Omaha Con Brings “the UK to the USA”
Britishfest to gather fans of Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and other pop culture franchises
Fans of British science-fiction and fantasy — including steampunk — will have an opportunity to pose with sets and props inspired by Doctor Who, The Lord of the Rings and other franchises as Britishfest returns August 4 and 5 to Omaha, Nebraska. The event, which draws attendees from across the U.S. as well as the UK, also includes panels, vendors, a costume contest, a British movie night, Doctor Who Belly Dancers, and a Tesla coil demonstration. This is the fifth year for the convention.
Special guests include animator David Busch and cosplayers Joshua Caito and Ezmeralda Von Katz. Busch’s animation credits include “Shada,” the long-lost Doctor Who serial that was supposed to air during the 1979-80 season but was not completed until last year. Caito is known for his portrayal of the Tenth Doctor Who (the one played by David Tennant). Steampunk cosplayer and leatherworker Eric Hunter is the master of ceremonies.
Panel topics include “Comic Book Physics,” “Harry Potter Trivia,” “Doctor Who Trivia,” “British Conspiracy Theories,” “The British Side of Stargate,” and “What’s So British About Star Wars?” A steampunk panel is planned for Sunday, Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. Other panels will focus on British TV shows “Cadfael,” “Red Dwarf,” “Midsomer Murders,” and “Time Team.” The complete schedule is on the website.
Inside the props and sets room, attendees will be able to pose for photos at a replica of the Tardis console. The room will also include Daleks, the Tardis police box, the entrance to 221B Baker Street, a Bag End door from Lord of the Rings, and a variety of Star Wars droids. In addition, attendees can view real on-screen props from “Stargate Atlantis,” as well as a head and hand of Davros worn by Terry Molloy, who portrayed the Doctor Who villain in the 1980s.
The event takes place at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 7007 Grover St., Omaha, NE 68106. Prices are $35 for a weekend pass, $25 for a Saturday-only pass and $20 for a Sunday-only pass.
Photos used by permission of Britishfest.
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