Free Comic Book Day 2017

Saturday is Free Comic Book Day.  I am tired and do not want to go over what that means.  What comics are available.  What shops and stores are participating and what they are doing to celebrate.  Go search for yourselves, you will be happy you did.

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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Opening Day 2017

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston is holding its Opening Day this Saturday April 1st.  Be one of the first to check out the restoration and preservation work that was completed over this past winder while the ghosts were on vacation.

The doors open at 9:30am on Saturday and 11:30am on Sunday.  They will then stay open till 6pm.  Tours will leave hourly from 10am to 5pm.

The first 150 ticket holders will receive a 2017 Souvenir Wine Glass.

Normal tour hours run Tuesday through Friday & Sunday Noon to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 6pm.  The asylum is closed on Mondays.  The main doors open 30 minutes before the first tour.  Tours generally leave on the hour, show up before your time.

There are four daily tours to choose from, all but one are a historical focused.  First Floor Tours are 45 minutes is $10.  Four Floor Tour is 90 minutes for $30.  Criminally Insane Tour is an hour and $15.  A Daytime Paranormal Tour is 90 minutes and $35.

Weekend Tours include Farm and Cemetery Tour, VIP Tour, Photo Tour, Nighttime Paranormal tour, and Overnight Ghost Hunt.

Fans of historical buildings and ghost stories should try to get up this weekend or some other time before it closes for the season on November 5th.

Welcome to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum located in Weston, WV. Formerly known as the Weston State Hospital, this West Virginia facility served as a sanctuary for the mentally ill in the mid-1800’s. The history of the building holds fascinating stories of Civil War raids, a gold robbery, the “curative” effects of architecture, and the efforts of determined individuals to help better the lives of the mentally ill. Tour this nationally recognized landmark and see how it left a lasting impression on local and national history. Daily heritage tours are available for both small and large groups.

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.