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.

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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 2014

Shockacon the horror/sci-fi convention returns to the Beni Kedem Shrine Center (next to the Civic Center) in Charleston on Friday September 26-28.

Guests for this year’s con are actors Tyler Mane (X-Men, Halloween), Fred Williamson (football player, Dusk till Dawn), Vernon Wells (Road Warrior, Power Rangers), Jennifer Lynn Warren (American Horror Story), John Carl Buechler (special effects artist), Erika Eleniak (Playboy, Dracula 3000), Moses J. Moseley & Theshay West (Walking Dead), Taso Stavrakis (stuntman, makeup artist), David Crawford (Dawn of the Dead), and cosplayer Santana. Local guests Missy Dawn (Porkchop, Pig Girl), Eamon Hardiman (Porkchop, Zombie Babies), Ron Smith (Doctor Who: The Classic Years Regenerated), Jeremy Ambler (Walking Dead), writers Daniel Boyd (Chillers, Carbon), Edward A. Holsclaw II, Rich Bottles Jr (Hellhole West Virginia), K. Michael Gibson (Dead Pulse Rising), cosplayer Elsa Littlepage, several stand up comedians, guest speakers Rudy Panucci (PopCult Blog), Mel Larch (Zombie Research Society), Tiffany Steele (costume FX), Lee Harrah (evolution of the zombie), Chris Woodall (artist), Alaina Damewood (exorcist), and Adam Edwards (prop builder).

Rock bands Renfields, the Big Bad, and the Jasons.  Costume groups WV Ghostbusters, 501st Legion Squad Corella, and Mandalorian Mercs. Get some photo ops with Dalek Gan, a TARDIS, Zombie Killer Motorcycle, Zombie Response Vehicle, and custom hearses by the group Cemetery Knights.

There will be panels, Q&As with guests, music performances, movie showings, workshops, stand up comedy, Wayward girls School of Burlesque performance Friday night, Professor Sinister Savage Sideshow on Saturday night, and more.  On Saturday there will be a Costume Parade that starts at noon and will proceed through the first level of the Charleston Town Center and back to Shockacon.  There are two costume contests, one for 13 and up on Saturday at 4pm and one for 13 and under on Sunday 2pm.  There will be Scream Contests twice each day, each one limited to first 15 entries.

Also an after party at the Blue Parrot on Friday and Saturday night .

Tickets at the door are $50 for the weekend, $22 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, and $16 for Sunday.  Kids 6 and under get in free with an adult.  Show Hours are Friday 3:30pm-11:30pm, Saturday 10:30am-11:30pm, and Sunday 10:30am-4pm.  The vendor area closes at 8pm each day.

The place to go for horror fans.

Shockacon Assessment

Last weekend was Shockacon’s first year (the con chair says not to count last year really).  The con had a great atmosphere, but there were still some rough edges.

The con’s primary site was at the Haunted Barn.  Inside they had the vendors rooms with the guests and the Barn ran several of their haunted tours upstairs.  Outside was more promotional tables, the main stage, and on the side a some hearses.  Two blocks away at the Kanawha Players Theater was the panels and screenings.  Splitting the con into two places worked against them. Going back and forth was tiring and annoying.  I do not think the neighborhood appreciated the noise from the con either.

All the people there seemed to be having fun.  Vendors had a nice cross-section of things to buy: games, movies, shirts, make-up, comics, jewelry, art, toys, books, and more.  The guests were friendly, polite, and happy to meet fans.  I saw a number of really great costumes throughout the weekend.  Really great event if you are a fan of zombies, horror movies, or make up and costuming.

I checked out two of the panels: prepping for a zombie apocalypse and one on exorcisms.  I felt they were both good, just the room they were held in was not all that good for presentations with bad acoustics and with some junk in the back.  Big enough for lots of people though.

The problems with the cons fell a bit like nick-picking, but are things that can be easily fixed and will make things even better.  The con lacked any kind of program guide for people to carry around, meaning they had to keep asking for directions and having to go back to check the posted schedules.  Splitting the con into two places worked against them.

It was hot on Friday with very little AC for the vendors room and then it rained for part of Saturday causing some shuffling of events without much announcement.  There were problems with the videos playing, stuff was late or just skipped.  The events at the Main Stage were often a little later than scheduled, which is just Con Standard Time (CST) so that was expected.

They have the crowd and the passion for the event.  I just think it would be better overall if they move things indoors, like a hotel or the civic center.  The Kanawha Players Theater looked like a place that might work out to move everything into from what I saw.  I wait to see what they are able to do in the future.

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.

Shockacon Rises

I went to the first Shockacon last Saturday in South Charleston.  It billed itself as a horror/sci-fi convention, though it was really more just a horror convention.  The con took place around the Native American Mound in South Charleston.  Which if you think about means this horror convention took place around a grave.  Creepy.

The main part of the event was held in a series of tents filled with vendors, guests, exhibitors, and even a video game tent. The tents were all right, kind of made me feel like being in a school’s haunted house. The Cemetery Knights a group of customize hearses was set on the grass right beside three food trucks; one that would deep fry anything they could.  The panels, workshops, and viewings for the con were down the street at the library and theater.  This was a walk, but not to long just not something you could just ‘zip down to’ and back up quickly.  They also used the stage that is already around the mound for music performances and the costume contest.

Cemetery Knights and friends had our three hearses suped up and with ghastly bodies in them.  They also had several dresses up statues, some that moved, for viewing.  An electric chair, a strange ‘man’ that would bend over and ‘puke’ blood into a caldron, several zombied dolls, and other ghastly visions.

They has assembled a pretty decent variety of vendors and dealers. Toys, comics, costumes, models, old movies, props, survival gear, and more.  In addition there was comic creators, actors from AMC’s Walking Dead, actors from other movies, haunted houses, haunted tour groups, authors on fantasy, Hatfields & McCoys, UFOs, vampires; face painting, hair coloring, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, model groups, jewelers, wrestlers, roller derby girls, and I am sure I am missing something.

Several bands performed as well.  I only heard some of the bands perform.  Like the Dead Ringers, a zombie acapella group (well zombies and one werewolf) that did zombiefed versions of popular songs.  The Tom McGees a ska band that was fun, but I do not know how they fit the con.  Foz Rotten and Swamp Rat performing “Appalachian Folk Rap”, a neat sound. I missed the bands Renfields, Naker Phelge and dance troupe Monster Dolls, and a performance form the Evil Dead musical.  So comments on them.

The costume contest was divided into three categories: men’s, women’s, and children’s. They were all one by one family; dad as Pyramid Head of Silent Hill, mom as a nurse of Silent Hill, and daughter as either Wednesday Adams or just a creepy little doll looking thing. I do not feel that it was organized very well.  As each contestants walked across the stage they formed a line so the last few contestants only walked a little bit of the stage.  Plus there was waiting for people to come up from the audience.  The use of audience applause to determine the winners of the contest was an unique and fun way to get everyone involved.

Most costumes around that day were zombies of some kind (saw a baby zombie and Wonder Women zombie as example).  Darth Vader and Stormtroopers from the 501st showed up and mingled.  Had the pleasure of seeing a Batman and a Robin, both attending separately, arguing over Robin’s attitude and Batman’s child raising skills.  Other costumes were of a little girl zombie hunter, Sesshomaru from Inuyasha, a very tall grey, two very tall spooky looking monsters, little kid TMNT, and several more that I can not really identify.

There was plenty to do and see at the con.  Everybody seemed to be having fun and enjoying themselves.  Which is easy at a con really.  The video game tent, handled by the LANding Zone, had favorites like Halo and Marvel vs. Capcom, plus some zombie games including a 3D shooting one.  The Haunted Barn as offering “coffin ride.”  There was a scream contest that could be heard everywhere.  Plus all the panels, workshops, and movies that I missed.

The con claims an attendance of 2500 plus people, but I think the added an extra zero to that.  Probably more than that even, I would like to see where they got the over two thousand number though.  Hopefully they will be able to raise enough money for an indoor con next year.  Like to see what they would be able to do.

Most pictures used from Matthew Casto.

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