2016 Guests

Phil LaMarr


A Los Angeles native, Phil is an alumnus of Yale University and The Groundlings where he worked alongside such comedic stars as Jennifer Coolidge, Kathy Griffin and Will Ferrell. Phil is best known as one of the original cast members of “Mad TV” and as "Marvin" in PULP FICTION. In addition to numerous appearances in films like STEP BROTHERS, FREE ENTERPRISE and REAL STEEL, and TV shows such as "NYPD Blue," “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Raising Hope” and “Castle;” Phil has been profiled for his extensive voice-over work, which includes regular roles on the animated series "Samurai Jack," "Static Shock," and "Justice League," recurring roles on "King of The Hill" "Young Justice" and "STAR WARS: The ...

Gates McFadden


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 Bulloch


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

Voice Actor

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...

Linda Ballantyne

Voice Actor

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), ...

Charles de Lint


Charles de Lint is the author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children’s books. Renowned as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he has won the World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, and White Pine awards, among others. Recent books include a young adult trilogy: Under My Skin, Over My Head, and Out of This World (Triskell Press and Penguin Canada); and middle-grade novels: The Cats of Tanglewood Forest and Seven Wild Sisters (Little, Brown). De Lint has also been a professional musician for many years, writing original songs and performing with his wife, MaryAnn Harris, who works closely with him on his literary career.

Maggie Stiefvater


Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and the second and third books, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue, were ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

Kevin Hearne


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.

Rob Salkowitz


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.

Julie Czerneda


Since 1997, Canadian author/ former biologist Julie E. Czerneda has shared her curiosity about living things through her science fiction, published by DAW Books, NY. With fifteen novels and numerous short stories under her belt, she’s also written fantasy. Her Night’s Edge series (DAW) began with A Turn of Light, winner of the 2014 Aurora Award for Best English Novel. A Play of Shadow followed, winning the 2015 Aurora. Julie’s edited/co-edited fifteen anthologies of SF/F, including the Aurora winning Space Inc. and Under Cover of Darkness, as well as Tesseracts 15: A Case of Quite Curious Tales. She’s presented internationally on writing, scientific literacy, and SF in the classroom; produced the award-...

Clare C. Marshall


Clare C. Marshall grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial-up internet, and yet she turned out okay. Her YA sci-fi novel Dreams In Her Head was nominated for the 2014 Creation of Stories award. She is a full-time freelance editor, book designer, ghostwriter, and web manager. If there’s time left in the day, she devotes it to Faery Ink Press, her publishing imprint. When she’s not writing or fiddling up a storm, she enjoys computer games and making silly noises at cats.

Bonnie Lee & Jeff Russell


Bonnie Lee is the author of Russell's Guide to Interdimensional Entities (volumes one and two) as well as Merrow Tale. She grew up in tiny coastal village of Chester, NS, across the bay from the famous Oak Island, and still sails this area even though she is now living in Halifax NS. She attended the Banff Centre Writing with Style program hosted by Robert J. Sawyer. In the daylight hours Bonnie publishes dry financial reports for the government. Time permitting she is a Steampunk dress-maker and dilettante tea dueler. Bonnie is currently working on the sequel for Merrow Tale to be illustrated by Jeff Russell. Jeff Russell is artist and co-author of Russell's Guide to Interdimensional Entities (volumes one a...

Bruce Delo


Bruce Delo was, as a child, fed a steady diet of anime, hand-held video games, and the Internet until his brain broke. Now he lives in Halifax, writing and drawing comics in the grand tradition of Snakepunk. His works include The Flyknife Comics Super-Lethal Wacky Fun Digest, The Life Comix 2014 Chilled-Out Summertime Jam, Kobra Stallion Volume 1: Reptile Justice in the Stars, and STONR GARBAGE. He also draws comics about snakes on the backs of comment cards at local restaurants. This will be his sixth Hal-Con, but his first as a guest.

Christian DeWolf

Christian DeWolf is a writer and programmer from Halifax. After an early attempt at fiction with the feline real-estate thriller GRAY, he produced the massive interactive fiction experiment DIAMOND FIND for multiple platforms. Then, after adjusting to life with a destructive badger (This Badger), he published GHOSTCRIME, a sci-fi horror comedy set in futuristic Nova Scotia. This year, he's launching SNAPBACK, an adventure series revolving around the complex and all-consuming board game Go. If you try to talk to him about any other game, he'll probably try to bring it around to Go.

Ben Templesmith


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...

Tim Seeley


TIM SEELEY is one of those “slash” people… a writer-slash- artist. He has drawn a number of different comic book series including G.I JOE, HALLOWEEN, WILDCATS and EXSANGUINE. His writing work includes NY TIMES bestselling HACK/SLASH, GRAYSON, BATMAN ETERNAL and the critically acclaimed REVIVAL. He resides in Chicago, Illinois and works at FOUR STAR STUDIOS where he is never far from his 80s action figure collection.



ALB is a Toronto based illustrator and content creator for Youtube. Through her ever growing platform she explores lifestyle, fashion, pop culture, contemporary feminist issues, and creates unique meditative sleep aids. Her most recent sequential art can be found in the runaway Kickstarter success, The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, published by Dark Horse Comics and Bedside Press. She likes small dogs, 80’s toys, and mango juice.

Mike Norton


Mike Norton is the artist of many comic books and a co-founder of Four Star Studios (Four Star Studios). He's creator of the Eisner and Harvey award-winning webcomic, Battlepug (Battlepug) and co-creator of the critically acclaimed horror series, Revival.

Jenny Frison


Jenny Frison is an illustrator and comic book cover artist. She creates covers for DC, Marvel, Image, Dynamite, Dark Horse, IDW, Boom, and many more. She lives in Chicago with her husband, artist and writer Steve Seeley, and two super naughty cats, Ookla and Demon Warrior.

Michel Lacombe


Michel Lacombe was born in Montreal in 1973 and lives there with his wife, painter Julie Salkowski, and as many cats as possible. He is the creator of JESUS MONKEY PANTS IN SPACE, one of the writers of L'ACADEMIE DES CHASSEURS DE PRIMES, the artist on PUNISHER: SIX HOURS TO KILL and a few STAR WARS comics and the inker on WOLVERINE: INSANE IN THE BRAIN as well as the first few issues BATMAN INCORPORATED and a few other Marvel and DC books. He can also take care of your Canadian income tax returns for you.

Mike Rooth


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.

Richard Pace


Richard stumbled upon The Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta at an impressionable age and was left with no choice but to draw for a living thereafter. He studied Illustration at Sheridan College, where the instructors tried to dissuade him from a career in comics. In addition to making comics for companies like DC, Dark Horse, Marvel, and others, he’s worked as an artist in book publishing, gaming, TV, and film. Richard also teaches drawing at various colleges and online. Notable works include Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham, PITT, and ASHES/SMOKE.

Rossi Gifford


Rossi Gifford is the creator of the critically acclaimed fantasy series “Spirit Leaves” from ChapterHouse Comics, as well as being an in-demand illustrator and character designer. In addition to her comics and freelance assignments, she’s currently under contract as a concept artist for the upcoming Nickelodeon show, “Welcome to the Wayne.” Recently arriving in Canada from Scotland, where she graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone of Art and Design, Rossi continues to produce artwork for clients overseas as well as in North America.

Ajay Fry

TV Personality

Ajay began his national television career on YTV hosting the coveted Saturday morning block CRUNCH. After two successful years he blasted off to Space where he’s been in orbit for the last 8 years hosting InnerSpace (Weeknights at 6EST). Along the way he’s made appearances in the web-series, Captain Canuck and Guidestones as well as a cameo on the Space original series Bitten. He grew up "in the business" as a child actor and appeared on Big Wolf on Campus, Are You Afraid of the D...

Fred Kennedy

TV Personality

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 Smith


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...

Kirt Silver


Kirt Silver has gone from being a locally known talent to a world renowned Sullen Collective tattoo artist with a specialization in large custom work. His passion for the art of tattoo is reflected in his twelve year career. He has become well known for his internationally sought after, high contrast color realism work. Heavily influenced by the art of his childhood, he takes his inspiration from comic books, Sci-fi ,fantasy movies and television. He's more than thrilled that his clients now seek him for this style of work. He also enjoys working in other mediums from digital to oils and these works can be seen on Sullen products sold world wide or purchased at events Kirt is attending. Kirt will be acceptin...

Becky Mailman


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

Local Celebrity

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...

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...

Nikki Brown

Growing up immersed in an environment of all things Geek, Nikki began dabbling in costuming as a wee youngling thanks to a very crafty mom. She began attending conventions 5 years ago which sparked her passion for Cosplay and she has been making all of her own costumes from scratch ever since. For her, Cosplay is not only about getting to express herself creatively, but it’s also about the joy of bringing those characters to life. Although her fandoms are plentiful her heart will always belong to the Amazons and is she is most recognizable in her various Wonder Woman Cosplays. Nikki has been able to use her Cosplay skills for good and has joined forces with the Hal-con Super Friends in order to attend comm...

Michael Hamm

Local Hero

Michael Hamm is a geek, model, Cosplayer, and social media personality from the beautiful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Spending the majority of his life obsessed with comic books, cartoons, and action figures, Michael’s passion for everything geekdom hit a peak when he attended his first Comic book convention in 2009. Originally attending conventions strictly as a fan, it wasn’t until 2013 that Michael fell in love with Cosplay at his home town convention "Hal-Con". As someone who was always impatiently waiting for Halloween, Michael was ecstatic to get the chance to dress as his favorite characters more than once a year. With the support of his friends and family, Michael built a Robin costume that wou...

Matt Aucoin

Matt had his first introduction to cosplaying, and Hal-con, in 2011 where he found himself amazed and inspired by the costumes and people he saw. The very next year he started plans for his own full costume. Upon completion of his Man of Steel costume in 2014, Matt was fortunate to find some like-minded individuals who had costumes of their own. He now spends most of his weekends suited up as a variety of characters at charitable events, fundraisers, and the children’s hospital, but is most often seen donning his flowing red cape as Superman. Cosplaying has become a real passion for Matt with the next suit, armor, helmet, or weapon always just around the corner. Make sure to follow him on Instagram @matt_auco...

Fox Lidstone

Local Hero

Originally from Newfoundland, Fox now calls Halifax home. A life-long Fan of Harrison Ford, most of his cosplays are either characters Ford has played (Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Rick Deckard) or characters with some of that same, smarmy tough guy attitude (Booker DeWitt) He’s proud to be affiliated with a number of great local cosplay groups that do fine work but can most often be found doing public appearances and Fundraising (for a number of great causes) with HAL-CON’s Official Cosplay Street Team, the SUPER FRIENDS. “I hope you have a GREAT time at Hal-Con this year! Want to say ‘hi’ or get in a photo with me? Great! Just come over and introduce yourself!”

Erica Brookfield

Local Hero

Erica Brookfield aka Lanthea Cosplay is an artist and cosplayer from Halifax, NS. She has been cosplaying since 2012 after being inspired by fellow attendees at her first convention, Hal-Con 2011. She is best known for her armored versions of popular characters such as Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Harley Quinn and most recently Poison Ivy. Erica makes all of her own costumes, props and armor, mainly using thermoplastics such as Worbla. She has taught classes at Halifax Costume Academy and has previously presented panels at Hal-Con. She is beyond excited to be back as a local hero at Hal-Con this year!

Stephanie Leonhart

Stephanie Leonhart has been all over the cosplay scene for nearly 18 years, long before it was mainstream and before resources became readily available. She's known for her skill and talent in craftsmanship and teaching. Stephanie regularly jokes about being a "Weekend Super Hero" as she volunteers a lot of her free time to charity and fundraising.

Adi the Adipose

Local Hero

Cosplayer, model, Twitter Mistress, Queen of Social Media, Adi the Adipose is all these things and more. Her natural combination of sass, honesty and the #weaponizedcute of her people attracts geeks and nerds from all walks of life. Adi has continued her tremendous success as the world's tiniest cosplayer, adding such characters as Maleficent and a Weeping Angel to her repertoire for Hal-Con 2015. Hal-Con 2015 saw another cosplay first for Adi as she used her yearly tribute cosplay to become the first being to cosplay as a Hal-Con volunteer, quickly being adopted by the hardest working men and women at Hal-Con and appearing in the yearly volunteer group photos. Adi's relationship with costumer Karyn O'Connel...