Tsubasacon 2015

Tsubasacon is a three-day anime, cosplay, and gaming con at the Big Sandy Area and Riverfront Conference Center in Huntington on Friday October 8th to Sunday October 10th.

Voice actor guests for this year are  Kyle Hebert (DBZ, Bleach, Naruto), Keith Silverstein (Gundam Unicorn, Monster, Sailor Moon), and Matthew Erickson (Crest/Banner of the Stars, Zoids, Gundam SEED Destiny).  Other guests are Japanese rock band Kazha, anime anthropologist Charles Dunbar, Carolina Manga Library, panelist group Vitamin H Productions, Japanese arcade machine owners Tokyo Attack,  boffer fighters Sleeping Samurai, and game show host Greggo.

Events at the con include their usual activities plus some new ones.  The cosplay masquerade will be on Saturday.  There will also be an In-Character Contest on Friday and Cosplay Lip Sync contest on Saturday (18+ version on Friday night).  Panels from guests and attendees, Greggo’s game shows, two viewing rooms, autographs, concerts, formal ball on Friday and dance party on Saturday, martial arts demo, artist alley and vendor room to check out, manga library, photo shoots, AMV contest and more.

Video Gaming this year will be run by Rare Drops.  They will hold tournaments throughout the weekend on J Stars Victory, Mortal Kombat X, SSFighter 4 Ultra, Smash Bros Melee and 4, Injustice, Mario Kart Double Dash and 8, Naruto 2, Halo 2, Call of Duty, and Project M.  They will also have high score challenges on Donkey Kong, Super Mario Maker, and Tetris over the weekend.  You can pre-reg for the tournaments now.  Tokyo Attack will have 13 different arcade cabinets for free play and will be holding a DDR tournament on Saturday.  There is also the Tsu Region Pokémon League to play in.

Tsubasacon is holding a whole new table top gaming area as well.  The Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society will have a library of board games to check out.  Dungeon Dwellers will be teaching and holding tournaments on Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh.  RPGs from Pathfinder Society and Sparks, Warmachine and Hordes demo, and open gaming area.

Pre-reg goes until October 8th and is $45 for the weekend.  At door prices are $45 for weekend, $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday and Sunday, $20 for Sunday, and free for kids under 7.  On Saturday they will also have a $25 Gaming Badge that will let you into the gaming area, but only that.  The con is also collecting goods for the Ronald McDonald House.

Fans of anime, cosplay, gaming, and Japanese media, this is your event.

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Doctor Who: The Classic Series Regenerated Kickstarter

Temporal Orbit Films LLC is a group of dedicated fans in Charleston of classic Doctor Who with years of experience in film and theater who have decided to create their own Doctor Who fan films, Doctor Who: The Classic Series Regenerated.  To do this they are looking to raise money through Kickstarter.

Their current production is based around the 4th Doctor (played here by Ronn Smith) and Sarah Jane Smith (played by Rose Winland) era storytelling.  Their first story will be “Season of Terror,” a Christmas Special style if it was done in the ’70s.  The Doctor and Sarah Jane investigate a series of child abductions in a small English village and discover the terrifying truth to the alpine legend of Krampus, the Christmas Devil.

They are asking for $50,000 to fund this project at the quality they want.  This will cover such costs as studio rental and monthly utility costs, set construction and materials, production equipment rentals, costuming, prop creation, cast and crew travel, post production costs, Kickstarter fees, taxes, and cost of rewards.  All the money goes to production.  This is a not-for-profit production, no one makes any money off this.  Also they have no affiliation with the BBC other than being fans.

Rewards offered include PDF of script and poster, downloads of the episodes, soundtrack, DVD with extras, poster, t-shirt, Skype chat with the crew and cast, producer credit, walk on role, custom scarf, and more.  Giving at least $5 will get yo a thank you on their website.

The have only raised $1,936 (of this writing) of their $50,000 with just four days to go.  So if you want to see this come true, they need a lot of help.  This is also a project that you can easily offer support outside of money if it makes the goal.

Fans of classic series Who should really think about throwing them a few dollars.

2015 Mothman Festival

The Mothman Festival in Downtown Point Pleasant is back for a 14th year, Saturday September 19th and Sunday September 20th.  It is the cross between a con and a fair.

There will be speakers on all things paranormal at the historic State Theater.  Speakers include Bill Brok (show host of Monsters Underground), Ken Gerhard (History Channel Host, acclaimed author), Neal Parks (Paranormal Award Winning Author), Joedy Cook (Bigfoot investigator and cryptologist), Rosemary Ellen Guiley (paranormal expert and author), Susan Sheppard (executive producer and author), John Frick (paranormal investigator and enthusiastic), Lyle Blackburn (cryptid researcher and acclaimed author), Chad Lambert (comic creator and award-winning editor), and others.  There will be a guest roundtable discussion on Sunday.

Events you can check out are live bands at the Riverfront Park, kid activities and games, a Mothman 5k, a Miss Mothman Pageant Children’s Pageant, check out the Mothman and Men in Black costumers, visit the Mothman Museum, see the Mothman Prophecies at the Historic State Theater on Saturday evening at 8pm, hang with the WV Ghostbusters Division, go down on a 200ft zip line, eat at the Harris Steak House (The Mothman Diner), take a narrated tram ride through downtown Point Pleasant, a narrated tour of the TNT area, hayrides, tour the historic (and maybe haunted) Lowe Hotel, visit the Silver Bridge memorial, check out the Mothman Statue, aerial tour over the TNT area, take a horse-drawn wagon ride down Main Street, check out the river murals and statues, and other historic sites in and around Point Pleasant.

On Friday night September 18th, they will hold the Miss Mothman Pageant Queen Pageant if you want to come up early.  There will also be a showing of the documentary “Eyes of the Mothman” at the State Theater at 8pm with concessions.  Admission is free.

There will be several vendors set up in the streets, selling Mothman merch, food, and more.

If you can go I personally suggest checking out this event at least once.

Shockacon 2015

Shockacon returns Friday September 18th at 4pm through Sunday September 20th at 5pm at the Beni Kedem Shrine Center in Charleston.

Rose Siggins and Drew Rin Varick from American Horror Story: Freak Show; Bai Ling from The Crow; Jeryl Prescott and Adam Minarovich of Walking Dead; Ari Lehman from Friday the 13th; John “Trapper” Tice from Mountain Monsters.  Artist Chris Woodall, JR Earls, Ryan Byrd, and Atrophy Comics; writer Daniel Boyd and Edward Holsclaw; bands the Cryptoids, Argyle Goolsby, The Big Bad, Hurl Brickbat, and the Renfields; performers Riveting Roses, Professor Sinister Savage Sideshow, comedian Sam Canterbury, belly dancer Bint il Nahar, Downhome Decadence; cosplayers Dalek Gan, WV Ghostbusters, Santana, Bunny Bombshell; filmmakers Ronn Smith (Doctor Who fan film), Dakota Skye, Scott Gregg (Razor Sharp), RAK films; Cemetery Knights, zombie response vehicle, tarot reader Rachael Fortune, Dracula audio drama, guest speakers Tiffany Steele, David Cruikshank, Adam Edwards, Frank Curci, and Kennie Bass.

There will be a costume parade through the Town Center mall on Saturday at noon, a drink and paint, Q&As with various guests, cosplay panels, music performances, horror trivia contest, horror writers workshop, scream contest, zombie survival panel, costume contest on Saturday, performances from Rocky Horror and Repo! the Genetic Opera, craft workshops, and more.  Sunday is Kids Day with reduced prices, junior Ghostbuster training, kids mask workshop, kids costume contest and other fun activities.  Aftershock party at the Blue Parrot on Capitol Street on Friday and Saturday.

Pre-reg before 9/15 is $45 for weekend, $20 for Friday or Saturday, $15 for Sunday, and $5 cheaper for children under 15.  At door prices are $50 for weekend, $25 for Friday or Saturday, $20 for Sunday, and $5 cheaper for children under 15.  You can get VIP pass for $125 that comes with a t-shirt, preferred seating at events, on autograph ticket, gift bag, and line skip ability.

All fans of horror, makeup, and off kilter entertainment should give the show a look over.

Levantera: Tale of The Winds

Lasso Games, a game design firm from Huntington, is running a Kickstarter to help fund their latest project Levantera, an 8-bit action/RPG inspired by games on the NES.  They are looking for $25,000, but as of this writing only have $5,616 with only 13 days to go.

You play a ship’s captain in his quest to rescue his lost crew over several islands and various adventures in a non-linear fashion.  Explore each landmass fully with its own visual style.  Rebuild and enhance your ship.  Fight and plunder other ships.  Learn magic and new fighting skills.  Enjoy a chiptune style soundtrack.  They have a demo to download if you want to give it a try.

By pledging you can get your name in the credits, a digital copy of the game, a copy of the soundtrack, print of the cover art,your likeness in the game, exclusive access to the development forms and monthly builds, physical NES-style box of the game, printed instruction booklet,design an enemy for the games, design an island in the game, and more.

Their stretch goals at different levels are for them to add an OSX/Linux version, add two more continents, create an XBox One version, a PS4 version, and release the game in 2016 instead of 2017.

Lasso Games, LLC was founded in February 2015 in Huntington, WV.   On July 17, 2015, Lasso competed in a 48-hour game jam competition called gm(48). The goal was to make a complete game start to finish in GameMaker:Studio. They won! Their entry: Highway Rampage is available for download.

Their team is composed of 8 members, each specializing in areas of game design, code composition, art/music, and web development. Their goal is to create fun and accessible games that are easy to understand, challenging, have depth of content, and are rich in expression.

Fans of old school games should give this project a look over and help out a dedicated WV based company.

Over the Border: Highlanders Hero Con

The Highlands Museum & Discovery Center in Ashland, Kentucky is hosting their first annual Highlanders Hero Con this Saturday September 5th.  It will run from 10am to 7pm.

Special guest include writer/creator Beau Smith, artist Michael Mayne, cosplayer Bunny Bombshell, Heroes 4 Higher, publishers Canada Jack and Old world Comics.  Other groups that will be there include Boy Scout Troop 100, Gary Bussa and Rocky Bal-Boa  of Des Coveries Wild Animal Shows, Boyd County Library, Kentucky Star Wars Collectors Club, WV Ghostbusters, Girl Scout Troop 983, Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club, and the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine for pictures.

There will be Q & As with Michael Mayne, Beau Smith, local cosplayers, and Batman and Spider-man of Heroes 4 Higher.  Goblin Traders will be holding a card tournaments starting at 11am.  The costume contest will begin 5pm with a category for adults and youths each with cash prizes.  They will also have arts and crafts for kids all day.

They have various vendors attending.  From comics, games, toys, collectables, video games,  steampunk jewelry, and more.

Admission is $8 for most.  Members of the museum get in for $5.  Take your Hero Con wristband to Ashland Fat Patty’s, La Finca Mexican Restaurant, Cafe Zeal at the Frame Up Gallery, and SuperHero Creamery to get a 10% discount on food.  This Saturday only.

The museum also is holding an exhibit “A History of Comic Books: From the Golden Age to Modern Day” on the main floor.  It has comics, toys, and collectibles that chronicle the history of comic books.