Jennifer Lambe serves as the Co-Chair and Lead Organizer for Hal-Con. She also volunteers as a representative for Steve Jackson Games, and is an owner of Clever Girl! Event Consulting & Management. Hal Hilden first met Jennifer Lambe back in 2009 during the initial phases of the creation of Hal-Con. Hal served as a security guard for the event and met many great people, and even managed a create a few friendships. Hal recently caught up with Jen and talked about her plans for Hal-Con 2011…
HAL: Jen, I’d like to begin by asking you a few questions about Hal-Con….
What is Hal-Con?
JEN: Hal-Con is primarily a sci-fi convention, but it’s evolving into a multi-genre convention as our fan base continues to grow. We’re the largest event of this kind in Atlantic Canada and are focused on providing a fun, entertaining atmosphere filled with events appropriate for the whole geeky family.
HAL: Tell us a little bit about what your plans are for Hal-Con this year?
JEN: We’ve moved into a new home at the World Trade & Convention Centre in downtownHalifax, which has provided us nearly double the space as our first year. We’ve been able to increase our venue size and bring in more guests this year, with more varied actors, additional comic book guests (writers, creators and authors), many more sci-fi authors, and a number of other fantastic guests from the industry. We’re cramming in as much as possible into two days!
HAL: What are you doing differently with regards to last year [the inaugural year]?
JEN: We have some different surprises planned! We’re cautiously expanding into new territory and are using our success from the first year to chase bigger guests for the future.Canada’s KAG society are coming from all over the country to host their grand assembly here – which will bring Klingons aplenty toHalifax!
HAL: Who are your guest actors for this year?
JEN: Erin Gray (Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century, Silver Spoons), Nicholas Brendon (Buffy), JG Hertzler (General Martok, ST: DS9), and Robert Maillet (Sherlock Holmes, 300, Immortals).
HAL: I met Robert Maillet when he showed up at the Hal-Con last year. He was very gracious and we chatted for a few minutes. We have mutual friends in that one of his cousins is best friends with my brother. It’s a small world, even for a 7′ tall fellow like Robert.
HAL: We at Comic Book Interviews focus on comic books, so please tell our readers what you have lined up with respect to the comic industry?
JEN: Guests this year include a fantastic trio from Kill Shakespeare (Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery and Andy Belanger), and numerous talented artists including Geof Isherwood, Mark Oakley, and Faith Erin Hicks.
Hal: Can you name us a few comic professionals that you are attempting to bring to future Hal-Con events?
JEN: We’re working on making ourselves well known locally so we can seek global artists. Dreams for the future include Todd MacFarlane, Steve McNiven, and Frank Miller.
HAL: If I fail as a writer would you consider taking me back as a Hal-Con security guard?
JEN: Absolutely, but I doubt I’ll get the opportunity to order you around in the future.
HAL: Jen, thanks for the interview! I’ll see you at Hal-Con 2011!
About the Convention-
Hal-Con is the largest event of its kind in all of Atlantic Canada, featuring actors, authors, comic book guests and many other great sci-fi personalities. Halifax, Nova Scotia is making a mark on the field of fantastic conventions across Canada!
World Trade & Convention Centre (WTCC)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
November 12-13, 2011
Visit the convention’s website here: http://hal-con.com/
About the interviewer –
Hal Hilden fancies himself a warrior-writer. Having wallowed through the trenches with pen and paper in hand he has fired off script after script over the years. This has given him calloused fingertips and the intestinal fortitude to realize that working in the comic industry is easier said than done.
Hal’s co-creator owned property is Dreamland: 2047. He dabbled in the television industry writing a spec-script for a cartoon property. Hal is currently a staff writer for Red Leaf Comics and Chief correspondent-Canada for comicbookinterviews.com.
Hal can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org