2019 Guests

See you in 2019! Watch this space for updates!

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John Barrowman

Actor

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...

Mark Pellegrino

Actor

APPEARING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY Mark Pellegrino has built a career entertaining audiences and impressing critics with his work in numerous films and television series’ delivering standout performances time and again with his tremendous range of characters.  On television, he has made a lasting impression as the tortured, ‘Paul Bennett,’ in Showtime’s widely acclaimed, “Dexter.” Pellegrino then went on to portray the villainous ‘Lucifer’ on the CW Network’s hit series, “Supernatural,” the mysterious ‘Jacob’ on ABC’s final season of the critically hailed, “LOST,” and fan-favorite attorney ‘Gavin Q. Baker III’ during the final season of TNT’s popular original series, “The ...

Dan Fogler

Actor

Forging an exceptional transition from theater to film & television, Tony award-winning actor DAN FOGLER is well known for starring in JK Rowling’s HARRY POTTER prequel franchise FANTASTIC BEASTS for Warner Bros. Dan helped launch the multi-film franchise alongside Eddie Redmayne in 2016, and recently had the first-sequel, THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD, come out last November. The franchise, directed by Harry Potter stalwart David Yates, extends J.K. Rowling’s magical world of witches and wizards to a whole new generation. Concurrently, Dan can also be seen on AMC’s hit series THE WALKING DEAD as ‘Luke’. His role was announced at ComiCon San Diego to much fanfare, and Dan was thrilled to dip his feet i...

Wes Chatham

Actor

Wes is currently shooting an undisclosed role in the upcoming UNTITLED CHRISTOPHER NOLAN feature. He recently wrapped shooting season Four of the hit series THE EXPANSE, playing fan favorite, “Amos,” after co-staring opposite Blake Lively, Jason Clarke and Ahna O’Reilly in Marc Forster’s feature film ALL I SEE IS YOU. Wes landed the lead villain role opposite Sylvester Stallone in ESCAPE PLAN 2 for Lionsgate. Wes is known for being part of the blockbuster THE HUNGER GAMES franchise, having starred in MOCKINGJAY PART 1 and 2. Wes’ feature credits also include the Oscar nominated THE HELP, the military drama IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH opposite Charlize Theron and Tommy Lee Jones, BROKEN HORSES opposite An...

Tracy Lynn Cruz

Actor

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

Author

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

Author

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

Author

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

Author

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

Author

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...

Kyle Higgins

Comics

Kyle Higgins is a #1 New York Times Best Selling author whose past work includes Nightwing, Batman Eternal, Gates of Gotham, Batman Beyond 2.0, C.O.W.L., Hadrian's Wall, The Winter Soldier and The Dead Hand. In 2018, he completed work spearheading the highly successful comic book reboot of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which culminated the summer hit Power Rangers: Shattered Grid. At present, Kyle is writing the feature adaptation of Hadrian's Wall for studio Gunpowder & Sky, which he will also direct.

Hope Nicholson

Comics

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...

Johnnie Christmas

Artist

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.

Renée Nault

Author, Artist

Renée Nault recently collaborated with novelist Margaret Atwood to adapt her classic dystopian work, The Handmaid's Tale, into a bestselling graphic novel. A Canadian artist and writer, Nault is known for her vivid watercolour dreamscapes, where folklore and pop culture come together to create imagined narratives that are both appealing and disquieting. Her illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, and advertising worldwide. She writes and illustrates the ongoing comic book series Witchling, which she paints entirely in watercolour.

Doug Savage

Artist

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 ...

ALB

Artist

ALB is a Toronto-based illustrator and ASMR video creator on youtube. Through her ever growing platform she explores lifestyle, vintage fashion and pop culture. She recently starred in Reese: The Movie, and also writes and stars in original video content for CBC. She enjoys pastel 80’s toys, horror comics, mango juice, and spends most of her time with her wife and two beautiful cats.

David J Cutler

Comics

David is a comic book artist and illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. He has been working in comics since 2010, his work appearing in comics from Zenescope Entertainment, Archaia Press, AH Comics, and Boom Studios, among others. Born in Newfoundland, David is a member of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation and is a swell guy. After a dalliance with Halifax, he moved to Toronto in 2007 to follow dreams of stardom. He has a BA in English Literature from St Francis Xavier University and studied illustration at Max the Mutt Animation School in downtown TO.

Becka Noel

Cosplayer

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

Cosplayer

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...

CutiePieSensei

Cosplayer

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...

Dan Morash

Cosplayer

Dan is a local cosplayer from Halifax NS. He began making his own cosplays in late 2014. Most of his time is taken up by making props and sets of armor for himself and others. That's if he's not reading comics to his cat or playing video games of course. The cosplays he makes are a variety of super hero, video game, anime and movie characters. Being in cosplay as a character he admires brings him pure joy and loves nothing more than to share that joy with others, and help them along the way with their own cosplay.

FoamWerx

Cosplayer

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...

Bradey Lindsay

Gaming

Bradey Lindsay is a sketch comedy actor for Youtube channel Garanikor, a part-time streamer and all time amiibo collector.

James Lewell

Gaming

James Lewell is a local Nova Scotian YouTuber with a special interest in platformers, weird indie games, and horror games.

Ash Barker

Gaming

Ash Barker has worked in the Tabletop Industry for almost 20 years, the first 14 of them with Industry Leader Games Workshop, building their sales business across North America. Now back home in Canada, he splits his time between writing new books with his publisher Osprey Games and producing Tabletop Media content online for his YouTube channel Guerrilla Miniature Games. He has written content for Osprey's hit fantasy game series Frostgrave along with his own game series Last Days: Zombie Apocalypse and its follow up, Last Days: Seasons. His Mecha-Combat game Gamma Wolves is scheduled for early 2020.

Avery Alder

Gaming

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.

Sarah Tollefson

Gaming

Sarah is a Twitch streamer based out of Saskatchewan. Growing up playing every video game from Pokemon Red to Uncharted or RPGs like Kingdom Hearts. With a love of performing, streaming has allowed her to bring her two passions together. As a female pursuing a career in the gaming industry, Sarah has come across all kinds of people, bringing both positive and negative reactions, but that comes with the job! She’s a member of the stream team Team Kitty, she and the other members of the all - female team have made waves in normalizing women in the industry. Excited about the future of gaming and content creation, the only way she can go is up from here. Keeping a positive environment in her stream, she’...

Matt Bellefontaine

Local Hero

Matthew Bellefontaine has been cosplaying for five years but has been crafting and building for much longer; as far back as 2003 with the Society Creative Anachronism (SCA), and it was with the SCA that his love of smithing, crafting and creating costumes and armour really flourished. Since then he's branched out into different areas of geekdom and fandom including Marvel, Star Wars, Fallout, Harry Potter and so many more! A Hal-Con attendee since year one, he has never missed a year! Matt volunteers with the Hal-Con Community Squad and takes part in many charity events across the province, where you'll mostly likely see him as Captain America. You can also occasionally catch him doing storytime at Woozles chil...

Dr. Sara Iverson

Local Hero

Dr. Sara Iverson is a Professor of Biology and the Scientific Director of the global Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), an international aquatic animal tracking and conservation program, and a Canadian National Research Facility, headquartered at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. Sara also leads an interdisciplinary research program that uses a suite of tools ranging from biochemical tracers to energetic measurements to tracking studies to better understand the biology of marine animals (primarily marine mammals, polar bears and seabirds) and the food webs and ecosystems within which they function. Sara received her PhD jointly from the Smithsonian Institution and University of Maryland, USA, and is a Fellow of the...

Greg Blackmore

Local Hero

Greg Blackmore is just a guy who likes to cosplay for fun. He's been cosplaying for 4 years now, and has been a part of the Hal-Con's Community Squad for just as long, appearing at charity events around the province as everyone's favourite anti-hero, Deadpool. Greg has been interested in geeky and nerdy stuff for as long as he can remember- which has lead to a pretty long list of interests!  He also enjoys sports (both playing and watching), exercise and nutrition.

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!"

Wallace Shawn

Actor

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...

Sweeney Boo

Comics

CANCELLED 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.

DB Woodside

Actor

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”.

James Marsters

Actor

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, ...