2022 Guests

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Ronn Sutton

Comic Creator

Ottawa-based artist Ronn Sutton was honoured by having his name added to the prestigious Joe Shuster Awards Canadian Comic Book Creators' Hall of Fame in April 2022. Ronn's career illustrating comic books began in 1972, when he moved from Toronto to upstate New York to study under artists Bernie Wrightson and Jeffrey Catharine Jones, while anonymously penciling comic pages for Howard Chaykin and Neal Adams. Returning to Canada, he created original comic stories for Orb Magazine, READ MORE

Graham McTavish

Actor

Graham McTavish is a Scottish television and film actor, best known for his roles as Dougal Mackenzie in the popular TV series "Outlander" (2014-20), as Dwalin in the "The Hobbit" trilogy for Peter Jackson (2012-14), the Saint of Killers in AMC's series "Preacher", based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's cult comic book series (2016-2019) and most recently as Ser Harrold Westerling in "House of the Dragon" (2022). He also starred alongside Sylvester Stallone in "Rambo" (2008) and "Creed" (2015), making him the only actor to perform opposite Rocky AND Rambo. He is also known for his roles in numerous other TV shows and movies including "The Witcher" (2021), "Red D...

Cary Elwes

Actor

Cary Elwes is best known for his roles in The Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Arnold in Georgia Rule and Saw. Other notable films include Glory, Kiss the Girls, Days of Thunder, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Hot Shots!, Twister, The Jungle Book, Ella Enchanted and Liar, Liar. On TV has appeared in The X-Files , Psych and has most recently joined the cast of Stranger Things.

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”.

Will Friedle

Actor

Will Friedle is an actor best known for his comedic and voice roles, most notably as underachieving elder brother Eric Matthews on the classic TV sitcom Boy Meets World. He can currently be heard as Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy animated series and Bumblebee in Transformers: Robots in DisguiseREAD MORE

John Scalzi

Author

John Scalzi is the Hugo Award-winning and New York Times Bestselling author of Old Man's War, Redshirts and The Kaiju Preservation Society, and several of his stories have been adapted into episodes of the Netflix series Love Death + Robots. On social media he is known for sarcasm and burrito crimes. Originally from Southern California, he now lives in Ohio with his family.

D.J. MacHale

Author

D.J. is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several television series, specials and movies that entertain both the young and the young at heart.  He is also a best-selling author who has published multiple  novels and short stories filled with adventure, science fiction and tales of the supernatural. As co-creator of the Nickelodeon series: Are You Afraid of the Dark? he produced all 91 episodes while writing and directing dozens.  He wrote and directed the movie “Tower of Terror” for ABC’s READ MORE

TJ Klune

Author

TJ KLUNE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, Under the Whispering Door, The Extraordinaries, and more. Being queer himself, Klune believes it's important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive queer representation in stories.

Premee Mohamed

Author

Premee Mohamed is an award-winning Indo-Caribbean scientist and speculative fiction author based in Edmonton, Alberta. She is an Assistant Editor at the short fiction audio venue Escape Pod and the author of the 'Beneath the Rising' series of novels as well as several novellas including the Nebula Award winning 'And What Can We Offer You Tonight' and the PrixAurora Award winning 'The Annual Migration of Clouds'. Her short fiction has appeared in many venues and she can be found on Twitter at @premeesaurus and on her website at www.premeemohamed.com.

Candace Osmond

Author

Candace Osmond is a #1 International and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Fantasy Romance and an Award-Winning Screenwriter.  Her more popular works include her Dark Tides series, a time travel fantasy romance about Newfoundland pirates. And more recently, her Ironworld series, a Fantasy Romance about Fae and vampires set in Halifax. She currently resides on the rocky east coast of Canada with her husband, two kids, and bulldog.

JJ King

Author

JJ King is the paranormal loving alter-ego of author Janice Godin. She was born and raised on the beautiful island of Newfoundland and makes her home there still with her amazing son. She attributes her love for the supernatural to Buffy and is thankful there are so many other people, like her, who love a little otherness with their romance. Oh, and she loves sushi and cats!

Jo Treggiari

Author

Jo Treggiari was born in London, England, and raised in Canada. She spent many years in Oakland, California and New York, where she trained as a boxer, wrote for a punk magazine, and owned a gangster rap/indie rock record label. Her novel Ashes, Ashes, a YA post-apocalyptic adventure published by Scholastic Press and also Germany’s Ars Edition, was a multiple award nominee and bestseller. Her novella Love You Like Suicide, was released as a limited, collector’s edition of the long-running punk zine Cometbus. Her acclaimed psych-thriller Blood Will Out, was published by Penguin Teen in 2018. Her most recent book is the much-praised Governor General’s Literary Award finalist, a Crime Write...

Jim Zub

Comic Creator

Jim Zub is a writer, artist and art instructor based in Toronto, Canada. He juggles his time between being a freelance comic writer and a professor teaching drawing and storytelling courses in Seneca College’s award-winning Animation program. His current comic projects include Thunderbolts, Dungeons & Dragons, and Life of Wolverine.

Gene Ha

Comics

Gene Ha is the artist on the DC Comics, Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons Vol 2 with writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. He has won four Eisner awards for his art including Alan Moore’s Top 10 and sundry Marvel & DC superhero comics. Gene also writes and draws Mae from Oni Press. Mae is the story of a girl who follows her long missing sister Abbie to a world of mad science and mystery. In 2021 he was honored with the Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award for his work with schools and libraries. Gene lives outside Chicago in Berwyn, IL with his lovely wife Lisa. Learn more at READ MORE

Stephanie Williams

Comic Creator

Stephanie Williams is a comic writer. She now has two ongoing webcomics, Parenthood Activate and But What If Though in addition to the Living Heroes on Kickstarter. Her comics credits include Marvel Voices: Legacy, Wonder Woman: Black and Gold, Nubia and the Amazons, Trial of the Amazons, Nubia: Coronation Special, and a story in...

Brenda Hickey

Comics

BRENDA HICKEY is a comic artist and writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. She's illustrated comics for "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" (IDW Publishing), collaborated with Bobby Curnow on original graphic novel "Ward's Valley" (Top Shelf), and most recently got to write and illustrate two graphic novels for Netflix/Sanrio's series "Aggretsuko (Oni Press). Brenda is married to fellow comic creator and all around wonderful human Troy Little and together they began an independent publishing imprint for their creator owned books. "Halls of the Turnip King" was Brenda's debut graphic novel through the imprint, and currently the couple...

Troy Little

Comics

TROY LITTLE originated in Prince Edward Island, Canada. He left for a while, but then went back. He has three kids, two cats and the best wife in the world. Troy spent years working in animation before shifting his focus full time to comics. He’s written and illustrated “The Powerpuff Girls”, “Rick & Morty VS  Dungeons and Dragons” with Jim Zub, adapted Hunter S. Thompsons novel “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, Kevin Eastman’s “Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls” as well as his own books, “Chiaroscuro” and the “Angora Napkin” series. READ MORE

Hugh Rookwood

Comics

Hugh Rookwood is a freelance artist and owner of an illustration and design studio called "Chozen Studios". For over 20 years he has incorporated his love of comics and comic art into his profession and developed an extensive portfolio. Hugh was an original founding member of Draxhall Jump Studios created by Artist/CEO Ken Lashley of Marvel Comics fame, which gave him the opportunity to do work for companies such as Hasbro, Mattel, Image Comics and Darkhorse.  Later he worked for Kosmic Productions and went on to produce the titles: Lung Mei The Dragon Current and children's books "Tiesha in the la...

Mike Rooth

Comics

Mike Rooth is a Canadian Freelance Art Mercenary with an illustration career that spans two centuries.  While his artwork has appeared in hundreds of publications including board games, role playing games,  children books, graphic novels, textbooks, illustrated history books and more since the mid 1990’s, Rooth is best known for creating cover art for comic companies such as DC Comics (The Swamp Thing), IDW (TMNT: The Last Ronin, D&D: Spine of the World), BOOM! Studios (House of Slaughter), Archie Comics (Archie Halloween Spectacular, Super Duck),  Aftershock Comics (Bunny Mask, We Live, Animosity),  Ablaze (The Cimmerian...

Janet Hetherington

Comic Creator

Janet Hetherington is an Ottawa-based storyteller who specializes in writing and drawing comics, scripting movies and creating animated shorts that reflect her love for science fiction and fantasy. She is the creator of the Eternal Romance comic book series, which was published under her Best Destiny imprint. Janet has worked on numerous comics projects, including Elvira, Mistress of the Dark from Claypool Comics, which she scripted for six years. She has also contributed to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, as well as Gothic Tales of Haunted Love, Honey West/Kolchak the Night Stalker #1 and Love in Tights. Janet is a 1999 Aurora Award winner for excellence in Canadian science fiction and fantas...

Cosplay Chris

Cosplayer

Chris Stanley aka Cosplay Chris is an Australian based YouTuber, specialty costumer and prop builder who specializes in all things Geeky! Chris has been creating YouTube videos based around his costume builds since 2014.  He has also worked in front of and behind the camera including in the props department on Thor: Love and Thunder. Chris has a wide array of cosplays that include Batman, Nathan Drake, Whiplash, The Witcher, Captain America, Jack Sparrow and many more.

Kiss a Frog Cosplay

Cosplayer

Licia Rei of Kiss a Frog Cosplay is an award winning, body-positive Cosplayer from Charleston, WV with a cosplay and J-Fashion career spanning 9 years. Her cosplay focus includes using natural hair wigs and textured styles for cosplay and portraying strong femme characters and Magical girls. She has been featured across the web by AFROPUNK, Black Girl Nerds, Anime Complexium, Art of Cosplay, Black Nerd Problems and many others! She has also been published in Cosplay Realm Magazine, featured on Tales Of The Fandom Podcasts- And has graced the cover of Cosplay Art & Photography magazine. She was also a featured cosplayer by Arda for her wig styling. Licia has been a guest at mu...

Nana Cosplay

Cosplayer

After 25+ years in historical costuming, Nana Cosplay entered the world of competitive cosplay at age 50 and won 1st place Overall Female as Darth Talon. Since then she has continued to create, sew, and compete in numerous contests often placing popular characters in historical costumes, gender swapping them, or adding surprise elements. During the pandemic she kept busy competing online and garnered several awards including one from Nexus Con in Perth, Australia. She especially enjoys cosplaying with family members and sharing her expertise with students.  At 65, she is proof that cosplay is for everyone!

Luis Brueh

Gaming

Luis Brueh is a Brazilian Game Designer and Artist how now lives in Halifax. Before moving to Canada, he worked for a decade creating puzzle magazines for iconic brands like Disney, Peanuts, Little Lulu and Scooby Doo. Since then, he’s designed, illustrated, and published his own tabletop games that were extremely successful on Kickstarter, including Keep the Heroes Out, Night Parade, the Dwar7s Series, and many more.

Ash Barker

Gaming

Ash Barker discovered tabletop gaming in 1988 and since then has hobby'd in, worked for and created in that industry. Writing games, producing and marketing online content and championing other artists has been his focus for the last seven years. Author of Last Days, Gamma Wolves, Steel Rift as well as a founding partner in the Indie Anthology BLASTER, Ash has dipped his toes in many genres during that time.

Bethany Downer

Programming

Bethany Downer (28) was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, where she currently works from home as a public communicator for space. Her job is to bring "rocket science" down to Earth for the general public. Bethany believes that being inspired and excited by space starts with awareness and comprehension, which stems from effective communications and outreach. She is the Chief Science Communications Officer for the James Webb and Hubble Space Telescopes for the European Space Agency, and she is the Director of Communications for STAR HARBOR - the world’s first publicly accessible spaceflight training facility and research and development campus for space....

Tanner Zipchen

Moderator

Tanner Zipchen is a Canadian actor and host. Airing to millions of in-theatre movie fans, he became a household name as host of Canada's most-watched entertainment show for half a decade. While he does continue to host on occasion, his focus continues to be acting having appeared in The Boys, Private Eyes, and Canadian indies like Clara and Blood Quantum. He recently appeared as a loveable vampire in What We Do in the Shadows and will appear next in the film 'I Like Movies."

Seanan McGuire

Author

PLEASE NOTE THAT SEANAN McGUIRE IS NOT ABLE TO ATTEND HAL-CON 2022.  There maybe be a virtual component, but we're unsure at this time. ----------------- Caution, attempting to describe Seanan McGuire can result in infomercial tendencies as you find yourself announcing to all and sundry, "But that's not all!" while listing the full catalogue of her interests and accomplishments. Art, music, poetry, folklore, humor, horror, comics, television, politics, cats, spiders, reptiles, zombies, the vectors of infectious diseases both past and potential... But it doesn't have to be that complicated. I can sum her up in one w...