Tsubasacon 2017

Tsubasacon is back this Friday October 13th through Sunday October 15th at the Big Sandy Superstore Area and Conference Center in Huntington.  This year’s theme is “Feudal Japan.”

Voice actor guests for this year are Leah Clark (Deadman Wonderland, Soul Eater), Kristen McGuire (Assassination Classroom, comic artist), Robert Axelrod (Power Rangers, Digimon), and Austin Tindle (Tokyo Ghoul, Attack on Titan).

Other guests are cosplay band Eien Strife, professional panelists Vitamin H Productions, The Carolina Manga Library, Japanese arcade machines from Tokyo Attack, foam weapon combat group Sleeping Samurai, game show host Greg Wicker, and pachinko machines from Pachinko Fever.

They will have all the standard anime con events: panels for learn and/or fun, cosplay contests, rave, artist alley, vendor room with a kinds of goods, cosplayers, autographs, game shows, masquerade ball, concerts, viewing rooms, guests Q&A, AMV League, maid café, and plenty of chances to meet fellow fans.  There will also be areas, tournaments, meet-ups, and more for video gaming, pachinko machines, mobile video and phone gaming, collectible card gaming, Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Warhammer and other war miniature games, and a board game library from the Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society.

Convention Registration is $45 for a weekend badge, $30 for Friday only, $40 Saturday only, and $20 for Sunday only.  Children between 8-12 badges are $20 for the weekend.  Children under seven get in free.  They also have a gaming wristband that only that only allows you into the gaming area of the con for $35 for the weekend.  Single day gaming wristbands available too.

The con is great for fans of anime, cosplay, table-top and video gaming, and a bit of general nerdery.  It is I think the most varied and diverse cons in the state.  Though sometime loud, crowded, and full of young people having fun.  I am not a big fan of “fun.”

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Natsu no Tsubasacon 2017

Tsubasacon’s annual summer picnic Natsu no Tsubasacon is this Sunday June 25th at Ritter Park in Huntington from noon to 4pm.  At the older shelter.

The food is being brought potluck style, if you wish to bring something sign-up at Perfect Potluck to let everyone know.

Activities will include lawn games like kubb and bocce, an anime and manga swap, Summer Themed Cosplay Contest, suikawari (watermelon splitting), a Staff vs Attendee Kickball game, and combat demos from  Black Fire Valley (Amtgard), the local SCA chapter showing off heavy weapons, Tri-State Jen’Saarai, and Imperial Legion.  The cosplay contest three categories are Best Summer Design, Original Design, and Best Overall.

You can start your own thing at the picnic as well.  Some other activities that might happen are a Pokémon Go Walk, dance music, card and board gaming, photo shoots or what ever you would like to do.

The event is free but they will be taking donations for the Ronald McDonald House.  They will take non-perishable food, kitchen and cleaning items, gift cards, and more.  You will be able to buy passes for Tsubasacon this October there too.

A fun little friendly community gathering if anyone who might interested.

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.