First HerdCon

The first HerdCon is this Saturday March 16th from 9am-8pm on the Marshall University Campus in Huntington.

Panels for the con include panels from college professors (Pop Culture in the Classroom, Star Wars and Personality, Psychology of Social Exclusion) and regular fan panels (Cosplay Modeling 101, LGBT History and Representation in Video Games, Socializing in Online Gaming).  There will also be Quick Draw with JR Earls, belly dancing workshop and performance from Final Form Fusion, a cosplay contest hosted by Kiss A Frog Cosplay and Brittany Whitt, mobile escape room from Lost Escape Room, ARTEMIS: Starship Bridge Simulator, Outer Rim Praxeum Light Saber School demo, relaxation lounge, live podcasts, create your own video game workshops, screenings, slime fun station from the Ghostbusters, and more to enjoy.

Table-top gaming during the day include various RPG sessions (D&D 5E, Mystic Forces by Noble Quests, different Cthulhu games, Cypher System, Starfinder, and others) games of Werewolf by Critically Absurd, and various games from Goblin Traders (Dragon Ball Super TCG, Flames of War miniatures, Keyforge TCG, historic tabletop wargaming, Transformers TCG, Warhammer 40k), Magic: The Gathering tournaments hosted by Hometown Hobbies, game demos from Family Game Night, and game libraries from Charcon and Hunting Unplugged Gaming Society.

On the video game side of things you have a Smash Brothers tournament, various retro games, and Fallout 76 set-up.

Vendors and artists lined-up include 2nd Chance Games, Anime Palace, Ben Durfee, Burrito Princess, Frech Studios, Jason Pell, Joshua Smith, Mermaid Lagoon Boutique, Off the Hook, Two Tinkers, Third Floor Comics, Travis Tomblin, Tri-State Toys, and more.

Exhibitors include Black Mountain Guard of the Mandalorian Mercs, Cabell county Public Library, Causeplayers, Fantastic Floor Nerdcast, Knerds of the Roundtable, various Marshall clubs and departments (Comic Book Club, Japan Club, Roleplaying Club, Hackers for Charity, Game Development Guild), Rebel Legion/501st Legion, and various local conventions.

Admission is free to MU students, faculty, staff, and for anyone 18 or younger.  VIP tickets are $25 which comes with early access, a t-shirt, custom HerdCon die, and other swag.  General admission is $5.

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Classic Plastics Toy Expo 2019

Classic Plastics Toy Expo returns Saturday March 2nd 10am-6pm to Sunday March 3rd  11am-5pm at the Parkersburg Art Center.  The event is a fundraiser for the Parkersburg Art Center and Downtown Parkersburg.  The Expo is run by the Classic Plastics Toy Store.

Guests for the event are Timothy Zahn Star Wars author and creator of Thrawn and Mara Jade; Daniel Pesina who was the model for Johnny Cage, Sub Zero, and Scorpion in Mortal Kombat, comic creator Victor Dandridge Jr., and artist Michael Watson.  Black Mountain Guard, 501st Garrison Corellia, and WV Ghostbusters, and Ratha Con will have a life-sized speeder bike for photo opportunities.

Vendors and artists that will be set-up include J&M Used Bookstore, Burrito Princess, Terry W. Ervin, Joshua E. B. Smith, Black Dragon Ventures, C.O. Creations, New Dimension Comics, ROMA Collectibles, Reye’s Video Games, Super-Fly Comics & Games, Freestyle Komics, Hyve of Villainy, G&C Pez, Ren McKenzie, Lost Legion The Vault, Motivational Bricktures, So Pro Comics, Hot Wheels Mike, Chippies Anime, Third Floor Comics, Bughouse Comics, EZ Cash & Pawn, Enchanted Hart, Comics and Kicks, James Patrick, Cody Booth, Masters of the Comicverse, and more shops, personal sellers, and others selling various items.  The exclusive food vendor for the Expo and after party is Hot Dog Willy’s.

Events will include U Cre-8 Comics workshop on creating comic character, sketch challenge with Michael Watson, and Scorpion Rope Dart Demo, all are on both days.  There has been mentioned of a gaming area but no info has been put out about it.  A costume contest on Saturday judged by Celestiial Cosplay, Midori Kaguya Cosplay, and Hattey Cosplay with several categories to enter.  On Saturday after the Expo, the Dils Center will be running an all-ages after party.  Right down the street and tickets are $5.  They will have karaoke with Daniel Pesina in Scorpion costume.
Downtown Parkersburg is also running their Savor Saturday during the Expo.  Local restaurants will be offering $1 sample items of their menu.

Tickets are just $5 for each day or $8 for both day.  Children ten and under get in for free.

Lots for all kinds of collectors and fans to check out.  Plus plenty to keep you distracted around the same area.

4th Annual Mountain State Pop Expo

Mountain State Pop Expo is back this Saturday November 3rd and Sunday November 4th at the Holiday Inn and Suites in South Charleston.  All funds from the event will benefit the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

The Children’s Home Society is a statewide nonprofit children and family services agency. We have 13 locations throughout the state, each of which have a variety of programs including emergency child shelters, foster care and adoption, early intervention, and family strengthening programs.

Funds from this event will go specifically to benefit the Children’s Home Society’s holiday help. Because of you, children in foster care, emergency shelters, and needy families in the community will have the holiday gifts and necessities such as winter coats that they otherwise might not receive.

There will be exhibitors selling various nerd crafts, plushies, patches, decals, art work, pearlier beads, paintings, authors Edward A. Holsclaw and Josh E.B. Smith, Mermaid Lagoon Boutique, artists Glen Brogan and JR Earls, various other local cons will be set up.  Plus cosplayers James Hamilton, Advancing Wall of Doom, Santana, Sheena Bot, Mandalorian Mercs Black Mountain Guard, Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, and WV Ghostbusters.

Ricky Henry of Electric Tapes will be showing the 5 part micro-series Space Foxes (plus they will have copies of their Space Fox Atari 2600 game), children cosplay contest on Saturday, adult cosplay contest on Sunday (winner gets a championship belt), replica Lightning McQueen from Pixar’s Cars, Final Form Fusion performances, improv comedy from No Pants Players, Q&As, gaming provided by Charcon, snacks on sale from the hotel, charity raffle (with items from Bethesda and Fallout 76),

The show is $10 per day or $15 for the weekend.

A fun show with nerd community going on and for a good cause.

Parkersburg Pop Con 2018

Parkersburg Pop Con on Saturday October 20th from 11am (10am for VIPs) to 5pm at WVU Parkersburg.

Parkersburg Pop Con is a celebration of all things popular culture at the local and national level. It’s all about authors, publishers, designers, and artists. It’s about comics, gaming, sci-fi, art, fantasy, television, radio, cyber culture, music, film and so much more.
Parkersburg Pop is about celebrating what you celebrate and discovering new inspiration.

Featured guests are comic writer James Patrick, comic illustrator Shawn Langley, and cosplayer James Hamilton.

Other creators at the con will be various freelance artists, wand makers, comic creators, nerd crafts, authors, pixel arts, plushies, jewelry, and more creations.

Vendors will be selling comic books, food, anime & manga, toys, figures, shoes, Funko Pops, Electromagnetic Press, Freestyle Komics, games, collectables, memorabilia, video games, graphic novels, and more nerd items.

The Actors Guild of Parkersburg, WV Ghostbusters, Outer Rim Praxeum, and Wilson’s House of Cosplay will also be set up at the event.

The con will have a board game library from The Industry, youth and adult cosplay contests, a raffle, trivia, and video gaming tournaments.  Plus panels on pop culture, cosplay and make-up tips, comics, light saber duels, and more.

Admission is $5.  Kids 10 and under get in free with a paid adult.  Free admission with valid military ID.

A nice small show with lots of local creators to check out.

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.

 

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.

The 17th Annual Mothman Festival

The 17th annual Mothman Festival returns this weekend September 15th and Sunday 16th.  The event takes place on Main Street Pt. Pleasant and surrounding area.  The festival is an annual gathering that commemorates the mysterious visit of the “Mothman” in the 1960’s and is an event for all ages.  The combination of a convention and street fair.  The event itself is free, but certain events cost a little extra.

There will be plenty to see and plenty to do.  The even will have guest speakers, cosplay groups (501st Legion, Garrison Corellia, Ghostbusters from WV and Ohio with 40ft Stay Puff Marshmallow man, Men in Black, Bigfoot, Mothman costume), TNT Area Bus Tours, kick starter event on Friday night, covered wagon rides, Mothman hayrides, Mothman 5k, Lowe Hotel, the Mothman Museum, Mothman Statue, Mothman themed food items, live music, carnival games, face painting, Hillbilly Zip Line, an obstacle course. merchandise vendors, Fallout 76 fan event and giveaways from Bethesda, Mothman Pageant winners, and more to check out.

The panels on Men in Black, various cryptids, UFOs, the Battle of Point Pleasant, and more at the Historic State Theater.  On Saturday at 7pm at the , there will be a screening of the first installment of American Monster Tour, “Oklahoma Demon Flyer,” followed by a Q&A.  American Monster Tour is an independent documentary series investigating cryptids across America.  Other speakers include Ken Gerhard, Nick Redfern, and Lyle Blackburn.

Friday night on the September 14th, there will be a screening of three movies about small town monsters on the big screen at the State Theater starting at 6pm.  Admission is free.

I really do believe this is an event that everyone should experience at least once.  Lots to see and people to meet.