Last Minute Find: Logan Zombie Fest

Just found out about this a few days ago, but apparently Logan is having a Zombie Fest this Saturday.  If you do not already have something that day and you like zombies might be something to check out.

Takes place at Chief Logan State Park.  Registration and make up  starts at noon.  Line up for the Zombie Walk is at 2pm and goes till 3.  Then till 5pm it is the Thriller Dance Party and Costume Contest.  They will have an instructor on hand to teach you the Thriller dance and DJ spinning tunes. The costume contest will be held during the dance and categories include: Scariest Zombie, Funniest Zombie, Best Zombie Couple/Group, and Best Zombie Spawn (kids).   From 3pm till 11pm there is music at the Amphitheater.  They have nine bands lined up to play.

Tickets are $15 and get you into all the events and prize drawings.  You have one day left to pre-reg or just pick up at the event.

That is the best I can tell you about the event though.  Let me know how it went if you go.




WVPop Con

So WV Pop Con was on October 6 and 7th in Morgantown at the Mylan Expo Center.  I was able to go up with the guys of Broken Icon/Tri-con and check it out.

The expo center worked pretty well.  Plenty of room for everything and even room to grow if they want.  A few complaints on layout, with one room of exhibitors all the way in the back looking at the wall not making it all that inviting for people to walk down.  On Sunday they were able to move some of them to better spots.  One of the panel areas was placed right underneath the center’s speakers and between the video game area and the table top gaming area where they were play music themselves.  This made it kind of hard to hear things at times.  The other panel area was fine though.  The center had a snack stand, but they were a bit pricey and not the best in food, but the most convenient since the expo center it self was kind of away from everything else.

The big name guests for the con were placed down the center of the building, with the other artists and groups branching off from them.  Up front were the different dealers with lots of comics and toys for everyone.  A lot of great talent was on display at the show; several old favorites of mine that I got to catch up with and some new ones I got to meet for the first time.  Sketch card artists, 8bit artists, indy comics, posters and much more for sell.

There were several things to see just set up at the con as well.  The 501st was set up with two large back drops for picture taking and always had a few Stormtroopers around with Darth Vader.  Plenty of other Star Wars characters popped up throughout the weekend.  A Batmobile from the 60’s TV show and a Ghostbuster custom van were both set up for photo ops.  A photography studio had a green set up for pictures.  Morgantown Thriller was on hand Saturday to play Thriller on loop for several hours (I was seated across from them for a long time; I don’t want to talk about it) and on Sunday to teach everyone who wanted to learn how to do the Thriller dance themselves.  Local roller derby team, Morgantown Vixens, were often seen just gliding around.  Lost Sock Entertainment had hand craft puppets on display.

The panels at the con were great for creative types.  Workshops on costuming and make-up; panels about writing screenplays and graphic novels, art reviews by small press companies, starting a comic book company, learning about podcasting, and several more.  There were Warhammer and Magic tournaments both days.  For video gaming, LANding Zone was there with several big screens with the latest games for people to free play and tournaments.  Video game store Game Exchange had Guitar Hero always on and an other alternating game set up at their booth; both looking for weekend high score.

On the costuming front; there was a family of Airbenders including baby in an Appa stroller; I have not been this excited by a cosplay group in a long time.  Their eight year old on the other hand was dressed as Lelouch from the anime Code Geass in an outfit he sewed himself; he won in the cosplay contest for it.  Other outfits included Sailor Jupiter, Zelda and Link, Waldo, Batman and Robin who wandered over to their car, female Commander Shepard (costume winner), couple of Naruto ninjas, little Jack Sparrow, Deadpool, and several more.  Not a lot of costumes, but a lot of them were very good.

Over all a decent event, could have just been one day instead of two.  Attendance did not seem to be that high, have not found an attendance total yet.  In fact Sunday morning till the afternoon it felt really dead.  Still would like to go back and see about it next year though.  Good for collectors, comic fans, and people who just like the general nerd atmosphere.

Next time I will talk about Tsubasacon.

Steampunk Comes to WV

Two steampunk bands are coming to WV this month.  A good chance to check out the steampunk sound.

The first band is Extraordinary Contraptions from Atlanta, GA.  They will be at this year’s Tsubasacon where they have a concerts both Friday and Saturday plus an acoustic concert on Saturday morning.  The band is a quartet that invokes music spanning genre and time.  They use things from a washboard to keyboard, from upright bass to electric guitar.

On Saturday they will also being shooting scenes for their latest music video around Huntington. So be on the look out for them.

On Friday October 26, the gypsypunk cabaret group of This Way to the Egreess will be at the Sound Factory in Charleston as an after party for Live on the Levee.  They are blend of music, sideshow, burlesque, and comedy show that blends Vaudeville with modern concepts.  Qiet will be performing that night on the same bill.  Tickets will be just $7.


Shockacon Rises

I went to the first Shockacon last Saturday in South Charleston.  It billed itself as a horror/sci-fi convention, though it was really more just a horror convention.  The con took place around the Native American Mound in South Charleston.  Which if you think about means this horror convention took place around a grave.  Creepy.

The main part of the event was held in a series of tents filled with vendors, guests, exhibitors, and even a video game tent. The tents were all right, kind of made me feel like being in a school’s haunted house. The Cemetery Knights a group of customize hearses was set on the grass right beside three food trucks; one that would deep fry anything they could.  The panels, workshops, and viewings for the con were down the street at the library and theater.  This was a walk, but not to long just not something you could just ‘zip down to’ and back up quickly.  They also used the stage that is already around the mound for music performances and the costume contest.

Cemetery Knights and friends had our three hearses suped up and with ghastly bodies in them.  They also had several dresses up statues, some that moved, for viewing.  An electric chair, a strange ‘man’ that would bend over and ‘puke’ blood into a caldron, several zombied dolls, and other ghastly visions.

They has assembled a pretty decent variety of vendors and dealers. Toys, comics, costumes, models, old movies, props, survival gear, and more.  In addition there was comic creators, actors from AMC’s Walking Dead, actors from other movies, haunted houses, haunted tour groups, authors on fantasy, Hatfields & McCoys, UFOs, vampires; face painting, hair coloring, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, model groups, jewelers, wrestlers, roller derby girls, and I am sure I am missing something.

Several bands performed as well.  I only heard some of the bands perform.  Like the Dead Ringers, a zombie acapella group (well zombies and one werewolf) that did zombiefed versions of popular songs.  The Tom McGees a ska band that was fun, but I do not know how they fit the con.  Foz Rotten and Swamp Rat performing “Appalachian Folk Rap”, a neat sound. I missed the bands Renfields, Naker Phelge and dance troupe Monster Dolls, and a performance form the Evil Dead musical.  So comments on them.

The costume contest was divided into three categories: men’s, women’s, and children’s. They were all one by one family; dad as Pyramid Head of Silent Hill, mom as a nurse of Silent Hill, and daughter as either Wednesday Adams or just a creepy little doll looking thing. I do not feel that it was organized very well.  As each contestants walked across the stage they formed a line so the last few contestants only walked a little bit of the stage.  Plus there was waiting for people to come up from the audience.  The use of audience applause to determine the winners of the contest was an unique and fun way to get everyone involved.

Most costumes around that day were zombies of some kind (saw a baby zombie and Wonder Women zombie as example).  Darth Vader and Stormtroopers from the 501st showed up and mingled.  Had the pleasure of seeing a Batman and a Robin, both attending separately, arguing over Robin’s attitude and Batman’s child raising skills.  Other costumes were of a little girl zombie hunter, Sesshomaru from Inuyasha, a very tall grey, two very tall spooky looking monsters, little kid TMNT, and several more that I can not really identify.

There was plenty to do and see at the con.  Everybody seemed to be having fun and enjoying themselves.  Which is easy at a con really.  The video game tent, handled by the LANding Zone, had favorites like Halo and Marvel vs. Capcom, plus some zombie games including a 3D shooting one.  The Haunted Barn as offering “coffin ride.”  There was a scream contest that could be heard everywhere.  Plus all the panels, workshops, and movies that I missed.

The con claims an attendance of 2500 plus people, but I think the added an extra zero to that.  Probably more than that even, I would like to see where they got the over two thousand number though.  Hopefully they will be able to raise enough money for an indoor con next year.  Like to see what they would be able to do.

Most pictures used from Matthew Casto.

Next up WV Pop Con.