Every year Team GAMMA.CON is proud to host international and local stars from pop-culture industries. We pride ourselves on allowing attendees to interact with guests at no extra cost. Our previous guests have included voice actors, comic book artists and writers, TV personalities, cosplay stars and gaming developers.
GAMMA.CON is very pleased to present our official guests for 2018! With a standard day or weekend pass, you will be able to meet our guests and signing sessions as well as attend special guest panels at no extra cost.
More than just your average panel, these are run by GAMMA.CON's special guests. The panels can be a general discussion about the guest’s career or a workshop aimed at a particular skill including voice acting, animation, cosplay and game development. If you are interested in the guest/s why not sit in and enjoy their amazing tales of life experience or be a part of the end of panel Q&As.
2018 Comicbook Guests Presented by
Every year Team GAMMA.CON is proud to bring you your favourite Australian and International Comics Artists and Writers in the flesh.
Dave Dye has worked as a farm labourer, a stockman, a fireman, a soldier and an illustrator. During the Iraq War he worked as a Psyops operator creating comics as a communication tool in the Australian Area of Operations. Since his discharge from the Army in 2011 he has worked as a comicbook artist. In that time he has self published “The Anzac Legend” (a 246 page graphic history of the landing at Gallipoli in World War One) and Two issues of “Amazing Tales” (his own collection of short stories). He has also worked in collaboration with a number of writers including Darren Koziol, Emmet O’Cuanna, Roger Stitson, James Broadhurst and Danny Nolan. These collaborations have been published in “DECAY” (Australia), “Retro SciFi” (Australia), Ledger Awards Annual (Australia), “Reverie” (Australia), “Meanwhile…” Soaring Penguin Press (UK), “Knock Knock” Frisson Comics (UK). FutureQuake Comics (UK), Biodegradeable (UK). Also two of his stories have appeared in Comicoz’s “OIOIOI”. His latest project is illustrating a graphic history about the Eureka Stockade.
Shane W Smith is an Australian graphic novelist who uses genre to explore and uncover some of the deeper meanings of human experience. His books have been shortlisted for awards a total of five times, including twice for the fan-favourite Undad. His latest work, an epic fantasy graphic novel about jealousy and self-esteem and a world brought to its knees by the misadventures of three young people in love, will launch in late 2018. Shane has a Bachelor degree in Creative Writing, and might be the only person in the world to get a comic published in a refereed academic journal. He lives in Canberra with his wife and four young children.
Ryan K Lindsay is an award winning Australian comic writer who has written for a variety of publishers. He has partnered with artist Eric Zawadzki to produce: ETERNAL through Black Mask Studios, and HEADSPACE, with Sebastian Piriz, through Monkeybrain Comics/IDW.
He has partnered with artist Sami Kivela to produce: BEAUTIFUL CANVAS through Black Mask Studios, DEER EDITOR through his own ‘Four Colour Ray Gun' imprint and a handful of Kickstarter successes, and CHUM through ComixTribe. He was selected as a participant in the DC Writing Workshop group of 2016. His other comics include: Aurealis and Ledger Award-winning NEGATIVE SPACE with Owen Gieni through Dark Horse Comics, GLOVES with Tommy Lee Edwards in the Vertigo CMYK anthology, as well as EIR with Alfie Gallagher, INK ISLAND with Craig Bruyn, and STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET with Alex Cormack through Kickstarter for ‘Four Colour Ray Gun.’ He's written/edited analytical texts, including THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS: EXAMINING MATT MURDOCK AND DAREDEVIL through Sequart, and has had essays published in Criminal, Godzilla, Sheltered, Strange Nation, and Crime Factory.
Matt Kyme is a Melbourne based comic book writer/artist best known for creating That Bulletproof Kid and The Demon, in addition to co-founding IF? COMMIX with author Andrez Bergen as an outlet for their collaboration Tales to Admonish. In 2016, American publisher Project Nerd Publishing released That Bulletproof Kid in the United States. Matt has released a number of comics and graphic novels and has contributed writing and/or art to Carmen, From Above, Bullet Gal, Decay, Retro Sci-Fi, Gaining - Velocity Darker Forces, Gourmand Go and Melbourne Comics Quarterly. Matt’s series ‘The Demon’, a 1930’s inspired white hat masked adventurer series, was shortlisted for a 2017 Ledger Award and has quickly become one of the most iconic Australian comic book series and characters in Independent comics.
Mark resides and lowers property values in Sydney. He is the creator/writer of Job Dun, Fat Assassin and Sik 'n' Rex, Bullet Dogs! - bizarro sci-fi low-brow smut about outsider killers playing rough in a VR dystopia, think Bladerunner, with dick jokes. Working with a variety of Australian and international artists, the stories influences include 2000AD (Lobster Random), Heavy Metal and Simon Bisley's Lobo. Mark has also contributed stories to various books including ‘Decay Horror Comic’. Mark’s irreverent approach to comics and writing is bracing, unique, monstrous and hilarious, much like the man himself. He is a riddle, wrapped in an enigma, covered in stains. Make no mistake he is a monster and must be stopped at all costs!
Big Tim Stiles is a writer, podcaster, and actor who has worked in the creative arts for over two decades. After four years of writing comic book reviews for GiantFireBreathingRobot.com he dove into writing with short stories for Australian cult comics KILLEROO and CIRCUS, and his own comic book CTHULHU WILLIAMS (resulting in two successful Kickstarters). Big Tim's struggles with depression and chronic pain have informed and fuelled his webcomic GORILLA MY DREAMS.
Matt Heath is a Sydney based illustrator with a long spanning career in graphic design and art direction. Inspired from an early age by Star Wars films and 2000AD comics his extended waking hours are consumed with design and art projects.
Whilst working in Berlin Matt joined what is now ARTtitude Collective which led to his work on the Streets of Warcraft publication for Blizzard Europe, exhibits at Paris Games Week 2016 - 2017 and in 2018 Wargaming.net's World of Tanks.
His first foray into feature films was the Sci-Fi drama Terminus released in 2016 (USA) and in the same year published a tutorial in Digital Painting Techniques Vol. 8 by 3DTotal.
Matt sketches both traditionally and digitally and creates concept art as well as production art for film, games and editorial illustration.
Check out Matt's work at www.mattheath.com.au and catch him on Instagram @mattheathillustration
Dan Watts is a freelance comic artist, illustrator and writer. Dan is the creator and publisher of ‘Bipp and Trax, Intergalactic Realestate’ , a n all-ages sci-fi comedy chronicling the adventures of Bipp and Trax as they work for the most powerful (and despicable) Real Estate boss in the galaxy. He is the artist for the children's book ‘Freya the First Aider’, an adventure story which teaches First Aid. Freya is expanding and will soon have a full series of books.
Dan Watts has contributed art to countless Australian comics including ‘The Demon’, ‘Smiling Damned’, ‘That All Star Bulletproof Kid’, ‘Bronwyn’, ‘Job Dun Fat Assassin’, ‘Magpie’, ‘Deathship Jenny’ and ‘McBlack’, just to name a few. He has also published a small collection of comics he has worked on into a small anthology.