Over the Border: River City Comic Con 2016

River City Comic Con will be hold their sixth show this Sunday July 24th at the Marie Antoinette Ballroom at the Quality Inn in Marietta, Ohio from 10am to 5pm.

Guests for this are area filmmakers and You Tube personalities Blind Wave, Broken Icon Comics, cosplayer Bunny Bombshell, local horror film crew Dirty Candy Productions, the Hero Initiative, comic book colorist Jason Lewis, filmmakers and podcasters Mindfooled Entertainment, James Patrick and 21 Pulp.

Other creators who will be there include Nathan Arnold and Evan Bevins, Larry Blake, Logan Carroll, Michael Easton, Terry Ervin II, Gary Gibeaut, Stephen Hines, Travis Horseman, Shawn Langley, Paul Thompson, and other comic creators, artists, and crafters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There will be plenty of vendors selling comics, graphic novels, action figures, cards, anime and manga, games, video games and systems, self-defense items, collectables, clothing, accessories, and more.

River city will have an activity room for all ages.  There will be free make-and-take crafts, props for photo ops, and caricatures with J. D. Williamson.  Their costume contest will be at 2pm with four categories: Best Child, Best Adult, Best Craftsmanship, and Most Original.  There will be a screening of Mindfooled Entertainment’s documentary Marking Out and a live episode of their podcast The Figure Fourcast, a presentation of She Was So Pretty from Dirt Candy Productions, panel with Blind Wave Productions, and a roundtable on producing a podcast from Ka-Pow: The Pop Cultured Podcast, Dueling Ogres, Imperius Rex: Confessions of a Serial Surface Invader and Source Material, from the Radulich in Broadcasting Network.  

Admission is only $5, free for kids twelve and under.  A portion of every ticket will be donated to Washington County Special Olympics.  They will be set up to take donations and teach people about their work.

A nice little con to see local creators and some fun activities.

Flood Relief from Tricon and CharCon

With the recent storms devastating whole communities, members in the fandom communities have stepped up to help each other and others.  I have two examples here.

Tricon is having a raffle.  You can donate money through PayPal to WVFloodRelief@triconwv.com and for your donation you will entered to will some great prizes.  You can win multiple prizes so the more you give the more you can win.  The more you give the more tickets you get: $1 for one ticket, $5 for six tickets, $10 for fifteen tickets, and $20 for thirty tickets.  Tricon will match each dollar raised through this.

Prizes up to win include various print from Todd Frazer, a copy of Goon Chinatown signed by Eric Powell, an original art page from She Hulk issue 38 page 14 signed by Steve Scott, DC Designer Series Catwoman Toy signed by Jae Lee and sculptor Jordan Matthews, two VIP passes to Tricon 2017, your choice of a single character commission from Rob Dumo, Todd Beistel, Tristan Kelly, or Nicholas Wentland; and you, someone of your choice, will be drawn into an upcoming Broken Icon Comic.  You will receive ten copies of the comic.

The Grand Prize of the raffle is two VIP passes to Tricon 2017, an exclusive shirt and badge, plus cash to spend at the show and a set of books to get signed at the show.

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On Saturday July 9th from 10am to midnight at the South Charleston First Church of Nazarene CharCon is running a Flood Relief Game Day.

It will be a day of lots of games and raising money funds for those who have been effected by the recent flooding.

They will be accepting donations, have concessions available, prizes to be given out, an auction, and possible other events.  Billy Tackett is sending prints and original art as prizes.  Stacey Parker is donating several prints as well.

If you know of anyone in the gamer community that was hurt by the flooding contact CharCon with the details.

 

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: River City Comic Con 2015

River City Comic Con will be holding their fifth annual con at the Quality Inn in Marietta, Ohio on Saturday August 15th from 10am to 5pm.

Guest for the con are film makers Apple on the Cake, Blind Wave Productions, and Jeffrey Scott Richards; comic creators Daniel Boyd and William Bitner, Broken Icon Comics, James Patrick and 21 Pulp, Nathan S. Arnold and Evan Bevins, Jabaar L. Brown, Michael K. Easton, Electro-Magnetic Press, Heaven Frobid Publishing, Rock Bottom Studio, Travis Horseman, and Paul Thompson; artists dead-koi, Jesse Marks, J.D. Williamson, and Aaron “Doc” Springer; autAdmission: $5 for Adults
Ages 12 and under FREE with an author Terry W. Ervin II; cosplayers Harley Heartthrob and Mandalorian Mercs; Remix Pro Wrestling with TNA Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III, EC3, appearing from 10am to 3pm.

There will be vendors with action figures, comics, anime, manga, toys, posters, pins, stickers, clothing, and more.

They will have film screenings from Blind Wave, Jeffrey Richards Last Conversation, and a live recording of Figure Fourcast.  A panel on sci-fi and fantasy concepts will be held at 3pm with several creators giving their thoughts. Their costume contest will be at 2pm with four categories; Best Child, Best Adult, Best Craftsmanship, and Most Original.  There will also be free activities for the kids to do.

Admission is only $5 and free for those 12 and under.  River City has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County.  For each paid attendee, the con will donate fifty cents to the club.  Parking at the hotel is free.

Small local con with lots of good people to meet and get to know.  Worth the trip if you can make it.

Tri-Con 2015

Tri-State Comic Con (TriCon) the largest fandom convention in West Virginia returns Saturday April 11 at the Big Sandy Arena in Huntington.  Show starts at 10am and goes to 6pm.

Guests for this year’s event include a number of creators from IDW publishing like Paul Allor (TMNT, GI Joe), Eryk Donovan (Dark Anthology), Matt Slay (TMNT), Cory Smith (TMNT, Magnus Robot Fighter), and Tom Waltz (senior staff writer/editor).  Also Jay Leisten (Might Avengers, Death of Wolverine), Brian Level (The Mantle, The Brothers James), Gavin Smith (Human City, Accelerators), Justin Stewart, Kyle Strahm (Judge Dredd, Evil Ernie), Uko Smith, and Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night). Plus old favorites Darryl Banks, Sean Forney, Lora Innes, Mark Kidwell, Chad Lambert, Tommy Patterson, and Jamie Snell.  From Broken Icon Comics Nicholas Wentland,Brandon Lauhon, Jordon Lowe, Todd Fraiser, and other creators from the company that brings you this con.

Con sponsor Jewel City Championship Wrestling is bringing in wrestler and Yoga master Diamond Dallas Page (and maybe Al Snow no confirmation on this yet though) and holding a wrestling show after the con at 7:30pm at the Fairfield East Community Center in Huntington.

Exhibitors include comic creators Jon Parrish, Chris Charlton, Chris McJunkin, Tim Fuller, Shawn Murphy, Aaron Walther; artists Rusty Shackles, Marc Lewis, Tressina Bowling, Jesse Marks, Seth Lyons, Andrew Heath; small publishers Ringtail Cafe, Page 4 Yeti, Old World Comics, ElectroMagnetic Press; cosplayers Santana Maynard and Bunny Bombshell; podcast The Standard Nerd; groups 501st, D20 Girls Project, Black Mountain Guard, and WV Ghostbusters.  Plus lots more.

Vendors runs the usual gambit of dealers in comics, toys, collectibles, games, art, cards, t-shirts, posters, video games, jewelry and whatever else you could want.

There some special variant covers that will only be available at Tri-con this year.  The first one is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44 with a cover by Tommy Patterson, written by Tom Waltz, which other guests also worked on.  One from Mark Kidwell’s 68 with the convention creators as zombie heads.  Also a special one variant from Broken Icon, Eccentrix.

There will be four panels during the con:  Making Cosplay Happen, TMNT with Paul Allor and Cory Smith, Independent Comics, and Horror From the Ground UP.  There will of course also be the charity auction for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Costume Contest.

Admission is $10, free for children under 10.

 

Over the Border: RCCC 2014

The fourth annual comic book and collectables show River City Comic Con will be at the Lafayette Hotel in downtown Marietta, Ohio on Saturday July 27th from 10am-5pm. Admission is $2 for adults and free for children 8 and under with an adult.

River City Con Logo

The list of exhibitors for the con is lightsaber choreography filmmakers Blind Wave Productions, comic creators Daniel Boyd, Michael Mayne, James Patrick, Nathan Arnold and Evan Bevins of Support Group, Broken Icon Comics, Michael Easton of Short Pants Romance, Electro Magnetic Press, Tim Fuller of Zombie Marge Comix, Rodney Fyke of Peanut Puddin ‘n Jelly, Gary Gibeaut of Five Star Comics, Shawn Langley, Old World Comics, Palowsky of Laughing Stroke, Steve Richter, Rock Bottom Studio; artists dead-koi, Lisil V, Jesse Marks, Kayla RennerNrrd Knits sewn and crocheted geekery, Remix Pro Wrestling, and cosplay expert Michael “Knightmage” Wilson.

Activities at the con will include a free make-and-take crafts for kids, a film screening from Jeffery Scott Richards at noon, Blind Wave panel and screenings at 1pm, costume contest at 2pm, and a Cosplay 101 panel at 3pm with Knightmage.  The costume contest has three categories for best child, best adult, and most original.  The winners will receive a souvenir keepsake and “con cash” to spend at the show.  Vendors at the con will have comics, TPBs, anime, toys, cards, games, and more.

A small friendly con with local creators and stores.

Tri-Con 2014

The Tri-State Comic Con is coming up next month on May 31st at the Big Sandy Superstore in Huntington, WV so here is an update on what will be at the con.

Announced guests since my last piece are Jeremy Barlow (Eisner nomine writer and editor, R.I.P.D, Mass Effect, Star Wars), Mat Slay (artist, Image Comics, Upper Deck),  Jamie Snell (artist, Topps, Upper Deck, Rittenhouse), and Daniel Way (creator of Draken, Wolverine: Origins, Deadpool).

Attending exhibitors that will be there are comic creators Eric Adams, Alex Heberling, Assailant Comics, Todd Beistel, Dustin Carson, Sean Forney, Todd Frazer, Tim Fuller, Rodney Fyke, Gary Gibeaut, Kevin Leen, Seth Lyons, Michael Mayne, Chris McJunkin, Shawn Murphy, Timothy Taylor, Aaron Williams, and Thomas Williams; artists Tressina Bowling, Edward Choi, Doomsday Designs, Matthew Durfee, Ronky Tonk, Marc Lewis, Ansley McDaniel, Maryanne Rose PapkeBrett Pinson; webcomic creators Derek CrostonJordan Lowe, and Support Group; authors E.S. Brenwalt and Dan Pettry; podcasts Casual Heroes, In This Issue, Kentucky Geek Girl; publishers ElectoMagnetic Press, Mourning Daily Publishing, Old World Comics, Page 4 Yeti, Pink Dollar Comics, and Runespinner Studios.  And con creators Broken Icon Comics will be there will with Rob Dumo, Brandon “G-Raver” Graver, Tristan Kelly, KJ Mendenhall, Joseph Schmalke, Kevin Steward, and Nicholas “Iowa” Wentland. Appearances by the WV Ghostbusters Division and rock band Harrah.

Vendors for the con include individual comic dealers and stores (C&C, Dungeon Dwellers Comics, Purple Earth Comics, Third Floor Comics), Blue Line Pro for art supplies, City of Horror, toy dealers (Classic Plastics, Dave’s All-American Toys, HillBilly Toy Chest), Gem City and Lexington Comic Con, Ryancor custom screen printers, TeeMinus 24, photographer Williamson Image, plus DZ Nuts and Cards will be looking to buy key issues and will grade two issues for free.

Panels have not been posted yet, but I am going to guess stuff about working in the industry and how to produce your own work.  Though check out the list of items they have up for the auction.

You can still pre-reg for the con on the website; General Admission for $10 or the Guest Friendly Package for $15.