FanCon 2018 confirmed guests

More guest announcements will be made over the coming months


RIDDLE (Riki Lecotey) is an internationally recognised cosplayer and costume maker from Canada, now based in the USA, who has been involved in costuming for almost 20 years. She’s been invited to conventions around the world, to judge cosplay contests, host workshops and panels, and promote cosplay. She is renowned in the cosplay community for her ability to translate costumes and focus on craftmanship. Says Riki “ each costume presents its own set of challenges, requiring me to learn new skills like translation, sculpting, molding, casting and of course, sewing”. Riki was a main cast member on both seasons of Heroes of Cosplay, the SyFy reality show which aired in 2013-2014, creating memorable costumes and winning the most number of awards while there. She also works as a costumer and prop maker on Marvel movies, handling specialty costumes on set. Her credits include X-Men First Class, Captain America Civil War, Spider-Man Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and the upcoming Avengers Infinity War. Riki is the creator of Cosplay For A Cause, a charity project that makes cosplay calendars to raise funds for various causes, including the Japanese Red Cross, Filipino Red Cross, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Her favourite act of charity, however, is rescuing and rehabilitating baby squirrels.
Riddle lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. 

LAURA BRAGA is an Italian comic book artist who has worked for a variety of European publishers as well as American publishers, DC Comics, Marvel, and Top Cow. Her  professional work dates to 1999, at just 17 years old, as a storyboard artist for TV commercials. She attended the International School of Comics in Florence, the Disney Academy in Milan, and the schools of Comic-Animation at Montemages in Bassens and La Salle. Laura started working as a comic book artist, illustrator, and colourist for some of the main Italian, French-Belgian and Spanish publishers. In 2005 she collaborated with legendary Italian comics maestro, Milo Manara, whose influence led Laura to a more realistic art style.  From 2012 to 2014 she was the regular artist on Top Cow’s flagship title, Witchblade, on which she collaborated with writer Ron Marz. She also worked on Top Cow’s Cyberforce and Darkness, Sensation Comics Wonder Woman for DC Comics, as well as a variety of Marvel series, including Captain Marvel, Superior Iron Man, Secret Wars, and The Punisher.  She was one of the main contributing artists on the recent DC Comics Bombshells series, and currently illustrates the DC/Archie crossover series, Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica.  
Laura Braga lives in Alghero, Sardinia, off the Italian mainland. 

SEAN IZAAKSE has been working as a freelance illustrator and comic artist for the last 8 years. An artist on the Pathfinder comics for Dynamite Entertainment, he has contributed artwork to various RPG's like Mutants & Masterminds by Green Ronin Publishing. He has contributed creator-owned work to local publications, Insurrection Studio's Clockworx comic and was featured in the Comics Brew Outline comic, as well as work for companies doing corporate comics. Izaakse is the artist and co-creator, along with writer Vito Delsante, of the creator-owned series Stray from  Action Lab Entertainment. Izaakse has recently added MARVEL COMICS to his list of work, including books like Thunderbolts, Avengers, Deadpool and recently finished a run on Uncanny Avengers.

In his free time he  roleplays with friends, watches way too many movies and  fills his instagram with pictures of his dog. He lives in Johannesburg, SA

KINPATSU COSPLAY (aka Tayla Barter) is South Africa’s most well-known cosplayer, with a massive following on her social media platforms, and is recognized worldwide for her incredible talent and craftsmanship. Extremely prolific, Tayla has been cosplaying since 2012, and has made a record 80 costumes in the last 5 years. She specializes in armoured costumes and her cosplays ranges across various genres, including gaming, anime, and western films & TV. She has been an invited guest at conventions in Turkey, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, and China, and has upcoming events in Argentina, Bulgaria and Monaco in 2018. In addition, she regularly hosts cosplay workshops at various events across South Africa. Tayla also shares her extensive cosplay knowledge through her YouTube videos, where she runs tutorials and reviews her costumes. Kinpatsu Cosplay has garnered an impressive array of milestones : 1st place Overall (rAge 2017), 1st place Overall (GeekFest 2017), 1st place Anime Category and 1st place Craftmanship Category (rAge 2016), 1st place Costume Construction Category and 3rd place Games Category (rAge 2015), 1st place GeekFest Cosplay Competition (2015), 2nd place Gaming Category (rAge 2014), and 2nd place Kin Con Cosplay Competition (2014). Tayla Barter lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Confirmed guests of the convention may cancel their appearance/attendance at any time due to personal or

professional reasons. The organisers will not be held liable for the cancellation of any guests or other invited participants.

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