The day has finally arrived… Hal-Con starts today!
Hal-Con is the biggest sci-fi, fantasy and gaming convention in Atlantic Canada! The convention is located at the World Trade & Convention Centre (in Downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia). The convention will run from November 8th to 10th. For those who did not purchase tickets in advance, tickets will be available at the Registration Desk at the convention centre. The first floor of the convention has free admission to visit the vendors located there. The vendors list includes Giant Robot Comics, The Last Gamestore, The Monster Comic Lounge, Quantum Frontier, Strange Adventures and many more.
Past years’ guests included Denise Crosby, Walter Koenig, Erin Gray, Nicholas Brendon, Gail Simone, Larry Hama, Steve McNiven, Darwyn Cooke, John Rhys-Davies, René Auberjonois and Nicholas Briggs.
This year’s guest list includes Billy Dee Williams, Jewel Staite, Peter Davison, Garrett Wang, J. August Richards, David Nykl, Richard Hatch, Vic Mignoga, Yaya Han, plus many other artists and authors. Ajay Fry of InnerSpace returns to cover Hal-Con for the fourth year in a row. Halifax’s own Fat Apollo and Wordburgler will also be making an appearance this year.
Other big attractions at Hal-Con include the Costume Contest (Saturday at 12:15 pm), Geek vs Nerds (Friday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 4:45 pm) and the Stargazer Soiree (Saturday at 7:00 pm).
Hal-Con is one of my favorite conventions to attend. The convention focuses on many areas of geekdom, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. In my opinion, Hal-Con volunteers really treats attendees well. Hal-Con has a real sense of community. The organizing group and the volunteers continuously participates in many events around the Halifax Regional Municipality during the entire year.
I’ll be posting more about Hal-Con over the next few days, so be sure to check back! I’m planning to get a photo with Peter Davidson, Jewel Staite and Billy Dee Williams. Of course, I will be getting one of my Lando Calrissian carded figures signed too! If I can find a 5th Doctor action figure on card, I’m getting that autographed as well! (Sadly, no Firefly action figures of Kaylee Frye.)
Be sure to stop by Giant Robot Comics‘ table in the vendors’ area and pick up a copy of the exclusive variant cover of IDW Publishing’s Transformers Regeneration One Issue #0! The cover features the Decepticons in front of the Halifax Citadel Hill and makes reference to Hal-Con too in the picture!
The following are the hours of operation for this weekend:
Friday, November 8th (12 PM – 1 AM)
Saturday, November 9th (9 AM – 1 AM)
Sunday, Novembe 10th (9 AM – 7 PM)