The Sky’s The Limit

Gl­itchCon brings fan­dom worlds to­gether

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPRING­DALE - BECCA MARTIN-BROWN bmartin@nwadg.com

The theme this year is “Across the Stars,” but that doesn’t mean only Wook­iees and Starfleet of­fi­cers are wel­come at this week­end’s Gl­itchCon in Spring­dale.

Terra Massey, one of the event or­ga­niz­ers, prom­ises the con­ven­tion will also be pop­u­lated by anime, table­top gam­ing and Dr. Who fans, along with the lat­est pop cul­ture craze, Waste­landers — de­scribed by the Ozark Waste­lander So­ci­ety as “fans of the dystopian/postapoc­a­lyp­tic sub­cul­ture” — and Air­ship Is­abella, “a group of artists, per­form­ers and vi­sion­ar­ies who have bound to­gether to cre­ate char­ac­ters who ex­plore the bound­aries of the Steam­punk com­mu­nity and a menagerie of worlds to put them in.”

“Some­thing we’re re­ally push­ing this year,” Massey adds, is a sto­ry­line that will con­tinue through the three­day event, pit­ting two “fac­tions” — the Un­told Hori­zons Fed­er­a­tion and the Fallen Em­pire — against each other. They’ll be com­pet­ing to take over meet­ing rooms at the Hol­i­day Inn and North­west Arkansas Con­ven­tion Cen­ter — sec­tors at one of the Un­told Hori­zons’ “tightly se­cured or­bital re­lays.” Fallen Em­pire op­er­a­tives will try to cap­ture the sec­tor bea­cons “to al­low [them] to down­load any in­tel [they] can to find the Un­told Hori­zons’ fleet and de­stroy it.”

Par­tic­i­pants can also ex­pect stan­dard con­ven­tion fare — an artists’ al­ley, a ven­dor room, pan­els on every­thing from props and ar­mor to spe­cial ef­fects makeup, cos­play guests of honor and two spe­cial ap­pear­ances: Maile Flana­gan, who has voiced the lead in the hit car­toon “Naruto” and “Naruto Ship­pu­den” for more than 600 episodes, 40 video games and five movies, and Don Teems, who has played more than 25 “fea­tured walk­ers” on “The Walk­ing Dead.”

Jamey Massey, also one of the event or­ga­niz­ers, says the con is now in its sev­enth year, and he ex­pects 1,000 peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate some­time dur­ing the week­end. And, he adds, he and his wife prove the con is open to every­one.

“I’m very much sci fi and su­per­heroes, and Star Wars and Star Trek,” he says.

“And I’m def­i­nitely a fan­tasy nerd — old school Dun­geons & Dragons and Dr. Who,” Terra Massey says. “You’re go­ing to see a wide range of peo­ple, every­thing from chil­dren to grand­par­ents and anime to gam­ing to sci fi to fan­tasy to pop cul­ture.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY JAMEY MASSEY

This week­end’s Gl­itchCon, like last year’s, will be pop­u­lated by fans of anime, table­top gam­ing, Dr. Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, steam­punk and the lat­est pop cul­ture craze, Waste­landers.

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