ShockaCon 7

ShockaCon 7 is this Friday September 21st through Sunday September 23rd at the Beni Kedem Temple in Charleston.  The con is a horror sci-fi convention for all put on by Mike Winland Studios.

This year’s listed guests are Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jyoti Amge (American Horror Story Freak Show, Guinness’ smallest living woman), Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints), Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead), artists Chris Woodall and JR Earls, the band the Renfields, Po’Folks cabaret, Third Eye Cabaret, WV Ghostbusters, Terminus Grilling Co, Cemetery Knights, DJ Thunder, Professor Bubblemaker, and Naughty Samadhi belly-dancers.

There is a lot to see and do at the con.  Gaming from Charcon in the lobby, live podcasts, #Hashtag Gameshow, various make-up and prop workshops, hypnosis demo, juggling class, drinking art sessions, horror trivia, cosplay panel, skull cleaning demo, blood splatter workshop, vampire in cinema panel, quick draw, Ghostbuster workshops for kids, open mic lounge, life size game of Shock-a-land, movie screenings, cabaret, vendors, scream contest, a kids costume contest,  costume walk and photo in the Town Center, and more.  The adult costume contest is on Saturday and costs $10 to enter, half the money goes to first place.  There is an after party, Aftershock, at the Blue Parrot on Friday and Saturday nights with music acts, $5 with Shockacon badge, $7 for everyone else.

Tickets are only available at the door.  Weekend pass is $45, Saturday pass is $25, and Friday or Sunday are $15.

If you like horror and general creepiness, I would recommend checking this out.  Best pricing for the con in awhile.

 

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Bonus Round 2018

CharCon’s Bonus Round returns to the Days Inn and Suites in Flatwoods this Saturday September 15th and Sunday 16th, with Friday night pre-convention open gaming.  The event has expanded beyond its original RPG event to include more things to do.  Like a whole grouping for Mermaids, movie screenings, and guests.  Events are even spread out beyond just the hotel around Flatwoods and Sutton.

Guests at the con are actors Josh “TKO” Turner (The Walking Dead, Under the Dome), Kaylie Turner (The Walking Dead, Stranger Things), and Scott “Insane” Lane (The Walking Dead, Spider-man Homecoming), plus paranormal investigator, speaker, and author Dave Spinks.

Role Playing sessions for this include game from Pathfinder Society, SPARKS, and D&D Adventures plus games of Earthdawn Legends of Barsaive, Confluence META, and Warhammer 40k RPG. Other games include Play to win games from Double Exposure Envoy plus a few schedule board and card games, Aerodrome and Gaslands miniature games.

Non gaming events for this are costume contest on Saturday; panels with guests, mermaids, cryptids, world creating in RPGs, and more; a 21+ after party, retro arcade, Braxxie cosplayer, Ghostbusters, and vendors.  The Elk Theatre will screening the films The Flatwoods Monster and The Mothman on Friday and Saturday at 7pm.  Con attendees get in for $3; all others for $7.  Mermaid events are yoga, swimming at Sutton Lake, mermaid swim lessons at the hotel’s pool, and the like.

A full weekend gaming or Mermaid badge is $25, Sunday only $15, and children from six to twelve passes are $10.

Something for gamers, mermaids, paranormal fans, and other nerds who want to hang out with fellow nerds.

WV Pop Con 2018

West Virginia Popular Culture & Comic Book Convention (WV Pop Con) is back this Saturday August 25th and Sunday August 26th at Mylan Park in Morgantown.

The featured guests for the con are Patrick Olliffe (Scooby-Doo Apocalypse, Spider-Man, Batman), Shawn Gabborin (Puppet Master, Dollman Kills, Action Lab), Chad Cicconi (sketch card artist, NFL Rush Zone), and Mike Okamoto (Lost in Space, Kabuki, Lady Death).

There will be Jerry Frech, Andrew Carter, writer Daniel Foster, Mytron Studios, Ernie Stiner (Nick Fury, G.I. Joe), David Newbold (Fantastic Four, Runaways), Bomtron Art (Topps Sketch Card Artist), Jason Pell, Larry Morgan and Electro-Magnetic Press, and other artists and creators selling comics, books, prints, and other creations.

Other interesting people at the con include all-girl VEX Robotics team from Westwood Middle School Steambotics, #ixlab, indie horror movie and comic creators Head on Stick Productions, indie video game studio FYRE Games, Mandalorian Mercs The Black Mountain Guard, Rebel Legion, KITT from Knight Rider, Thirteen Palm Tress Podcast Productions, Morgantown Roller Vixens, 501st Legion Garrison Corellia, Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, card game creators Milton Roe Creative, Youtubers Let’s Play All the Games, cosplayers Nubzcosplay, Bunny Bombshell, Santana, Kesra, Sheena Bot, and The Illustrious Captain Fish.

There will be several fandom crafters there as well selling things like coasters, keychains, jewelry, bags, candles, soaps, pallets, stickers, pillows, bath bombs, clothes, cosplay items, plushies, dream catchers, leather goods, quilted items, and lots more.

Vendors at the con will have your supply of posters, Legos and sets, chainmail jewelry and armor, comics, graphic novels, games, collectables, vintage and new toys, video games and systems, Funko Pops, plushies, cards, and more.

Activities during the weekend include photo back drop, table top gaming library, paint and take, panels on table top games, indie comics, cosplay, and more; kids costume contest on Saturday and adults on Sunday.  Food trucks will be out in the parking lot both days to choose from.

One day admission is $10, two-day admission is $20, a Pop Con tee will be $15, two-day admission with tee is $35.  Children under 10 get in free.  Cheaper if you pre-reg.

CharCon 2018

CharCon is back for another year.  The table-top gaming convention is from Friday July 13th to the Sunday July 15th at the Clay Center in Charleston.  This year’s theme is Star Wars vs. Star Trek.

There will be 80 plus Play to Win games available, a board game library to check out games from, a Catan National Championship Qualifier tournament, world premier of Warren Lords a high fantasy skirmish game of anthropomorphic rabbit warriors, Pokémon TCG tournament, early testing of Blood on the Clocktower, overnight gaming space at Quality Inn, Aerodrome, Confluence RPG, Star Trek Adventures, Star Wars Legions, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, Pathfinder, Sparks, Star Trek Murder Mystery, D&D, Starfinder, Warhammer 40k tournament, Werewolf, and plenty of other planned games.

On the non gaming side of things to do include J.R. and Friends Quick Draw on Friday night, food trucks on Saturday, a two hour seminar on 3D printing, watch Rogue One on the planetarium screen, adult and kids costume contests, cosplay panel, the 501st Legion, cosplay video shoot, and plenty of space just to hang out with fellow gamers.

For late night fun there will be CharCon Out Loud Friday at the Bakery with DJ Charlie Brown Superstar, CharCon attendees get in for only $3 others for $5.  CharCon After Dark will be at the Quality Inn and feature drinking and karaoke.

The Clay Center will be open during the convention for you to check out as well.

Vendors and artisans for the con include Dragon’s Den, Sea Dog Game Studios, White Tide Publishing, Dads Armies, Billy Tackett, Jeff Carlisle, Michael Mayne, CJS Games, and others.  There will also be a flea market open up to everyone on Sunday for $10 a table.

Weekend Passes are $45, children twelve and under are $20, and visitor passes are $10 per day.  Visitor passes do not allow for playing games.  Single day gaming passes will be available too.

You can book rooms at the Quality Inn & Suites till the start of CharCon for $58 a night and be within walking distance of the con.  This is where the con’s nightly gaming room will be as well as After Dark on Saturday.

This is a big event for fans of gaming, whether you have a game you love playing already or want to learn a new one.  Also good for parting and for cosplayers.

2018 Classic Plastic Toy & Comic Expo

The fifth annual Classic Plastic Toy & Comic Expo is at the Parkersburg Arts Center in Parkersburg this Saturday March 3rd (10am-6pm) and Sunday March 4th (11am-5pm). The event is run by the Classic Plastic Toy

The guests of honor for this year are Jim Henson puppeteer and toy designer Timothy Clarke and body capture for Mortal Kombat I & II Daniel Pesina. Others guests Jordan Patton from Face Off and Dead Necks and comic creator James Patrick.

The main part of the expo of course is the vendors.  This year’s dealer will be selling vintage and new toys, comics, graphic novels, Funkos, cross stitch, tarot readings, books, board games, video games, consoles, artists, authors, comic creators, anime and manga, plush, geeky crafts, pez, and much more for all.  Several premiers items and prints will be available

Events for this year include a cosplay contest on Saturday, Rope Dart Demo by Daniel Pesina on both days, a Mortal Kombat 2 tournament on Saturday, food by DM’s Pizza Shop, and open gaming for both video and table-top from Rare Drops and The Industry. There will also be a special showing of the Dark Crystal at the nearby Smoot Theatre.  Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm, and a Q&A with Timothy Clarke who worked on the film afterwards.  Parkersburg’s Savor Saturday will be going on at the same time to go and check out.

Admission is $5 and free for children ten and under.  All the proceeds go to the art center and Downtown Parkersburg.

A very nice event for collectors, gamers, cosplayers, and those who want to hang out with fellow nerds and geeks.

Two Cons For Good Causes

This Saturday November 4th two different cons will both be running in Charleston to raise money for charity.

At the Capital City Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police in Charleston will hold this year’s Extra Life Con, a board game convention to raise money for WVU Children Hospital.  The event goes from 11am to 11pm and is part of the Extra Life charity Game Day.

From 2pm to 8pm there will be raffles for over a dozen donated prizes; such as board games and two passes to the Lock & Coded Escape Rooms.  Entry to the event comes with five free tickets and you can buy more for $1 each.

There will be pods of Magic Commander, with free booster packs given out, through out the day as they get enough people.  No extra fee to play.  A tournament table will be set up with different games you can join for $2.  Winners will receive an extra ten raffle tickets.  Games will be played as they fill up.

The board game library from CharCon will have around fifty games for anyone to try and play.  Donate old games and buy news ones, with the money going to the WVU Children’s Hospital.

Entry to the event is $25.

Mountain State Pop Expo will be at the South Charleston Holiday Inn and Suites both Saturday and Sunday.  It is a celebration of fandom and a benefit for the Children’s Home Society of WV.  The vendor room is open from 10am to 6pm with events in the panel rooms going even later.

Set up will be artists, writers, cosplayers, comic and toy dealers, the 501st, nerdy craft makers, video games, video production companies, Ghostbusters, table-top games, and more fun stuff to buy.

There will be a performance from Final Form Fusion belly-dancing, a cosplay contest, raffle prizes, and panels (including one on Nerd Music from myself).

Tickets are $10 for one day or $15 for both.

Either event looks like fun and helps out a good cause.  In fact you could do both if you really wanted.

 

Tsubasacon 2017

Tsubasacon is back this Friday October 13th through Sunday October 15th at the Big Sandy Superstore Area and Conference Center in Huntington.  This year’s theme is “Feudal Japan.”

Voice actor guests for this year are Leah Clark (Deadman Wonderland, Soul Eater), Kristen McGuire (Assassination Classroom, comic artist), Robert Axelrod (Power Rangers, Digimon), and Austin Tindle (Tokyo Ghoul, Attack on Titan).

Other guests are cosplay band Eien Strife, professional panelists Vitamin H Productions, The Carolina Manga Library, Japanese arcade machines from Tokyo Attack, foam weapon combat group Sleeping Samurai, game show host Greg Wicker, and pachinko machines from Pachinko Fever.

They will have all the standard anime con events: panels for learn and/or fun, cosplay contests, rave, artist alley, vendor room with a kinds of goods, cosplayers, autographs, game shows, masquerade ball, concerts, viewing rooms, guests Q&A, AMV League, maid café, and plenty of chances to meet fellow fans.  There will also be areas, tournaments, meet-ups, and more for video gaming, pachinko machines, mobile video and phone gaming, collectible card gaming, Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Warhammer and other war miniature games, and a board game library from the Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society.

Convention Registration is $45 for a weekend badge, $30 for Friday only, $40 Saturday only, and $20 for Sunday only.  Children between 8-12 badges are $20 for the weekend.  Children under seven get in free.  They also have a gaming wristband that only that only allows you into the gaming area of the con for $35 for the weekend.  Single day gaming wristbands available too.

The con is great for fans of anime, cosplay, table-top and video gaming, and a bit of general nerdery.  It is I think the most varied and diverse cons in the state.  Though sometime loud, crowded, and full of young people having fun.  I am not a big fan of “fun.”