FanCon 2018 confirmed guests

YANICK PAQUETTE is an award-winning comic book artist from Canada who has been working in the industry since the mid 1990s. He has worked as a penciller and cover artist for various publishers, but most of his output has been for DC and Marvel Comics. His earlier career includes Xena Warrior Princess for Topps Comics, Warrior Nun Areala for Antarctic Press, and a short run on Wonder Woman for DC Comics. He later went on to draw runs on Gambit, Ultimate X-Men and Young X-Men for Marvel. He rose to prominence with his later DC mainstream work, and his collaboration with some of the top writers in comics, including Terra Obscura with Alan Moore, Batman Incorporated and Seven Soldiers Bulleteer with Grant Morrison, and an acclaimed run on the DC New 52 Swamp Thing with Scott Snyder. Paquette’s most notable work is his recent original graphic novel, Wonder Woman Earth One, with Grant Morrison, and for which he won the 2017 Shuster Award for Best Artist. He currently does covers for DC’s Batgirl and the Birds of Prey and Raven, and is now working on Wonder Woman Earth One Volume 2, due for release later in 2018. Yanick Paquette is an avid insect collector and naturalist, and lives in Montreal, Canada. 


KEN LASHLEY (aka ledkilla) is a Canadian comic book artist who has been in the industry for over 20 years, and is well-known for his work on various X-Men series, as well as his prolific output of sketches and commissions at comic conventions all over the world. He began illustrating Excalibur for Marvel Comics in the 1990s and went on to work on such iconic Marvel titles as Uncanny X-Men, Black Panther, X-Men, Age of Apocalypse, Spider-Man, Cable, Deadpool, and X-Men Legacy. A versatile artist, he also did art chores on a slew of DC titles, including Action Comics, Superman Doomed, Secret Six, Batman/Superman, Flash, and JLA. He regularly does covers for Marvel, DC, and other publishers, and has recently done a run of covers for DC Rebirth’s Superwoman. Lashley just completed a run on the currently running high profile Marvel series, X-Men Gold. Lashley, in addition to his comic book work, has also worked for Hasbro, Mattel, and Lucasfilm, creating designs for GI Joe, Transformers, Spider-Man, and Avengers. His illustrations for Lucasfilm has graced over 600 products worldwide, and his 12 year stint with Hasbro resulted in a long association with the Star Wars brand, including pencil artist behind the Star Wars Unleashed line, and various blister art packaging for toys and models. His favourite project was the Star Wars car created for the San Diego Comic Con in 2011, when Ken live drew on a VW Passat, drawing images from the first 6 movies in Sharpie over 4 days. Ken Lashley lives in Toronto, Canada.

 DECLAN SHALVEY is an award-winning Irish comic book artist and writer, who works on mainstream superhero comics for Marvel and DC Comics, as well as creator-owned work for Image Comics. Shalvey made his artistic debut with the superhero comic, Hero Killers, in 2006, which won him an Eagle Award. He went on to work for various small press Irish comics, Classical Comics in the UK, until he made his debut at Marvel Comics with Thunderbolts. An extremely prolific artist with a distinctive style, including an impressive range of covers, he has worked on Deadpool, Punisher, Venom, and Moon Knight, the latter series with writer Warren Ellis and colourist Jordie Bellaire garnering both critical and popular acclaim. This same team went on to create Injection, the currently running Image series renowned for its experimental visual and storytelling techniques. Shalvey also did a notable run on All Star Batman with writer Scott Snyder. While continuing with artwork on Injection and cover art for various publishers, he has recently focused on writing, including the Image original graphic novel, Savage Town, the currently running Deadpool vs Old Man Logan limited series, and the upcoming one-shot, James Bond : M for Dynamite. Shalvey also started the hashtag #ArtCred, to create awareness of the role of artists in co-authoring comic book work, since the role of artists as part of the creative team is often neglected in comics media, and has recently moderated a panel on the subject at NYCC and C2E2. Declan Shalvey lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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. 

CHRIS DONIO has been a specialty costumer and prop maker since the early 1990s with an art background in sculpture. He has worked with many well-known cosplayers to help them create costumes using professional and advanced techniques. In 2005, Chris met Riki LeCotey, and together they started creating costumes under the name “Riddle” for their joint projects. Eventually, Chris’ passion and acquired skills through cosplay led him to working in the specialty costuming department on several film and television projects. He has worked as a specialty costumer on various Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including Ant-Man, Captain America Civil War, Spider-Man Homecoming, and the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp. In addition, Chris has worked on props for Guardians of the galaxy vol. 2 and the upcoming Avengers Infinity War. He is currently living out his childhood dream of making superhero costumes for the big screen. Chris Donio lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

ULYSSE MALASSAGNE is a renowned French graphic novelist with multiple independent published titles to his name, including Kairos, recognised for its transition into an internationally acclaimed action-packed animation trailer, Jade, his own violent and political take on an Indiana Jones adventure concept for Glenat, and more recently his award winning The Dark College saga for Grafiteen. From pre-conception to writing, storyboards, and final production, he is entrusted with developing his own stories from start to finish.  "For me, comics offer a lot of freedom, I can develop themes that I particularly like and use them to influence how a reader sees the world." His influences bear witness to this: from Japanese manga, with a particular interest in Hayao Miyazaki and Daisuke Igarashi, to American greats such as Jeff Smith's 'Bone' and Bill Watterson's 'Calvin and Hobbes'. He is also very much inspired by the places he travels to, as well as the verdant volcanic area of Cantal, where he calls home in France. Another decisive influence was that of his mother, the Aurillacoise painter, Claudine Morand, whose graphic talent he inherited. Having successfully graduated as a Director of Animation from Gobelins in Paris, Ulysse has been working periodically on his own ongoing travel comic for over a decade, is currently directing an animated short film for Netflix, finishing the final tome of 'The Dark College' and preparing for a summer of travel diary writing in his yellow minivan. Ulysse Malasaggne lives in Cantal, France.


Sally Partridge is an award-winning young adult novelist and short story writer from Cape Town, South Africa. She is a three-time winner of the M.E.R Prize for Youth Fiction and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Short Story Prize in 2013. For her contribution to the creative arts, Sally was named one of Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans in 2011. Her critically acclaimed style of writing is so popular with the South African youth, that her first novel, The Goblin Club, was adapted into a school play entitled Gif. She followed up with three more novels, Fuse, Dark Poppy’s Demise, and Sharp Edges. Her latest novel, Mine, tells the love story of two comic book and music loving teens in Cape Town. It is her fifth novel. Sally Partridge lives in Cape Town, SA. 


LOYISO MKIZE is the founder of Loyiso Mkize Art and creator of the popular and acclaimed superhero comic book series, Kwezi. He has been in the local comic book scene for nearly ten years. Loyiso’s fine arts career spans seven years with multiple solo and group exhibitions, which has a keen following both locally and internationally. He hopes his work will leave a lasting contribution to the local and international industry. Loyiso Mkize lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

is a born and bred Capetonian. He is an art director, colourist, digital painter, and Kwezi comic co-author, and has worked on some of the top comic books in the country. He has also had a stint in 2D animation as a background and texture artist. Having a bit of a geek streak, Clyde has an encyclopedic knowledge of comics, and loves gaming, pop culture, and has a background in martial arts. Clyde Beech lives in Cape Town, SA.

was born in Mapetla, Soweto.  She is a multi-disciplinary storyteller whose debut novel, The Yearning, won the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize in 2017. She was also included in Mail & Guardian’s  2017 list of 200 Young South Africans. Mohale recently joined the creative team of the Kwezi comic, providing the script for the latest edition. Mohale Mashigo lives in Cape Town, SA.

JASON MASTERS began his career in commercial advertising and went on to work as a professional comic book artist for DC, Marvel, and Dynamite Comics. Masters' early work includes Human Target and Red, a comic series penned by Warren Ellis, for DC imprint, Wildstorm Studios. He went on to work on various Batman titles, including Legends of the Dark Knight, Batman IncorporatedBatwoman, and Nightwing. For Marvel he worked on Guardians of the GalaxyWolverine, and X-Men. His biggest gig arrived in 2015, when he was handpicked by comics legend, Warrren Ellis, to handle the artwork as ongoing series artist on Dynamite's high-profile relaunch of the James Bond comic book, the first all new 007 comic series in over 20 years. The series, under the helm of Ellis and Masters, has received popular and critical acclaim and is currently one of Dynamite Comics bestselling new series. 

His latest comic, Caster, stars Common, actor, film producer, poet and American hip hop recording artist. Caster will feature an original soundtrack by Common, with artwork provided by Masters, and will be released by digital comics publisher LINE Webtoon in April. Jason Masters lives in Johannesburg, SA.


ZAPIRO (aka Jonathan Shapiro) is South Africa’s best-known and most-awarded cartoonist. His career began in the late 1980s and is today recognised internationally as an influential social commentator through his political cartooning. He has worked as the editorial cartoonist for the Sunday Times since 1998 and Daily Maverick starting 2017. Previously he was editorial cartoonist for Mail & Guardian (1994-2016), for The Times (May 2009-2016), for Sowetan (1994 – 2005), for Cape Argus (1996 – 1997), and Cape Times, The Star, The Mercury and Pretoria News (2005 – 2008). He has published 22 best-selling annuals as well as The Mandela Files, VuvuzelaNation (a collection of his sporting cartoons) and Democrazy (a collection of his cartoons spanning the 20 years of SA’s democracy). He studied media arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he studied under comics masters Art Spiegelman, Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman. Zapiro has held solo cartoon exhibitions in New York, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Dhaka, Sweden and many in South Africa. He has won numerous international and SA awards and was voted one of the 50 most influential people in Africa by the magazine Jeune Afrique and cited as one of the most influential Africans by New African magazine, London. He was celebrated as one of the ‘100 World Class South Africans’ by City Press and he made Credit Suisse ‘50 Movers and Shakers in Africa’ list. In 2016 he was listed as one of the top ten cartoonists in the world by Top Teny online lifestyle magazine, New York. He was honoured for his contribution to press freedom and social commentary with the renaming of NY 106 as Zapiro Lane in the Name Your Hood Campaign in Gugulethu, Cape Town. Among his many accolades, he also has two honorary doctorates. Zapiro lives in Cape Town, South Africa.      


WARREN LOUW is a freelance illustrator and character designer. He is one of the most celebrated artists from South Africa, is self taught, and works in both traditional and digital media. His ability to create images with meticulous detail and imagination has gained considerable attention internationally with over 1.9 million pageviews on his DeviantArt account alone. He has also attended San Diego Comic Con 2014, Draw Break Mexico 2016, and FanCon Cape Town Comic Con 2016 and 2017 as a special guest artist.

Well recognised for his mastery of renditions of beautiful women and a perfectionist in his illustrations, his work has been featured in print publications such as ImagineFX Magazine, various UDON Entertainment Capcom tribute art books, Ballistic Publishing's Exotique, Photoshop Essentials, Masters of Anatomy, 21 Draw, as well as comic covers for UDON's Darkstalkers #2 TPB, Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers #2, Street Fighter Shadaloo Special #1 and DC Comics' Power Girl #27Harley Quinn Rebirth #1 and Harley Quinn 25 Year Anniversary Special #1. He has also done conceptual work for Longship Armoury, Phoenix Age Gaming and Bandai Namco.

With a new love for video editing he now offers tutorials via Gumroad and 21Draw. Warren Louw lives in Johannesburg, SA. 

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. Sean Izaakse 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. 

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