CharCon 2018

CharCon is back for another year.  The table-top gaming convention is from Friday July 13th to the Sunday July 15th at the Clay Center in Charleston.  This year’s theme is Star Wars vs. Star Trek.

There will be 80 plus Play to Win games available, a board game library to check out games from, a Catan National Championship Qualifier tournament, world premier of Warren Lords a high fantasy skirmish game of anthropomorphic rabbit warriors, Pokémon TCG tournament, early testing of Blood on the Clocktower, overnight gaming space at Quality Inn, Aerodrome, Confluence RPG, Star Trek Adventures, Star Wars Legions, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, Pathfinder, Sparks, Star Trek Murder Mystery, D&D, Starfinder, Warhammer 40k tournament, Werewolf, and plenty of other planned games.

On the non gaming side of things to do include J.R. and Friends Quick Draw on Friday night, food trucks on Saturday, a two hour seminar on 3D printing, watch Rogue One on the planetarium screen, adult and kids costume contests, cosplay panel, the 501st Legion, cosplay video shoot, and plenty of space just to hang out with fellow gamers.

For late night fun there will be CharCon Out Loud Friday at the Bakery with DJ Charlie Brown Superstar, CharCon attendees get in for only $3 others for $5.  CharCon After Dark will be at the Quality Inn and feature drinking and karaoke.

The Clay Center will be open during the convention for you to check out as well.

Vendors and artisans for the con include Dragon’s Den, Sea Dog Game Studios, White Tide Publishing, Dads Armies, Billy Tackett, Jeff Carlisle, Michael Mayne, CJS Games, and others.  There will also be a flea market open up to everyone on Sunday for $10 a table.

Weekend Passes are $45, children twelve and under are $20, and visitor passes are $10 per day.  Visitor passes do not allow for playing games.  Single day gaming passes will be available too.

You can book rooms at the Quality Inn & Suites till the start of CharCon for $58 a night and be within walking distance of the con.  This is where the con’s nightly gaming room will be as well as After Dark on Saturday.

This is a big event for fans of gaming, whether you have a game you love playing already or want to learn a new one.  Also good for parting and for cosplayers.

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JediCon WV and Marx Toy & Train Show

This Father’s Day weekend includes a few shows for collectors.

Jedi Con WV is June 16th from 10am to 4pm at the New Martinsville United Methodist Church in New Martinsville.  Admission is $1 and all proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network.

The event will have a lightsaber demonstration and training by Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, guests speakers Kim Simmons (Kenner Star Wars toys photographer), and Jason West who will be talking about Jawa focus collecting, a silent auction, and guest apperances by the Garrison Corellia of the 501st Legion and Mandalorian Mercs Black Mountain Guard.

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The 20th Annual National Marx Toy & Train Show is at the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling.  The show is June 15th 8am to 7pm and June 16th 8am to 5pm.  Admission is $10, for student 3-17 admission is $5.

Events include guest speakers, group photo, Custom’s Contest, pizza social, and a chance to show off your unusual or rare Marx items.

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A Sports Cards and Collectables Show at the Charleston Town Center from June 15 through June 17th.  The show is open during mall hours and is hosted by Select Cards & Collectables.  Tickets are $10.

On Saturday from noon to 2pm they will have College Football Hall of Famer and Mountaineer great Major Harris signing autographs.  They will also have an expert comic book grader, David “Speed” Jones, there, he will grade your first comic for free and varying charge after that.

All of these events are great for collectors.  Just depends on what your focus is.

Free Comic Book Day 2018

Well after a few months of some computer problems and my personal anxieties, I return with a quick post.  Missed a few cons this already, but will try more now.

This year’s Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is this Saturday May 5th.  A day where the comic book industry sends out a selection of comics for fans new and old a like to try out.  In an attempt to get people to check out their local comic shops.

This year has a selection of 50 comics from such titles as Avengers and Spider-Man from Marvel, DC Super Hero Girls, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Overwatch, Disney Princesses, Doctor Who, Invader Zim, Pokémon, Riverdale, Transformers, 2000 AD, Bob’s Burgers, Simpsons, Adventure Time, Tank Girl, Ghost in the Shell, James Bond, Legend of Korra, Miraculous Adventures, Nightmare Before Christmas, Shadowman, SpongeBob, Star Wars, Strangers in Paradise, Tick, Street Fighter.  Plus other comics of steampunk, sci-fi, horror, kids, action, comedy, manga, fantasy, and more.

There will also be special merchandise available include Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger poster, Star Wars circle button, temporary tattoos with artwork from Mike Allred’s Madman, and “I Got a Free Comic Today” sticker in addition to the comics.

Check the website for what local shops are taking part in this year’s festivities.  Then check the shops site to see what special activities or sales they will be having.  Plus what their rules on how many comics you can get is.  So get out there and pick up some comics, both free and bought.

 

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!

 

3rd Annual Minicon

The Jackson County Public Library in Ripley is having their 3rd Annual Minicon this Saturday April 8th from 3pm to 9pm.  Minicon is mainly a literacy outreach program to encourage a love of reading through comics, gaming, and other more out there ideas.

They will have some craft projects for everyone to try, a LEGO room, coloring contest, several board and cards games to play, Magic: The Gathering open play and trade, Star Wars cosplayers for photos, trivia contests throughout the day, door prizes, raffle items, LARPing, and classes. They will have a cosplay contest at 5pm.  A nerdy belly performance at 4pm.  The contest winners will all be announced at 8pm.  They will running both a Hero Training Camp and Complete a Quest as well.

It looks like a nice fun little event for kids (of any age), creative people, and those wanting to find new nerdy outlets.

The West Virginia Chocolate Festival will also be going in Ripley this weekend too.  So something else to do during down times.

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.