Tri-con 2017

Tricon returns once again at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington on Saturday June 3rd from 10am to 6pm.

Featured guests for this year are Paul Allor (TMNT, Secret Empire), Darryl Banks (Green Lanter, Legion of Superheroes), Eryk Donovan (Memetic, Constantine), Rob Dumo (Robyn Hood, The Gutters), Samantha Glow (Welcome to Showside), Jason Lewis (Star Trek, Mars Attack), Drew Moss (Outlaw Territory, Creepy), Ian McGinty (Rick & Morty, Bravest Warriors), Rico Renzi (Spider-Gwen, Squirrel Girl), Rusty Shackles (Hardcore Gaming 101, Insert-Quarter Bin), Tim Shinn (Batman Rebirth, Grumpy Cat), Matt Slay (TMNT, CBLDF), Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp, Guy Gardner Warrior), Chris Yambar (Simpsons, Suicide Blonde), and there will be even more at the con.  Non comic guests this year are former WWE wrestler the Boogeyman (in full makeup) and voice actor Neil Kaplan (Netflix Voltron, League of Legends, Digimon, Power Rangers).

Exhibitors include Planet Plush, Mike Belcher, Edward Brenwalt, Bubble and Geek, Bob Corby, Disposable Fiction Comics, Mason Easley, Andrew Eschenbach, ElectroMagnetic Press, Jeremy Frech, Rodney Fyke, Andrew Horton, Ken Kirk, Brett Pinson, Lauren Sparks, and so many more creators of various products.

There will be local and distant vendors selling comics (modern and key issues), graphic novels, manga, toys, sport cards, figures, collectibles, video games, buttons, perler beads, decals, custom boxes and plaques, board and card games, t-shirts, Gunpla, and so many other things for all nerds to look over.  DZNuts and Cards will have a Professional Comic Grader on hand.

They will have panels on marketing comics and creating comics, a Q&A with Neil Kaplan, and Chris Yambar.  There will also be a charity auction at 4:30pm to raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and a cosplay contest at 5pm.  They also have a coloring station for kids.

There will be a Drink & Draw Friday June 2nd at Sharkeys from 8pm to midnight with some of the con’s guests.

Tickets are only $10 and children ten and under get in free.

Looks like another good year for fans of comics, collectables, and those who just want to hang out.

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TriCon V

Tri-State Comic Con (Tricon) celebrates its fifth year with their biggest year yet.  The con is this Saturday June 4th from 10am to 6pm at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.

Big named guest for this year are Rikki Simons voice of GIR from Invader Zim and a writer of prose and comics of his own, WWE Hall of Famer “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase, Ed Brisson comic writer currently working on the Sons of Anarchy comic, Beau Smith creator and writer of the Wynonna Earp comic which has been turned into a TV series on SyFy, Dave Aikins illustrator for Nickelodeon products and zombies, Darryl Banks famed for co-creating Kyle Rayner, DC Comics inker Jonathan Glapion, two-time Harvey Award winning writer Chad Lambert, writer on Uncanny X-Men Jay Leisten, Brian Level co-creator of Image’s The Mantle, Tommy Patterson artist on Game of Thrones comic, and illustrators Andy Bennett, Eryk Donovan, Rob Dumo, Nate Lovett, Drew Moss, Mark A. Robinson, Uko Smith, Justin Stewart, Kyle Strahm, and Nicholas “Iowa” Wentland.

Indy comic creator appearing include KC Anderson of Wafflecus, Tressina Bowling of Dracullama, Todd Beistel of Yuri: The Gypsy Hunter, Coffman 20XX of Araura, Landon Franklin of Zokusho, Timothy Fuller of Zombie Marge, Travis Horseman of Amiculus, Shawn Murphy of Meachanaflux, Lauren Sparks of Cats Talking Words, Jason Pell of Zombie Highway, and the guys from Support Group.  Plus artists Edward Choi, Todd Frazer, Tristan Kelly, Jesse Marks, Michael Mayne, Amanda Scharf, and Jimbo Valentine, authors Rob E. Boley, Edward S. Brenwalt, Russ Lippitt, and E.E. Martin, small publishers Broken Icon Comics, Electromagnetic Press, Headshrinker Press, Mourning Daily Publishing, and Old World Comics.  Plus podcasters the Standard Nerds, D20 Girls Project, and Power Up will be set up along with a few charities out in the atrium.

You can expect plenty of vendors with a wide variety of goods.  Comics, graphic novels, manga, toys, board and card games, figurines, card sets, collectibles, leather works, knitting, steampunk jewelry, t-shirts, decals, posters, buttons, and so much more.

For those looking for photo opportunities, you can get them with the con’s Ambassador of cosplay Harley Heartthrob, the Mandalorian Mercs Black Mountain Guard, the WV Ghost Busters with their 30ft Staypuff Marshmallow Man, a Supernatural themed Impala with a trunk load of weapons, and the actual shed used in Evil Dead 2.

For events they will have panels on cosplay, making your own comics, inking comics, and a Q&A about working for Image.  A charity auction for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and a costume contest for cash prizes and medals.  For the first time there will be gaming going on at the con.  The Goblin Traders will be hosting Force of Will and Magic: The Gathering tournaments along with board game and Star Wars X-Wing minis demos starting at 11am.  The Friday night before the con, they are having their 2nd annual Drink and Draw at Sharkeys.  There will be live drawing from 8pm to Midnight.

Tickets are only $10 and free for kids 10 and under.  They will also have for sell limited edition exclusive comic cover of Army of Darkness for sell.

This is con is just a must to see.  Lots of good creators to meet, things to buy, people to meet, and things to do.  All for a good price.

 

Tri-Con 2015

Tri-State Comic Con (TriCon) the largest fandom convention in West Virginia returns Saturday April 11 at the Big Sandy Arena in Huntington.  Show starts at 10am and goes to 6pm.

Guests for this year’s event include a number of creators from IDW publishing like Paul Allor (TMNT, GI Joe), Eryk Donovan (Dark Anthology), Matt Slay (TMNT), Cory Smith (TMNT, Magnus Robot Fighter), and Tom Waltz (senior staff writer/editor).  Also Jay Leisten (Might Avengers, Death of Wolverine), Brian Level (The Mantle, The Brothers James), Gavin Smith (Human City, Accelerators), Justin Stewart, Kyle Strahm (Judge Dredd, Evil Ernie), Uko Smith, and Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night). Plus old favorites Darryl Banks, Sean Forney, Lora Innes, Mark Kidwell, Chad Lambert, Tommy Patterson, and Jamie Snell.  From Broken Icon Comics Nicholas Wentland,Brandon Lauhon, Jordon Lowe, Todd Fraiser, and other creators from the company that brings you this con.

Con sponsor Jewel City Championship Wrestling is bringing in wrestler and Yoga master Diamond Dallas Page (and maybe Al Snow no confirmation on this yet though) and holding a wrestling show after the con at 7:30pm at the Fairfield East Community Center in Huntington.

Exhibitors include comic creators Jon Parrish, Chris Charlton, Chris McJunkin, Tim Fuller, Shawn Murphy, Aaron Walther; artists Rusty Shackles, Marc Lewis, Tressina Bowling, Jesse Marks, Seth Lyons, Andrew Heath; small publishers Ringtail Cafe, Page 4 Yeti, Old World Comics, ElectroMagnetic Press; cosplayers Santana Maynard and Bunny Bombshell; podcast The Standard Nerd; groups 501st, D20 Girls Project, Black Mountain Guard, and WV Ghostbusters.  Plus lots more.

Vendors runs the usual gambit of dealers in comics, toys, collectibles, games, art, cards, t-shirts, posters, video games, jewelry and whatever else you could want.

There some special variant covers that will only be available at Tri-con this year.  The first one is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44 with a cover by Tommy Patterson, written by Tom Waltz, which other guests also worked on.  One from Mark Kidwell’s 68 with the convention creators as zombie heads.  Also a special one variant from Broken Icon, Eccentrix.

There will be four panels during the con:  Making Cosplay Happen, TMNT with Paul Allor and Cory Smith, Independent Comics, and Horror From the Ground UP.  There will of course also be the charity auction for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Costume Contest.

Admission is $10, free for children under 10.

 

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.

 

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.

The Coming of Hellboy Day

This Saturday, March 22nd is the 20th anniversary of the first release of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1 by Mike Mignola.  Hellboy appeared as an eight page story in Dark Horse’s San Diego Comic Con Comics special, but Seed of Destruction was his first solo title.  Anyways, Dark Horse has declared March 22, 2014 as Hellboy Day, with events in comic shops all around the world.

There will be several exclusive giveaway from Dark Horse and an all-new sampler comic feature two classic Mignola stories and two new stories by Mignola, Fábio Moon, and R. Sikoryak.
Also this week Hellboy: The First 20 Years hardcover collection comes out.  This deluxe over sized hardcover book presents Mignola’s favorite covers and illustrations from the first Hellboy drawing through twenty years of work.

In state stores taking part of this event include: Comic Paradise Plus in Fairmont, Four Horsemen Comics & Gaming and Gary’s Comics & More both in Morgantown, and Purple Earth Comics in Huntington.

If you are a Hellboy fan or someone who is just kind of interested in learning about him outside of the movies, this is a good chance for you to stop by a comic shop pick up some Hellboy comics.

Oh and this candy shop in Hollywood is making Hellboy chocolate that you can pre-order till Saturday, but I can not found where to do the ordering from, so if you want some send them an e-mail.