WV Pop Con 2016

WV Pop Con is back this Saturday August 27 from 10am to 7pm and Sunday August 28th from 11am to 5pm at Mylan Park in Morgantown.

Featured creator guests at the show are Dominike “Domo” Stanton (Starbrand and Nightmask, character illustrator for Archer), Chad Cicconi (sketch card artist), Steve Geiger (former managing art director of Marvel), Justin Jordan (Shadowman, Call of Duty Zombies), Bill McKay (Zombie Tramp, Vampblade), Rafter Roberts (Archer and Armstrong, Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream), DJ Coffman (Hero by Night, The God Child), and Shawn Gabborin (found member and editor in chief of Action Lab Entertainment).

There will be plenty of other exhibitors there: illustrators, writers, comic creators, nerdy crafters, an all girl robotics team, game creators, painters, Electro-Magnetic Press and other small publishers, sculptors, photographers, cosplayers, podcasters, tattoo artists, Ghostbusters, filmmakers, Rebel Legion, College Football Hall of Famer Major Harris, Amtgard, pro wrestler Ricky Morton, 501st, Morgantown Roller Vixens, Black Mountain Guard, Pathfinder Society, and more.

Not to mention vendors selling comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, gaming supplies, t-shirts, collectables, toys, plush, books, video games, crafts, buttons, leather work, weapons, posters, and plenty more.

They will have a kid’s cosplay contest on Saturday and an adult one on Sunday, various panels, games of Pathfinder, Magic: The Gathering tournament, other gaming demos, gaming library, and retro video games.

Admission at the door will be $20 for both days.  They will also have exclusive covers for sell for Generation Zero and two different Prince-S STARthief done by guests for sell at the show.

A comic show with a lot of variety for fans of all kinds of genres.

International Games Day @ Your Library

International Games Day @ Your Library is an initiative to reconnect communities through libraries around games brought together with the American Library Association and other library systems from around the world.  Over a thousand libraries around the world will take part in this program.  This year’s IGD is on Saturday November 21st.

Companies donating kits to libraries this year are Konami with the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game demo, USAopoly with Reverse Charades, YummyYummyYummy with Nommons: Math Universe and Calcuquest, Steve Jackson Games with Trophy Buck and Munchkin Treasure Hunt, Looney Labs with Choose One and EcoFluxx, and Paizo with the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.  Now your library may not have gotten any of these kits.  Feel free to bring your favorite games to share with all.  Dryden Press is offering a free introductory copy of their Big Damn Dryden RPG to all who take part in IGD.

There will also be the International Minecraft Hunger Games set up by the Ann Arbor District Library.  Your library might be one of the districts for this tournament against other libraries.  BallyHoo Games is giving promo codes to their new iPad/iPhone game Zombie Heat to 25 libraries.

Check your local library to see if they are taking part in this event, or if they might be doing their game day early.  Libraries that I found on the IGD map include Kanawha county libraries, New Martinsville, Morgantown, Martinsburg, Craft Memorial Library in Bluefield, Vienna, Fayette County, Summersville, and Clarksburg.

If you have some time this Saturday, stop by to check out the gaming and be part of your community.

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Child’s Play Weekend at Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming

The Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming store in Morgantown is running a weekend of games to raise money for West Virginia University Children’s Hospital through the charity Child’s Play this Friday October 23rd to Sunday October 25th.  All entry fees for the games will be donated to Child’s Play.  Prize support is provided by the Four Horsemen and other local businesses.

On Friday they will have a charity toy drive with Friday Night Magic.  Donate a new toy for free entry to any of their three events that night.  Regular entry is a $5 minimum donation.  Games are at 2pm, 6pm, and 6:30pm.

Saturday will have demos all day of Ashes and Summoner Wars along with tournaments of X-Wing at noon, Heroclix Superman/Wonder Woman pre-release at noon, Magic: The Gathering Battle for Zendikar at 1pm, and Saturday Scuffles with have a Smash Bros tournament at 3pm.  They will also have a Magic Commander all night event with door prizes starting at 9pm.

Sunday’s gaming is a Magic: The Gathering tournament at 1pm, Yu-Gi-Oh win a box at 1:30pm, and Dice Masters at 2pm where you can donate a quarter every time you want re-roll a die.

Most tournaments will run from $5 to $15 minimum entry fee.  If you are free for some gaming this weekend or just want to help out with a donation head on over.

 

WV Pop Con 2015

WV Pop Con returns to Mylan Park in Morgantown this Saturday August 22nd from 10am to 7pm and Sunday August 23rd from 11m to 5pm.

Creator guests include comic creators, artists, authors, crafters, design studios, costumers, and more.  Featured guests are Mike McKone (Avengers Academy, Justice League United), Thomas Zahler (Love and Capes, My Little Pony), DJ Coffman (Hero by Night, God Child), Chad Cicconi (sketch cards, NFL Rush Zone), Bill McKay (Zombies vs Cheerleaders, Danger Zone), and Dennis Budd (sketch card artist) .  Some of WV’s finest who will be there include featured guest James Patrick (Green Arrow, Pulp 21) and Robert Tinnell (Feast of the Seven Fishes, Wicked West); Jason Pell (Zombie Highway, Season’s End), Rich Bottles Jr. (Hellhole West Virginia, Lumberjacked),  Larry Morgan (Electro-Magnetic Press), Grinning Fox Customs, Dustin Smith (Knight Hunter), David Newbold (Runaways, Weapon X), Dusty Catlett, Implexity Designs, Angi D*signs, Garrick Gilmore, Josh Floquet, Andrew Carter (Let’s Play All The Games, Habitat Against Humanity) and others.

Entertainment guests are the 501st Legion Garrison Carida Squad Corellia, The Portrait Dude, Rebel Legion, Amtgard, Mandalorian Mercs The Black Mountain Guard, Morgantown Roller Vixens, Wudang Swordsmen Academy, Sigler Photography’s Morbid Memories, World Paranormal Investigations, Vintage Theatre Company, WV Ghostbusters and their van, Jeremy Ambler (Walking Dead, the Crazies), game company Milton Roe Creative and cosplayers Knightmage, Bio Cosplay, and Bunny Bombshell. They will have vendors selling comics, games, action figures, TPBs, cards, collectibles, video games, figures, costumes, props, t-shirts, leather goods, weapons, and who knows what all else.  Plus publishers Outpouring Comics, Burning Bulb Publishing, Electro-Magnetic Press, and Action Lab Comics.

Gaming will include Magic tournaments hosted by Nerducopia, West Virginia Pathfinder Society, a table top and retro gaming libraries and demos.  The costume contest is Sunday at 3pm.  Sign-up at the Illusive Skull booth at the con.

Admission is $10 for each day or $18 for two days.  Children under 10 get in free with an adult.   You can purchase before hand online or at Comic Paradise Plus in Fairmont or Westover.

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.

 

WV Pop Con 2014

WV Pop Con returns for a third year in Morgantown at the Mylan Park Expo Center.  This Saturday August 23rd from 10am to 7pm and Sunday the 24th from 11am to 5pm.  There will be comic creators, artists, video gaming, table top gaming, costuming,

Featured creator guests include the prolific author Peter David of tv, film, books, and comics, Koi Pham of Marvel and Image, Eisner Award Winner Chris Sprouse, multiple Harvey Award winning co-creator/writer of The Mice Templar Bryan J.L. Glass, Douglas Paszkiewicz of Arsenic Lullaby, Chad Cicconi comic and sketch card artist, Ken Haeser, Buz Hasson, and Blair Smith of Living Dead Corpse Comics, and John Russo co-author of Night of the Living Dead.  Various WV based or born creators include Gary Lee Vincent, Shane Moore, Dusty Catlett, Jason Pell, Bubble and Geek Candles & Scents, Insane Stain, Rich Bottles Jr., Green Dragon, Larry Morgan, Garrick Gilmore, Lucien Knights, Josh Floquet, and the Morgantown High School Art Department.

Entertainment guests for the con include Paul Bradford of Ghost Hunters International, RJ Haddy, cosplayers Knightmage,and Costumed Vigilante, the Rebel Legion, 501st Garrison Carida, Amtgard, a Back to the Future DeLorean, WV Tattoo Expo, Morgantown Roller Vixens, WV Ghostubsters, Let Us Nerd, and Vintage Theatre Company.

Vendors at the con will include comic and game shops, comic and book publishers, toy and collectables vendors, video games, Legos, costume shop, swords and weapons, t-shirts, and much more.

Events at the con include costuming workshops, a costume contest on Sunday, board games and game demos, video games, photo booth, Pathfinder Society.  Tournaments include Magic the Gathering, Pokemon DS, X-Wing minis, Pokemon TCG, Warhammer 40k, Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Street Fighter, and Halo.

Tickets are $10 or both days for $18 for everyone over six years old.

The con has a lot going on and people to see.  Something to check out for several fandoms.