Rising Star 23

West Virginia’s oldest convention, Rising Star, returns for another year.  October Friday 24th and Saturday 25th at the Bluefield State College (BSC) in Bluefield.  This will be Rising Star 23 and the theme for the year is Kaiju and celebrating the birthday of Godzilla.

Guests at the con are Beck Seashols (art of cute and LucasArts artist), R.S. Rob Belcher (author of Six gun Tarot), Chris DeHart (zombie make-up artist and props), Ashley Holohan (anthropomorphic artist), Kim Headlee (author of Dawnflight), Nicholas Anderson (blogger of WV Fandoms Blog), K.R. Thompson (author of The Keeper Saga), Andrew and Tiffany Ragland (FASA Corporation Game Reps), S. C. Houff (author of Spring Blessings: From the Files of the Department of the Arcane), Laura Lin (local paranormal author), Dan Delby (comic book author), Consortium 499 (filmmaker and alternate soundtracks), Paul Delinger (author of Dr. Lazarus & Other Stories), White Plectrum (filker and comedy), Studio Unseen (webcomic creators), plus Mark and Amanda Davis (local artists).

Groups attending include Strange Aeons (LARP), Pure Steam (steampunk gaming), Black Diamond Paranormal Society, Abingdon Historical Combat (renaissance-era combat instructors, BSC Robotics (award-winning robotics team), and the Rebel Legion’s Freedom Base (Star Wars costuming group).

Programming will include game demos, discussion panels, board gaming, anime viewing room, video gaming, dealers and artists, photo ops, costume contest, concert, charity auction, concessions, brony meet up, Werewolf games, workshops, and just generally hanging out with some of the old guard.  I will be running a game show on Saturday, so come check out Geek On to see who the biggest nerd is.  The charity auction on Saturday will raise money to establish the Johnny Miller and David Craig Memorial Scholarships.

A pass is only $5 at the door for both days.  BSC students, faculty, and staff get in free though.

Fans who like small events and many different fandoms will want to come check this out.

 

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Rising Star 22

Rising Star is a sci-fi convention held on the campus of Bluefield State College in Bluefield.  It is a small and very relaxed style convention that covers many different fandoms.  This year’s event is on October 25th through the 26th.

Guests at this year’s con are Kim Headlee (Arthurian author), Ashley Holohan (furry artist), Mark and Amanda Davis (artists), Seth Banner (artist), Chris Impink and Barb Fischer (webcomic), Laura Lin (paranormal author), Dan Delby (comics), Paul Dellinger (UFO writer), Consortium 499 (musician), Pure Steam (steampunk gaming), the Bluefield State College Robotics Team, Strange AEON LARP, Black Diamond Paranormal Society, Sisters of Salem (paranormal group), Chris Dehart (make up artist), White Plectrum (filker), Abingdom Historical Combat, and the biggest start of all (read: full of flaming gas) myself.

Things to do and see at the con include an art show and auction, makeup demos, table top gaming, tournaments by Rare Hunters, dealers, art demos, video game tourneys by Game Stop, charity auction, dance party, fighting demos, LARPing, My Little Pony meetup, film fest, anime room, costume call, photo ops, music concerts, and various panels.  I will be holding a panel on “Nerd Music” and joining the panel on Doctor Who.    Food will be available on site for purchase.

Passes to the con are only $5. Students and staff of Bluefield State College get in free with a BSC ID.  This is something for fans who like small events and are more into events with substance instead of flashing events.

Over the Border: WyvaCon

WyvaCon is a small knit sci-fi/horror/gaming convention in Wytheville, VA.  They started just last year and for their second event they will be on Saturday July 27th from 9am-5pm at the Wytheville Meeting Center.

The 501st Legion will be in attendance helping to raise money for a new Death Sta…. I mean St. Jude Children’s Hospital through photo ops and hourly raffle drawings.  Raffle tickets are $1.  Abingdon Historical Combat a medieval martial arts recreationists will be doing combat demos in costume.  Other guests for the con include authors CJ Henderson (over 75 books/novels plus short stories and comics) and Kim Headlee (with her own Arthurian series), comic creator Dan Delby, and Ravenloft (White Wolf) artist Jamie Ryan Powers.

Event wise the con’s costume contests will starts at Noon with prizes for the best male and female costumes for both adults and kids.  A silent art auction starts at 9am and ends at 2pm.  Plus a Nerdy Book Exchange, to change out up to three sci-fi/fantasy works you no longer want for new ones, goes from 9am to 4pm.
Gaming at the con includes a Warhammer 40K Tournament 9am, two Appalachian Steampunk Pathfinder RPG demos by Pure Steam will be held, and a Magic: The Gathering sealed deck tournament by Video Game Exchange of Wytheville.  Game Stop of Wytheville is sponsoring tournaments for Persona Arena 4 on Playstation and Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Admission is only $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under.  Food and drinks will be sold at the event too.  If you are interested in being a vendor, spaces are $15 and get you a table, chair, and badge to sell your wares.

A good show for that friendly feeling and let your nerd flag fly.  Check out this video from last year to get at taste of what is to come.