Over the Border: River City Comic Con 2016

River City Comic Con will be hold their sixth show this Sunday July 24th at the Marie Antoinette Ballroom at the Quality Inn in Marietta, Ohio from 10am to 5pm.

Guests for this are area filmmakers and You Tube personalities Blind Wave, Broken Icon Comics, cosplayer Bunny Bombshell, local horror film crew Dirty Candy Productions, the Hero Initiative, comic book colorist Jason Lewis, filmmakers and podcasters Mindfooled Entertainment, James Patrick and 21 Pulp.

Other creators who will be there include Nathan Arnold and Evan Bevins, Larry Blake, Logan Carroll, Michael Easton, Terry Ervin II, Gary Gibeaut, Stephen Hines, Travis Horseman, Shawn Langley, Paul Thompson, and other comic creators, artists, and crafters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There will be plenty of vendors selling comics, graphic novels, action figures, cards, anime and manga, games, video games and systems, self-defense items, collectables, clothing, accessories, and more.

River city will have an activity room for all ages.  There will be free make-and-take crafts, props for photo ops, and caricatures with J. D. Williamson.  Their costume contest will be at 2pm with four categories: Best Child, Best Adult, Best Craftsmanship, and Most Original.  There will be a screening of Mindfooled Entertainment’s documentary Marking Out and a live episode of their podcast The Figure Fourcast, a presentation of She Was So Pretty from Dirt Candy Productions, panel with Blind Wave Productions, and a roundtable on producing a podcast from Ka-Pow: The Pop Cultured Podcast, Dueling Ogres, Imperius Rex: Confessions of a Serial Surface Invader and Source Material, from the Radulich in Broadcasting Network.  

Admission is only $5, free for kids twelve and under.  A portion of every ticket will be donated to Washington County Special Olympics.  They will be set up to take donations and teach people about their work.

A nice little con to see local creators and some fun activities.

Press Relase: First Ever Rocket Boys WV Film Reclamation Project

Legendary West Virginia cult movie Paradise Park gets second life; teams with Homer Hickam’s Rocket Boys Festival for major joint initiative and reclamation collaboration

Who: Film Makers of seminal WV filmed movie Paradise Park and Homer Hickam’s Rocket Boys Festival; filmmaker Danny Boyd and movie cast members, Rocket Boys festival director William Scott Hill
What: Details on release of planned major relaunch of Danny Boyd’s 1992 WV film “Paradise Park” in conjunction with Rocket Boys Festival
When: Tuesday February 16, 2016 11:00AM
Where: West Virginia State University EDC, 1506 Kanawha Blvd. West Charleston, West Virginia
Why: Announcement of an upcoming collaborative project between the Rocket Boys Festival and the film makers of the award-winning 1992 West Virginia film “Paradise Park” including the first ever major re-issue of the legendary film on DVD and digital platforms, which starred West Virginia residents alongside late folk heroes including country music legends Porter Waggoner, Razzy Bailey and Johnny Paycheck, wrestling legend American Dream Dusty Rhodes as a Kanawha County sheriff’s deputy.  Many well-known West Virginia actors also found their way into this 1992 film including Webb Wilder, Michael Martin, Neal Clark.
Contact: Allen Media Strategies Jessica Lloyd at (703) 589-8960 or jessica@allenmediastrategies.com, William Scott Hill at 304-992-9085 or williamscotthill@rocketmail.com.
Rocket Boys Festival September 26th – October 1st 2016 www.rocketboysfestival.com
Cast members, filmmakers and festival officials available for questions and comments at Tuesday February 16th press conference include:
Larry Groce (Marlon), Jim Wolfe (Wesley), Gary Brown (Man Will Work) and Danielle Boyd (Belle), Director Danny Boyd (Russell the cable guy) and Rocket Boys Festival director William Scott Hill.

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.

Flashback Fright Fest

Fountain Place Cinema 8 in Logan is holding a Flashback Fright Fest throughout October.  Every Sunday at 4pm and Monday at 4pm and 7pm come see a different horror related movie.

October 5th and 6th will be The Mothman Prophecies.  The Mothman Prophecies is a 2002 psychological thriller based in Point Pleasant. The movie is based on the 1975 book of the same name, written by John Keel. The film stars actor Richard Gere, a reporter that investigated sights of “Mothman,” a legendary moth-like creature reportedly seen in Point Pleasant in the late sixties.  Author and Bram Stoker Award Winner Editor Michael Knost will be signing copies of his book Return of the Mothman before and after each showing.

October 12th and 13th will be The Shining.  1980 psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers.  The film is based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name.

October 19th and 20th will be Beetlejuice.  1988 comedy horror film directed by Tim Burton, starring Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton (as Beetlejuice), Jeffrey Jones, and Winona Ryder.

October 26th and 27th will be Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.  The 1987 slasher film and third Nightmare on Elm Street movie.  Written by Wes Craven starring Robert Englund and Patricia Arquette in her first role.

Tickets are only $5 for each showing.  They have unlimited popcorn and soda at the concession stand.

The theater has stadium seating in all screens.  Fully handicap accessible seating, hight back loveseat chair with cup holders, state of the art Dolby Digital Sound, and DLP Digital screens. 

Good chance to see some great horror movies on the big screen and meet a great author.

Mothman Festival 2014

The 13th Annual Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant is Saturday and Sunday September 20th and 21s this year.  It will go from 10am-10pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday.

There are several things to do and see during the festival.  The Mothman 5k Run will start at 9am on Saturday on Main Street.  The official opening of the festival will be at the grand reopening of the the Mothman Museum at its new location.  The award-winning face painter Jody Riffe will be doing face painting near the Mothman Statue.  DJ Scott, the official Mothman DJ, will be playing music and karaoke all day.

On Saturday there will be the Mothman Movie Night at the State Theater showing the movie White Zombie, a local remake of the 1930’s movie. Several bands will perform over both days.  There are hayride tours of downtown Point Pleasant, bus tours and flyovers of the TNT areas, and tours of the haunted Lowe Hotel, all these have a fee.

You can go look at the Silver Bridge Memorial, Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, and the National Guard Rock Wall all for free.  Things for a few dollars is the Point Pleasant River Muesum, the dinner from the Mothman Prophesies the Harris Steak House, Hillbilly Ziplining, vendors, and pick up some Mothman pancakes.

The guest speakers for this year are Patrecia Gray (paranormal writer), Chad Lambert (comic creator), Neal Parks (paranormal author), Rosemary Guiley (paranormal investigator), Susan Sheppard (executive producer), Craig Woolheater & Nick Redfern (Ufologists), Fred Saluga (cryptozoologist), Sherrie Brake (author), Stan Gordon (Bigfoot researcher), Robin Bellamy (paranormal researcher), Andy Colvin (Mothman photographer), Brian Seech (researcher), Chris McDaniel (investigator), Dale Morton (Mothman costume designer), Joedy Cook (cryptozoologist), and others.  They will be giving lectures on different subjects and a special roundtable discussion on Sunday.

The Miss Mothman Pageant will be both Friday and Saturday.  The Teen, Miss, Ms, and Mrs categories will on Friday night and the children’s pageant on Saturday.  Registration is still open.

For the first time, the festival will have a Friday kick-start event at the Historic State Theater on Main Street.  The will be showing the Mothman Prophecies for free.

This is something for everyone who likes paranormal topics, history, and fairs to come check out.   Come out meet people, see things, learn, have fun, avoid the Men in Black, and buy some souvenirs.

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.

 

Celebration of Batman’s 75th Anniversary in Princeton

Jump Start of Princeton is holding a Celebration of 75 Years of Batman on Saturday August 23 at the Dick Copeland Town Square.  This family friendly event will focus on the history of the popular character in comic books, tv, novels, cartoons, serials, newspaper comic strips, film, and more.

The Dayfly Books and Collectibles will be having a Batman themed art show.  There will be vendors selling Batman related merchandise, like from PixelNation Retro Game Store and Is Half Enuff with action figures.  Bowles BBQ and Sweet Frog will be there selling food.  More vendors are likely to show up as well.  Sweet Frog will have its Frog Pickin’ game at the event.  Sweet Frog is also sponsoring the costume contest.  It will be at 3pm.  The categories are ages 12 and under, ages 13-20, and ages 21 and up.

Dynasty Athletics & All-Star Cheerleading will be doing demonstrations at 7pm.  The school teaches cheerleading, team dance, and gymnastics.  The demo will display teamwork and acrobatic skills that Batman and Robin would find useful. 

The Princeton Public Library will be having their annual “Super Hero Day” at the same time.  They are at the same location.

The library will be showing the 1989 Batman movie celebrating its 25th anniversary and The Dark Knight after dark in the square.  The Princeton Renaissance Projects will be selling concessions during the movies.  You need to bring your own chair though.

Random prizes will be given out during the event but before the movies start. You must be present to win one.  There will be spontaneous ways to win.  Trivia will likely be the most common way but not the only way.

Also if you go to Sweet Frogs store and mention the event you will be 10% off your purchase.  Also Lost Legion Games and Comics will be having a 25% off comic books and trade paper backs.

So if you are in the area and like Batman, or just want to hang out with people, stop on by.