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SPECIAL GUEST HOSTS

HubCon is thrilled to present Blue Mountains local Stephanie Bendixsen as a very special guest! Best known under her gamer tag 'Hex' on long-running video game show 'Good Game' (ABC), Stephanie has always been heavily immersed in all aspects of geek culture. She enjoys playing video games, science fiction, fantasy, tech, food, hiking, collecting swords and figurines and travelling as often as possible. She is also a dedicated servant to her two feline overlords, Gandalf and Merlin - and dog Skadi. 

Stephanie will be appearing at HubCon throughout Saturday as a guest panelist and host.

Video game critic / TV presenter / Writer / Geek culture afficionado 

STEPHANIE 'HEX' BENDIXSEN

In a nutshell: Quirky, eccentric, bearded, media personality, voiceover guy, writer, music lover, whovian, presenter of stuff & unable to leap tall buildings. 

 

Ben has been spotted hosting and/or working hard at most of the conventions around Australia and now will be blending in with the locals in the Blue Mountains for HubCon. 

 

Masterful banter, eye-rolling dad jokes, irreverent trivia and some stunning loud shirts are guaranteed. It’s a 100% Ben Sorensen experience.

 

Get a more complete picture on www.instagram.com/Bensorensen1 

Punny MC / Trivia host extraordinaire / Pop culture tragic 

BEN SORENSEN 

SPECIAL GUEST AUTHOR

Blue Mountains author Emily Rodda is one of the most successful children’s authors in Australia and around the world. Her books include the phenomenally successful Deltora Quest series which has sold over 18 million copies worldwide, across 30 different languages, and is one of the most popular children’s fantasy series ever written. She has won the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year (Younger Readers) Award a record five times. Early in 2019, Jennifer was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for her services to literature.

Join Jennifer Rowe as part of HubCon Special Event - Celebrating Deltora Quest 

Worldwide bestselling author of fantasy series Deltora Quest 

JENNIFER ROWE (EMILY RODDA)

SPECIAL GUEST AUTHOR

ANDREW CONSTANT

COMIC WRITER

Andrew began his career as a published writer at a young age, when he wrote feature articles for his local newspaper while at high school.

Beginning his comic book career in 2011, Andrew has produced award winning and award nominated work for two of Australia’s largest comic book publishers: Frew Publications (KID PHANTOM, as well as other upcoming stories in The Phantom Universe), and Gestalt Comics (TORN, BROKEN LINE, FLY).

 

Andrew recently wrote a miniseries for  DC Comics, THE DEMON: HELL IS EARTH.

Andrew likes to think he’s funny, but deep down knows otherwise.

DARREN GALLAGHER

COMIC CREATOR

With a writing history that was forged through a combination of experiences through print media, radio, small screen and feature film appearances: and a demonstrated keen eye for layout and design, the K.l.T team is very pleased to have Darren as our principal writer and storyboarder. Also a gifted novelist, Darren has been working on our “Tales of the Elite” adventure series. Check out ‘Tales of the Elite: Tarantino’, a 300 page Sci-Fi espionage thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.

JASON PAULOS

COMIC BOOK WRITER / ILLUSTRATOR / PUBLISHER

Australian comic book writer/artist and creator of underground self published comics Hairbutt The Hippo and EEEK! Also known for his recent work on The Phantom for Frew publications in Sydney.

Jason has worked for Australian Mad Magazine, Heavy Metal, Judge Dredd Megazine, and DC comics.

CHRISTIAN D. READ

AUTHOR / CREATOR

Christian Read has had over twenty years working in geeky spaces. He's been a games journalist, a video game and tabletop game designer, with credits such as 'Sacred' and 'Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade.' He's been publishing comics since '00, notably Star Wars but also his own creations such as 'The Eldritch Kid', 'Karnak', 'Witch King', 'Unmasked' and more. As well as publishing the occult noir 'Lark Case Files' book and 'Nil-Pray', a morbid fantasy novel. 

He lives up a mountain with a lean black hound. 

MATT HATTON

The Art of Sci-Fi film-making - Sat 13 July 6pm

Matt has worked for decades in multiple disciplines and across many departments in film from character & concept design, props, weapons, set design, art direction, VFX, storyboards and even hair and makeup design. His latest work can be seen in Aquaman, Pacific Rim Uprising, Little Monsters, Lego Movie 2 and more!

www.instagram.com/matthatt0n

TOM TAYLOR

The Art of Sci-Fi film-making - Sat 13 July 6pm

Tom has been directing & producing video, animation & design work for leading Australian & international brands for the last twenty years.

 

Tom created & developed the “Blue Mountains Film Festival & Yowie Awards” &  “Culturescape Blue Mountains”. Taylor Film produces both live action & digital content, having recently produced seven ‘Destination Videos’ for Lithgow Tourism.

Tom is currently producing & directing his indie science fiction feature film “Last Ark”. taylorfilm.com

SPECIAL GUESTS

Retro Gaming 

Day & Time

Brian Costelloe (Since Spacies) & Tim Gadler

Before the boom of the internet, how else were gamers of the early 90s meant to get their gaming hints, tips and cheat codes? You'd call the Sega Masters from the Sega Hotline! These guys love their retro gaming and will be onsite all weekend to talk all things vintage gaming in HubCon's retro gaming museum and special retro gaming panel from 1pm on Saturday.

 

twitter.com/sincespacies

twitter.com/timgadler

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

Day & Time

Hosted by FairyQ HQ

Blue Mountains family FairyQ and her family stream gameplay, play music and talk about cool geeky stuff on their Twitch channel ‘FairyQ HQ’. They'll be hosting the Super Smash Bros. tournament and also share ways to get involved in pop culture as a family!

 

Twitch Channel: twitch.tv/fairyqhq

Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @FairyQHQ

Website: FairyQHQ.com

SPECIAL GUESTS - VIDEO GAMING

Cosplay Journeys

Day & Time

Hosted by Georgia (Blood Sweat & Cosplay) & Amber (Albion Cosplay)

For beginners, Georgia and Amber will take you through topics such as how to choose your character, plan your cosplay and get involved in the vast and growing community!

 

www.facebook.com/Bloodsweatcosplay

www.facebook.com/albioncosplay

SPECIAL GUESTS - COSPLAY

The Dicestormers

Presenting Dungeons & Dragons Live! with Stephanie Bendixsen

A liveplay event featuring the Dicestormers in what will be a very entertaining session. Expect audience participation, light rules and fast gameplay - hilarity will ensue as you expect the unexpected!

https://www.facebook.com/Dicestormers/ 

https://youtube.com/thedicestormers

https://twitter.com/dicestormers

SPECIAL GUESTS - ROLEPLAY GAMING

SONS OF OBIWAN

SABER ACADEMY WORKSHOPS

Learn the ways of The Force with the Sons of Obiwan Saber Academy! Over the HubCon weekend you'll be able to participate in a mini lesson where you can try your hand at some some choreography, tricks and spins. You'll be ready to take on the Dark Side with style!

For ages 10+. Registration details TBC.

 

www.sonsofobiwan.com

ACTION REACTION ENTERTAINMENT

LIVE EVENT / SUPERHERO TRAINING

INFINITY will be a 20 Minute, Action-packed performance featuring high energy Acrobatics, Action Fight sequences, Comedy, and Dance followed by a kids Superhero workshop!

For ages 7+. Registration details TBC.

 

SPECIAL GUESTS - PERFORMANCE

Special guest hosts are confirmed as of 1.7.19, however Blue Mountains Theatre/HubCon reserves the right to change the event program without notice.