Parkersburg Premiere and Party for Pro Wrestlers versus Zombies

Pro Wrestlers versus Zombies is an indy film about professional wrestlers fighting zombies.  It was filmed in Parkersburg, using several locals and directed by Cody Knotts.  The big local première is this week, so if you like wrestling and/or zombies you are going to want to get to these events.  The movie is getting a lot of buzz and listed as one of the top zombie films of the year on IMDB.

Things start off on Thursday May 27th at the West Virginia National Guard Armory in Parkersburg.  Rowdy Roddy Piper, WWF legend and star of the film, will be there signing autographs for free.  Admission is also free.  Jeremy Ambler, WV native and zombie on the Walking Dead and the movie, will also be there.  The event goes from 6pm till 9pm.

The big Premiere of the movie is on Friday May 28.  It takes place at the Parkersburg High School auditorium starting at 5pm.  Several of the stars of the film will be there; Roddy Piper, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Matt Hardy, Shane Douglas, and Kurt Angle.  Jeremy Ambler will be at this too.  You will be able to buy a limited edition DVD release of the film, other zombie merch, and play zombie contests for prizes.  Concessions will be sold by Parkersburg HS JROTC.

General Admission tickets for the film is $20.  VIP Tickets are $50 and allow you into a pre-party autograph signing and movie poster.  Super Fan Tickets are $100 and get you a free copy of the movie, t-shirt, and same stuff as VIP.

You can watch the trailer to help decide if you want to go or not.  I saw some clips last summer and the movie does the whole zombie thing as a small group instead of a full apocalypse which I really l like.  Plus lots of action.



The Donnan Party: A Day of Beatings

The Donnan Party is an event held by The Shire of Ballachlagan of The Kingdom of the AEthelearc of The Society for Creative Anachronism.  The event will be on March 29 at the Warwood School in Wheeling going from 10am until site closing at 6pm.

For the first time a royal progress will be at the event with Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle, the prince and princess of AEthelearc attending.  The autocrats for the event are Ælric Ravenshaw and Lord Garreth Whytbull.

Events for the day include fencing, heavy weapon tournament, novelty archery shoots, thrown weapons range, Arts and Science display for trophies, Troll runs from 10am till noon.  Several merchants will be at the event selling different things, mostly looks like different types of outfits and accessories.  The main event looks like a hunting/fencing event called Wudewasa Crossing Tourney.  If I knew more about the SCA I might be able to describe it better.

Event cost is $18 for thos 18 and over, $4 for those between 6 to 17, and kids under 5 get in free.  A surcharge of $5 will be added to non-members. Lunch will be an extra $2.  Reservations can be made by e-mailing Lord Ælric. Those interesting selling merch should e-mail Merchant Liaison Lady Laroslava Ivanova.  If anyone has an idea for the after party, their usual place has closed down, let them know.


WV Reads 150 Celebration THIS SATURDAY

Last year the Kanawha County Library system ran a program called WV Reads 150 Challenge.  The idea was for groups or individuals to read at least 150 books over the year. The number comes the fact last year was West Virginia’s 150th anniversary.

Tomorrow at the West Virginia Center for the Book is holding a reception in honor of everyone’s reading accomplishments.

The event goes from 1-3PM at the West Virginia Library Commission J. D. Waggoner Reading Room at the Culture Center in Charleston.

You can get a tour of the West Virginia State Museum while at the center.  Several West Virginia authors will be in the Great Hall of the Cultural Center as well.  Attending authors include: Sarah Title (romance author), Marc Harshman (WV Poet Laureate), Patricia Harman (The Blue Cotton Gown:  A Midwife’s Memoir,), Marie Manilla (Still Life with Plums: Short Stories), Betty Rivard (New Deal Photographs of West Virginia), Daniel Boyd (Chillers and Death Falcon Zero vs. The Zombie Slug Lords), Bill Bitner (M is for Monster, T is for Thing, and Gone Where The Goblins Go), Mack Samples (The Devil’s Tea Tables: West Virginia Ghost Stories and Other Tales), and more.  There will also be books and other local handcrafts available for purchase at the Gift Shop.  Prize drawings will be held throughout the event.

I will be at the event since apparently I read the most books last year, 450.  Granted they were almost all volumes of manga though, so there is that.

If you wish to take part in this year reading challenge you can solo or with a group.  This year the challenge ins West Virginia Reads 150+.  My goal is 600 volumes this year.

The Coming of Hellboy Day

This Saturday, March 22nd is the 20th anniversary of the first release of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1 by Mike Mignola.  Hellboy appeared as an eight page story in Dark Horse’s San Diego Comic Con Comics special, but Seed of Destruction was his first solo title.  Anyways, Dark Horse has declared March 22, 2014 as Hellboy Day, with events in comic shops all around the world.

There will be several exclusive giveaway from Dark Horse and an all-new sampler comic feature two classic Mignola stories and two new stories by Mignola, Fábio Moon, and R. Sikoryak.
Also this week Hellboy: The First 20 Years hardcover collection comes out.  This deluxe over sized hardcover book presents Mignola’s favorite covers and illustrations from the first Hellboy drawing through twenty years of work.

In state stores taking part of this event include: Comic Paradise Plus in Fairmont, Four Horsemen Comics & Gaming and Gary’s Comics & More both in Morgantown, and Purple Earth Comics in Huntington.

If you are a Hellboy fan or someone who is just kind of interested in learning about him outside of the movies, this is a good chance for you to stop by a comic shop pick up some Hellboy comics.

Oh and this candy shop in Hollywood is making Hellboy chocolate that you can pre-order till Saturday, but I can not found where to do the ordering from, so if you want some send them an e-mail.