Tsubasacon 2016

Tsubasacon is back for another year this Friday September 30th to Sunday October 2nd at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and Convention Center in Huntington.

Voice actor guests for this are Steve Blum well know for his work in Cowboy Beebop, Big O, Naruto, Digimon, and many other animes, he also has the Guinness Book of World Record for most voice roles in video games, plus he voiced many incarnations of Wolverine, Amon in Legend of Korra, TOM the host of Toonami, hundreds of other roles and Caitlynn French known for such roles as Shiro from No Game No Life, Miyu Edelfelt Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Lllya, Matsurika from Maria-Holic, and several others from Sentai Filmworks.

This year they have two music acts nerdcore artist and cosplayer Shadow Clone and nerd pop band the Night Sabers.  Other guests are Pachinko Fever who will be bringing a selection of pachinko machines to play, boffer combat troupe Sleeping Samurai, Tokyo Attack who bring a collection of Japanese arcade machines, panelist group Vitamin H, the Carolina Manga Library, and convention game show host Greggo.

Events include game shows by Greggo, two video rooms, formal masquerade ball on Friday night, AMV contest Saturday morning, guest Q&A and autographs, a dance party on Saturday night, two Cosplay Lip Sync contests (one all ages and one 18+), In-Character Contest, an Iron Cosplay Contest on Sunday, and the big cosplay contest on Saturday.  Fan panels on such topics as Fire Emblem, crossplay, Japanese language, several on cosplaying and cosplay culture, Final Fantasy, chainmaile workshop, traveling to Japan, Japanese Culture, Kpop and Jpop, RWBY, and plenty more to check out.

The video gaming section on the con will have a room-scale virtual reality set-up, free play consoles from Rare Drops, tournaments of Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, J Stars Victory, Halo, Pokken, and more through out the weekend and a mobile gaming area.   Hobby gaming will have tournaments provided by Dungeon Dwellers with several tournaments for Magic, Force of Will, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dice Masters, and Heroclix; plus on a Guild Ball tournament on Saturday and on Sunday a Warmachine and Hordes tournament; the Pathfinder Society will be running scenarios throughout all three days, and a game library from Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society.

In the vendor/artist alley you will be able to find t-shirts, DVDs, manga, cosplay items, figurines, keychains, plushies, wigs, plenty of other accessories and collectibles, jewelry, weapons, Japanese snacks, games, CDs, art prints, comics, steampunk wear, nerdy crafts, and so much more.

It is $45 for the weekend, $30 for just Friday, $20 for just Sunday, and $40 for a Saturday/Sunday badge.  Wristbands that will only get you into the video and table-top gaming sections will be $35 for the weekend, $20 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, and $15 for Sunday.  Children, between ages 7-12, badges are $20 for the weekend and $10 for Sunday both with the purchase of an adult’s.  Children under seven are free.

Fans of cosplay, anime, gaming, internet culture, and the like should all be able to find something to interest them at this con.

Press Release: Rising Star Science Fiction Convention 2015

West Virginia State University Artist-in-Residence Daniel Boyd will be the featured presenter at the Rising Star Science Fiction Convention, October 23 and 24 at the Harris – Jefferson Student Center of Bluefield State College. Boyd will be discussing “Next–to–No-Budget Filmmaking in West Virginia” on Friday night. The talk will be a discussion of how he produced three low-budget films during the 1980s in a state not well known for its film industry. This will be followed by a twenty-fifth anniversary showing of his SF adventure, “Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers.”
On Saturday afternoon, he will be taking part in a discussion of independent comics. His third graphic novel, “Carbon” was released earlier this year. It’s sequel, “Salt” is currently in the planning stages.

Other creative talents from web and print comics include local artist/writer Dan Delby, Jason Pell, Glen Richardson, Chris Impink and Barb Fischer. Author guests include Kim Headlee, S. C. Houff, and Paul Dellinger. Artists attending include Jenn DePaola and Ashley Holohan.

A tentpole of the event is the annual appearance of the award-winning Bluefield State College Robotics Team. Well known and well-respected in the college robotics field, the team demonstrate their latest projects and innovations in the field of autonomous mechanisms.

Other items of interest include tradition tabletop, card and electronic games, anime, workshops, a vendors area and much more. The centerpiece of the event is a collectibles auction which raises funds toward the endowment of scholarships in the names of Jonathan David Miller and David Eugene Craig, founding members of the Bluefield State College Science Fiction Club. All proceeds from the auction go toward the goal of raising $10,000.00 to endow a $500.00 annual scholarship in the name of the honorees. A portion of any net profits from the convention itself will also be applied to this goal.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening, with programming starting at 7:00 p.m. and going on until roughly midnight. The doors reopen Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. and are open until the end of the Saturday evening entertainment, which includes a concert by musical comedy group White Plectrum. Admission at the door for attendees six and up is $5.00 to the public. Students of Bluefield State College, as well as faculty and staff get in free.

 

Tsubasacon 2015

Tsubasacon is a three-day anime, cosplay, and gaming con at the Big Sandy Area and Riverfront Conference Center in Huntington on Friday October 8th to Sunday October 10th.

Voice actor guests for this year are  Kyle Hebert (DBZ, Bleach, Naruto), Keith Silverstein (Gundam Unicorn, Monster, Sailor Moon), and Matthew Erickson (Crest/Banner of the Stars, Zoids, Gundam SEED Destiny).  Other guests are Japanese rock band Kazha, anime anthropologist Charles Dunbar, Carolina Manga Library, panelist group Vitamin H Productions, Japanese arcade machine owners Tokyo Attack,  boffer fighters Sleeping Samurai, and game show host Greggo.

Events at the con include their usual activities plus some new ones.  The cosplay masquerade will be on Saturday.  There will also be an In-Character Contest on Friday and Cosplay Lip Sync contest on Saturday (18+ version on Friday night).  Panels from guests and attendees, Greggo’s game shows, two viewing rooms, autographs, concerts, formal ball on Friday and dance party on Saturday, martial arts demo, artist alley and vendor room to check out, manga library, photo shoots, AMV contest and more.

Video Gaming this year will be run by Rare Drops.  They will hold tournaments throughout the weekend on J Stars Victory, Mortal Kombat X, SSFighter 4 Ultra, Smash Bros Melee and 4, Injustice, Mario Kart Double Dash and 8, Naruto 2, Halo 2, Call of Duty, and Project M.  They will also have high score challenges on Donkey Kong, Super Mario Maker, and Tetris over the weekend.  You can pre-reg for the tournaments now.  Tokyo Attack will have 13 different arcade cabinets for free play and will be holding a DDR tournament on Saturday.  There is also the Tsu Region Pokémon League to play in.

Tsubasacon is holding a whole new table top gaming area as well.  The Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society will have a library of board games to check out.  Dungeon Dwellers will be teaching and holding tournaments on Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh.  RPGs from Pathfinder Society and Sparks, Warmachine and Hordes demo, and open gaming area.

Pre-reg goes until October 8th and is $45 for the weekend.  At door prices are $45 for weekend, $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday and Sunday, $20 for Sunday, and free for kids under 7.  On Saturday they will also have a $25 Gaming Badge that will let you into the gaming area, but only that.  The con is also collecting goods for the Ronald McDonald House.

Fans of anime, cosplay, gaming, and Japanese media, this is your event.

Nerdy Movies from Fathom

Fathom Events has a lot of movies and events coming up in the next few months.  Here is a listing of some to take a look at.  You will have to check for what theaters near yourself who might be doing any showings.

On Thursday July 16th at 7:30pm RiffTrax presents the re-broadcast of their live riffing of Sharknado 2: The Second One.  Another chance to see this bizarre shark weather movie get the skewing it deserves.

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On Tuesday July 21st at 8:30pm watch a special on the world of pro-gaming, All Work All Play: The Pursuit of eSports Glory.  There will be a rebroadcast on Thursday July 30th at 7:30pm.

It features a panel discussion with some gaming legends and a StarCraft II battle.

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On Tuesday August 4th and Wednesday August 5th at 7:30pm watch the latest Dragon Ball Z movie Resurrection ‘F’.  There will be repeats on August 8th and 11th as well.

This movie, supervised by Akira Toriyama himself, is a sequel to last year’s Battle of Gods and features the return of Frieza.

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Saturday August 8th at 5pm check out a live showing of The International 2015 Dota 2 Championships.

The top two Dota teams compete for the largest cash prize in eSports history ($15 million) at Seattle’s KeyArena.

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Sunday September 20th at 2pm and 7pm watch Alfred Hitchcock’s classic psychological thriller Psycho shown in its originally aspect ratio presented by TCM.  Repeat on Wednesday September 23rd at 2pm and 7pm.

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Wednesday September 30th at 7pm show up for The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, a re-mastered and enhanced movie with two all-new scenes.  Encore presentation on Sunday October 4th at noon.

The Annie Award winner is described as E.T. with a giant robot stars Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr, and Vin Diesel as the giant robot.

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RifTrax returns Thursday October 1st at 8pm, and Tuesday October 6th at 7:30pm, with Miami Connection.  A movie so 80s no human words can describe it.  Though it does feature motorcycle-riding ninjas versus a rock band.

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And finally for this update, a double showing of Dracula on Sunday October 25 at 2pm and 7pm and Wednesday October 28th at 2pm and 7pm presented by TCM.  Watch the classic 1931 vampire film Dracula with Bela Lugosi and then watch the Spanish version shot at the same time at night with a different cast.

Natsu no Tsubasacon 2015

Tsubasacon‘s annual potluck picnic, Natsu no Tsubasacon, is this Saturday June 27th at Ritter Park in Huntington, rain or shine, from noon till around 4pm or later.

They will be cooking hot dogs and selling bottles of water for Ronald McDonald House.  To be part of the pot luck, sign-up online to let everyone know what you will be bringing.  There will be side dishes, fruit and vegetable trays, chips, desserts, ice, Gatorade, soda, and more.

Events throughout the day include an anime swap meet, mini cosplay contest, group photo, suikawari (watermelon smashing), kickball games, and water battle with water balloons, bring your own water gun though.  There will be anime and video gaming music through out the day along with anime showings.  The swap meet is trade only.  The D20 Girls Project of West Virginia will be hosting a game of humans vs zombies with Nerf guns.  A Pokémon tournament will be there as well.  Challenge a series of trainers with three Pokémon and learn about more what Pokémon events will be at Tsubasacon.  

If you have any other games or activities you want to do, you will have no problem finding people to join you.  Or you could just hang out and chat with people.

The con will be collecting donations for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Items they are looking for are: any kid friendly items, frozen dinners, cereal bars, laundry detergent, toilet cleaners, dish detergent, plastic wrap, garbage bags, hand soap, food storage containers, light bulbs, tissues, and gift cards.  Check the McDonald House site for more items you can give.

The picnic is the last chance to get your three-day pass to Tsubasacon for only $35.

If you want to hang out with fellow anime fans outside, there is no better time than this.

Tsubasacon 2014

Tsubasacon returns this year on Friday October 10th through Sunday the 13th at the Riverfront Ballroom and Conference Center in Huntington.

Guests for this year are voice actors D.C. Douglas (Resident Evil, Mass Effect), Paul St. Peter (Naruto, Robotech, Bleach), Lisle Wilkerson (Tekken, Virtual Fighter); game show host Greggo, and musical guest the video game inspired Eien Strife.

Events lined up include panels, several game shows, video game tournaments, anime showings, concerts, improv, karaoke, games of Cards Against Humanity, AMV contest, martial arts exhibition, autograph sessions, rave, and more.  There will be panels about video games, Homestuck, art, animes, cosplay, crochet, figurines, Avatar, music, Japanese cinema, exercise, RPGs, and more.  I am personally doing five panels over the weekend under the name Otaku@DEEP.  Big events over the weekend are the Formal Masquerade Ball (Halloween Theme) and NIghtmare Night Festival (My Little Pony) on Friday night, a cosplay parade (along the sidewalk), cosplay masquerade, and cosplay lip sync contest on Saturday, plus a talent show on Sunday.

Power Up is holding some retro video game tournaments in the video game room.  The Tsubasa Region Pokemon League is holding their second year of battles.  Battle against Gym Leaders and earn badges to be the best, the best there ever was.  The cosplay masquerade and lip sync contest will be the city auditorium at city hall.

They also have a full vendor room, artists alley, the 501st Squad Corellia, and plenty more to see.  The 501st is holding a raffle, to enter bring a toy donatio to win some Star Wars collectibles.

Registration will be $45 for the weekend, $30 for just Friday, $40 for just Saturday, and $20 for just Sunday.   The cosplay parade is free though to go check out.

If you like anime, video games, or cosplay this is the biggest of the year for all that.  Lots to see, do, or just come to hang out with friends old and new.

Yet Again More Movies To Go See

Some more movies on being showed around to check out.

Carrie Kirk's photo.

The Kanawha Players Theater has another classic movie viewing Friday (July 11) at 10pm.  This time it is Spooks Run Wild with Bella Lugosi and is part of East Side Kids series of films.  In this one the boys are sent to mountain camp, hear about a killer on the loose, and end up at Lugosi’s mansion.  A comedy/horror film for all to enjoy.

Tickets are just $3 and concessions will be sold.

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The Orpheum Project presents Trek in the Parking(ing garage) with The Menagerie Pts. 1 and 2.  The one where the pilot episode of the series is shown to the current crew of the Enterprise.

It is this Saturday, July 12th, at 8pm at the parking garage by the Cabell County Public Library.

Water and Cracker Jacks will be provided to all.

 

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The Clay Center’s Sci-Fi Film Series, using the planetarium screen, continues with Brazil and Fahrenheit 451.

Brazil, Terry Gilliam’s Oscar nominee Orwellian future, will be shown at 7pm Friday August 15th and Saturday August 16th.  Fahrenheit 451 is based on the Ray Bradbury novel tells of a firefighter who burns books for living.  It will be shown on Friday October 17th and Saturday October 18th at 7:30pm.

Both films are just $6 each.
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For fans of anime, the latest Dragonball Z movie Battle of Gods is getting a limited release in theaters on August 5, 6, 7, and 9.  Some of those are in state.  The movie will be shown at the Morgantown Mall Cinema, Bluefield Cinema, and the Teays Valley Stadium (just five minutes from where I live).  Check your local theater for times and admission costs.

The movie is about a god who comes to Earth looking for a good fight and for Goku it is Tuesday.

 

Go out and see some fun movies.