19th Annual Marx Toy & Train Collectors Show

The 19th Annual Marx Toy & Train Collectors Show will be this Friday June 23rd and Saturday June 24th at the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling.  Learn more about Marx toys at the Marx Toy Museum website.

Friday goes from 9am to 4pm, reg starts at 8am.  There will be speakers at 11am and 1pm, a commemorative group photo session at noon, and a Toy & Train Custom’s Contest which are voted on by the attendees themselves.  After the floor closes there will be a pizza social at the museum for all.

Saturday goes from 9am to 3pm, reg starts at 8am and the museum closes at 5pm.  At noon there will be a Show & Tell for everyone and anyone to show off their favorite rare or unusual Marx Toy or Trains.

There will be over eighty vendor selling favorite Marx toys like figures, playsets and doll houses made of all materials, trains and accessories of all sizes, vehicles, games, and so much more.  A sub section of the dealer area will be devoted to JohnnyCon, for the toy line of Johnny West.  There will be an on-site auction. 

Tours of the Kruger Street Toy Museum will take place from 9am to 4pm during the convention and will be open for you to visit any display.

Dealer tables are $30 for the first and badge, $20 for every table after that.  Adult admission is $10  and student admission is $5.

Fans of classic toys or just those who like to learn and talk about them should try and make a trip up to check this out for buying and socializing.

 

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2017’s Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo

This year’s Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo is this Saturday March 4th from 10am to 5pm and Sunday March 5th from 11am to 4pm at the Parkersburg Art Center.  The show is put on by Classic Plastic Toy Store, Downtown PKB, and Parkersburg Art Center.  Proceeds from the event go to the Parkersburg Art Center and Downtown PKB.

The expo will have guests Steve Cardenas the 2nd red ranger in Might Morphin Power Rangers and Tim Clarke who worked in Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and created the toy lines of Boglins and Sectaurs both days.  Others of note are Remix Pro Wrestling will have their Remix Pro Riot Champion Jack Pollock at their table on Sunday, cosplay groups 501st, Mandalorian Mercs, and the WV Ghostbusters with their 30ft Stay Puft, local film production companies casts and crew of Dirty Candy Productions and Dizzyboy Productions, comic creators James Patrick and Jason Pell.

There will be vendors with toys, comics, cosplay items, collectables, movies, anime and manga, video games and systems, Pez, games, nerdy crafts, action figures, geeky accessories, and plenty more to look through.  There will be artists at the expo selling prints and comics plus doing commissions, and caricatures.  There will be two exclusive art prints at the show, one from Glen Brogan and one from Ren Mckinzie.  DM’s Pizza Shop and Bombshell Cupcakes & Cookies will be selling food during the event as well.

There will be cosplay contest on Saturday with categories in Juniors, Original Design, Novice, Journeyman, and Master.  The Industry Game Center will be running table top gaming this year.  They will have an open game library both days, Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG events, Dicemasters Draft and Pokémon Draft tournaments on Saturday and a Hero Realms Tournament on Sunday.  Rare Drops will be set up with retro gaming and tournaments.  The Vienna Public Library will be hosting kid friendly events on Sunday like Superhero Story time, LEGO building, and Comic Book Crafting.  Plus raffles.

On Saturday there will be a special event downtown called Savor Saturday.  Several local restaurants will have samples of their food for only a $1.  If you try every one that is offer you can enter to win tickets to the Taste of Parkersburg in June.  Pokémon Go lures will be dropped at every stop along with way.

Admission is $8 for both days and $5 for one.  Children 10 and under get in free with an adult.

This is shaping up to be the best year yet for the expo.

 

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.

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.

Across the Border: Power Ranger Signing at Inner Geek

The Inner Geek at the Ashland Town Center Mall in Ashland Kentucky, owned by the guy who runs Lexington Comics & Toy Con, will have a special signing event with Jason David Frank of Power Rangers fame Thursday from 5pm to 7pm.

Get an exclusive Power Rangers Megaforce 8×10 there.  No word yet on how much the signing will cost.  There will Power Rangers items at the shop to buy if you do not already have your own item for signing.  Since September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, all proceeds will be donated to a local charity to help children with cancer.

Any fans of Power Rangers, or at least those wanting to check out the shop and help with other nerds, should come on down and help raise a little money for charity.

The Inner Geek is your one-stop shop for anything geek. They carry new geek gear, comic books, toys from the 50’s on up, gaming cards, autographed memorabilia, and so much more. Open 7 days a week at Ashland Town Center.

Jason David Frank is well-known for his role of Tommy Oliver in the long-running children’s television show Power Rangers. Frank’ s character has morphed into the most different power rangers in the show’s twenty year history. He first morphed on the scene as the Mighty Morphin Green Ranger, a bad boy turned good, who after only ten episodes was intended to be written out of the show. However, due to his popularity, Frank’s character was able to morph into the Mighty Morphin White Ranger, Red Zeo, Red Turbo and then returned in 2004 as the Black DinoThunder Ranger.

 

 

Marx Convention 16th Annual Marx Toy & Train Collectors National Convention

The Marx Toy & Train Collectors National Convention (I think they win longest con name in the state) was started in 1998 by the owners of the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum.  It is a way to preserve the history of the Louis Marx & Company who made toys in the Ohio Valley.  This year’s con is Friday June 20th and Saturday June 21st at the Kruger Street Museum in Wheeling.

They have already sold out of vendor tables for this year, but non-table holders who wish to register should call 304-242-8133.  Your pass to the con will also serve as your pass to the museum.

Thursday night will be for set-up and regular museum tours.  Anyone in town can stop by to pick up registration and tour the museum.

Registration opens up at 9am on Friday and table holders may unload and set up at this time.  The swap meet opens at 10am and goes till 4pm, this will be open to attendees only.  At noon a group photo of everyone will be taken in front of the museum and copies will be made for purchase afterwards.  There will be a workshop at 3pm.  At 6pm an informal get-together/dinner will be held.

On Saturday the swap meet will be open from 9am to 3pm, for attendees and museum visitors this time.  A workshop on Unusual or Rare Marx will run at 11am.  At 1pm Bill Felege a former artist/toy designer from the Marx plant will speak.  Another to be determined workshop will be at 2:30pm. From 3-5pm will be pack up and last tours of the museum.

Another fun looking show for collectors of old toys and those interested in the history of them.  Anyone who is a Marx enthusiasts will want to be here.  Unfortenatly I have other plans that weekend.

 

Halloween ComicFest

From the people who brought you Free Comic Book Day, we have another reason to give a visit to your local comic book shop, Halloween Comic Fest.  Twenty two special Halloween comics from fourteen comic book publishers will be given away for free this Saturday October 26th to Sunday the 27th.

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Eleven of the fee comics are Batman Li’l Gotham and Batman: The Long Halloween from, a Cartoon Network sampler from IDW Publishing, Disenchanted from Avatar Press, Junji Ito’s Uzumaki from Viz, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children from Yen Press, Skyward from Action Lab Entertainment, Sonic The Hedgehog from Archie Comics, Soulfire Genesis from Aspen, and finally Thor and Spider-man from Marvel.

The eleven other comics are a set of mini comics, smaller sized ones.  These are Action Lab’s Vamplets Ghost Pony, Antarctic Press’s Zombie Kid Diaries, Ape Entertainment’s Sesame Street, Archaia’s Zombinata/Pantalones, Archie’s Pals ‘n’ Gals, Kaboom with Adventure Time, Dark Horse’s itty bitty Hellboy, IDW’s My Little Pony, Image’s Super Dinosaur,  Oni Press’s Sketch Monsters, and Ben 10 Omniverse from Viz.

Oh and they have the Greatest Costume Contest Ever.  Click on the link and check out the entries.  You can vote for your favorites in five categories: superhero/comics, gamer, horror, TV/Movie, and original.

Checking their store locator I see that the Lost Legion stores, Purple Earth, and Comic World are all participating.  So if you have the time check your local store for some free comics and I am sure you will meet some new friends.