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.”

Advertisements

Tsubasacon 2016

Tsubasacon is back for another year this Friday September 30th to Sunday October 2nd at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and Convention Center in Huntington.

Voice actor guests for this are Steve Blum well know for his work in Cowboy Beebop, Big O, Naruto, Digimon, and many other animes, he also has the Guinness Book of World Record for most voice roles in video games, plus he voiced many incarnations of Wolverine, Amon in Legend of Korra, TOM the host of Toonami, hundreds of other roles and Caitlynn French known for such roles as Shiro from No Game No Life, Miyu Edelfelt Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Lllya, Matsurika from Maria-Holic, and several others from Sentai Filmworks.

This year they have two music acts nerdcore artist and cosplayer Shadow Clone and nerd pop band the Night Sabers.  Other guests are Pachinko Fever who will be bringing a selection of pachinko machines to play, boffer combat troupe Sleeping Samurai, Tokyo Attack who bring a collection of Japanese arcade machines, panelist group Vitamin H, the Carolina Manga Library, and convention game show host Greggo.

Events include game shows by Greggo, two video rooms, formal masquerade ball on Friday night, AMV contest Saturday morning, guest Q&A and autographs, a dance party on Saturday night, two Cosplay Lip Sync contests (one all ages and one 18+), In-Character Contest, an Iron Cosplay Contest on Sunday, and the big cosplay contest on Saturday.  Fan panels on such topics as Fire Emblem, crossplay, Japanese language, several on cosplaying and cosplay culture, Final Fantasy, chainmaile workshop, traveling to Japan, Japanese Culture, Kpop and Jpop, RWBY, and plenty more to check out.

The video gaming section on the con will have a room-scale virtual reality set-up, free play consoles from Rare Drops, tournaments of Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, J Stars Victory, Halo, Pokken, and more through out the weekend and a mobile gaming area.   Hobby gaming will have tournaments provided by Dungeon Dwellers with several tournaments for Magic, Force of Will, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dice Masters, and Heroclix; plus on a Guild Ball tournament on Saturday and on Sunday a Warmachine and Hordes tournament; the Pathfinder Society will be running scenarios throughout all three days, and a game library from Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society.

In the vendor/artist alley you will be able to find t-shirts, DVDs, manga, cosplay items, figurines, keychains, plushies, wigs, plenty of other accessories and collectibles, jewelry, weapons, Japanese snacks, games, CDs, art prints, comics, steampunk wear, nerdy crafts, and so much more.

It is $45 for the weekend, $30 for just Friday, $20 for just Sunday, and $40 for a Saturday/Sunday badge.  Wristbands that will only get you into the video and table-top gaming sections will be $35 for the weekend, $20 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, and $15 for Sunday.  Children, between ages 7-12, badges are $20 for the weekend and $10 for Sunday both with the purchase of an adult’s.  Children under seven are free.

Fans of cosplay, anime, gaming, internet culture, and the like should all be able to find something to interest them at this con.

15th Annual Free Comic Book Day

It is that wonderful time of the year, the 15th Annual Free Comic Book Day.  This year it is on May 7th.

There are 50 different comics this year to choose from several different genres and publishers.  Comics include offerings of Archie, Bob’s Burgers, Bongo Comics, Boom sampler, Marvel’s Civil War II, two Dark Horse sampler, Doctor Who, ROM, Suicide Squad, Valiant, Pokémon, 2000 AD sampler, Assassin’s Creed, Attack on Titan, Bruce Lee, Captain America, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Con Man’ Spectrum, DC Super Hero Girls, Love and Rockets, Grumpy Cat, Lady Mechanika, Devil’s Due/1First mixtape, Overstreet Comic Guide, Phantom, Pink Panther, Nickelodeon, Sonic, Spongebob Square Pants, Stan Lee, Strawberry Shortcake, Street Fighter, Tick, One-Punch Man, Aspen Comics, and several others for both adults and kids.

Stores doing something special for the dare are Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Riflemen in South Charleston will have a meet and greet with Daniel Boyd; Hillbilly Toy Chest in Milton will have JR Earls doing sketches, Pokemon TCG tournament, free hotdogs, and major discounts are items; Crit Hit Comics & Games in Princeton is having 10% off sale and  costume contest at 11am; Comic Paradise Plus2 in Morgantown will have an appearance by Chad Cicconi; Comic World in Huntington is having a big sale and costume contest; Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Vault in Vienna will have a Dungeon Crawl Challenge with Dwarven Forge 3D dungeon, a costume contest, board games, Magic and Pokémon tournaments, and discounts; Beyond Comics in Shepherdstown with Steve Younkins and bring in non-perishable food items to get more free comics.

Other places taking part are Books-A-Million in Charleston, Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Castle in Beckley, Comic Paradise Plus in Fairmont, Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming in Morgantown, Gary’s Comics and More in Morgantown, and Purple Earth Comics in Huntington.

So mark your calendars and plan your attack of shops.  If you are a comic fan, a newbie, or someone looking to get back into it, this is a good day to get some samples.

Halloween ComicFest 2015

This Saturday October 31st, Halloween, it is another chance to get free comic books from the people who bring you Free Comic Book Day with Halloween Comic Fest.

There are comics from Action Lab Entertainment, Aspen, DC, Drawn & Quarterly, Marvel, IDW, Zenescope, Viz Media, Archie, and Graphic India. Plus mini comics from Magnetic Press, Boom Studios, Dark Horse, Famous Monsters, Action Lab, Archie, IDW and Perfect Square.  There is horror, superheroes, manga, kids stuff, and more.

To enter their costume contest, first get one of the comics.  Then take a picture of yourself in costume holding it, upload it to the site with a short description, and then promote to all.

There are five categories to enter: superhero/comics, TV/movie, horror, gamer, and original.  Two grand prize winners (one adult, one child) will be randomly selected to win a $500 shopping spree at a participating Comic Fest comic shop.  Two from each category (one adult, one child) from each category will also be randomly selected for a $100 shopping spree.  The two contestants (one adult, one child) from each category with the most votes will win a prize pack from the Halloween Comic Fest sponsors.

Check the site to see where you can pick up some comics.  Most shops will most likely have their own plans to help celebrate the day.  Crit Hit Comics & Games in Princeton will have a costume contest at noon.  So will Comic Paradise Plus2 in Weston and Gary’s Comics and More in Morgantown.  Spoiler Warning Games and Comics in Danville will be showing Hocus Pocus with refreshments.  Comic World in Huntington will have candy.

Good chance to stop by your local comic shop for some fun, comics, and friends.  Oh and do not forget to find something to buy too so that you are not just a mooch.

 

 

 

 

Tsubasacon 2015

Tsubasacon is a three-day anime, cosplay, and gaming con at the Big Sandy Area and Riverfront Conference Center in Huntington on Friday October 8th to Sunday October 10th.

Voice actor guests for this year are  Kyle Hebert (DBZ, Bleach, Naruto), Keith Silverstein (Gundam Unicorn, Monster, Sailor Moon), and Matthew Erickson (Crest/Banner of the Stars, Zoids, Gundam SEED Destiny).  Other guests are Japanese rock band Kazha, anime anthropologist Charles Dunbar, Carolina Manga Library, panelist group Vitamin H Productions, Japanese arcade machine owners Tokyo Attack,  boffer fighters Sleeping Samurai, and game show host Greggo.

Events at the con include their usual activities plus some new ones.  The cosplay masquerade will be on Saturday.  There will also be an In-Character Contest on Friday and Cosplay Lip Sync contest on Saturday (18+ version on Friday night).  Panels from guests and attendees, Greggo’s game shows, two viewing rooms, autographs, concerts, formal ball on Friday and dance party on Saturday, martial arts demo, artist alley and vendor room to check out, manga library, photo shoots, AMV contest and more.

Video Gaming this year will be run by Rare Drops.  They will hold tournaments throughout the weekend on J Stars Victory, Mortal Kombat X, SSFighter 4 Ultra, Smash Bros Melee and 4, Injustice, Mario Kart Double Dash and 8, Naruto 2, Halo 2, Call of Duty, and Project M.  They will also have high score challenges on Donkey Kong, Super Mario Maker, and Tetris over the weekend.  You can pre-reg for the tournaments now.  Tokyo Attack will have 13 different arcade cabinets for free play and will be holding a DDR tournament on Saturday.  There is also the Tsu Region Pokémon League to play in.

Tsubasacon is holding a whole new table top gaming area as well.  The Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society will have a library of board games to check out.  Dungeon Dwellers will be teaching and holding tournaments on Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh.  RPGs from Pathfinder Society and Sparks, Warmachine and Hordes demo, and open gaming area.

Pre-reg goes until October 8th and is $45 for the weekend.  At door prices are $45 for weekend, $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday and Sunday, $20 for Sunday, and free for kids under 7.  On Saturday they will also have a $25 Gaming Badge that will let you into the gaming area, but only that.  The con is also collecting goods for the Ronald McDonald House.

Fans of anime, cosplay, gaming, and Japanese media, this is your event.

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.

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.