15th Annual Free Comic Book Day

It is that wonderful time of the year, the 15th Annual Free Comic Book Day.  This year it is on May 7th.

There are 50 different comics this year to choose from several different genres and publishers.  Comics include offerings of Archie, Bob’s Burgers, Bongo Comics, Boom sampler, Marvel’s Civil War II, two Dark Horse sampler, Doctor Who, ROM, Suicide Squad, Valiant, Pokémon, 2000 AD sampler, Assassin’s Creed, Attack on Titan, Bruce Lee, Captain America, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Con Man’ Spectrum, DC Super Hero Girls, Love and Rockets, Grumpy Cat, Lady Mechanika, Devil’s Due/1First mixtape, Overstreet Comic Guide, Phantom, Pink Panther, Nickelodeon, Sonic, Spongebob Square Pants, Stan Lee, Strawberry Shortcake, Street Fighter, Tick, One-Punch Man, Aspen Comics, and several others for both adults and kids.

Stores doing something special for the dare are Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Riflemen in South Charleston will have a meet and greet with Daniel Boyd; Hillbilly Toy Chest in Milton will have JR Earls doing sketches, Pokemon TCG tournament, free hotdogs, and major discounts are items; Crit Hit Comics & Games in Princeton is having 10% off sale and  costume contest at 11am; Comic Paradise Plus2 in Morgantown will have an appearance by Chad Cicconi; Comic World in Huntington is having a big sale and costume contest; Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Vault in Vienna will have a Dungeon Crawl Challenge with Dwarven Forge 3D dungeon, a costume contest, board games, Magic and Pokémon tournaments, and discounts; Beyond Comics in Shepherdstown with Steve Younkins and bring in non-perishable food items to get more free comics.

Other places taking part are Books-A-Million in Charleston, Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Castle in Beckley, Comic Paradise Plus in Fairmont, Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming in Morgantown, Gary’s Comics and More in Morgantown, and Purple Earth Comics in Huntington.

So mark your calendars and plan your attack of shops.  If you are a comic fan, a newbie, or someone looking to get back into it, this is a good day to get some samples.

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.

Doctor Who: The Classic Series Regenerated Kickstarter

Temporal Orbit Films LLC is a group of dedicated fans in Charleston of classic Doctor Who with years of experience in film and theater who have decided to create their own Doctor Who fan films, Doctor Who: The Classic Series Regenerated.  To do this they are looking to raise money through Kickstarter.

Their current production is based around the 4th Doctor (played here by Ronn Smith) and Sarah Jane Smith (played by Rose Winland) era storytelling.  Their first story will be “Season of Terror,” a Christmas Special style if it was done in the ’70s.  The Doctor and Sarah Jane investigate a series of child abductions in a small English village and discover the terrifying truth to the alpine legend of Krampus, the Christmas Devil.

They are asking for $50,000 to fund this project at the quality they want.  This will cover such costs as studio rental and monthly utility costs, set construction and materials, production equipment rentals, costuming, prop creation, cast and crew travel, post production costs, Kickstarter fees, taxes, and cost of rewards.  All the money goes to production.  This is a not-for-profit production, no one makes any money off this.  Also they have no affiliation with the BBC other than being fans.

Rewards offered include PDF of script and poster, downloads of the episodes, soundtrack, DVD with extras, poster, t-shirt, Skype chat with the crew and cast, producer credit, walk on role, custom scarf, and more.  Giving at least $5 will get yo a thank you on their website.

The have only raised $1,936 (of this writing) of their $50,000 with just four days to go.  So if you want to see this come true, they need a lot of help.  This is also a project that you can easily offer support outside of money if it makes the goal.

Fans of classic series Who should really think about throwing them a few dollars.

Shockacon 2015

Shockacon returns Friday September 18th at 4pm through Sunday September 20th at 5pm at the Beni Kedem Shrine Center in Charleston.

Rose Siggins and Drew Rin Varick from American Horror Story: Freak Show; Bai Ling from The Crow; Jeryl Prescott and Adam Minarovich of Walking Dead; Ari Lehman from Friday the 13th; John “Trapper” Tice from Mountain Monsters.  Artist Chris Woodall, JR Earls, Ryan Byrd, and Atrophy Comics; writer Daniel Boyd and Edward Holsclaw; bands the Cryptoids, Argyle Goolsby, The Big Bad, Hurl Brickbat, and the Renfields; performers Riveting Roses, Professor Sinister Savage Sideshow, comedian Sam Canterbury, belly dancer Bint il Nahar, Downhome Decadence; cosplayers Dalek Gan, WV Ghostbusters, Santana, Bunny Bombshell; filmmakers Ronn Smith (Doctor Who fan film), Dakota Skye, Scott Gregg (Razor Sharp), RAK films; Cemetery Knights, zombie response vehicle, tarot reader Rachael Fortune, Dracula audio drama, guest speakers Tiffany Steele, David Cruikshank, Adam Edwards, Frank Curci, and Kennie Bass.

There will be a costume parade through the Town Center mall on Saturday at noon, a drink and paint, Q&As with various guests, cosplay panels, music performances, horror trivia contest, horror writers workshop, scream contest, zombie survival panel, costume contest on Saturday, performances from Rocky Horror and Repo! the Genetic Opera, craft workshops, and more.  Sunday is Kids Day with reduced prices, junior Ghostbuster training, kids mask workshop, kids costume contest and other fun activities.  Aftershock party at the Blue Parrot on Capitol Street on Friday and Saturday.

Pre-reg before 9/15 is $45 for weekend, $20 for Friday or Saturday, $15 for Sunday, and $5 cheaper for children under 15.  At door prices are $50 for weekend, $25 for Friday or Saturday, $20 for Sunday, and $5 cheaper for children under 15.  You can get VIP pass for $125 that comes with a t-shirt, preferred seating at events, on autograph ticket, gift bag, and line skip ability.

All fans of horror, makeup, and off kilter entertainment should give the show a look over.

Shockacon 2014

Shockacon the horror/sci-fi convention returns to the Beni Kedem Shrine Center (next to the Civic Center) in Charleston on Friday September 26-28.

Guests for this year’s con are actors Tyler Mane (X-Men, Halloween), Fred Williamson (football player, Dusk till Dawn), Vernon Wells (Road Warrior, Power Rangers), Jennifer Lynn Warren (American Horror Story), John Carl Buechler (special effects artist), Erika Eleniak (Playboy, Dracula 3000), Moses J. Moseley & Theshay West (Walking Dead), Taso Stavrakis (stuntman, makeup artist), David Crawford (Dawn of the Dead), and cosplayer Santana. Local guests Missy Dawn (Porkchop, Pig Girl), Eamon Hardiman (Porkchop, Zombie Babies), Ron Smith (Doctor Who: The Classic Years Regenerated), Jeremy Ambler (Walking Dead), writers Daniel Boyd (Chillers, Carbon), Edward A. Holsclaw II, Rich Bottles Jr (Hellhole West Virginia), K. Michael Gibson (Dead Pulse Rising), cosplayer Elsa Littlepage, several stand up comedians, guest speakers Rudy Panucci (PopCult Blog), Mel Larch (Zombie Research Society), Tiffany Steele (costume FX), Lee Harrah (evolution of the zombie), Chris Woodall (artist), Alaina Damewood (exorcist), and Adam Edwards (prop builder).

Rock bands Renfields, the Big Bad, and the Jasons.  Costume groups WV Ghostbusters, 501st Legion Squad Corella, and Mandalorian Mercs. Get some photo ops with Dalek Gan, a TARDIS, Zombie Killer Motorcycle, Zombie Response Vehicle, and custom hearses by the group Cemetery Knights.

There will be panels, Q&As with guests, music performances, movie showings, workshops, stand up comedy, Wayward girls School of Burlesque performance Friday night, Professor Sinister Savage Sideshow on Saturday night, and more.  On Saturday there will be a Costume Parade that starts at noon and will proceed through the first level of the Charleston Town Center and back to Shockacon.  There are two costume contests, one for 13 and up on Saturday at 4pm and one for 13 and under on Sunday 2pm.  There will be Scream Contests twice each day, each one limited to first 15 entries.

Also an after party at the Blue Parrot on Friday and Saturday night .

Tickets at the door are $50 for the weekend, $22 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, and $16 for Sunday.  Kids 6 and under get in free with an adult.  Show Hours are Friday 3:30pm-11:30pm, Saturday 10:30am-11:30pm, and Sunday 10:30am-4pm.  The vendor area closes at 8pm each day.

The place to go for horror fans.

More Screenings Again

Time for more news on special screenings going on across the state.

For those of you who missed the Doctor Who season première yesterday, or just want to see it again, it will be in theaters tomorrow Monday August 25th at 7pm, or 9:30pm in select locations so check with your local one.

This showing will feature not just the twelfth Doctor’s first story, but will also have an exclusive prequel scene and a behind the scenes making of feature.

It is through Fathom so it should be through all the regular theaters you see Rifftrax and other special events through.

Clara is alone in Victorian London with a man she doesn’t know, a dinosaur in the Thames, and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustion. The Doctor has changed. It’s time you knew him.

You can dress up for the event, but they ask that you do not wear anything that covers your face, bring a prop weapon, accessories (including sonic screwdrivers), or anything that conceals what you are carrying.

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On Tuesday, the Marshall Campus Activities Board is holding their First Outdoor Cinema event at Buskirk Field  They will be showing, I think, the new Godzilla movie starting at 7pm.  

You will need to bring your own blankets and/or chair to see the movie.  It is free with a Marshall Student ID.

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And I have been able to get some info on the Ghostbusters return to theaters for its 30th anniversary.  It looks like it will only be showing in WV in Nitro on August 29th and 30th.  It will play several times throughout the day so plenty of chances to catch it.  The WV Ghostbusters Division will be there as hosts and to raise money for charity so stop by for a chat and some pictures.

 

Special Screenings in Theaters

This summer and into October there will be a number of special screenings in theaters for fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and the usual nerd genres.  Here is a quick list of what I know of.

A two night David Tennant event.  Frist on Monday June 16th, the Doctor Who two parter, Rise of the Cybermen and Age of Steel with a special interview at the end with Tennant.  On Tuesday June 17th at 7:30pm the documentary about birds in flight Wings in 3D narrated by Tennant.

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At the Park Place Stadium Cinemas in Charleston a screening of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth will be screened Sunday July 6th and Monday July 7th at 4pm.  Tickets for this is just $6.

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RiffTrax returns to theaters Thursday July 10th at 8pm with Sharknado with a rebroadcast on Tuesday July 15th at 7:30pm.   They are also running a Kickstarter to raise the funds to riff the 1998 Godzilla movie.  They have already met their goal of $100,000 for this, but now if they get $250,000 they will also do a riffing of Anaconda (as of this writing they are at $232,000).  Godzilla will shown in theaters for one night on August 14th and if they get the money for Anaconda it will be shown on October 30th.

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Monty Python Live (mostly), the reunion show of the Python cast, will be broadcast on to the screen Sunday July 20th at 2:30pm with rebroadcast on Wednesday July 23rd and Thursday 24th.  For three hours watch John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Pain will perform your favorite skits and with new material.

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The original Ghostbusters movie will be back in theaters for a limited run this October.  Places have not yet been finalized, about 500 theaters across the US so let us hope we get at least one in state, but the dates are known.  It will be on Thursdays October 13, 20, and 27 with one showtime each day.

Now I did bother getting ticket prices for each event, but expect at least $10 and probably over that.  That is just the price of special showings.  Also check each one for what ones are close to you.

The Clay Center’s Sci-Fi Film Series should have another screening some time this summer too.  Keep an eye on that.