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.


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.

Kicking it Old School Convention

Old School Convention is a being put on by Aaron Hickman as a fundraiser for St. Marys Elementary School in the town of St Marys near Parkersburg.  St. Marys is the oldest functioning school in  WV. The con is on Saturday April 25th from 10am to 5pm at the St Marys School.

They are will have a cosplay contest at 2pm for both adults and children.  Face painting for the kids.  There will be appearances by the WV Ghostbusters, an Elsa cosplayer for photos with the kids, and Larry Parmiter the director of the movie Axeman of Henderson County.  They will be holding a raffle and door prizes with original art from Billy Tucci, prints from Allen Bellman and Cafe Seven Comics, signed WVU football items, autograph photo of George “The Animal” Steele, DVDs, set of Game of Thrones figures, a $50 gift card to 218 shop in Ripley for the women, and more.  Raffle tickets are one for $1, seven for $5, or fifteen for $10.

Vendors are the usual line up of stores and dealers with comic books, action figures, books, wood art, toys, collectibles, artists, CCGs, anime products, cosplay prints, Star Wars items, art prints, and plenty more to check out.

Admission is just $5 for adults and $2 for kids.  All the money goes to the school.

Looks like to me like a little out of the way event which should be fun and for a good cause.

Hot Wheels and Diecast Shows

The Mountaineer Hot Wheels Club is having their Hot Wheels and Diecast Show is Saturday September 20th at the Middletown Mall in Fairmont from 9am to 2pm.

The show will have some vendors selling hot wheels cars and diecast for everyone to buy, sell, or trade.  Their will be a Custom Contest for all ages, a drawing for a Carney case, and downhill race on a 42′ track (one of the largest in the country) by Diecast Dragsters.
The show will be next to Dickey’s BBQ and Subway.  Admission and parking are both free.
Contact the club if you would like to be a vendor.  Tables are $5 each.
The Diecast Dragsters will have their own Buy Sell Trade Event on Sunday September 21st at the Junior Community Building in Junior starting at 3pm.  This will be a free event.  To set up there is no charge, they just ask for one extra car to be used as a door prize.  They will have free refreshments and a free door prize drawing.
The Diecast Dragsters is also having a spaghetti dinner and silent auction to raise money for chairty on the Saturday September 27th at the Junior Community Building in Junior from 11am to 2pm,  so more of spaghetti lunch.  There will be some racing after the dinner/lunch at 2 for several different age groups.  The silent auction will have several interesting items up to bid on.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for kids, and free for those three and under.
Mountaineer Hot Wheel Club is West Virginia’s only collectors club devoted to Hot Wheels and diecast collectibles



Classic Plastics Toy & Comics Expo

The American Red Cross and Classic Plastics Toy Store have joined together to present the first Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo on Saturday September 13th at the South Parkersburg South Baptist Church in Parkersburg from 10am to 4pm to raise money for the Red Cross Disaster relief fund.

There will be several vendors selling action figures, comic books, table top games, anime and manga, collectables, handmade plushies, Hot Wheels, Star Wars, and more.  The WV Ghostbusters and 501st will be there helping to raise money for charity and for photos.  The webcomic Support Group will be there.

Jim & I Brats will be selling reasonable priced food to help raise money for the Red Cross.

Tickets are just $2 per person and free for kids 10 and under.

It looks like a good show for collectors out there and for a good cause too.





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.


Marx Convention 16th Annual Marx Toy & Train Collectors National Convention

The Marx Toy & Train Collectors National Convention (I think they win longest con name in the state) was started in 1998 by the owners of the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum.  It is a way to preserve the history of the Louis Marx & Company who made toys in the Ohio Valley.  This year’s con is Friday June 20th and Saturday June 21st at the Kruger Street Museum in Wheeling.

They have already sold out of vendor tables for this year, but non-table holders who wish to register should call 304-242-8133.  Your pass to the con will also serve as your pass to the museum.

Thursday night will be for set-up and regular museum tours.  Anyone in town can stop by to pick up registration and tour the museum.

Registration opens up at 9am on Friday and table holders may unload and set up at this time.  The swap meet opens at 10am and goes till 4pm, this will be open to attendees only.  At noon a group photo of everyone will be taken in front of the museum and copies will be made for purchase afterwards.  There will be a workshop at 3pm.  At 6pm an informal get-together/dinner will be held.

On Saturday the swap meet will be open from 9am to 3pm, for attendees and museum visitors this time.  A workshop on Unusual or Rare Marx will run at 11am.  At 1pm Bill Felege a former artist/toy designer from the Marx plant will speak.  Another to be determined workshop will be at 2:30pm. From 3-5pm will be pack up and last tours of the museum.

Another fun looking show for collectors of old toys and those interested in the history of them.  Anyone who is a Marx enthusiasts will want to be here.  Unfortenatly I have other plans that weekend.