2017’s Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo

This year’s Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo is this Saturday March 4th from 10am to 5pm and Sunday March 5th from 11am to 4pm at the Parkersburg Art Center.  The show is put on by Classic Plastic Toy Store, Downtown PKB, and Parkersburg Art Center.  Proceeds from the event go to the Parkersburg Art Center and Downtown PKB.

The expo will have guests Steve Cardenas the 2nd red ranger in Might Morphin Power Rangers and Tim Clarke who worked in Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and created the toy lines of Boglins and Sectaurs both days.  Others of note are Remix Pro Wrestling will have their Remix Pro Riot Champion Jack Pollock at their table on Sunday, cosplay groups 501st, Mandalorian Mercs, and the WV Ghostbusters with their 30ft Stay Puft, local film production companies casts and crew of Dirty Candy Productions and Dizzyboy Productions, comic creators James Patrick and Jason Pell.

There will be vendors with toys, comics, cosplay items, collectables, movies, anime and manga, video games and systems, Pez, games, nerdy crafts, action figures, geeky accessories, and plenty more to look through.  There will be artists at the expo selling prints and comics plus doing commissions, and caricatures.  There will be two exclusive art prints at the show, one from Glen Brogan and one from Ren Mckinzie.  DM’s Pizza Shop and Bombshell Cupcakes & Cookies will be selling food during the event as well.

There will be cosplay contest on Saturday with categories in Juniors, Original Design, Novice, Journeyman, and Master.  The Industry Game Center will be running table top gaming this year.  They will have an open game library both days, Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG events, Dicemasters Draft and Pokémon Draft tournaments on Saturday and a Hero Realms Tournament on Sunday.  Rare Drops will be set up with retro gaming and tournaments.  The Vienna Public Library will be hosting kid friendly events on Sunday like Superhero Story time, LEGO building, and Comic Book Crafting.  Plus raffles.

On Saturday there will be a special event downtown called Savor Saturday.  Several local restaurants will have samples of their food for only a $1.  If you try every one that is offer you can enter to win tickets to the Taste of Parkersburg in June.  Pokémon Go lures will be dropped at every stop along with way.

Admission is $8 for both days and $5 for one.  Children 10 and under get in free with an adult.

This is shaping up to be the best year yet for the expo.

 

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TriCon V

Tri-State Comic Con (Tricon) celebrates its fifth year with their biggest year yet.  The con is this Saturday June 4th from 10am to 6pm at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.

Big named guest for this year are Rikki Simons voice of GIR from Invader Zim and a writer of prose and comics of his own, WWE Hall of Famer “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase, Ed Brisson comic writer currently working on the Sons of Anarchy comic, Beau Smith creator and writer of the Wynonna Earp comic which has been turned into a TV series on SyFy, Dave Aikins illustrator for Nickelodeon products and zombies, Darryl Banks famed for co-creating Kyle Rayner, DC Comics inker Jonathan Glapion, two-time Harvey Award winning writer Chad Lambert, writer on Uncanny X-Men Jay Leisten, Brian Level co-creator of Image’s The Mantle, Tommy Patterson artist on Game of Thrones comic, and illustrators Andy Bennett, Eryk Donovan, Rob Dumo, Nate Lovett, Drew Moss, Mark A. Robinson, Uko Smith, Justin Stewart, Kyle Strahm, and Nicholas “Iowa” Wentland.

Indy comic creator appearing include KC Anderson of Wafflecus, Tressina Bowling of Dracullama, Todd Beistel of Yuri: The Gypsy Hunter, Coffman 20XX of Araura, Landon Franklin of Zokusho, Timothy Fuller of Zombie Marge, Travis Horseman of Amiculus, Shawn Murphy of Meachanaflux, Lauren Sparks of Cats Talking Words, Jason Pell of Zombie Highway, and the guys from Support Group.  Plus artists Edward Choi, Todd Frazer, Tristan Kelly, Jesse Marks, Michael Mayne, Amanda Scharf, and Jimbo Valentine, authors Rob E. Boley, Edward S. Brenwalt, Russ Lippitt, and E.E. Martin, small publishers Broken Icon Comics, Electromagnetic Press, Headshrinker Press, Mourning Daily Publishing, and Old World Comics.  Plus podcasters the Standard Nerds, D20 Girls Project, and Power Up will be set up along with a few charities out in the atrium.

You can expect plenty of vendors with a wide variety of goods.  Comics, graphic novels, manga, toys, board and card games, figurines, card sets, collectibles, leather works, knitting, steampunk jewelry, t-shirts, decals, posters, buttons, and so much more.

For those looking for photo opportunities, you can get them with the con’s Ambassador of cosplay Harley Heartthrob, the Mandalorian Mercs Black Mountain Guard, the WV Ghost Busters with their 30ft Staypuff Marshmallow Man, a Supernatural themed Impala with a trunk load of weapons, and the actual shed used in Evil Dead 2.

For events they will have panels on cosplay, making your own comics, inking comics, and a Q&A about working for Image.  A charity auction for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and a costume contest for cash prizes and medals.  For the first time there will be gaming going on at the con.  The Goblin Traders will be hosting Force of Will and Magic: The Gathering tournaments along with board game and Star Wars X-Wing minis demos starting at 11am.  The Friday night before the con, they are having their 2nd annual Drink and Draw at Sharkeys.  There will be live drawing from 8pm to Midnight.

Tickets are only $10 and free for kids 10 and under.  They will also have for sell limited edition exclusive comic cover of Army of Darkness for sell.

This is con is just a must to see.  Lots of good creators to meet, things to buy, people to meet, and things to do.  All for a good price.

 

15th Annual Free Comic Book Day

It is that wonderful time of the year, the 15th Annual Free Comic Book Day.  This year it is on May 7th.

There are 50 different comics this year to choose from several different genres and publishers.  Comics include offerings of Archie, Bob’s Burgers, Bongo Comics, Boom sampler, Marvel’s Civil War II, two Dark Horse sampler, Doctor Who, ROM, Suicide Squad, Valiant, Pokémon, 2000 AD sampler, Assassin’s Creed, Attack on Titan, Bruce Lee, Captain America, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Con Man’ Spectrum, DC Super Hero Girls, Love and Rockets, Grumpy Cat, Lady Mechanika, Devil’s Due/1First mixtape, Overstreet Comic Guide, Phantom, Pink Panther, Nickelodeon, Sonic, Spongebob Square Pants, Stan Lee, Strawberry Shortcake, Street Fighter, Tick, One-Punch Man, Aspen Comics, and several others for both adults and kids.

Stores doing something special for the dare are Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Riflemen in South Charleston will have a meet and greet with Daniel Boyd; Hillbilly Toy Chest in Milton will have JR Earls doing sketches, Pokemon TCG tournament, free hotdogs, and major discounts are items; Crit Hit Comics & Games in Princeton is having 10% off sale and  costume contest at 11am; Comic Paradise Plus2 in Morgantown will have an appearance by Chad Cicconi; Comic World in Huntington is having a big sale and costume contest; Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Vault in Vienna will have a Dungeon Crawl Challenge with Dwarven Forge 3D dungeon, a costume contest, board games, Magic and Pokémon tournaments, and discounts; Beyond Comics in Shepherdstown with Steve Younkins and bring in non-perishable food items to get more free comics.

Other places taking part are Books-A-Million in Charleston, Lost Legion Games & Comics: The Castle in Beckley, Comic Paradise Plus in Fairmont, Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming in Morgantown, Gary’s Comics and More in Morgantown, and Purple Earth Comics in Huntington.

So mark your calendars and plan your attack of shops.  If you are a comic fan, a newbie, or someone looking to get back into it, this is a good day to get some samples.

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.

WV Pop Con 2015

WV Pop Con returns to Mylan Park in Morgantown this Saturday August 22nd from 10am to 7pm and Sunday August 23rd from 11m to 5pm.

Creator guests include comic creators, artists, authors, crafters, design studios, costumers, and more.  Featured guests are Mike McKone (Avengers Academy, Justice League United), Thomas Zahler (Love and Capes, My Little Pony), DJ Coffman (Hero by Night, God Child), Chad Cicconi (sketch cards, NFL Rush Zone), Bill McKay (Zombies vs Cheerleaders, Danger Zone), and Dennis Budd (sketch card artist) .  Some of WV’s finest who will be there include featured guest James Patrick (Green Arrow, Pulp 21) and Robert Tinnell (Feast of the Seven Fishes, Wicked West); Jason Pell (Zombie Highway, Season’s End), Rich Bottles Jr. (Hellhole West Virginia, Lumberjacked),  Larry Morgan (Electro-Magnetic Press), Grinning Fox Customs, Dustin Smith (Knight Hunter), David Newbold (Runaways, Weapon X), Dusty Catlett, Implexity Designs, Angi D*signs, Garrick Gilmore, Josh Floquet, Andrew Carter (Let’s Play All The Games, Habitat Against Humanity) and others.

Entertainment guests are the 501st Legion Garrison Carida Squad Corellia, The Portrait Dude, Rebel Legion, Amtgard, Mandalorian Mercs The Black Mountain Guard, Morgantown Roller Vixens, Wudang Swordsmen Academy, Sigler Photography’s Morbid Memories, World Paranormal Investigations, Vintage Theatre Company, WV Ghostbusters and their van, Jeremy Ambler (Walking Dead, the Crazies), game company Milton Roe Creative and cosplayers Knightmage, Bio Cosplay, and Bunny Bombshell. They will have vendors selling comics, games, action figures, TPBs, cards, collectibles, video games, figures, costumes, props, t-shirts, leather goods, weapons, and who knows what all else.  Plus publishers Outpouring Comics, Burning Bulb Publishing, Electro-Magnetic Press, and Action Lab Comics.

Gaming will include Magic tournaments hosted by Nerducopia, West Virginia Pathfinder Society, a table top and retro gaming libraries and demos.  The costume contest is Sunday at 3pm.  Sign-up at the Illusive Skull booth at the con.

Admission is $10 for each day or $18 for two days.  Children under 10 get in free with an adult.   You can purchase before hand online or at Comic Paradise Plus in Fairmont or Westover.

Over The Border: River City Comic Con 2015

River City Comic Con will be holding their fifth annual con at the Quality Inn in Marietta, Ohio on Saturday August 15th from 10am to 5pm.

Guest for the con are film makers Apple on the Cake, Blind Wave Productions, and Jeffrey Scott Richards; comic creators Daniel Boyd and William Bitner, Broken Icon Comics, James Patrick and 21 Pulp, Nathan S. Arnold and Evan Bevins, Jabaar L. Brown, Michael K. Easton, Electro-Magnetic Press, Heaven Frobid Publishing, Rock Bottom Studio, Travis Horseman, and Paul Thompson; artists dead-koi, Jesse Marks, J.D. Williamson, and Aaron “Doc” Springer; autAdmission: $5 for Adults
Ages 12 and under FREE with an author Terry W. Ervin II; cosplayers Harley Heartthrob and Mandalorian Mercs; Remix Pro Wrestling with TNA Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III, EC3, appearing from 10am to 3pm.

There will be vendors with action figures, comics, anime, manga, toys, posters, pins, stickers, clothing, and more.

They will have film screenings from Blind Wave, Jeffrey Richards Last Conversation, and a live recording of Figure Fourcast.  A panel on sci-fi and fantasy concepts will be held at 3pm with several creators giving their thoughts. Their costume contest will be at 2pm with four categories; Best Child, Best Adult, Best Craftsmanship, and Most Original.  There will also be free activities for the kids to do.

Admission is only $5 and free for those 12 and under.  River City has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County.  For each paid attendee, the con will donate fifty cents to the club.  Parking at the hotel is free.

Small local con with lots of good people to meet and get to know.  Worth the trip if you can make it.

WHAAM!: Original Comic Drawings

The Huntington Museum of Art is running an exhibit on comic art that started on June 27th and will run through October 11 called The Herald-Dispatch Presents WHAAM!: Original Comic Drawings from the collection.

The exhibit features original comic book art, comic strips, and sequential drawings from the Huntington Museum of Art’s Michael Reynolds Collection of American Popular Culture.  There will be work from Bob Kane, Ernie Chan, Neal Adams, and many other noted comic artists from the 40’s to recent pieces covering superheroes, fantasy, comedy, and more.  The exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Alfred Lee Reynolds.

The opening reception is this Tuesday July 28th at 7pm.  Comic writer, blogger, and WV native Beau Smith will be speaking on how comics are created and their history.  He will lead a tour of some of the pieces while he talks.  Feel free to come in costume of your favorite hero or villain.  The lecture will take about forty minutes to an hour.  Refreshments will be available.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

A native of Ceredo and a Marshall University graduate, Beau Smith’s first work was a series of backup stories for a book called “Scout” published be Eclipse comics. In the 1990s he attained national prominence working for DC Comics where he wrote “Guy Gardner: Warrior” a spin-off of the “Green Lantern” series. Smith later attained a lot of work behind the scenes at various companies. He served as the Vice President of Marketing for Image Comics and later IDW. Recently his Western/Supernatural hybrid book “Wynonna Earp” has been given the go ahead to be turned into a TV series for the SyFy channel.