First HerdCon

The first HerdCon is this Saturday March 16th from 9am-8pm on the Marshall University Campus in Huntington.

Panels for the con include panels from college professors (Pop Culture in the Classroom, Star Wars and Personality, Psychology of Social Exclusion) and regular fan panels (Cosplay Modeling 101, LGBT History and Representation in Video Games, Socializing in Online Gaming).  There will also be Quick Draw with JR Earls, belly dancing workshop and performance from Final Form Fusion, a cosplay contest hosted by Kiss A Frog Cosplay and Brittany Whitt, mobile escape room from Lost Escape Room, ARTEMIS: Starship Bridge Simulator, Outer Rim Praxeum Light Saber School demo, relaxation lounge, live podcasts, create your own video game workshops, screenings, slime fun station from the Ghostbusters, and more to enjoy.

Table-top gaming during the day include various RPG sessions (D&D 5E, Mystic Forces by Noble Quests, different Cthulhu games, Cypher System, Starfinder, and others) games of Werewolf by Critically Absurd, and various games from Goblin Traders (Dragon Ball Super TCG, Flames of War miniatures, Keyforge TCG, historic tabletop wargaming, Transformers TCG, Warhammer 40k), Magic: The Gathering tournaments hosted by Hometown Hobbies, game demos from Family Game Night, and game libraries from Charcon and Hunting Unplugged Gaming Society.

On the video game side of things you have a Smash Brothers tournament, various retro games, and Fallout 76 set-up.

Vendors and artists lined-up include 2nd Chance Games, Anime Palace, Ben Durfee, Burrito Princess, Frech Studios, Jason Pell, Joshua Smith, Mermaid Lagoon Boutique, Off the Hook, Two Tinkers, Third Floor Comics, Travis Tomblin, Tri-State Toys, and more.

Exhibitors include Black Mountain Guard of the Mandalorian Mercs, Cabell county Public Library, Causeplayers, Fantastic Floor Nerdcast, Knerds of the Roundtable, various Marshall clubs and departments (Comic Book Club, Japan Club, Roleplaying Club, Hackers for Charity, Game Development Guild), Rebel Legion/501st Legion, and various local conventions.

Admission is free to MU students, faculty, staff, and for anyone 18 or younger.  VIP tickets are $25 which comes with early access, a t-shirt, custom HerdCon die, and other swag.  General admission is $5.

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ShockaCon 7

ShockaCon 7 is this Friday September 21st through Sunday September 23rd at the Beni Kedem Temple in Charleston.  The con is a horror sci-fi convention for all put on by Mike Winland Studios.

This year’s listed guests are Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jyoti Amge (American Horror Story Freak Show, Guinness’ smallest living woman), Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints), Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead), artists Chris Woodall and JR Earls, the band the Renfields, Po’Folks cabaret, Third Eye Cabaret, WV Ghostbusters, Terminus Grilling Co, Cemetery Knights, DJ Thunder, Professor Bubblemaker, and Naughty Samadhi belly-dancers.

There is a lot to see and do at the con.  Gaming from Charcon in the lobby, live podcasts, #Hashtag Gameshow, various make-up and prop workshops, hypnosis demo, juggling class, drinking art sessions, horror trivia, cosplay panel, skull cleaning demo, blood splatter workshop, vampire in cinema panel, quick draw, Ghostbuster workshops for kids, open mic lounge, life size game of Shock-a-land, movie screenings, cabaret, vendors, scream contest, a kids costume contest,  costume walk and photo in the Town Center, and more.  The adult costume contest is on Saturday and costs $10 to enter, half the money goes to first place.  There is an after party, Aftershock, at the Blue Parrot on Friday and Saturday nights with music acts, $5 with Shockacon badge, $7 for everyone else.

Tickets are only available at the door.  Weekend pass is $45, Saturday pass is $25, and Friday or Sunday are $15.

If you like horror and general creepiness, I would recommend checking this out.  Best pricing for the con in awhile.

 

Shockacon 2017

Horror/Sci-Fi convention, ShockaCon rises again this Friday September 8th to Sunday September 10th at the Beni Kedem Shrine Center in Charleston.

Guests for this year include Naomi Grossman (Pepper from American Horror Story), Daeg Faerch (young Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Ari Lehman and his band First Jason, Lew Temple (Axel in Walking Dead), Geretta Geretta (Rats: Night of Terror, Demons), Monique Dupree (Tha True Original Gata), Chalet Lizette Brannam (Crepitus), Josh Turner and Scott Lane ( Negan’s saviors on Walking Dead), artists Matthew Atchley,  Chris Woodall, JR Earls, John Johnson (film company Darkstone Entertainment), Cemetery Knights, Naughty Samadhi belly dance troupe, Po’Folks Cabaret, Professor Sinister Savage Sideshow, Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Blue Box Alliance, Last Ride Motion Simulated Coffin Ride, Dead Zone Productions, KCHA Black Cat Adoption, Terminus Grilling, prop maker Tiffany Steele, WV Ghostbusters, and more.

Music acts for this year are the Renfields, the Jasons, Black Hole Zion, Captain Catfeesh, and Ghost Road.

Events over the will include CharCon Gaming, a Scavenger Hunt, game shows, crafting workshops on crafting and creating, Drink and Paint, panels on cosplay, film making, cryptozoology plus more, guests Q&As, performances on stage from 8pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday, scream contest, Kid’s Day on Sunday, costume contest on Saturday with $10 entry fee (half goes to the winner, half to charity), and plenty more to keep you entertained.  The after party, Aftershock, will be at the Blue Parrot on Friday and Saturday starting at midnight.

Not much is known on vendors except some horror related hand-made creations for sale.

Ticket pre-orders are closed but can still be bought at the door.  $45 for weekend pass, $15 for Friday or Sunday only, and $25 for Saturday only.  Children six and under get in free.

Another year for horror and costuming fans to enjoy.

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.

 

Jedicon WV XV

JediCon WV XV will be on Saturday June 17th at the New Martinsville United Methodist Church in New Martinsville from 10am to 4pm.  They are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars this year.

Guests for the event are Kim Simmons, know as the Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker, the principle photographer for the Kenner Star Wars toy line.  His son, artist and comic book writer Scott Simmons.  Bill McBride the Guinness Book of World Records for largest Darth Vader memorabilia.  The Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, performance swordplay using the Seven Traditional Lightsaber Forms of the Star Wars Universe.  Plus the 501st, the Mandolorian Mercs and the Rebel Legion.

The will have door prizes, a silent charity auction,and  a video game booth set up.

There will be several vendors selling Star Wars collectibles.  From vintage to modern and everything in between.

Admission is just a dollar for everyone six and up.  Free for those five and under.

Jedicon WV is the ‘Mountain States’ first and ONLY Star Wars convention.We started out as a group of collectors who met once a year and bought / sold / traded SW merchandise.Nothing has changed in that time except now we do it with another purpose,Children’s Miracle Network ( CMN ) in which ALL money made from ticket,food & silent auction sales all go to CMN through the WV Children’s Hospital in Morgantown! The show continues to grow each and every year and this year is no different.This years show has the makings of being our best yet!

 

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.