Video Games Live Tour

Video Games Live is an immersive concert experience of music from video games performed with orchestras and combined with light, sounds, and audience interaction and is coming back to the mountain state.  They will be performing with the Wheeling Symphony in Wheeling and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Charleston.  The Wheeling show will be at the Capital Theatre Friday February 10th starting at 7:30pm.  The Charleston show will be at the Clay Center Saturday February 11th starting at 8pm.

You can help create the set list be suggesting songs on the Facebook event pages.  (Wheeling, Charleston)

The show will also have a costume contest prior to the concert and a meet & greet with “game industry luminaries” after the concert.   Traditional string quartet, Triforce Quartet will be performing as special guests at both shows.

Tickets for the Wheeling performance range from $16.50 to $62.  The tickets for the Charleston show range from $35 to $69.  Get them while you can.  There is an Ultimate Gamer V.I.P. Experience Package you can add to either ticket for $100.  With it you get a laminated backstage tour pass, pre-show production tour with meet & greet, album download card, pin, sticker, front of line access to post-show meet & greet, and signed page of conductor sheet music.

Fans of video games and video game music will want to try to catch this.  The performance will not be boring.

CharCon 2016

The gaming convention CharCon returns this Friday October 14th at noon to Sunday October 16th at 7pm at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston.  The theme for this year is Fairy Tales.

Gaming for this include the Premier Board Game Tournament (with five new games to try), board game library from Appalachian Gamers, open gaming space, Aerodrome, Pathfinder Society, SPARKS (Star Wars), Confluence Meta RPG (FATE), Magic The Gathering tournaments, several social deduction games, Sailpower, Tech Commander, Settler’s of Catan US Championship Qualifier, Pure Steam RPG, Appalachian Cup (Warmachine), X-Wing tournament, Family Gaming on Sunday, demos and tutorials from 5th Epoch Publishing, State Championships finals for Diamonds, Nevermore, Letter Tycoon, Game of 49, Skull Kings, and Dimension, Double Exposure Envoy program with 50+ play to win games, many more other board games, war games, RPGs, and more.

For video gaming they have retro and fighting video games open play, Street Fighter V tournament, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, and challenge the members of the band Black Hole Zion in Street Fighter for the band’s swag.

Besides gaming the con will have panels from the 501st, on miniature modeling, and board game design, a Flea Market and Costume Contest on Saturday, a Kid’s Costume Contest on Sunday, a photo booth set-up, a kid’s area run by the Causeplayers group, and appearances from the WV Ghostbusters and their 30ft Say-Puff and Ecto-1.

The con will also have two CharCon after Dark events.  Friday a the Blue Parrot with four rock bands, $5 cover charge $3 with CharCon badge.  Saturday at the Monkey Barrel for games, prizes, music, drinks.

Weekend pass is $40 (children 12 & under $20), Friday pass $20, Saturday pass $25, Sunday $20, children 12 & under $10 per day, and visitor (non game playing) $10 per day.

Fans of gaming should be able to find something to interest, if they want to pay the con’s rates.

ShockaCon 2016

Shockacon returns Friday September 30th 4pm to Sunday October 2nd 5pm at the Beni Kedem Shrine Center in Charleston for its fifth year.

 

Actor guests for this year are Zach Galligan (Gremlins 1 & 2), Camille Keaton (I Spit On Your Grave), Oliver Robins (Poltergeist 1 & 2) ,Brandy Mason, and Geretta Geretta.  John Tice, Willy Mcquillan, and Will Bill from Mountain Monsters.  Plus Scott Gregg of Razor Sharp Studios, Hollywood make-effects artist Steve Johnson, bands Renfields, Orvill Rex, Miniature Giant, Hurl Brickbat, Charlie Ant Eater; belly dancers Bint il nahar and Naughty Samadhi, DJ Thunder, authors Dustin Coffman, Josh Kent, Daniel Boyd, artists Jason Pell, Chris Woodall, Two Tinkers, JR Earls; prop builder Tiffany Steele, Cult Classic Creatures, WV Ghostbusters, cosplayer Santana, Cemetery Knights Hearse Club, and Weird Paul Petroskey “the Original Vlogger”.

Events during the day include costume parade, adult costume contest for $10, kids costume contest on Sunday, R2D2 robotics demo, origami workshop, wand and building-a-torso workshops, guest Q&As, game shows, embalming demo by James Lowry, scream contest, mummy wrapping contest, learn the Thriller dance, and more panels.  On Friday and Saturday night starting at 8pm to midnight they will be holding their Shock & Roll Party with musical performances, belly dancing, gaming from CharCon with Werewolf and Cards Against Humanity, drink and draw game.  Then an after party at the Blue Parrot.

Not much info on vendors put out, though if you have been before I would expect the same.

Weekend badges are $50, Friday and Sunday  badges $20, Saturday $25, youth badges are each just $5 less.  VIP tickets are $100, with it you get preferred seating at all events, one celebrity autograph ticket, line skip, and a bag of goodies.  Come after 8pm for only $10.  T-shirts are available for $15.

 

Fans of horror movies, art, books plus prop making, punk style music, and the like will enjoy the con.  If you have the money for it.

 

Press Relase: First Ever Rocket Boys WV Film Reclamation Project

Legendary West Virginia cult movie Paradise Park gets second life; teams with Homer Hickam’s Rocket Boys Festival for major joint initiative and reclamation collaboration

Who: Film Makers of seminal WV filmed movie Paradise Park and Homer Hickam’s Rocket Boys Festival; filmmaker Danny Boyd and movie cast members, Rocket Boys festival director William Scott Hill
What: Details on release of planned major relaunch of Danny Boyd’s 1992 WV film “Paradise Park” in conjunction with Rocket Boys Festival
When: Tuesday February 16, 2016 11:00AM
Where: West Virginia State University EDC, 1506 Kanawha Blvd. West Charleston, West Virginia
Why: Announcement of an upcoming collaborative project between the Rocket Boys Festival and the film makers of the award-winning 1992 West Virginia film “Paradise Park” including the first ever major re-issue of the legendary film on DVD and digital platforms, which starred West Virginia residents alongside late folk heroes including country music legends Porter Waggoner, Razzy Bailey and Johnny Paycheck, wrestling legend American Dream Dusty Rhodes as a Kanawha County sheriff’s deputy.  Many well-known West Virginia actors also found their way into this 1992 film including Webb Wilder, Michael Martin, Neal Clark.
Contact: Allen Media Strategies Jessica Lloyd at (703) 589-8960 or jessica@allenmediastrategies.com, William Scott Hill at 304-992-9085 or williamscotthill@rocketmail.com.
Rocket Boys Festival September 26th – October 1st 2016 www.rocketboysfestival.com
Cast members, filmmakers and festival officials available for questions and comments at Tuesday February 16th press conference include:
Larry Groce (Marlon), Jim Wolfe (Wesley), Gary Brown (Man Will Work) and Danielle Boyd (Belle), Director Danny Boyd (Russell the cable guy) and Rocket Boys Festival director William Scott Hill.

Mountain State Pop Expo

The first Mountain State Pop Expo will be Saturday November 7th from 10am to 6pm at the Town Center Marriott in Charleston.  All vendor table costs, admission, and raffle ticket sales from this event will go to the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia to help the area’s neediest kids this holiday season.

For events they will have several panels on cosplaying and make-up, an acoustic concert by metal band HARRAH, a costume contest, and a raffle.  There will be a game room and tournaments run by Rare Drops.  The costume contest will have awards for kids 12 and under, original design, and different levels of craftsmanship voted on by local cosplayers.  The raffle has items donated from vendors, IDW, Braxton County tourism, and even WV Fandoms Blog.

Vending at the event will be local shops, crafters, and artists of all kinds.  They will be selling items such as book, art prints, toys, comics, video games, jewelry, vitamins, plushies, collectibles, games, and more.

Cosplay groups Mandalorian Mercs, WV Ghostbusters, Causeplayers, and the D20 Girls Project will be in attendance. The new magazine The Charleston Anvil will be making their début at the show.  Indy wrestling federation IWA East Coast will also attend.

It is only $5 to attend, free for those under 10 with an adult.

This is a good show for any nerd to shop and hang out with fellow nerds.  Also helps out a good cause.

WV Book Festival Returns

The West Virginia Book Festival returns after a few year hiatus this Friday October 23rd and Saturday October 24th at the Charleston Civic Center.

For their return the book festival went out and got a big name, Neil Gaiman, to headline.  Neil Gaiman started in comics know for Vertigo’s Eisner winner Sandman, Books of Magic, Black Orchid, plus things like Miracleman, Eternals, The Last Temptation with Alice Cooper, and more.

He wrote books for adults like American Gods, Neverwhere, Good Omens with Terry Pratchett, Stardust, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and more.  Plus books for kids like Coraline (now a motion picture), The Graveyard Book, Blueberry Girl, and more.  He has wrote two episodes of Doctor Who, one episode of Babylon 5, the movie Mirrormask, and Beowulf.  He has appeared as himself on The Simpsons and Arthur.  He has won awards in the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, Newbery, Carnegie, #1 New York Times bestseller.  He is married to artist/musician Amanda Palmer and the two have new baby together.

Other guests include Jodi Picoult a novelist who wrote some Wonder Women back in 2007, Jeff Shaara writer of Gods and Generals, Homer Hickman NASA engineer and author of Rocket Boys, Cat Pleska, and more.

On Thursday October 22nd there will be a pre-festival lecture from Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Foner on Civil War to Civil Rights: The Politics of History at the Riggleman Auditorium at UC.  On Friday there will be a Writing Workshop from 10am to noon and a Self-Publishing Workshop from 2pm to 4pm limited seating for both events.  At 7pm Neil Gaiman will be interviewed onstage by West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman.  Homer Hickam, Jacueline Woodson, Jeff Shaara, and Jodi Picoult will all have presentations on Saturday.

Saturday will also include the library’s used book sale.  Regular prices from 8am to 3pm and then reduced prices from 3:30pm to 5pm.  In the kid’s word play area there will be CoSi Science Spots, a Storybook Costume Parade, and performance from the Bright Star Theater at 1pm and 3pm.

Most of the guests will be signing at the festival marketplace or right after their presentations.  Except for Neil Gaiman.  He will sign only 500 books backstage in private. You will need to get a ticket beforehand in the lobby to purchase a book that he will sign.

Admission to everything is free.

 

Charcon 2015

Charcon returns for another year of gaming at the Charleston Civic Center this Friday October 16th at noon to Sunday October 18th at 7pm.  This year’s theme is Monsters vs. Aliens.

Games include the Premier Board Game Tournament with five new board games, Pathfinder Society, SPARKS Star Wars RPG, Aerodrome, Sailpower, Artemis Space Ship Simulator, Are you a Werewolf?, Catan Qualifier Tournament, Warmachine Appalachian Cup Championship, Pandemic Survival, 6 WV State Championship card games, Dagorhir demos, Mario Kart and Carcassonne drinking games, King of New York Tournament, Live Action Red Dragon Inn, Battletech, 2 Rooms and a Boom, Dice Masters draft, Warhammer 40k, a board game library from the Appalachian Gamers, open gaming space, D&D, and so much more.

They have lined up a few guests this year.  The Guest of Honor is cosplayer Raining Neion.  Artist guest Billy Tackett, cosplay guest Harley Heartthrob, authors Michael Knost and Brian Hatcher.  Plus Stephanie Erb, an actress who has appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation, True Blood, Ray Donovan, 24, and The Ring.

Non-gaming events include panels on horror gaming, cosplay, photography, art in gaming, and more.  Photo shoots with guests and cosplayers.  Adult costume contest on Saturday with the winner getting a brand new sewing machine.  A kids costume contest and kids Ghostbusters Training on Sunday.  Drink and draw Saturday night along with the Charcon After Dark.  Live robotics demonstration with P.A.R.T.s.  Vendors and artist alley.

A weekend pass is $40, Friday and Sunday pass $20, and Saturday $25. Children twelve and under can get a weekend pass for $20 or day pass for $10.  A non-gaming pass is $10 per day.

This is a big year of gaming, with lots of different games to get in on and more non-gaming activities too.  I will be running Super Dungeon Explorer on Friday night, Kittens in a Blender on Saturday, and Krosmaster Arena on Sunday.  So come by and join in a game.