First Annual Sleepy Hollow Scarefest

Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming of Clarksburg is bringing the first Sleepy Hollow Scarefest a free horror convention this Saturday June 17th at Meadowbrook Mall in Bridgeport.  It goes from 10am to 8pm.

Special guests for the event are Addy Miller, the teddy bear girl zombie from Walking Dead; Steve Dash, Jason from Friday the 13th Part 2; Trapper, Wild Bill, Huckleberry, and Willy from Mountain Monsters; WVU Football Hall of Famer Major Harris; Jeremy Ambler from Walking Dead; Daniel Boyd, writer and director; Eliska Hahn from Invasion of the Space Preachers; authors P. Mark DeBryan, Josh Kent, and Dustin Coffman; Diana Curry from FallForward Entertainment and her film Creature of the Night; Razor Sharp Studios; plus the cast of local films The Barn and Axe Man of Henderson County (including Major Harris and Jeremy Ambler). You can pre-order autographs for Addy Miller, Steve Dash, and Major Harris on the website for the show.

They have a Film Fest starting at noon and going into the evening.  The movies are local horror films Creature of The Night, The Crawling Dead, The Axe Man of Henderson County, and The Barn.  Tickets are $2 per movie.

They will also have a photo booth set up by TapSnap.

There will be local and regional vendors selling a variety of arts, crafts, foods, toys, costumes, t-shirts, and creepy dolls.

Fans of horror and paranormal, especially of local indie films, should try to swing by.  It is free after all.

Child’s Play Weekend at Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming

The Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming store in Morgantown is running a weekend of games to raise money for West Virginia University Children’s Hospital through the charity Child’s Play this Friday October 23rd to Sunday October 25th.  All entry fees for the games will be donated to Child’s Play.  Prize support is provided by the Four Horsemen and other local businesses.

On Friday they will have a charity toy drive with Friday Night Magic.  Donate a new toy for free entry to any of their three events that night.  Regular entry is a $5 minimum donation.  Games are at 2pm, 6pm, and 6:30pm.

Saturday will have demos all day of Ashes and Summoner Wars along with tournaments of X-Wing at noon, Heroclix Superman/Wonder Woman pre-release at noon, Magic: The Gathering Battle for Zendikar at 1pm, and Saturday Scuffles with have a Smash Bros tournament at 3pm.  They will also have a Magic Commander all night event with door prizes starting at 9pm.

Sunday’s gaming is a Magic: The Gathering tournament at 1pm, Yu-Gi-Oh win a box at 1:30pm, and Dice Masters at 2pm where you can donate a quarter every time you want re-roll a die.

Most tournaments will run from $5 to $15 minimum entry fee.  If you are free for some gaming this weekend or just want to help out with a donation head on over.

 

Once Again Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is an annual event  on the first Saturday of May where participating comic book shops around the world give away special free comic books to those who come to their shop.

You can get comics from such companies as Archie, Bongo, Boom Studios, Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Image, Marvel, Viz Media, Action Lab, Antarctic Press, Aspen, Avatar, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics, Gemstone Books, Scholastic, Kodansha, Liquid Comics, New England Comics, Oni Press, 2000AD, Red 5, Top Shelf Udon, Valiant, and many more.

In state shops participating are Books-A-Million in Charleston, Your Hobby Place in Martinsburg, Comic Paradise in Fairmont and Morgantown, Gary’s Comics in Morgantown, Lost Legion The Rifleman in South Charleston, and The Castle in Beckley.

Beyond Comics in Shepherdstown is have a creator meet and greet during FCBD.  Danielle Corsetto of Girls with Slingshots, Monica Gallagher of Gods & Undergrads, Rafer Roberts of X-O Manowar, Steven Younkins of Q2Q, and Lee Garvin creator of the card game Bad Ass Zombie Killers.  If you bring a non-perishable food item you can get more free comics
Four Horsemen Comics in Morgantown will be giving away gift certificates, free comic subscriptions, and more.  They will also have the 501st and Rebel Legion will be running a Toy Drive for WVU Children’s hospital, local comic creator Dustin Smith, Sigler Photography will be taking photos, a costume contest at 12:30, and cake at 10am.
Crit Hit Comics & Games in Princeton will have 10% off store-wide.  Star 95 Radio Station will be at the store from noon to 2pm and there will be a costume contest at 1pm.
Lost Legion The Vault in Vienna will have a costume contest and a Pokémon Roaring Skies pre-release event.
Go check out a store, buy something, get a free comic or two, meet and chat with fellow fans.  Check the FCBD website for more info on the comics and to find a shop near you.

Halloween ComicFest 2014

Halloween ComicFest is like Free Comic Book Day, only it is the Saturday before Halloween and features more scary and horror related comics.  That means this Saturday October 25th.

There will be full size comics from Archie, DC with Batman, Avatar Press, Zenescope Entertainment, Action Lab, Marvel Comics, Aspen, IDW with MY Little Pony, Abstract Studios, and Viz Media.  There are also mini-comics, smaller size but same great taste, with Angry Birds, Betty & Veronica, Boom! Studios, Little Battlers Experience, Mermin, Plants Vs. Zombies, and Vamplets.

There is also a costume contest to go along with the event.  To enter, pick up one of the free comics, take a picture holding one of the comics in costume, upload your photo in one of five categories (comics, TV/movie, gamer, horror, original), write a short description, and then share your photo with others to get votes.  Two random grand prize winners will win $500 shopping spre at a participating comic shop.  Two random winners in each category will win a $100 shopping spree.  The two costumes that receive the most votes in category will also receive a Prize Pack from one of the Halloween ComicFest Sponsors.

Location that are participating include Lost Legion Comics & Games and Books A Million in Charleston, Purple Earth Comics and Comic World in Huntington, Four Horsemen Comics &Games in Morgantown, Comic Paradise Plus in Fairmont, Your Hobby Place in Martinsburg, Lost Legion the Vault in Parkersburg, and Lost Legion the Castle in Beckley,

Another great reason to go visit a local shop, hang out and meet some new people, get some comics, and maybe pick up something while you are there.

 

Free Comic Book Day 2014

Once again Free Comic Book Day approaches.  A time to grab a few free comics at your local store and get a sampling of what is out there.  It will be May 3rd this year.

Comics for this year include an Archie Digest, Bongo Free-For-All, DC The New 52, Avatar/Hellboy, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hello Kitty, Kaboom Summer Blast, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Spongebob Squarepants, Transformers VS GI Joe, Scrooge McDuck, 2000AD Special, Rocket Raccoon, Atomic Robo, Bleeding Cool Magazine, Buck Rogers, Raising a Reader,  Grimm Fairy Tales, Mouse Guard, Overstreet Comic Book Marketplace, Previews World Spectacular, Sonic/Mega Man Flipbook, Steam Wars, Street Fighter, Teen Titans Go, The Smurfs, The Tick, Top Shelf Kids Club, Valiant Universe Handbook, Worlds of Aspen, and many more.

Basically something for everyone: mainstream fans, indy fans, kids, manga fans, or just anyone who wants something to read.

Participating stores in state include: Purple Earth Comics, Comic World, Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Rifleman, The Vault, The Castle, The Keep; Comic Paradise Plus, Four Horsemen Comics & Gaming, Your Hobby Place, Nerducopia, and Gary’s Comics & More.  So all over really.  The FCBD website has a store locator to help you out.

At the Four Horsemen they will be sponsoring a 24 hour gaming marathon with all proceeds going to Child’s Play.  Child’s Play is a gaming industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in a network of hospitals worldwide, including WVU Children’s Hospital.  The event goes from opening on Saturday till they close on Sunday at 6pm.  There will be a silent auction of items from local businesses and organizations, random giveaways, prizes, Star Wars art show and specials during it.

Oh and remember to buy at least one thing while you are at the shops.  Support your local shop not just for what they sell, but as a place of gather of fandoms.

International Tabletop Day

International TableTop Day is a celebration for all the fans of tabletop gaming started by Geek & Sundry this Saturday April 5th. A single day where the world comes together in a common purpose of spending time together and having fun.  Sponsors for this year are Japanime Games, AEG, Ravensburger, Asmodee, Calliope Games, Looney Labs, Steve Jackson Games, Stronghold Games and Atlas Games.  Several places across the state are hosting for people to gather and play.

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Kanawha Players is hosting in Charleston.  They will have several indie table-top games, prizes, a Cards Against Humanity Tournament,  and a screening of Zombie Orpheus Entertainment’s “The Gamers: Hands of Fate.”  Things start at 6pm.

Books-a-Million at the Barboursville Mall will be hosting in their store.  They will be having giveaways such as posters, promo cards, figures, and even games.  You can register to win one of two prize packages that includes Space Fluxx, Roll for it!, King of Tokyo, and Munchkin Deluxe.  They will be playing games from 1pm-5pm.
A group of teachers in Barboursville are hosting an event, but I have no information on where.

Hometown Hobbies in Huntington will be demoing games from 2pm to 6pm.  Though I am sure you could stay longer if you wanted to.

Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Vault in Vienna is hosting games as well.  They start at 11am and go till 9pm for a full day of gaming.

Comic Paradise Plus in Fairmont is running games from 1pm to 6pm.

Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming in Morgantown will be open from 10am till 9pm.

West Virginia University is getting in on the act as well.

 

 

The Coming of Hellboy Day

This Saturday, March 22nd is the 20th anniversary of the first release of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1 by Mike Mignola.  Hellboy appeared as an eight page story in Dark Horse’s San Diego Comic Con Comics special, but Seed of Destruction was his first solo title.  Anyways, Dark Horse has declared March 22, 2014 as Hellboy Day, with events in comic shops all around the world.

There will be several exclusive giveaway from Dark Horse and an all-new sampler comic feature two classic Mignola stories and two new stories by Mignola, Fábio Moon, and R. Sikoryak.
Also this week Hellboy: The First 20 Years hardcover collection comes out.  This deluxe over sized hardcover book presents Mignola’s favorite covers and illustrations from the first Hellboy drawing through twenty years of work.

In state stores taking part of this event include: Comic Paradise Plus in Fairmont, Four Horsemen Comics & Gaming and Gary’s Comics & More both in Morgantown, and Purple Earth Comics in Huntington.

If you are a Hellboy fan or someone who is just kind of interested in learning about him outside of the movies, this is a good chance for you to stop by a comic shop pick up some Hellboy comics.

Oh and this candy shop in Hollywood is making Hellboy chocolate that you can pre-order till Saturday, but I can not found where to do the ordering from, so if you want some send them an e-mail.