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.