the great con-junction
We have a wonderful variety of interactive workshops, panel talks and activities at this year's Great Con-Junction. All of the activities listed below will take place at the main convention, Hilton Universal City, Los Angeles, Nov 12-13, 2022.
Jim Hensons Legacy: A conversation with Lisa & cheryl henson
Join Cheryl Henson (President, The Jim Henson Foundation), and Lisa Henson (CEO, The Jim Henson Company), as they discuss their father’s development and production of The Dark Crystal and explore the legacy of this work today.
The Great Con-Junction welcomes, for the first time together, a stellar group of
costumers, wig makers, fabricators, dyers and painters from Dark Crystal Age of Resistance.
The 12-person panel will have a lively and fun discourse about their role in helping create the unique experience, The World of Thra.
They will discuss meeting the projects visionary direction, as well as the needs of puppeteers and production. This rare assembly of creatives is sure to have you in stitches! ;) Plus there will be time for an audience Q&A.
Starting your Novel - Writing Workshop with J.M. Lee
Just getting started with a manuscript and wondering what to do next -- or maybe not even sure how to get started? This 90-minute workshop with author J.M. Lee will cover introductory writing techniques such as first lines, setting the scene, and how to pick an outlining style that works for you. This workshop is suitable for all ages and experiences, but is geared toward writers who are interested in writing long-form fiction.
Tickets available here
Finishing your Novel- Writing Workshop with J.M. Lee
Starting a manuscript is a challenge, but sometimes pushing a rough draft through to THE END is even harder. This 90-minute workshop with author J.M. Lee will focus on finishing techniques for novel-length works of narrative fiction. We'll discuss breaking through writer's block, tying up plot points, and strategies for getting your narrative peak right where you want it. This workshop is suitable for all ages, but will be best for writers who already have a manuscript in progress.
Tickets available here
PODLING 101: DZEMPO!
Brush up on your Podling for your next trip to Thra! Join Victor Yerrid (Puppeteer & Voice of Hup) and J.M. Lee, the creator of the Podling language used in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and learn some basic Podling words and phrases. Audience participation encouraged!
Mystic Portrait - Illustration Workshop
The urRu. Mysterious, gentle, and wise. Study the stylings of these natural wizards and practice drawing their ancient ways with illustrator Cory Godbey. This 90 minute illustration workshop will feature an in-depth look at the design of the Mystics, a live drawing demonstration, and a hands-on drawing activity. Suitable for all ages and any skill level.
Tickets for this workshop available here
AOR Writers Panel
Join the writers of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance as they discuss different episodes and the story of Thra. There will also be time for questions from the audience!
Creating the Resistance Panel
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance producers come together to discuss how everything came together to create the Emmy winning show.
Creature Shop Panel
With special Guests Peter Brooke Creative Supervisor, Jim Henson's Creature Shop, Toby Froud, Senior Costume and Creature Supervisor on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Robert Bennett Character Designer and Fabricator, Jim Henson's Creature Shop, Greg Aronowitz, Sculptor & Fabricator on Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Tim Clarke, Sculptor & Fabricator on The Dark Crystal.
Exploring The Dark Crystal Published works
With special guests; Author J.M. Lee, Illustrator Cory Godbey and Author Caseen Gaines.
Dark Crystal Quiz!
Come and test your Dark Crystal Knowledge in this fun facts Dark Crystal Quiz. 2 teams will go head to head to battle it out, with special guests and prizes.
In 1982 Jim Henson had the idea of creating a Dark Crystal Clothing Collection, meant to celebrate the distinctive costumes and graphic elements in the film. We are lucky enough to be able to display some of that very collection! We will have the pieces that were inspired by different Skeksis including The Ornamentalist, The Chamberlain, The Gourmand, The Ritual Master, The Treasurer and the Slave Master. Plus images of Brian Froud's original sketches. In our museum area you will also be able to see Puppets and props from the original film including the Wall of Destiny! As well as puppets from Age of Restistance such as Rian & Deet!