Tri-Con 2019

Tri-Con is back Saturday June 8th at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington from 10am to 6pm.  The comic convention is put on every year by publisher Broken Icon Comics.

Guests for this year is a range of artists, writers, inkers, and other comic creators Darryl Banks (Green Lantern, Legion of Superheroes), Morgan Beem (Wolfsbane, Adventure Time), Tressina Bowling (Kentucky Kaiju, CASH + CARRIE), Jorge Corona (Big Trouble in Little China, Jim Henson’s Storyteller), Daxiong, Justin Birch (Action Lab, IDW), Rob Dumo (Robyn Hood, Eccentrix), Mark Kidwell (’68, BUMP), Jay Leisten (Uncanny X-Men, Death of Wolverine), Tommy Patterson (Game of Thrones, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Cory Smith (TMNT, Nova), Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp, Guy Gardner Warrior), Gavin Smith (Dead Legends, Deadly Class), Justin Stewart (Grrl Scouts, Howard the Human), Nick Wentland (Army of Darkness, GI Joe), and former WWE Superstar Ryback.

Exhibitors setting up this are comic creators Todd Beistel, Mike Belcher, Ray Coffman, Bob Corby; artists TodD Frazer, Andrew Heath; authors Seth Baker, Edward Brenwalt, and Mike Mallow; publishers ElectroMagnetic Press, Gravely Unusual Magazine, Mess Bucket Comics, Old World Comics; geek crafters Burrito Princess, PopStich, and many more others.

There will be vendor setting from shops like The Inner Geek, Atomic Comic and Collectibles, Classic Plastic Toy Store; dealers like Gem City Books and Planet Plush; others like Heroes By the Pint podcast and Kendama Institute.

Events at the con will include panels from the guests, a costume contest, new comics debuting, and a charity auction for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  Gaming all day hosted by the Goblin Traders.  Cosplay props from the Black Mountain Guard and 501st Legion Squad Corellia plus the Mystery Machine.  Friday night before the con, there will be a Drink & Draw at Sharkey’s from 8pm to midnight.

Tickets will be just $10 at the door.  Kids under 10 get in free.  The first 1500 attendees get exclusive Tricon wristbands.

A must for comic book fans and collectors of general nerdy items.

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Free Comic Book Day 2019

Once again Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is upon us.  It will be this Saturday May 4th in comic shops all over the world.  I think.  I know at least in the US. A day to get some free comics, meet fellow fans, and check out local comic shops.

This year there are there 51 comics being offered, from various companies, various genres, and for various audiences.  The big two each have two comics they are offering. For Marvel they have an Avengers one and a Spider-Man one, DC has a mature one featuring Catwoman and one for the kids called Dear Justice League.  Other big companies have their offerings, pick up a comic from Valiant, Dark Horse (Stranger Things), Image (Deadly Class), or Boom Studios (Lumberjanes).  There are plenty of other comics from well know properties like Doctor Who, Disney Descendants, Pokemon, Riverdale, TMNT, Whedonverse, Bob’s Burgers, Captain Canuck, Casper, Cristiano Ronaldo Striker Force 7, Mechanika, Little Lulu, Minecraft, Incredibles 2, Robotech, Spawn, Star Wars, The Tick, and Vampirella.  Then there are comics from lesser know series to find.

Personally I am in for the samples for the manga.  This year’s selection includes comics about Kino’s Journey, Kodansha all ages sampler, My Hero Academia & Promised Neverland, and Street Fighter.

Get something you know and maybe something you don’t

Quick list of shops I have found that are participating this year are: Multiverse Comics in Parkersburg, Lost Legion Comics & Games The Vault in Vienna, Comic Paradise Plus in Morgantown and Fairmont, Four Horseman Comics and Gaming in Morgantown and Bridgeport, Jade Tiger Comics in Oak Hill, Lost Legion Comics & Games The Rifleman in South Charleston, and Comic World, Purple Earth Comics, and the Inner Geek all in Huntington.  Others maybe part of the event, so check with your local shop. Each might also be running special deals to take advantage of.

This is a day for everyone to get out and get some comics.

Oh and the 1989 Batman movie will be back in select theaters that day.

Classic Plastics Toy Expo 2019

Classic Plastics Toy Expo returns Saturday March 2nd 10am-6pm to Sunday March 3rd  11am-5pm at the Parkersburg Art Center.  The event is a fundraiser for the Parkersburg Art Center and Downtown Parkersburg.  The Expo is run by the Classic Plastics Toy Store.

Guests for the event are Timothy Zahn Star Wars author and creator of Thrawn and Mara Jade; Daniel Pesina who was the model for Johnny Cage, Sub Zero, and Scorpion in Mortal Kombat, comic creator Victor Dandridge Jr., and artist Michael Watson.  Black Mountain Guard, 501st Garrison Corellia, and WV Ghostbusters, and Ratha Con will have a life-sized speeder bike for photo opportunities.

Vendors and artists that will be set-up include J&M Used Bookstore, Burrito Princess, Terry W. Ervin, Joshua E. B. Smith, Black Dragon Ventures, C.O. Creations, New Dimension Comics, ROMA Collectibles, Reye’s Video Games, Super-Fly Comics & Games, Freestyle Komics, Hyve of Villainy, G&C Pez, Ren McKenzie, Lost Legion The Vault, Motivational Bricktures, So Pro Comics, Hot Wheels Mike, Chippies Anime, Third Floor Comics, Bughouse Comics, EZ Cash & Pawn, Enchanted Hart, Comics and Kicks, James Patrick, Cody Booth, Masters of the Comicverse, and more shops, personal sellers, and others selling various items.  The exclusive food vendor for the Expo and after party is Hot Dog Willy’s.

Events will include U Cre-8 Comics workshop on creating comic character, sketch challenge with Michael Watson, and Scorpion Rope Dart Demo, all are on both days.  There has been mentioned of a gaming area but no info has been put out about it.  A costume contest on Saturday judged by Celestiial Cosplay, Midori Kaguya Cosplay, and Hattey Cosplay with several categories to enter.  On Saturday after the Expo, the Dils Center will be running an all-ages after party.  Right down the street and tickets are $5.  They will have karaoke with Daniel Pesina in Scorpion costume.
Downtown Parkersburg is also running their Savor Saturday during the Expo.  Local restaurants will be offering $1 sample items of their menu.

Tickets are just $5 for each day or $8 for both day.  Children ten and under get in for free.

Lots for all kinds of collectors and fans to check out.  Plus plenty to keep you distracted around the same area.

Free Comic Book Day 2018

Well after a few months of some computer problems and my personal anxieties, I return with a quick post.  Missed a few cons this already, but will try more now.

This year’s Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is this Saturday May 5th.  A day where the comic book industry sends out a selection of comics for fans new and old a like to try out.  In an attempt to get people to check out their local comic shops.

This year has a selection of 50 comics from such titles as Avengers and Spider-Man from Marvel, DC Super Hero Girls, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Overwatch, Disney Princesses, Doctor Who, Invader Zim, Pokémon, Riverdale, Transformers, 2000 AD, Bob’s Burgers, Simpsons, Adventure Time, Tank Girl, Ghost in the Shell, James Bond, Legend of Korra, Miraculous Adventures, Nightmare Before Christmas, Shadowman, SpongeBob, Star Wars, Strangers in Paradise, Tick, Street Fighter.  Plus other comics of steampunk, sci-fi, horror, kids, action, comedy, manga, fantasy, and more.

There will also be special merchandise available include Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger poster, Star Wars circle button, temporary tattoos with artwork from Mike Allred’s Madman, and “I Got a Free Comic Today” sticker in addition to the comics.

Check the website for what local shops are taking part in this year’s festivities.  Then check the shops site to see what special activities or sales they will be having.  Plus what their rules on how many comics you can get is.  So get out there and pick up some comics, both free and bought.

 

Scares for This Octoer Part 2

Another list of events around the state to enjoy the Halloween season.

Miller’s Nightmare Haunted Farm: Lewisburg, a strange group of circus performers host this event, attractions are The Night Wagon, The Infected Crop, and The Demented Forest.

Lake Shawnee’s Dark Carnival: Rock, Friday and Saturdays, stroll around the lake and abandoned park, walk the Indian Burial Ground, go across the lake, hear stories around the campfire, see the Lake Nightmare: Hostel haunted attraction, ask about overnight stays.

Haunted School of Terror: Weirton, Barn attraction, Meet the Boogeyman, Hallowed Jack, and their friends.  Open Friday and Saturday nights in October. Tickets are $15.

Zombie Run: Minden, ACE Adventure Resort, be a runner or zombie, October 28th.

The Haunted Coal Mine: Beckley, a fundraiser event for Theatre West Virginia.  Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm to 10pm on a train.

Spooktacular! Festival: Tamarack, Beckley, they are selling locally grown pumpkins and holding a painted pumpkin contest for adults and children.  Halloween movies in Theater October 22-28, Pumpkin Party on October 21st and October 28th, Strolling musician and spooky storytelling on October 22nd and October 29th, and Pumpkin Awards Scaremony on October 29th.

817 Haunted Truck Stop: Winfield, a new attraction,

HallowEast 9 Lives: Charleston, three-day event in several places around town.  Events include ArtMares, Friday Night Freak Show, Kids Costume Contest, Costume Crawl, lives music, and more.

Halloween ComicFest: statewide, horror and Halloween themed free comics on October 25th.  Check your local comic shop to see if they are participating and what they are doing.  Also online Costume Contest on the site.

Fear on the Farm: Winfield, an extreme haunted experience, open Friday and Saturdays.

 

 

 

Parkersburg Pop Con

The 2nd Annual Parkersburg Pop Con is this Saturday September 30th at West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg from 11am to 5pm.  An event about all of pop culture.

Guests for the con are actor Jeremy Ambler, comic creator Tim Shinn, and illustrator Rusty Shackles.

Vendors and artists will be selling figures, comics, toys, memorabilia, collectibles, handmade crafts, clothing, food, anime and manga, shoes, art and prints, pezes, books, movies, jewelry, video games, knitted items, leather items, buttons, and plenty of other geeky items.  Also there will be Bunny Bombshell, Crooked Letter Creative, WV Ghostbusters, Hades Ladies of Hell’s Orchard Roller Derby, games, James Patrick, Jason Lewis, Shawn Langley, Stephen Hines, Wilson’s House of Cosplay, podcasters What’s Going On plus charities and publishing companies.

Events include table top gaming library, cosplay contests for adults and youths, cosplay panels, Super Smash Bros and Injustice 2 video game tournaments, live podcast recording, audience movie riffing, and more.

Crooked Letter Creative and the Astral Theatre Collective will be performing their new work “Carmilla” based on the horror classic by J. Sheridan LeFanu at the WVU Parkersburg theater at 8pm the same day.  The show is $15.

Admission for the con is only $5 and children ten and under get in free with an adult.

Nice little some event with several different genres covered and people to see and meet.

WV Pop Con 2017

This year’s WV Pop Con is Saturday August 26th and Sunday August 27th at Mylan Park in Morgantown.

This year’s featured guests are from Action Lab Entertainment, who are celebrating five years, Chad Cicconi (NFL Rush Zone), Bill McKay (Zombie Tramp, Vampblade), Shawn Gabborin (Fracture), Bryan Seaton (Dollface), and Dan Mendoza (Zombie Tramp).  They are offering an exclusive Danger Doll Squad variant cover at the con.

Other guests are Andrew Carter (Habitat Against Humanity),  J.R. Mounts (Scairy Tales Noir), David Newbold (Runaways), Jason Lenox (King Conan), Electro-Magnetic Press, and YouTube channel Let’s Play All The Games.

There will also be plenty of other artist and exhibitors; selling their own comics, prints, portraits, cosplay items, books, tattoo artists, geeky crafts, candles, soaps, card games, jewelry, steampunk sculptures, perler art, clothing, and more creative items.

Cosplay guests and groups for the show are 501st Legion Garrison Corellia, Rebel Legion, Amtgard, Mandalorian Mercs Black Mountain Guard, Bunny Bombshell, Morgantown Roller Vixens, Vintage Theatre Company, and the WV Ghostbusters.

Vendors will have a variety of items a the con including Funkos, figures, comics, graphic novels, table-top gaming, video games and consoles, t-shirts, collectables, plush items, leather goods, toys, cards, posters, weapons, and more.

Events for the con include Cartoon Theme Song Sing-A-Long Bingo, an anime theater, kids costume contest on Saturday and an adult one on Sunday, food vendors, Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School demos, Paint Me Pokémon, and panels.  Let’s Play All The Games are running retro video game tournaments on Saturday.  Tournaments are Tecmo Super bowl, Tekken 3, and WWE Day of Reckoning 2, all are $5 to enter.  Cartridges Galore are running tournaments of Smash Brothers Melee and Goldeneye on Sunday with a $10 entry fee.  Pop-up tournaments are possible throughout the weekend plus open gaming areas for all.  For tabletop gaming there will be Pathfinder Society of WV, games of Munchkin, and Magic: The Gathering tournaments.

Tickets are $10 per day or $18 for two days if you order online.

Another fun con with lots of different people to see, even if I am not sure what they are all there for.