Author: Captain NoBeard

Up to no good – Marauders in-character Q&A

8. September 2016 Captain NoBeard Activities, Cosplay and costumes, Panels and workshops 0 Comments

What is Remus Lupins favourite chocolate? What sort of product does James Potter use to keep his hair so casually flawless? Who was Sirius Black shagging behind that statue on the fifth floor last week? And just how does Peter Pettigrew put up with it all? Don’t miss this chance to ask the real, important questions of your favourite mischief makers.


Mooncat Karaoke

4. September 2016 Captain NoBeard Activities, Dances and parties, Fun and games 0 Comments

Previous years at Banzaicon there has always been a certain thing we’ve felt has been missing. Thankfully this year, thanks to some lovely folks over at KodachiKai, we are very happy to present MoonCat karaoke!
So come along and sing your favourite songs from anime and other cartoons, games, musicals, j-pop and all sorts of nerdy stuff.

To see a complete list of the songs available, go to And if we’re missing a song you want to sing, please make a request in the comment section and we’ll see what we can do.

Space Race

4. September 2016 Captain NoBeard Activities, Fun and games, Ukategorisert 0 Comments

This quiz games requires both quick feet and quick thinking to take your team to the top! Solve puzzles, answer questions and race through our galaxy! Conquer each of the planets in our solar system (and Pluto because damnit, you can be a planet if you just believe in yourself! Have faith Pluto!) to become the masters and bring home some nifty prices! 

Animation and VFX in film with Hans Gunnar Brekke

4. September 2016 Captain NoBeard Activities, Guests, News, Ukategorisert 0 Comments

From the world of 3D-renders and tiny polygons, we are very excited to present Hans Gunnar Brekke!

With 12 years of experience bringing movie-magic to the silver-screen, he’s the guy you talk to when you need some monsters rampaging through the street or a worryingly large wolf terrorizing your protagonists.

He is currently the Head of Visual Effects at Westerdals Oslo ACT, and before coming back home to Norway he spent some time in New Zealand working as a lead/senior animator with Weta Digital on projects like The Hobbit and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Other films where you can see his work includes the Jungle Book, the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Drag me to Hell, Cloverfield and Enchanted.

At Banzaicon he will be regaling us with stories of his climb to the top in the world of animation and VFX and what the day to day work looks like. You’ll get to see some of his work, including some exclusive behind-the-scenes material. And of course he’ll give some advice on how to make your own career in film, including an introduction of Westerdals new VFX course.  

Ps. Some of the work shown in this panel is not meant for publication, and therefore taking pictures or filming will not be allowed. We ask that you please respect these rules so that we can continue getting such cool guests in the future!


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Guest: Charles White, our man from Space

18. August 2016 Captain NoBeard Guests, News Tags: , , , 0 Comments

Joining us this year all the way from California, USA, is Mr. Charles White, who works at NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Charles has 30 years experience of exploring the solar system where he’s helping the Mars 2020 mission, the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) and other exciting space projects.  Charles also is the founder of the Desert Wizards of Mars, a Burning Man organization of artists and engineers that have built the Black Rock Observatory.  He will speak to us about the past, present and future plans for space exploration with robots and humankind!

His alter ego, Max Singularity, is the One True Pope of EVE Online; a spaceship sandbox MMO with a long history and fanatical player-base. Together they have not only inundated themselves into the dangerous political landscape of the alliance leaders, but also been the progenitors and main driving force for Roleplaying within the game. Mr. White will to that effect be holding a second panel on roleplaying, videogames and the Space-Pope’s rise to power!

You can see more of both his Holiness and Charles White at their YouTube channel.

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