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Friday, September 22
 

1:45pm

Cosplay Time Management
Learn tips and tricks to make the most of your time when working on a cosplay. Discussions about handling stress, planning your costume, storing your materials, buying materials and motivating yourself.

Presented by Ashley's Creative Studio 

Friday September 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

2:00pm

Interview with a LARPer and LARP FAQ!
Ever wondered "what is LARP" or "where do I start?"

Come join NERO Armonia for an informative panel about LARPers and their hobby, and an opportunity to have all your burning questions regarding Live Action Role Play!

Presented by Mark Pothier of NERO Armonia

Friday September 22, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

2:00pm

Urban Fantasy
More and more people are leaving rural areas and migrating to urban centers.  Current literary trends have reflected this.  Fantasy, once soley set in distant lands and far off places can now be found nestled in the neighbourhood next door.  Our panel will discuss this change in setting and what it means to the genre of fantasy.

Guests
avatar for Nicola R. White

Nicola R. White

Author
Nicola R. White is the award-winning author of the New England Furies urban fantasy romance series. She was born and raised in Halifax, where ghost stories and superstitions abound, and she has always been fascinated by the strange and morbid. In 2017, Nicola looks forward to the... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Huff

Tanya Huff

Author
Tanya Huff's 30 novels and 75 short stories include horror, heroic fantasy, urban fantasy, comedy, and space opera. Her Blood series was turned into the 22 episode BLOOD TIES and writing episode nine allowed her to finally use her degree in Radio & Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 301 WTCC

3:00pm

Stop Dice Shaming: Dice Probability in Games
Let's talk about dice! This seminar will look at how we can apply some simple concepts of probability to make better decisions in RPGs and board games. The probability structures of popular games like D&D and World of Darkness will be considered.

Volunteers

Friday September 22, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

3:00pm

Writing Historically
Fantasy can take many forms in many universes, including our own.  Our panel will talk about how to create believable fiction in any time period.

Guests
avatar for Ami McKay

Ami McKay

Author
Ami McKay is the bestselling author of three critically acclaimed novels: The Birth House, The Virgin Cure and The Witches of New York. The latter has been described as: “historical fiction with a twist: part Victorian fairytale, part penny dreadful, part feminist manifesto... Read More →
avatar for Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson

Author
Steven Erikson is the author of the ten volume Malazan Book of the Fallen, an epic fantasy series, as well as numerous other works in Fantasy and Science Fiction. He worked as an archaeologist before becoming a full-time writer and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has... Read More →
avatar for Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce

Author
Tamora Pierce is the winner of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement in Young Adult Literature, the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, and the 2005 Skylark Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction. She is a New York Times and Wall Street... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 301 WTCC

3:45pm

Cosplay For Men
Cosplay is a largely female dominated field.  Ever wondered what it is like being a man making a place in the industry?  What hurdles and double-standards are faced?  Want to get into cosplay and not sure how or where to start?  This panel will tell you how.

Presenters
avatar for Nathan DeLuca

Nathan DeLuca

Presenter
Nathan DeLuca is a cosplayer, prop maker and nerd personality living in Halifax, NS, and cosplaying around the globe. Having worked with and for clients such as Sony, Activision, Blizzard and Respawn Entertainment, Nathan's passion for costume building brings him around the world... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

3:45pm

Disney Villains Battling It Out
Have you ever wondered who would win in a fight between Gaston and Hook? In this panel, we pit our favorite Disney villains against each other and see which one is victorious by discussing their skills, their powers, their weaknesses and their strengths. Do you think your favorite Disney villain will come out on top?

Presented by Sacha Jewell 

Friday September 22, 2017 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Room 302 WTCC

4:00pm

Romance and Role Playing
There's more to RPG's than hacking and slashing. Romance, seduction, and flirting can be wonderful ways to role play and advance a narrative. We'll explore how and when this can happen in games and how to handle certain situations and concerns that players and GM's will have.


Friday September 22, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

4:00pm

Die Kitty Die!
Worlds collide in Die Kitty Die! as a witch named Kitty finds herself in the world of comics in a Chapterhouse Title unlike any other.  Join comic creator Fernando Ruiz and artist Gisele Legace as they talk about this very special creation.

Guests
avatar for Fernando Ruiz

Fernando Ruiz

Comics
A 1994 graduate of the Kubert School, Fernando Ruiz has been working as a cartoonist and illustrator for over twenty years. Much of his work has been for Archie Comics and has appeared in many of their various comics and digests. Fernando has been the regular penciller for Archie's... Read More →
avatar for Gisele Lagace

Gisele Lagace

Comics
Gisele Lagace is a Canadian comic book artist from New Brunswick. She has worked on various webcomics, e.g. Menage a 3, Penny & Aggie, Eerie Cuties, & more. She has also drawn for Archie Comics (e.g. Archie Meets Ramones), IDW (Jem and the Holograms), Dynamite Entertainment (Bett... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 301 WTCC

4:45pm

DC State of the Union
This panel will act as a year-in-review for DC Comics by addressing the complications and successes of the comics, TV series, video games, and movies through constructive dialogue.

Presented by Dan Wilson 

Friday September 22, 2017 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

4:45pm

Getting Over Creative Hurdles
Ever write yourself into a corner?  Or can't figure out an ending?  Or not sure where to start?  No matter the medium, creative hurdles exist.  Join our expert panelists as they answer questions and discuss how to overcome all the barriers that stand in the way of being creative.

Guests
avatar for Margarita Gakis

Margarita Gakis

Author
Margarita loves the art, creativity and romanticism of storytelling. Sometimes, however, the act of putting pen to paper proves challenging, elusive. She develops genuine, relate-able characters which grow in the hearts of her readers. From that foundation, the stories flourish into... Read More →
avatar for Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley

Author, Comics
Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine, Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet's Ace Reporter, and The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Room 302 WTCC

5:00pm

Making a Cosplay Character
Cosplay is a unique way to take a comic, anime or videogame character and bring them fully into the real world.  Panterona will discuss this process, and how to bring life to a character as more than just a costume.

Guests
avatar for Panterona

Panterona

Cosplay
Panterona is an award winning cosplayer, fashion/costume designer, model and convention organiser from the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago. She has been actively cosplaying for the past 13 years has won a number of cosplay competitions in Trinidad and Tobago, across the Caribbean... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Room 301 WTCC

5:00pm

Steampunk and Alternate History: A Jules Verne Phantastical Society Event
Local author Harold R. Thompson will discuss his works and the connection between history, historical fiction, steampunk and alternate history. How has history influenced speculative fiction? Is all historical fiction alternate history?

Thompson will address these questions and others while describing his influences and addressing some of the challenges facing genre writers.As a program developer with Parks Canada, Thompson has worked in the heritage field for over thirty years. In addition to writing short fiction in the fantasy, hard science fiction, steampunk and alternate history genres, he is the author of the “Empire and Honour” trilogy of historical novels, which includes Dudley’s Fusiliers, The Guns of Sevastopol, and Sword of the Mogul. His latest historical novel is End of the Tether, a dramatization of the Yorktown campaign during the American Revolution.

Thompson’s science fiction short story “The Tunnels of Madness” is included in the Aurora-nominated steampunk anthology Clockwork Canada (edited by Dominik Parisien).

Friday September 22, 2017 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

5:45pm

Being Paid for Fanfiction
The internet is full of fanfiction, presented as tributes to comics, novels, movies and other licensed properties by fans who want to spend more time with the characters and keep the story going.  How does one get paid for their fan-made creations instead of sued?  This panel will enable attendees to conquer the path towards getting paid for fan-fiction.

Guests
avatar for Alexander Freed

Alexander Freed

Author, Gaming
New York Times bestselling author Alexander Freed has worked as a writer and editor in the realms of video games, novels, and comics for over a decade. His video game work includes six years spent at BioWare as well as time consulting with Kabam, Obsidian Entertainment, Stoic, WB... Read More →
avatar for Ryan North

Ryan North

Comics
Ryan North is a New York Times bestselling author and cartoonist. He is the author of the choose-your-own-path Shakespeare adaptation To Be or Not To Be (which became Kickstarter’s most-funded publishing project when it launched) and its sequel, Romeo and/or Juliet. | | Ryan... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 5:45pm - 6:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

5:45pm

Cheese Puns 401: Graduation Year?
Cheese puns - a gloriously bad panel featuring the worst cheese-pun jokes in history.

Presented by Jennifer Lambe 

Friday September 22, 2017 5:45pm - 6:30pm
Room 302 WTCC

6:00pm

Diversity in Media
We live in a multicultural society and fans come from all ethnicities, beliefs, genders and sexual preferences.  Our heroes should reflect this. How diversity is handled in media has become a key issue in media from portrayals in film and comics, to video games and cartoons. 

Join Canadian comic creator Lateef Martin as he delves into the important issue of diversity in media.

Guests
avatar for Lateef Martin

Lateef Martin

Comics
Lateef Martin is a graduate from the Illustration & Design program at Dawson College. He is a multi-disciplinary artist, from music production, voice overs, cosplay and graphic design. At the core of it, he is an illustrator with a taste for video games, comics, sci-fi and 80s Saturday... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Room 301 WTCC

6:00pm

Keep Calm and Con-On!
Keep Calm and Con-On! Is a light hearted discussion about having your best con ever by being kind to yourself and others. Topics include: Kindness in a Con Queue, Cosplay kindness, table-top kindness and more.

Presented by Amy Wilson 

Friday September 22, 2017 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

6:00pm

Sketch Battle: Gerhard vs. John Kovalic
Want to see great artists face off in a battle of sketches?  Please join us as Gerhard and John Kovalic take unique fan suggestions and turns them into works of art.  Sure to contain great art and conversation as the guests answer questions, talk about the industry, and have truly unique give-aways.

Guests
avatar for Gerhard

Gerhard

Comics
Gerhard is best known for his work on Cerebus with Dave Sim. A 300-issue series, it is a milestone in comic book publishing as the longest running creator-owned comic book series! | | For 20 years, Gerhard worked as background artist, environmental designer and cover colorist on... Read More →
avatar for John Kovalic

John Kovalic

Comics
John Kovalic is a best-selling, award-winning, cartoonist, game designer and writer. The most in-demand illustrator in gaming, millions of copies of his games and books have been sold worldwide, giving his magical, frenetic artwork and unique with a truly global fan base. | | Games... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Coca-Cola Stage, 2nd Floor WTCC

6:45pm

Making Your Impossible Cosplay Possible
Some projects just seem impossible to do, but with good planning anything is possible. Come learn ways to plan out and break down cosplays that will surely help you on your next dream costume.

Presented by Su Hyun Kim 

Friday September 22, 2017 6:45pm - 7:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

7:00pm

An insider view of User Research at Ubisoft Halifax
Most people have heard about Quality Assurance (QA), but how is User Research different? In this panel (and live demo) we hope to demystify the process of User Research at Ubisoft Halifax, in addition to telling you how you can get involved – no expertise or training required!

Exhibitors

Friday September 22, 2017 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Room 302 WTCC

7:00pm

5 Minutes Until Namek Explodes – A Dragon Ball Panel
5 Minutes Until Namek Explodes” opens with a 10 minute presentation “Goku is Superman, Goku is Godzilla, but Superman isn't Godzilla, and Here's Why” a humorous slideshow featuring curated and photoshopped images highlighting the similarities between characters, presenting how Goku and Superman are the "same character", as well as how Goku and Godzilla are the "same character" while concluding with how this doesn't make Superman and Godzilla the same character. Followed by an open, spoiler-filled discussion on the series as well as fan-theories, critique of show events, and ways that the show can be improved.

Presented by Blake Hebb 

Friday September 22, 2017 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

7:00pm

Podcasting 101
Did you every wonder what goes into creating a podcast?  Have you ever wanted to start your own but was not sure where to start?  Come listen to a panel of local experts to learn about their experiences and ask questions that you may have.  

Local podcasters on this panel are: Jordan Bonaparte (NightTime Podcast), Joel Duggan (The Citadel Cafe), Taylor MacGillivary (Co-founder/Co-Host of Sickboy Podcast), Corey Mombourquette (Pete's Paranormal Chronicles), and Brian Stever (Co-founder/Co-Host of Sickboy Podcast). 

Friday September 22, 2017 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Room 301 WTCC

7:45pm

The Vampire: What (If Anything) Comes Next?
The modern vampire has had a remarkably long and varied history. Since stories of vampiric activity began to emerge out of Eastern Europe in the seventeenth century, the vampire has had a near-continuous cultural presence. Vampires have persisted, in part, by being adaptable: the bloated, ruddy undead of the seventeenth-century village bear almost no resemblance to the pale, glamorous vampires of the contemporary world.

This panel will consider both why the vampire has endured and what its future might be. Can the vampire really live forever? How are vampires changing to reflect new cultural concerns and preoccupations? Why are vampires particularly popular in some historical periods? What might cause them to surge in popularity once again? Topics will include the vampire in YA literature, the science fiction vampire, and the hybrid vampire.

Presented by: Kathryn Morris, Michele Byers and Jesse Hiltz

Friday September 22, 2017 7:45pm - 8:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

8:00pm

The History of Cosplay
Have you ever wondered how cosplay got its start? This panel will discuss the history of cosplay from its origins in the early 20th century to the present day as well as how cosplay has changed over the years and the role that technology and media has played in cosplays evolution.

Presented by Aimee Brooks 

Friday September 22, 2017 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Room 301 WTCC

8:15pm

Game of Thrones: Fan Panel, Year 4
This panel is an open discussion of A Song of Ice and Fire (books)/Game of Thrones (TV), including fan theories, commiseration for characters who've passed on, differences between page and screen, speculation on what's to come, and fan-style, audience participation criticism of the material. There will be visual aids to help participants keep the cast of characters straight.

(Due to the nature of the content, attendee discretion is advised).

Presented by Bruce Buck 

Friday September 22, 2017 8:15pm - 9:45pm
Room 302 WTCC

8:45pm

Speaking of the Dead: March to One Hundred
Fans of the Walking Dead are invited to join The Recap Sequence for a live recording of "Speaking of the Dead: March to One Hundred!" This fan participation-driven panel will examine the latest march to all out war as it is presented in both the original comic book and the TV show; and where these stories have diverged along the way. Show runner Scott Gimple says there is a "gigantic epic tale to come, not only in Season 8 but beyond." What lies ahead for the next 100 episodes?

Presented by Ryan Howard and Jamie Brewer 

Friday September 22, 2017 8:45pm - 9:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

9:00pm

An Open Letter to Dream Daddy
Join a panel of people who are all going to play the new dating simulator "Dream Daddies", which is about single dads dating other single dads.We aim to explain what the game is, discuss each romance path taken by each player, and get people interested in the game.

The panel will be a humorous one that may include screen shots and funny anecdotes.

Note: This panel is 18+

Volunteers

Friday September 22, 2017 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

9:00pm

Jack the Ripper - The Whole Story?
Jack the Ripper has inspired more research, fiction, and film, than any other serial killer in history. His murders led to the first modern understanding of the serial killer psyche. But who was he? Will this question ever be definitively answered? In this panel, we will trace the events of the murders and look at the numerous potential suspects. We will also review research sources, film, books, and graphic novels inspired by Jack the Ripper.

Presented by Beverly Richardson 

Friday September 22, 2017 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Room 301 WTCC
 
Saturday, September 23
 

10:00am

Leveling Up: How to Improve at Fighting Games
This event is a panel with lots of time for questions. The panel is about how to improve at fighting games, looked at through the lens of a Super Smash Bros. Player. It will cover the three key components to improving: Study, Practice, and Compete. Attendees will learn what steps they can take, regardless of skill level, to improve their play.

Volunteers

Saturday September 23, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 305 WTCC

10:45am

Fursuits and Fur
Everything furry, fursuiting and more. Let's all gather and talk about the local fursuiting community and all it has to offer!

Presented by Alisyn O'Leary 

Saturday September 23, 2017 10:45am - 11:30am
Room 304 WTCC

11:00am

A New Challenger Approaches: How to Get Involved in Your Local Fighting Game Community
This seminar is all about how you can get involved in your local fighting game community. We'll cover everything from finding an existing community, to starting your own, and all the little things you can do to make your experience playing games great! Will have a question period at the end.

Volunteers

Saturday September 23, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 305 WTCC

11:45am

Cosplay for Everyone
If you love a character, how much does race, sex or physicality matter?  Kiss A Frog will discuss the role this plays in cosplay, and how to own a character, regardless of all of these things.

Guests
avatar for Kiss a Frog Cosplay

Kiss a Frog Cosplay

Cosplay
Kiss a Frog Cosplay (AKA Alicia Renaé) is a 26 year old plus-sized, body-positive Cosplayer from Charleston, WV with a cosplay and J-Fashion career spanning 5 years. She has been featured on the interwebs by AFROPUNK, Black Girl Nerds, Anime Complexium, Art of Cosplay, Black Nerd... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 11:45am - 12:30pm
Room 302 WTCC

11:45am

Adapting Novels to TV
Television is currently being dominated by shows based upon popular novel series.  Series like Blood Ties, by author Tanya Huff.  But are they always faithful?  What is the process?  And how does the author feel seeing their work displayed on the screen?  Come sit down with Tanya Huff as she discusses the highs and lows of adapting books to television.

Guests
avatar for Tanya Huff

Tanya Huff

Author
Tanya Huff's 30 novels and 75 short stories include horror, heroic fantasy, urban fantasy, comedy, and space opera. Her Blood series was turned into the 22 episode BLOOD TIES and writing episode nine allowed her to finally use her degree in Radio & Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 11:45am - 12:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

12:00pm

A Semiotic Analysis of Lara Croft: Exploring Three Generations of the Tomb Raider Video Games
This panel is about Lara Croft and the changes she went through during the three generations of Tomb Raider. I just finished my undergrad and this project was my semester-long seminar paper. The title for the paper is “A Semiotic Analysis of Lara Croft: Exploring Three Generations of the Tomb Raider Video Games”. Obviously this is a very academic-based paper, but the presentation I would present would have everything in lay language, and I would include more fun information about the Tomb Raider Games and less dry academic theory.

The Abstract for the paper: This research conducts a semiotics analysis of Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider series using Roland Barthes’s Myth to better understand gender representations in video games. The data for this study uses the 11 games from the Tomb Raider series on the PC platform—Lara Croft’s original form. This study finds that the narrative of women in video games has changed over a 20-year period and shows that Lara Croft is socially constructed to look feminine, but act masculine.

Note: This panel is PG-13

Volunteers

Saturday September 23, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

12:00pm

Dork Tower and Munchkin - A +10 Life in Gaming!
John Kovalic has had a robust career creating comics and games.  Come celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Dork Tower, and find out more about this legendary creator.

Guests
avatar for John Kovalic

John Kovalic

Comics
John Kovalic is a best-selling, award-winning, cartoonist, game designer and writer. The most in-demand illustrator in gaming, millions of copies of his games and books have been sold worldwide, giving his magical, frenetic artwork and unique with a truly global fan base. | | Games... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 301 WTCC

12:15pm

Fernando Ruiz on Drawing
Fernando Ruiz is sharing some of his wealth of artistic skill with our attendees in this drawing workshop.

Guests
avatar for Fernando Ruiz

Fernando Ruiz

Comics
A 1994 graduate of the Kubert School, Fernando Ruiz has been working as a cartoonist and illustrator for over twenty years. Much of his work has been for Archie Comics and has appeared in many of their various comics and digests. Fernando has been the regular penciller for Archie's... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Room 306 WTCC

12:45pm

Pattern Creation 101
Please join Panterona in this crash course on creating a simple bodice top pattern for beginners and those looking to learn the basics of sewing!

If you can, please bring a ruler and note pad. 

Guests
avatar for Panterona

Panterona

Cosplay
Panterona is an award winning cosplayer, fashion/costume designer, model and convention organiser from the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago. She has been actively cosplaying for the past 13 years has won a number of cosplay competitions in Trinidad and Tobago, across the Caribbean... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

1:00pm

Gaming Glitches Explained
Delve into the murky depths of gaming glitches with a software developer for a guide. We'll look at some of gaming's more legendary glitches and explain the science behind the mystery in (mostly) plain English. Some of the glitches we'll be looking at include:
The 'Minus World' (Super Mario Brothers)Missingno (Pokemon)Mockball, Murder Beam and Space-Time Beam (Super Metroid)Wavedashing (Smash Brothers Melee)Peninsula of Power (Final Fantasy)The Far Lands (Minecraft Classic)and more!

Volunteers

Saturday September 23, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

1:00pm

Women in Media
Damsel in distress.  Femme fatale.  Ditzy blonde.  Stereotypes long held by women in media.  But slowly, this is changing.  Tim Hanley and Margarita Gakis will be discussing how far we've come with the introduction of strong, well-rounded female characters; and also how far we've yet to go.

Guests
avatar for Margarita Gakis

Margarita Gakis

Author
Margarita loves the art, creativity and romanticism of storytelling. Sometimes, however, the act of putting pen to paper proves challenging, elusive. She develops genuine, relate-able characters which grow in the hearts of her readers. From that foundation, the stories flourish into... Read More →
avatar for Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley

Author, Comics
Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine, Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet's Ace Reporter, and The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 301 WTCC

1:00pm

Tattoo Contest

Hal-con will be hosting it's third annual tattoo competition this year brought to you by world renowned tattoo artist Kirt Silver. 

If you want to show off your tattoos and see if they can bring home an award, here's your chance.

 

  • In our first category we are looking to see your best Black and Grey tattoos.
  • In our second category we want to see your best Color tattoo.
  • We also have a third award for the judges choice ( our favourite overall tattoo) 

 

 It is free to enter and there will be a first and second trophy awarded in both categories .So come see some of the amazing works of art collected by your fellow Hal-conions. 

 Contest Rules:

  • maximum entry of two tattoos per person per category . 
  • Must be entered before judging starts.  Can enter at Kirt Silver's vendor floor booth.
  • Tattoo content and location should be Nova Scotia beach appropriate.  Hal-Con is a family-friendly event.

Presenters
avatar for Kirt Silver

Kirt Silver

Presenter
Kirt Silver is a Sullen Art Collective award winning tattoo artist who specializes in large custom works. | | From your first consultation, you will discover that Kirt is an inspired artist and will take your vision to the next level. He has a passion for the art of tattoo which... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 302 WTCC

1:45pm

Character Creation
What is the difference between something being drawn and a character being created?  Is it the care put into the details?  A name that the artist gives it?

Please join Piper Thibideau as she tells you how!

Guests
avatar for Piper Thibodeau

Piper Thibodeau

Comics
Piper Thibodeau is a freelance character designer from Montreal, QC. She has worked on projects for studios such as Dreamworks TV, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street and Penguin Books. Her work is mostly known for her "Daily Paintings", where she challenged herself to create one painting... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

2:00pm

Games to Go
Let's discuss our favourite games that we like to take on trips! I will give a list of my top 10 travel friendly games, with a description of each, as well as some packing/downsizing tips. Games I focus on here will cater to a min of 2 players up to about 6.

Volunteers

Saturday September 23, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

2:00pm

Relationships in YA
Young Adult fiction is a growing genre, and provides youth with new and growingly diverse role models.  This panel will look at the relationships found between characters in YA, both romantic and platonic.

Guests
avatar for Nicola R. White

Nicola R. White

Author
Nicola R. White is the award-winning author of the New England Furies urban fantasy romance series. She was born and raised in Halifax, where ghost stories and superstitions abound, and she has always been fascinated by the strange and morbid. In 2017, Nicola looks forward to the... Read More →
avatar for Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce

Author
Tamora Pierce is the winner of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement in Young Adult Literature, the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, and the 2005 Skylark Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction. She is a New York Times and Wall Street... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 301 WTCC

2:45pm

Building Horns and Headdresses
Ever wanted to create a lightweight but door-frame-defying set of antlers? How about a horned crown that even Loki would be envious of? Then this is the panel for you! This panel will be exploring the entire process from patterns to painting for creating your own set of impressive headgear out of lightweight and inexpensive materials.
 
Presented by Luca-Jean Kelly (Wuckajuice Cosplay) 

Saturday September 23, 2017 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

2:45pm

Disney Sing-A-Long: Take 2
Let your inner Disney prince/princess or wicked villain shine through song! By singing along to all of our favorite Disney songs, Disney Sing-A-Long Take 2 is a great place to let your inner fan shine through the power of Disney. Come and be our guest!

Presented by Sacha Jewell 

Saturday September 23, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Room 302 WTCC

3:00pm

Video Game Cheats: A Brief History
The saying "Cheaters never prosper" has never quite applied to video games. We'll take a look at some of the more interesting footnotes in history, ranging from the Konami Code, Justin Bailey and the Game Genie, to save editing on the PS4.

Volunteers

Saturday September 23, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

3:00pm

The Creative Process
Being creative can mean different things to different people.  It's a journey that varies for every artist from every medium.  And...it's a journey that our panelists will be sharing their own perpectives on!



Guests
avatar for Alexander Freed

Alexander Freed

Author, Gaming
New York Times bestselling author Alexander Freed has worked as a writer and editor in the realms of video games, novels, and comics for over a decade. His video game work includes six years spent at BioWare as well as time consulting with Kabam, Obsidian Entertainment, Stoic, WB... Read More →
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Ami McKay

Author
Ami McKay is the bestselling author of three critically acclaimed novels: The Birth House, The Virgin Cure and The Witches of New York. The latter has been described as: “historical fiction with a twist: part Victorian fairytale, part penny dreadful, part feminist manifesto... Read More →
avatar for Conor McCreery

Conor McCreery

Comics
Conor McCreery is the co-creator of Kill Shakespeare, the swashbuckling tail of Bardicide published by IDW, which has been adapted for the stage, and is being developed for television. He’s also written for Dynamite, Titan, and BOOM! His creator-owned, YA adventure series Catacombers... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 301 WTCC

3:00pm

Animation's Creative Process - "AMA"
HALITOON's "Ask Me Anything" panels feature a star list of 2D and 3D Directors, Producers, Animation Supervisors and Artists. During this very special first annual HALITOON AMA panel, you can ask top Nova Scotia Animation Industry professionals, anything you want about the creative process behind the medium!  Feel free to join in and ask away!

AMA Session #1
The Creative Processe.g. (How do you get inspired to create?)

Greg Richardson - Series Director
Little People, Lego Marvel, Max Steel

William Gordon- Series Director|
Inspector Gadget, Doozers, Monster Math Squad

 Lynda Craigmyle - Producer
Thomas and Friends, Rusty Rivets

Rachel Franco - Motion Capture Performer
Barbie Princess Charm School

Ron Doucet - Animation Director
Johnny Test & Teen Titans Go!

 Rebecca MacInnes - Animation Supervisor
Teen Titans Go! & Pickle and Peanut

 Luke Conrad - Studio Owner
Kulipari & Lalaloopsy

 Jason Pauls - Production Manager
Rick and Morty & Addison


Presenters
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Halitoon

Presenter


Saturday September 23, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Summit Suite, 8th Floor WTCC

3:30pm

Roy Wooley's Monster Painting Techniques
Learn different techniques to add depth and dimension to your mass, prosthetics and make-ups.  Walk away with your own custom painted prosthetic piece in hand.  

(Workshop cost $30.  All materials included in the price.)

Ensure you have a spot, pre-register now! 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/hal-con-2017-roy-wooley-workshops-tickets-37471366867

Guests
avatar for Roy Wooley

Roy Wooley

Makeup Artist
Roy Wooley is an amazing special effects makeup artist and prop master whose impressive resume spans more than two decades and includes work on such box office hits as Zombieland and Rob Zombie’s Halloween II. In 2012, Roy appeared as a contestant on Syfy’s number one reality... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 306 WTCC

4:00pm

Twitch Panel
Volunteers
avatar for Tyler Hill

Tyler Hill

Twitch Streamer, Classy Cocktails & Achievements Gaming
Twitch Streamer, Web Developer, Graphic Designer, and Professional Nerd. Will be participating in the Twitch Panel Saturday September 23rd @ 4pm.

Saturday September 23, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

4:00pm

Virtual Reality – A new approach to concept art
We will do a quick presentation and demonstration on how Virtual reality technology tools can be used to improve the workflow in concept art pipeline.


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 301 WTCC

4:00pm

The Science behind the Animation Industry - "AMA"
HALITOON's "Ask Me Anything" panels feature a star list of 2D and 3D Directors, Producers, Animation Supervisors and Artists. During this very special first annual HALITOON AMA panel, you can ask top Nova Scotia Animation Industry professionals, anything you want about the artistry and tech of animation production. So please join us and ask away!

All About Art & Teche.g. (What does an Animation Supervisor do?)

Rose Casey - Technical Director / Texture Artist
Inspector Gadget

Chris Hankewich - Animation Supervisor
Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test

 Lenn Roberts - Animation Director
Inspector Gadget

 William Gordon - Series Director
Inspector Gadget, Doozers, Monster Math Squad

Ron Doucet - Animation Director
Johnny Test & Teen Titans Go!

 Rebecca MacInnes - Animation Supervisor
Teen Titans Go! & Pickle and Peanut

 Luke Conrad - Studio Owner
Kulipari & Lalaloopsy

 Jason Pauls - Production Manager
Rick and Morty & Addison


Presenters
avatar for Halitoon

Halitoon

Presenter


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Summit Suite, 8th Floor WTCC

4:30pm

Handling Game Group Dysfunction! – with Tom Vasel and Rodney Smith
Playing games is all about getting people together to have fun, and nothing can get in the way of fun, like a bunch of people!  Bring your game group challenges to Tom and Rodney who will provide you with strategies to handle tricky situations and share stories of their own personal experiences.

Guests
avatar for Rodney Smith

Rodney Smith

Gaming
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 worki... Read More →
avatar for Tom Vasel

Tom Vasel

Gaming
Tom is the President of the Dice Tower, an audio podcast and video show dedicated to promoting board games and the people who play them. For the last fifteen years, the Dice Tower has published thousands of board game reviews, top ten lists, variety shows, and more - and Tom doesn't... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Room 302 WTCC

4:45pm

Writing in a Visual Media When You Can't Draw
Comics and graphic novels are a marriage of words and images in a dynamic story-telling format.  But do you have to be able to draw to tell a visual story effectively?  Ryan North talks about being a writer in such a medium... when you can't draw.

Guests
avatar for Ryan North

Ryan North

Comics
Ryan North is a New York Times bestselling author and cartoonist. He is the author of the choose-your-own-path Shakespeare adaptation To Be or Not To Be (which became Kickstarter’s most-funded publishing project when it launched) and its sequel, Romeo and/or Juliet. | | Ryan... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

5:00pm

Where's the Story in VR?
The introduction of mass virtually reality and augmented reality to the masses leaves us wondering, "What is here today, and what is coming next. What lies ahead in the future for these technologies? How can we predict the future if it hasn't been imagined yet?"

Presented by Thor Henrikson and Edward Mowbray 

Presenters
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Thor Henrikson

Presenter
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/thor-henrikson-7b39401
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Edward Mowbray

Presenter
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/quirkmedia


Saturday September 23, 2017 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

5:15pm

The Magical World of Bubbles
Come join The Jugglin’ Bubblers for an all ages family friendly workshop. This 45 minute
workshop will teach you how to make your own bubble wands, bubble solutions, and make
bubbles of all sizes, you might even pick up a few tricks.

Presenters
avatar for Jugglin' Bubblers

Jugglin' Bubblers

Presenter
The Jugglin' Bubblers are Jenille & Mike aka Drip & Drop, a bubbly duo based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. These two teach, train and perform alongside Halifax Circus. They have performed at many music festivals and arts events over the years. The Jugglin’ Bubblers have performed across... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Demo Space, 2nd Floor WTCC

5:30pm

R2D2: The Droid You're Looking For

Are you interested in building your own R2D2 or seeing how it’s done? This presentation will touch on all aspects of building droids. You’ll learn about the different materials you can use and all of the electronics inside. We’ll walk through how we build ours and leave time at the end for questions and pictures with Artoo. They’ll even be door prizes!

Presented by Todd Verge and Coltin Elson


Presenters
avatar for Todd Verge

Todd Verge

Presenter
Todd Verge is an avid member of the maker movement and a big fan of open source hardware and project based learning. He teaches computer electronics at the Nova Scotia Community College and is a past winner of the nscc’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He holds degrees Physics and... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Room 302 WTCC

5:45pm

Defining a Hero
What is a hero? How can you assemble your own team and channel your inner "Super Powers" to create community connections.

Presented by Jay Aaron Roy of Cape and Cape Comics and Collectibles

Guests
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Jay Aaron Roy

Local Hero
Born and raised in Fall River, Nova Scotia, Jay Aaron Roy is a local advocate, and the owner and operator of Cape & Cowl Comics & Collectibles in Lower Sackville. Cape & Cowl is a rural neighbourhood comic shop that promotes diverse representation, community connection, love for literacy... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 5:45pm - 6:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

5:45pm

PlushProps 500 - Advanced
Join Stephanie Leonhart in a plush props workshop. We'll be building you're own plush buddy while learning some basic sewing and skills. Choice of kits to be announced $20 a person covers the cost of materials and use of tools provided. Kits are bigger than the basics workshop and have more parts.

Presented by Stephanie Leonhart 

Saturday September 23, 2017 5:45pm - 7:15pm
Room 306 WTCC

6:00pm

A Swift Walkthrough of Writing Styles
A Swift Walkthrough of Writing Styles is an introduction and examination aimed at writers who think they don’t have a style, or don’t know how to find one. We’ll be covering the basics of what style is, how it forms and what you should be looking out for, while also dipping our toes into things like different writing techniques and how they effect different styles, the rundown on picking and choosing your writing advice and the philosophy of “every word matters”.

Presented by Alex B. Cadillac

Saturday September 23, 2017 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

6:45pm

Nero Armonia presents LARP Weaponry
Learn to build LARP safe foam weapons with instruction from a seasoned NERO Armonia weaponsmith! All materials provided by NERO Armonia, no experience required!

Presented by Mark Pothier and Mason Dawe of NERO Armonia

Saturday September 23, 2017 6:45pm - 7:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

7:00pm

Neo Geo Pocket 101
Join Jessica and Justin to learn all about the Neo Geo Pocket: SNK's awesome portable console that was over shadowed by the Game Boy and Game Boy Color.

Presented by Jessica Penney and Justin Richards

Saturday September 23, 2017 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

7:00pm

The Ins and Outs of Outlander: It’s More than Haggis
A honeymoon for the ages: World War 2 nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall has more coming to her than she ever could have imagined when she sets out to collect some flowers in the spring of 1945. When an innocuous-looking set of standing stones whisks her 200 years into the past, she suddenly finds herself immersed in a rebellion - and an arranged marriage. Diana Gabaldon’s series of eight books – and now a popular TV series – have sold 25 million copies and have been translated into 34 languages. What is the appeal? Time travel? Military history? The strong female characters? Men in kilts? Gratuitous sex? The multi-genre nature – what is Outlander anyway? – science fiction, historical fiction, adventure, romance – or all of the above?!This panel will discuss these questions, as well as what draws fans to the story, our favourite (and least favourite) characters in the novel and on the screen, the Jacobite rebellion, the portrayal of role of women in history and in the novels, the challenges of screen adaptation, or whatever your Gaelic heart desires. If you’re new to the books or the show: Ceud mìle fàilte! BYOK (Bring your own Kilt).

Presented by Jennifer Legere 

Saturday September 23, 2017 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Room 301 WTCC

7:30pm

Storytime with Fat Apollo (PG 13+)

You're in for a treat, although the event organizers won't guarantee what kind.

Fat Apollo is back with a story time unlike any other.  Be prepared to be confused, enthralled and thoroughly entertained by this latest installment. (PG 13+)

Presented by Fat Apollo 

 


Guests
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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... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Room 302 WTCC

7:45pm

A Survivor's Guide to Cosplay Contests
Ever thought about competeing in the costume contests but never knew how to start? Polar Cosplay shows you how to plan and prepare for your very first attempt or help polish yourself up for the next level.

Learn what to expect, tips for presenting on stage and everything in between.

Presented by  Rebecca Graves

Saturday September 23, 2017 7:45pm - 8:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

8:00pm

Celebrating 40 Years of Scifi/Fantasy in the Maritimes
This panel travels over the years to discuss the past four decades of scifi/fantasy events in Halifax and surrounding areas including artwork, guests, societies, and social factors of the times. How one small event in 1977 sparked authors, gamers, cosplayers, and convention goers for generations.

Presented by Gino Dante Ranieri 

Saturday September 23, 2017 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Room 301 WTCC

8:00pm

Imperial Klingon Guard Grand Assembly
The Imperial Klingon Guard is a national Star Trek fanclub that focuses on Klingon culture and cosplay, while finding fun ways to give back to the community through charity work. The Grand Assembly is an annual gathering of Klingons from across Canada, where promotions and awards are issued to the members, and new members of all ages are always welcome! This event is a great way to meet the members and see some of the ceremonial functions of a national Klingon fanclub. All are welcome!

Presented by the Imperial Klingon Guard 

Saturday September 23, 2017 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Room 305 WTCC

8:30pm

MHA Explains Itself
MHA will be holding a gathering to recount their adventures and how they came to form their group. We'll also have a Q&A about getting into armour building and how to get out there and have fun with it. We will also be showing a short film!

Presented by Maritime Heavy Armour 

Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Room 302 WTCC

9:00pm

Evolution of Survival Horror
A detailed look at the humble beginnings of survival horror in gaming to the present.

Presented by Dan Wilson 

Saturday September 23, 2017 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Room 301 WTCC

9:00pm

Lolita Fashion
Lolita is a fashion from Japan that is very popular all around the world! Learn tips and tricks to making the most out of your wardrobe, all of the basics you need to get started in the fashion, and where to buy the clothing! Options are given for all price points, stores to avoid, and how to put together your first outfit.

Presented by Lolita Fashion in Nova Scotia 

Saturday September 23, 2017 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Room 304 WTCC
 
Sunday, September 24
 

10:00am

3D Printing in Cosplay
Cosplayer Nathan DeLuca will discuss the use of 3D printing in various aspects of cosplay and how to utilize the technology to bring your cosplays to the next level.

Presenters
avatar for Nathan DeLuca

Nathan DeLuca

Presenter
Nathan DeLuca is a cosplayer, prop maker and nerd personality living in Halifax, NS, and cosplaying around the globe. Having worked with and for clients such as Sony, Activision, Blizzard and Respawn Entertainment, Nathan's passion for costume building brings him around the world... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 301 WTCC

10:45am

Beacon AV Club Presents: Everything Is A Gun Volume 2: Electric Boogaloo
Last year's RWBY panel was so successful, we decided to do it again with more people! Join the Beacon AV Club for a discussion of RWBY Volume 4, Season 2 of RWBY Chibi, and news/predictions for RWBY Volume 5!

Presented by the Beacon AV Club 

Follow the Beacon AV Club on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/beaconavclub
and also on Twitter at  https://twitter.com/BeaconAVClub

Sunday September 24, 2017 10:45am - 11:30am
Room 304 WTCC

11:00am

Adapting Shakespeare
The Bard's stories are classic staples of theatre and literature, with timeless tales that still resonate with audiences of all ages... when they understand the language.  So, in the world of jaded youth and 140 character stories, making Shakespeare relevant is not always easy.  Join our panel as they discuss updating Shakespeare for a new generation.

Guests
avatar for Conor McCreery

Conor McCreery

Comics
Conor McCreery is the co-creator of Kill Shakespeare, the swashbuckling tail of Bardicide published by IDW, which has been adapted for the stage, and is being developed for television. He’s also written for Dynamite, Titan, and BOOM! His creator-owned, YA adventure series Catacombers... Read More →
avatar for Ryan North

Ryan North

Comics
Ryan North is a New York Times bestselling author and cartoonist. He is the author of the choose-your-own-path Shakespeare adaptation To Be or Not To Be (which became Kickstarter’s most-funded publishing project when it launched) and its sequel, Romeo and/or Juliet. | | Ryan... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 301 WTCC

11:45am

Believable Evil
Tamora Pierce tackles this panel on learning about sympathizing and understanding a villain's motivations in a way that an audience can understand by enabling attendees to help identify what makes a villain evil and how to write evil in a way that it is believable.

Guests
avatar for Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce

Author
Tamora Pierce is the winner of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement in Young Adult Literature, the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, and the 2005 Skylark Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction. She is a New York Times and Wall Street... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 11:45am - 12:30pm
Room 302 WTCC

12:00pm

Indie Comics
If you've heard of comics, you've probably heard of DC and Marvel, the powerhouses of the industry.  But there are so many other options when it comes to comics.

Our panel will answer questions and discuss the freedoms, shortcomings, pros and cons of creating Indie Comics.

Guests
avatar for Gerhard

Gerhard

Comics
Gerhard is best known for his work on Cerebus with Dave Sim. A 300-issue series, it is a milestone in comic book publishing as the longest running creator-owned comic book series! | | For 20 years, Gerhard worked as background artist, environmental designer and cover colorist on... Read More →
avatar for Lateef Martin

Lateef Martin

Comics
Lateef Martin is a graduate from the Illustration & Design program at Dawson College. He is a multi-disciplinary artist, from music production, voice overs, cosplay and graphic design. At the core of it, he is an illustrator with a taste for video games, comics, sci-fi and 80s Saturday... Read More →
avatar for Piper Thibodeau

Piper Thibodeau

Comics
Piper Thibodeau is a freelance character designer from Montreal, QC. She has worked on projects for studios such as Dreamworks TV, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street and Penguin Books. Her work is mostly known for her "Daily Paintings", where she challenged herself to create one painting... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 301 WTCC

12:45pm

Creating Fun: Game Creation from Script to Sale
Gaming has moved from a niche market into the mainstream, with some predicting it will overtake television in popularity, as interactive media comes to the center of people's focus.  

But how are games made?  Join our expert panel as they talk game creation, from creating a concept and a script to story boarding and beyond.

Guests
avatar for Alexander Freed

Alexander Freed

Author, Gaming
New York Times bestselling author Alexander Freed has worked as a writer and editor in the realms of video games, novels, and comics for over a decade. His video game work includes six years spent at BioWare as well as time consulting with Kabam, Obsidian Entertainment, Stoic, WB... Read More →
avatar for John Kovalic

John Kovalic

Comics
John Kovalic is a best-selling, award-winning, cartoonist, game designer and writer. The most in-demand illustrator in gaming, millions of copies of his games and books have been sold worldwide, giving his magical, frenetic artwork and unique with a truly global fan base. | | Games... Read More →

Exhibitors

Sunday September 24, 2017 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Room 302 WTCC

12:45pm

LenkLewksForLess
Join Tom Lenk for a quick fire Lenk Lewk Challenge.  We'll have some supplies on hand but the audience is encouraged to bring random extra fabric, bags, decorations etc to help in the creation of a Red Carpet worthy ensemble!

Guests
avatar for Tom Lenk

Tom Lenk

Actor
Thomas (Tom) Loren Lenk was born in Westlake Village, California, USA on June 16th, 1976. Tom attended Moorpark College until his junior year, then transferred into UCLA's theater program. It wasn't long before others began to notice Tom's talent, and in 1997 Tom won the Carol Burnett... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

1:00pm

Halifax Board Game Designers
Do you have a great game idea? Have you ever thought about creating your own game? Your dream could become reality! During this panel, you'll hear from members of Halifax Board Game Designers and learn about the intricacies of game mechanics, developing an idea, play testing, and what it takes to bring your game to market. From sketching an idea on napkins to running a successful Kickstarter campaign, these designers have be there and are eager to share their experiences (good and bad!).


Sunday September 24, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

1:45pm

Author Writing Tips
Want to write a novel?  Have no idea on how to get published?  Join our panel as various authors answer your questions and provide some helpful writing tips.

Guests
avatar for Margarita Gakis

Margarita Gakis

Author
Margarita loves the art, creativity and romanticism of storytelling. Sometimes, however, the act of putting pen to paper proves challenging, elusive. She develops genuine, relate-able characters which grow in the hearts of her readers. From that foundation, the stories flourish into... Read More →
avatar for Nicola R. White

Nicola R. White

Author
Nicola R. White is the award-winning author of the New England Furies urban fantasy romance series. She was born and raised in Halifax, where ghost stories and superstitions abound, and she has always been fascinated by the strange and morbid. In 2017, Nicola looks forward to the... Read More →
avatar for Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley

Author, Comics
Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine, Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet's Ace Reporter, and The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Room 302 WTCC

1:45pm

The X-Files: Believe The Lie
Join us for a group discussion of all things X-Files! Let's talk about the past, the present and THE FUTURE of the show that we all know and love. A large portion of the discussion will be about our hopes and dreams for 2018 and beyond, so come prepared with your wish list!

Presented by Joni Mattatall

Sunday September 24, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

2:00pm

D&D Theatre of the Mind
What is the theatre of the mind? How does it relate to d&d? How much do imaginary tickets cost? These questions and more will be answered in this seminar that aims to inform you on roleplaying in d&d and how you can take a seat in an imaginary theatre.

Volunteers

Sunday September 24, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

2:00pm

Sketch Battle: Gisele Lagace vs. Fernando Ruiz
Want to see great artists face off in a battle of sketches?  Please join us as Gisele Legace and Fernando Ruiz take unique fan suggestions and turns them into works of art.  Sure to contain great art and conversation as the guests answer questions, talk about the industry, and have truly unique give-aways.

Guests
avatar for Fernando Ruiz

Fernando Ruiz

Comics
A 1994 graduate of the Kubert School, Fernando Ruiz has been working as a cartoonist and illustrator for over twenty years. Much of his work has been for Archie Comics and has appeared in many of their various comics and digests. Fernando has been the regular penciller for Archie's... Read More →
avatar for Gisele Lagace

Gisele Lagace

Comics
Gisele Lagace is a Canadian comic book artist from New Brunswick. She has worked on various webcomics, e.g. Menage a 3, Penny & Aggie, Eerie Cuties, & more. She has also drawn for Archie Comics (e.g. Archie Meets Ramones), IDW (Jem and the Holograms), Dynamite Entertainment (Bett... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Coca-Cola Stage, 2nd Floor WTCC

2:00pm

Cli-Fi: Science Fiction, the Environment and Humanity
Interested in science fiction and fantasy that explores our interactions with nature? Then this panel is for you! Three faculty members from Dalhousie University and the audience will discuss how classic and contemporary Sci-Fi (literature, film, tv, etc.) represents the environment, human development, and how both are changing. Some subjects open for discussion include the way Sci-Fi explores human evolution, the rise of the genre of “climate fiction” or “cli-fi,” utopian/dystopian Sci-Fi, and the possible futures of human effects on the environment and vice versa.

Presented by: Julia M. Wright, Brad Congdon and Jason Haslam

Sunday September 24, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Room 301 WTCC

2:15pm

Lightsabers 101
Come join The Eastern Watchmen as we talk about all things lightsaber! Whether you’re from a galaxy far, far away or watching the latest trailer on YouTube we’re all familiar with the signature *snap-hiss* that the weapon of a Jedi Knight makes when unsheathed. The Eastern Watchmen want to take you into the world of Full Contact Dueling Combat Lightsabers as they exist in the 21st century.
We're prepared to share with you information about our favourite Combat Lightsaber companies like Vader’s Vault, Ultrasabers and Electrum Sabercrafts. We will be getting into the nitty-gritty of the DIY market for the technologically gifted, and making connections for those that want some guidance and need a slight Force nudge in the right direction. We’ll be discussing upcoming developments in the field of DIY, and collaborative projects from some of the leading producers of battle-grade lightsabers.
Come armed with your questions about the Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Age and prepare to jump to lightspeed while we provide a demo of the new Electrum Sabercrafts Aegis Lightsaber made right here in Canada! Grab a seat, Grab a saber, Grab a glass of Blue Milk and Enjoy Saber Tek-Talk, May the Force be with you!

Presenters
avatar for Eastern Watchmen

Eastern Watchmen

Presenter
Nova Scotia Charter of The Saber Legion | | Formed close to two years ago, this local lightsaber duelling club has grown by leaps and bounds. It began with only a small but dedicated group of Star Wars fans and has grown to over 20 members! A charter of the International Organization... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Room 306 WTCC

2:45pm

The Science of Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones brought public interest and adventure to the science of Archaeology.  But how much of what the movies show reflect what happens in real life?  

Author Steven Erikson will shed light of this most interesting field of science, and informs us if Indiana Jones could exist outside of the movies.

Guests
avatar for Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson

Author
Steven Erikson is the author of the ten volume Malazan Book of the Fallen, an epic fantasy series, as well as numerous other works in Fantasy and Science Fiction. He worked as an archaeologist before becoming a full-time writer and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

2:45pm

Witchcraft: From History to Fiction
Witches have been a cause of fear and fascination for centuries.  In the past they filtered into nightmares and caused the death of dozens of innocent women.  More recently, they have taken a role in fantasy and fiction as strong portrayals of these female characters.

Please join Professor Kathryn Morris and Author Ami McKay as they talk the fact and fiction behind witches.

Guests
avatar for Ami McKay

Ami McKay

Author
Ami McKay is the bestselling author of three critically acclaimed novels: The Birth House, The Virgin Cure and The Witches of New York. The latter has been described as: “historical fiction with a twist: part Victorian fairytale, part penny dreadful, part feminist manifesto... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Room 302 WTCC

3:00pm

Teaching a Modern Designer Boardgame 101
Learn how to communicate the rules of a modern designer boardgame to a table of new players. Benefit from the experiences of the host of over 400 public boardgame nights. Learn how not to overwhelm or lose the interest of the table. Also how to avoid the dreaded " You didn't tell us that rule!" comment mid game. It's certainly not easy but there are lots of tips and tricks I have learned the hard way. 

Volunteers

Sunday September 24, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

3:30pm

LOTR/Hobbit: Fan Panel, Year 1
This panel is an open-forum discussion of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle Earth story epics starting with The Hobbit and continuing through The Lord of the Rings, where the panelists may just have a cosplay surprise. His other works (The Silmarillion, anyone?!) are fair game, too! There will be visual aids to help participants keep the cast of characters straight. Changes from page to screen are a staple of fan panels facilitated by your main host, as is commiseration for characters who've left the material, because it's always going to be "Too soon(tm)!"

Presented by Bruce Buck 

Sunday September 24, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 301 WTCC

3:45pm

Fire Emblem - Your Waifu is Trash
A critical (and somewhat comedic) discussion about the Re-Awakening of the Fire Emblem series. This talk will be about the good, bad and the ugly of the old and new games. Did Awakening really save the series? Is the my unit good or bad for the stories? And why Tharja wouldn't make a good wife. This isn't old fans versus new, this is about what has made Fire Emblem as a franchise stand out to fans for almost 20 years.

Presented by Daniel Chisholm 

Sunday September 24, 2017 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Room 304 WTCC

3:45pm

Love Letter Readings (18+)
Come hear the letters by the finallists in the Love Letter Writing Competition. The princess will be revealed, and will read the best letters out loud! Prizes will be awarded to the letters that the princess likes best. 

Moderators
CH

Camille Hunt

Presenter

Volunteers
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Sunday September 24, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 302 WTCC

4:00pm

Tips and Tricks for the GM at Hand
From world building tips to interactive tricks,this is a seminar to help any and all GM's looking to dive into the role-playing world.

Volunteers

Sunday September 24, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 305 WTCC

6:30pm

Closing Ceremonies
"Parting is such sweet sorrow," but alas, the time has come again.  Join us in saying farewell to Hal-Con 2017 with fellow con-goers and staff at the closing ceremonies.

Sunday September 24, 2017 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Coca-Cola Stage, 2nd Floor WTCC