Tuesday, June 3, 2014

FANTASY CON 2014 with over 80 Celebrity Guests, Panelists, Performers, Artists, and Cosplayers!

July 3,4,5 at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah
with a kickoff party on July 2nd with celebrity DJ and Lord of the Rings star ELIJAH WOOD!

Fantasy Con dragon designed by my awesomely talented
little brother, Nathan Rees, co-owner of Squishy Animation!
This 15-foot rock monster will be at Fantasy Con!
Fantasy Con (not to be confused with Comic Con) represents science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, medieval and renaissance. SO FUN! It will be a family friendly event with celebrity autograph sessions with BIG names from the performing, literary and visual arts (see list of celebrities below), vendors of all kinds, live entertainment, interactive characters, prizes for contests, LARPing battles (Live Action Role Play), cosplay (Costume Play), a huge rock monster, a 30-foot tall dragon with a 54-foot wingspan, kids archery area, 30-foot sentinels at the entrance, waterfall in the entrance, large battle arena with live action battles, Film Quest Festival, entertainment stage, multiple panel discussions, fireworks show on July 5th at the Gateway and Cosplay parade on the morning of July 4th in downtown Salt Lake City. Visit the Fantasy Con site for more information on ticket prices, vendor information and other events!

Celebrity guests (in alphabetical order by first name):

13 celebrities from THE HOBBIT and LORD OF THE RINGS

Adam Brown (Ori from The Hobbit trilogy)
Billy Boyd (Peregrin "Pippin" Took from The Lord of the Rings trilogy)
ELIJAH WOOD (Lord of the Rings star)
He will be the celebrity DJ for the Fantasy Con
kickoff party, July 2, 2014. 8pm at THE COMPLEX,
located at 536 West 100 South, Salt Lake City, UT.

Graham McTavish (Dwalin from The Hobbit trilogy)
Jed Brophy (Nori from The Hobbit trilogy)
John Callen (Oin from The Hobbit trilogy)

John Rhys-Davies (Gimli from The Lord of the Rings trilogy)
Ken Stott (Balin from The Hobbit trilogy)
Peter Hambleton (Gloin from The Hobbit trilogy)
Royd Tolkien (director/actor and great-grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien
who was author of The Hobbit and LOTR)
Amrita Acharia (Games of Thrones)
Cas Anvar (Altair from Assassin's Creed, Argo,
Diana, Neverland, The Phantom)

Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Continuum, Stargate: The Ark of TruthThe Dark Knight Rises)
Claudia Christian (CastleGrimmBabylon 5Quantum LeapHighlander)
Doug Jones (prolific actor and contortionist, Pan's Labyrinth)
Joseph Gatt (Game of Thrones season 4, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Pulse, Thor, Star Wars: The Old Republic)
Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl, Black Swan, Cold Case)

18 Guests Panelists:
Brad R. Torgersen (Science fiction writer and Chief Warrant Officer in US Army Reserve)
Bradley Voytek (zombie neuroscience expert)
Brandon Sanderson (sci/fi-fantasy author)
Chance Thomas (the composer's composer)
Doug Adams (author and musicologist)
David Farland (author)
Keith Allen (DJ and "Talk Nerdy to Me" Youtube videos)
Kevin J. Anderson (author of over 120 books: Star Wars, X-Files, Ground Zero, Dune)
Kid History (video shorts on Youtube)
Mark Ordesky (films, film festivals, fine line features for movies)
Mark Ryan (singer and musician)
Paul Genesse (fantasy author)
Peter Wacks (actor, video game and novel storyline writer)
Sneaky Zebra (Geek programming, parodies, & cosplay music videos on Youtube)
Steven L. Sears (Writer/Producer)
The Hillywood Show (Song and dance parodies of blockbuster films and other celebrities)
The One Ring.net (info on everything Tolkien)
Utah Women in Film (educational organization)

7 Guest Cosplayers:
Destiny Nickelsen - Harley Quinn (Injustice Gods Among Us), Elsa (Frozen), White Phoenix (X-Men), Juliet Starling (Lollipop Chainsaw), Princess Vivian (Dragon’s Crown), Elizabeth (Bioshock Infinite), Super Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon Super S), Red Mist (Kick-Ass), Supergirl (Supergirl/Superman/DC), Scarlett (Killer Is Dead)

Kristen Hughey - Costumer and founder of the charity HEROIC which proceeds profit foundations such as Make-A-Wish and ASPCA

Linsay Elyse - Blood Elf (World of Warcraft), Tifa (FFVII), Master Chief (Halo), Lara Croft (Tomb Raider), Jecht (FFX), Navi (Zelda), (League of Legends), Luigi (Super Mario), Connor (Assassin’s Creed), Han Solo (Star Wars)

Monika Lee - Little Sister (Bioshock), Rogue (X-Men), Wizard (Diablo 3), Steampunk/Victorian Poison Ivy, Summoner Yuna (Final Fantasy X), Blackbeard (Assassin’s Creed 4), Sailor Mars (Sailor Moon), Demon Hunter (Diablo 3), Lara Croft (Tomb Raider: Legend ), Elizabeth (Bioshock Infinite)

Riddle - Modern Wasp (Marvel), Huntress (Batman), Evil Mary Marvel (DC comics / SHAZAM), Snow white (Disney), Rocketeer (IDW/Rocketeer), Princess Leia (Star Wars), Hell Girl (Hellboy/Darkhorse/Mike Mignola), Rosette (Chrono Crusade), Ice (DC Comics Justice league), Alita (Battle Angel Alita)

Stella Chuu - Ivy Valentine (Soul Calibur), Psylocke (Marvel Comics), Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion), Burlesque Batwoman (DC Comics), Mako Mori (Pacific Rim), Inori Yuzuriha (Guilty Crown), Alisa Bosconovitch (Tekken), Sakizou Knocker (Sakizou Art), Vaporeon gijinka (Cowslip art. Pokemon), Kaneda (Akira)

The Hillywood Show - Song and Dance parodies of blockbuster films and other celebrities

12 Performers:
Bonnie Gordon (celebrity performer known for her work on Batman)
Christian Cagigal (actor, writer, magician)
Christopher Haaser (12-year-old juggler)
Delaney Bayles (juggler)
Elijah Wood (actor, performer, DJ)
Jeff McBride (magician)
Master Payne (magician)
Pandora Celtica (an award winning 5 member a cappella singing group)
Paul Draper (magician and mentalist)
Scott Hitchcock (magician)
Scott Land (puppeteer)
Shaun Canon (singer/songwriter/musician)

12 Guest artists: 


Tandy Leather has donated some great prizes for the cosplay contests including this Deluxe Leathercraft Set:

My brother, Nathan Rees, co-owner of SQUISHY ANIMATION (logo on right) created an awesome animated DRAGON for the Fantasy Con site, and with my other brother, Kit Rees, the other half of Squishy Animation, they did most ALL of the graphics on the web site. Nathan and Kit are huge participators in the entire event, and good friends with the creator/organizer,  Josh Patel

I'm excited to be at Fantasy Con as a vendor selling my medieval romantic adventure fiction, SHADOWS OF VALOR.

My mom's awesome sewing skills and patience turned two bed sheets into a 1300s-style kirtle and surcoat for me to wear at Fantasy-Con. The outfit goes with the SHADOWS OF VALOR time period.


BUY TICKETS HERE:  http://www.fantasycon.com/tickets.html
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The Salt Palace Convention Center is located at 100 SW Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah