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.

Over the Border: Khan-Con

Khan-Con the sci-fi and superhero convention will be this Saturday August 13th and Sunday 14th at the Woodlawn Intermediate School in Woodlawn, Virginia from 10am to 4pm.  The event is family friendly fundraiser for Jack Sullivan, a little boy dealing with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Guest at the con are Michael Eury editor-in-chief of the Eisner Award nominated Back Issue Magazine who has also worked as a writer and editor for several comic companies, the R2-D2 Builders Club, the 501st, Mandalorian Mercs, Brian Funk creator of the crime noir/fantasy comic Enforcer, heavy metal band and comic creator Dionysis Metacult, g.paul.r creator of Sgt. Sasquatch: The Bigfoot of Liberty and other comics, writer and comic creator Dan Delby, small publisher Dreampunk Press, sci-fi author Arylias Nova, co-authors Casey Eanes and Seth Ervin, plus artists Keith Kapish, Kev Lyerly, Garrett Faith, Kela Hunt, and Matari Bain.

Vendors will have comics, gaming supplies, steampunk and vintage inspired jewelry, toys, collectibles, pixel art, buttons, nerdy crafts, clocks, dolls, and plenty more for fans to check out.

There will be a cosplay contest, R2-D2 builders demonstration, the and a Super Smash Bros tournament. Nothing else mentioned about panels or events, but I am sure you will be able to find some people to chat with about plenty of different topics.

Admission is only $5 for adults and free for children twelve and under.  They do promise there will be air conditioning in the building, which trust me s a big deal.

Another small community convention for a good cause to head out and check on.

JediCon XIV

The 14th annual JediCon WV is this Saturday June 18th from 10am to 4pm at the New Martinsville United Methodist Church in New Martinsville.

There will be door prizes, a silent auction for the Children’s Miracle Network, costuming groups, a caricaturist and several guest speakers.  The speakers include Bill McBride the holder of the Guinness Book of World Records title for Darth Vader collection, Guerra Estelar author of a book on Star Wars in Argentina, Kevin Lentz founder of the Kentucky Star Wars Collecting Club, and Kim Simmons the photographer for Kenner used on vintage Star Wars toys.  Costuming groups like the 501st and Rebel Legion.  The Ourter Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School of Fairmont will attending and giving a presentation of the seven traditional lightsaber forms.

Plus several vendor selling Star Stars action figures and merchandise plus some artists like Scott DM Simmions.  A Special limited edition copies of Guerra Estelar created exclusively for the show will be for sell.  A food court will be run by Christy’s Cakes and Catering.

Admissions is just a dollar with kids five and under getting in free.

For Star Wars fans and collectors, this is a show to check out and help raise some money for charity.

CharCon Bonus Round 2016

CharCon’s Bonus Round of Roleplaying and SciFi weekend presented by Shentel Communications returns to the Flatwoods Days Inn and Suites Conference Center in Sutton this Saturday April 30th through Sunday May 1st.  This year includes table top gaming and science fiction and horror events.

RPGS over the weekend will include Pathfinder, SPARKS, Ponyfinder, Confluence, Dungeon & Dragons, and more.  Other games will include Kaiju Kaos, play to win board games, Looney Labs Werewolf, and others with a board game library to check out games from.  The ARTEMIS: Space Bridge Simulator will be back.  Shentel  will be holding a video gaming lounge again as well.  The event is also an official International Tabletop Day location and will be showing the official live ITD video stream all day Saturday.

Besides the gaming there will be panels, a screening room on Sunday, costuming, vendors and green screen photo booth.  The Mandalorian Mercs and WV Ghostbusters will be in attendance.  Other guests for the year are artist Michael Mayne, author Brian J. Hatcher, Mountain State Paranormal, and Frank and Jane Gabor of Fairmont State’s Folklife Center.  Panels will be on costume make-up, ghost hunting, Mountain Monsters, painting, and more.

Cost for the weekend is $25.  You can still register.

This is an event for gamers or those who want to learn about gaming.

Press Release: Rising Star Science Fiction Convention 2015

West Virginia State University Artist-in-Residence Daniel Boyd will be the featured presenter at the Rising Star Science Fiction Convention, October 23 and 24 at the Harris – Jefferson Student Center of Bluefield State College. Boyd will be discussing “Next–to–No-Budget Filmmaking in West Virginia” on Friday night. The talk will be a discussion of how he produced three low-budget films during the 1980s in a state not well known for its film industry. This will be followed by a twenty-fifth anniversary showing of his SF adventure, “Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers.”
On Saturday afternoon, he will be taking part in a discussion of independent comics. His third graphic novel, “Carbon” was released earlier this year. It’s sequel, “Salt” is currently in the planning stages.

Other creative talents from web and print comics include local artist/writer Dan Delby, Jason Pell, Glen Richardson, Chris Impink and Barb Fischer. Author guests include Kim Headlee, S. C. Houff, and Paul Dellinger. Artists attending include Jenn DePaola and Ashley Holohan.

A tentpole of the event is the annual appearance of the award-winning Bluefield State College Robotics Team. Well known and well-respected in the college robotics field, the team demonstrate their latest projects and innovations in the field of autonomous mechanisms.

Other items of interest include tradition tabletop, card and electronic games, anime, workshops, a vendors area and much more. The centerpiece of the event is a collectibles auction which raises funds toward the endowment of scholarships in the names of Jonathan David Miller and David Eugene Craig, founding members of the Bluefield State College Science Fiction Club. All proceeds from the auction go toward the goal of raising $10,000.00 to endow a $500.00 annual scholarship in the name of the honorees. A portion of any net profits from the convention itself will also be applied to this goal.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening, with programming starting at 7:00 p.m. and going on until roughly midnight. The doors reopen Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. and are open until the end of the Saturday evening entertainment, which includes a concert by musical comedy group White Plectrum. Admission at the door for attendees six and up is $5.00 to the public. Students of Bluefield State College, as well as faculty and staff get in free.

 

Doctor Who: The Classic Series Regenerated Kickstarter

Temporal Orbit Films LLC is a group of dedicated fans in Charleston of classic Doctor Who with years of experience in film and theater who have decided to create their own Doctor Who fan films, Doctor Who: The Classic Series Regenerated.  To do this they are looking to raise money through Kickstarter.

Their current production is based around the 4th Doctor (played here by Ronn Smith) and Sarah Jane Smith (played by Rose Winland) era storytelling.  Their first story will be “Season of Terror,” a Christmas Special style if it was done in the ’70s.  The Doctor and Sarah Jane investigate a series of child abductions in a small English village and discover the terrifying truth to the alpine legend of Krampus, the Christmas Devil.

They are asking for $50,000 to fund this project at the quality they want.  This will cover such costs as studio rental and monthly utility costs, set construction and materials, production equipment rentals, costuming, prop creation, cast and crew travel, post production costs, Kickstarter fees, taxes, and cost of rewards.  All the money goes to production.  This is a not-for-profit production, no one makes any money off this.  Also they have no affiliation with the BBC other than being fans.

Rewards offered include PDF of script and poster, downloads of the episodes, soundtrack, DVD with extras, poster, t-shirt, Skype chat with the crew and cast, producer credit, walk on role, custom scarf, and more.  Giving at least $5 will get yo a thank you on their website.

The have only raised $1,936 (of this writing) of their $50,000 with just four days to go.  So if you want to see this come true, they need a lot of help.  This is also a project that you can easily offer support outside of money if it makes the goal.

Fans of classic series Who should really think about throwing them a few dollars.

Over the Border: Wyvacon 2015

Wyvacon returns on Saturday July 25th at the Wytheville Meeting Center in Wytheville, Virginia from 9am to 11pm

Guest include Mark MacDicken family entertainer as Flabbergast the Wizard; filker Keith Bringer of White Plectrum; writer of many genres Travis I. Siart; rock band/comic creator Metalcult Comix; and writer Kim Headlee.  Plus groups the Starfleet International chapter the USS Angstrom; paranormal investigation groups Sisters of Salem, Black Diamond Paranormal Society, Red Moon Paranormal Society, and radio show Paranormal Party; the 501st Legion, the Bluefield State Robotics, and Pure Steam RPG.

 

They will be having a Nerdy Book Exchange, costume contest hosted by Flabbergast the Wizard with three age categories for both male and female, a silent art auction, magic show by Flabbergast, paranormal investigation round table, sumobot competition, brony and pegasister meetup, and Paranormal Party live recording.  Panels on Jack Kirby, strange history, comic creation, steampunk on a budget, the 501st and USS Angstrom.  Workshops on writing and publishing, latex application and sculpting, filk writing, and Nerf Modding.  There will also be a charity raffle and the 501st Legion will be doing a fundraiser of their own for the Wytheville Community College Scholarship Foundation,

Gaming will consist of Star Trek Attack Wing, War Machine, Pure Steam, Dungeon Crawl Classics demos; Pokémon card and video gaming tournament, Magic the Gathering and Warhammer 40k  tournament; Blaz Blue, Super Smach Bros, and Mortal Kombat X tournaments.  There will be a miniatures painting competition for Warhammer and open gaming as well.

Attending vendors will be selling comics, CCGs and other games, figurines, handmade jewelry, 8bit style accessories, model kits, paintings on glass, cosplay props, weapons, steampunk items, art prints, bookmarks, toys, and lots more.

Admission is $5 for everyone over five and free for kids under five.  Snacks will be available for purchase on site.

A fun event for all nerds who can make it.