First Annual Sleepy Hollow Scarefest

Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming of Clarksburg is bringing the first Sleepy Hollow Scarefest a free horror convention this Saturday June 17th at Meadowbrook Mall in Bridgeport.  It goes from 10am to 8pm.

Special guests for the event are Addy Miller, the teddy bear girl zombie from Walking Dead; Steve Dash, Jason from Friday the 13th Part 2; Trapper, Wild Bill, Huckleberry, and Willy from Mountain Monsters; WVU Football Hall of Famer Major Harris; Jeremy Ambler from Walking Dead; Daniel Boyd, writer and director; Eliska Hahn from Invasion of the Space Preachers; authors P. Mark DeBryan, Josh Kent, and Dustin Coffman; Diana Curry from FallForward Entertainment and her film Creature of the Night; Razor Sharp Studios; plus the cast of local films The Barn and Axe Man of Henderson County (including Major Harris and Jeremy Ambler). You can pre-order autographs for Addy Miller, Steve Dash, and Major Harris on the website for the show.

They have a Film Fest starting at noon and going into the evening.  The movies are local horror films Creature of The Night, The Crawling Dead, The Axe Man of Henderson County, and The Barn.  Tickets are $2 per movie.

They will also have a photo booth set up by TapSnap.

There will be local and regional vendors selling a variety of arts, crafts, foods, toys, costumes, t-shirts, and creepy dolls.

Fans of horror and paranormal, especially of local indie films, should try to swing by.  It is free after all.

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.

 

Shockacon 2015

Shockacon returns Friday September 18th at 4pm through Sunday September 20th at 5pm at the Beni Kedem Shrine Center in Charleston.

Rose Siggins and Drew Rin Varick from American Horror Story: Freak Show; Bai Ling from The Crow; Jeryl Prescott and Adam Minarovich of Walking Dead; Ari Lehman from Friday the 13th; John “Trapper” Tice from Mountain Monsters.  Artist Chris Woodall, JR Earls, Ryan Byrd, and Atrophy Comics; writer Daniel Boyd and Edward Holsclaw; bands the Cryptoids, Argyle Goolsby, The Big Bad, Hurl Brickbat, and the Renfields; performers Riveting Roses, Professor Sinister Savage Sideshow, comedian Sam Canterbury, belly dancer Bint il Nahar, Downhome Decadence; cosplayers Dalek Gan, WV Ghostbusters, Santana, Bunny Bombshell; filmmakers Ronn Smith (Doctor Who fan film), Dakota Skye, Scott Gregg (Razor Sharp), RAK films; Cemetery Knights, zombie response vehicle, tarot reader Rachael Fortune, Dracula audio drama, guest speakers Tiffany Steele, David Cruikshank, Adam Edwards, Frank Curci, and Kennie Bass.

There will be a costume parade through the Town Center mall on Saturday at noon, a drink and paint, Q&As with various guests, cosplay panels, music performances, horror trivia contest, horror writers workshop, scream contest, zombie survival panel, costume contest on Saturday, performances from Rocky Horror and Repo! the Genetic Opera, craft workshops, and more.  Sunday is Kids Day with reduced prices, junior Ghostbuster training, kids mask workshop, kids costume contest and other fun activities.  Aftershock party at the Blue Parrot on Capitol Street on Friday and Saturday.

Pre-reg before 9/15 is $45 for weekend, $20 for Friday or Saturday, $15 for Sunday, and $5 cheaper for children under 15.  At door prices are $50 for weekend, $25 for Friday or Saturday, $20 for Sunday, and $5 cheaper for children under 15.  You can get VIP pass for $125 that comes with a t-shirt, preferred seating at events, on autograph ticket, gift bag, and line skip ability.

All fans of horror, makeup, and off kilter entertainment should give the show a look over.

Shockacon Weekend

Last year’s Shockacon was held around the Mound in South Charleston outside for one day.  This year they are inside more and for a full three days.  It is hosted by The Haunted Barn and Kanawha Players Theater.

They have gathered several guests in a number of fields.  From The Walking Dead played by Jeremy Ambler, Nick Gomez, Theodus Crane, Savana Jade Wehut.  .  Eugene Clark from Land of the Dead, Danny Hicks from Evil Dead II, and David Crawford from Dawn of the Dead.  From SyFy’s Face OFF RJ Haddy, Roy Wooley, David Greathouse, and Beki Ingram.  Authors and graphic novelists Danny boy, Edward Holsclaw, Robert Tinnell, Jason Pell, Woodland Press, Burning Bush, and Lazie Horse Publishing.  Movie directors Jared Coh from The Asylum and Eamon Hardimon of Razor Sharp Productions.  And several more I did not mention, like wrestlers, paranormal groups, fan groups, and more.

There are several events lined up.  Events lined up are Q&A panels, make up and prop workshops, creature creation competition, costume contest, scream contest, photo ops, and more.  More than twenty hours of movie screenings are lined up with the premiere of Atlantic Rim and short film The Pit among them.  Friday and Saturday night will have live music hosted by DJ Thunder and several local bands with The Wayward Girls School of Burlesque and The Monster Dolls helping out.  The Haunted Barn will be open with their full haunting operations to check out.  After parties will be held at the Blue Parrot on Friday and Saturday as well.

Tickets are $30 for the weekend, $10 or $15 for each day, or $100 for VIP passes.

If you are a horror fan this is the top event for you.  Part con, part haunted house, part film festival, and much more.  Check out their website and Facebook page for more info.  The event is to be family friendly so do not worry too much about bringing the kids.

Nerdapalooza Night Review

Last Friday I drove down to Bluefield for the Nerdapalozza art show.

The show was held at a building known as the Dog House.  Inside is the vintage video game store Pixelnation Retro Game Store, Pinhead Tattoo parlor, and a little flea market with several comic book long boxes.  Old brick building that was a small warehouse, but has been mostly cleaned up very nicely.  The art exhibit was held in lounge area that had been cleaned up.  Overall a nice place for the event and look forward what else they do with the place for future events.

The artists at the event had created several different pieces with various styles.  They were reasonably priced as well, but I did not end up picking anything up.  Work with pixels, oils, crafts, comic inspired art, and several other nerdy inspired projects to check out.  Sam Franz, one artist I got to talk with, did several things about obsolete technology.  One thing he did was to take old tech (VHS tapes, cassettes, NES cartridges, a cell phone that looks just like the one I use) and make ceramics of them like they had been fossilized.  Pinhead Tattoos did a few tattoos during the show and people could watch it being done.

Razor Sharp studios was there selling several of their movies and did a screening of Porkchop 3D.  I ended up talking with friends for a long time and missed the showing, plus I am not a big horror movie fan.  Though watching a horror film in the back, dark, and dingy part of a warehouse (which they did) must have been the perfect atmosphere.

Jonah Knight‘s performed a number of songs at the show.  Unfortunately, the acoustics were not the best.  He played in the warehouse part, with brick walls all around, and it made it a little hard to hear especially when he talked between songs.  Even worse were people hanging around at the other end of room having their own conversations which was just rude and distracting.  But I still felt it was a good show and he was able to show off his skill and various songs he does.

The show was intimate and personal.  Everyone was friendly, meet new people, saw some old ones, and generally had a good time looking at the art.  The had some food and drinks set out to snack on which was tasty. I headed home around 10PM as things started to wind down and several other people were leaving.  Good to time and waiting to hear about the horror themed event they are working on next.

Nerdapalooza

Nerdapalooza is night of art inspired by comic books, video games, and general nerdiness.  Not to be confused with the nerd music festival in Florida of the same name.  It is June 7th at 6:30 PM at the The DogHouse in Bluefield (1217 Bluefield Ave).

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The show will feature artwork from Mark Davis, Kevin Morris, Amanda Davis, Jacob Bigg Bailey who will be tattooing during the show, Sam Franz, Sean Osborne, Rob  Boone, Holly Boone, Corey Drake, Claw Hammerfark and Loren Morris.

There will also be a musical performance from Jonah Knight. Jonah is known for a range of songs from paranormal folk, supernatural steampunk, and creepy Christmas songs and one of my personal faves.

The Razor Sharp studios will be bringing some of their films for viewing.  Razor Sharp is a Charleston based film production company specializing in horror/comedy. Their feature films include “Catholic Ghoulgirls,” “Vampire Whores from Outer Space,” “Porkchop,” “Porkchops,” “Zombie Babies,” and “Porkchopp3D.”

Looks to be a good time to see some cool art, hear some cool music, and meet some nerdy people.