We have a host of great guests from the worlds of gaming, cosplay, music, film and television.
Jemma is an acoustic musician with a growing following of tens of thousands and has one of the most delicate and beautiful voices for a generation.
At previous FantastiCons she has sang us exclusive tracks, joined us for the after party and thrown herself enthusiastically into the NERF arena!We don't know what she has planned for this year yet, but we're certain it will be Fantastic!
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Author, travel correspondant, tech guru, TED speaker and all round good egg Kate Russell will be joining us!Kate has been writing about technology, gaming and the Internet since 1995 and now appears weekly on BBC2 and BBC World News, reporting for technology programme Click. A regular expert on the sofa at ITV’s Daybreak and various other TV and radio stations, she writes columns for National Geographic Traveller magazine and Web User magazine. Her first book ‘Working the Cloud’ is the ultimate collection of online tips, tricks and resources for small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs who want to get ahead online. In 2014 Kate published her first novel – a science fiction story based (under official license) in the game world of Elite: Dangerous called, Elite: Mostly Harmless. Her latest work is 'A Bookkeeper's Guide to Practical Sorcery', a young adult magical romp through the fictional town of Terratonia following the exploits of Henry Noble, DC and friends. It is available right now as e, paperback and stunning audiobook, read by Charles Collingwood (the voice of BBC Radio 4's Brian Aldridge from the Archers).
Drew Wagar, author of FBP bestseller Elite: Reclamation, released the first in his hard science fiction series, the Shadeward Saga - Shadeward: Emanation at FantastiCon 2015. FantastiCon 2016 saw the successful launch of part two Shadeward: Exoneration.
In 2017 he gave an exclusive first reading of his highly commended Elite Dangerous: Premonition, a book whose narrative was helped over the finish line by thousands of players of Elite: Dangerous, live in game!
He also gave a reading from his epic novelisation of classic retro game Lords of Midnight, live at the event!
FantastiCon 2019 will see more excellent content from Drew Wagar, including the first opportunity to grab a signed copy of the third in his Shadeward Saga, Shadeward: Enervation, which launches in July 2019 as an eBook and as a paperback live at the event.
Stuart is the author behind epic fantasy series A Seared Sky trilogy, which was released at FantastiCon 2014 and 2015.
Stuart also launched the beautiful hardback version of his short, dystopian science fiction thriller The Methuselah Strain at FantastiCon 2016.
He is one of our most prolific authors and over the last three FantastiCons, he released his Generation Mars series; Blood Red Dust, War Over Dust and Return To Dust.
Stuart will be at the 2019 event and is always open for selfies, autographs, chats and discussion!
See the Generation Mars series trailer here, created by the amazing AdIQ's Ramon Marett.
Euan Gloyn is a Dr Who superfan and as such has created one of the most detailed and authentic copies of the T.A.R.D.I.S we have ever seen.He has kindly agreed to bring his creation to the convention and you will be able to see it in pride of place. He's also agreed to bring along more of his amazing creations, including the Bat Signal!
Thanks Euan, you're Fantastic!
Lee Conley is an author of the Dead Saga and is also a historical martial arts and swordsmanship expert who regularly performs demonstrations at events around the country.
This year he'll be joining us all weekend and showing off his skills with a longsword!
Simon Fisher-Becker joins us again this year and will be available for autographs, selfies and is always happy to chat about his incredible career.
Simon has been in countless film and TV projects including Dr Who (Dorium maldovar), Harry Potter (The Fat Friar), Puppy Love (Tony Fazackerley), played the Fat Controller from Thomas the Tank Engine and was even a Town Crier!
A multi-talented motivational speaker, he spends his time travelling the world and we're very lucky that he's found space in his busy schedule to come and join us for some FantastiCon fun!
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Colin Spaull has been a stalwart of stage and screen for decades.
His performances in 'Morse', 'The Last Detective', 'The Inbetweeners', 'Doctors', 'Holby City', 'Eastenders', 'Casualty' and 'The Brittas Empire' were legendary and he's one of only a select few actors who can boast of appearing in both classic and new episodes of Doctor Who.
We're very pleased to announce that Colin will be joining our ranks as a Fantastic author shortly when we publish his autobiography.
Colin will be available for autographs, selfies and is always happy to chat with his fans.
Welcome to the party Colin!
Led by author, technology journalist and lifelong gamer Kate Russell, the Hammers of Slough are much more than an in-game group of friends from around the world.
Hammers of Slough Sunday is a weekly online gaming party which has ran for years and features regular Hammers Nats Wright (an extremely talented photographer), Bubble (the mastermind behind the brand new Galaxy Crash game), Sarah Johnson (sim racer and 3D Printer extraordinaire) and the incredible Pleijpe (a Dutch madman of the highest order) to name but a handful of this large and growing group.
Our CEO Dan is a proud member and was lucky enough to join the Hammers for a real life pilgrimage to where the Hammers sprang into existence, right outside the local Greggs bakery.
Many a celebratory sausage roll was consumed.
Though their involvement is always mysterious and usually accompanied by a kazoo chorus, all we can tell you is there will be Hammers of Slough in attendance. They came last year and this year they will return and, much like the sand people, in greater numbers.If you're a fan of a Jammie Dodger biscuit, we'd suggest getting in quick before the Hammers consume them all. Last year's stock lasted about 8 minutes!
A self confessed workaholic, Paul regularly travels the world meeting megastars of stage and screen to immortalise their voices in his amazing Voicepacks. His aquisitions so far include Brian Blessed, Kate Russell, Marina Sirtis, Tom Baker, John DeLancie and William Shatner to name but a handful!
He always brings along some goodies for the Fanatstic raffle and his late night dancing is something you really have to see to believe!
Special Effect is a very special charity and through it we have had the privilege of meeting two of the world's nicest and most sincere people.
Baz and Ali work tirelessly for the charity and do an eye watering amount of fundraising in a variety of cruel and interesting ways which we're sure they'll be happy to tell you all about at the event.
They'll be representing Special Effect and as such will have some really interesting bits of tech for you to try out to show just how amazing the work this epic gamers' charity does really is.
Welcome to the party Baz and Ali, you're FantastiCon legends!
Dan Smith (AKA The Commander) is an extremely talented gamer, Twitch Streamer, Musician, Performer and Songwriter and is famed across the gaming world for his excellent parody songs.
Jon Lunn, one of the Jedis behind Spidermind Games and producer of the ED:RPG, will hopefully be at the event showing off the latest amazing creation, ED Battle Cards! Alison, one of his ambassadors, will be running scenarios in our RPG area with those of you brave enough to try your luck in the Elite: Dangerous universe...
Welcome aboard Spidermind!
Dalek Jast will be at the convention and will be offering a pilot experience to a select few lucky convention attendees.His creator, Robert Phillips, will also be there to lend a hand and, if necessary, administer some exterminations!
Dalek Jast is part of the amazing 'Sons of Skaro' Dalek builder group who do sterling work raising thousands of pounds for charity wherever they go. As many of them who are free will be at FantastiCon 2019 so prepare for an invasion!
It's not many bookstores that can boast International award winning crime writers among their number but Penny Grubb is just that!A prolific crime writer and author of academic textbooks, Penny will be joining us again and is always happy to sign copies of her books from her permanent post behind the Fantastic Books Store!
A YouTube Channel discussing topics of geeky interest such as technology, gaming, cosplay, sci-fi and fantasy films and television, anime and manga, science fact, comic books, and even train spotting! Our motto is “We geek, therefore we are.”
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Fireteam Ascension are a professional cosplay troop who travel the UK in their incredible, hand made Halo power suits. They are famed for their impromptu dance shows and general tomfoolery and we're super excited to see how they fair in the NERF and LaserTag arenas too!Their Founder, Dan Gonzales, is a long time friend of FantastiCon and he's very much looking forward to showing off the new team's skills!
Check out their latest trailer!
Sue Knight, author of 'Till They Dropped' and 'Waiting for Gordo', will be at the event.
Sue is a shy but prolific author and this will be possibly the only chance to meet her in person in 2019.
Copies of both of Sue's works will be available at the Fantastic Books Store!
Cosplaying as 'Mashashy', this lady is a stalwart of the cosplay community. She has been to every convention you could imagine in costumes as diverse as Princess Peach, Mario (pictured), Maya from Borderlands, Poison Ivy and many more...She is a model and also works as creative director at NIche Magazine UK, a magazine dedicated to cosplay and convention fun.Mashashy is one of our FantastiCon Ambassadors.