WiSHCon, a new women-centric sci-fi and horror convention, will be held at the Hilton Downtown Columbus in Columbus, Ohio on November 18, 19 & 20, 2016. WiSHCon is the brain child of Crystal Taylor, Kerry Carnell, Deb Counts-Tabor and Emma Loggins.
The convention’s concept evolved from an idea that a group of fans had to join together to form this one-of-a-kind event in order to honor women working in the sci-fi and horror genres. The organizer’s overall objective is stated on the WiSHCon.org website:
In television today, women both in front of the camera and off-screen are making tremendous contributions to the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres. In honor of their amazing work, a group of passionate fans decided to create a brand-new convention to celebrate these women, focusing on and showcasing women in the sci-fi and horror television genres.
WiSHCon, short for Women In Sci-Fi and Horror Convention, is new to the convention circuit and was started in 2015 by fans for fans. WiSHCon will be a 3-day jam-packed convention located in Columbus, Ohio, USA and will include guest panels, exclusive photo ops, autographs, costume contests, unique events for children, and nightly parties. WiSHCon will also have an exclusive vendors area filled with crafters from the region and beyond. Even though this convention is to showcase women in television, it is welcome and open to all fans.
“We hope this event opens the eyes of people around the world to the kind of work, effort and artistic flavor that women play, not only in TV, but in all of entertainment,” say the founders of WiSHcon. “We want fans to be able to completely let loose and forget about real life and live in the moment at our event.” The convention is scheduled to kick off on Friday, November 18, 2016 and in the tradition of the best conventions, will feature panels with the celebrity guests throughout the weekend. There will also be autograph and photo opportunities available for fans wanting a special souvenir of their con experience. Additional special events during the weekend will include a VIP brunch with select convention guests, a concert for fans, a costume contest and a salute to women in the military in celebration of Veterans Day.
As of today confirmed guests for WiSHCon’s inaugural event include:
Claudia Christian (Actor, “Babylon 5” and “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”)
Kim Rhodes (Actor, “Supernatural” and “Star Trek Voyager”)
Luvia Peterson (Actor, “Continuum” and “Battlestar Galactica”)
Marita Grabiak (Director/Writer, “Buffy,” “Firefly,” and “Lost”)
Shannon Eichorn (Author)
WiSHCon is still adding guests, event and panels which will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, guest announcements as well as additional updates please visit them at WiSHcon
Fans interested in attending this inaugural event, can purchase discount tickets and support the convention funding by visiting WiSHCon’s Indiegogo page
Hotel rooms can be reserved with the group code “SCIFI”.