2022 Guests

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JJ King


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!

Candace Osmond


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.

Hugh Rookwood


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...

Cary Elwes


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


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


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


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


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

Seanan McGuire


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 word. Seanan is a Storyteller. Sometimes she tells stories with line and color and shading, sen...

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.

Brenda Hickey


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


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

Kiss a Frog Cosplay


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...

Tanner Zipchen


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."

Mike Rooth


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...