Rising Star 25th

Rising Star is celebrating their twenty-fifth year at the Othello Harris-Jefferson Student Center of Bluefield State College in Bluefield Friday October 21st 6pm to 11pm and Saturday October 22nd 9am to 11pm.  They are also celebrating the forty anniversary of conventions in the region.

This year’s guests are “Golgotha’ series author R.S. Belcher, comic creator Dan Delby, “Cemetary Dreams” author N.R. Allen, game designers Pure Steam, “Mr. Lazarus and Other Tales” author Paul Dellinger, prop maker & make-up artist Chris DeHart, comic author Chris Ward, filker White Plectrum, “Dragon’s Dove Chronicles” author Kim Headlee, furry artist Ashley Holohan, alt movie music maker Consortium 499, Bluefield State College Robotics Team, and paranormal investigators Black Diamond Paranormal Society.

Events for this year include discussion panels, Costume Call, music concert, electronic and board gaming, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, art show, vendors, film festival, anime screenings, a LARP with Strange Aeons, robosumo, and collectables auction for the Jonathan D. Miller and Daniel E. Craig Memorial Scholarships.

Admission is only $5 for both days.  BSC students, faculty, and staff get in free with a campus ID.  A snack bar will be available on site.

A small convention with lots of people with stories to tell you.

JCPL Annual Mini-Con

Jackson County Public Library is having their second annual Mini-Con this Saturday May 21st from 10am to 5pm at the main library in Ripley.

Some of the things they will be doing at the event are a craft and Lego maker space plus writing and art contests.  They will have a costume contest with winners in four different age groups.  There will be appearances from cosplay model Harley Heartthrob, the 501st, Black Mountain Guard, and the Rebel Legion.  There will be a Smash Brothers mini-tourney, Pathfinder RPG, D&D minis, Magic: The Gathering tournaments, and other games to play.  Plus vendors selling comics, toys, table top and video games, and more.

Looks like a quick little fun event for anyone who can make it up to hang out, meet people, and have fun.

Mini-Con is primarily a literacy outreach geared to encourage and foster a life long love of reading through the use of comics, gaming and other out of the box methodologies. It is an event to engage the local community and encourage the use of the library and all of its resources by tapping into the creative spirit of all individuals and providing a safe place for them to be embraced, to learn, and to grow.

 

Over the Border: Wyvacon 2015

Wyvacon returns on Saturday July 25th at the Wytheville Meeting Center in Wytheville, Virginia from 9am to 11pm

Guest include Mark MacDicken family entertainer as Flabbergast the Wizard; filker Keith Bringer of White Plectrum; writer of many genres Travis I. Siart; rock band/comic creator Metalcult Comix; and writer Kim Headlee.  Plus groups the Starfleet International chapter the USS Angstrom; paranormal investigation groups Sisters of Salem, Black Diamond Paranormal Society, Red Moon Paranormal Society, and radio show Paranormal Party; the 501st Legion, the Bluefield State Robotics, and Pure Steam RPG.

 

They will be having a Nerdy Book Exchange, costume contest hosted by Flabbergast the Wizard with three age categories for both male and female, a silent art auction, magic show by Flabbergast, paranormal investigation round table, sumobot competition, brony and pegasister meetup, and Paranormal Party live recording.  Panels on Jack Kirby, strange history, comic creation, steampunk on a budget, the 501st and USS Angstrom.  Workshops on writing and publishing, latex application and sculpting, filk writing, and Nerf Modding.  There will also be a charity raffle and the 501st Legion will be doing a fundraiser of their own for the Wytheville Community College Scholarship Foundation,

Gaming will consist of Star Trek Attack Wing, War Machine, Pure Steam, Dungeon Crawl Classics demos; Pokémon card and video gaming tournament, Magic the Gathering and Warhammer 40k  tournament; Blaz Blue, Super Smach Bros, and Mortal Kombat X tournaments.  There will be a miniatures painting competition for Warhammer and open gaming as well.

Attending vendors will be selling comics, CCGs and other games, figurines, handmade jewelry, 8bit style accessories, model kits, paintings on glass, cosplay props, weapons, steampunk items, art prints, bookmarks, toys, and lots more.

Admission is $5 for everyone over five and free for kids under five.  Snacks will be available for purchase on site.

A fun event for all nerds who can make it.

Vandalia-Con 2015

Vandalia-Con is a steampunk convention with all proceeds going to breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic, and treatment resources in WV.  It’s second ye will be once again in Parkersburg at the Historic Blennerhasset Hotel from May 22nd-24th.

Expect to see the Miner’s Lament Saloon and Red Eye Auction on Friday night, Chari-Tea Dueling Tournament and Airship Regalia on Saturday, and costume contest on Sunday.  Panels and classes on seances, archaeology, costuming, gaming, manners, science lab for kids, writing, sneak peek movie screening of Hollow, Johnny Appleseed reneactor, late night stories with Mr. Cat, and several more.  They have off-site guided tours of the Historic Smoote Theater, the Oil and Gas Museum, two historic Victorian homes on Julia-Ann Square, and a self-guided tour of Blennerhassett Island.

They have music guests Spence’s Rye and Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings. Other guests include performer Professor Bubblemaker, performance troupe the Pirate Crew of the Dead Rabbit, Clark Street Carnival, vaudeville sideshow Karnevil, and steampunk artist and author Thomas Wileford aka Lord Featherstone.

There will be vendors of jewelry, clothing, photography, belts, bustles, knitting, and various steampunk artisans.

On Sunday they will be holding their Vandalia-Con Pink Block Party again for free and open to all at Point Park Farmer’s Market.  A parade will be leaving the Blennerhassett Hotel at 1:30pm and will head to the farmer’s market.  Vendors from the con and the market will both be set up to buy from.  There will be musical performances, Professor Bubblemaker’s Bubble Magic and Medicine Show, and a health fair with mammograms screening on site from 10am-4pm.

Weekend passes to the con are $50, Silver Passes are $75, and $100 for a Gold Pass.  Day passes are $20.  Children 12 and under receive a 50% discount with an adult purchase.

If you can not make it out or afford the con, you still donate to the cause on their site.

Over the Border: Ratha Con

Ratha Con is a comic book convention in Athens, Ohio at the ARTS/West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts on Saturday April 26 from 10am – 5pm.

Artists, comic creators, and authors attending the event include Larry Blake, Jesse MarksSteve RichterTerence Hanley of Five Star Comics, Chris Monday, Derek Croston, Daniel Boyd, Ken Eppstein, Sandy Plunkett, Charles Milhouse, and Terry Eisele. For vendors you can expect people selling greeting cards, sewn items, costume items, comics, graphic novels, games, and food vendors. There will also be the award-winning lightsaber choreographers Blind Wave Productions.

There will be several panels at the con: a panel on comics with Sandy Plunkett, Steve Richter, Terence Hanley, and Ken Eppstein; Self Publishing by Charles Milhouse; Model Making with Jay Pare; Wearable Wounds workshop with Danette Pratt; Light Saber Choreography with Blindwave Productions which leads into the Stage Fighting workshop with Ohio University theater professors Brian Evans and Tom Fiocchi; presentation by Daniel Boyd on his films and graphic novels.  There will be a bullwhip demonstration at 11am with Daniel Trout.  For gaming they will be having a D&D game starting at 11am and Magic starting up at 12:30pm.  Their costume contest begins at 4pm.

The ARTS/West is holding a month-long Pop Culture art exhibit in honor of the con.  Take some time to check out art that represents anything from popular culture. 

Admission is $5 for everyone 11 years and older and kids under 11 get in free.

Just a quick junt over to check out this small, but still fun looking, convention.