Lori Petty, Star of ‘Tank Girl,’ ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ Will Be Guest Celebrity at Rescheduled Spa-Con V Sept. 24-26

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Lori Petty, known to comics fans for her portrayal of Tank Girl in the movie of the same name and for her starring role more recently in the hit TV show, “Orange Is the New Black,” will be a celebrity guest at the rescheduled Spa-Con V multi-genre comics and pop culture convention in Hot Springs September 24 – 26.

Spa-Con V originally was to have taken place in September 2020, but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic’s restrictions on gatherings.

“We are fortunate that Ms. Petty was able to arrange her schedule to join us for the 2021 edition of Spa-Con,” Visit Hot Springs Marketing Director Bill Solleder said. “She was scheduled to be one of our star celebrities in 2020, and her participation this year is the first of many exciting announcements we hope to have as the fifth Spa-Con approaches.”

Solleder said VIP passes, at $100, and weekend passes, at $35, are available on Spa-Con’s website: www.spa-con.org.

“Lori appeals to comic book fans for her starring role as ‘Tank Girl’ and for her appearance in the ‘Gotham’ TV show,” Solleder said. “Her role in ‘Orange Is The New Black’ makes her one of the more current guests Spa-Con has hosted. In addition, baseball fans can rejoice as her role in the movie, ‘A League of Their Own,’ is a fascinating link to Hot Springs’ international fame as The Birthplace of
Major League Baseball Spring Training.”

Petty has nearly 70 movies and TV appearances to her credit.  Her more recent TV roles include guest starring on the hit series “Gotham,” and the reboot of “Hawaii Five-0.”

She has had multiple appearances on Netflix’s groundbreaking “Orange Is the New Black,” where she has won two SAG Awards with fellow castmates for Best Ensemble in a Comedy.

Petty is also well known for playing iconic roles in films such as “Point Break,” “A League of Their Own,” “Free Willy” and “The Glass Shield.”

In between acting roles, Petty is an accomplished film and theater director. Her directing debut was for the independent film, “Poker House,”(which she also co-wrote), that starred Jennifer Lawrence.

Solleder said, “Our celebration of pop culture and comics brings together a diverse audience that loves everything from Batman to ‘Stranger Things,’ Pac-Man to Mario Smash Bros, Dungeons and Dragons to Pokemon and everything in between.

He said Spa-Con provides “possibly the best people-watching fun in the state. It has hosted celebrities from ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Twin Peaks,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ and ‘Stranger Things,’ not to mention, NASA scientists and 12-foot-tall robots.”

For more information call Bill Solleder at 501-321-2027.