Tri-con 2017

Tricon returns once again at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington on Saturday June 3rd from 10am to 6pm.

Featured guests for this year are Paul Allor (TMNT, Secret Empire), Darryl Banks (Green Lanter, Legion of Superheroes), Eryk Donovan (Memetic, Constantine), Rob Dumo (Robyn Hood, The Gutters), Samantha Glow (Welcome to Showside), Jason Lewis (Star Trek, Mars Attack), Drew Moss (Outlaw Territory, Creepy), Ian McGinty (Rick & Morty, Bravest Warriors), Rico Renzi (Spider-Gwen, Squirrel Girl), Rusty Shackles (Hardcore Gaming 101, Insert-Quarter Bin), Tim Shinn (Batman Rebirth, Grumpy Cat), Matt Slay (TMNT, CBLDF), Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp, Guy Gardner Warrior), Chris Yambar (Simpsons, Suicide Blonde), and there will be even more at the con.  Non comic guests this year are former WWE wrestler the Boogeyman (in full makeup) and voice actor Neil Kaplan (Netflix Voltron, League of Legends, Digimon, Power Rangers).

Exhibitors include Planet Plush, Mike Belcher, Edward Brenwalt, Bubble and Geek, Bob Corby, Disposable Fiction Comics, Mason Easley, Andrew Eschenbach, ElectroMagnetic Press, Jeremy Frech, Rodney Fyke, Andrew Horton, Ken Kirk, Brett Pinson, Lauren Sparks, and so many more creators of various products.

There will be local and distant vendors selling comics (modern and key issues), graphic novels, manga, toys, sport cards, figures, collectibles, video games, buttons, perler beads, decals, custom boxes and plaques, board and card games, t-shirts, Gunpla, and so many other things for all nerds to look over.  DZNuts and Cards will have a Professional Comic Grader on hand.

They will have panels on marketing comics and creating comics, a Q&A with Neil Kaplan, and Chris Yambar.  There will also be a charity auction at 4:30pm to raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and a cosplay contest at 5pm.  They also have a coloring station for kids.

There will be a Drink & Draw Friday June 2nd at Sharkeys from 8pm to midnight with some of the con’s guests.

Tickets are only $10 and children ten and under get in free.

Looks like another good year for fans of comics, collectables, and those who just want to hang out.

Power Up 2016

Power Up the Tri-State’s Annual Retro Video Game Convention returns this Saturday August 27th at the conference area at the Big Sandy Arena in Huntington from 10am to 8pm.

The Standard Nerds will be hosting the tournaments again this year.  The tournaments have an entry fee. All entry fees will be given to the Extra Life Charity.

The tournaments will be Smash Bros 64, Smash Bros 4, Rocket League (XBox One), Pokken, and Mario Kart Double Dash.  Check the website for the times and rules for each game.

Hometown Hobbies will be hosting Magic: The Gathering tournaments throughout the day.  Plus free play board games for all to try.

There will also be a Pokémon League for the 3DS.  Sign-up for $5 and then battle the eight gym leaders around the convention floor.  The proceeds will go to Children’s Hospitals and you will also get entry into raffle drawings throughout the day.  Obtain all eight gym badges to challenge the Elite 4 at the Brawl-a-thon in November.

A few panels have been promised along with a cosplay contest.

Expect around twenty vendors and artists selling games, books, collectables, art work, crafts, and more.  There will be exhibits from the D20 Girls, cosplays Santana and Kiss A Frog Cosplay, local cons, video game creators Lasso Games, Mandalorian Mercs, Trenton Jedi, and artists Rusty Shackles and Michael Mayne.

Entry is $5, free for children twelve and under.  Door prizes will be given out through out the day for just attending.

Fans of video games are going to want to check this out for playing, collecting, and generally just hanging out with fellow fans.

 

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.

 

Power Up 2015

Power Up is a retro video game convention started by Ben Durfee (artist and co-owner of Rare Drops) last year and it returns this year to the River Side Conference Center of the Big Sandy Superstore Arena on Saturday August 29th from 10am to 8pm in Huntington.

The Standard Nerds and Brawl-a-thon will be running the tournaments for this year.  All tournaments will be $5 to enter with a cap of 32 players. All proceeds will be going to the Extra Life Charity (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital).

The tournaments are Super Smash Bros Melee at 1pm, Amiibo at 3pm, and Mario Kart Double Dash on the Game Cube at 4pm.

They will have several systems and arcade machines set on free play for all to play.

There will also be panels this year from Bunny Bombshell on cosplay, Manual Fox on Youtube/Twitch streaming, one on game cleaning and repair, D20 Girls Project doing one on girls and gaming, and Lasso Games will be demoing their new game Laventera and the game creation process.  At 6pm the D20 will be running a costume contest.

There will be lots of exhibitors selling various video games, video systems, video game peripherals, collectibles, books, art prints, pixel art, crafts, jewelry, bake goods, and more.  Several will be willing to buy or trade any games you might have to get rid of.

Admission is only $5, pay at door only, and free for kids 12 and under.

If you love old games this the place to check out to play, shop, and just hang out with fellow fans.

Tri-Con 2015

Tri-State Comic Con (TriCon) the largest fandom convention in West Virginia returns Saturday April 11 at the Big Sandy Arena in Huntington.  Show starts at 10am and goes to 6pm.

Guests for this year’s event include a number of creators from IDW publishing like Paul Allor (TMNT, GI Joe), Eryk Donovan (Dark Anthology), Matt Slay (TMNT), Cory Smith (TMNT, Magnus Robot Fighter), and Tom Waltz (senior staff writer/editor).  Also Jay Leisten (Might Avengers, Death of Wolverine), Brian Level (The Mantle, The Brothers James), Gavin Smith (Human City, Accelerators), Justin Stewart, Kyle Strahm (Judge Dredd, Evil Ernie), Uko Smith, and Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night). Plus old favorites Darryl Banks, Sean Forney, Lora Innes, Mark Kidwell, Chad Lambert, Tommy Patterson, and Jamie Snell.  From Broken Icon Comics Nicholas Wentland,Brandon Lauhon, Jordon Lowe, Todd Fraiser, and other creators from the company that brings you this con.

Con sponsor Jewel City Championship Wrestling is bringing in wrestler and Yoga master Diamond Dallas Page (and maybe Al Snow no confirmation on this yet though) and holding a wrestling show after the con at 7:30pm at the Fairfield East Community Center in Huntington.

Exhibitors include comic creators Jon Parrish, Chris Charlton, Chris McJunkin, Tim Fuller, Shawn Murphy, Aaron Walther; artists Rusty Shackles, Marc Lewis, Tressina Bowling, Jesse Marks, Seth Lyons, Andrew Heath; small publishers Ringtail Cafe, Page 4 Yeti, Old World Comics, ElectroMagnetic Press; cosplayers Santana Maynard and Bunny Bombshell; podcast The Standard Nerd; groups 501st, D20 Girls Project, Black Mountain Guard, and WV Ghostbusters.  Plus lots more.

Vendors runs the usual gambit of dealers in comics, toys, collectibles, games, art, cards, t-shirts, posters, video games, jewelry and whatever else you could want.

There some special variant covers that will only be available at Tri-con this year.  The first one is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44 with a cover by Tommy Patterson, written by Tom Waltz, which other guests also worked on.  One from Mark Kidwell’s 68 with the convention creators as zombie heads.  Also a special one variant from Broken Icon, Eccentrix.

There will be four panels during the con:  Making Cosplay Happen, TMNT with Paul Allor and Cory Smith, Independent Comics, and Horror From the Ground UP.  There will of course also be the charity auction for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Costume Contest.

Admission is $10, free for children under 10.

 

Power Up: Retro Video Gaming

The tri-state’s first retro video game convention Power Up, as far as anyone seems to know.  It will be on August 2nd from noon till 5pm at the Riverside Suite at the Big Sandy Arena in Huntington.  So yeah, only five hours.  There will not be any guests or panels but there will be game set-ups for you to sit down and play plus tournaments and several vendors.  There will be pinball machines and arcade cabinets all set on free play as well.

The tournaments at the convention will be Street Fighter 2 and Mario Kart Double Dash.  It will be Street Fighter 2 Turbo for the Super Nintendo .  Double Dash will be on multiplayer.  They will be single elimination brackets and prizes for the winners.  You can sign up a head of time to enter them.

There will be various retro video game dealers and repairers, nerdy buttons, pins, glasses, artists, snacks, comics, podcasters, and more.  The Standard Nerds will be holding a raffle to raise money for charity.

While there is no costume contest, feel free to wear your own as several people are already gearing up to bring their’s.

Admission is $5 and $2 to enter a tournament.  Kids 12 and under get in free.  They also have door prizes from Video Game Box Protectors and an XBox 360 Slim with one game.  They will also be selling a limited number of t-shirts.

Will be small and short, but if you like classic gaming this is something to do on a Saturday.  Hopefully with enough support it will be even bigger next time.  Hey if you have some games you want to play you can probably bring them and any systems to set up as well.  Just do not quote me on that.