GUESTS

For booking contact spa-con@hotsprings.org

SPECIAL GUESTS

Puddles Pity Party | Spa-Con Hot Springs, AR

Puddles Pity Party

Friday, September 18
Puddles Pity Party , is a 7’ tall, white faced, sad clown who doesn’t speak. But he sings with a golden voice comparable to rock legends like Tom Jones and Freddie Mercury. Puddles opens Spa-Con on Friday, September 18th. Doors at 6PM and show at 7PM. Open to all ages. NOTE: This is a stand-alone ticket and does not include passes to the convention. Spa-Con weekend, day and/or vip passes must be purchased separately.

Lori Petty | Spa-Con Hot Springs, AR

Lori Petty

Saturday, September 19
Noon - Q&A with Lori Petty, Room 207
1:00 - Free Photo Ops with Lori Petty, Room 201
2:00 - VIP Meet and Greet, Room 209 (VIP pass holders only)

COSPLAY

Ginny Di | Spa-Con Hot Springs, AR

Ginny Di

Saturday, September 19
11:00 - Social Media Marketing for Cosplayers w/ Ginny Di, Room 205
2:00 - VIP Meet and Greet, Room 209 (VIP pass holders only)
7:00 - Ginny Di at Cosplay Club, Horner Hall

Sunday, September 20
1:00 - Ginny Di kids activity, Expo Hall
2:00 - VIP Meet and Greet, Room 209 (VIP pass holders only)
4:00 - Ginny Di at the Spacademy Awards, Horner Hall

ARTISTS

Par Moriarity

Pat Moriarity

Cartoon illustrator, Pat Moriarity, began showing his work in Minneapolis in the mid 1980’s. His comics can be seen in kids’ magazines such as: Nickelodeon, National Geographic Kids, and Highlights. After working as a contributor to Real Stuff and Duplex Planet Illustrated, Moriarity began his own comic series Big Mouth and worked as an art director at Fantagraphics Books and the Comics Journal. Moriarity now designs record covers for multiple labels, is an assistant art director for Mineshaft Magazine, and has a new book out, “Pat Moriarity’s Deep Artwork”, that comes with 3D glasses.

Sam De La Rosa

Sam de la Rosa

Since 1982 Sam de la Rosa did finished art/inks for Marvel, DC, Image, Disney, and Dark Horse. Credits include Spider-Man, Venom, Carnage, Black Panther, The Avengers, Star Wars, X-Men and more. He worked on Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Star Trek, Firestorms and others for DC Comics. In 1989 at Dark Horse Comics he worked on the first Predator comic book. Sam’s work on Venom Lethal Protector #1-6 is the source material for the Venom Movie.

Walden Wong

Walden Wong

Walden Wong is a well-respected comic book artist/inker and has a wide range of experience in the industry. He has worked for practically every publisher out there, including DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, and VIZ media. You can see his name on a variety of titles every year.

Chad Maupin

Chad Maupin

For over 25 years, Chad Maupin has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. Maupin is an art Automatron at Bio Bot Design, the creator and owner of CattyWampus Co-Op, and a developer of apparel designs such as FayetteChill and Houndstooth Clothing Company.

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. Since then the trolls have gone extinct, and the goats Gruff are in his past. To fill that constant void, he now draws comics.Eventually he plans to retire to Goat Island, a very real place. He currently creates the comic Tourist Unknown.

Kody Sandwich

Little Rock sketchbook enthusiast, Kody Sandwich, is the creator/ illustrator of She Hunts Monsters Y’all. Sandwich has also worked with Radio DJ, Bobby Bones and designed merchandise for MC Chris.

Nikki Dawes

Nikki is an award-winning graphic artist and illustrator from Arkansas. She’s worked with Critical Role, Amnesty International, and Arkansas Life magazine. Primarily working digitally, Nikki enjoys using bright colors and fantasy characters in her original works.

Stacy Bates

Artist and Fort Smith art teacher, Stacy Bates, specializes in black-and-white, pen and ink illustrations and has experience in murals and printmaking. Currently, Bates is working on a series of animal rights illustrations.

Timothy Lim

Author and illustrator of Thump: The First Bundred Days is a parody book about a bunny campaigning across the United States. Lim also works with Ninjaink, LLC with art featured in print, posters and t-shirts on an international level including: “Ghostbusters”, “Back to the Future”, and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”.

Bill Williams

Bill Williams

Bill William is a writer, inker, and letterer. Previously he has worked for DC Comics, IDW, and Ape Entertainment. Williams was also part of the creative team of Antarctic-Press’ Punchline. Williams is now a self publishing artist.

Matthew Weldon

Matthew Weldon

Matthew Weldon was also a part of the Creative Team of Antarctic- Press’ Punchline. Weldon has worked for other companies such as: Image Comics, DC/Vertigo, Capcon/Udon, and Overground Comics. Additionally, Weldon has been nominated for two Harvey Awards and won an MTV award for best all ages comic in 2009.

The Art Sherpa

Cinnamon Cooney is a YouTube art teacher who founded her company, The Art Sherpa, in 2013. She had a strong desire to create a friendly place for beginning acrylic artists to receive instruction and realize their lifelong dreams to paint beautiful pictures. Her YouTube Channel has over 450,000 subscribers and her Art Sherpa personality engages her community on multiple social media channels as she hosts her fully guided, step by step painting tutorials. Her teaching style is humorous and empathetic as she teaches her worldwide audience on how to find their creative voice and use it to paint masterpieces.

Chris Allen

Chris Allen is an inker for Antarctic Press, a comic book publishing company out of San Antonio. He has worked on highly rated comics such as: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Prelude and Ant-Man and the Wasp Prelude but over all, he can be credited in over 72 comic book issues!

Byron Buslig

Byron Buslig graduated from U of A at Little Rock with a degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design and Illustration. He won designer of the year during Arkansas College Media Awards (ACMA) in 2015. Since then, Buslig has worked with clients such as: Sanshee, Nippon-Ichi, Sentai Films, and Arkansas Hospice Foundation.

MORE GUESTS!

The Arkansas CW Crew

The Arkansas CW is the home of well received shows such as Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, Arrow, Black Lighting, Legends of Tomorrow, Supernatural, All American, The 100, and iZombie. And coming this fall Batgirl and Nancy Drew!

It is also the home of The Arkansas CW Crew! Which you can keep up with the crew on their website www.arcwcrew.com. The ARCWCREW.com keeps up with The Crew as they travel the area with their travel web series Do The Ozarks. Catch the CW Crew at Spa-Con IV and Keep up with latest CW Entertainment news and interviews, the Crew ghost hunting series and a lot more!

Nerd Informants

In 2016 Josh Grisham and Tim Church found their calling: to keep the world informed on all things nerdy. Since then, the Nerd Informants have been traveling to Cons around the country to break down: pop culture, comics, movies, video games, collectibles, and more. The Nerd Informants will be going live on Facebook every hour, on hour during Spa-Con.

Randy Duncan

Randy Duncan is a professor of Communication and director of the Center for Comics Studies at Henderson State University. He has given talks about comics in Paris, Athens, Passau, São Paulo, Prague, and, of course, Hot Springs. He is a co-author of The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture (2009; 2015) and co-editor of the Eisner-nominated Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods (2012). In 1992, Duncan co-founded the Comics Arts Conference. In 2010, he won the Inge Award for excellence in comics scholarship, and in 2012 Comic-Con International gave him an Inkpot Award for contributions to Comics Studies.

The Center for Comics Studies at Henderson State University presents an array of wonders and oddities selected from the popular culture special collections at HSU’s Huie Library, including the richly varied collection donated by writer, publisher, and renowned Swamp Thing artist Stephen R. Bissette. See artifacts from movies that were never made and movie that will never be forgotten! See fabulous artwork by a variety of comics creators, and rare artwork by fantasy writer Neil Gaiman! And much more when you visit Randy and his booth at Spa-Con IV!

George Wyatt Tise

G. W. Tise has taught Japanese at Arkansas Tech University for the last seven years and has worked and studied in Japan. While studying at Komazawa University in Tokyo Wyatt studied Japanese History and Japanese Culture. Wyatt Tise has taught classes on Japanese Culture and Japanese Pop-culture at Arkansas Tech.

Robot Savior Panel - How the idea of robots in manga and anime shaped Japan. Room 205, Sunday, September 22, 3:00PM

Pieces from the Manga show at Emergent Arts will be on display in Room 205 at 2PM on Sunday. This will be immediately followed by the Robot Savior presentation by George Wyatt Tise.