Par­tial Spa-Con lineup an­nounced; ‘Fire­fly’ ac­tor fea­tured

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Sean Ma­her, best known for his por­trayal of Dr. Si­mon Tam in Joss Whe­don’s crit­i­cally ac­claimed “Fire­fly” se­ries and fol­low-up fea­ture “Seren­ity,” topped the first list of celebrity guests re­leased for this year’s SpaCon on Mon­day.

The multi­genre comic and pop cul­ture con, set for Sept. 21-23 at the Hot Springs Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, will also fea­ture comics artist Arvell Jones, known for his work on Marvel’s “Iron Fist” and other ti­tles, and Nightin­gale Vixon, a cos­player mak­ing her sec­ond ap­pear­ance at Spa-Con, Visit Hot Springs said in a news re­lease.

The third an­nual Spa-Con, pre­sented by Visit Hot Springs and the Gar­land County Li­brary, will also fea­ture an ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing laser tag, an es­cape room, video games, panel dis­cus­sions, work­shops, cos­play con­tests and in­ter­ac­tion with the celebrity guests, the re­lease said.

“We will have more than two dozen celebrity guests at this third edi­tion of SpaCon, and it is go­ing to be the great­est con­ven­tion we’ve had so far,” said Bill Solleder, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for Visit Hot Springs and one of the or­ga­niz­ers of Spa-Con.

“We had over 5,000 peo­ple in at­ten­dance last year,” Solleder said, “and our guests in­cluded ap­pear­ances by Shan­non Purser of ‘Stranger Things’ and Sher­i­lyn Fenn and Sh­eryl Lee of ‘Twin Peaks.’

“We al­ready know we are go­ing to have the most ex­cit­ing lineup of stars we’ve ever had, and we’ll be an­nounc­ing the other celebrity guests in the com­ing days.”

Ma­her re­cently ap­peared in the sea­son 2 fi­nale of “Look­ing” for HBO and por­trayed Mark Sch­ef­fer, aka Shrap­nel, on the hit se­ries “Ar­row” for The CW. He is also the voice of Nightwing for the Warner Bros./ DC Comics an­i­mated uni­verse.

Jones is known for draw­ing the mar­tial arts su­per­hero “Iron Fist,” a char­ac­ter that was re­cently fea­tured as a live-ac­tion se­ries on Net­flix, and co-cre­ated the char­ac­ter Misty Knight, along with Tony Is­abella, for the “Iron Fist” se­ries.

He has worked on other Marvel ti­tles in­clud­ing “Deathlok,” “Thor,” “Iron Man,” “Luke Cage,” “Avengers,” “Dare­devil,” and “Cap­tain Amer­ica.”

Mor­gan Dur­fee, who por­trays a cos­play char­ac­ter named Nightin­gale Vixen, has been to Spa-Con be­fore.

“This will be my sec­ond time at­tend­ing Spa Con,” she said in the re­lease, “and I can’t wait to be back at the most in­ter­ac­tive

and fun con­ven­tion I’ve ever at­tended.”

She says she has been cos­play­ing for about three years and “to me cos­play is more than just a hobby; it is a pas­sion and an out­let for cre­ativ­ity.” She is a full-time chil­dren’s and teen li­brar­ian at her lo­cal li­brary in Ohio, where for the last 10 years she has done the art­work and dis­plays and works with teens in the li­brary’s maker space. She also is the Baby Story Time teacher for chil­dren 2 years old and younger.



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