Guests 2016

Do you know of an interesting (honorary) guest for Imagicon? Send your suggestion to info@imagicon.nl. However, keep in mind that we, as a non-profit organization, unfortunately don’t possess Scrooge McDuck-like amounts of money. An esteemed guest like Sir Patrick Stewart is not (yet?) possible, unless someone can convince him to visit us for free. ;-)

Guests of Honour

Natalie Koch Musicologist, journalist and writer Natalie Koch was born in 1966 in Eindhoven. She learned to walk and talk in Accra (Ghana), went to school in Eindhoven, graduated as an MA in Musicology in Utrecht, and lived in Vienna, London and Amsterdam. She debuted in 2006 with her novel ‘Streken’ (Zones), and her short story ‘De Sneeuwman’ (The Snowman) was broadcast in December 2009 on Radio 4. In addition to writing (short) stories Natalie writes notes for concerts and CDs, and writes monologues, such as ‘A composer comes to Constanze’. In April 2011 the first volume of the trilogy ‘De Verborgen Universiteit’ (The Hidden university) was published, and the trilogy was completed in February 2016 with the third part ‘De stad van de Alchemist’ (The City of the Alchemist). Both her book ‘Streken’ and the book ‘De sterren stil’ were on the longlist of the Libris Literature Prize (in 2007 and 2013). Natalie likes to coache creative writing students and she’s judged various writing competitions. She loves grungy places, tube stations (but not those abysmally depressing ones in Amsterdam), the smell of a foreign city in the morning, absinthe, the stars, cats, frogs, flying, studying Western esotericism, doing the Guardian crossword puzzles, books (obviously) and words, words, words... Justina Robson Before Justina Robson, born on June 11, 1968 in Leeds, became a full-time writer, she studied philosophy and linguistics at the University of York, and worked as a secretary, technical writer and fitness instructor. Her guilty pleasures are  romance novels, wine and World of Warcraft. In 1994, Justina was first published in the British magazine The Third Alternative. Her debut novel Silver Screen was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) Award in 2000. With her second book ‘Mappa Mundi’ she won the Amazon.co.uk Writer’s Bursary and in 2004 her novel‘Natural History’ won second place in the John W. Campbell Awards.

Robson is described as ‘one of the best of the new generation of writers of hard SF’. Her work is

praised for its sharply defined characters and the intelligent, thoughtful approach when it

comes to tropes of the genre. In addition to her novels, she has also released a collection of

short stories - ‘Heliotrope’ - and her latest work ‘Glorious Angels’ was published this year.

Schedule Guests of Honour: 10:45h – 11:30h: Signing session (Beethovenfoyer) 12:30h – 14:30h: Reading session with Q&A (Cerise) 16:00h – 17:00h: Signing session (Beethovenfoyer)

Guests

The Flying Dutch (workshop) In 1984 the Dutch Star Trek Association, called ‘The Flying Dutch’, was founded by a handful of enthusiastic Star Trek fans. Since then The Flying Dutch has given Dutch Trekkies a place where they can be fans together by sending a newsletter, maintaining a website, and organizing meetings and events. After 32 years The Flying Dutch (TFD) is still going strong and with the appearance of new movies and even the announcement of a new TV show it’s a great time for everyone who loves Star Trek! Danielle Futselaar (lecture) Since 2001, Danielle Futselaar is an independent graphic designer and illustrator. In 2011 she came into contact with the SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), and since then she’s designed all kinds of artwork for SETI, NASA, the Lawrence Hall of Science (University of California), Berkeley, and ASTRON. Currently Danielle is Creative Director at METI International, an organization that deals with discoveries of (exo)planets. Her work is shown in the media regularly and has been published in many magazines, newspapers and online news sites such as National Geographic, Nature, the Washington Post and the New York Times. Ghostbusters Dutch Division (lecture) “If there’s something strange in the neighbourhood, who you gonna call?” Ghostbusters Dutch Division of course! With our cool uniforms and extremely sophisticated gadgets we’re ready to take you to another world: The Spirit World! Go back in time to 1984 to New York City where three scientists were kicked out of their university after which they started to work as ghost hunters. They call themselves GHOSTBUSTERS. Ghostbusters Dutch Division, a non-profit fan group, takes you along to the present. What Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler started once upon a time is continued by us. So don’t be afraid: “We’re afraid of no ghosts!” Ronald in ‘t Groen (workshop) Hello everyone! My name is Ronald in ‘t Groen, and on Facebook I’m better known as ‘the Other Joker’. When I’m completely immersed in my role and am improvising away I often hear people say that they could never do something like that. But if I can do it, so can you! So, take your chance and come to my workshop, let’s learn to improvise together! Anthonie Holslag (lecture) As the author of the books ‘Black walls’, ‘A blood drenched dawn’ (with real zombies!), ‘The Monster of Sloterplas’, ‘Silence is golden’ and ‘L.O.O.P.’ Anthonie proves that he’s not a stranger in the land where creatures roam that can’t bear the light of day. He’s also quite at home in all sorts of dark dealings… Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club (lecture) ‘Clan Diryc Vhetin’ means ‘Clan of the Low Countries’ (an old name for the Netherlands) and is the Dutch branch of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club. The Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club is an international STAR WARS ™ costume organization dedicated to celebrating the Star Wars universe by creating, exhibiting and wearing quality costumes that represent the Mandalorian culture of the Star Wars saga, and to be present at charities or volunteer while wearing their costumes. Known figures are Boba and Jango Fett from the movies, the Death Watch from Clone Wars and Sabine from Rebels. MMMC (Triple MC) (workshops) Before MMMC became a cosplayteam we were a close group of friends, which is still the foundation of our group. We’ve been cosplaying together since 2007 and have participated in international competitions as of 2010. We’ve made it into the finals of the Euro Cosplay Championships (ECC) in London and the European Cosplay Gathering (ECG) in Paris several times. We’ve also been sent to Brazil for the Yamato Cosplay Cup international (YCCi) as representatives of the Benelux, and been to China for the Cicaf. Besides staging cosplay acts we’re happy to share our knowledge on many different subjects through workshops, which vary from working with Worbla or wigs to ‘how to create an act’ and dyeing props. * Toki will be in charge of the workshop ‘Defying Gravity’, which is all about how to deal with synthetic hair (wigs). In 2012 she won the finals of the ECC in London and went to Paris for the finals of the ECG twice in a row . At the moment she’s one of the final contestants in Iron Wig, a wig-styling contest organized by Arda Wigs. * Mirai will be in charge of the workshop ‘Storytelling 101’, where you’ll learn how to tell a complete story for an act in the limited time you’re given. She’s been to Paris twice for the finals of the ECG, one time with a solo cat and once with Toki and Kireus. She was also the first representative of the Benelux to go to Brazil for the YCCi. Proptimum - Florent Versteeg (workshop) Looking for cosplay materials? At Proptimum you’ve come to the right place! We specialize in all kinds of materials such as foams and thermoplastics, which you can use to create both small and large objects with, whether it’s details on costumes or props. We’ll gladly help you on your way, it doesn’t mattter whether you’re just getting started with a project or already have a head start! Gabrielle Sussenbach (lecture & workshop) My name is Gabrielle and I graduated in 2015 as an All-round Make-up Artist. Next to my part-time job I’m a freelance makeup artist. I’ve been cosplaying since I was 16 years old and I'm trying to get better at using SFX makeup to compliment my homemade costumes. I recently launched a Youtube channel (CosGuide) with two other cosplayers, Levy Cosplay and Naroe Jin,  where I post a video every two weeks. In these videos I discuss everything from using basic makeup for your cosplay to making your own prostheses. Renée Vink (lecture) Renée Vink is the translator of George Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ and a number of posthumous titles written by Tolkien. She also wrote a series of medieval detective stories, a book on Tolkien and Wagner, and s a board member of the Tolkien Society Unquendor she edits the society’s magazine Lembas.
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Guests 2016 Do you know of an interesting (honorary) guest for Imagicon? Send your suggestion to info@imagicon.nl. However, keep in mind that we, as a non-profit organization, unfortunately don’t possess Scrooge McDuck-like amounts of money. An esteemed guest like Sir Patrick Stewart is not (yet?) possible, unless someone can convince him to visit us for free. ;-) Guests of Honour Natalie Koch Musicologist, journalist and writer Natalie Koch was born in 1966 in Eindhoven. She learned to walk and talk in Accra (Ghana), went to school in Eindhoven, graduated as an MA in Musicology in Utrecht, and lived in Vienna, London and Amsterdam. She debuted in 2006 with her novel ‘Streken’ (Zones), and her short story ‘De Sneeuwman’ (The Snowman) was broadcast in December 2009 on Radio 4. In addition to writing (short) stories Natalie writes notes for concerts and CDs, and writes monologues. In April 2011 the first volume of the trilogy ‘De Verborgen Universiteit’ (The Hidden university) was published, and the trilogy was completed in February 2016 with the third part ‘De stad van de Alchemist’ (The City of the Alchemist). Both her book ‘Streken’ and the book ‘De sterren stil’ were on the longlist of the Libris Literature Prize (in 2007 and 2013). Natalie likes to coache creative writing students and she’s judged various writing competitions. She loves grungy places, tube stations (but not those abysmally depressing ones in Amsterdam), the smell of a foreign city in the morning, absinthe, the stars, cats, frogs, flying, studying Western esotericism, doing the Guardian crossword puzzles, books (obviously) and words, words, words... Justina Robson Before Justina Robson, born on June 11, 1968 in Leeds, became a full-time writer, she studied philosophy and linguistics at the University of York, and worked as a secretary, technical writer and fitness instructor. Her guilty pleasures are  romance novels, wine and World of Warcraft. In 1994, Justina was first published in the British magazine The Third Alternative. Her debut novel Silver Screen was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) Award in 2000. With her second book ‘Mappa Mundi’ she won the Amazon.co.uk Writer’s Bursary and in 2004 her novel‘Natural History’ won second place in the John W. Campbell Awards. Robson is described as ‘one of the best of the new generation of writers of hard SF’. Her work is praised for its sharply defined characters and the intelligent, thoughtful approach when it comes to tropes of the genre. In addition to her novels, she has also released a collection of short stories - ‘Heliotrope’ - and her latest work ‘Glorious Angels’ was published this year. Schedule Guests of Honour: 10:45h – 11:30h: Signing session (Beethovenfoyer) 12:30h – 14:30h: Reading session with Q&A (Cerise) 16:00h – 17:00h: Signing session (Beethovenfoyer) Guests The Flying Dutch (workshop) In 1984 the Dutch Star Trek Association, called The Flying Dutch’, was founded. Since then The Flying Dutch has given Dutch Trekkies a place where they can be fans together by sending a newsletter, maintaining a website, and organizing meetings and events. After 32 years The Flying Dutch (TFD) is still going strong and with the appearance of new movies and even the announcement of a new TV show it’s a great time for everyone who loves Star Trek! Danielle Futselaar (lecture) Since 2001, Danielle Futselaar is an independent graphic designer and illustrator. In 2011 she came into contact with the SETI Institute, and since then she’s designed all kinds of artwork for SETI, NASA, the Lawrence Hall of Science (University of California), Berkeley, and ASTRON. Currently Danielle is Creative Director at METI International. Her work is shown in the media regularly and has been published in many magazines, newspapers and online news sites such as National Geographic and the New York Times. Ghostbusters Dutch Division (lecture) “If there’s something strange in the neighbourhood, who you gonna call?” Ghostbusters Dutch Division of course! With our cool uniforms and extremely sophisticated gadgets we’re ready to take you to another world: The Spirit World! Go back in time to 1984 to New York City where three scientists start to work as ghost hunters. They call themselves GHOSTBUSTERS. Ghostbusters Dutch Division, a non-profit fan group, takes you along to the present. What Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler started once upon a time is continued by us. So don’t be afraid: “We’re afraid of no ghosts!” Ronald in ‘t Groen (workshop) Hello everyone! My name is Ronald in ‘t Groen, and on Facebook I’m better known as ‘the Other Joker’. When I’m completely immersed in my role and am improvising away I often hear people say that they could never do something like that. But if I can do it, so can you! So, take your chance and come to my workshop, let’s learn to improvise together! Anthonie Holslag (lecture) As the author of the books ‘Black walls’, ‘A blood drenched dawn’ (with real zombies!), ‘The Monster of Sloterplas’, ‘Silence is golden’ and ‘L.O.O.P.’ Anthonie proves that he’s not a stranger in the land where creatures roam that can’t bear the light of day. He’s also quite at home in all sorts of dark dealings… Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club (lecture) ‘Clan Diryc Vhetin’ means ‘Clan of the Low Countries’ (an old name for the Netherlands) and is the Dutch branch of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club. The Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club is an international STAR WARS ™ costume organization dedicated to celebrating the Star Wars universe by creating, exhibiting and wearing quality costumes that represent the Mandalorian culture of the Star Wars saga, and to be present at charities or volunteer while wearing their costumes. Known figures are Boba and Jango Fett from the movies, the Death Watch from Clone Wars and Sabine from Rebels. MMMC (Triple MC) (workshops) MMMC‘s foundation consists of a close group of friends, who started cosplaying together in 2007. As of 2010 we’ve participated in international competitions. We’ve made it into the finals of the Euro Cosplay Championships (ECC) in London and the European Cosplay Gathering (ECG) in Paris several times. We’ve also been sent to Brazil for the Yamato Cosplay Cup international (YCCi) as representatives of the Benelux, and been to China for the Cicaf. Besides staging cosplay acts we’re happy to share our knowledge on many different subjects through workshops, which vary from working with Worbla or wigs to ‘how to create an act’ and dyeing props. * Toki will be in charge of the workshop ‘Defying Gravity’, which is all about how to deal with synthetic hair (wigs). In 2012 she won the finals of the ECC in London and went to Paris for the finals of the ECG twice in a row . At the moment she’s one of the final contestants in Iron Wig, a wig-styling contest organized by Arda Wigs. * Mirai will be in charge of the workshop ‘Storytelling 101’, where you’ll learn how to tell a complete story for an act in the limited time you’re given. She’s been to Paris twice for the finals of the ECG, one time with a solo cat and once with Toki and Kireus. She was also the first representative of the Benelux to go to Brazil for the YCCi. Proptimum - Florent Versteeg (workshop) Looking for cosplay materials? At Proptimum you’ve come to the right place! We specialize in all kinds of materials such as foams and thermoplastics, which you can use to create both small and large objects with, whether it’s details on costumes or props. We’ll gladly help you on your way, it doesn’t mattter whether you’re just getting started with a project or already have a head start! Gabrielle Sussenbach (workshop) I graduated in 2015 as an All-round Make-up Artist. Next to my part-time job I’m a freelance makeup artist. I’ve been cosplaying since I was 16 years old and I'm trying to get better at using SFX makeup. I recently launched a Youtube channel (CosGuide) with two other cosplayers, Levy Cosplay and Naroe Jin. In my videos on this channel I discuss everything: from basic makeup to making your own prostheses. Renée Vink (lecture) Renée Vink is the translator of George Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ and a number of posthumous titles written by Tolkien. She also wrote a series of medieval detective stories, a book on Tolkien and Wagner, and s a board member of the Tolkien Society Unquendor she edits the society’s magazine Lembas.
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