3rd Annual Minicon

The Jackson County Public Library in Ripley is having their 3rd Annual Minicon this Saturday April 8th from 3pm to 9pm.  Minicon is mainly a literacy outreach program to encourage a love of reading through comics, gaming, and other more out there ideas.

They will have some craft projects for everyone to try, a LEGO room, coloring contest, several board and cards games to play, Magic: The Gathering open play and trade, Star Wars cosplayers for photos, trivia contests throughout the day, door prizes, raffle items, LARPing, and classes. They will have a cosplay contest at 5pm.  A nerdy belly performance at 4pm.  The contest winners will all be announced at 8pm.  They will running both a Hero Training Camp and Complete a Quest as well.

It looks like a nice fun little event for kids (of any age), creative people, and those wanting to find new nerdy outlets.

The West Virginia Chocolate Festival will also be going in Ripley this weekend too.  So something else to do during down times.

First Parkersburg Pop Con

The first Parkersburg Pop Con will be held at WVU Parkersburg in Parkersburg this Saturday October 8th from 11am to 8pm.  An event to both promote pop culture, STEM, and WVU Parkersburg.

The 501st, Bunny Bombshell, Burning Bulb Publishing, Derek Croston, Dirt Candy Productions, Dueling Ogres Podcast, WV Ghostbusters, Hades Ladies Roller Derby, James Patrick, Jason Lewis, Jason Pell, J.D. Williamson, Mid-Ohio Valley Superman, Nathan Arnold, Shawn Langley, Storyteller Publishing, WV Wonder Woman, and more promoting and selling their creations.  The Gaming Club, STEM Department, and Legal Studies Department will all be set up there.  The Legal Studies will have a crime scene on display for you to puzzle over and figure out what happened.

Vendors will comics, games, collectables, video games, toys, nerdy crafts like soaps and plushies, cosplay items, anime and manga, movies, clothes, jewelry, a photo booth, and more.  Several restaurants will be set-up with food as well.

Panel on video games, cosplay, three panels on women in horror, how to get into comics, and podcasting with Dueling Ogres.  Closing Ceremonies start at 7:30pm.  The Girl Scouts will have a table teaching kids how to debug a video game and how to create their own. There will also be a Pokémon Go hike through the campus and a kid friendly room with activities and face painting.

Video competitions hosted by Game Stop will be $20 and starts at 2pm, sign-ups at the con.  They will have Super Smash Bros, Pokken, Street Fighter V, and Mario Kart 8.  Some of the stores will have table top gaming going on.  A Cosplay Contest with categories for Best Hero Male and Female, Best Villain Male and Female, Best Hero and Villain Youth, and Most Creative.  They have also promised special Snapchat filters for the con.

Cost to get in is only $5.

Another fun and cheap little con with several interesting things to see and do.

ShockaCon 2016

Shockacon returns Friday September 30th 4pm to Sunday October 2nd 5pm at the Beni Kedem Shrine Center in Charleston for its fifth year.

 

Actor guests for this year are Zach Galligan (Gremlins 1 & 2), Camille Keaton (I Spit On Your Grave), Oliver Robins (Poltergeist 1 & 2) ,Brandy Mason, and Geretta Geretta.  John Tice, Willy Mcquillan, and Will Bill from Mountain Monsters.  Plus Scott Gregg of Razor Sharp Studios, Hollywood make-effects artist Steve Johnson, bands Renfields, Orvill Rex, Miniature Giant, Hurl Brickbat, Charlie Ant Eater; belly dancers Bint il nahar and Naughty Samadhi, DJ Thunder, authors Dustin Coffman, Josh Kent, Daniel Boyd, artists Jason Pell, Chris Woodall, Two Tinkers, JR Earls; prop builder Tiffany Steele, Cult Classic Creatures, WV Ghostbusters, cosplayer Santana, Cemetery Knights Hearse Club, and Weird Paul Petroskey “the Original Vlogger”.

Events during the day include costume parade, adult costume contest for $10, kids costume contest on Sunday, R2D2 robotics demo, origami workshop, wand and building-a-torso workshops, guest Q&As, game shows, embalming demo by James Lowry, scream contest, mummy wrapping contest, learn the Thriller dance, and more panels.  On Friday and Saturday night starting at 8pm to midnight they will be holding their Shock & Roll Party with musical performances, belly dancing, gaming from CharCon with Werewolf and Cards Against Humanity, drink and draw game.  Then an after party at the Blue Parrot.

Not much info on vendors put out, though if you have been before I would expect the same.

Weekend badges are $50, Friday and Sunday  badges $20, Saturday $25, youth badges are each just $5 less.  VIP tickets are $100, with it you get preferred seating at all events, one celebrity autograph ticket, line skip, and a bag of goodies.  Come after 8pm for only $10.  T-shirts are available for $15.

 

Fans of horror movies, art, books plus prop making, punk style music, and the like will enjoy the con.  If you have the money for it.

 

Tsubasacon 2016

Tsubasacon is back for another year this Friday September 30th to Sunday October 2nd at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and Convention Center in Huntington.

Voice actor guests for this are Steve Blum well know for his work in Cowboy Beebop, Big O, Naruto, Digimon, and many other animes, he also has the Guinness Book of World Record for most voice roles in video games, plus he voiced many incarnations of Wolverine, Amon in Legend of Korra, TOM the host of Toonami, hundreds of other roles and Caitlynn French known for such roles as Shiro from No Game No Life, Miyu Edelfelt Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Lllya, Matsurika from Maria-Holic, and several others from Sentai Filmworks.

This year they have two music acts nerdcore artist and cosplayer Shadow Clone and nerd pop band the Night Sabers.  Other guests are Pachinko Fever who will be bringing a selection of pachinko machines to play, boffer combat troupe Sleeping Samurai, Tokyo Attack who bring a collection of Japanese arcade machines, panelist group Vitamin H, the Carolina Manga Library, and convention game show host Greggo.

Events include game shows by Greggo, two video rooms, formal masquerade ball on Friday night, AMV contest Saturday morning, guest Q&A and autographs, a dance party on Saturday night, two Cosplay Lip Sync contests (one all ages and one 18+), In-Character Contest, an Iron Cosplay Contest on Sunday, and the big cosplay contest on Saturday.  Fan panels on such topics as Fire Emblem, crossplay, Japanese language, several on cosplaying and cosplay culture, Final Fantasy, chainmaile workshop, traveling to Japan, Japanese Culture, Kpop and Jpop, RWBY, and plenty more to check out.

The video gaming section on the con will have a room-scale virtual reality set-up, free play consoles from Rare Drops, tournaments of Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, J Stars Victory, Halo, Pokken, and more through out the weekend and a mobile gaming area.   Hobby gaming will have tournaments provided by Dungeon Dwellers with several tournaments for Magic, Force of Will, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dice Masters, and Heroclix; plus on a Guild Ball tournament on Saturday and on Sunday a Warmachine and Hordes tournament; the Pathfinder Society will be running scenarios throughout all three days, and a game library from Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society.

In the vendor/artist alley you will be able to find t-shirts, DVDs, manga, cosplay items, figurines, keychains, plushies, wigs, plenty of other accessories and collectibles, jewelry, weapons, Japanese snacks, games, CDs, art prints, comics, steampunk wear, nerdy crafts, and so much more.

It is $45 for the weekend, $30 for just Friday, $20 for just Sunday, and $40 for a Saturday/Sunday badge.  Wristbands that will only get you into the video and table-top gaming sections will be $35 for the weekend, $20 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, and $15 for Sunday.  Children, between ages 7-12, badges are $20 for the weekend and $10 for Sunday both with the purchase of an adult’s.  Children under seven are free.

Fans of cosplay, anime, gaming, internet culture, and the like should all be able to find something to interest them at this con.

Over the Border: Highlands Here Con 2016

The second Highlanders Hero Con is this Saturday September 3rd at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center in Ashland, KY from 10am to 7pm.

ComicCon logo

Special guests at the event are Batman, Batgirl, and the Batmobile of Heroes 4 Higher; comic creators Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp, Guy Gardner) and Michael Mayne (Bonnie Lass, Heroes of Newerth); cosplayers Dave Endicott, Allicia Lewis, Sam Ash, and Bunny Bombshell as Queen Elsa; fantasy author Cammie Eicher, and animal handler Dr. Des Coveries along with his Wild Bunch.

There will a costume contest with Adult and Youth categories.  First place in each will win $100 cash and family membership to the Highlands Museum.  There will be a Wild Animal Show performance by Coveries.  There will also be panels on cosplay, writing fantasy novels, comics, and Heroes 4 Higher spreading their “be a hero” message.  The Goblin Traders will be running card tournaments starting at 11am and running throughout the day.  Volunteers from local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will be there doing arts and crafts activities with the kids.  The museum will be open to tour as well.

No info on vendors, but they do say the have some.  Though they are apparently still taking more if you want to sign-up.  There will be Mary’s Kitchen Catering out front of the museum selling food.  Fat Pattys in Ashland and Ruth’s Cupcakes & Luncheonette will offer patrons a 10% discount on food purchases on September 3 when they show their HeroCon wristbands.

You can get pre-sale tickets at the Center or at the door for $9 for adults, $5 for museum members, or $6 for children ten and under.  The museum will only be open for event admission.

Another little con with that looks a fun time with fellow fans, especially for kids.

Power Up 2016

Power Up the Tri-State’s Annual Retro Video Game Convention returns this Saturday August 27th at the conference area at the Big Sandy Arena in Huntington from 10am to 8pm.

The Standard Nerds will be hosting the tournaments again this year.  The tournaments have an entry fee. All entry fees will be given to the Extra Life Charity.

The tournaments will be Smash Bros 64, Smash Bros 4, Rocket League (XBox One), Pokken, and Mario Kart Double Dash.  Check the website for the times and rules for each game.

Hometown Hobbies will be hosting Magic: The Gathering tournaments throughout the day.  Plus free play board games for all to try.

There will also be a Pokémon League for the 3DS.  Sign-up for $5 and then battle the eight gym leaders around the convention floor.  The proceeds will go to Children’s Hospitals and you will also get entry into raffle drawings throughout the day.  Obtain all eight gym badges to challenge the Elite 4 at the Brawl-a-thon in November.

A few panels have been promised along with a cosplay contest.

Expect around twenty vendors and artists selling games, books, collectables, art work, crafts, and more.  There will be exhibits from the D20 Girls, cosplays Santana and Kiss A Frog Cosplay, local cons, video game creators Lasso Games, Mandalorian Mercs, Trenton Jedi, and artists Rusty Shackles and Michael Mayne.

Entry is $5, free for children twelve and under.  Door prizes will be given out through out the day for just attending.

Fans of video games are going to want to check this out for playing, collecting, and generally just hanging out with fellow fans.

 

Over the Border: Khan-Con

Khan-Con the sci-fi and superhero convention will be this Saturday August 13th and Sunday 14th at the Woodlawn Intermediate School in Woodlawn, Virginia from 10am to 4pm.  The event is family friendly fundraiser for Jack Sullivan, a little boy dealing with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Guest at the con are Michael Eury editor-in-chief of the Eisner Award nominated Back Issue Magazine who has also worked as a writer and editor for several comic companies, the R2-D2 Builders Club, the 501st, Mandalorian Mercs, Brian Funk creator of the crime noir/fantasy comic Enforcer, heavy metal band and comic creator Dionysis Metacult, g.paul.r creator of Sgt. Sasquatch: The Bigfoot of Liberty and other comics, writer and comic creator Dan Delby, small publisher Dreampunk Press, sci-fi author Arylias Nova, co-authors Casey Eanes and Seth Ervin, plus artists Keith Kapish, Kev Lyerly, Garrett Faith, Kela Hunt, and Matari Bain.

Vendors will have comics, gaming supplies, steampunk and vintage inspired jewelry, toys, collectibles, pixel art, buttons, nerdy crafts, clocks, dolls, and plenty more for fans to check out.

There will be a cosplay contest, R2-D2 builders demonstration, the and a Super Smash Bros tournament. Nothing else mentioned about panels or events, but I am sure you will be able to find some people to chat with about plenty of different topics.

Admission is only $5 for adults and free for children twelve and under.  They do promise there will be air conditioning in the building, which trust me s a big deal.

Another small community convention for a good cause to head out and check on.