Written by Joe on 30/03/2018

We are delighted to announce Paul Flannery as a guest for Hibanacon 2018.

Paul has delighted us as Treguard in the Knightmare Live Stage Show, and he will be bringing his interactive one-man show "The MMORPG Show" to Hibanacon.

Here is a little bit about what Paul has been up to:

"Paul Flannery is an award winning Comedian, Actor, Director, Improviser and Writer best known for Knightmare Live, the critically acclaimed stage adaption of the cult TV show.

Paul has previously appeared at The Crystal Maze live experience as one of the Maze Masters and his solo hour; The MMORPG Show won ‘Festival Spirit’ at VAULT 2016. You can also see him as Dr Benjamin Wilder Jnr at The Bewilder Box escape room in Brighton.

His further work at VAULT in 2017 earned him an Outstanding Contribution award.

He can also been seen starring in the feature film “Ghosts of Darkness” (Clear focus movies).

Paul has spent time working on immersive theatre projects (Third mind, Curious Invitation) and has previously appeared in Series 1 of Live at the Electric (Avalon TV) and wrote on the recent ITV2 show Bromans.

A solid improviser, Paul is also a trained chef, a versatile musician (guitar) with a penchant for puppetry, board games and stage combat."

We look forward to welcoming Paul to Hibanacon!

Comedy / Live Act: Jollyboat

Jollyboat were a hit with everyone last year and are returning to delight us once again. They have recently played the Edinburgh Fringe, Glastonbury, and too many other festivals to count! Sailing high seas to Europe and Australia they've also claimed some prized booty at the UK Musical Comedy Awards. Heading out to sea once more Jollyboat are ready and yarring to bring their swashbuckling show to Hibanacon.


Being the UK's top comedy pirate geek rock duo they mix live music, visuals, audience interaction, and a little behind-the-scenes computer programming. Jollyboat put on a show quite unlike anything you've seen before!


The brothers leap aboard Hibanacon singing piratical versions of some of your favourite songs; you may even recognise some from the world of animation. It's a mighty relief to us the good ship Hibanacon is adults only, too, as these pirates can be a bit saucy around the third mug of grog.


Tall tales of adventures on the high seas will surely abound after a hearty tot of rum in the galley once the sun has set. So come along and join in the adventure of the high seas, even landlubbers are welcome. Yarrrr!


Check out their Website here:, and Facebook page here: @Jollyboatbros

Live show


Xina came along to Hibanacon 2017 and delighted us with her performance during which she danced to a variety of K-pop and J-pop tracks,

Xina is returning this year so catch her on stage and maybe dance along!

You can find Xina on Youtube here: Xinachu.

Live Podcast

UK Geek culture online radio

Bunkazilla is a brand new internet radio station with a UK Geek Culture focus.

Bunkazilla offers an interesting mix of recorded shows ranging from shows focusing on movies, video games, television, books, comics, cosplay and more.

Join the Bunkazilla team for a recording of their brand new topical show The Big Stomp. Iain and some of the Bunkazilla team will talk about the latest news in geek culture and tackle some of the bigger issues happening in the world of geek culture. Come along and take part!

Guest Panelists

Brian Smith

Most well known at conventions for Madstravaganza as well as countless panels with titles that really do raise more questions than they answer Brian is a convention stalwart. If you’ve ever wondered about the influences of Italian disco on anime, or about the greatest cats in anime, or even the greatest penguins in anime he appears to be the man to ask!

You can find Brian before the event at @awesome_engine on twitter, and on his Dynamite In the Brain podcast.

Niall Flanagan

What is there to say about Niall other than his fanatical devotion to the anime of Yoshiaki Kawajiri, and his love of anime fight scenes. You’ll recognise Niall as a veteran panellist from many a convention, and I certainly remember seeing him, many years ago, give a very interesting panel on the use of Norse mythology in anime.

You can find Niall before the event at @niallcolas_cage and on his podcast Secret of the Sailor Madness, he also guests frequently on Brian’s Let’s Go! Podcast, available on the Dynamite in the Brain podcast feed.

Elliot Page

Elliot has been part of the online anime scenery for the UK for some time. For several years he co-hosted the UK Anime Network podcast with Andy Hanley, and now runs a digital manga search engine, as well as finding time to write many many panels. In 2017 his panel on Short Anime for the Easily Bored or Distracted was something of a highlight.

You can find Elliot at @ElliotPage and at (He says not to ask about the URL as he sometimes makes choices he later questions himself)