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.

Ohio River Festival of Books 2016

The Ohio River Festival of Books is a this week-long of free events around Cabell County promoting literacy and learning for all ages.

On Wednesday September 28th the MadCap Puppets will be presenting Aesop’s Fables at the Don Morris Room at the Marshall Student Center at 9:30am.

On Thursday September 29th W. Joseph Wyatt will talk about his carer working as a clinical psychologist and helping law enforcement with cases at the Putnam County Library 5:30pm.  Also Sam Wilson will talk about World War I pilot William C. Lambert of Ironton, Ohio at the West Huntington Public Library at 7pm.

Friday September 30th at the Pullman Plaza Hotel they will have the Friends of the Library book sale, the opening reception, signing authors and vendors.

Saturday October 1st will have various sessions throughout the day at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington.   Some of those include Bright Star Theatre bringing the characters of Alice in Wonderland to life; Cat Winters talking about what inspired her award-winning YA fiction; creator of the TV series Extant and writer of The Strain Mickey Fisher will speak about writing for TV, film, and theater; a writer’s workshop by Michael Knost with several session throughout the day; and more of the book sale.  The closing program will be at 7:30pm at Marshall University: School of Art and Design Visual Arts Center, where Chip Kidd the award-winning graphic designer of book covers, author, comic creator will speak.

Other authors who will be around for signings including J.D. Byrne author of his new epic fantasy trilogy, Dr. William L. Grimes author of his haunted dentist office, Eugen Johnson writer and editor of many genres, and Laberta Salamacha Lucas author of Ouija about a psychic girl who solves mysteries.

Fans of books and reading should check all this and if you are not really into reading maybe you could find something to pick up and learn to enjoy.

Press Release: Rising Star Science Fiction Convention 2015

West Virginia State University Artist-in-Residence Daniel Boyd will be the featured presenter at the Rising Star Science Fiction Convention, October 23 and 24 at the Harris – Jefferson Student Center of Bluefield State College. Boyd will be discussing “Next–to–No-Budget Filmmaking in West Virginia” on Friday night. The talk will be a discussion of how he produced three low-budget films during the 1980s in a state not well known for its film industry. This will be followed by a twenty-fifth anniversary showing of his SF adventure, “Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers.”
On Saturday afternoon, he will be taking part in a discussion of independent comics. His third graphic novel, “Carbon” was released earlier this year. It’s sequel, “Salt” is currently in the planning stages.

Other creative talents from web and print comics include local artist/writer Dan Delby, Jason Pell, Glen Richardson, Chris Impink and Barb Fischer. Author guests include Kim Headlee, S. C. Houff, and Paul Dellinger. Artists attending include Jenn DePaola and Ashley Holohan.

A tentpole of the event is the annual appearance of the award-winning Bluefield State College Robotics Team. Well known and well-respected in the college robotics field, the team demonstrate their latest projects and innovations in the field of autonomous mechanisms.

Other items of interest include tradition tabletop, card and electronic games, anime, workshops, a vendors area and much more. The centerpiece of the event is a collectibles auction which raises funds toward the endowment of scholarships in the names of Jonathan David Miller and David Eugene Craig, founding members of the Bluefield State College Science Fiction Club. All proceeds from the auction go toward the goal of raising $10,000.00 to endow a $500.00 annual scholarship in the name of the honorees. A portion of any net profits from the convention itself will also be applied to this goal.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening, with programming starting at 7:00 p.m. and going on until roughly midnight. The doors reopen Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. and are open until the end of the Saturday evening entertainment, which includes a concert by musical comedy group White Plectrum. Admission at the door for attendees six and up is $5.00 to the public. Students of Bluefield State College, as well as faculty and staff get in free.

 

Press Release: Witches and Pagans gathering together once again in true Pagan fashion

Witches and Pagans gathering together once again in true Pagan fashion. Sing, chant, drum and dance. Feast and make merry!

This annual Event has been reaching out to our Wiccan/Pagan community since 2008. Attendance has more than tripled in this time and we expect to continue this growth year after year.

You can expect to enjoy live pagan music and dance performances, a host of vendors and merchants, Maypole

Dances for children and adults, Beltaine Ritual, Chant and Drumming circles and more! We are totally donation-supported so this event can be enjoyed by all who wish to participate.

Featuring the hauntingly powerful and high energy music of David Wood!

David’s dynamic, high-energy music will carry you away and make you want to shake your butt off….pagan style!

Get ready to experience a world of magickal and musical ecstasy that will take you where you’ve never been. . .

Also returning in 2015:

• Master Psychic and Clairvoyant, Aeson Knight

• Open Wiccan Beltaine Ritual

• Maypole Dance for both Children and Adults

• Dance, Chant and Drum Circle

• Healing, Massage and Energy work

• Astrology Charts – cast and printed on site!

• Children Activities and crafts

• May queen and king (children’s)

Your Favorite Craft Folks and Artisans returning to Merchants Circle where you can browse and shop for everything from hand cut and wrapped Stone Jewelry, Staves, Staves and Wands, Magickal Oils and Herbs, Candles and Incense, Books, Music CDs, Original Art, Statuary and Plaques, Tarot decks and locally Witch-crafted Runes, Handcrafted Eco-friendly garments, charms, baubles, soaps, potions and lotions and more, more, more‼‼!

Be sure to bring a 20-foot length of 2 1/2-3 inch wide ribbon for each Maypole Dance participant… (Ribbon will be available for those who need it)

This event is absolutely FREE! Alcohol and Drug-Free! Drama-free, Attitude-Free!

Event Location: Coonskin Park, 2000 Coonskin Drive in Charleston,

Event TIME Details: Vendors set up 8 am to 11 am: open to public at 11

Rising Star 23

West Virginia’s oldest convention, Rising Star, returns for another year.  October Friday 24th and Saturday 25th at the Bluefield State College (BSC) in Bluefield.  This will be Rising Star 23 and the theme for the year is Kaiju and celebrating the birthday of Godzilla.

Guests at the con are Beck Seashols (art of cute and LucasArts artist), R.S. Rob Belcher (author of Six gun Tarot), Chris DeHart (zombie make-up artist and props), Ashley Holohan (anthropomorphic artist), Kim Headlee (author of Dawnflight), Nicholas Anderson (blogger of WV Fandoms Blog), K.R. Thompson (author of The Keeper Saga), Andrew and Tiffany Ragland (FASA Corporation Game Reps), S. C. Houff (author of Spring Blessings: From the Files of the Department of the Arcane), Laura Lin (local paranormal author), Dan Delby (comic book author), Consortium 499 (filmmaker and alternate soundtracks), Paul Delinger (author of Dr. Lazarus & Other Stories), White Plectrum (filker and comedy), Studio Unseen (webcomic creators), plus Mark and Amanda Davis (local artists).

Groups attending include Strange Aeons (LARP), Pure Steam (steampunk gaming), Black Diamond Paranormal Society, Abingdon Historical Combat (renaissance-era combat instructors, BSC Robotics (award-winning robotics team), and the Rebel Legion’s Freedom Base (Star Wars costuming group).

Programming will include game demos, discussion panels, board gaming, anime viewing room, video gaming, dealers and artists, photo ops, costume contest, concert, charity auction, concessions, brony meet up, Werewolf games, workshops, and just generally hanging out with some of the old guard.  I will be running a game show on Saturday, so come check out Geek On to see who the biggest nerd is.  The charity auction on Saturday will raise money to establish the Johnny Miller and David Craig Memorial Scholarships.

A pass is only $5 at the door for both days.  BSC students, faculty, and staff get in free though.

Fans who like small events and many different fandoms will want to come check this out.

 

Over the Border: Wyvacon2014

Wyvacon is a small sci-fi con in Wytheville, VA holding their third event this year.  It will be at the Wytheville Meeting Center on Saturday July 26th from 9am-5pm.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.  There will be food and drink sold by the meeting center, no outside food allowed.

Special guest for the convention are paranormal investigation groups Sisters of Salem and Black Diamond Paranormal, author and screenwriters Barry Hayes and Jeremy Hicks, FX makeup and costumers Chris DeHart I.R. Zombi, green screen photographers Sci-Fi Photo Guys, Transformer costumer John Koger, Arthurian novelist Kim Headlee, amateur astronomer Scott Martin, artist Hershel A. Brewer, all-round nerd and tinkerer Drew Laing, the 501st, filker White Plectrum, geek metal band Cult Dionysis, and comic creator Dan Delby.

Some of the events at the con are 501st will be holding a charity raffle with prizes from local artists, vendors, and businesses, a book exchange where you can trade up to three sci-fi or fantasy books for three others, silent art auction, and costume contest at 12:30pm with three different age categories and one for pair or group.  There will panels on comic book illustrations, brony meet-up, paranormal investigations, gamer creation, Japanese comics, filking, space & science, plus demonstrations on latex, 3-D printing, steampunk weapon making, and miniatures painting.

Gaming at the event includes console gaming  provided by Game Stop with BlazeBlue, Streetfighter, Injustice, and Dark Souls 2.  For table top gaming there is Warhammer 40k tournament, Magic: the Gathering sealed deck tournament, Star Wars X-Wing miniatures demos, and Pathfinder Pure Steam and Imperium Campaign games.

Vendors will be selling books, buttons, patches, walking sticks, steampunk jewelry, art prints, art cards, crafts, t-shirts, comics, steampunk weapons, collectibles, leather work, RPGs, models, miniatures, CCGs, and plenty more.

There will be an after con party at the Wohlfahrt Haus Matterhorn Lounge and Bier Garten.

A small friendly con with lots of excitement.

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.