Who are we?
The Great Con-Junction is brought to you by Thames Con Events (trading name ZM Events Ltd). Thames Con is an annual variety convention held in Oxfordshire run by Zay and her team of amazing volunteers. We have over a decade of experience in the convention industry.
Why Dark Crystal?
We love the Dark Crystal, it's one of our favourite films and we just love the art of puppetry. We have always been big fans of the work of The Jim Henson Company and being able to collaborate with them on this event was a dream come true.
Why the Great-Junction?
At Thames Con in 2019 we ran a Dark Crystal workshop with Louise Gold & Hugh Spight. It was a great deal of fun and so well received, so we thought it would be fantastic if we could organise a whole event themed around The Dark Crystal and bring together as many people as possible that worked on the original film. The Jim Henson Company were soon to release their Netflix collaboration 'The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance' and were pleased to support us with the event. We chose the name 'The Great Con-Junction' not just as a nod to the film and a fun play on words, but also because we felt like this event would truly be a great conjunction, aligning guests and fans alike. We started planning in May 2019 and 9 months later we were all in Thra again at Elstree Studios.
We were thrilled to have Weta Workshop sponsor our cosplay competition at the event itself and our virtual competition in May 2020. Weta have a new range of stunning Dark Crystal: AOR figures, including the latest release - URVA THE ARCHER MYSTIC. Clockwork Firebird Designs made all the props for the event, using mostly recycled materials and a bit of magic for sure!
Will there be more Great Con-Junctions?
The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly put a delay on events around the world, but we have still been working away in the background and doing research for future events. We hope to hold another TGC in the UK and in is USA. If you would like to be involved in a future event or just want to pass on thoughts/ideas, then please do get in touch below or by email .
In the meantime, we will try to keep you entertained with fun Dark Crystal stuff on our Facebook page :).