Guests


We have a pretty awesome guest lineup coming to FanQuest, and they want to meet you! We have three ways for you to meet & interact with our guests: programming, GuestQuest, and Guest Corner!

Lucasfilm Creative Executive

Pablo Hidalgo was born in Santiago, Chile and raised in Winnipeg. Like many kids of his generation, Pablo fell in love with the original Star Wars films when they were released. His fandom grew even more when he discovered the original Star Wars role-playing game in 1987. He quickly immersed himself in it’s universe, learning everything he could about the franchise in order to provide the best gaming experience for his circle of friends.

After graduating from West Kildonan Collegiate, Pablo went on to Red River College’s Creative Communications program (Class of 1996). It was during this time that he began freelancing for West End Games, penning articles for the role-playing game that he loved so much. He was one of the first online fans to attempt to tackle cataloging and inventorying the Star Wars universe in 1997 with a fan encyclopedia he eventually moved offline.

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In 2000, he switched careers from being a visual-effects concept artist and digital compositor at Frantic Films to a full-time Star Wars authority at Lucasfilm, joining as a content developer for the official Star Wars website. In 2003, he accompanied the Episode III crew as the on-set diarist, reporting daily from Sydney, London and San Rafael during the film’s production and postproduction periods. His close involvement with the making of Episode III netted him a walk-on cameo role in Revenge of the Sith. He would later serve as managing editor of StarWars.com, and then became brand communication manager for Lucasfilm, where he applied his deep knowledge of the company’s brands to advise on creative and business decisions.

Hidalgo has written or co-written several authoritative Star Wars reference books, including The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary, Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide, The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary, Star Wars Propaganda, and Star Wars: Year by Year, as well as guide-books to other brands such as Hasbro’s G.I. Joe and Transformers. He frequently serves as stage host at such events as San Diego Comic-Con International and Star Wars Celebration.

He is currently a Creative Executive and part of the Lucasfilm Story Group. He lives in San Francisco.

Pablo is excited to come home to Winnipeg to visit family & friends, to meet fans and to discuss everything Star Wars. We’re even planning to screen A New Hope at FanQuest with Pablo adding his insight and knowledge as live commentary during the film. Get your tickets to FanQuest here!

Actress - Star Trek DS9, Cube

Canadian actress Nicole de Boer is probably best known for playing Ezri Dax on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1998–1999), and for starring in the 1997 Canadian cult horror film Cube. She also starred alongside Anthony Michael Hall for five seasons on The Dead Zone television series.

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Nicole’s television debut was an uncredited role in Freddy the Freeloader’s Christmas Dinner, which starred Red Skelton and Vincent Price. Her first major television work was in the CBC series 9B, followed by a recurring role on The Kids in the Hall as Laura, girlfriend of Bobby Terrance (Bruce McCulloch). She subsequently appeared (as a different character) in their 1996 film Brain Candy.

Nicole continues to work in film and television, including roles on The Outer Limits, Stargate: Atlantis, and the current series Private Eyes with Jason Priestly. She splits her time between L.A. and Toronto while raising her daughter and dog Teddy.

 

Filmmaker & Special Effects Artist

Winnipeg-born Steven Kostanski began working as a prosthetics and special effects makeup artist on local productions such as Capote, The Haunting in Connecticut, and the TV series Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, among others. He moved to Toronto in 2010 where he has continued to create special makeup effects for Hollywood productions such as Hannibal (TV Series), Crimson Peak, Suicide Squad, and last year’s remake of It.

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As a producing partner of the Astron-6 film group, Steven produces, writes and directs independent genre films. His 2010 sci-fi action epic Manborg became a cult hit and was an official selection at film festivals around the world. Last year, his 80s-inspired horror film The Void terrified and thrilled audiences with it’s twisted vision and gory special effects.

Steven is excited to come to FanQuest in June to talk about his career as a special effects makeup artist and independent filmmaker, as well as to screen his films for FanQuest attendees. FanQuest tickets are available here.

Publisher & Comics Historian

Hope Nicholson is the Winnipeg-based owner of publishing house Bedside Press which creates graphic novels and prose fiction including the popular books The Secret Loves of Geek Girls and Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time. She is a comic book historian, writing The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen to tell the story of female characters in comics from the 1930s through to 2010s.

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Hope has also worked to curate collections that spotlight Indigenous creators, such as Moonshot vol. 1 & vol. 2 for AH Comics. In addition, she guided the creation of the Margaret Atwood comic series Angel Catbird for Dark Horse, advising Ms. Atwood on the process of comics creation, pairing her with collaborators Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain, forming a deal with Dark Horse Comics, and assisting in marketing and promotion of the finished books.

To help the Winnipeg community access comics as easily as any of those in larger cities, Hope helped create the Prairie Comics Festival and the Winnipeg Geek Girls Social Club.

https://hopenicholson.com