Visioncon returning in a ‘Flash:’ Annual convention scheduled Feb. 24-26 at Branson Convention Center

Publish Date: 
Friday, February 3, 2017

BRANSON, Mo. — Southwest Missouri’s comic and pop culture convention is quickly approaching with the original “fastest man alive” as the Guest of Honor. Visioncon is slated for Feb. 24-26 at the Branson Convention Center.

Visioncon’s Guest of Honor is John Wesley Shipp, who currently plays on the C.W. series “The Flash” as Barry Allen’s father Henry Allen. Shipp originally played the Flash/Barry Allen in the 1990 TV series “The Flash.”

“We are so excited to have John Wesley Shipp with us,” said Visioncon President Brandon Shane. “He not only allows us to connect with a current generation of ‘Flash’ fans but a whole older generation who saw him play Barry Allen in the early 90s.”

Guests also include “Star Wars” sculptor Brian Muir, “Face Off” Laura Tyler and RJ Haddy, cosplayer Kelldar, and voice actor Steve Downes, Halo’s Master Chief. Also slated to attend the annual convention will be authors Ben Reeder, J. Christopher Wilson, Samantha McMillian, D.A. Roberts, Samuel Rikard and Shane Moore.

“This year we have worked tirelessly to bring a bit more into our programming,” said Visioncon President Brandon Shane. “We are thrilled to have our first Special Effects Competition, and even more excited to have ‘Face Off’s’ own Laura Tyler and RJ Haddy to be a part of this inaugural event.”

In addition to the guests, there will be a wide variety of vendors, panels and workshops. An art room, gaming and arcade room are also open throughout the weekend.

“This year, we are beginning to offer workshops for people who want to enhance their con experience,” Shane said. “They are more hands-on than a panel, and smaller group sizes so you can learn on a more individualized level. And, in some of the workshops, you will be able to take home what you make. All of this adds on to our extensive programming of panels, gaming and movies to create an even better experience.”

Visioncon is completely staffed by volunteers.

“One of the big things that sets us apart from most other large conventions is that we are a nonprofit organization staffed entirely by volunteers,” Shane said. “I’m extremely grateful to have a staff of dedicated people who do this for the love of it. Another big difference is that we strive to not let your con experience end when the vendor room doors close. We have gaming, movies and anime that run 24 hours a day. We also have great programming that goes well into the night. And that brings us to probably the best difference and that is the people who attend. We are more than just a convention, we are a community. And whether it’s your first time or 20th, you’ll find like-minded people who want to share in your fandom and experiences with you. So walk up to that table of strangers playing some interesting game, and walk away with friends you’ll come back to see year after year.”

Since Visioncon began more than two decades ago, the organization and its volunteers have focused on giving back to the community. This year’s chosen nonprofit is The Great Circle, which offers behavioral services to families throughout the Midwest.

Visioncon is Feb. 24, 25 and 26 at the Branson Convention Center. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission but do require a badge. Weekend passes are $35 for ages 13-16 and $50 for ages 17 and above. Pre-register for a full weekend membership by Feb. 13 and pay only $40. Visit www.visioncon.net to register and for the full schedule.

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About Visioncon: Visioncon, INC is a 501(3)c nonprofit organization with a passionate belief that we all have a responsibility to contribute charitable activities to help improve the local community. For more than two decades, Visioncon has been the annual comic book, science fiction, fantasy, live action, role playing and gaming convention and is expecting 4,000 people to attend in 2017 at the Branson Convention Center. Since it started, Visioncon has had two main goals: offer a fun convention for all ages and to raise money for local charities. More than 25 years later, Visioncon has given tens of thousands to area nonprofits. Scores of volunteers map out the action-packed weekend months in advance to bring the best convention experience possible. In the midst of cosplayers, vendors, ongoing gaming, panels, guest speakers and more, there's a feeling of community in every corner.