Jedicon WV XV

JediCon WV XV will be on Saturday June 17th at the New Martinsville United Methodist Church in New Martinsville from 10am to 4pm.  They are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars this year.

Guests for the event are Kim Simmons, know as the Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker, the principle photographer for the Kenner Star Wars toy line.  His son, artist and comic book writer Scott Simmons.  Bill McBride the Guinness Book of World Records for largest Darth Vader memorabilia.  The Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, performance swordplay using the Seven Traditional Lightsaber Forms of the Star Wars Universe.  Plus the 501st, the Mandolorian Mercs and the Rebel Legion.

The will have door prizes, a silent charity auction,and  a video game booth set up.

There will be several vendors selling Star Wars collectibles.  From vintage to modern and everything in between.

Admission is just a dollar for everyone six and up.  Free for those five and under.

Jedicon WV is the ‘Mountain States’ first and ONLY Star Wars convention.We started out as a group of collectors who met once a year and bought / sold / traded SW merchandise.Nothing has changed in that time except now we do it with another purpose,Children’s Miracle Network ( CMN ) in which ALL money made from ticket,food & silent auction sales all go to CMN through the WV Children’s Hospital in Morgantown! The show continues to grow each and every year and this year is no different.This years show has the makings of being our best yet!

 

JediCon XIV

The 14th annual JediCon WV is this Saturday June 18th from 10am to 4pm at the New Martinsville United Methodist Church in New Martinsville.

There will be door prizes, a silent auction for the Children’s Miracle Network, costuming groups, a caricaturist and several guest speakers.  The speakers include Bill McBride the holder of the Guinness Book of World Records title for Darth Vader collection, Guerra Estelar author of a book on Star Wars in Argentina, Kevin Lentz founder of the Kentucky Star Wars Collecting Club, and Kim Simmons the photographer for Kenner used on vintage Star Wars toys.  Costuming groups like the 501st and Rebel Legion.  The Ourter Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School of Fairmont will attending and giving a presentation of the seven traditional lightsaber forms.

Plus several vendor selling Star Stars action figures and merchandise plus some artists like Scott DM Simmions.  A Special limited edition copies of Guerra Estelar created exclusively for the show will be for sell.  A food court will be run by Christy’s Cakes and Catering.

Admissions is just a dollar with kids five and under getting in free.

For Star Wars fans and collectors, this is a show to check out and help raise some money for charity.

Classic Plastics Expo 2016

The third annual Classic Plastic Toy and Comic Expo is March 5th at the Parkersburg Art Center in Parkersburg from 10am to 6pm.  The show is put on by Classic Plastics Toy Store which is right down the street from the show.  All proceeds of the show go to the Parkersburg Art Center and local Red Cross Disaster Relief.

The Guest of Honor for the show is Timothy Zahn, Stars Wars Expanded Universe author and New York Times Bestseller.  Featured guests are Jordan Patton from Face-Off who will be promoting his new project Deadnecks and Kim D.M. Simmons, photographer of the original Star Wars figure packaging.  Bands Alien 3000, Betrayed by the Bullett, and Harrah will each be playing an acoustic set.

Costume groups 501st Legion, Causplayers, Ghostbusters WV Division, and Madalorian Mercs Black Mountain Guard will be around for pictures and cosplayer help.  Artist and comic creators who will be at the show are Jason Lewis, 21 Pulp, River City Design, JR Earls, Evan Bevins, Nathan Scott Arnold, author Terry W. Ervin II, Jason Pell, Doomsday Designs, caricaturist J.D. Williamson, and Ren McKinzie.

Vendors and dealers will be a mix of regional stores, personal collectors, and craftsmen selling comics, anime, manga, board games, action figures, models, prop items, steampunk jewelry, video games and systems, Pez, My Little Pony, plush, card games, collectibles, Hot Wheels, banks, handmade accessories, sport cards, books, and so much more.

Others who will be setting up are Remix Pro Wrestling, Jedicon WV, podcast Dueling Ogres, Doctor Who: Classic Series Regenerated, 605 Wrestling, Hades Ladies Roller Derby, Bunny Bombshell, and Hawthron Tarot Card reader.

They will have a cosplay contest and a raffles.  Dueling Ogres will be recording a show there.  Rare Drops will be running their game room with several tournaments like Smash 1v1 and Mario Kart N64.  There will be concessions sold at the show as well.

$5 per person, kids 10 and under get in free.

A show with a bit everything for everyone out there especially toy and comic collectors.  At a low price and a good cause.

JediCon WV Episode 12

JediCon WV XII is this Saturday June 20th at the Matthew Barker Memorial Complex in Paden City from 10am-4pm.

There will be door prizes, a silent auction, guest speakers, vendors with both old and new Star Wars toys and collectibles, Kim Simmons, a food court, video games, and members of the 501st, Rebel Legion, and Mandalorian Mercs about in full regalia.

Panels and panelist for this year are John Booth author of Collect All 21, Kevin Daniel Lentz founding member and regional director of the Kentucky Star Wars Collectors Club speaking about collecting Star Wars Read-a-Long Records and Tapes, and Steven Weimer on various bootleg Star War figures from around the world.

There will also be a showing of the award-winning independent film Mining Moon, which captures the flavor of MMO Star Wars the Old Republic.

Admission is just $1 for everyone six years old and up.  It is free for those five and under.  All ticket, food, and silent auction sales goes to the Children’s Miracle Network to benefit the WVU Children’s Hospital in Morgantown.

So if you are a Star Wars fan, collector, costumer, or whatever; this is where to go to meet your people.

Upcoming Events

West Virginia is not really a place you think of when making convention and nerd event plans, but there are a few events that take place in this state every year that might interest you. In fact most of them happen from September through October. Here are list a geeky events I have been able to come across in the Mountain State.

Culturefest
September 6-9
The Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem
Outdoor festival featuring world music, dances, workshops, artisan vendors, belly dancing, drum circles, a kids’ village, healing arts, camping, community art projects, a parade, open mic, yoga, and after hours cabaret. Some of the performers include Po’ Folks Cabaret (fire performance), Cari Cohen (fire & light dance), Liberty High School World Percussion Ensemble, Captain Lazerblast Band (techno folk), Antioquia (psychedelic lovefunk), Option 22 (space folk), Chally Erb (dance and movement theater), Quiet (rock band), and My Pet Dragon (alternative rock). A full weekend pass costs $30, single day passes available too.

Mothman Festival
September 15-16
Downtown Point Pleasant
The Mothman Festival is a celebration WV’s favorite cryptiod (sorry Flatwoods Monster). Events include face painting by Jody Rife, tram tour of downtown Point Pleasant, hayride through the TNT area, the Miss Mothman Pagent, and live music from a number of bands including the Mothman band. Guests speakers will include: Chad Lambert, creator of Mothman Comics; Robin Bellamy, speaking on the Haunted Lowe Hotel; Rosemary Guiley, author and investigator; Stan Gordon, speaking on UFOs and Bigfoot; Susan Shephard, author and ghost hunter; and Tom Ury, Mothman eyewitness.

Siege of Glengary
September 21-23
Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Kearneysville
Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) event where Atlantia will once again lay siege to the Shire of Sylvan Glen. There will be a feast, merchants, arts and crafts competitions and classes, children’s activities, archery, fencing, battles with siege engines, art and sciences competition, brewing competition, and combat. Pre-registration is $10 for adults and $5 for those 6-17. The feast is $8 per person.

Shockacon
September 29
Around the mound in South Charleston
A new sci-fi/horror convention that is heavy on the horror.  Events planned include a monster parade and scream contest.  Guest include various actors from indy movies plus from Dawn of the Dead and Walking Dead, wrestler Chance Prophet, comic creators Daniel Boyd and Jason Pell; authors Keith Davis, Geoffrey Cameron Fuller, Karin Fuller, Kyle Lovern and others; artists J.R. Earls, Stacy Parker, and many other guests.  Groups for the con are 501st Legion, Original WV Paranormal, Heart of Appalachia Roller Girls, Cemetery Knights a hearse customization group, and model group Hearse Maidens. Live music will be provided by bands Renfields, the Monster Dolls, Dead Ringers, Nanker Phelge, and DJ Thunder.  Vendors include the like of costumers, prop makers, toy sellers, game dealers, and other collectables.  The event is free.

October Sky Rocket Boys Festival
October 5-7
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine at New River Park in Beckley
The Rocket Boys Festival has moved from Coalwood to Beckley this year. The even will have four of the Rocket Boys, music performances, craft and food vendors, a rocket launch, fire hydrant painting contest, screenings of October Sky with commentary, writer’s workshop with Homer Hickam, paper airplane flights, and more.

Evil Dead The Musical
October 5-6, 12-13
Kanawha Players Theater in Charleston
Evil Dead The Musical is a campy rock-musical based on the cult classic Evil Dead/Army of Darkness movies. The music rocks, the stage blood flows freely and the chainsaws never run out of gas. Kanawha Players Theater brings it here for its area premiere production.  The show has strong language, adult situations, blood, gore, demonic possession, and some not so nice trees.  Children under 16 will not be allowed in without an adult.  Children over 16 enter at their own risk.  Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for kids.

WV Pop Con
October 6-7
Mylan Expo Center in Morgantown
Another new con, this one a multi-genre convention.  The con will have a demonstration on zombie makeup costuming, a chance to create your own superhero, both a makeup and costume contest and a Magic tournament.  They have lined up several guests for the con.  Comic guests: Kyle Higgins, Rober Tinnell, Neil Vokes, Bo Hampton, JC Vaughn, Mark Wheatley, and several more mainstream and indy creators.  Other guests include podcaster Chris Ferrell, Morgantown Roller Vixens, Garrison Carida, RJ Haddy from Face Off, filmmaker Jacob Young, game designer Chevee Dodd, and others.  There will be comic, game, toys, publishers, and more vending at the con.  $15 for passes of both days.

Tsubasacon
October 12-14
Riverfront Ballroom and Conference Center in Huntington
WV’s premiere anime convention returns for it’s 9th year. Guest for this year include VAs Patrick Seitz (Hetalia, Durarara, Monster) and Lauren Landa (Madoka, Familiar of Zero, Nanoha), comic creator Dirk I. Tiede, steampunk band The Extraordinary Contraptions, video game journalist Justin McElroy and game show host Greggo. There will be: a formal ball, plenty of game shows, and the usual anime con events of panels, cosplay contest, AMV contest, video rooms, and rave.  Pre-reg is $35 till the end of August.

Jedicon WV
October 13
Sistersville Fire Hall in Sistersville
Little Star Wars con up North. You can expect vendors, door prizes, trivia contest, charity auction, appearances by Ken Simmons principal photographer for Kenner packaging and publicity images, Garrison Carida and The Rebel Legion Star Wars costume groups. Just a dollar for admission.

Morgantown Zombie Walk
October 13
Top of High St next to Chi Omega sorority Morgantown
Walk begins at 8pm.  Sign up here.  On-site registration starts at 7pm and all zombies are asked to bring as much canned food as they can carry. All collected food will be distributed to the local food shelters. Beginning at 9pm, there will be a Zombie Prom. Advanced tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Illusive Skull Costume Castle located in the Mountaineer Mall. Tickets are also available at the door for $12.00. The Zombie Prom is for ages 16 and up, but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

CharCon/Hack3rcon
October 19-21
Charleston Civic Center in Chareston
WV’s largest table top gaming event; in additional to a computer security conference/LAN event. They are having an Post Apocalypse theme this year. Event submission and pre-reg is up for this year. Know events are CharCon’s Premier Board Game Tournament, a Dungeon Crawl Tournament, various RPGs and miniatures, giant raffle, CCG tournaments, and a board game library. Hack3rcon will have panels on computer security and other related topics plus their own games.  Admission is $40, to attend Hack3rcon it is $75.

Rising Star 20
October 26-27
Harris Jefferson Student Center at Bluefield Stage College in Bluefield
WV’s oldest Sci-fi con is holding their 21st year. Guests for the year are Daniel Caton (author and BSC author), Chris DeHart (zombie make-up artist), Ashley Holohan (Furry artist), White Plectrum (filker), Dan Delby (comic creator), Paul Dellinger (UFO author), Brady Sheet (local author), Studio Unseen (webcomics), Black Diamond Paranormal Society, BSC Robotics Team, Abingdom Historical Combat, C. R. Ward (author), local artists Mark and Amanda Davis, and fan groups the 501st and USS Yeager,. Events list are electronic gaming, charity auction, art show, board gaming, costume call, panels, workshops, and more. Just $5 to get in. Free to BSC students and faculty.