The Fourth Planet, which has been picked up by Chapterhouse Comics and is available at your local comic shop!
Rodney had a passion for teaching and playing board games that led him to start a Youtube channel in 2011 dedicated to the idea of sharing the hobby. Since then, Watch It Played has fully taught over 100 games and produced over 750 videos, growing to be the number one source for board game instructional content in the hobby. A project that began as a part time hobby from his basement in Prince Edward Island, has turned into full-time work that now has him working with major publishers in the tabletop industry from all over the world… from that same basement. Keen to spread the hobby further, you’ll find Rodney active on-line and in the community, w...
Becky fell in love with cosplay after she attended Hal-Con in 2015. Seeing everyone's creativity and passion, sparked her own. Wearing her first cosplay, she felt anxious but excited! She was hesitant how people would respond but the Hal-Con community was enormously supportive, friendly, and welcoming! Cosplaying has helped her grow and discover herself, pushing her outside her comfort zone, and exploring a different form of self-expression. Today she helps others discover the same passion by helping them create their own cosplays with tutorials and answering questions on her social media pages.
Fat Apollo, Michael McCluskey, is a mixture of all things geeky and nerdy rolled up in a crunchy comedic shell. Fat Apollo was the first to harness the raw sexuality of geek culture, and has, 4 times, been voted “Sexiest Person in Halifax”(ending Ellen Page’s undefeated seven-year run), 2nd most Halifamous celebrity and Best Local Character by readers of The Coast magazine. His feature film work features critical, but blink and you’ll miss them, background roles in, Look Who’s Talking, Here’s to Life, and Stephen King’s Needful Things. He was almost in The X-Files, but had to settle for traveling in a tiny float plane with David Duchovny on the day he proposed to Tea Leone. Tea rejected Fat Apo...