GUESTS

Access to panel discussions will be included in the registration price and subject to capacity of panel rooms.

First come, first served. Thank you.

Sheryl Lee

Sheryl Lee

Sheryl Lee is known for her appearance as the dead Laura Palmer in the television series Twin Peaks. Lee was also given the part of Laura's cousin Maddy Ferguson later in the series. She also starred in the prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, which elaborated on events leading up to Laura Palmer's death.

Panels & Events:

Saturday, September 23
1:00 – Autographs & Photo Ops – EXPO HALL

 

Sunday, September 24
Noon - Twin Peaks Panel, Room 205
1:00 - Photo Ops, Room 201
2:00 - VIP Pass holder meet and greet, VIP Lounge

Sherilyn Fenn

Sherilyn Fenn

Sherilyn and her mom went to L.A. when Sherilyn was 17. Within a couple of years, Sherilyn was working in TV and film, with multiple projects every year since 1984. Sherilyn, the petite (5' 4") beauty, had a small but memorable part in the gender-bender flick Just One of the Guys. Her biggest claim to fame would come in 1990, when she got the prize role of Audrey in Twin Peaks after reading for all the female leads. Sherilyn made a memorable impression as the cherry stem-twisting siren.

Panels & Events:

Saturday, September 23
1:00 – Autographs & Photo Ops – EXPO HALL

 

Sunday, September 24
Noon - Twin Peaks Panel, Room 205
1:00 - Photo Ops, Room 201
2:00 - VIP Pass holder meet and greet, VIP Lounge

Shannon Purser

Shannon Purser

Shannon Purser who portrayed Barb in Stranger Things will attend Spa-Con! This is your chance to learn more about the upcoming season 2, the Upside Down, the Demogorgon, as well as, her work on the series’ Riverdale and Drama High. There will be justice for Barb at Spa-Con!!

Panels & Events:

Saturday, September 23
Noon - Stranger Things Panel, Room 205
1:00 - Photo Ops, Room 201
2:00 - VIP Pass holder meet and greet, VIP Lounge
5:00 – VIP Pass Holder Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
5:30 – Shannon Purser Q&A – room 202
6:30 – VIP Pass Holder Photo Session (30 minutes) – room 201

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS

Scott Velvet

Scott Velvet of Discovery Channels of Game of Pawns debut in 2013 in the U.S. was produced by Highnoon Entertainment, a production company based in Denver, Colorado that has produced many hit reality television shows such as; Cake Boss, Fixer Upper, Tough Love and much more. To date, Game of Pawns is still being broadcast globally in over 100 countries and to over 100 million viewers.

Panels & Events:

 Appearing on the Expo Floor alongside the ’66 Gotham Cruiser and the Ecto-1 Car throughout the convention.

501st Legion

The 501st Legion, the world's definitive Imperial costuming group will be at Spa-on.

Since 1997, the 501st Legion has been dedicated to re-creating film-quality costumes of the "villainous" characters of the Star Wars galaxy and entertaining Star Wars fans with our public appearances. Over the past seventeen years, the 501st has become a leading force in fan-based charity events around the world. Members of the Legion have heightened awareness at promotional events, helped to raise millions of dollars for charity, and spread the magic of Star Wars to fans of all ages.

Panels & Events:

Saturday, September 23
3:00PM on the Expo Stage
Blast a Stormtrooper with a Nerf gun

4:00PM in Room 205
501st Legion Panel, “Become a member of the 501st.”

Sunday, September 24
3:00PM on the Expo Stage
Stormtrooper Costume Challenge

 

ArkLUG

ArkLUG (Arkansas LEGO® Users Group) will be showcasing a large layout made up of city, train, and fantasy creations built entirely from LEGO pieces at Spa-Con 2017. ArkLUG is a group of adult fans of LEGO from all corners of Arkansas who like to showcase their builds to the public and foster enjoyment of LEGO. Their primary goal is to have fun building cool things with their favorite creative medium and to display collaborative LEGO builds with individuals in and around Arkansas.

Panels & Events:

On display throughout the entire convention in the Spa-Con Expo Hall.

Bill Tsutsui

William M. (Bill) Tsutsui is president and professor of history at Hendrix College, a top-tier national liberal arts college founded in 1876 and located in Conway, Arkansas.

Panels & Events:

Sunday, September 24
2:00PM – Godzilla, “Beyond the Man in the Rubber Suit” w/ Dr. Bill Tsutsui, Japanologist – Room 205

Drew Morton

Drew Morton is an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. He is the co-editor and co-founder of [in]Transition - the first peer-reviewed academic journal of videographic film and moving image studies. His articles have appeared in animation: an interdisciplinary journal, Cinema Journal, Senses of Cinema, and Studies in Comics. His video essay work has appeared on MediaScape, Press Play, RogerEbert.com. His book Panel to the Screen: Style, American Film, and Comic Books During the Blockbuster Era was recently released by the University Press of Mississippi.

Panels & Events:

Saturday, September 23
3:00 – Panel, Hollywood Film & American Comics w/Drew Morton Ph.D Texas A&M, Dr. Timothy Lim, Marvel contributor, and Kelly Williams, illustrator.

Harry Potter Animals, Oh My!

The Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth will be bringing magical creatures to Spa-Con. Owls, lizards, bats, snakes and other furry friends that could easily be cast in a Harry Potter film.

Panels & Events:

Saturday, September 23
11:30AM and 4:00PM on the Expo Stage

Robert Schwalb

Robert Schwalb

Robert J. Schwalb is a writer, game designer, and game developer best known for his horror fantasy game, Shadow of the Demon Lord, as well as his contributions to Dungeons & Dragons, A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay.

Panels & Events:

Saturday, September 23
7:00 - Role Playing Games Panel, Room 103

Stephen Radney MacFarland

Stephen Radney MacFarland

Stephen began working on RPGs in 2000, when he became the RPGA editorial assistant at Wizards of the Coast, working on both Polyhedron magazine and Living Greyhawk Journal.

Panels & Events:

Saturday, September 23
7:00 - Role Playing Games Panel, Room 103

Steven Showalter

Dr. Steven Schowalter is an atomic physicist currently working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. His scientific work has ranged from trapping single atoms to designing miniaturized laser systems to building devices that search for extraterrestrial life in our solar system.

Panels & Events:

Saturday, September 23
2:00 - Appearing on the Teleportation Panel with author, Tal M. Klein and ASMSA Professors Dr. Brian Monson & Dr, Jack Waddell.  – Room 202

Society for Creative Anachronism

The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (or "SCA") is a non-profit group dedicated to learning about and bringing to life the culture, crafts and daily activities of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. At our weekend tournaments, we re-create the pageantry and excitement of sword-and-shield combat, archery, rapier fencing, medieval arts and sciences, music and dance. Skill and service are rewarded in the royal court of the King and Queen, and a merry feast is enjoyed by all! Our members study existing books and historical records, but also gain practical experience by making and using clothing, armor and other everyday items from the period. We share our knowledge and strive for ever-increasing authenticity, but don't be afraid, simple attendance requirements make it easy for new members to participate.

Panels & Events:

Saturday, September 23
2:00PM and 5:00PM on the Expo Stage

Sunday, September 24
11:00AM on the Expo Stage

Tal M Klein

Tal M. Klein was born in Israel, grew up in New York, and currently lives in Detroit with his wife and two daughters. When his daughter Iris was five years old, she wrote a book called I’m a Bunch of Dinosaurs that went on to become one of the most successful children’s book projects on Kickstarter —something that Tal explained to Iris by telling her, “your book made lots of kids happy.” Iris then asked Tal, "Daddy, why don’t you write a book that makes lots of grownups happy?" Tal mulled this over for a few years, and eventually wrote his first book, The Punch Escrow. It won the Inkshares Geek & Sundry Hard Science Fiction Publishing contest, and will be the first book published on Inkshares’ Geek & Sundry imprint.

Panels & Events:

Saturday, September 23
2:00PM - Teleportation Panel. Appearing on the Teleportation Panel with Steven Showalter (NASA) and ASMSA Professors Dr. Brian Monson & Dr. Jack Waddell - Room 202

3:00PM - The Punch Escrow book signing in The Expo Hall.

COSPLAY

Ginny Di

Ginny Di

Ginny Di is an international professional cosplayer and YouTuber. She loves to craft her own replicas of costumes from movies, television, and video games, and take them to the next level by featuring them in themed photoshoots and music videos. She’s best known for her Arya Stark costume from HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” but also loves to cosplay from Disney movies, Harry Potter, Pokémon, and more.

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
11:00 - Beginners Cosplay Panel – Room 202
2:30 – Storytime w/Ginny DI – Kid-Con
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
1:00 – Cosplay Q&A with all the Spa-Con cosplay guests – Room 202
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

Spock Vegas

Spock Vegas

He is Paul Forest aka Spock Vegas. And with his exciting combination of good looks and good voice, he became a huge Star Trek fan favorite the first time he hit Fremont Street in Las Vegas 5 years ago. Paul has been doing cosplay now for over thirty years by winning contests as an Elvis impersonator as he was very young, and going from Dracula, to Darth Vader to BumbleBee in between.

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
1:00 – Cosplay Q&A with all the Spa-Con cosplay guests – Room 202
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

Chris Twellman

Chris Twellman

Chris Twellman, born and raised in Germany, is an Abraham Ford cosplayer. He’s lived in the US since December 2016 and started cosplaying Abraham in Germany in fall 2015 after someone posted pictures of him and Michael Cudlitz in the largest Facebook TWD Fanpage in Germany.

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
1:00 – Cosplay Q&A with all the Spa-Con cosplay guests – Room 202
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

Knightmage

Knightmage is coming to the 2nd Annual Spa-Con and he’s bringing one “Hellboy” of a cosplay with him.

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
2:00 - Cosplay & Charity with Knightmage – Room 205
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
1:00 – Cosplay Q&A with all the Spa-Con cosplay guests – Room 202
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

Nightingale Vixen

Nightingale Vixen

With a passion for Adventure Time and anime plus time spent working for a prop company – Nightengale Vixen is a seasoned veteran of the comic convention circuit.

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
5:00 – Worbla Medallion Making workshop w/ Nightingale Vixen – Room 207
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
1:00 – Cosplay Q&A with all the Spa-Con cosplay guests – Room 202
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

Rhapsodia

Steve and Cassie of Rhapsodia are a team of award winning cosplayers that are always looking for their next adventure in the world of cosplaying. Rhapsodia Cosplay was a joint adventure that started years ago, that developed without a name, slowly into what it is today. Steve and Cassie started out small as attendees with cosplay as simply a side hobby for fun and worked their way up to an award winning team of cosplayers over the years together.

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
1:00 – Cosplay Q&A with all the Spa-Con cosplay guests – Room 202
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

Robert Reed

Robert Reed

​Robert Reed is an award winning cosplayer from Houston, TX, but born in Hot Springs, AR, with a 20 plus years background in electronics and fabrication, which he enjoys bringing to his costumes and builds.

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
1:00 – Cosplay Q&A with all the Spa-Con cosplay guests – Room 202
3:00 – Prop Making, “Electronic Elements in Your Cosplay” – Room 202
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

ARTISTS

David Lasky

After spending the bulk of his life in Virginia, and graduating from the College of William & Mary, David Lasky moved to Seattle in 1992.  He quickly found a circle of young comic book artists—including Megan Kelso, Tom Hart, Ed Brubaker, Jon Lewis, and Jason Lutes—drawing and publishing their own work.

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

Gustav Carlson

Gustav Carlson

Born and raised on a goat farm on top a mountain, Gustav Carlson spent his days naming an increasing number of goats Gruff. Partially in fear of bridge trolls that run rampant in the hills, but mostly because it adequately described most the goats he knew.

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

John Lucas

John Lucas

John's work has appeared in funny books published by D.C., Marvel, Darkhorse, AdHouse,Top Cow, Image, First/Devils Due, IDW and BOOM!. If you don't believe it, look it up.

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

Josh Cotter

Joshua W. Cotter

Joshua W. Cotter lives in rural Northwest Missouri with his wife, children, cat, and an acute sense of impending mortality. They keep him making comics.

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

Kelly Williams

Kelly Williams

Kelly Williams is a comic artist primarily known for his work in horror comics. He's contributed to EERIE and CREEPY from Dark Horse Comics, Covers for a number of different series including THE PUPPET MASTER as well as many anthologies and odds and ends for different publishers like IDW, IMAGE, ALTERNA COMICS and more.

Kelly is also the artist on the graphic novels THE CABINET (source point press) and MATAPHASE (alterna comics). He's currently finishing up the graphic novel A LETTER TO JO and continuing his short horror story series, THE DARK (from Alterna Comics)

Kelly draws a bunch of stuff all of the time. Always and forever.

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
3:00 – Panel, Hollywood Film & American Comics
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

Kody Sandwich

Kody Sandwich

Kody Sandwich is an Arkansas native who has worked for Bobby Bones, illustrating both children's albums. 
Designed merchandise for Adult Swim's MC Chris. He created She Hunts Monsters Y'all, co-created Coffee Stains.

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

Par Moriarity

Pat Moriarity

Pat Moriarity's comics work goes back to the 1990's era of Fantagraphics books such as BIG MOUTH, REAL STUFF and ZERO ZERO. A lot of his newer comics work can be found in MINESHAFT magazine.

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
1:00 - Comic illustration panel – room 207
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
2:00 – Cartooning with Pat Moriarity – room 207
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

sprinkle.spit

Sprinkle.Spit

Emily Allison (Sprinkle.Spit) is an illustrator and professional tattooist from Brandon, Mississippi. A lifetime artist, anime enthusiast, and lover of cute things, she utilizes vivid colors and anime influence in her artwork.

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

teriyakiWeasel

Haley "Hams" Allen, better known as teriyakiWeasel, is a freelance illustrator and opossum enthusiast from Jackson, Mississippi. They draw heavy influence from vintage anime, cartoons, and video games. Their mission is to deliver happy illustrations to the world!

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

Timothy Lim

Timothy Lim

The art of Timothy Lim (NINJAINK, LLC) has been published in a variety of media, including comic book covers for IDW (Back to the Future, Street Fighter X GI Joe, Optimus Prime, TMNT Universe) and merchandising art for major companies such as Marvel, Lucasfilm, Hasbro, and Valve. His pinups have been featured in UDON's tribute art books and can currently be seen in Street Fighter Vs Darkstalkers #0 and #2. You can see his illustrations for the exclusive, official convention artwork for celebrities such as Stan Lee, Claudia Wells, and Dan Gilvezan. Currently, he is working on a to-be- announced project for Upper Deck. He resides between Arkansas and Texas with his wife and 5 rabbits.

Panels & Events:

Friday, September 22
5:30 - Opening Reception

Saturday, September 23
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge
3:00 – Panel, Hollywood Film & American Comics
7:00 - Cosplay Club Showcase, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 24
3:00 - VIP Meet & Greet
4:00 - Closing Ceremonies

CELEBRITY CARS

Bat Mobile Replica

1966 Batmobile Replica

Anti-Crime Roadster is based on the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car built by Ford for the auto show circuit. Following the success of the TV Series several were produced in fiberglass by George Barris for the movie, tours and promotion.

Panels & Events:

Saturday, September 23
10AM to 7PM
On display in the Expo Hall

Sunday, September 24
10AM to 4PM
On display in the Expo Hall

Ghostbusters ECTO 1

The Ecto-1 was the vehicle that the Ghostbusters used to travel throughout New York City busting ghosts and other entities.

Panels & Events:

Saturday, September 23
10AM to 7PM
On display in the Expo Hall

Sunday, September 24
10AM to 4PM
On display in the Expo Hall

U.S.S. Blackstone, NCC-74918

Star Trek Fans!! Look who is coming to Spa-Con. The U.S.S. BLACKSTONE, NCC-74918 is a chapter member of STARFLEET International, the Star Trek Fan Association. Members of the chapter are from all over Central Arkansas. We meet on the third Monday of each month, participate in local and regional conventions, host game and movie nights, march in parades and do community service work with several regional organizations. All are welcome to join us and be a part of the fun. You can find The USS Blackstone, NCC-74918 in the Spa-Con Expo Hall.

Panels & Events:

Appearing on the Expo Hall throughout Spa-Con