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.

Lewisburg Literary Festival

Lewisburg Literary Festival is two days of visiting authors, art, panel discussions, writing workshops, musical entertainment, and performance art all inspired by literature.  It is this Friday and Saturday, August 2nd and 3rd in various parts of Lewisburg.  Most of them at the Convention and Visitors Bureau building.

Fans of horror literature you will find Daniel Boyd author of Chillers, Death Falcon Zero Vs. the Zombie Slug Lords and filmmaker who will be doing a presentation on Friday.  HP Lovecraft Reimagined reading at the Old Stone Cemetery also on Friday.  Bram Stoker Award winner for Writers Workshop of Horror, co-edited Redneck Zombies from Outer Space, has worked in many genres Michael Knost will running a writing workshop on writing and getting published on Saturday.  Belinda Anderson author of the middle school novel Jackson vs. Witchy Wanda: Making Kid Soup, she will be doing a Children’s Book Breakfast with fellow children’s book author and WV Poet Laureate Marc Harshman on Saturday morning at the Greenbrier County Library.

The event has several guests who are WV natives or current residents including Jeanette Walls (Glass Castle), Noah Adams (Far Appalachia), Glenn Taylor (The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart), author John Van Kirk, WV Public Radio essayist Cat Pleska, national award-winning poet Joe Limer, Crystal Good of the Afrilacian Poets, and mixologist and author of “Handcrafted Cocktails” Molly Wellmann.  

Events include author readings, signings, three writing workshops, Literary Laundry Room )where you write a poem or flash fiction based on submitted photographs), film premiere by filmmaker Russell William, a Literary Art Walk with art accompanied poetry and prose, poetry jam, and interactive installations.

The events are mostly free, just a few dollars for some events, and some of the big events are already sold out.  Book lovers of all kinds should give this a shot, especially since the WV Book Festival in Charleston was cancelled this year.  Check out the site for more information and the schedule.

 

15th Annual Marx Toy & Train Collectors National Convention

Now are third convention in a row for this June, also a toy and collectible one.  The 15th Annual Marx Toy & Train Collectors National Convention is Friday and Saturday June 21-22 a gathering of fans and collectors of anything and everything related to the Marx Toy Company.  The event will be held at the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum (114 Kruger Street) in Wheeling, same as Mego Meet.

The Marx Toy & Train Convention was started in 1998 by the Miller Family, owners of the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum. These conventions were meant as a way to preserve the history of the Ohio Valley’s own Louis Marx & Company, and the many who made those wonderful toys that were loved by generations.

Held in June each year, the Marx Conventions have grown with each passing year. From a few dozen attendees in 1998, the events have blossomed into must destination for Marx enthusiasts from around the country.

You can pick your registration during regular museum hours (9 AM to 5 PM) on Thursday June 20th.  Table holders can drop off boxes at tables between 7-8 PM. 

On Friday 21st, the registration desk opens at 9 AM and table holders can unload and set-up.  Between 10 AM and 4 PM the swap meet will be going on.  3 PM workshop is scheduled.  At 6 PM an informal get together will be held for all collectors to hang out and get to know each other better.

For Saturday June 22nd, table holders and set up between 8-9AM.  The swap meet will be from 9 AM to 3 PM, where museum visitors will also be allowed to attend.  A gathering at 11 AM to show off unusual or rare Marx displays and discussion them.  Workshops at 1 and 2 PM are planned as well.  Pack for the show begins at 3 PM and goes till the museum closes at 5 PM.

To simply attend the $18, gets you into convention and museum for you, a spouse, and any kids under 16.  To get a table for the swap is $25 and you get all the same things as a regular pass plus a 6 foot table.  Additional tables, limit of five, is $14.  The registration form can be find here.

Not much on the con, but if you are a toy collector in the area this is one to go to.