NEXCON 3 is top-billed by international guest CASPER VAN DIEN, star of the science fiction movie Starship Troopers. “Starship Troopers” was one of the most talked-about films of 1997 and maintains one of the largest cult followings in film history. He was also in Tim Burton’s critically acclaimed film Sleepy Hollow as Brom Bones. He was the 20th Tarzan and the only one to ever film in Africa and ride an African elephant in the Warner Bros. film Tarzan and the Lost City. Most recently, he just finished shooting the action thriller Showdown in Manila, co-starring Iza Calzado and directed by Mark Dacascos.
Mel Casipit is a freelance artist and author of indie titles Mukat, Baboy, and Cheesyfit. He does caricatures, animations, designs, illustrations, comics and visual arts. He also loves running and badminton.
Tepai Pascual is a Fine Arts graduate of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Since then, she has worked as an Art Director in a top advertising agency and produced the comic book series Mark 9Verse47 with Maika Ezawa and Noodle Boy and Buhay Habangbuhay with Paolo Herras. Buhay Habangbuhay is now a full-length feature film. She is known for her National Book Award-nominated comic book Maktan 1521, which was first featured in Sulyap, Komikon’s first indie comic anthology, before becoming a full graphic novel published by Visprint. Now as the Creative Director of Meganon Comics, producing the comic anthologies like Lunatic and Comicolor, the comic coloring book for adults, while making storyboards for along-side TV and movie directors.
RH Quilantang is a fulltime comics artist who takes graphic design jobs on the side. He works closely with his little assistant, baby Dimagapi.
Gio Paredes is a writer, artist and publisher. He graduated Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Major in Computer Programming from Polytechnic University of the Philippines. At present, he is working as a computer programmer / analyst in a company in Ortigas Center. And at the same time, he is still busy with his Kalayaan comics series that he continues to self-publish. He also plans to publish Kalayaan comics as a graphic novel (trade paper back) in the future.
Former drummer of Sponge Cola, Chris Cantada is now known for wearing colorful spandex and making videos wearing them on his YouTube channel ChrisCantadaForce. Now with over 140 million views under his belt, Chris is living the dream of being a superhero that people can tune in to every week on his channel.
Diwa de Leon AKA String Player Gamer is a multi-awarded film and TV composer and international performer, with over 50 films, 6 albums, and 19 years of experience under his belt. His YouTube channel combines his two passions: music and gaming. His over 200 orchestral, acoustic, and acapella renditions of video game and pop culture music have attracted more than 60,000 subscribers and over 13 million views.
Ron Cruz is a scientist specializing in taxonomy, conservation, and ecology. An instructor at the Ateneo de Manila University Department of Biology, Ron wrote the book The Cosmic Wild: Biology of Science Fiction (published by Ateneo Press), as well as Aliens in the classroom: Fantastical creatures as tools in teaching biology (American Biology Teacher) and Mutations and metamorphoses: Body horror is biological horror (Journal of Popular Film and Television).
TJ Dimacali is a Filipino writer who has received recognition both as a science journalist and as a creative writer specializing in science fiction.He is also a lecturer, science education advocate, and a violinist.
Freddie Tan founded Neutral Grounds, the leading retailer of tabletop and unplugged games in the Philippines. He served as its owner and general manager from 1998 to 2015. He currently heads Ludus Distributors, a distribution company that carries and sells games in the South East Asian Region. Despite his very busy schedule, he still manages to save the day against alien invasions and supervillains every once in a while.
Jay Mata is the Co-owner, Managing Director, and Boardgame Curator of Ludo. Ludo Boardgame Bar & Cafe and Ludo Boardgame Bar & Bistro are some of the most popular boardgame cafes in Manila, offering the largest collection of games to play while you dine and drink.
Ivan Guerrero is a co-owner and Chief Creative Officer of Collecticons, Inc., the operators of Filbar’s and formerly Kapow! Universe, a Marvel Concept Store. He is also a filmmaker and the Chief Executive Officer of Luminaut Pictures, Inc. His work has been featured in various publications, including Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and the Washington Post.
The Philippine R2 Builders Club specializes in building their own replicas of robots from the Star Wars universe and is part of the international R2 Builders community. Join the community and learn how to build your own Star Wars robots at www.astromech.net.
Philippine Electronics and Robotics Enthusiasts Club (PhilRobotics) is a non-profit group composed of students, hobbyists, and enthusiasts that aims to nurture the advancement of robotics and electronics technology, to develop practical solutions that inspire, and to uplift the technical competency of everyone interested in learning robotics and electronics.
Mobile IT 4 Youth (Mobility) is a cause-oriented organization based in Nueva Ecija that aims to equip the students, faculty, and community of the province with the latest trends in information and communications technology (ICT) and to promote Nueva Ecija as a destination for ICT opportunities. They give seminars, trainings, and workshops to students and community members in the province, as well as invite IT companies and tech companies to Nueva Ecija to share their knowledge.