Tri-Con 2019

Tri-Con is back Saturday June 8th at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington from 10am to 6pm.  The comic convention is put on every year by publisher Broken Icon Comics.

Guests for this year is a range of artists, writers, inkers, and other comic creators Darryl Banks (Green Lantern, Legion of Superheroes), Morgan Beem (Wolfsbane, Adventure Time), Tressina Bowling (Kentucky Kaiju, CASH + CARRIE), Jorge Corona (Big Trouble in Little China, Jim Henson’s Storyteller), Daxiong, Justin Birch (Action Lab, IDW), Rob Dumo (Robyn Hood, Eccentrix), Mark Kidwell (’68, BUMP), Jay Leisten (Uncanny X-Men, Death of Wolverine), Tommy Patterson (Game of Thrones, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Cory Smith (TMNT, Nova), Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp, Guy Gardner Warrior), Gavin Smith (Dead Legends, Deadly Class), Justin Stewart (Grrl Scouts, Howard the Human), Nick Wentland (Army of Darkness, GI Joe), and former WWE Superstar Ryback.

Exhibitors setting up this are comic creators Todd Beistel, Mike Belcher, Ray Coffman, Bob Corby; artists TodD Frazer, Andrew Heath; authors Seth Baker, Edward Brenwalt, and Mike Mallow; publishers ElectroMagnetic Press, Gravely Unusual Magazine, Mess Bucket Comics, Old World Comics; geek crafters Burrito Princess, PopStich, and many more others.

There will be vendor setting from shops like The Inner Geek, Atomic Comic and Collectibles, Classic Plastic Toy Store; dealers like Gem City Books and Planet Plush; others like Heroes By the Pint podcast and Kendama Institute.

Events at the con will include panels from the guests, a costume contest, new comics debuting, and a charity auction for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  Gaming all day hosted by the Goblin Traders.  Cosplay props from the Black Mountain Guard and 501st Legion Squad Corellia plus the Mystery Machine.  Friday night before the con, there will be a Drink & Draw at Sharkey’s from 8pm to midnight.

Tickets will be just $10 at the door.  Kids under 10 get in free.  The first 1500 attendees get exclusive Tricon wristbands.

A must for comic book fans and collectors of general nerdy items.

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First HerdCon

The first HerdCon is this Saturday March 16th from 9am-8pm on the Marshall University Campus in Huntington.

Panels for the con include panels from college professors (Pop Culture in the Classroom, Star Wars and Personality, Psychology of Social Exclusion) and regular fan panels (Cosplay Modeling 101, LGBT History and Representation in Video Games, Socializing in Online Gaming).  There will also be Quick Draw with JR Earls, belly dancing workshop and performance from Final Form Fusion, a cosplay contest hosted by Kiss A Frog Cosplay and Brittany Whitt, mobile escape room from Lost Escape Room, ARTEMIS: Starship Bridge Simulator, Outer Rim Praxeum Light Saber School demo, relaxation lounge, live podcasts, create your own video game workshops, screenings, slime fun station from the Ghostbusters, and more to enjoy.

Table-top gaming during the day include various RPG sessions (D&D 5E, Mystic Forces by Noble Quests, different Cthulhu games, Cypher System, Starfinder, and others) games of Werewolf by Critically Absurd, and various games from Goblin Traders (Dragon Ball Super TCG, Flames of War miniatures, Keyforge TCG, historic tabletop wargaming, Transformers TCG, Warhammer 40k), Magic: The Gathering tournaments hosted by Hometown Hobbies, game demos from Family Game Night, and game libraries from Charcon and Hunting Unplugged Gaming Society.

On the video game side of things you have a Smash Brothers tournament, various retro games, and Fallout 76 set-up.

Vendors and artists lined-up include 2nd Chance Games, Anime Palace, Ben Durfee, Burrito Princess, Frech Studios, Jason Pell, Joshua Smith, Mermaid Lagoon Boutique, Off the Hook, Two Tinkers, Third Floor Comics, Travis Tomblin, Tri-State Toys, and more.

Exhibitors include Black Mountain Guard of the Mandalorian Mercs, Cabell county Public Library, Causeplayers, Fantastic Floor Nerdcast, Knerds of the Roundtable, various Marshall clubs and departments (Comic Book Club, Japan Club, Roleplaying Club, Hackers for Charity, Game Development Guild), Rebel Legion/501st Legion, and various local conventions.

Admission is free to MU students, faculty, staff, and for anyone 18 or younger.  VIP tickets are $25 which comes with early access, a t-shirt, custom HerdCon die, and other swag.  General admission is $5.

Classic Plastics Toy Expo 2019

Classic Plastics Toy Expo returns Saturday March 2nd 10am-6pm to Sunday March 3rd  11am-5pm at the Parkersburg Art Center.  The event is a fundraiser for the Parkersburg Art Center and Downtown Parkersburg.  The Expo is run by the Classic Plastics Toy Store.

Guests for the event are Timothy Zahn Star Wars author and creator of Thrawn and Mara Jade; Daniel Pesina who was the model for Johnny Cage, Sub Zero, and Scorpion in Mortal Kombat, comic creator Victor Dandridge Jr., and artist Michael Watson.  Black Mountain Guard, 501st Garrison Corellia, and WV Ghostbusters, and Ratha Con will have a life-sized speeder bike for photo opportunities.

Vendors and artists that will be set-up include J&M Used Bookstore, Burrito Princess, Terry W. Ervin, Joshua E. B. Smith, Black Dragon Ventures, C.O. Creations, New Dimension Comics, ROMA Collectibles, Reye’s Video Games, Super-Fly Comics & Games, Freestyle Komics, Hyve of Villainy, G&C Pez, Ren McKenzie, Lost Legion The Vault, Motivational Bricktures, So Pro Comics, Hot Wheels Mike, Chippies Anime, Third Floor Comics, Bughouse Comics, EZ Cash & Pawn, Enchanted Hart, Comics and Kicks, James Patrick, Cody Booth, Masters of the Comicverse, and more shops, personal sellers, and others selling various items.  The exclusive food vendor for the Expo and after party is Hot Dog Willy’s.

Events will include U Cre-8 Comics workshop on creating comic character, sketch challenge with Michael Watson, and Scorpion Rope Dart Demo, all are on both days.  There has been mentioned of a gaming area but no info has been put out about it.  A costume contest on Saturday judged by Celestiial Cosplay, Midori Kaguya Cosplay, and Hattey Cosplay with several categories to enter.  On Saturday after the Expo, the Dils Center will be running an all-ages after party.  Right down the street and tickets are $5.  They will have karaoke with Daniel Pesina in Scorpion costume.
Downtown Parkersburg is also running their Savor Saturday during the Expo.  Local restaurants will be offering $1 sample items of their menu.

Tickets are just $5 for each day or $8 for both day.  Children ten and under get in for free.

Lots for all kinds of collectors and fans to check out.  Plus plenty to keep you distracted around the same area.

The 17th Annual Mothman Festival

The 17th annual Mothman Festival returns this weekend September 15th and Sunday 16th.  The event takes place on Main Street Pt. Pleasant and surrounding area.  The festival is an annual gathering that commemorates the mysterious visit of the “Mothman” in the 1960’s and is an event for all ages.  The combination of a convention and street fair.  The event itself is free, but certain events cost a little extra.

There will be plenty to see and plenty to do.  The even will have guest speakers, cosplay groups (501st Legion, Garrison Corellia, Ghostbusters from WV and Ohio with 40ft Stay Puff Marshmallow man, Men in Black, Bigfoot, Mothman costume), TNT Area Bus Tours, kick starter event on Friday night, covered wagon rides, Mothman hayrides, Mothman 5k, Lowe Hotel, the Mothman Museum, Mothman Statue, Mothman themed food items, live music, carnival games, face painting, Hillbilly Zip Line, an obstacle course. merchandise vendors, Fallout 76 fan event and giveaways from Bethesda, Mothman Pageant winners, and more to check out.

The panels on Men in Black, various cryptids, UFOs, the Battle of Point Pleasant, and more at the Historic State Theater.  On Saturday at 7pm at the , there will be a screening of the first installment of American Monster Tour, “Oklahoma Demon Flyer,” followed by a Q&A.  American Monster Tour is an independent documentary series investigating cryptids across America.  Other speakers include Ken Gerhard, Nick Redfern, and Lyle Blackburn.

Friday night on the September 14th, there will be a screening of three movies about small town monsters on the big screen at the State Theater starting at 6pm.  Admission is free.

I really do believe this is an event that everyone should experience at least once.  Lots to see and people to meet.

WV Pop Con 2018

West Virginia Popular Culture & Comic Book Convention (WV Pop Con) is back this Saturday August 25th and Sunday August 26th at Mylan Park in Morgantown.

The featured guests for the con are Patrick Olliffe (Scooby-Doo Apocalypse, Spider-Man, Batman), Shawn Gabborin (Puppet Master, Dollman Kills, Action Lab), Chad Cicconi (sketch card artist, NFL Rush Zone), and Mike Okamoto (Lost in Space, Kabuki, Lady Death).

There will be Jerry Frech, Andrew Carter, writer Daniel Foster, Mytron Studios, Ernie Stiner (Nick Fury, G.I. Joe), David Newbold (Fantastic Four, Runaways), Bomtron Art (Topps Sketch Card Artist), Jason Pell, Larry Morgan and Electro-Magnetic Press, and other artists and creators selling comics, books, prints, and other creations.

Other interesting people at the con include all-girl VEX Robotics team from Westwood Middle School Steambotics, #ixlab, indie horror movie and comic creators Head on Stick Productions, indie video game studio FYRE Games, Mandalorian Mercs The Black Mountain Guard, Rebel Legion, KITT from Knight Rider, Thirteen Palm Tress Podcast Productions, Morgantown Roller Vixens, 501st Legion Garrison Corellia, Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, card game creators Milton Roe Creative, Youtubers Let’s Play All the Games, cosplayers Nubzcosplay, Bunny Bombshell, Santana, Kesra, Sheena Bot, and The Illustrious Captain Fish.

There will be several fandom crafters there as well selling things like coasters, keychains, jewelry, bags, candles, soaps, pallets, stickers, pillows, bath bombs, clothes, cosplay items, plushies, dream catchers, leather goods, quilted items, and lots more.

Vendors at the con will have your supply of posters, Legos and sets, chainmail jewelry and armor, comics, graphic novels, games, collectables, vintage and new toys, video games and systems, Funko Pops, plushies, cards, and more.

Activities during the weekend include photo back drop, table top gaming library, paint and take, panels on table top games, indie comics, cosplay, and more; kids costume contest on Saturday and adults on Sunday.  Food trucks will be out in the parking lot both days to choose from.

One day admission is $10, two-day admission is $20, a Pop Con tee will be $15, two-day admission with tee is $35.  Children under 10 get in free.  Cheaper if you pre-reg.

JediCon WV and Marx Toy & Train Show

This Father’s Day weekend includes a few shows for collectors.

Jedi Con WV is June 16th from 10am to 4pm at the New Martinsville United Methodist Church in New Martinsville.  Admission is $1 and all proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network.

The event will have a lightsaber demonstration and training by Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, guests speakers Kim Simmons (Kenner Star Wars toys photographer), and Jason West who will be talking about Jawa focus collecting, a silent auction, and guest apperances by the Garrison Corellia of the 501st Legion and Mandalorian Mercs Black Mountain Guard.

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The 20th Annual National Marx Toy & Train Show is at the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling.  The show is June 15th 8am to 7pm and June 16th 8am to 5pm.  Admission is $10, for student 3-17 admission is $5.

Events include guest speakers, group photo, Custom’s Contest, pizza social, and a chance to show off your unusual or rare Marx items.

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A Sports Cards and Collectables Show at the Charleston Town Center from June 15 through June 17th.  The show is open during mall hours and is hosted by Select Cards & Collectables.  Tickets are $10.

On Saturday from noon to 2pm they will have College Football Hall of Famer and Mountaineer great Major Harris signing autographs.  They will also have an expert comic book grader, David “Speed” Jones, there, he will grade your first comic for free and varying charge after that.

All of these events are great for collectors.  Just depends on what your focus is.

Two Cons For Good Causes

This Saturday November 4th two different cons will both be running in Charleston to raise money for charity.

At the Capital City Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police in Charleston will hold this year’s Extra Life Con, a board game convention to raise money for WVU Children Hospital.  The event goes from 11am to 11pm and is part of the Extra Life charity Game Day.

From 2pm to 8pm there will be raffles for over a dozen donated prizes; such as board games and two passes to the Lock & Coded Escape Rooms.  Entry to the event comes with five free tickets and you can buy more for $1 each.

There will be pods of Magic Commander, with free booster packs given out, through out the day as they get enough people.  No extra fee to play.  A tournament table will be set up with different games you can join for $2.  Winners will receive an extra ten raffle tickets.  Games will be played as they fill up.

The board game library from CharCon will have around fifty games for anyone to try and play.  Donate old games and buy news ones, with the money going to the WVU Children’s Hospital.

Entry to the event is $25.

Mountain State Pop Expo will be at the South Charleston Holiday Inn and Suites both Saturday and Sunday.  It is a celebration of fandom and a benefit for the Children’s Home Society of WV.  The vendor room is open from 10am to 6pm with events in the panel rooms going even later.

Set up will be artists, writers, cosplayers, comic and toy dealers, the 501st, nerdy craft makers, video games, video production companies, Ghostbusters, table-top games, and more fun stuff to buy.

There will be a performance from Final Form Fusion belly-dancing, a cosplay contest, raffle prizes, and panels (including one on Nerd Music from myself).

Tickets are $10 for one day or $15 for both.

Either event looks like fun and helps out a good cause.  In fact you could do both if you really wanted.