CharCon 2018

CharCon is back for another year.  The table-top gaming convention is from Friday July 13th to the Sunday July 15th at the Clay Center in Charleston.  This year’s theme is Star Wars vs. Star Trek.

There will be 80 plus Play to Win games available, a board game library to check out games from, a Catan National Championship Qualifier tournament, world premier of Warren Lords a high fantasy skirmish game of anthropomorphic rabbit warriors, Pokémon TCG tournament, early testing of Blood on the Clocktower, overnight gaming space at Quality Inn, Aerodrome, Confluence RPG, Star Trek Adventures, Star Wars Legions, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, Pathfinder, Sparks, Star Trek Murder Mystery, D&D, Starfinder, Warhammer 40k tournament, Werewolf, and plenty of other planned games.

On the non gaming side of things to do include J.R. and Friends Quick Draw on Friday night, food trucks on Saturday, a two hour seminar on 3D printing, watch Rogue One on the planetarium screen, adult and kids costume contests, cosplay panel, the 501st Legion, cosplay video shoot, and plenty of space just to hang out with fellow gamers.

For late night fun there will be CharCon Out Loud Friday at the Bakery with DJ Charlie Brown Superstar, CharCon attendees get in for only $3 others for $5.  CharCon After Dark will be at the Quality Inn and feature drinking and karaoke.

The Clay Center will be open during the convention for you to check out as well.

Vendors and artisans for the con include Dragon’s Den, Sea Dog Game Studios, White Tide Publishing, Dads Armies, Billy Tackett, Jeff Carlisle, Michael Mayne, CJS Games, and others.  There will also be a flea market open up to everyone on Sunday for $10 a table.

Weekend Passes are $45, children twelve and under are $20, and visitor passes are $10 per day.  Visitor passes do not allow for playing games.  Single day gaming passes will be available too.

You can book rooms at the Quality Inn & Suites till the start of CharCon for $58 a night and be within walking distance of the con.  This is where the con’s nightly gaming room will be as well as After Dark on Saturday.

This is a big event for fans of gaming, whether you have a game you love playing already or want to learn a new one.  Also good for parting and for cosplayers.

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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.”

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.

 

Power Up 2016

Power Up the Tri-State’s Annual Retro Video Game Convention returns this Saturday August 27th at the conference area at the Big Sandy Arena in Huntington from 10am to 8pm.

The Standard Nerds will be hosting the tournaments again this year.  The tournaments have an entry fee. All entry fees will be given to the Extra Life Charity.

The tournaments will be Smash Bros 64, Smash Bros 4, Rocket League (XBox One), Pokken, and Mario Kart Double Dash.  Check the website for the times and rules for each game.

Hometown Hobbies will be hosting Magic: The Gathering tournaments throughout the day.  Plus free play board games for all to try.

There will also be a Pokémon League for the 3DS.  Sign-up for $5 and then battle the eight gym leaders around the convention floor.  The proceeds will go to Children’s Hospitals and you will also get entry into raffle drawings throughout the day.  Obtain all eight gym badges to challenge the Elite 4 at the Brawl-a-thon in November.

A few panels have been promised along with a cosplay contest.

Expect around twenty vendors and artists selling games, books, collectables, art work, crafts, and more.  There will be exhibits from the D20 Girls, cosplays Santana and Kiss A Frog Cosplay, local cons, video game creators Lasso Games, Mandalorian Mercs, Trenton Jedi, and artists Rusty Shackles and Michael Mayne.

Entry is $5, free for children twelve and under.  Door prizes will be given out through out the day for just attending.

Fans of video games are going to want to check this out for playing, collecting, and generally just hanging out with fellow fans.

 

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.

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.

Natsu no Tsubasacon 2015

Tsubasacon‘s annual potluck picnic, Natsu no Tsubasacon, is this Saturday June 27th at Ritter Park in Huntington, rain or shine, from noon till around 4pm or later.

They will be cooking hot dogs and selling bottles of water for Ronald McDonald House.  To be part of the pot luck, sign-up online to let everyone know what you will be bringing.  There will be side dishes, fruit and vegetable trays, chips, desserts, ice, Gatorade, soda, and more.

Events throughout the day include an anime swap meet, mini cosplay contest, group photo, suikawari (watermelon smashing), kickball games, and water battle with water balloons, bring your own water gun though.  There will be anime and video gaming music through out the day along with anime showings.  The swap meet is trade only.  The D20 Girls Project of West Virginia will be hosting a game of humans vs zombies with Nerf guns.  A Pokémon tournament will be there as well.  Challenge a series of trainers with three Pokémon and learn about more what Pokémon events will be at Tsubasacon.  

If you have any other games or activities you want to do, you will have no problem finding people to join you.  Or you could just hang out and chat with people.

The con will be collecting donations for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Items they are looking for are: any kid friendly items, frozen dinners, cereal bars, laundry detergent, toilet cleaners, dish detergent, plastic wrap, garbage bags, hand soap, food storage containers, light bulbs, tissues, and gift cards.  Check the McDonald House site for more items you can give.

The picnic is the last chance to get your three-day pass to Tsubasacon for only $35.

If you want to hang out with fellow anime fans outside, there is no better time than this.