Cons, Gatherings, and Festivals Coming to WV in 2019

Here is a list of conventions, gatherings, and other decent sized events throughout the state that are coming this year.  Let me know if you hear of any others that could fit this list.

February 23-24 Kanawha Valley Model Train & Craft Show Saint Albans: presented by the Kanawha Valley Railroad Association at the Arena Event Center

March 1-3 Tournament of the White Hart XXII Barboursville: Society of Creative Anachronism event hosted the Shire of Port Oasis at the Cabell County 4-H Camp

March 2-3 Classic Plastic Toy & Comic Expo Parkersburg: toy and comic expo at the Parkersburg Art Center to raise money for Downtown PKB

March 2 Grave City Haunted Relic Expo Moundsville: paranormal con from the Archive of the Afterlife “the National Museum of the Paranormal”

March 16 HerdCon Huntington: inaugural pop culture con at Marshal University,

April 6 Old School Convention Belmont: a small comic/toy show to help benefit the oldest school in WV

April 25-28 Blackstone Raid 28 Gandeeville: more SCA event from Barony of Blackstone Mountain at Camp Sheppard 4-H Camp

April 26-28 Casusecon Beckley: pop culture convention at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center to raise money for the local Women’s Resource Center

May 3-5 1d4Con Shepherdstown: tabletop gaming con, at Clarion Inn & Conference Center,

May 18 BuckhanaCon Buckhannon: all fandoms event

May 19 Beltaine in the Forest Charleston: pagan gathering at Coonskin Park; with music, dance, vendors, and Maypole

June 8 Tricon Huntington: comic book con at the Big Sandy Area

June WV Renaissance Festival Lewisburg: open Saturday and Sundays in June, check the Facebook page for more info

June 14-15 Marx Toy and Train Collectors Show Wheeling: the collectors show of Marx toys at the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum

June 22 Bat-Con Nitro: a comic and toy show paying homage to the 1989 release of Batman by Third Floor Comics

June 29 Natsu no Tsubasacon Huntington: picnic from Tsubasacon at Ritter Park

July 12-14 CharCon Charleston: at the Clay Center, Facebook Page

July 20 S-Con Mount Gay: Southern WV Community and Technical College hosts its second S-Con Gaming and Pop Culture Convention on its Logan campus

Jul 20 West Virginia Penitentiary Para-Con Moundsville: celebration of the supernatural in one of America’s most haunted prisons

September 7-8 Bonus Round Flatwoods: RPG (and other games) event at Day Inn & Suites

September 7-8 WV Pop Con Morgantown: changed from an August date, Facebook Page

September 20-21 Mothman Festival Point Pleasant: cross between convention and street fair all around Point Pleasant

September 27-28 Rocket Boy Festival Beckley: festival all around Beckley celebrating the Rocket Boys and WV

October 11-13 Tsubasacon Charleston: anime convention, they move from Huntington to Charleston at the remodeled Charleston Civic Center this year

October 18-20 Vandaliacon Morgantown: steampunk con to raise money for Bonnie’s Bus Mobile Mammography Program, has moved from Parkersburg to Morgantown

November 9-10 Mountain State Pop Expo Charleston: celebration of pop culture, all proceeds go directly to the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia at Holiday Inn

Parkersburg Pop Con, West Virginia Game Developers Expo, and SecureWV/Hack3rCon have not put dates for this year yet, but expect them in the fall.  There are also some libraries that do little cons which I did not find dates for, but I am not sure who is and who is not planning one now, so keep your eyes out for them later. Power Up and Shocka-Con have both said they are taking this year off.  Willcon has moved two miles down the road and is now in Kentucky so is not covered anymore.

Plus there are always local gaming events, gatherings, and other smaller events all around you not covered here.

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Fallout 76 Parties

If you had not already heard, the fourth main game in the Fallout video game series Fallout 76 is set in a post-apocalyptic West Virginia.  The game will feature over fifty iconic sites from around the state: Camden Park, the State Capitol, The Greenbrier, New River Gorge Bridge, Woodburn Hall at WVU, Ric Griffith Pumpkin House, Hillbilly Hotdogs.  You can also battle the Mothman and other WV monsters.  This will also be the first multi-player Fallout game.  The game will be released on November 14th.

To celebrate this game and the state itself there are a few parties coming up this week.

Reclamation Day Celebration at Saint Albans Branch Library on Thursday November 8th at 6pm.  Activities to test your survival skills in the wasteland will be held to test your skills.  Food and drinks will be provided.

The Official Unofficial Fallout 76 Reclamation Day Celebration of West Virginia at Don Morris Room in Marshall University’s Student Center on Friday November 9th from 7pm to 11pm.  The event is for people 18 and over.

The event will include music from Heavy Hitters, The Dividends and Christopher Vincent of Qiet. There might even be a chance to play Fallout 76 early, depends on how things go.

Tickets to the event are $20 per person or $30 for a couple. The money from the event is going to Cafe Appalachia, Children’s Home Society of WV, WV Autism, and West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition.

VaultMU Reclamation Day Celebration hosted by the Marshall University Special Collections and Marshall University Libraries is Thursday November 15th from 2pm to 8pm at the Marshall University’s Special Collections at Morrow Library.  You can play Fallout 76, eat Fallout & WV themed snacks, tour the Special Collections department, and learn more about WV and Digital Humanities.

Fallout 76 Release Party at the Rambling Root in Fairmont on November 14th from 5pm to 11pm. Discounts on all WV drafts and bottles, prizes for best Fallout costume, and a chance to win a copy of Fallout 76 for every draft you buy.

4th Annual Mountain State Pop Expo

Mountain State Pop Expo is back this Saturday November 3rd and Sunday November 4th at the Holiday Inn and Suites in South Charleston.  All funds from the event will benefit the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

The Children’s Home Society is a statewide nonprofit children and family services agency. We have 13 locations throughout the state, each of which have a variety of programs including emergency child shelters, foster care and adoption, early intervention, and family strengthening programs.

Funds from this event will go specifically to benefit the Children’s Home Society’s holiday help. Because of you, children in foster care, emergency shelters, and needy families in the community will have the holiday gifts and necessities such as winter coats that they otherwise might not receive.

There will be exhibitors selling various nerd crafts, plushies, patches, decals, art work, pearlier beads, paintings, authors Edward A. Holsclaw and Josh E.B. Smith, Mermaid Lagoon Boutique, artists Glen Brogan and JR Earls, various other local cons will be set up.  Plus cosplayers James Hamilton, Advancing Wall of Doom, Santana, Sheena Bot, Mandalorian Mercs Black Mountain Guard, Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, and WV Ghostbusters.

Ricky Henry of Electric Tapes will be showing the 5 part micro-series Space Foxes (plus they will have copies of their Space Fox Atari 2600 game), children cosplay contest on Saturday, adult cosplay contest on Sunday (winner gets a championship belt), replica Lightning McQueen from Pixar’s Cars, Final Form Fusion performances, improv comedy from No Pants Players, Q&As, gaming provided by Charcon, snacks on sale from the hotel, charity raffle (with items from Bethesda and Fallout 76),

The show is $10 per day or $15 for the weekend.

A fun show with nerd community going on and for a good cause.

3rd Annual WV Game Developers Expo

The 3rd Annual West Virginia Game Developers Expo is this Friday October 26th and Saturday October 27th at 1 Mountwest Way in Huntington.

West Virginia Game Developers Expo is an annual event that brings together game developers, artists, designers, etc. from around the region to educate and grow the field of game and app development.

This year’s Keynote Speakers are Shayna Moon an Associate Producer at Santa Monica Studio which released God of War (2018) and WV native Brad Kalinoski, visual effect artists and BAFTA winner.

There will also be workshops for Unreal Engine and Unity Engine, drone demonstration, presentations on making games for the blind, game design at Marshall University, history of video games in eight bits, women in tech,social media, and other topics. Plus a gaming room run by Mountwest eSports Club, exhibitors (including game studios, college programs, and nerd crafts), and student showcase.

Attending game studios include 28:12 Studios, AFO Studios, Lasso Games, Super Soul, Vandalia Softworks, and Wraith Games.

General admission is $15. Students from middle school to graduate college can get in free.

If you want to learn about making video games, playing indie games, or just want to hang out with fellow gamers who do, then see about coming out to the expo.

Parkersburg Pop Con 2018

Parkersburg Pop Con on Saturday October 20th from 11am (10am for VIPs) to 5pm at WVU Parkersburg.

Parkersburg Pop Con is a celebration of all things popular culture at the local and national level. It’s all about authors, publishers, designers, and artists. It’s about comics, gaming, sci-fi, art, fantasy, television, radio, cyber culture, music, film and so much more.
Parkersburg Pop is about celebrating what you celebrate and discovering new inspiration.

Featured guests are comic writer James Patrick, comic illustrator Shawn Langley, and cosplayer James Hamilton.

Other creators at the con will be various freelance artists, wand makers, comic creators, nerd crafts, authors, pixel arts, plushies, jewelry, and more creations.

Vendors will be selling comic books, food, anime & manga, toys, figures, shoes, Funko Pops, Electromagnetic Press, Freestyle Komics, games, collectables, memorabilia, video games, graphic novels, and more nerd items.

The Actors Guild of Parkersburg, WV Ghostbusters, Outer Rim Praxeum, and Wilson’s House of Cosplay will also be set up at the event.

The con will have a board game library from The Industry, youth and adult cosplay contests, a raffle, trivia, and video gaming tournaments.  Plus panels on pop culture, cosplay and make-up tips, comics, light saber duels, and more.

Admission is $5.  Kids 10 and under get in free with a paid adult.  Free admission with valid military ID.

A nice small show with lots of local creators to check out.

Tsubasacon 2018

Tsubasacon 2018 is Friday October 5th to Sunday October 7th at the Big Sandy Superstore Area and Conference Center in Huntington.  This year’s theme is Fantasy/RPG.

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Guests for this year are David Vincent (Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure, Hunter x Hunter), Paul St. Peter (Kingdom Hearts, Digimon), Megan Shipman (New Game, Show by Rock), Jeannie Tirado (Black Clover, Tokyo Ghoul); musical guests Mickey Mason, game show host Greggo, guests panelists Vitamin H and Mako Gems Productions.

Events at the con include.  anime viewing rooms, guests Q&A and autographs, game shows, concerts, masquerade ball on Friday night and Saturday night dance, fan panels and guest panels, workshops, AMV League Contest, yoga, cosplay contest on Saturday, the Carolina Manga Library, artist alley, vendors, foam combat from Blackfire Valley Amtgard and The Imperial Legion, panels from fans and guests, photoshoots, and more.

For video games area Rare Drops will have consoles for play, Japanese arcade machines from Tokyo Attack, pachinko machines from Pachinko Fever, Room-Scale VR from Key Virtual Events, and a Mobile Gaming area.  Table-top games for this year include D&D Adventure League from Time Warp Games, Warhammer and other wargames demos from Dragon Den, tabletop demos from Envoy, Pathfinder Society, Call of Cthulhu, board game library from Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society, Reaper Paint and Take on Saturday, card gaming demos and tournaments of Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon, Transformers, and Dragon Ball Super from The Goblin Traders, anime board games and RPG by Otaku@DEEP (which is me), and more.

Weekend passes at the door are $50.  Day passes are $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday, and $20 for Sunday.  You can also get a Gaming only badge, which allows you into the arena with the table-top and video game areas, for $40.  Day passes for this is $20 for Friday, $30 for Saturday, and $10 for Sunday.  Children ten and under get in free.  Kids from 12 to 18 can get in for $20.

Fans of anime and cosplay will finds lots to love at this con.

ShockaCon 7

ShockaCon 7 is this Friday September 21st through Sunday September 23rd at the Beni Kedem Temple in Charleston.  The con is a horror sci-fi convention for all put on by Mike Winland Studios.

This year’s listed guests are Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jyoti Amge (American Horror Story Freak Show, Guinness’ smallest living woman), Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints), Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead), artists Chris Woodall and JR Earls, the band the Renfields, Po’Folks cabaret, Third Eye Cabaret, WV Ghostbusters, Terminus Grilling Co, Cemetery Knights, DJ Thunder, Professor Bubblemaker, and Naughty Samadhi belly-dancers.

There is a lot to see and do at the con.  Gaming from Charcon in the lobby, live podcasts, #Hashtag Gameshow, various make-up and prop workshops, hypnosis demo, juggling class, drinking art sessions, horror trivia, cosplay panel, skull cleaning demo, blood splatter workshop, vampire in cinema panel, quick draw, Ghostbuster workshops for kids, open mic lounge, life size game of Shock-a-land, movie screenings, cabaret, vendors, scream contest, a kids costume contest,  costume walk and photo in the Town Center, and more.  The adult costume contest is on Saturday and costs $10 to enter, half the money goes to first place.  There is an after party, Aftershock, at the Blue Parrot on Friday and Saturday nights with music acts, $5 with Shockacon badge, $7 for everyone else.

Tickets are only available at the door.  Weekend pass is $45, Saturday pass is $25, and Friday or Sunday are $15.

If you like horror and general creepiness, I would recommend checking this out.  Best pricing for the con in awhile.