Flood Relief from Tricon and CharCon

With the recent storms devastating whole communities, members in the fandom communities have stepped up to help each other and others.  I have two examples here.

Tricon is having a raffle.  You can donate money through PayPal to WVFloodRelief@triconwv.com and for your donation you will entered to will some great prizes.  You can win multiple prizes so the more you give the more you can win.  The more you give the more tickets you get: $1 for one ticket, $5 for six tickets, $10 for fifteen tickets, and $20 for thirty tickets.  Tricon will match each dollar raised through this.

Prizes up to win include various print from Todd Frazer, a copy of Goon Chinatown signed by Eric Powell, an original art page from She Hulk issue 38 page 14 signed by Steve Scott, DC Designer Series Catwoman Toy signed by Jae Lee and sculptor Jordan Matthews, two VIP passes to Tricon 2017, your choice of a single character commission from Rob Dumo, Todd Beistel, Tristan Kelly, or Nicholas Wentland; and you, someone of your choice, will be drawn into an upcoming Broken Icon Comic.  You will receive ten copies of the comic.

The Grand Prize of the raffle is two VIP passes to Tricon 2017, an exclusive shirt and badge, plus cash to spend at the show and a set of books to get signed at the show.

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On Saturday July 9th from 10am to midnight at the South Charleston First Church of Nazarene CharCon is running a Flood Relief Game Day.

It will be a day of lots of games and raising money funds for those who have been effected by the recent flooding.

They will be accepting donations, have concessions available, prizes to be given out, an auction, and possible other events.  Billy Tackett is sending prints and original art as prizes.  Stacey Parker is donating several prints as well.

If you know of anyone in the gamer community that was hurt by the flooding contact CharCon with the details.

 

15th Annual Free Comic Book Day

It is that wonderful time of the year, the 15th Annual Free Comic Book Day.  This year it is on May 7th.

There are 50 different comics this year to choose from several different genres and publishers.  Comics include offerings of Archie, Bob’s Burgers, Bongo Comics, Boom sampler, Marvel’s Civil War II, two Dark Horse sampler, Doctor Who, ROM, Suicide Squad, Valiant, Pokémon, 2000 AD sampler, Assassin’s Creed, Attack on Titan, Bruce Lee, Captain America, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Con Man’ Spectrum, DC Super Hero Girls, Love and Rockets, Grumpy Cat, Lady Mechanika, Devil’s Due/1First mixtape, Overstreet Comic Guide, Phantom, Pink Panther, Nickelodeon, Sonic, Spongebob Square Pants, Stan Lee, Strawberry Shortcake, Street Fighter, Tick, One-Punch Man, Aspen Comics, and several others for both adults and kids.

Stores doing something special for the dare are Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Riflemen in South Charleston will have a meet and greet with Daniel Boyd; Hillbilly Toy Chest in Milton will have JR Earls doing sketches, Pokemon TCG tournament, free hotdogs, and major discounts are items; Crit Hit Comics & Games in Princeton is having 10% off sale and  costume contest at 11am; Comic Paradise Plus2 in Morgantown will have an appearance by Chad Cicconi; Comic World in Huntington is having a big sale and costume contest; Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Vault in Vienna will have a Dungeon Crawl Challenge with Dwarven Forge 3D dungeon, a costume contest, board games, Magic and Pokémon tournaments, and discounts; Beyond Comics in Shepherdstown with Steve Younkins and bring in non-perishable food items to get more free comics.

Other places taking part are Books-A-Million in Charleston, Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Castle in Beckley, Comic Paradise Plus in Fairmont, Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming in Morgantown, Gary’s Comics and More in Morgantown, and Purple Earth Comics in Huntington.

So mark your calendars and plan your attack of shops.  If you are a comic fan, a newbie, or someone looking to get back into it, this is a good day to get some samples.

Press Relase: First Ever Rocket Boys WV Film Reclamation Project

Legendary West Virginia cult movie Paradise Park gets second life; teams with Homer Hickam’s Rocket Boys Festival for major joint initiative and reclamation collaboration

Who: Film Makers of seminal WV filmed movie Paradise Park and Homer Hickam’s Rocket Boys Festival; filmmaker Danny Boyd and movie cast members, Rocket Boys festival director William Scott Hill
What: Details on release of planned major relaunch of Danny Boyd’s 1992 WV film “Paradise Park” in conjunction with Rocket Boys Festival
When: Tuesday February 16, 2016 11:00AM
Where: West Virginia State University EDC, 1506 Kanawha Blvd. West Charleston, West Virginia
Why: Announcement of an upcoming collaborative project between the Rocket Boys Festival and the film makers of the award-winning 1992 West Virginia film “Paradise Park” including the first ever major re-issue of the legendary film on DVD and digital platforms, which starred West Virginia residents alongside late folk heroes including country music legends Porter Waggoner, Razzy Bailey and Johnny Paycheck, wrestling legend American Dream Dusty Rhodes as a Kanawha County sheriff’s deputy.  Many well-known West Virginia actors also found their way into this 1992 film including Webb Wilder, Michael Martin, Neal Clark.
Contact: Allen Media Strategies Jessica Lloyd at (703) 589-8960 or jessica@allenmediastrategies.com, William Scott Hill at 304-992-9085 or williamscotthill@rocketmail.com.
Rocket Boys Festival September 26th – October 1st 2016 www.rocketboysfestival.com
Cast members, filmmakers and festival officials available for questions and comments at Tuesday February 16th press conference include:
Larry Groce (Marlon), Jim Wolfe (Wesley), Gary Brown (Man Will Work) and Danielle Boyd (Belle), Director Danny Boyd (Russell the cable guy) and Rocket Boys Festival director William Scott Hill.

Press Release: Hack3rCon has retired. The 304Geeks have a new conference to share!

Do not be sad. Although the name Hack3rcon will be no more, the spirit of the conference will live on through SecureWV.  The 304Geeks latest conference creation.

Hack3rcon started after a group a local hacker types decided to try and bring much needed awareness to the folks that live and protect right here in WV. I put together a series of Hack3rcon alien videos for fun that went a little viral on the security socialwebz. Do in part to Vivek Ramachandran (now of SecurityTube.net) picking them up with his early version of the SecurityTube engine and then sharing and blogging about our efforts. That and our all-star speaker lineup that year… Check out that lineup:
Hack3rCon Welcome Message
Hack3rcon was a fun project and we made many new friends along the way. Friends that returned each year for more of what Hack3rcon had to offer.
Will Hack3rcon ever return? It’s possible. So, stay tuned.
The 304Geeks are evolving. New leadership, new blood, new ideas and now a new security conference. The new leadership has some fun and ambitious ideas for creating a new conference that will cater to both the same community that made Hack3rcon possible and our own infrastructure and resources right here in WV.

Check out SecureWV.com CPF is open!
Hope to see you there!

304Geek

Halloween ComicFest 2014

Halloween ComicFest is like Free Comic Book Day, only it is the Saturday before Halloween and features more scary and horror related comics.  That means this Saturday October 25th.

There will be full size comics from Archie, DC with Batman, Avatar Press, Zenescope Entertainment, Action Lab, Marvel Comics, Aspen, IDW with MY Little Pony, Abstract Studios, and Viz Media.  There are also mini-comics, smaller size but same great taste, with Angry Birds, Betty & Veronica, Boom! Studios, Little Battlers Experience, Mermin, Plants Vs. Zombies, and Vamplets.

There is also a costume contest to go along with the event.  To enter, pick up one of the free comics, take a picture holding one of the comics in costume, upload your photo in one of five categories (comics, TV/movie, gamer, horror, original), write a short description, and then share your photo with others to get votes.  Two random grand prize winners will win $500 shopping spre at a participating comic shop.  Two random winners in each category will win a $100 shopping spree.  The two costumes that receive the most votes in category will also receive a Prize Pack from one of the Halloween ComicFest Sponsors.

Location that are participating include Lost Legion Comics & Games and Books A Million in Charleston, Purple Earth Comics and Comic World in Huntington, Four Horsemen Comics &Games in Morgantown, Comic Paradise Plus in Fairmont, Your Hobby Place in Martinsburg, Lost Legion the Vault in Parkersburg, and Lost Legion the Castle in Beckley,

Another great reason to go visit a local shop, hang out and meet some new people, get some comics, and maybe pick up something while you are there.

 

Sci-Film Series and Screenings

The Clay Center’s Science-Fiction Film Series returns this week with Fahrenheit 451 on Friday October 17th and Saturday October 18th at 7:30pm at the electric Sky Theater.  The movie, based on the Ray Bradbury novel, follows Guy Montag whose job is to burn all books till he starts to read some and question the world he lives in.  The movie has a runtime of 112 minutes.

They will have another showing in December with The Brother from Another Planet.  Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th at 7pm.  The movie follows an escaped alien slave who crash-lands in New York Harbor and flees two Men in Black.

Both are just $6 each per person.

They are also doing a special free screening on Halloween with the silent 1922 Nosferatu at 11:30pm, Friday October 31st.  The film is considered a Masterpiece of silent cinema.  The earliest screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula follows Count Orlok.  The movie runtime is 94 minutes.

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Another screening you might want to go it up in Sutton at the Elk Theatre they will be showing John Carpenter’s Halloween on October 28, 29, 30, and 31 at 7pm each night.  Admission is $5 per person.  Halloween is the original 1978 slasher film to feature Micheal Myers stalking a young Jamie Lee Curtis and being followed by his psychiatrist Donal Pleasence.  The Elk Theater is a one screen 1930’s movie theater that was put on The National Historic Registry in 1987.

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Let us also not forget the Rifftrax live screening of Anaconda on Thursday October 30th at 8pm and re-broadcast on Tuesday November 4th 7:30pm.  This will be your only chance to see the movie get riffed.  The movie has Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, and more fighting a giant snake in the Amazon.  The movie will be shown at theaters in Bridgeport, Morgantown, Nitro, and Barboursville at about $12.50 a ticket.

 

Dead Screamers: Dead Wood Circus

Zombie Frogz’s  Dead Screamers are opening their haunted trail at Coonskin Park in Charleston this Friday, the theme this year is Dead Wood Circus.  The Trail is open October 17, 18, 24, 25, 30, 31, and November 1 from 7pm to 11pm.  This event will feature the scariest thing imaginable, clowns.

On October 17, 1932, The Dead Wood Circus train was heading into Charleston when it collided with a passenger train heading in the other direction. After the wreckage was cleared, it was determined that fifteen passengers on the passenger train, and most of the circus animals died in the collision. While sixty-three circus performers were missing, and presumed dead, their bodies were never found.

For years, it was said that, late at night, strange lights and circus type noises came from the area of the wreck. The wreck site is now inside Coonskin Park, and park employees always refuse to stay past dusk, claiming the park is haunted by The Dark Circus, as they now call it.

Now, Zombie Frogz Ghost Hunters has obtained permission to open Coonskin after dark, and invite the public to see just what remains of The Dead Wood Circus

On the 18th Miss Amanda the morning host on 96.1 the Wolf will be at the trail along with the West Virginia Ghostbusters.  They have a concession stand on site selling snacks like soda, hot chocolate, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and chips.

Admission is $10.  A portion of the money raised will be donated to the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association.  KCHA is committed to saving the lives of animals through sheltering, adoption, foster care, spay and neuter programs, cruelty prevention, and community outreach.

Dead Screamers, located in Charleston, is a group of the strangest people the area has to offer.  They started the haunted trail in 2011 so they would have a legal way to frighten people.  Plus help the community.