Over the Border: River City Comic Con

River City Comic Con is a one day comic book and collectibles show.  It is at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta, Ohio on July 28th from 10am to 5pm.

They have a number of local comic creators and artists coming to the con like comic writer James Patrick (Green Arrow, Grimm Fairy Tales), Nathan S. Arnold and Evan Bevins of Support Group, Larry Blake and Gary Gilbeaut from Five Star Comics, small press publishers Broken Icon Comics, Dustin Carson (No Gods), Michael Mayne (Bonnie Lass), the Ohio Valley Artists League, Lee Smith (Ohio Comics), Paul M. Thompson (Laughing Stroke), Alia White (Low Forecast), Derek Croston (Method Comix), Michael K. Easton (Short Pants Romance), artists Zach BrookerJesse MarksW. Travis Echard, Ren McKinzie, and Stephanie Merrill.

They also have a few filmmakers like Daniel Boyd of Chillers, writer and director of locally filmed “Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies” Cody Knotts, writer and director Jeffery Scott Richards, and Eric Whiteley two-time winner of the International Lightsaber Choreography Competition and short film director.  Plus Remix Pro Wrestling and blogger Time Rust.  

Vendors lined up so far are Asylum Comics, C & C Comics, Classic Plastics Toy Store, Spectrum Comics, Super-Fly Comics & Games, and World’s Greatest Comics.  So plenty of comics, gaming, toys, and other collectibles to check out.

The con will have a couple of screenings: locally made Star Wars fan films and chat with the creators at 11 am, short film Clean Before Loading by Jeffrey Scott Richards with cast and crew Q&A at noon, and Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies footage and Q&A with director Cody Knotts at 1 pm.  The costume contest will be divided into three categories: Best Child Costume, Best Adult Costume, and Most Original Costume.  Judging will be at 2 pm.

Admission for the con is only $2 for adults and free for children under 8.  There will be plenty of free parking.  Definitely a show I plan to go to, having gone to there first show two years ago, a good show that is big on community and friendly atmosphere.  Just as long as there is air conditioning.

Over the Border: WyvaCon

WyvaCon is a small knit sci-fi/horror/gaming convention in Wytheville, VA.  They started just last year and for their second event they will be on Saturday July 27th from 9am-5pm at the Wytheville Meeting Center.

The 501st Legion will be in attendance helping to raise money for a new Death Sta…. I mean St. Jude Children’s Hospital through photo ops and hourly raffle drawings.  Raffle tickets are $1.  Abingdon Historical Combat a medieval martial arts recreationists will be doing combat demos in costume.  Other guests for the con include authors CJ Henderson (over 75 books/novels plus short stories and comics) and Kim Headlee (with her own Arthurian series), comic creator Dan Delby, and Ravenloft (White Wolf) artist Jamie Ryan Powers.

Event wise the con’s costume contests will starts at Noon with prizes for the best male and female costumes for both adults and kids.  A silent art auction starts at 9am and ends at 2pm.  Plus a Nerdy Book Exchange, to change out up to three sci-fi/fantasy works you no longer want for new ones, goes from 9am to 4pm.
Gaming at the con includes a Warhammer 40K Tournament 9am, two Appalachian Steampunk Pathfinder RPG demos by Pure Steam will be held, and a Magic: The Gathering sealed deck tournament by Video Game Exchange of Wytheville.  Game Stop of Wytheville is sponsoring tournaments for Persona Arena 4 on Playstation and Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Admission is only $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under.  Food and drinks will be sold at the event too.  If you are interested in being a vendor, spaces are $15 and get you a table, chair, and badge to sell your wares.

A good show for that friendly feeling and let your nerd flag fly.  Check out this video from last year to get at taste of what is to come.

Natsu no Tsubasacon 2013

Natsu no Tsubasacon is a summer picnic put on by Tsubasacon.  They held it for the first time last year and this year’s event is Saturday June 29th.  It will be at Ritter Park in Huntington.   It will be from noon till 6pm.

For food they are holding a potluck.  The con will provide hot dogs and toppings, a large cake, bottled water for sell, some side dishes, and all the tableware needed.  Other dishes being brought include veggie trays, cookies, cupcakes, potato salad, and more.  To see what is being brought and to sign up to help out, go the Potluck Signup Page. The password to view at is “natsu”.

Events planned for the day include a cosplay contest, kickball game between con staff and attendees, a swap meet, some anime showings, a geocaching game, scavenger hunt, and the Japanese game of sikawari where you try to break open a watermelon blindfolded.  They will be collecting canned goods for donation to the Huntington Area Food Bank, so if you go please bring any extras that you have.  You will also be able to get discounted registration for Tsubasacon at the picnic.

RSVP for the event at the Facebook Event Page.

Nerdapalooza Night Review

Last Friday I drove down to Bluefield for the Nerdapalozza art show.

The show was held at a building known as the Dog House.  Inside is the vintage video game store Pixelnation Retro Game Store, Pinhead Tattoo parlor, and a little flea market with several comic book long boxes.  Old brick building that was a small warehouse, but has been mostly cleaned up very nicely.  The art exhibit was held in lounge area that had been cleaned up.  Overall a nice place for the event and look forward what else they do with the place for future events.

The artists at the event had created several different pieces with various styles.  They were reasonably priced as well, but I did not end up picking anything up.  Work with pixels, oils, crafts, comic inspired art, and several other nerdy inspired projects to check out.  Sam Franz, one artist I got to talk with, did several things about obsolete technology.  One thing he did was to take old tech (VHS tapes, cassettes, NES cartridges, a cell phone that looks just like the one I use) and make ceramics of them like they had been fossilized.  Pinhead Tattoos did a few tattoos during the show and people could watch it being done.

Razor Sharp studios was there selling several of their movies and did a screening of Porkchop 3D.  I ended up talking with friends for a long time and missed the showing, plus I am not a big horror movie fan.  Though watching a horror film in the back, dark, and dingy part of a warehouse (which they did) must have been the perfect atmosphere.

Jonah Knight‘s performed a number of songs at the show.  Unfortunately, the acoustics were not the best.  He played in the warehouse part, with brick walls all around, and it made it a little hard to hear especially when he talked between songs.  Even worse were people hanging around at the other end of room having their own conversations which was just rude and distracting.  But I still felt it was a good show and he was able to show off his skill and various songs he does.

The show was intimate and personal.  Everyone was friendly, meet new people, saw some old ones, and generally had a good time looking at the art.  The had some food and drinks set out to snack on which was tasty. I headed home around 10PM as things started to wind down and several other people were leaving.  Good to time and waiting to hear about the horror themed event they are working on next.

15th Annual Marx Toy & Train Collectors National Convention

Now are third convention in a row for this June, also a toy and collectible one.  The 15th Annual Marx Toy & Train Collectors National Convention is Friday and Saturday June 21-22 a gathering of fans and collectors of anything and everything related to the Marx Toy Company.  The event will be held at the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum (114 Kruger Street) in Wheeling, same as Mego Meet.

The Marx Toy & Train Convention was started in 1998 by the Miller Family, owners of the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum. These conventions were meant as a way to preserve the history of the Ohio Valley’s own Louis Marx & Company, and the many who made those wonderful toys that were loved by generations.

Held in June each year, the Marx Conventions have grown with each passing year. From a few dozen attendees in 1998, the events have blossomed into must destination for Marx enthusiasts from around the country.

You can pick your registration during regular museum hours (9 AM to 5 PM) on Thursday June 20th.  Table holders can drop off boxes at tables between 7-8 PM. 

On Friday 21st, the registration desk opens at 9 AM and table holders can unload and set-up.  Between 10 AM and 4 PM the swap meet will be going on.  3 PM workshop is scheduled.  At 6 PM an informal get together will be held for all collectors to hang out and get to know each other better.

For Saturday June 22nd, table holders and set up between 8-9AM.  The swap meet will be from 9 AM to 3 PM, where museum visitors will also be allowed to attend.  A gathering at 11 AM to show off unusual or rare Marx displays and discussion them.  Workshops at 1 and 2 PM are planned as well.  Pack for the show begins at 3 PM and goes till the museum closes at 5 PM.

To simply attend the $18, gets you into convention and museum for you, a spouse, and any kids under 16.  To get a table for the swap is $25 and you get all the same things as a regular pass plus a 6 foot table.  Additional tables, limit of five, is $14.  The registration form can be find here.

Not much on the con, but if you are a toy collector in the area this is one to go to.