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.

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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.

 

Old School Convention 2016

Old School Convention returns for its second year, this time at the Pleasants County Middle School in Belmont on Saturday April 2nd from 10am to around 4pm.  The money from the show goes to benefit the oldest school in the West Virginia.

They will have Trapper from Destination TV’s Mountain Monsters, Jeremy Ambler from the Walking Dead, local author Joseph Burdette, professional wrestler Chance Prophet, the Black Mountain Guard of Mandalorian Mercs, and musicians Harrah and Matthew Elder.

Vendors will have comics, toy, figures, Funkos, vintage football cards, Magic cards, anime, manga, games, Transformers, vintage video games and more.  As well as artists set up to sell and do commissions.

They will have face painting, caricatures, a costume contest at 1:15pm, pictures with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna from Frozen from 11am-1pm, music performances, starting at 2pm, and a raffle with many donated items with the drawing after 3pm.  Plus there will be two different Magic: The Gathering tournaments run by Arcane Games Store.

Again, another nice little convention to hang out and buy from, all for a good cause.

 

Classic Plastics Expo 2016

The third annual Classic Plastic Toy and Comic Expo is March 5th at the Parkersburg Art Center in Parkersburg from 10am to 6pm.  The show is put on by Classic Plastics Toy Store which is right down the street from the show.  All proceeds of the show go to the Parkersburg Art Center and local Red Cross Disaster Relief.

The Guest of Honor for the show is Timothy Zahn, Stars Wars Expanded Universe author and New York Times Bestseller.  Featured guests are Jordan Patton from Face-Off who will be promoting his new project Deadnecks and Kim D.M. Simmons, photographer of the original Star Wars figure packaging.  Bands Alien 3000, Betrayed by the Bullett, and Harrah will each be playing an acoustic set.

Costume groups 501st Legion, Causplayers, Ghostbusters WV Division, and Madalorian Mercs Black Mountain Guard will be around for pictures and cosplayer help.  Artist and comic creators who will be at the show are Jason Lewis, 21 Pulp, River City Design, JR Earls, Evan Bevins, Nathan Scott Arnold, author Terry W. Ervin II, Jason Pell, Doomsday Designs, caricaturist J.D. Williamson, and Ren McKinzie.

Vendors and dealers will be a mix of regional stores, personal collectors, and craftsmen selling comics, anime, manga, board games, action figures, models, prop items, steampunk jewelry, video games and systems, Pez, My Little Pony, plush, card games, collectibles, Hot Wheels, banks, handmade accessories, sport cards, books, and so much more.

Others who will be setting up are Remix Pro Wrestling, Jedicon WV, podcast Dueling Ogres, Doctor Who: Classic Series Regenerated, 605 Wrestling, Hades Ladies Roller Derby, Bunny Bombshell, and Hawthron Tarot Card reader.

They will have a cosplay contest and a raffles.  Dueling Ogres will be recording a show there.  Rare Drops will be running their game room with several tournaments like Smash 1v1 and Mario Kart N64.  There will be concessions sold at the show as well.

$5 per person, kids 10 and under get in free.

A show with a bit everything for everyone out there especially toy and comic collectors.  At a low price and a good cause.

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.

Kicking it Old School Convention

Old School Convention is a being put on by Aaron Hickman as a fundraiser for St. Marys Elementary School in the town of St Marys near Parkersburg.  St. Marys is the oldest functioning school in  WV. The con is on Saturday April 25th from 10am to 5pm at the St Marys School.

They are will have a cosplay contest at 2pm for both adults and children.  Face painting for the kids.  There will be appearances by the WV Ghostbusters, an Elsa cosplayer for photos with the kids, and Larry Parmiter the director of the movie Axeman of Henderson County.  They will be holding a raffle and door prizes with original art from Billy Tucci, prints from Allen Bellman and Cafe Seven Comics, signed WVU football items, autograph photo of George “The Animal” Steele, DVDs, set of Game of Thrones figures, a $50 gift card to 218 shop in Ripley for the women, and more.  Raffle tickets are one for $1, seven for $5, or fifteen for $10.

Vendors are the usual line up of stores and dealers with comic books, action figures, books, wood art, toys, collectibles, artists, CCGs, anime products, cosplay prints, Star Wars items, art prints, and plenty more to check out.

Admission is just $5 for adults and $2 for kids.  All the money goes to the school.

Looks like to me like a little out of the way event which should be fun and for a good cause.

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.