2019 Guests

See you in 2019! Watch this space for updates!

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John Barrowman


Please note that John Barrowman will be appearing Saturday and Sunday only! John Barrowman is an Entertainer with a capital E. He sings, he dances, he acts, he presents, he judges - he is a unique talent in the entertainment industry on both sides of the Atlantic. John can currently be seen in the regular role of Malcolm Merlyn (aka The Dark Archer) in the hit American drama series Arrow, based on the Green Arrow comic books. The show has been a huge success all over the world, and is aired in the UK on Sky 1 and on the CW network in the USA. He has appeared in all four series of the show. He subsequently guested as Malcolm Merlyn in The Flash, and has also guested on the CW’s hit historical drama Reign...

Wallace Shawn


WALLACE SHAWN has appeared in various films, including four directed by Louis Malle, including MY DINNER WITH ANDRE and VANYA ON 42ND STREET, and five directed by Woody Allen, including MANHATTAN and RADIO DAYS. He also appeared in Amy Heckerling’s CLUELESS and VAMPS, Paul Bartel’s SCENES FROM THE CLASS STRUGGLE IN BEVERLY HILLS, Alan Rudolph’s THE MODERNS, Tom Noonan’s THE WIFE, Rob Reiner’s THE PRINCESS BRIDE, Patricia Rozema’s KIT KITTREDGE, Richard Ayoade’s THE DOUBLE and Paul Weitz’s ADMISSION. He played the title role in A MASTER BUILDER, directed by Jonathan Demme. He is the voice of “Rex” in TOY STORY, TOY STORY TWO and TOY STORY THREE. He recently appeared on television in THE MARVE...

DB Woodside


DB Woodside is currently seen as the series regular, ‘Amenadiel’ on “LUCIFER” on NETFLIX. Concurrently, he has been starring as Jeff Malone, love interest to Gina Torres, on the cable drama “Suits.” Prior to that, he was a recurring regular on the network drama “Parenthood” and he played "Wayne Palmer" on the Emmy Awarding-winning "24." A graduate of the The Yale School of Drama, Woodside made his N.Y. debut as ‘Martin Luther King’ in “The Conscientious Objector” at the Harold Clurman Theatre and this past year starred at the Geffen Theatre in “SKELETON CREW”.

Tracy Lynn Cruz


Tracy Lynn Cruz is most famously known for playing Ashley Hammond, the Yellow Ranger, in Power Rangers Turbo, Power Rangers In Space (aka “the season that saved the Power Rangers franchise!!”) and also guest-featured in two Power Rangers Lost Galaxy episodes. You can follow Tracy on: Instagram.com/TLCYellowRangerTwitter.com/TLCYellowRangerFacebook.com/TLCYellowRanger

Guy Gavriel Kay


Guy Gavriel Kay has published fourteen novels which have been translated into 30 languages and have appeared on bestseller lists around the world. He is also the author of the poetry collection, Beyond This Dark House. His most recent work is A Brightness Long Ago. Before beginning his career as a novelist, Kay was retained by the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to assist in the editorial construction of The Silmarillion, the first and best-known of the posthumously published Tolkien works. Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1980, he has also been principal writer and associate producer for the CBC’s award-winning crime-drama series, The Scales of Justice. Kay has twice won the Aurora Award, is a multiple World Fantasy...

Patricia Briggs


Patricia is the #1 New York Times best selling author of the Mercy Thompson series and has written twenty five novels to date; she is currently writing novel number twenty six. She has short stories in several anthologies, as well as a series of comic books and graphic novels based on her Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series. Patty began her career writing traditional high fantasy novels in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. Moon Called was the first of her signature series about Mercy; the non-stop adventure left readers wanting more and word of this exciting new urban fantasy series about a shape-shifting mechanic spread quickly. The series has continued to grow in popularity with th...

Carole Barrowman


In collaboration with her brother, John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Dr. Who), Carole has written two biographies and five novels, including the acclaimed “Hollow Earth” (Simon & Schuster), a middle grade fantasy series about a brother and sister who can bring their drawings to life and animate into art. Their next novel, “Conjuror,” will be released in the UK this spring. Carole and John’s most recent collaboration is for DC Comics. “Arrow: The Dark Archer” explores Malcolm Merlyn’s backstory. Carole is also an English professor and Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a regular contributor on WTMJ4’s The Morning Blend, and writes a col...

Tanya Dawson


Tanya Dawson is a Paranormal Romance Author. She released her first novel – Enchantment - in 2018. It is the first book of four from The Fae Sister Chronicles series, which will be fully released by the fall of 2019. She is one of the co-authors of USA Today Bestselling Author J. A. Culican's Legends of the Fallen Series. Tanya's first Reverse Harem series was selected to be in the limited edition Anthology – Prophecy of Magic and will be released October 2019. Tanya lives on the South Shore of Nova Scotia with her husband Tyler and their two Labradoodles - Oscar and Elmer. Stay connected with Tanya here: https://www.facebook.com/TanyaDawsonAuthorREAD MORE

Thea Atkinson


Thea has the ever so nifty 'letters' that tell folk she is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, but in truth, she writes more than she sells so that keeps her from letting it all go to her head. She writes what she fancies and what she fancies are stories that don't fit into the regular tropes. Her characters are deeply flawed, the world is always magical, and the themes are usually dark. She used to write with her beloved black lab at her feet and miniature gargoyles on her desk to protect the muse, now her pet warms the feet of the angels and the gargoyles do battle with her sense of procrastination. But at least there's always tea. And tea makes everything better. She has been an edito...

Hope Nicholson


Hope Nicholson is the owner of Winnipeg-based publisher Bedside Press, which focuses on publishing new and old stories from all cultures and walks of life. A historian of comics, she's worked to bring attention to 1940s Canadian comic book history as a producer on the film Lost Heroes and the publisher of 1940s Canadian comic book collections including Nelvana of the Northern Lights. She was also the curator of anthologies for Dark Horse comics including The Secret Loves of Geek Girls and was responsible for putting together the NYT #1 best-selling Angel Catbird trilogy by Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas, & Tamra Bonvillain. She is the editor of Moonshot vol. 1 & 2 from AH Comics, an Indigenous comic...

Sweeney Boo


Sweeney Boo is a comic artist and illustrator living in Montreal. She is currently working on the graphic Novel "Eat and Love Yourself"—a story about a woman repairing her life with a little bit of magic after battling an eating disorder— to be published by Boom! Studios in 2020. Ladies and fashion are two of her favourite things to draw. Sweeney has worked with multiple publishers including IDW, Image, Archie and BOOM! Studios.

Johnnie Christmas


Johnnie Christmas is a #1 New York Times Best Selling graphic novelist. Best known for co-creating the series ANGEL CATBIRD with celebrated writer Margaret Atwood. He’s adapted William Gibson’s lost screenplay for ALIEN 3 into a critically acclaimed graphic novel of the same name. He’s the creator of the graphic novel, FIREBUG and co-created the series SHELTERED. He is a graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, earning a BFA in Communication Design/Illustration. Johnnie makes Vancouver, BC his home.

Doug Savage


Doug Savage is the creator of Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy, a series of graphic novels for all ages, about a moose who shoots lasers out of his eyes and his cheerful rabbit sidekick. This fall, Andrews McMeel (publisher of Calvin & Hobbes, Big Nate, and more) released the third book in the series: Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy: Time Trout. Doug also draws the popular comic Savage Chickens, which he has been drawing (on post-it notes) and publishing online every weekday since 2005. His chickens have appeared in books and magazines around the world, and published in collections by Penguin USA and GoComics.com. Born in rural Ontario and raised by a pack of wild piano teachers, Doug ...

Becka Noel


Becka Noel is a costume designer living in New York City and has been cosplaying for eight years. Specializing in armor and props, she is known internationally for her mashup cosplay groups. Becka is a designer for McCalls Pattern Company and her work has been published in numerous national and international publications. Becka was a cast member on Syfy’s reality show, 'Cosplay Melee' in 2017. In 2018, Becka was chosen as the face of New York Comic Con and had over 200 ads displayed in multiple NYC subway stations. She has been featured in multiple magazines, news articles, and television, including SYFY, Allure, The New York Times, NY Daily News, Mashable, Gozmodo, Business Insider, MSNBC, NYSE, to name a fe...

Dhareza Maramis


Dhareza is a Creative Director for an NYC based Marketing agency by day, and by night he is still a Creative Director working at the agency. But when he has spare time, the superhero tights come on. Dhareza has cosplayed for over 8 years and specializes in armor and props using eva foam, worbla and any other materials he can get his hands on. He was bitten by the cosplay bug after attending New York Comic Con with fellow cosplayer Becka Noel. It didn’t take long before the feel of an X-acto blade and a Heat Gun became normal. Dhareza is one of the winners on Syfy’s TV series “Cosplay Melee.” His other accomplishments in the cosplay circle have included multiple contest wins, including a 1st place win...



Gary Murrin and Hamilton Cornish are avid cosplayers based out of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Having met at their workplace in 2013 they soon discovered they shared a mutual love for designing and building. This led them to team up and form FoamWerk Cosplay. Using their unique artistic abilities they transform EVA foam mats into large and complex creations. Both Gary and Hamilton are past winners of the Sci-Fi on the Rock Costume Contest and have also placed first multiple times in the George Street Mardi Gras Costume Contest. They frequently host community workshops to help other aspiring cosplayers and are often asked to make appearances at various events. Although their large foam suits look...



CutiePieSensei is a costume designer, model, and artist based out of Atlanta, GA. By combining her love of gaming, comics, anime and art in general, CutiePieSensei was able to find cosplay as the perfect outlet to unleash her creativity. Cosplaying has now become one of her biggest passions next to digital illustration and allows her to still be creative with her hands outside of Photoshop. With each new costume, she strives to learn something new and loves tackling different challenges that come with each unique character; whether it is working with a material she never has used before or brushing up (literally) on her makeup skills. She recently has become known for using her illustrative skills to create cus...

Avery Alder


Avery Alder is a queer designer hailing from Sinixt territory. She's the designer of Monsterhearts, The Quiet Year, Dream Askew, Ribbon Drive, and a host of smaller, scrappier projects. In her design and play, she gravitates toward the moody, the personal, and the transformative.

Ajay Fry

TV Personality

It's that Ajay Fry guy! He's no stranger to Hal-Con after falling in love with the amazing energy and east-cost hospitality at his first time as a guest back in 2010 at the Lord Nelson Hotel. 2019 will be his seventh Hal-Con and he delights in hearing "I used to watch you on YTV when I was a kid!" "We loved InnerSpace!" and "I'm watching your new show, Esports In 30 on Twitch/AjayFry!" Outside of his autograph and photo-ops you can catch Ajay hosting the opening ceremony, various guest panels and the cosplay masquerade. Of course, if you do see him, don't hesitate to say "Hey! It's that Ajay Fry guy!"

James Marsters


CANCELLED - American actor, singer and songwriter James Marsters first found international fame playing punk-goth Brit vampire Spike in the critically acclaimed American TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the equally popular spin-off Angel. Film roles include live action Dragon Ball, romantic love story P.S. I Love You with Hillary Swank, Gerard Butler and Kathy Bates, USA original true crime film Cool Money, independent thriller Shadow Puppets, Winding Roads, The House on Haunted Hill and Chance, with Buffy co-star Amber Benson. On the small screen, Marsters can currently been seen in Hulu's Marvel's Runaways. Past appearances include: Without A Trace, Millenium, The Mountain, Saving Grace, Caprica, ...