Power Up 2017

The Tri-State retro video game convention Power Up returns this Saturday September 2nd from 11am to 7pm at the Conference Center of the Big Sandy Arena in Huntington.

Plenty of vendors selling old and new video games, consoles, ROM Hacks, peripherals, homebrew games to buy or test, and more.  Extra Life Game Repair will be on hand to repair anything you need help with; part of the proceeds from repairs will go the Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Plus vendors and exhibitors selling comics, figures, art, buttons, patches, card games, cosplay prints, plush, and other creations and items to buy.  Joe’s Magical Foundation will have a photo booth with special background images to create custom pictures.  They will be donating their money to charity as well.  And look out for tables doing give aways.

For guests they have Kiss A Frog and Santana Cosplay, 8 Bit Brody, Game Chasers Grimsie42,

Besides just a room full of video games to play, there will be a Super Smash Bro tournament for a $50 gift card at noon.  Various other mini tournaments in different genres will pop up through out the day to get in on.  They also have Pokémon Gym Leaders for 3v3 battles to win badges.

There will be a Power Down room to get away from all the action.  The Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society will have board games to try, Hometown Hobbies will be running a Magic: The Gathering modern format tournament for a $100 gift card, Pokémon TCG  tournaments, video game trivia with Electric Tapes, and Final Form Fusion will be doing some belly dancing at noon,

Admission is $5 and free for kids twelve and under.  This year’s t-shirts will be available for $20.  Leftovers from previous year’s will be $15.

Fans for video gaming will want to go to this.  Great shopping and people to meet.


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.


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.


Old School Convention 2016

Old School Convention returns for its second year, this time at the Pleasants County Middle School in Belmont on Saturday April 2nd from 10am to around 4pm.  The money from the show goes to benefit the oldest school in the West Virginia.

They will have Trapper from Destination TV’s Mountain Monsters, Jeremy Ambler from the Walking Dead, local author Joseph Burdette, professional wrestler Chance Prophet, the Black Mountain Guard of Mandalorian Mercs, and musicians Harrah and Matthew Elder.

Vendors will have comics, toy, figures, Funkos, vintage football cards, Magic cards, anime, manga, games, Transformers, vintage video games and more.  As well as artists set up to sell and do commissions.

They will have face painting, caricatures, a costume contest at 1:15pm, pictures with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna from Frozen from 11am-1pm, music performances, starting at 2pm, and a raffle with many donated items with the drawing after 3pm.  Plus there will be two different Magic: The Gathering tournaments run by Arcane Games Store.

Again, another nice little convention to hang out and buy from, all for a good cause.


Mountain State Pop Expo

The first Mountain State Pop Expo will be Saturday November 7th from 10am to 6pm at the Town Center Marriott in Charleston.  All vendor table costs, admission, and raffle ticket sales from this event will go to the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia to help the area’s neediest kids this holiday season.

For events they will have several panels on cosplaying and make-up, an acoustic concert by metal band HARRAH, a costume contest, and a raffle.  There will be a game room and tournaments run by Rare Drops.  The costume contest will have awards for kids 12 and under, original design, and different levels of craftsmanship voted on by local cosplayers.  The raffle has items donated from vendors, IDW, Braxton County tourism, and even WV Fandoms Blog.

Vending at the event will be local shops, crafters, and artists of all kinds.  They will be selling items such as book, art prints, toys, comics, video games, jewelry, vitamins, plushies, collectibles, games, and more.

Cosplay groups Mandalorian Mercs, WV Ghostbusters, Causeplayers, and the D20 Girls Project will be in attendance. The new magazine The Charleston Anvil will be making their début at the show.  Indy wrestling federation IWA East Coast will also attend.

It is only $5 to attend, free for those under 10 with an adult.

This is a good show for any nerd to shop and hang out with fellow nerds.  Also helps out a good cause.

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.