- Artist Guest of Honor: Lee Moyer
- Media Guest of Honor & Toastmaster: Richard Hatch
- Screenwriter Guest of Honor: Steven Barnes
- Author Guest of Honor: Ann Aguirre
- Editor Guest of Honor: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- WinSFA Alumni Guest of Honor: Lar deSouza
- Canadian Author Guest of Honor: J. M. Frey
- Fan Guest of Honor: Cassondra Felton-Tufty
- Also Attending
- David Annandale
- Ryan Roth Bartel
- Samantha Beiko
- Marie Bilodeau
- Gerald Brandt
- Graeme Brown
- GMB Chomichuk
- Karen Dudley
- Leia Getty
- Chadwick Ginther
- Ronald Hore
- Lindsay Kitson
- Clare Marshall
- Sherry Peters
- Rob Riddell
- Robert J. Sawyer
- Ellen Smith
- Hayden Trenholm
Lee Moyer is an award-winning Illustrator and designer.
He has painted covers for Michael Swanwick, Philip Jose Farmer, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Michael Bishop, Kim Newman, Mark Hodder, Edgar Pangborn, Jack McDevitt, Iain M. Banks, Alan Moore, HP Lovecraft, Tad Williams, and Raymond Chandler.
His film work can be found in HP Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown, the poster for Call of Cthulhu, the covers for two boxed sets of Laurel & Hardy films from 20th Century Fox, and the Spiderman 2 Special Edition DVD. His theatre work includes world premiere posters for Stephen Sondheim, Tori Amos, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen King, and Andre 3000.
He served as Art Director for Electronic Arts and as a concept lead for Dungeons & Dragons. His new game with Jonathan Tweet and Rob Heinsoo is called 13th Age, and his Lovecraft-inflected answer to Monopoly, The Doom That Came to Atlantic City was recently funded by 350% on Kickstarter. He's also worked with Doom collaborator Keith Baker on Eberron, Gloom, Over the Edge and many other still-unpublished games as well.
Check These Out, Lee’s 2012 pin-up calendar, has won many admirers, and 2013's calendar is underway with the kind participation of George R. R. Martin, Charlaine Harris, Neil Gaiman and many more.
Lee was nominated for a record three Chesley awards this year, and plays a mean game of Anagrams.
Richard Hatch has enjoyed international recognition for more than three decades. He has starred in such series as The Streets of San Francisco for which he won Germany’s Bravo Award (the equivalent of an Emmy Award), Battlestar Galactica, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe award and the role of Philip Brent, which he originated on ABC’s All My Children. Richard just finished playing the role of Tom Zarek in the new re-imagined version of Battlestar on the Sci-fi channel for the past four years and has just written a BG manga for Tokyopop focusing on his character. His most recent feature “THE POD” was just completed and last Summer and he also played the starring role of a ex- mafia street priest in “DEAD BY FRIDAY”filmed last May. His directing credits include the iconic “Second Coming” BG movie trailer in addition to movie trailers for his forthcoming pet project (Magellan) and was hired to write, produce and direct a NSAS infomercial for the securities industry. He is currently directing a movie presentation for the film “WHITE WINGS” in Logan Utah. His stage credits include starring off-Broadway in several plays and musicals, including the Obie Award winning play “Love me love my children”, PS, Your Cat Is Dead in Chicago, and the musical Pepper Street and “The Name Game” in Los Angeles.
Additional credits include starring in such movies for television as The Hatfields And The McCoys with Jack Palance, Addie And The Kings Of Hearts with Jason Robards, Last Of The Belles with Susan Sarandon, The Class Of ‘65, The Hustler Of Muscle Beach, and the cult classic Deadman’s Curve, in which he portrayed Jan Berry of the musical group ‘Jan and Dean’. He has also guest starred in numerous television series and feature films, including Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen with Michelle Pfeiffer and “The Ghost” with Michael Madsen and Brad Dourif. He just completed filming Inalienable written by Walter Koenig. He can also be heard voice acting on the new Sony Playstation 2 Battlestar Game. In addition Richard has co-written seven Battlestar hardback novels for I-books including his most recent “Redemption”. Richard formed a new production company “Merlinquest Entertainment Inc”, in 1995 for which he has written and produced a new Sci-fi/fantasy story entitled “The Great War of Magellan”, for which both a table top version and online social networking game will debut this Summer. The online MMO is set to debut late next year. A graphic novel version of Magellan is being currently being produced and will make its debut next May. A theatrical trailer for Magellan has just been completed and will be screened at convention worldwide this summer. In between acting and writing gigs Richard teaches and lectures all over the country on “Acting and Directing for The Camera”, “Acting From The Heart” “Overcoming Fear” Unleashing your Power and Creative Vision” and “Everything you ever wanted to know about the Entertainment Industry” The Art, Craft, and Business of the Entertainment Industry, “Learn cutting edge secrets to a successful career in writing, acting, directing and producing”. Please check out battlestargalactica.com or his facebook page for details on Richard’s new project and schedule.
Steven Barnes is the award-winning, NY Times bestselling author of twenty-eight novels, including LION'S BLOOD, the Image-Award winning Tennyson Hardwick mystery series, and DREAM PARK with Larry Niven. His television writing includes THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE, ANDROMEDA , STARGATE SG-1 and BAYWATCH (!). His Emmy-winning "A Stitch In Time" episode of THE OUTER LIMITS won "Best Supporting Actress" for Amanda Plummer.
He is also the creator of the LIFEWRITING method of self-improvement, based on Joseph Campbell's model of the Hero's Journey. He has lectured on Campbell's idea from Mensa to the Smithsonian Institute, and to thousands of students worldwide.
He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, award-winning novelist Tananarive Due, and son Jason.
Ann Aguirre is a USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.
Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination. Silvia lives in beautiful British Columbia with her family and two cats. She writes speculative fiction (from magic realism to horror). Her short stories have appeared in places such as Fantasy Magazine, The Book of Cthulhu, Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing and Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic Science Fiction.
Silvia is the publisher of Innsmouth Free Press, a Canadian micro-publishing venture specializing in horror and dark speculative fiction. The Innsmouth Free Press website features daily non-fiction and tri-annual fiction issues. Innsmouth Free Press publishes several high-quality anthologies and novels during the year.
She has co-edited the anthologies Historical Lovecraft, Future Lovecraft and Candle in the Attic Window.
In 2011, Silvia won the Carter V. Cooper Memorial Prize (in the Emerging Writer category), sponsored by Gloria Vanderbilt and Exile Quarterly. She was also a finalist for the Manchester Fiction Prize.
Lar deSouza, raconteur, bon vivant and artist about town was born to humble surroundings on a Hallowe’en night many years ago. Fortunately his monumental ego was able to overcome the humble bits.
After an apparently normal childhood, he attended Sheridan College of Visual Arts where he obtained diplomas in Illustration and Computer Graphics. While other artists might have muses that look like Grecian oracles, Lar's wears three fingered gloves and speak in a shout. It was only a matter of time before professional cartooning called his name.
Hailing from the Southern Ontario region of Canada, Lar currently resides Acton – a small town privy to the secret that Toronto is not the centre of the universe – along with his lovely wife, two beautiful daughters and three tolerant cats. He has been artistically active in fandom for many years, garnering a reputation as a passing fair cartoonist and a sick puppy. In 2003 he met Ryan Sohmer and teamed up to help form Blind Ferret Entertainment and produce the online comics Least I Could Do and Looking for Group. He has no idea what to write for programme bios and suggestions are welcome. The Hallowe’en bit is true.
And yes, he does look like his caricature.
Author. Actor. Speaker.
Fanthropologist. Professional Geek.
Thoughtful, insightful, and quirky, J.M. is the go-to gal in the Toronto scifi/fantasy scene for anything academic-nerd.
There's more to J.M. than just a pretty face. With a BA in Dramatic Literature from Brock University, and an MA in Communication's Culture from both Ryerson and York Universities, J.M. is a proven intellectual with a passion for pop culture.
Self-proclaimed Doctor Who fan and anime otaku, J.M. grew up in the comic book convention circuit, consuming copious amounts of scifi and Japanese TV, spending all her pocket money on comics and manga, and honing her skills as an award winning costumer. And all the while watching her fellow fans – which later became the basis for her academic studies in theatre, performance, sociology, anthropology, and gender.
Trained from an early age in musical theatre and voice acting, J.M. is fearless before a crowd. She has appeared as a model for art exhibitions, a model for a charity cosplay calendar, and in Liana K's Toronto-based Steampunk Fashion Show circuit. She was an invited panellist on the SPACE Channel's premier chat show InnerSPACE, has appeared in documentaries, and lent costumes to the Ontario Science Centre for their exhibition on Steampunk in spring 2011. She appears in the lauded 2012 webseries LESlieVILLE, and can be found on the soundtrack for A Life In The Library, a musical tribute to Canadian national treasure Lillian H. Smith.
Already being compared to Robert J. Sawyer and Robert A. Heinlein, Frey's work is insightful, thought-provoking, socially relevant tales, as well as touching and engaging human stories.
Cassondra Felton-Tufty (Willow to some, Cassy to most) is a native of Randolph, Minnesota, currently residing in West Fargo, ND. But “home” to Cassy could be the roller rink, her van (driving kids to dance practice) or the CoreCon registration table, greeting attendees. Known for her tenacity, “Willow Beatin” has been with FM Derby Girls since almost the beginning. Enduring injuries and various changes with he team, Cassy has continued to fight, finding energy reserves like only a mom can. Her daughter Dallas, and twin sons William and Charles could tell you about mom’s energy. After all, she keeps them first in a long list of priorities (with the help of hubby, Travis, member of the men’s derby league, Rock City Riot). The name of her daycare was also, “Kids First.” After seven years she decided to move from the daycare to a job that allowed her to focus on herself awhile, and use her well-honed people skills. She is now at Blue Cross/Blue Shield, appropriately as a “Customer Care Contact.”
With a BA in Psychology/Social Work, Cassy deals with people effortlessly. An integral member of Core Con, over the years she has juggled several chair positions and is finally able to pare down to her favorite, Contest coordinator. The fifth year of CoreCon will allow Cassy to give more of her time to planning the Costume Contest, where she directs, coaches and MC’s, all while wearing what have come to be known as, “The Boots.”
Cassy’s love of people, costuming, make-up (she can make you a mean zombie wound), and all things sci-fi and fantasy make her a perfect fit at any convention. She isn’t afraid to participate herself. This saucy wench can shake it with the best of ‘em. Look for her in the karaoke room, keeping the crowd on their feet, or whipping up a mean game of Munchkin in one of the suites.
Marathon running may be one of her secrets, keeping her in shape and giving her much coveted time to herself. Her event is the Half Marathon, and chances are you’ll see her sharing a beer with friends afterwards. Just don’t expect her to be wearing “The Boots.”
Each year in addition to our guests of honor, many published authors and artists attend Keycon and participate in our programming.
The following authors and artists will be appearing at Keycon.
www.davidannandale.com and follow him on Twitter at @David_Annandale.
From their home in Winnipeg MB, they have spent the last 5 years using traditional and modern techniques to hand make custom leather goods for costume, stage, and the street. Specializing in leather masks, historic and fantasy armour, clothing and accessories. Their favorite styles are medieval/historical, festival, steampunk, and post-modern.
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In addition to writing and illustrating, Samantha works in the Canadian publishing industry in various capacities, first in marketing and publicity, and now in editorial and layout design. She has had the opportunity to edit some remarkable books in her short time, and along with Sandra Kasturi, she will be co-editing Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing for ChiZine Publications. Her first novel, a young adult fantasy titled The Lake and the Library, is sort of a love song to the prairies and the remarkable magic there.
Samantha currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and wants to remind you that though she is but little, she is fierce. You can visit her online at www.smbeiko.com
You can find him at www.geraldbrandt.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
The Pact is Graeme’s first published story. He is currently working on the first of many sequels, and keeps himself stimulated with a regular dose of reading, historical research and the inevitable coffee that accompanies such things. A frequent tweeter and blogger, you can find Graeme online, @GraemeBrownWpg or http://www.graemebrownart.com
The Imagination Manifesto. He has been nominated for the The Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction and nominated for Canada's Best Graphic Novel by the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association. He is the founder of Alchemical Press and is always on the lookout for literary oddities. He puts words and pictures together. Some people call that alchemy. He calls that comics. You can follow him on twitter @gmbchomichuk and see some of his work in progress at www.comicalchemy.blogspot.com.
http://chadwickginther.com/ and as @chadwickginther on Twitter.
sff.onlinewritingworkshop.com. In 2006 Lindsay won the Keycon short story contest. She started writing when she was thirteen, but actually started telling stories long before that, when she was five years old in a friend's basement, using cardboard boxes as props. Those boxes became castles, circus trains, soup pots, and we were princesses, circus animals, and rabbits escaping from the stew. After spending several years researching flight for her current work in progress, she realized writing about it was never going to be enough, and May 2013 she began flight school in St. Andrews Manitoba, aiming to get her commercial pilot's license. She blogs about writing and flying at http://LindsayKitson.com.
Rob Riddell has been wrtiting and adapting plays since 1989. His plays have been performed in Manitou, Morden, Winkler, Stienbach, and Edmonton Fringe Festival. His first Fringe production was a science fiction work about the life of people mining on an asteroid.
For the last nine years he has worked and written for Candlewick Productions out of Manitou. Some works are adaptations of classics like Robin Hood and Maid Marion, in which she convinces him to change his motto from "Steal from the rich and bury it in the bush" to "Steal from the rich and give to the poor." And some are original stories about prairie people like last summer's My Kingdom for Ein Peat, in which a director mounts a summer Revue of Shakespeare for his home town. Then his mother insists that it is performed all in low German. The low German plays, which are co-written with Richard Klassen especially for the Winkler Harvest Festival, have become a feature at that festival over the last six years.
He performs in some of the productions and had a role in a made in Manitoba movie called Contract Player. He is also working on a novel. He also trains in martial arts.
His very first play ever, was written in Grade 5 about Edward Teach, Blackbeard, because even back then, life was good if you could be a scary pirate!
This reading is an adaptaion of H.P. Lovecraft's Call of Cthulhu and Pickman's Model.
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He lives with his wife and fellow writer, Elizabeth, in Ottawa where he works as a policy analyst for the Senator for the Northwest Territories. He has a B.Sc in Chemistry and a B.A and M.A in Social and Political Thought. In the past he has served on numerous arts and other Boards and worked for many years as the coordinator of a “learning through the arts” school program. He spent 6 years in the 1990s as a full-time writer, actor and director (and part-time bartender).
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