JCPL Annual Mini-Con

Jackson County Public Library is having their second annual Mini-Con this Saturday May 21st from 10am to 5pm at the main library in Ripley.

Some of the things they will be doing at the event are a craft and Lego maker space plus writing and art contests.  They will have a costume contest with winners in four different age groups.  There will be appearances from cosplay model Harley Heartthrob, the 501st, Black Mountain Guard, and the Rebel Legion.  There will be a Smash Brothers mini-tourney, Pathfinder RPG, D&D minis, Magic: The Gathering tournaments, and other games to play.  Plus vendors selling comics, toys, table top and video games, and more.

Looks like a quick little fun event for anyone who can make it up to hang out, meet people, and have fun.

Mini-Con is primarily a literacy outreach geared to encourage and foster a life long love of reading through the use of comics, gaming and other out of the box methodologies. It is an event to engage the local community and encourage the use of the library and all of its resources by tapping into the creative spirit of all individuals and providing a safe place for them to be embraced, to learn, and to grow.

 

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.

 

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.

Press Release: Supernatural Graphic Novel “Carbon” Burns with Themes of Horror and the Environment

A supernatural horror story intertwined with environmental issues so timely they appear to come from the day’s headlines, barely scratches the surface of “Carbon” the latest graphic novel from West Virginia State University (WVSU) Assistant Professor of Communications Daniel “Danny” Boyd.

Set in the southern West Virginia coalfields, “Carbon” tells the story of what happens when an evil coal operator unwittingly awakens and releases a cursed and banished underground civilization onto the surface and the only thing that stands in the way of the end of the world is a disgraced, ex-pro baseball pitcher and a community of courageous coal miners.

“I have been thinking about this for story for nearly 10 years,” said Boyd, who during that time has transitioned from a successful movie-making career into creating award-winning graphic novels. “The primary goal is to entertain, but the story also reflects many real and complicated issues that face the coal industry today.”

Boyd dedicated “Carbon” to “those that toil in darkness – coal miners” and said that whatever side of the debate over the industry you fall on, miners are the often unseen heroes.

Boyd wrote the story for “Carbon” and Brazilian artist Edi Guedes did the artwork. Guedes worked with Boyd on “Chillers,” and has also illustrated such comics as “The Daughters of Merlin” and “Agencies Frontiers.” “Carbon” features an introduction by well-known filmmaker John Sayles, who describes the graphic novel as “an ambitious addition to the long tradition, religious and secular, of that basic cautionary tale – be careful what you dig up.”

The graphic novel will be available first in limited release locally at personal appearances Boyd will be making in West Virginia before being released nationally. “Carbon” is published by Caliber Comics, a leading American comic book publisher that has published over 1,300 comics and helped launched the careers of some of the leading comic book writers and artists in the industry today.

“We decided to launch a limited release of ‘Carbon’ due to the topical nature of the issues that continue to occur in West Virginia regarding coal and water,” said Caliber Comics Publisher Gary Reed. “There’s a sense of immediacy that we wanted to address and feel that ‘Carbon’ taps into the consciousness of people evaluating the dynamics of the coal industry, which is so integral to West Virginia. At the same time, everyone behind ‘Carbon’ recognizes the story has an appeal outside of just those concerned with coal.”

Following the limited, local release in May the graphic novel will be available for order in June for national release in August. “I wanted to have the opportunity to share this story with my fellow West Virginians first, because while ‘Carbon’ is a fantasy story with many mythical elements, it intertwines with real issues and concerns that we are all too familiar with,” Boyd said.

Boyd is an acclaimed filmmaker with dozens of films, including “Chillers,” “Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers” and “Paradise Park” to his credit. In addition to his work at WVSU, Boyd has taught around the world including in Tanzania as a three-time Fullbright Scholar. He has recently moved into graphic novel creation with “Chillers” the graphic novel series. “Chillers Book 1” was a 2012 Shel Dorf nominee for original graphic novel of the year and a Ghastly Award nominee for best horror anthology. “Carbon” will retail for $19.99 and will be available at comic book stores nationwide beginning in August, as well as through select local bookstores, including Charleston’s Taylor Books.

A local party to celebrate the release of “Carbon” will take place at Lost Legion Comics, in South Charleston, on Wednesday, May 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Boyd will also appear at Taylor Books on Saturday, May 24, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. signing copies of “Carbon.” More local appearances will follow throughout the summer, including at Charleston’s FestivALL in June, in advance of the national release of “Carbon” in August.

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.