Tri-con 2017

Tricon returns once again at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington on Saturday June 3rd from 10am to 6pm.

Featured guests for this year are Paul Allor (TMNT, Secret Empire), Darryl Banks (Green Lanter, Legion of Superheroes), Eryk Donovan (Memetic, Constantine), Rob Dumo (Robyn Hood, The Gutters), Samantha Glow (Welcome to Showside), Jason Lewis (Star Trek, Mars Attack), Drew Moss (Outlaw Territory, Creepy), Ian McGinty (Rick & Morty, Bravest Warriors), Rico Renzi (Spider-Gwen, Squirrel Girl), Rusty Shackles (Hardcore Gaming 101, Insert-Quarter Bin), Tim Shinn (Batman Rebirth, Grumpy Cat), Matt Slay (TMNT, CBLDF), Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp, Guy Gardner Warrior), Chris Yambar (Simpsons, Suicide Blonde), and there will be even more at the con.  Non comic guests this year are former WWE wrestler the Boogeyman (in full makeup) and voice actor Neil Kaplan (Netflix Voltron, League of Legends, Digimon, Power Rangers).

Exhibitors include Planet Plush, Mike Belcher, Edward Brenwalt, Bubble and Geek, Bob Corby, Disposable Fiction Comics, Mason Easley, Andrew Eschenbach, ElectroMagnetic Press, Jeremy Frech, Rodney Fyke, Andrew Horton, Ken Kirk, Brett Pinson, Lauren Sparks, and so many more creators of various products.

There will be local and distant vendors selling comics (modern and key issues), graphic novels, manga, toys, sport cards, figures, collectibles, video games, buttons, perler beads, decals, custom boxes and plaques, board and card games, t-shirts, Gunpla, and so many other things for all nerds to look over.  DZNuts and Cards will have a Professional Comic Grader on hand.

They will have panels on marketing comics and creating comics, a Q&A with Neil Kaplan, and Chris Yambar.  There will also be a charity auction at 4:30pm to raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and a cosplay contest at 5pm.  They also have a coloring station for kids.

There will be a Drink & Draw Friday June 2nd at Sharkeys from 8pm to midnight with some of the con’s guests.

Tickets are only $10 and children ten and under get in free.

Looks like another good year for fans of comics, collectables, and those who just want to hang out.


Over the Border: Highlands Here Con 2016

The second Highlanders Hero Con is this Saturday September 3rd at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center in Ashland, KY from 10am to 7pm.

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Special guests at the event are Batman, Batgirl, and the Batmobile of Heroes 4 Higher; comic creators Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp, Guy Gardner) and Michael Mayne (Bonnie Lass, Heroes of Newerth); cosplayers Dave Endicott, Allicia Lewis, Sam Ash, and Bunny Bombshell as Queen Elsa; fantasy author Cammie Eicher, and animal handler Dr. Des Coveries along with his Wild Bunch.

There will a costume contest with Adult and Youth categories.  First place in each will win $100 cash and family membership to the Highlands Museum.  There will be a Wild Animal Show performance by Coveries.  There will also be panels on cosplay, writing fantasy novels, comics, and Heroes 4 Higher spreading their “be a hero” message.  The Goblin Traders will be running card tournaments starting at 11am and running throughout the day.  Volunteers from local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will be there doing arts and crafts activities with the kids.  The museum will be open to tour as well.

No info on vendors, but they do say the have some.  Though they are apparently still taking more if you want to sign-up.  There will be Mary’s Kitchen Catering out front of the museum selling food.  Fat Pattys in Ashland and Ruth’s Cupcakes & Luncheonette will offer patrons a 10% discount on food purchases on September 3 when they show their HeroCon wristbands.

You can get pre-sale tickets at the Center or at the door for $9 for adults, $5 for museum members, or $6 for children ten and under.  The museum will only be open for event admission.

Another little con with that looks a fun time with fellow fans, especially for kids.

TriCon V

Tri-State Comic Con (Tricon) celebrates its fifth year with their biggest year yet.  The con is this Saturday June 4th from 10am to 6pm at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.

Big named guest for this year are Rikki Simons voice of GIR from Invader Zim and a writer of prose and comics of his own, WWE Hall of Famer “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase, Ed Brisson comic writer currently working on the Sons of Anarchy comic, Beau Smith creator and writer of the Wynonna Earp comic which has been turned into a TV series on SyFy, Dave Aikins illustrator for Nickelodeon products and zombies, Darryl Banks famed for co-creating Kyle Rayner, DC Comics inker Jonathan Glapion, two-time Harvey Award winning writer Chad Lambert, writer on Uncanny X-Men Jay Leisten, Brian Level co-creator of Image’s The Mantle, Tommy Patterson artist on Game of Thrones comic, and illustrators Andy Bennett, Eryk Donovan, Rob Dumo, Nate Lovett, Drew Moss, Mark A. Robinson, Uko Smith, Justin Stewart, Kyle Strahm, and Nicholas “Iowa” Wentland.

Indy comic creator appearing include KC Anderson of Wafflecus, Tressina Bowling of Dracullama, Todd Beistel of Yuri: The Gypsy Hunter, Coffman 20XX of Araura, Landon Franklin of Zokusho, Timothy Fuller of Zombie Marge, Travis Horseman of Amiculus, Shawn Murphy of Meachanaflux, Lauren Sparks of Cats Talking Words, Jason Pell of Zombie Highway, and the guys from Support Group.  Plus artists Edward Choi, Todd Frazer, Tristan Kelly, Jesse Marks, Michael Mayne, Amanda Scharf, and Jimbo Valentine, authors Rob E. Boley, Edward S. Brenwalt, Russ Lippitt, and E.E. Martin, small publishers Broken Icon Comics, Electromagnetic Press, Headshrinker Press, Mourning Daily Publishing, and Old World Comics.  Plus podcasters the Standard Nerds, D20 Girls Project, and Power Up will be set up along with a few charities out in the atrium.

You can expect plenty of vendors with a wide variety of goods.  Comics, graphic novels, manga, toys, board and card games, figurines, card sets, collectibles, leather works, knitting, steampunk jewelry, t-shirts, decals, posters, buttons, and so much more.

For those looking for photo opportunities, you can get them with the con’s Ambassador of cosplay Harley Heartthrob, the Mandalorian Mercs Black Mountain Guard, the WV Ghost Busters with their 30ft Staypuff Marshmallow Man, a Supernatural themed Impala with a trunk load of weapons, and the actual shed used in Evil Dead 2.

For events they will have panels on cosplay, making your own comics, inking comics, and a Q&A about working for Image.  A charity auction for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and a costume contest for cash prizes and medals.  For the first time there will be gaming going on at the con.  The Goblin Traders will be hosting Force of Will and Magic: The Gathering tournaments along with board game and Star Wars X-Wing minis demos starting at 11am.  The Friday night before the con, they are having their 2nd annual Drink and Draw at Sharkeys.  There will be live drawing from 8pm to Midnight.

Tickets are only $10 and free for kids 10 and under.  They will also have for sell limited edition exclusive comic cover of Army of Darkness for sell.

This is con is just a must to see.  Lots of good creators to meet, things to buy, people to meet, and things to do.  All for a good price.


Over the Border: Highlanders Hero Con

The Highlands Museum & Discovery Center in Ashland, Kentucky is hosting their first annual Highlanders Hero Con this Saturday September 5th.  It will run from 10am to 7pm.

Special guest include writer/creator Beau Smith, artist Michael Mayne, cosplayer Bunny Bombshell, Heroes 4 Higher, publishers Canada Jack and Old world Comics.  Other groups that will be there include Boy Scout Troop 100, Gary Bussa and Rocky Bal-Boa  of Des Coveries Wild Animal Shows, Boyd County Library, Kentucky Star Wars Collectors Club, WV Ghostbusters, Girl Scout Troop 983, Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club, and the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine for pictures.

There will be Q & As with Michael Mayne, Beau Smith, local cosplayers, and Batman and Spider-man of Heroes 4 Higher.  Goblin Traders will be holding a card tournaments starting at 11am.  The costume contest will begin 5pm with a category for adults and youths each with cash prizes.  They will also have arts and crafts for kids all day.

They have various vendors attending.  From comics, games, toys, collectables, video games,  steampunk jewelry, and more.

Admission is $8 for most.  Members of the museum get in for $5.  Take your Hero Con wristband to Ashland Fat Patty’s, La Finca Mexican Restaurant, Cafe Zeal at the Frame Up Gallery, and SuperHero Creamery to get a 10% discount on food.  This Saturday only.

The museum also is holding an exhibit “A History of Comic Books: From the Golden Age to Modern Day” on the main floor.  It has comics, toys, and collectibles that chronicle the history of comic books.

WHAAM!: Original Comic Drawings

The Huntington Museum of Art is running an exhibit on comic art that started on June 27th and will run through October 11 called The Herald-Dispatch Presents WHAAM!: Original Comic Drawings from the collection.

The exhibit features original comic book art, comic strips, and sequential drawings from the Huntington Museum of Art’s Michael Reynolds Collection of American Popular Culture.  There will be work from Bob Kane, Ernie Chan, Neal Adams, and many other noted comic artists from the 40’s to recent pieces covering superheroes, fantasy, comedy, and more.  The exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Alfred Lee Reynolds.

The opening reception is this Tuesday July 28th at 7pm.  Comic writer, blogger, and WV native Beau Smith will be speaking on how comics are created and their history.  He will lead a tour of some of the pieces while he talks.  Feel free to come in costume of your favorite hero or villain.  The lecture will take about forty minutes to an hour.  Refreshments will be available.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

A native of Ceredo and a Marshall University graduate, Beau Smith’s first work was a series of backup stories for a book called “Scout” published be Eclipse comics. In the 1990s he attained national prominence working for DC Comics where he wrote “Guy Gardner: Warrior” a spin-off of the “Green Lantern” series. Smith later attained a lot of work behind the scenes at various companies. He served as the Vice President of Marketing for Image Comics and later IDW. Recently his Western/Supernatural hybrid book “Wynonna Earp” has been given the go ahead to be turned into a TV series for the SyFy channel.

Tri-Con, Mike Foley, and the Larrys

West Virginia’s largest fandom event, Tri State Comic Con (Tri-Con) will be May 31st this year at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington again.

One of the big names for this year is wrestling legend Mick Foley.  A four-time world champ, two-time New York Times best-selling author, and a stand-up comic/spoken-word performer.  He is also the author of the WWE’s new comic book.  Another is fan favorite writer Gail Simone, with famous runs on Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Batgirl, and much more.  This will be a regional exclusive appearance.  Other new guests this are Chris Sprouse co-creator of Tom Strong, Pop Mhan, Jonathan Glapion, Heater Breckel of My Little Pony comic fame, and James Asmus.  Previous guests Darryl Banks, Lora Innes, Mark Kidwell, Chad Lambart, Tommy Patterson, Beau Smith, Billy Tucci, and many other artists and comic creators.

The Larrys” are Tri-Con’s new annual awards sponsored by the podcast In This Issue.  There will be two awards this year, “Best in Comic” and “Best in Art.”  The awards will be determined by In This Issue and a group of guest professionals.  Creators may send in their creations for nomination.  Winners will be announced at the con.

They are also looking for the biggest Tricon fan out there.  E-mail them a 500-1000 word reason why you are Tricon’s biggest fan.  They will select one fan and name them the Larry Hall of Fame Fan of 2014.  They will receive a plaque during the show.  So send in your submission and come to the con to see me win the plaque cause I have this in the bag.  Photos may also be sent in.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, guest friendly package which gets you in thirty minutes early and exclusive print are $15, and still available are the VIP package which comes with exclusive prints, blank variant comic, buttons, t-shirt, and hour early access to show for $25.  Kids under 10 get in free.

Great show for fans of comics and general nerdy culture.


On Saturday April 6th Huntington will once again be host to the Tri-State Comic Con (Tri-Con) at the Big Sandy Superstore Area.

The con is run by James Maddox and Eric Watkins of Broken Icon Comics.  The con is supported by Top Shelf Productions, Ript Apparel, Dungeon Dweller Comics store, In This Issue podcast, and comic art supplier Blue Line Pro.
The Guests of Honors for the con include a few natives of WV: Jeremy Ambler (Walker from Walking Dead), James Patrick (Green Arrow, Batman), Beau Smith (Warrior, Wynonna Earp), and Robert Tinnell (Surf Nazis Must Die, Wicked West, Feast of the Seven Fishes).  And more from out-of-state.  Darryl Banks (co-creator of Kyle Rayner), Kevin Galbraith (Walker from Waking Dead), Lora Innes (The Dreamer), Tony Isabella (creator of Black Lightning and Tigra),  Mark Kidwell (Vietnam zombie epic 68), Chad Lambert (Return to Point Pleasant, Kung Fu Panda), Tommy Patterson (Game of Thrones, Irredeemable), Steve Scott (Batman, JLA, Hulk), Duane Swierczynski (Birds of Prey, Judge Dredd), BillyTucci (Shi, Sgt. Rock), and Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, Surrogates).  All and all a nice little selection.

Native exhibitors of the con: Bad Place Productions, Black Cat Comics, film maker and writer Daniel Boyd, author Craig Halloran, Ronky Tonk, Tristan Kelly, Marc Lewis, Dan Pettry, L. Jason Queen, and members of the Ohio Valley Artist League.
And several artists from all over the place.   Todd Beistel, Tressina Bowling, Tyrell Cannon, Dustin Carson, Edward Choi, Rob Dumo, Rodney Fyke, Bob Frantz, Dan Gorman, Terence Hanley, Andrew Heath, Stephen Hines, Kevin Leen, Brent McKee, Mike Maydak, Michael Mayne, Ansley McDaniel, Chris McJunkin, Kenn Minter, Shawn Murphy, Franklin Napier, Brett Pinson, Rusty Shackles, Kevin Steward, Justin Stewart, Timothy Taylor, and Evan Thomas. Independent comic companies and groups Action Lab Entertainment, Assailant Comics, Drunken Cat Comics, Mourning Daily Publishing, and Old World Comics.

In addition other sites and shops at the con are the 501st Legion’s West Virginia Squad Corellia with two large props to take pictures with, steampunk accouterments Gears and Glass, toys, action figures, collectibles, games, cards, TeeMinus24 selling their limited edition t-shirts, and plenty of comic stores and sellers with everything from back issues to the latest trade paperbacks.  I have heard rumors of appearances from the Cult of Skaro and a police box exhibit from Galifrey.  Special note to WV comic stores and dealers from WV: C&C Comics, Geifer Games & Comics, Kat’s Comics, and Third Floor Comics and Collectibles.

Panels lined up for the con are “Mothman: The myth, the research and the graphic novel” by Chad Lambert, “The Art of Art” with a hand selected group of artists, “Talking with a Walker” with Kevin Galbraith, and “Writing the Relaunch” with Robert Venditti and Duane Swierczynski.  The panels will be moderated by Ryan ‘Zip’ Zipperian from X1063.
The con’s costume contest is at 5pm and is offering a cash prize for first place and a prize package from the exhibitors and sponsors for the runner-up.  A children’s division for those under 13 will also be held.  Registration will be from 10am till 1pm and for a maximum of fifty entries.
There will also be a charity auction at 4pm to raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  You can look at the con’s Auction page for some of the items already lined up.  They will also have a special Doctor Who print, with the 11 Doctors and their own mascot done up as a doctor, each Doctor done by a different artist attending the con.

The convention will run from 10am-6pm.  Passes are only $7 for all day, kids under 10 get in free.  A special Guest Friendly Package for $10 comes with thirty minutes early access to the show floor are also available, but only ahead of time.  You can already get a look at the program guide for the con online.

This is something for all kinds of nerds to show up for, not just comic book fans.  Plenty of stuff to check out and a chance to meet all kinds of new people.