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.

Classic Plastics Expo 2016

The third annual Classic Plastic Toy and Comic Expo is March 5th at the Parkersburg Art Center in Parkersburg from 10am to 6pm.  The show is put on by Classic Plastics Toy Store which is right down the street from the show.  All proceeds of the show go to the Parkersburg Art Center and local Red Cross Disaster Relief.

The Guest of Honor for the show is Timothy Zahn, Stars Wars Expanded Universe author and New York Times Bestseller.  Featured guests are Jordan Patton from Face-Off who will be promoting his new project Deadnecks and Kim D.M. Simmons, photographer of the original Star Wars figure packaging.  Bands Alien 3000, Betrayed by the Bullett, and Harrah will each be playing an acoustic set.

Costume groups 501st Legion, Causplayers, Ghostbusters WV Division, and Madalorian Mercs Black Mountain Guard will be around for pictures and cosplayer help.  Artist and comic creators who will be at the show are Jason Lewis, 21 Pulp, River City Design, JR Earls, Evan Bevins, Nathan Scott Arnold, author Terry W. Ervin II, Jason Pell, Doomsday Designs, caricaturist J.D. Williamson, and Ren McKinzie.

Vendors and dealers will be a mix of regional stores, personal collectors, and craftsmen selling comics, anime, manga, board games, action figures, models, prop items, steampunk jewelry, video games and systems, Pez, My Little Pony, plush, card games, collectibles, Hot Wheels, banks, handmade accessories, sport cards, books, and so much more.

Others who will be setting up are Remix Pro Wrestling, Jedicon WV, podcast Dueling Ogres, Doctor Who: Classic Series Regenerated, 605 Wrestling, Hades Ladies Roller Derby, Bunny Bombshell, and Hawthron Tarot Card reader.

They will have a cosplay contest and a raffles.  Dueling Ogres will be recording a show there.  Rare Drops will be running their game room with several tournaments like Smash 1v1 and Mario Kart N64.  There will be concessions sold at the show as well.

$5 per person, kids 10 and under get in free.

A show with a bit everything for everyone out there especially toy and comic collectors.  At a low price and a good cause.

Over the Border: Highlanders Hero Con

The Highlands Museum & Discovery Center in Ashland, Kentucky is hosting their first annual Highlanders Hero Con this Saturday September 5th.  It will run from 10am to 7pm.

Special guest include writer/creator Beau Smith, artist Michael Mayne, cosplayer Bunny Bombshell, Heroes 4 Higher, publishers Canada Jack and Old world Comics.  Other groups that will be there include Boy Scout Troop 100, Gary Bussa and Rocky Bal-Boa  of Des Coveries Wild Animal Shows, Boyd County Library, Kentucky Star Wars Collectors Club, WV Ghostbusters, Girl Scout Troop 983, Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club, and the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine for pictures.

There will be Q & As with Michael Mayne, Beau Smith, local cosplayers, and Batman and Spider-man of Heroes 4 Higher.  Goblin Traders will be holding a card tournaments starting at 11am.  The costume contest will begin 5pm with a category for adults and youths each with cash prizes.  They will also have arts and crafts for kids all day.

They have various vendors attending.  From comics, games, toys, collectables, video games,  steampunk jewelry, and more.

Admission is $8 for most.  Members of the museum get in for $5.  Take your Hero Con wristband to Ashland Fat Patty’s, La Finca Mexican Restaurant, Cafe Zeal at the Frame Up Gallery, and SuperHero Creamery to get a 10% discount on food.  This Saturday only.

The museum also is holding an exhibit “A History of Comic Books: From the Golden Age to Modern Day” on the main floor.  It has comics, toys, and collectibles that chronicle the history of comic books.

JediCon WV Episode 12

JediCon WV XII is this Saturday June 20th at the Matthew Barker Memorial Complex in Paden City from 10am-4pm.

There will be door prizes, a silent auction, guest speakers, vendors with both old and new Star Wars toys and collectibles, Kim Simmons, a food court, video games, and members of the 501st, Rebel Legion, and Mandalorian Mercs about in full regalia.

Panels and panelist for this year are John Booth author of Collect All 21, Kevin Daniel Lentz founding member and regional director of the Kentucky Star Wars Collectors Club speaking about collecting Star Wars Read-a-Long Records and Tapes, and Steven Weimer on various bootleg Star War figures from around the world.

There will also be a showing of the award-winning independent film Mining Moon, which captures the flavor of MMO Star Wars the Old Republic.

Admission is just $1 for everyone six years old and up.  It is free for those five and under.  All ticket, food, and silent auction sales goes to the Children’s Miracle Network to benefit the WVU Children’s Hospital in Morgantown.

So if you are a Star Wars fan, collector, costumer, or whatever; this is where to go to meet your people.

CharCon Bonus Round – May the Fourth Roleplaying Weekend

CharCon is hosting an extra event focusing on role playing games called CharCon Bonus Round at the Days Inn Hotel in Flatwood on Saturday May 2nd to Sunday May 3rd.  There will be open gaming Friday night at the hotel too.  Things get started at 9am on Saturday and goes to 7pm on Sunday.  The theme is “May the Fourth Be With You.”

They have two guests for the con.  Christina Stiles is an award-winning RPG writer, editor, developer, and publisher.  She has worked on The Rogue Mage RPG, Midgard Tales, Daughters of Fury, and the upcoming Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes. She is working on Medusa’s Guide for Gamer Girls. Christina has worked for Atlas Games, Green Ronin Publishing, Kobold Press, Misfit Studios, Paizo Publishing, Troll Lord Games, and White Wolf Studios.  Also artist Michael Mayne.  He co-created the series Bonnie Lass by Red 5 Comics, has worked on Skullkickers, The Dreamer, and has worked as character designer for games Heroes of Newrth and Dragon Vita.

There will games of Star Wars Sparks RPG, Edge of the Empire, Pathfinder Society, Call of Cthulhu, Ponyfinder (My Little Pony version of Pathfinder), D&D 5th edition, Three Dragon Ante, Artems Spaceship Bridge Simulator, Dagohir LARP demos, indy RPGs, and more.  The Appalachian Gamers board game library will be available for open gaming.  A panel on Women in Gaming by Christina Stiles.  Vendors will be set up to check out as well.  There are reports of Nero demos, World of Darkness LARP, Shadowrun, more panels, and other games to come.

Registration is only $25 for the whole weekend.  Pre-reg ends on April 26th.

If you like RPGs or just want to learn come check this event out.  Also could just be a fun weekend to just hang out and party with fellow gamers.

JediCon XI

West Virginia’s original Star Wars convention dedicated to the fans and raising money for Children’s Miracle Network JediCon WV XI is Saturday June 21st at the Matthew Barker Memorial Complex in Paden City from 9am-4pm.  Admission is just $1 for everyone six and up, free for five and under.  If they still have any table space left they are just $5.  There will be door prizes, a silent auction, and guest speakers.

Panelist for the con are Blind Wave Productions two-time winner of the  LCC (Lightsaber Choreography Competition), Bryan K Prosek author of Earth United, Brian Stillman producer of the documentary Plastic Galaxy, and Bill McBride curator of the Darth Vader Toy Museum. Also members of the costuming groups Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, and Mandalorian Mercs will all be around for photo ops.  Other special guests include Kim Simmons the photographer of Kenner Star Wars toys,  The Science Fiction Alliance of Pittsburgh and the West Virginia Star Wars Collectors Club will also be there.

Besides panels and the convention supports the Children’s Miracle Network with the proceeds from their silent auction.  The auction has items donated from the vendors, present and past guests, and different companies.  There will be a video game area with a lineup of vintage video games.  Food will be provided by Christy’s Cakes and Catering.  Plus tables and tables of Star Wars toys and merchandise, and many other fandoms and series will be represented, to buy, sell, or trade.

I plan to make the trip up for the day to check out this event.  Those who want to come up and hang out on Friday with the crew when they go out for food after set up might want to look into a nearby hotel.  Though all the real close ones are already full.

 

Over the Border: Ratha Con

Ratha Con is a comic book convention in Athens, Ohio at the ARTS/West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts on Saturday April 26 from 10am – 5pm.

Artists, comic creators, and authors attending the event include Larry Blake, Jesse MarksSteve RichterTerence Hanley of Five Star Comics, Chris Monday, Derek Croston, Daniel Boyd, Ken Eppstein, Sandy Plunkett, Charles Milhouse, and Terry Eisele. For vendors you can expect people selling greeting cards, sewn items, costume items, comics, graphic novels, games, and food vendors. There will also be the award-winning lightsaber choreographers Blind Wave Productions.

There will be several panels at the con: a panel on comics with Sandy Plunkett, Steve Richter, Terence Hanley, and Ken Eppstein; Self Publishing by Charles Milhouse; Model Making with Jay Pare; Wearable Wounds workshop with Danette Pratt; Light Saber Choreography with Blindwave Productions which leads into the Stage Fighting workshop with Ohio University theater professors Brian Evans and Tom Fiocchi; presentation by Daniel Boyd on his films and graphic novels.  There will be a bullwhip demonstration at 11am with Daniel Trout.  For gaming they will be having a D&D game starting at 11am and Magic starting up at 12:30pm.  Their costume contest begins at 4pm.

The ARTS/West is holding a month-long Pop Culture art exhibit in honor of the con.  Take some time to check out art that represents anything from popular culture. 

Admission is $5 for everyone 11 years and older and kids under 11 get in free.

Just a quick junt over to check out this small, but still fun looking, convention.