2017 Guest Lineup
Every year GAMMA.CON hosts international and local stars. Unlike at many other pop culture festivals, GAMMA.CON attendees can interact with guests at no extra cost. Our guests have included actors, TV personalities, cosplay stars, and gaming developers.
GUEST SIGNING AND PANELS
Our special guest signing sessions are free of charge and limited to four items per person (subject to special guest conditions). Our Good Game Spawn Point Guests, Bajo, Rad and Goose will be signing near the Main Stage on Saturday, 5 August, 15:00 - 16:00 and Sunday, 6 August, 12:00 - 13:00.
Guest panels are run by the Guest, they 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. It's an opportunity to sit in and enjoy their amazing tales of life experience.
Bajo, Goose and Rad
Bajo - Steven O'Donnell, Goose and Angharad 'Rad' Yeo; the hosts of ABC TV's next generation gaming show Spawn Point will be at GAMMA.CON 2017!
The team will be doing signings near the Main Stage on Saturday, 5 August, 15:00 - 16:00 and Sunday, 6 August, 12:00 - 13:00.
Bajo, Goose, and Rad will be on the Main Stage Saturday and Sunday 13:00 – 14:00 for the Good Game Spawn Point Q&A
Will be part of RGB Up Late! At our new event GAMMA@Night 19:00-20:00 on Saturday August 6 (18+ only at GAMMA@Night)
Will host a Good Game Spawn Point Panel on Sunday August 6 10:30 – 11:30 in the Spaceships Room
Excited to announced that the host of SBS PopAsia Andy Trieu is returning to GAMMA.CON 2017! Andy has been in great Aussie TV shows such at Houso's, Bollywood Star, Maximum Choppage, and in the local made Australian zombie comedy cult classic Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse with comedians Jim Jefferies, Greg Fleet and Alex Williamson.
Andy's program events are:
Saturday 12:30 - 13:30 Andy Trieu The Business of Getting into Presenting and Acting Lasers Room
Saturday 19:00-20:00 RGB Up Late! At our new event GAMMA@Night (18+ only at GAMMA@Night) main stage
Sunday 11:30 – 13:00 SBS Pop Asia Roaming Dance Review main stage
Announcing the Cosplayer, gamer and costumier from Sydney, Henchwench!
Australian Championships of Cosplay - Overall winner, 2016 (World of warcraft: Legion - Female Orc Death Knight, Tier 19 Mythic armor)
Supanova Sydney 2016 Cosplay Competition - Best Cosplay (Sunday) (Overwatch - Mei)
RTX Australia 2016 Cosplay Competition - Best Cosplay (Sunday) (Fallout 3 - Lone Wanderer in armored vault suit)
Check out more Henchwench at her website: http://henchwenchcosplay.com/
Henchwench will be Judging our Cosplay Competition and be part of RGB Up Late! and Henchwench and Wirru Makes a 60 Minute Build While Drunk at our new event GAMMA@Night (18+ only at GAMMA@Night)
Other Henchwench events:
10:30 – 11:30 Saturday, August 6 - Henchwench ‘Arduino And You: Introduction to Arduino Lit Cosplay’ - Cosplay Central area
14:30 – 15:30 Saturday, August 6 - Henchwench ‘Cosplay Shortcuts You're not Supposed to Use But Probably Will Anyway’ - Cosplay Central
11:30 – 12:30 Sunday, August 6 - Henchwench ‘OH, Let’s Break It Down’ - Cosplay Central
16:30 - 17:00 Sunday, August 6 Henchwench and Wirru Q & A - Cosplay Central
AmenoKitarou (A.K. Wirru) - costumer, cosplayer, model and workshop presenter of 10 years from Sydney, Australia.
In 2014 he decided to make tutorials and is now hooked on teaching others about the craft on Youtube
He now travels the world as a cosplay competition judge and workshop presenting guest at various pop culture conventions.
Madman National Cosplay Championship Champion 2010, 2014
World Cosplay Summit Team Australia 2012
Madman National Cosplay Championship 2nd Place 2013.
AmenoKitarou will be Judging our Cosplay Competition and be part of RGB Up Late! and Henchwench and Wirru Makes a 60 Minute Build While Drunk at our new event GAMMA@Night (18+ only at GAMMA@Night)
Other AmenoKitarou events:
12:30 – 13:30 Saturday, August 5 Wirru Cosplay 101 in the Cosplay Central Area
15:30 – 16:30 Saturday, August 5 Wirru Scaling and Proportioning - Cosplay Central
10:30 – 11:30 Sunday, August 6 Wirru Leathercrafting - Cosplay Central
13:30 - 14:00 - Sunday, August 6 Wirru Photoshoot Preparation Tips - Cosplay Central
16:30 - 17:00 Sunday, August 6 Henchwench and Wirru Q & A - Cosplay Central
GAMMA.CON & DEE’S COMICS PRESENTS: Dee's Comics OZ Comics Creator Zone
Darren Close (Killeroo)
Darren has been a staple of the Australian comics scene for over 15 years, at first with the formation of the OzComics website (and subsequent drawing challenge) as well as the publication of his KILLEROO comic book series. With over a dozen books and counting, Killeroo has become one of the most recognised and iconic Australian comic book characters, featuring the work of folks like Ben Templesmith, Jon Sommariva, Andie Tong, Jason Paulos and Jason Badower.
He's also worked in collaboration with Jason Badower on international comic titles such as WONDER WOMAN '66 and IPSO FACTO, as well as provided concept art for WATERBORNE, the first zombie kangaroo film.
His 24hr comic STRUGGLE was named Best Australian Original Comic Book of 2015 by ComicOz.
Darren is excited to bring you even more new Killeroo works in 2017 at GAMMA.CON!
MATT KYME: (The Demon, That Bulletproof Kid)
Matt Kyme is a Melbourne based comic book writer/artist best known for creating That Bulletproof Kid and The Demon, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Ledger Award. Matt has released a number of comics and graphic novels and has contributed writing and/or art to Carmen, Bullet Gal, Decay, Retro Sci-Fi, Gaining - Velocity Darker Forces, Gourmand Go and Melbourne Comics Quarterly.
Matt Kyme’s workshop ‘Unleashing the Demon’ is on Saturday, August 5 15:30 – 16:30 in the Spaceships room.
ANGIE SPICE: (Couriers)
Angie Spice published her debut comic series “Courier - The Adventures Of Geraldine Barker” in May 2016. Since then she has released a further 2 issues, concluding the original story arc set in Maydena town, Tasmania. Angie was also the winner of the Australian 24 hour comic challenge with her entry “Galah Girl” during the same year. Both comics present historical Australian settings with convicting female protagonists. Spirituality, music and emotive drama are frequent elements in her storytelling style.
Angie Spice's event Girls in Comics - ‘Doing it Solo’ is on Sunday, Aug 6 12:30 – 13:30 in the Lasers Room.
DAN WATTS: (Bipp & Traxx: Intergalactic Real Estate)
Dan Watts is a freelance artist. Dan has recently released his own comic "BIPP AND TRAX INTERGALACTIC REAL ESTATE", an all-ages sci-fi comedy following the adventures of Bipp and Trax. Dan is the artist for a 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 worked with: Matt Kyme on "THAT ALL STAR BULLETPROOF KID", and recently the cover for Episode 3 "THE DEMON"; Jason Franks on a short story "MONOCHROME and "THE PRINCE"; and upcoming "MAGPIE" with Andrez Bergen. Dan has previously published a small collection of comics he has worked on into a small anthology. He will be selling his comics, prints and original art. Commission’s welcome.
Dan is running a Comic Character Workshop on Saturday, August 5 10:00 – 11:00 at the Eckersley's Art and Craft Creative Zone.
Mark Hobby (Job Dun Fat Assassin, Sik n Rex)
Mark Hobby 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. Or 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 resides in Sydney.
Annabelle Lee (Octopus and Family)
Octopus and Family is the brainchild of author, Annabelle Lee. Literally, her brain child. She got a terrible headache one day and then an octopus crawled out of her ear. It was disgusting, but not as bad as some feedback for her book at Supanova earlier this year which went: “Oh god, no! It’s so bad! I’d never buy it and I won’t give it as a gift, I don’t hate anyone thatmuch!” Clearly, a chance to meet Annabelle and witness the horrors of her truly quite funny book is not to be missed.
RYAN K LINDSAY (CANBERRA!)
Ryan K Lindsay is the Aurealis and Ledger Award winning writer of 'Negative Space'. He is currently writing 'Beautiful Canvas' for Black Mask, has been published by IDW, Monkeybrain, Vertigo, and is an alumni from the 2016 DC Writers' Workshop, which means he has work for DC he can't yet talk about.
William Lehmann's professional career as a comic book artist and illustrator was born. A freelance artist from Sydney, Australia, Lehmann's work includes the soon to be published titles Trouble and creator-owned graphic novel Earthers.
JAMIE JOHNSON (THE PHANTOM)
Sydney based illustrator Jamie Johnson is a self-taught artist, fuelled by his love of the comic medium.
Since a young age, he has been a huge fan of both Batman and The Phantom. Parlaying that into a career, he is currently bringing his dynamic style to Frew publications 'The Phantom', contributing regular cover art for both the newsstand editions, as well as the popular Supanova exclusive 'jam covers'. Currently on his drafting table is cover art for a 3 issue Phantom story arc which will join together make one large image. This 6 page triptych is slated for release in Spring and will be available at all newsagents and local comic stores.
Jamie has a some other exciting (and currently top secret) projects in the works for release later in 2017 and early in the new year. If you would like to follow his progress on these projects and other work, follow him via
Matt is a Sydney based illustrator and concept artist. Inspired by renaissance painters and contemporary artists alike his work combines traditional and digital mediums. With a penchant for portraits, people and the human form Matt draws on historic and cultural references as well as future-tech design to journey far flung worlds of the imagination.
Shane W Smith
Shane W Smith is the creator of eight full-length graphic novels, and a number of shorter pieces. Three of his books have been shortlisted for national awards, including the zombie-family-drama Undad, which tells the tale of a vegetarian family man who unexpectedly turns undead. He has a creative writing degree from the University of Canberra, and his oddest achievement is getting a comic published in a refereed academic journal. His latest project involved editing a massive and ambitious anthology of comics and prose entitled All The King’s Men, which was published in late 2016. You can follow Shane’s writing misadventures at facebook.com/ShaneWSmith.Author/
David Strickland is an up and coming Melbourne based Artist looking to make a big splash with this being his first year with anything on the market. Up until now he has just been trying to immerse himself in his own world, get lost in his imagination while perfecting his craft. David works primarily in traditional mediums and takes great pride in this, Imagination though is the most important part of his work as it is his dream to create new worlds and ideas and to inspire others in the same way they have him. Creating is sharing your dreams with the world.
Writer & creator of The Dark Nebula & The Southern Cross, Australia's premier Superheroes, as well as an accomplished Commercial Broadcaster with over 35 years experience.