CharCon 2017

CharCon returns this year earlier than in the past.  Leaving its date in October it this Friday July 21st to Sunday July 23rd.  It has also moved from the Civic Center to the Clay Center in Charleston.  Still the same old CharCon though.

This year’s games will include miniatures games of Aerodrome, Kings of War tournament, Tech Commander, Battletech, Warmachine/Hordes, Sailpower; a series of social deduction games like Werewolf and Resistant; board games Agricola, Pandemic Survival, Mystic Vale tournament, live action Red Dragon Inn, a Catan National Qualifier, a bunch of Play to Win games, and more; a series of Family Games on Sunday; RPGs from Pathfinder Society, SPARKS, Star Trek Adventures, Dungeon Dragons Adventures, Call of Cthulhu, Ponyfinder, and Metal, Magic, and Lore.

Non gaming events scheduled are a Quick Draw with JR Earls, a Sci-Fi Sing Along, the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, a murder mystery game, a game show, Junior Ghostbuster Training, panels, attendee swap meet on Sunday, a Paint and Take, and the CharCon Raffle.  The con is trying to do a lot with cosplay this year as well.  Besides their Cosplay Contests for adults on Saturday and kids on Sunday, they will be filming a cosplay video, holding photo shoots, a cosplay panel by Bunny Bombshell, a mermaid swim, the Mandolorian Mercs and Ghostbusters will be set up, and their only announced guest is cosplayer John Clark from Galaxy Productions.

Charcon After Dark will be going are at near by bars both Friday and Saturday night.

There will be reps from Portal Games, Mr. B Games.  Vendors and exhibitors at the con will be selling all kinds of board, card, collectible, miniature games and gaming accessories, plus comics, art, dice, t-shirts, and more.

Admission for the weekend is $40, $30 for Friday or Sunday, and $25 for Saturday only passes.  Children twelve and under can get in for $20 for the weekend or $10 for a single day.  Non-gaming passes are available for $10 per day.

The con has a nice line up of gaming for all.  I say any gamers out there can find something to do.  There is also plenty for cosplayers.

19th Annual Marx Toy & Train Collectors Show

The 19th Annual Marx Toy & Train Collectors Show will be this Friday June 23rd and Saturday June 24th at the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling.  Learn more about Marx toys at the Marx Toy Museum website.

Friday goes from 9am to 4pm, reg starts at 8am.  There will be speakers at 11am and 1pm, a commemorative group photo session at noon, and a Toy & Train Custom’s Contest which are voted on by the attendees themselves.  After the floor closes there will be a pizza social at the museum for all.

Saturday goes from 9am to 3pm, reg starts at 8am and the museum closes at 5pm.  At noon there will be a Show & Tell for everyone and anyone to show off their favorite rare or unusual Marx Toy or Trains.

There will be over eighty vendor selling favorite Marx toys like figures, playsets and doll houses made of all materials, trains and accessories of all sizes, vehicles, games, and so much more.  A sub section of the dealer area will be devoted to JohnnyCon, for the toy line of Johnny West.  There will be an on-site auction. 

Tours of the Kruger Street Toy Museum will take place from 9am to 4pm during the convention and will be open for you to visit any display.

Dealer tables are $30 for the first and badge, $20 for every table after that.  Adult admission is $10  and student admission is $5.

Fans of classic toys or just those who like to learn and talk about them should try and make a trip up to check this out for buying and socializing.

 

First Annual Sleepy Hollow Scarefest

Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming of Clarksburg is bringing the first Sleepy Hollow Scarefest a free horror convention this Saturday June 17th at Meadowbrook Mall in Bridgeport.  It goes from 10am to 8pm.

Special guests for the event are Addy Miller, the teddy bear girl zombie from Walking Dead; Steve Dash, Jason from Friday the 13th Part 2; Trapper, Wild Bill, Huckleberry, and Willy from Mountain Monsters; WVU Football Hall of Famer Major Harris; Jeremy Ambler from Walking Dead; Daniel Boyd, writer and director; Eliska Hahn from Invasion of the Space Preachers; authors P. Mark DeBryan, Josh Kent, and Dustin Coffman; Diana Curry from FallForward Entertainment and her film Creature of the Night; Razor Sharp Studios; plus the cast of local films The Barn and Axe Man of Henderson County (including Major Harris and Jeremy Ambler). You can pre-order autographs for Addy Miller, Steve Dash, and Major Harris on the website for the show.

They have a Film Fest starting at noon and going into the evening.  The movies are local horror films Creature of The Night, The Crawling Dead, The Axe Man of Henderson County, and The Barn.  Tickets are $2 per movie.

They will also have a photo booth set up by TapSnap.

There will be local and regional vendors selling a variety of arts, crafts, foods, toys, costumes, t-shirts, and creepy dolls.

Fans of horror and paranormal, especially of local indie films, should try to swing by.  It is free after all.

Jedicon WV XV

JediCon WV XV will be on Saturday June 17th at the New Martinsville United Methodist Church in New Martinsville from 10am to 4pm.  They are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars this year.

Guests for the event are Kim Simmons, know as the Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker, the principle photographer for the Kenner Star Wars toy line.  His son, artist and comic book writer Scott Simmons.  Bill McBride the Guinness Book of World Records for largest Darth Vader memorabilia.  The Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, performance swordplay using the Seven Traditional Lightsaber Forms of the Star Wars Universe.  Plus the 501st, the Mandolorian Mercs and the Rebel Legion.

The will have door prizes, a silent charity auction,and  a video game booth set up.

There will be several vendors selling Star Wars collectibles.  From vintage to modern and everything in between.

Admission is just a dollar for everyone six and up.  Free for those five and under.

Jedicon WV is the ‘Mountain States’ first and ONLY Star Wars convention.We started out as a group of collectors who met once a year and bought / sold / traded SW merchandise.Nothing has changed in that time except now we do it with another purpose,Children’s Miracle Network ( CMN ) in which ALL money made from ticket,food & silent auction sales all go to CMN through the WV Children’s Hospital in Morgantown! The show continues to grow each and every year and this year is no different.This years show has the makings of being our best yet!

 

Tri-con 2017

Tricon returns once again at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington on Saturday June 3rd from 10am to 6pm.

Featured guests for this year are Paul Allor (TMNT, Secret Empire), Darryl Banks (Green Lanter, Legion of Superheroes), Eryk Donovan (Memetic, Constantine), Rob Dumo (Robyn Hood, The Gutters), Samantha Glow (Welcome to Showside), Jason Lewis (Star Trek, Mars Attack), Drew Moss (Outlaw Territory, Creepy), Ian McGinty (Rick & Morty, Bravest Warriors), Rico Renzi (Spider-Gwen, Squirrel Girl), Rusty Shackles (Hardcore Gaming 101, Insert-Quarter Bin), Tim Shinn (Batman Rebirth, Grumpy Cat), Matt Slay (TMNT, CBLDF), Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp, Guy Gardner Warrior), Chris Yambar (Simpsons, Suicide Blonde), and there will be even more at the con.  Non comic guests this year are former WWE wrestler the Boogeyman (in full makeup) and voice actor Neil Kaplan (Netflix Voltron, League of Legends, Digimon, Power Rangers).

Exhibitors include Planet Plush, Mike Belcher, Edward Brenwalt, Bubble and Geek, Bob Corby, Disposable Fiction Comics, Mason Easley, Andrew Eschenbach, ElectroMagnetic Press, Jeremy Frech, Rodney Fyke, Andrew Horton, Ken Kirk, Brett Pinson, Lauren Sparks, and so many more creators of various products.

There will be local and distant vendors selling comics (modern and key issues), graphic novels, manga, toys, sport cards, figures, collectibles, video games, buttons, perler beads, decals, custom boxes and plaques, board and card games, t-shirts, Gunpla, and so many other things for all nerds to look over.  DZNuts and Cards will have a Professional Comic Grader on hand.

They will have panels on marketing comics and creating comics, a Q&A with Neil Kaplan, and Chris Yambar.  There will also be a charity auction at 4:30pm to raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and a cosplay contest at 5pm.  They also have a coloring station for kids.

There will be a Drink & Draw Friday June 2nd at Sharkeys from 8pm to midnight with some of the con’s guests.

Tickets are only $10 and children ten and under get in free.

Looks like another good year for fans of comics, collectables, and those who just want to hang out.

YWCA Mini-Con

The YWCA in Wheeling is holding their first Mini-Con this Saturday May 27th from noon to 5pm.  The event will be on the 2nd floor.

Their big celebrity guest is Rob Garrison, a Wheeling native.  He was in The Karate Kid and Karate Kid Part II as Cobra Kai member Tommy.  Know for screaming “Get him a body bag! Yeah!” at the final tournament in the first movie.

The people of Clutch Gaming, Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley, New Dimension’s Comics, We Are Roleplayers (W.A.R.), Pat Daugherty (Ohio Valley Batman), The Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, Fantasies Unraveled, and Kelci Crawford are all helping out with the event.

There will be an open discussion on “Women & Minorities in Comics” led by Dr. Jeremy Larance the Chair of the Department of Humanities and Associate Professor of English, Dr. Wally Hastings Associate Professor of English and Dr. Dominique Hoche Associate Professor of English.  WAR will be running a demonstration on live action role-playing at 1pm and 2pm.  They will have Kid’s Costume Contest for those 12 or younger at 4pm.

Admission is just a suggested donation, but come on give them a few bucks.

Of all the really small nerdy events I have seen people try to run, this looks like one of the most promising.

Located in the heart of downtown Wheeling at 1100 Chapline Street, the YWCA serves the community through its Family Violence Prevention, Cultural Diversity & Community Outreach, Women’s Boutique, Women Inspired In New Directions (W.I.N.D.) and Women’s Residence & Homeless Shelter

Vandalia-Con 2017

Vandalia-Con is this Friday May 26th to Sunday May 28th at The Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg.  The proceeds from the con are donated to bring cancer prevention, screening, outreach, and education services to the women of West Virginia.

Guests for this are Jade Myers, Keynote speaker on Saturday on the Enable community Foundation and 3-D printing; young adult author E.G. Gaddess, novelist and game designer Mo Moeller, professional costume designer Rebeca Baygents, multi-talented Gandersnitch the Goblin, pirate Captain Lovelock, Vaudevilian/circus sideshow troupe Karnevil, author Travis I. Sivart, and Professor Bubblemaker’s Eclectic Entertainments.  Plus music acts of Appalachian folk rockers the Dead Flowers and steampunk opera Steam ~ or ~ The Specters of the Know Mill.

Most of the con’s events are on Saturday with Vandalia’s Got Talent variety show, Ministry of Silly Walks Olympics, Talk of the Tavern Podcast, and Late Night Stories with Mr. Cat.  Panels and classes on costume design, Victorian archeology, whip demo, creating a steampunk opera or card game, gothic horror, children’s crafting and science classes, and several other topics.  There are several Special Ticket Events on Saturday as well, each of these cost either an additional $10 or free for VIP pass holds; Captain’s Tea Party, Goblin Tea Party, Steampunk Storytime, Karnevil Sideshow, Professor Bubblemaker’s Flea Circus, and Professor Phinea’s Hypnotic Adventures.

There is a Maker’s Display and Competition on Saturday.  Bring in your work, set-up between 11am to 2pm, and fill out a card.  Judging will be at 3pm.  Entries are $5 per entry, no limit of entries.  Multiple prizes will be awarded.

Friday is the Pink Block Party, which is traditionally open to the public for free.  They will have the Regional Mountains of Hope WV State Cancer Coalition Meeting from 10am to 3pm, a screening of Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic starting at 3:30pm, plus two panels on creative collaboration and graveyard archeology.  The vending room will be open.  Then there will be a concert from 9pm to midnight with Professor Bubblemaker’s Bubble Ballet and performances from both Steam ~ or~ The Specters of the Knox Mill and the Dead Flowers.  The concert is $10 for those who have not purchased a weekend or VIP pass.

Now Sunday all they have on the schedule Quickdraw Charity Tournament.

Registration is $25 for a day pass, $20 for child’s day pass, $50 for the weekend, $40 for child’s weekend, and $100 for a VIP pass.  VIP gets you into all the special ticket events and a VIP room access on Saturday night.

Fans of steampunk, alternative history, makers, and the like will have a fun time at this con.  In fact I think this might be there best year yet.  They have a nice guest line-up, plenty of events (at least for Saturday), are focusing on all events on site instead of a bunch of off site events, and their pricing is flushed out better than before.