GUESTS

For booking contact spa-con@hotsprings.org

Pam Grier | Spa Con Guest

PAM GRIER

Saturday, September 22

Noon – Panel – Room 207

1:00 – Photo Ops – Room 201

2:00 – VIP Only Meet and Greet – VIP Lounge

Pam Grier, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., was discovered by director Jack Hill, who cast her in his women-in-prison films The Big Doll House (1971), and The Big Bird Cage (1972). She became a staple of early 1970s “Blaxploitation” movies, playing big, bold, assertive women, beginning with Jack Hill’s Coffy (1973), in which she plays a nurse who seeks revenge on drug dealers. Her character was advertised in the trailer as the "baddest one-chick hit-squad that ever hit town!"

SEAN MAHER

Sunday, September 23

Noon – Panel, Room 207

1:00 – Photo Ops – Room 201

2:00 – VIP Only Meet and Greet – VIP Lounge

Sean Maher is well known to television and film audiences for his role as ‘Dr. Simon Tam’ in Joss Whedon's feature "Serenity”. The film was based on the critically acclaimed series "Firefly”. Additionally, he was seen recurring as Mark Scheffer¹ (aka Shrapnel) on the hit series “Arrow” for The CW. Maher won praise for his portrayal of ‘Don John’ in Joss Whedon’s feature film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing" and can be seen starring in the indie sci-fi feature "Beyond the Edge: ISRA-88." He is also the voice of 'Nightwing' for the Warner Bros / DC Comics animated universe.

Veronica Taylor | Spa Con

VERONICA TAYLOR

Sunday, September 23

Noon – Panel, Room 207

1:00 – Photo Ops – Room 201

2:00 – VIP Only Meet and Greet – VIP Lounge

Meet American voice actress Veronica Taylor at Spa-Con 2018. Best known as the original voice of Ash Ketchum in the English-language adaptation of Pokemon, Taylor is the voice of other notable animated characters including April O’Neil from the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and Sailor Pluto in the Viz Media dub of Sailor Moon. Taylor has also narrated audio books by authors such as Judy Blume, Danielle Steele, Mary Kay Andrews and more.

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Saturday, September 22

2:00 – Panel, Room 202

3:00 – VIP Only Meet and Greet – VIP Lounge

 

Sunday, September 23

3:00 – VIP Only Meet and Greet – VIP Lounge

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Saturday, September 22

On the Expo Floor all day!

 

Sunday, September 23

On the Expo Floor all day!

COSPLAYERS

NIGHTINGALE VIXEN

FRIDAY, September 21

5:30PM-6:30PM – VIP Pass Holder reception

SATURDAY, September 22

10:00 – Appearing in the Expo Hall

Time TBA – Panel with Q &A

3:00 – Attend VIP Ticket Holder Meet & Greet/Mix and Mingle

7:00 – Appear at Cosplay Showcase

SUNDAY, September 23

10:00 – Appearing in the Expo Hall

3:00 – Attend VIP Ticket Holder Meet & Greet/Mix and Mingle

4:00 – Appear at Closing Ceremony/Mix and Mingle with attendees

Morgan Durfee cosplay name, Nightingale Vixen. She has been cosplaying for 3 years as more than just a hobby but a passion and an outlet for creativity. She enjoys anime, Adventure time, comics, going to comic convention and playing video games, which is where most of her cosplay inspiration comes from. She has two Pugs named Cake and Bonnie. She works at a costume company called Dark Iron Productions where they make mostly iron man suits out of plastic and custom orders where they sew and do worbla builds. Morgan graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a Major in Art and a minor in Graphic Design. She’s a full time children’s and teen librarian at her local library for the past 10 years.

Nipah Dubs | Spa Con

NIPAH DUBS

FRIDAY, September 21

5:30PM-6:30PM – VIP Pass Holder reception

SATURDAY, September 22

10:00 – Appearing in the Expo Hall

Time TBA – Panel with Q &A

3:00 – Attend VIP Ticket Holder Meet & Greet/Mix and Mingle

7:00 – Appear at Cosplay Showcase

SUNDAY, September 23

10:00 – Appearing in the Expo Hall

3:00 – Attend VIP Ticket Holder Meet & Greet/Mix and Mingle

4:00 – Appear at Closing Ceremony/Mix and Mingle with attendees

Illinois-based cosplayer, Nipah Dubs, will add his enthusiasm and charisma to Spa-Con’s cosplayer lineup. Nipah Dubs is an award-winning cosplayer with over seven years of experience styling wigs, sewing, making props and armor, and promoting the art of cosplay.

EXTREME COSTUMES

FRIDAY, September 21

5:30PM-6:30PM – VIP Pass Holder reception

SATURDAY, September 22

10:00 – Appearing in the Expo Hall

Time TBA – Panel with Q &A

3:00 – Attend VIP Ticket Holder Meet & Greet/Mix and Mingle

7:00 – Appear at Cosplay Showcase

SUNDAY, September 23

10:00 – Appearing in the Expo Hall

3:00 – Attend VIP Ticket Holder Meet & Greet/Mix and Mingle

4:00 – Appear at Closing Ceremony/Mix and Mingle with attendees

COMIC AND VISUAL ARTISTS

ARVELL JONES

FRIDAY, September 21

5:30PM-6:30PM – VIP Pass Holder reception

SATURDAY, September 22

10:00 – Appearing in the Expo Hall

Time TBA – Panel with Q &A

3:00 – Attend VIP Ticket Holder Meet & Greet/Mix and Mingle

7:00 – Appear at Cosplay Showcase

SUNDAY, September 23

10:00 – Appearing in the Expo Hall

3:00 – Attend VIP Ticket Holder Meet & Greet/Mix and Mingle

4:00 – Appear at Closing Ceremony/Mix and Mingle with attendees

Arvell Jones has been drawing comics for a long time, his earliest work appears in Marvel Comics' Marvel Premiere #20-22 (Jan.-May 1975), drawing the martial arts superhero Iron Fist he also co-created the character MISTY KNIGHT, along with Tony Isabella for the Iron Fist series. He’s drawn for Marvel such titles as, Deathlok, Thor, Iron Man, Luke Cage, Avengers, Daredevil, Captain America, Daredevil and more. Jones began worked for DC Comics on a short 10 page stories for DC Specials and Giant Books of Legion of Super Heroes before getting his own series Super-Team Family 1976-77 which the majority of issues were reprinted as the Countdown Special in the mid 2000's. Between all of that he still finds time to teach and mentor interested artists in working in the comic field where he co-created the 20 year old running Comic Art Workshop.

Chad Maupin | Spa Con

CHAD MAUPIN

FRIDAY, September 21

5:30PM-6:30PM – VIP Pass Holder reception

SATURDAY, September 22

10:00 – Appearing in the Expo Hall

Time TBA – Panel with Q &A

3:00 – Attend VIP Ticket Holder Meet & Greet/Mix and Mingle

7:00 – Appear at Cosplay Showcase

SUNDAY, September 23

10:00 – Appearing in the Expo Hall

3:00 – Attend VIP Ticket Holder Meet & Greet/Mix and Mingle

4:00 – Appear at Closing Ceremony/Mix and Mingle with attendees

David Laksy | Spa Con

DAVID LASKY

FRIDAY, September 21

5:30PM-6:30PM – VIP Pass Holder reception

SATURDAY, September 22

10:00 – Appearing in the Expo Hall

Time TBA – Panel with Q &A

3:00 – Attend VIP Ticket Holder Meet & Greet/Mix and Mingle

7:00 – Appear at Cosplay Showcase

SUNDAY, September 23

10:00 – Appearing in the Expo Hall

3:00 – Attend VIP Ticket Holder Meet & Greet/Mix and Mingle

4:00 – Appear at Closing Ceremony/Mix and Mingle with attendees

David Lasky, Comic and Visual Artist, returns to Spa-Con this September. Lasky made dozens of short comics before collaborating with Frank Young on the historical graphic novels Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song, a comics’ Eisner Award winner in 2013, and Oregon Trail: Road to Destiny. Lasky colored CeCe Bell’s graphic novel, El Deafo, a Newbery Honor Book. He has designed books and comics for 826 Seattle, Fantagraphics Books, and King County Public Health.

Yale Stewart | Spa Con

YALE STEWART

FRIDAY, September 21

5:30PM-6:30PM – VIP Pass Holder reception

SATURDAY, September 22

10:00 – Appearing in the Expo Hall

Time TBA – Panel with Q &A

3:00 – Attend VIP Ticket Holder Meet & Greet/Mix and Mingle

7:00 – Appear at Cosplay Showcase

SUNDAY, September 23

10:00 – Appearing in the Expo Hall

3:00 – Attend VIP Ticket Holder Meet & Greet/Mix and Mingle

4:00 – Appear at Closing Ceremony/Mix and Mingle with attendees

Yale Stewart is a cartoonist from St. Louis, Missouri, best known for creating, writing, and illustrating the award-winning webcomic, JL8. Primarily a freelancer, Stewart’s work can also be found in “The Amazing Adventures of Superman” children’s books from Capstone/DC, as well as the comic “SMOSH” from Dynamite Entertainment.

PRESENTERS

BILL TSUTSUI

SATURDAY, September 22

Time TBA – Panel with Q &A

President and professor of history at Hendrix College, William Tsutsui will present a special panel at Spa-Con 2018. Tsutsui’s academic credentials include degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Princeton Universities as well as numerous teaching positions. Tsutsui has either written or edited eight books, including Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan, Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters and Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization, as well as numerous articles on modern Japanese history. He has received Fulbright, ACLS, and Marshall fellowships, and was awarded the John Whitney Hall Prize of the Association for Asian Studies in 2000, the William Rockhill Nelson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2005, and the inaugural Bridges to Friendship Award of the Japan America Society of Greater Austin in 2015. His teaching and research focus on the business, environmental, and cultural history of twentieth-century Japan.

Ross Watson | Spa Con

ROSS WATSON

SATURDAY, September 22

Time TBA – Panel with Q &A

Spa-Con welcomes back award-winning game designer and author, Ross Watson. Watson has designed and written for video games, board games, card games, miniature games, and several roleplaying games. Some of his most well-known credits include Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, Torg: Eternity, Savage Rifts, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, and the various Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay lines (Dark Heresy, Rogue Trader, Deathwatch, and more). Ross is currently the line manager for Warhammer 40,00 Roleplay: Wrath & Glory at Ulisses North America.