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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hal-Con wrap up

Big crowds, great panels, stunning costumes

Posted By on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 2:39 PM

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Long lines, dozens of Doctor Who costumed fans and one funny Billy Dee Williams. Hal-Con was a maddening convention that was the most successful in the city’s history. More than 10,000 attendees, mostly dressed in costume, stood in long lines to meet their heroes. Volunteers and staff were overwhelmed as large crowds were forced to wait for hours in a line stretching to Brunswick Street.

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Beyond the big crowds, there were plenty of great panels and Q&A sessions with sci-fi legends. Peter Davison, who played Doctor Who in the early 1980s, made his first trip to Halifax with included the usual tourist visit to Peggy’s Cove and watching RED at the Neptune Theatre. He gave his seal of approval for the new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi. The show is enjoying newfound popularity with the 50th anniversary. “He’s a good choice and terrific lover of Doctor Who,” says Davison. “The show appeals to different people with artistic merit. We have people who grew up with the show how are now a part of it.”

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Hal-Con showcased the creativity of the fans through the art form of costume making. Niki Warien looked magnificent in her Valkyrie Harpy costume.

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Nathan Brown from Greenwood, NS made his Spartan Halo costume from paper and took 18 months to complete.

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Andrew Daigle from Fredericton became working on his costume in June. His Alphonse Elric costume from the Fullmetal Alchemist is quite impressive.

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The highlight of the convention by far was Billy Dee Williams. The coolest guy in the Star Wars franchise didn’t disappoint with one-line zingers and charming stories. What makes the legendary actor so funny? Is it the fact that he has an Ewok head mounted in his office or that he was afraid of a 10-year-old boy accusing him of betraying Han Solo while shopping at the grocery store? Perhaps it's his quick wit—when a fan commented on how she thought Williams’ character Lando should have ended up with Princess Leia, Williams smiled and said, “In some sense I did.” Lando’s still got it.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Nyan Cat flies into Halifax on a pop tart rainbow

Or, Nyan Cat's dad. Which is close enough for me.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 11:14 AM


From today's exciting announcement from Hal-Con:

"We’re excited to welcome the creative genius behind one of the internet’s most famous cats to Hal-Con this year (Nov 8-10, WTCC). Christopher Torres’s 8-bit creation of an intergalactic feline with a toaster-pastry body who flies through space on a rainbow trail exploded onto the web in 2011 and Nyan Cat was born.

The original video has almost 100 million views to date. Nyan Cat became the 5th most watched video on Youtube in 2011 and won the first ever rainbow Webby Award for meme of the year. Nyan Cat continues to be an inspiration of love and joy in animated cat GIF form to this day."

Team Hal-Con also announced special guests fantasy model Drakaina Muse and costume designer and cosplayer Yaya Han.

I am holding an informal contest to see which website benefits best from being soaked in Nyan on Please submit your suggestions below. I'm guessing MRA sites would be pretty good picks.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Halfway to Hal-Con

Get your costumes ready

Posted By on Tue, May 7, 2013 at 2:41 PM


Hal-Con, Halifax’s sci-fi, fantasy and gaming convention, may not be until November (Nov 8-10 see for more info, but it’s not too early to get excited about the impressive line-up for this fall. The announcements have already started streaming in and will have fans of Doctor Who, Star Wars and Star Trek alike pining through the whole summer.

Fans of the cult classic TV show, Doctor Who, will have an opportunity to visit with the Doctor himself. Peter Davison, the fifth actor to take on the famous character, will be making an appearance. Up until 2009, Davison was the youngest person to take on the role and claims that he is still a fan today.

Star Wars Day (May 4th—cue corny “May the fourth be with you” joke here) may be over but Hal-Con is keeping the force alive. Billy Dee Williams, of General Lando Calrissian fame, will be making an appearance on Saturday and Sunday. As Williams portrayed Harvey Dent in Tim Burton’s Batman, he has even more fan-geekdom potential. And if that Batman-Star Wars combination wasn’t enough, he also wrote a sci-fi thriller called Psi Net, which could be a useful addition to your summer reading list.

Other exciting announcements include appearances by actors Jewel Staite (Serenity, Firefly), Garrett Wang (Star Trek Voyager), J. August Richards (Angel), Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica) and illustrators Christopher Jones (Young Justice) and Robert Bailey (more Star Wars!)

With six more months left, the buzz for Hal-Con has only just been begun. It’s never too early to start preparing costumes...

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