Shockacon 2017

Horror/Sci-Fi convention, ShockaCon rises again this Friday September 8th to Sunday September 10th at the Beni Kedem Shrine Center in Charleston.

Guests for this year include Naomi Grossman (Pepper from American Horror Story), Daeg Faerch (young Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Ari Lehman and his band First Jason, Lew Temple (Axel in Walking Dead), Geretta Geretta (Rats: Night of Terror, Demons), Monique Dupree (Tha True Original Gata), Chalet Lizette Brannam (Crepitus), Josh Turner and Scott Lane ( Negan’s saviors on Walking Dead), artists Matthew Atchley,  Chris Woodall, JR Earls, John Johnson (film company Darkstone Entertainment), Cemetery Knights, Naughty Samadhi belly dance troupe, Po’Folks Cabaret, Professor Sinister Savage Sideshow, Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Blue Box Alliance, Last Ride Motion Simulated Coffin Ride, Dead Zone Productions, KCHA Black Cat Adoption, Terminus Grilling, prop maker Tiffany Steele, WV Ghostbusters, and more.

Music acts for this year are the Renfields, the Jasons, Black Hole Zion, Captain Catfeesh, and Ghost Road.

Events over the will include CharCon Gaming, a Scavenger Hunt, game shows, crafting workshops on crafting and creating, Drink and Paint, panels on cosplay, film making, cryptozoology plus more, guests Q&As, performances on stage from 8pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday, scream contest, Kid’s Day on Sunday, costume contest on Saturday with $10 entry fee (half goes to the winner, half to charity), and plenty more to keep you entertained.  The after party, Aftershock, will be at the Blue Parrot on Friday and Saturday starting at midnight.

Not much is known on vendors except some horror related hand-made creations for sale.

Ticket pre-orders are closed but can still be bought at the door.  $45 for weekend pass, $15 for Friday or Sunday only, and $25 for Saturday only.  Children six and under get in free.

Another year for horror and costuming fans to enjoy.

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First Willcon

The first Williamson Pop Culture and Entertainment Convention, Willcon, takes place this Saturday August 26th at the Williamson Field House in Williamson from 10am to 6pm.  The event is put on by the Williamson Convention Visitor Bureau and meant to give the Tug Valley area an event to attract fans of all kind.

Their line-up of guests are Bram Stoker Award winning editor Michael Knost, writers Steven Paul Watson, Chris Estep; Old World Comics & Killers Serials; film makers Sal Lizard, Funtime Productions, the Green Goblin head from the movie Maximum Overdrive; cosplayers Noble Armory, Xehnis Cosplay; Jeremy Ambler, effects studio Hainted FX, band Black Coal Brass Quintet, Transformers Bumblebee replica, light saber combat Odd Todd’s Tournament of Champions, and comic creator Travis Tomblin.

They will have a special exhibit from the art departments from local high schools and others.  Plus several artists in attendance.  Their line up of vendors will be selling video games and consoles, gaming supplies, comic books, graphic novels, board and card games, RPGs, toys, action figures, POPS, art, plush, jewelry, crochet items and other nerdy crafts, steampunk apparel, totes, and more.

The will have laser tag from Autannaco Family Fun Center, two escape rooms from Adventure Games, face painting, panels on anime and Game of Thrones, Pokémon Scavenger Hunt, cosplay contest, light saber battle demo, photo studio, music performances, writer’s workshop, and more.  Table top gaming will be hosted by Play and Paint and include table game demos, gaming library, tournaments for Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Pokémon TCG.  Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros tournaments by Rare Drops.

Admission is just $5 and free for kids under 10.

Another small event with a little bit of all kinds of fandoms for everyone to enjoy.

 

Video Games Live Tour

Video Games Live is an immersive concert experience of music from video games performed with orchestras and combined with light, sounds, and audience interaction and is coming back to the mountain state.  They will be performing with the Wheeling Symphony in Wheeling and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Charleston.  The Wheeling show will be at the Capital Theatre Friday February 10th starting at 7:30pm.  The Charleston show will be at the Clay Center Saturday February 11th starting at 8pm.

You can help create the set list be suggesting songs on the Facebook event pages.  (Wheeling, Charleston)

The show will also have a costume contest prior to the concert and a meet & greet with “game industry luminaries” after the concert.   Traditional string quartet, Triforce Quartet will be performing as special guests at both shows.

Tickets for the Wheeling performance range from $16.50 to $62.  The tickets for the Charleston show range from $35 to $69.  Get them while you can.  There is an Ultimate Gamer V.I.P. Experience Package you can add to either ticket for $100.  With it you get a laminated backstage tour pass, pre-show production tour with meet & greet, album download card, pin, sticker, front of line access to post-show meet & greet, and signed page of conductor sheet music.

Fans of video games and video game music will want to try to catch this.  The performance will not be boring.

Rising Star 25th

Rising Star is celebrating their twenty-fifth year at the Othello Harris-Jefferson Student Center of Bluefield State College in Bluefield Friday October 21st 6pm to 11pm and Saturday October 22nd 9am to 11pm.  They are also celebrating the forty anniversary of conventions in the region.

This year’s guests are “Golgotha’ series author R.S. Belcher, comic creator Dan Delby, “Cemetary Dreams” author N.R. Allen, game designers Pure Steam, “Mr. Lazarus and Other Tales” author Paul Dellinger, prop maker & make-up artist Chris DeHart, comic author Chris Ward, filker White Plectrum, “Dragon’s Dove Chronicles” author Kim Headlee, furry artist Ashley Holohan, alt movie music maker Consortium 499, Bluefield State College Robotics Team, and paranormal investigators Black Diamond Paranormal Society.

Events for this year include discussion panels, Costume Call, music concert, electronic and board gaming, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, art show, vendors, film festival, anime screenings, a LARP with Strange Aeons, robosumo, and collectables auction for the Jonathan D. Miller and Daniel E. Craig Memorial Scholarships.

Admission is only $5 for both days.  BSC students, faculty, and staff get in free with a campus ID.  A snack bar will be available on site.

A small convention with lots of people with stories to tell you.

CharCon 2016

The gaming convention CharCon returns this Friday October 14th at noon to Sunday October 16th at 7pm at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston.  The theme for this year is Fairy Tales.

Gaming for this include the Premier Board Game Tournament (with five new games to try), board game library from Appalachian Gamers, open gaming space, Aerodrome, Pathfinder Society, SPARKS (Star Wars), Confluence Meta RPG (FATE), Magic The Gathering tournaments, several social deduction games, Sailpower, Tech Commander, Settler’s of Catan US Championship Qualifier, Pure Steam RPG, Appalachian Cup (Warmachine), X-Wing tournament, Family Gaming on Sunday, demos and tutorials from 5th Epoch Publishing, State Championships finals for Diamonds, Nevermore, Letter Tycoon, Game of 49, Skull Kings, and Dimension, Double Exposure Envoy program with 50+ play to win games, many more other board games, war games, RPGs, and more.

For video gaming they have retro and fighting video games open play, Street Fighter V tournament, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, and challenge the members of the band Black Hole Zion in Street Fighter for the band’s swag.

Besides gaming the con will have panels from the 501st, on miniature modeling, and board game design, a Flea Market and Costume Contest on Saturday, a Kid’s Costume Contest on Sunday, a photo booth set-up, a kid’s area run by the Causeplayers group, and appearances from the WV Ghostbusters and their 30ft Say-Puff and Ecto-1.

The con will also have two CharCon after Dark events.  Friday a the Blue Parrot with four rock bands, $5 cover charge $3 with CharCon badge.  Saturday at the Monkey Barrel for games, prizes, music, drinks.

Weekend pass is $40 (children 12 & under $20), Friday pass $20, Saturday pass $25, Sunday $20, children 12 & under $10 per day, and visitor (non game playing) $10 per day.

Fans of gaming should be able to find something to interest, if they want to pay the con’s rates.

ShockaCon 2016

Shockacon returns Friday September 30th 4pm to Sunday October 2nd 5pm at the Beni Kedem Shrine Center in Charleston for its fifth year.

 

Actor guests for this year are Zach Galligan (Gremlins 1 & 2), Camille Keaton (I Spit On Your Grave), Oliver Robins (Poltergeist 1 & 2) ,Brandy Mason, and Geretta Geretta.  John Tice, Willy Mcquillan, and Will Bill from Mountain Monsters.  Plus Scott Gregg of Razor Sharp Studios, Hollywood make-effects artist Steve Johnson, bands Renfields, Orvill Rex, Miniature Giant, Hurl Brickbat, Charlie Ant Eater; belly dancers Bint il nahar and Naughty Samadhi, DJ Thunder, authors Dustin Coffman, Josh Kent, Daniel Boyd, artists Jason Pell, Chris Woodall, Two Tinkers, JR Earls; prop builder Tiffany Steele, Cult Classic Creatures, WV Ghostbusters, cosplayer Santana, Cemetery Knights Hearse Club, and Weird Paul Petroskey “the Original Vlogger”.

Events during the day include costume parade, adult costume contest for $10, kids costume contest on Sunday, R2D2 robotics demo, origami workshop, wand and building-a-torso workshops, guest Q&As, game shows, embalming demo by James Lowry, scream contest, mummy wrapping contest, learn the Thriller dance, and more panels.  On Friday and Saturday night starting at 8pm to midnight they will be holding their Shock & Roll Party with musical performances, belly dancing, gaming from CharCon with Werewolf and Cards Against Humanity, drink and draw game.  Then an after party at the Blue Parrot.

Not much info on vendors put out, though if you have been before I would expect the same.

Weekend badges are $50, Friday and Sunday  badges $20, Saturday $25, youth badges are each just $5 less.  VIP tickets are $100, with it you get preferred seating at all events, one celebrity autograph ticket, line skip, and a bag of goodies.  Come after 8pm for only $10.  T-shirts are available for $15.

 

Fans of horror movies, art, books plus prop making, punk style music, and the like will enjoy the con.  If you have the money for it.

 

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.