First Parkersburg Pop Con

The first Parkersburg Pop Con will be held at WVU Parkersburg in Parkersburg this Saturday October 8th from 11am to 8pm.  An event to both promote pop culture, STEM, and WVU Parkersburg.

The 501st, Bunny Bombshell, Burning Bulb Publishing, Derek Croston, Dirt Candy Productions, Dueling Ogres Podcast, WV Ghostbusters, Hades Ladies Roller Derby, James Patrick, Jason Lewis, Jason Pell, J.D. Williamson, Mid-Ohio Valley Superman, Nathan Arnold, Shawn Langley, Storyteller Publishing, WV Wonder Woman, and more promoting and selling their creations.  The Gaming Club, STEM Department, and Legal Studies Department will all be set up there.  The Legal Studies will have a crime scene on display for you to puzzle over and figure out what happened.

Vendors will comics, games, collectables, video games, toys, nerdy crafts like soaps and plushies, cosplay items, anime and manga, movies, clothes, jewelry, a photo booth, and more.  Several restaurants will be set-up with food as well.

Panel on video games, cosplay, three panels on women in horror, how to get into comics, and podcasting with Dueling Ogres.  Closing Ceremonies start at 7:30pm.  The Girl Scouts will have a table teaching kids how to debug a video game and how to create their own. There will also be a Pokémon Go hike through the campus and a kid friendly room with activities and face painting.

Video competitions hosted by Game Stop will be $20 and starts at 2pm, sign-ups at the con.  They will have Super Smash Bros, Pokken, Street Fighter V, and Mario Kart 8.  Some of the stores will have table top gaming going on.  A Cosplay Contest with categories for Best Hero Male and Female, Best Villain Male and Female, Best Hero and Villain Youth, and Most Creative.  They have also promised special Snapchat filters for the con.

Cost to get in is only $5.

Another fun and cheap little con with several interesting things to see and do.

Vandalia-Con 2016

WV’s steampunk convention, Vandalia-Con is returning this Friday May 27th at 5pm through Sunday May 29th at 3pm at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg.  All proceeds from this event are donated to Bonnie’s Bus, to ensure that breast cancer screening, resources are available to all WV women who need them.

Guests for the convention are writer Travis Sivart, judge from GSN’s Steampunked! Thomas Willeford, sideshow Karnevil, performance troupe Pirate Crew of the Dead Rabbit, entertainer Professor Bubblemaker, and musical guests electroswing DJ Vourteque, traditional WV folk music artist Spence’s Rye.

Friday is the Pink Block Party which is open to the public for free.  There will be a Health Fair with a women’s health screenings from Bonnie’s Bus mobile mammogram unit with vendors and artists.  A Maker’s Faire from 4pm to 6pm will be held for charity with creators allowed to enter artwork, crafts, stories, costuming, props, or other steampunk inspired projects.  There is requested donation $5 per entry.  There will be entertainment at the party from Professor Bubblemaker, musical performances, and a play by Pirate Crew of the Dead Rabbit as the kickoff to Vandalia-Con.  Plus a Masquerade Ball.

On Saturday they will have a Nerf Quickdraw competition and a series of “Unusual Races” to participate in, a live recording of the Talk of the Tavern podcast, a Fashion Show (costume contest), and a musical jam session for anyone to join in on.  They will also have classes and panels on steampunk culture and creating, American Folk Music, corsets, Houdini, Victorian archeology, spiritualism, and photography, Ghostbuster Junior training, and several more.  They have a few special ticket events as well.  A Treasure Hunt, a Pirate Show, Tea Dueling Tournament, and Karnevil’s Sideshow.  These events are $10 each.

On Sunday they will have a Society for Creative Anachronism fencing tournament down at Bicentennial Park or ballroom depending on weather.

Single day Saturday or Sunday passes are $20, weekend passes are $50, Silver Passes which gives you a local tour package and Masquerade Ball ticket are $75, and Gold Passes which gives you bigger tour package and entry into all ticket events are $100.  Children 10 and under can get tickets half-off.

Fans of steampunk and other alternative history genres will find something to enjoy here, along with costumers, music and history fans, and a little general geekery.  All for a good cause, if a little on the pricey side.

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.

Vandalia-Con 2015

Vandalia-Con is a steampunk convention with all proceeds going to breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic, and treatment resources in WV.  It’s second ye will be once again in Parkersburg at the Historic Blennerhasset Hotel from May 22nd-24th.

Expect to see the Miner’s Lament Saloon and Red Eye Auction on Friday night, Chari-Tea Dueling Tournament and Airship Regalia on Saturday, and costume contest on Sunday.  Panels and classes on seances, archaeology, costuming, gaming, manners, science lab for kids, writing, sneak peek movie screening of Hollow, Johnny Appleseed reneactor, late night stories with Mr. Cat, and several more.  They have off-site guided tours of the Historic Smoote Theater, the Oil and Gas Museum, two historic Victorian homes on Julia-Ann Square, and a self-guided tour of Blennerhassett Island.

They have music guests Spence’s Rye and Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings. Other guests include performer Professor Bubblemaker, performance troupe the Pirate Crew of the Dead Rabbit, Clark Street Carnival, vaudeville sideshow Karnevil, and steampunk artist and author Thomas Wileford aka Lord Featherstone.

There will be vendors of jewelry, clothing, photography, belts, bustles, knitting, and various steampunk artisans.

On Sunday they will be holding their Vandalia-Con Pink Block Party again for free and open to all at Point Park Farmer’s Market.  A parade will be leaving the Blennerhassett Hotel at 1:30pm and will head to the farmer’s market.  Vendors from the con and the market will both be set up to buy from.  There will be musical performances, Professor Bubblemaker’s Bubble Magic and Medicine Show, and a health fair with mammograms screening on site from 10am-4pm.

Weekend passes to the con are $50, Silver Passes are $75, and $100 for a Gold Pass.  Day passes are $20.  Children 12 and under receive a 50% discount with an adult purchase.

If you can not make it out or afford the con, you still donate to the cause on their site.

Kicking it Old School Convention

Old School Convention is a being put on by Aaron Hickman as a fundraiser for St. Marys Elementary School in the town of St Marys near Parkersburg.  St. Marys is the oldest functioning school in  WV. The con is on Saturday April 25th from 10am to 5pm at the St Marys School.

They are will have a cosplay contest at 2pm for both adults and children.  Face painting for the kids.  There will be appearances by the WV Ghostbusters, an Elsa cosplayer for photos with the kids, and Larry Parmiter the director of the movie Axeman of Henderson County.  They will be holding a raffle and door prizes with original art from Billy Tucci, prints from Allen Bellman and Cafe Seven Comics, signed WVU football items, autograph photo of George “The Animal” Steele, DVDs, set of Game of Thrones figures, a $50 gift card to 218 shop in Ripley for the women, and more.  Raffle tickets are one for $1, seven for $5, or fifteen for $10.

Vendors are the usual line up of stores and dealers with comic books, action figures, books, wood art, toys, collectibles, artists, CCGs, anime products, cosplay prints, Star Wars items, art prints, and plenty more to check out.

Admission is just $5 for adults and $2 for kids.  All the money goes to the school.

Looks like to me like a little out of the way event which should be fun and for a good cause.

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.

 

Vandalia Con is Coming Soon

The steampunk convention in Parkersburg, Vandalia-Con, is coming up on May 2nd at the Blennerhasset Hotel and there the have announced some more exciting events and activities for the weekend.

First steampunk musician Unwoman will be appearing.  Everyone who buys a weekend pass, or higher, will get a free pass to the Parkersburg Arts Center, the Smoote Theatre (an authentic Vaudeville theatre), and tours of some of the Victorian homes in historic Julia-Ann Square.  A live fire performance on Saturday night.  The WV Ghostbusters will be holding kid friendly ghosts hunts on Saturday.  There will be three screenings of the White Zombie movie.  Costume Contest on Sunday with many categories  from best steampunk reimagination of a character to best facial fuzzies.  A Mark Twain impersonator will be giving a performance on Saturday morning.  Also the vendors list has added a number of new dealers, mostly steampunk jewelry and crafts.

They have listed a number of panels and workshops: Piracy in the Steampunk Genre, Mystery Airships of 1897, Victorian caligraphy, Vaudeville, Self Defense with Cane and Umbrella, Professor Bubblemaker Kid Science, A Tribute to Houdini, letter writing workshop, air craft workshop, maker’s workshop, and more.  I will be doing a Nerd Music 101 panel on Saturday at 4pm.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to viewOn Sunday there will be a parade starting at 12:30pm from the hotel and going to the Riverpoint Park and once at the park there will be a free concert by Unwoman, Professor Bublemaker’s Medicine show, Battle Weary Band, food vendors, health fair, and women’s screening clinic.  All of this will be free and open to the public.  The event goes from 1p to 4pm.

Well if you make it out come and find me to say hi.  Remember the price might be a bit much but it does all go to charity.