2018 Guests

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LeVar Burton

Actor

LeVar Burton has an impressive collection of titles: author, director, producer, TV presenter, literacy advocate, philanthropist, speaker, and actor. LeVar’s first-ever audition landed him his Emmy-winning role as Kunta Kinte in the 1970’s miniseries Roots. Six years later, he became the host and executive producer of Reading Rainbow, which encouraged children to fall in love with reading for an impressive 23 seasons. Geeks may know LeVar best for his role as Lt. Geordi La Forge in all seven seasons (and four films) of Star Trek: The Next Generation. LeVar has appeared as himself in Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Community, and The Big Bang Theory. You can also hear his voice in animated projects...

Gareth David-Lloyd

Actor

Theatre, television, movies, voice acting, progressive metal, and the heart of Captain Jack Harkness: Gareth David-Lloyd has conquered them all. Perhaps best known for his Doctor Who / Torchwood crossover role playing Ianto Jones, Gareth is also a SyFy regular and an accomplished voice actor. He is the voice of Solas in Dragon Age: Inquisition, which received over a dozen Game of the Year awards from various publications. Gareth played Dr. John Watson in The Asylum’s 2010 film take on Sherlock Holmes. Until the end of June 2018, he can be found thrilling (and slightly disturbing) audiences six days a week in the hit play Blueberry Toast at London’s Soho Theatre.

Justin Little

Author

Justin Little started writing LGBT fiction at a young age after scouring his local libraries and realising there was little to offer in this area, particularly in the science fiction and fantasy genres. This hobby continued into adulthood and the stories grew from small short stories to full length novels. He continues to write in his spare time and works a day job in the Insurance industry.

Jason Loo

Artist

Jason Loo is a Toronto-based cartoonist and the comic creator behind The Pitiful Human-Lizard, published by Chapterhouse Comics. His other works include Kill Shakespeare (IDW), Toronto Comic Anthology, Montrosity (Alterna Press) and Captain Canuck.

Kurtis Wiebe

Comics

Kurtis Wiebe is a comic writer based in Calgary, Alberta. He is a two-time Joe Shuster Award winner, including an Outstanding Comic Book Writer award for his contribution to the critically acclaimed Green Wake. He currently writes the Eisner-nominated series Rat Queens with Image Comics.

Owen Gieni

Comics

Owen Gieni is the artist for the Image Shadowline series Rat Queens, as well as the colourist for the Skybound title Manifest Destiny. Previous works include Shutter, Glory, Negative Space, Debris, and Sore Thumbs. He currently resides in Vancouver, BC, where his interests include pub crawls, baked goods, and mycology.

E. Chateauneuf

Comics

Emmanuelle Chateauneuf is a passionate old soul who cares too much, is genuinely eccentric, and is on a whole, a general weirdo. With one foot planted firmly in her subconscious and the other kept floating sufficiently above ground, the fresh-faced comic creator lives merrily alongside her cat, Micchiru, and her mannequin/roommate, Esmeralda, in their mystical flat, the StarBase. Her work includes features in The Feathertale Review, Captain Canuck, her online comic strip series, ‘The Daily Comics’, and her first graphic novel, 'Queen Street'.

Mike Feehan

Comics

Mike Feehan is a Newfoundland-based comic book artist whose work includes the critically acclaimed Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles from DC Comics. In addition to his work in comics, Mike has also worked as a storyboard artist for international commercials as well as a professional illustrator.

Mike Rooth

Comics

Mike Rooth is a Canadian Freelance Art Mercenary with an illustration career that spans two centuries. Rooth has created comics, covers and interior illustrations for numerous magazines, children’s book publishers, and both indie and mainstream comic companies (such as Aftershock Comics, Valiant Comics, Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Dark Horse Comics and others) and he is currently the interior/cover artist of the series DODGE! (written by RETCON’s Matt Nixon).

Brenda Hickey

Comics

Brenda Hickey is a comic artist from PEI who works on Hasbro/IDW's My Little Pony Friendship is Magic comic series. She has illustrated the Legends of Magic series, the 2017 Holiday Special, and some more issues on the main series. She is pleased to announce the release of brand new graphic novel "Ward's Valley" as well as the final issue of "The Halls of the Turnip King" mini series!

Troy Little

Comics

Three time Eisner nominee and Harvey nominee, 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 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 which was broadcast Halloween night in 2010. Angora Napkin: The Golden McGuffin, the weekly web serial was launched in 2012. Angora Napkin: ...

Jennifer Maillet

Artist

With over 8 years experience in visual effects, Jennifer Maillet has worked on many shows including Star Trek Discovery, Vikings, The Runaways, Orphan Black, The Gifted, and The Walking Dead, and feature films such as Harry Potter, Elysium, Into the Woods and Flatliners. She was also part of the team that won a Canadian Screen Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects for the series Vikings. She currently works for Spin VFX, an award winning studio in Toronto. She is also Editor in Chief and owner of the newly published READ MORE

Lev Grossman

Author

Lev Grossman is the author of five novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy, which has been published in 30 countries and adapted into a TV series on Syfy. Grossman spent 15 years as a staff writer at Time magazine, where he wrote more than twenty cover stories on culture and technology. He has also written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, The Believer, NPR and many many others. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

Chuck Wendig

Author

Chuck Wendig is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, Zer0es/Invasive, and his upcoming epic, Wanderers (Del Rey, 2019). He’s also worked in a variety of other formats, including comics, games, film, and television. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the cowriter of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds.com, and his books about writing. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.

Ed Brisson

Author

Ed Brisson is a comic book writer who first started to garner attention with his self-published crime series MURDER BOOK. He broke into the public spotlight in 2012 with the crime/time-travel thriller series COMEBACK (Shadowline/Image Comics). In the short time since then, he's written and co-created four other series published by Image: SHELTERED, THE FIELD, THE MANTLE and THE VIOLENT. His self-published series MURDER BOOK was collected and released by Dark Horse in early 2015. Ed has also written for BOOM (SONS OF ANARCHY, CLUSTER, THE LAST CONTRACT), Marvel (OLD MAN LOGAN, IRON FIST, CABLE, EXTERMINATION), DC (BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL), IDW (TMNT/X-FILES CONSPIRACY) and many others.

Megan Kearney

Author

Megan Kearney is a Canadian sequential artist and writer, and a recovering Navy Brat who spent much of her childhood in Nova Scotia. In addition to her award-winning adaptation of Beauty and The Beast, Megan is a regular contributor to the Disney Princess series, and the illustrator of an upcoming YA adventure trilogy with writer Conor McCreery. She lives in Toronto with her husband and son, where she manages Comic Book Embassy, an energetic co-work studio that is home to some of the city’s top indie talent.

Kristen Ciccarelli

Author

Kristen Ciccarelli is an internationally bestselling author of fantasy fiction. Before writing books about deadly dragons, badass girls, and enemies who save each other, she made her living as an artisanal baker, an indie bookseller, and a ceramic artist. Her first novel, The Last Namsara, debuted on the UK’s Children & YA chart, was named one of Indigo’s Best Books for Teens in 2017, and is being translated into 11 languages. She lives in a blustery seaside cove on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula with a blacksmith and a dog named Yonder.

Delilah S. Dawson

Author

Delilah S. Dawson is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma, as well as the Blud series, the Hit series, Servants of the Storm, and Kill the Farm Boy and the Tales of Pell, co-written with Kevin Hearne. As Lila Bowen, she’s the author of the award-winning Shadow series, starting with Wake of Vultures. She writes the creator-owned comic Ladycastle for BOOM! Studios and has written in the worlds of The X-Files, Adventure Time, Labyrinth, Hellboy, Star Wars Adventures, and Star Wars Forces of Destiny. Delilah lives in Florida with her family and hangs out online at www.whimsydark.com.

S. M. Beiko

Author

Samantha Mary Beiko is, primarily, an author of young adult fantasy. Her first novel, The Lake and the Library, was released in 2013 and was nominated for the Manitoba Book Award for Best First Book, as well as that year's Aurora Award. Her recent novel, Scion of the Fox (ECW Press, 2017), is the first of The Realms of Ancient trilogy, and was called a "smart, complex, animal-based fantasy" by Kirkus Reviews. The sequels, Children of the Bloodlands and The Brilliant Dark are forthcoming in Fall 2018 and Fall 2019, respectively. In addition to her writing, she is a full-time freelance editor, illustrator, and graphic designer specializing in print book and comic publishing. She is the co-editor of Gothic Tal...

Marc Deveault

Makeup Artist

Owner, SPFX makeup artist, and pyrotechnician at Devo FX. Marc is a retired Military Medic with 20 years of experience including tours of duty in Bosnia, Haiti and Afghanistan. He began his career doing casualty simulation for the military which ignited his passion and childhood dream of doing Special Effects. Marc then moved to Nova Scotia, after retiring from the Forces, and started to make his mark in the Maritimes. Some of his work includes "Big Driver" (Stephen King adaptation for TV), "Lizzie Borden Chronicles" (with Christina Ricci, Lifetime), "X-Men: Apocalypse" and "Frontier" (With Jason Momoa, Netflix/Discovery).

Cassie Seaboyer

Cosplay

Puppet builder, local cosplayer, sculptor, and part time velociraptor tamer, Cassie Seaboyer is no stranger to the art scene. Growing up in Jordan Falls, Nova Scotia, Cassie has always had a fascination for practical effects in film, especially the puppets and animatronics used in Jurassic Park, Star Wars and the Alien series. With this inspiration, Cassie started sculpting larger scale pieces and working on cosplay related projects during her time at NSCAD University. She originally intended to graduate with a major in fine painting, but once Cassie got her hands in clay, there was no turning back! She dropped the major to pursue illustration and sculpting programs, which allowed her to work 3D in many diff...

Akakioga

Cosplay

Dorasae Rosario, known as Akakioga, has been cosplaying for over 4 years and is most known for her Genderbend Static Shock and humanoid Orisa from Overwatch. She is a activist for all cosplayers, promoting that no matter what size, race, sexuality, gender, or even skin tone, should ever stop you from cosplaying who you want and having fun along with it! Her cosplays have been recognized by Blizzard Entertainment, Kat Blaque, Milestone Media, Geek Bomb, Women vs Cosplay, We Are Black Cosplay, Chocolate City Comics, Kawaii Melanin Girls, Nubiamancy, Black Girls Are Kawaii, many others for her craftsmanship and love of the hobby. She comes packed with numerous skills, such as working with worbla, eva foam, s...

Knightmage Cosplay

Cosplay

Michael “Knightmage” Wilson was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and now resides in Youngstown, Ohio. A current decorated 17 year veteran Deputy Sheriff for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio, Michael has been cosplaying since 2012 but the love for the comic and video game genre has been in his heart since he was little as it shows when he creates his costumes. Having created over 100 costumes, many of his creations have been praised and displayed on numerous platforms in print and online, Michael is regarded as one of the most influential male cosplayers in the world. Having a love for acting and stunt work, Michael has worked on several Hollywood comic book movie productions including ...

Jessie Yaternick

Gaming

Jessie Yaternick is a game designer and writer from Ottawa. She is the proud recipient of the Metatopia 2017 Sponsorship and a member of the Indie Game Developer Network. She is driven to promote diversity within the gaming industry; highlighting local talent and advocating for disadvantaged minorities. Jessie is the creator of many innovative games, including Quarantine Heroes, Carnies, The Capo, Warriors of Valhalla, and Elderman. She has been featured as a game designer for tabletop games, a panelist for women in the gaming industry, and as a creator in various game-making workshops. Maiden Voyage Murder, is a murder mystery adventure that captivates players with intriguing characters and descriptive book...

Tanner Zipchen

Moderator

Tanner is a Canadian media personality, actor, and entertainment host best known for his work on the Cineplex Pre-Show. He began his career in radio, attracted to the entertainment industry by his love for music and pop culture. During his time on air, he interviewed hundreds of musicians, actors, and entertainment icons, often connecting Canadians with their favourite nostalgia-infused personalities. Eventually, he took his show on the road, traveling across Canada to interview guests at some of the country's largest Comic Cons and Entertainment Expos, and before long, he was joining them on stage as a host and panel moderator. In 2015, Tanner saw an opportunity to take his passion to the national level by ...