Cons, Gatherings, and Festivals Coming to WV in 2019

Here is a list of conventions, gatherings, and other decent sized events throughout the state that are coming this year.  Let me know if you hear of any others that could fit this list.

February 23-24 Kanawha Valley Model Train & Craft Show Saint Albans: presented by the Kanawha Valley Railroad Association at the Arena Event Center

March 1-3 Tournament of the White Hart XXII Barboursville: Society of Creative Anachronism event hosted the Shire of Port Oasis at the Cabell County 4-H Camp

March 2-3 Classic Plastic Toy & Comic Expo Parkersburg: toy and comic expo at the Parkersburg Art Center to raise money for Downtown PKB

March 2 Grave City Haunted Relic Expo Moundsville: paranormal con from the Archive of the Afterlife “the National Museum of the Paranormal”

March 16 HerdCon Huntington: inaugural pop culture con at Marshal University,

April 6 Old School Convention Belmont: a small comic/toy show to help benefit the oldest school in WV

April 25-28 Blackstone Raid 28 Gandeeville: more SCA event from Barony of Blackstone Mountain at Camp Sheppard 4-H Camp

April 26-28 Casusecon Beckley: pop culture convention at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center to raise money for the local Women’s Resource Center

May 3-5 1d4Con Shepherdstown: tabletop gaming con, at Clarion Inn & Conference Center,

May 18 BuckhanaCon Buckhannon: all fandoms event

May 19 Beltaine in the Forest Charleston: pagan gathering at Coonskin Park; with music, dance, vendors, and Maypole

June 8 Tricon Huntington: comic book con at the Big Sandy Area

June WV Renaissance Festival Lewisburg: open Saturday and Sundays in June, check the Facebook page for more info

June 14-15 Marx Toy and Train Collectors Show Wheeling: the collectors show of Marx toys at the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum

June 22 Bat-Con Nitro: a comic and toy show paying homage to the 1989 release of Batman by Third Floor Comics

June 29 Natsu no Tsubasacon Huntington: picnic from Tsubasacon at Ritter Park

July 12-14 CharCon Charleston: at the Clay Center, Facebook Page

July 20 S-Con Mount Gay: Southern WV Community and Technical College hosts its second S-Con Gaming and Pop Culture Convention on its Logan campus

Jul 20 West Virginia Penitentiary Para-Con Moundsville: celebration of the supernatural in one of America’s most haunted prisons

September 7-8 Bonus Round Flatwoods: RPG (and other games) event at Day Inn & Suites

September 7-8 WV Pop Con Morgantown: changed from an August date, Facebook Page

September 20-21 Mothman Festival Point Pleasant: cross between convention and street fair all around Point Pleasant

September 27-28 Rocket Boy Festival Beckley: festival all around Beckley celebrating the Rocket Boys and WV

October 11-13 Tsubasacon Charleston: anime convention, they move from Huntington to Charleston at the remodeled Charleston Civic Center this year

October 18-20 Vandaliacon Morgantown: steampunk con to raise money for Bonnie’s Bus Mobile Mammography Program, has moved from Parkersburg to Morgantown

November 9-10 Mountain State Pop Expo Charleston: celebration of pop culture, all proceeds go directly to the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia at Holiday Inn

Parkersburg Pop Con, West Virginia Game Developers Expo, and SecureWV/Hack3rCon have not put dates for this year yet, but expect them in the fall.  There are also some libraries that do little cons which I did not find dates for, but I am not sure who is and who is not planning one now, so keep your eyes out for them later. Power Up and Shocka-Con have both said they are taking this year off.  Willcon has moved two miles down the road and is now in Kentucky so is not covered anymore.

Plus there are always local gaming events, gatherings, and other smaller events all around you not covered here.

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Tsubasacon 2018

Tsubasacon 2018 is Friday October 5th to Sunday October 7th at the Big Sandy Superstore Area and Conference Center in Huntington.  This year’s theme is Fantasy/RPG.

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Guests for this year are David Vincent (Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure, Hunter x Hunter), Paul St. Peter (Kingdom Hearts, Digimon), Megan Shipman (New Game, Show by Rock), Jeannie Tirado (Black Clover, Tokyo Ghoul); musical guests Mickey Mason, game show host Greggo, guests panelists Vitamin H and Mako Gems Productions.

Events at the con include.  anime viewing rooms, guests Q&A and autographs, game shows, concerts, masquerade ball on Friday night and Saturday night dance, fan panels and guest panels, workshops, AMV League Contest, yoga, cosplay contest on Saturday, the Carolina Manga Library, artist alley, vendors, foam combat from Blackfire Valley Amtgard and The Imperial Legion, panels from fans and guests, photoshoots, and more.

For video games area Rare Drops will have consoles for play, Japanese arcade machines from Tokyo Attack, pachinko machines from Pachinko Fever, Room-Scale VR from Key Virtual Events, and a Mobile Gaming area.  Table-top games for this year include D&D Adventure League from Time Warp Games, Warhammer and other wargames demos from Dragon Den, tabletop demos from Envoy, Pathfinder Society, Call of Cthulhu, board game library from Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society, Reaper Paint and Take on Saturday, card gaming demos and tournaments of Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon, Transformers, and Dragon Ball Super from The Goblin Traders, anime board games and RPG by Otaku@DEEP (which is me), and more.

Weekend passes at the door are $50.  Day passes are $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday, and $20 for Sunday.  You can also get a Gaming only badge, which allows you into the arena with the table-top and video game areas, for $40.  Day passes for this is $20 for Friday, $30 for Saturday, and $10 for Sunday.  Children ten and under get in free.  Kids from 12 to 18 can get in for $20.

Fans of anime and cosplay will finds lots to love at this con.

Tsubasacon 2017

Tsubasacon is back this Friday October 13th through Sunday October 15th at the Big Sandy Superstore Area and Conference Center in Huntington.  This year’s theme is “Feudal Japan.”

Voice actor guests for this year are Leah Clark (Deadman Wonderland, Soul Eater), Kristen McGuire (Assassination Classroom, comic artist), Robert Axelrod (Power Rangers, Digimon), and Austin Tindle (Tokyo Ghoul, Attack on Titan).

Other guests are cosplay band Eien Strife, professional panelists Vitamin H Productions, The Carolina Manga Library, Japanese arcade machines from Tokyo Attack, foam weapon combat group Sleeping Samurai, game show host Greg Wicker, and pachinko machines from Pachinko Fever.

They will have all the standard anime con events: panels for learn and/or fun, cosplay contests, rave, artist alley, vendor room with a kinds of goods, cosplayers, autographs, game shows, masquerade ball, concerts, viewing rooms, guests Q&A, AMV League, maid café, and plenty of chances to meet fellow fans.  There will also be areas, tournaments, meet-ups, and more for video gaming, pachinko machines, mobile video and phone gaming, collectible card gaming, Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Warhammer and other war miniature games, and a board game library from the Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society.

Convention Registration is $45 for a weekend badge, $30 for Friday only, $40 Saturday only, and $20 for Sunday only.  Children between 8-12 badges are $20 for the weekend.  Children under seven get in free.  They also have a gaming wristband that only that only allows you into the gaming area of the con for $35 for the weekend.  Single day gaming wristbands available too.

The con is great for fans of anime, cosplay, table-top and video gaming, and a bit of general nerdery.  It is I think the most varied and diverse cons in the state.  Though sometime loud, crowded, and full of young people having fun.  I am not a big fan of “fun.”

Natsu no Tsubasacon 2017

Tsubasacon’s annual summer picnic Natsu no Tsubasacon is this Sunday June 25th at Ritter Park in Huntington from noon to 4pm.  At the older shelter.

The food is being brought potluck style, if you wish to bring something sign-up at Perfect Potluck to let everyone know.

Activities will include lawn games like kubb and bocce, an anime and manga swap, Summer Themed Cosplay Contest, suikawari (watermelon splitting), a Staff vs Attendee Kickball game, and combat demos from  Black Fire Valley (Amtgard), the local SCA chapter showing off heavy weapons, Tri-State Jen’Saarai, and Imperial Legion.  The cosplay contest three categories are Best Summer Design, Original Design, and Best Overall.

You can start your own thing at the picnic as well.  Some other activities that might happen are a Pokémon Go Walk, dance music, card and board gaming, photo shoots or what ever you would like to do.

The event is free but they will be taking donations for the Ronald McDonald House.  They will take non-perishable food, kitchen and cleaning items, gift cards, and more.  You will be able to buy passes for Tsubasacon this October there too.

A fun little friendly community gathering if anyone who might interested.

Tsubasacon 2016

Tsubasacon is back for another year this Friday September 30th to Sunday October 2nd at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and Convention Center in Huntington.

Voice actor guests for this are Steve Blum well know for his work in Cowboy Beebop, Big O, Naruto, Digimon, and many other animes, he also has the Guinness Book of World Record for most voice roles in video games, plus he voiced many incarnations of Wolverine, Amon in Legend of Korra, TOM the host of Toonami, hundreds of other roles and Caitlynn French known for such roles as Shiro from No Game No Life, Miyu Edelfelt Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Lllya, Matsurika from Maria-Holic, and several others from Sentai Filmworks.

This year they have two music acts nerdcore artist and cosplayer Shadow Clone and nerd pop band the Night Sabers.  Other guests are Pachinko Fever who will be bringing a selection of pachinko machines to play, boffer combat troupe Sleeping Samurai, Tokyo Attack who bring a collection of Japanese arcade machines, panelist group Vitamin H, the Carolina Manga Library, and convention game show host Greggo.

Events include game shows by Greggo, two video rooms, formal masquerade ball on Friday night, AMV contest Saturday morning, guest Q&A and autographs, a dance party on Saturday night, two Cosplay Lip Sync contests (one all ages and one 18+), In-Character Contest, an Iron Cosplay Contest on Sunday, and the big cosplay contest on Saturday.  Fan panels on such topics as Fire Emblem, crossplay, Japanese language, several on cosplaying and cosplay culture, Final Fantasy, chainmaile workshop, traveling to Japan, Japanese Culture, Kpop and Jpop, RWBY, and plenty more to check out.

The video gaming section on the con will have a room-scale virtual reality set-up, free play consoles from Rare Drops, tournaments of Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, J Stars Victory, Halo, Pokken, and more through out the weekend and a mobile gaming area.   Hobby gaming will have tournaments provided by Dungeon Dwellers with several tournaments for Magic, Force of Will, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dice Masters, and Heroclix; plus on a Guild Ball tournament on Saturday and on Sunday a Warmachine and Hordes tournament; the Pathfinder Society will be running scenarios throughout all three days, and a game library from Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society.

In the vendor/artist alley you will be able to find t-shirts, DVDs, manga, cosplay items, figurines, keychains, plushies, wigs, plenty of other accessories and collectibles, jewelry, weapons, Japanese snacks, games, CDs, art prints, comics, steampunk wear, nerdy crafts, and so much more.

It is $45 for the weekend, $30 for just Friday, $20 for just Sunday, and $40 for a Saturday/Sunday badge.  Wristbands that will only get you into the video and table-top gaming sections will be $35 for the weekend, $20 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, and $15 for Sunday.  Children, between ages 7-12, badges are $20 for the weekend and $10 for Sunday both with the purchase of an adult’s.  Children under seven are free.

Fans of cosplay, anime, gaming, internet culture, and the like should all be able to find something to interest them at this con.

Tsubasacon 2015

Tsubasacon is a three-day anime, cosplay, and gaming con at the Big Sandy Area and Riverfront Conference Center in Huntington on Friday October 8th to Sunday October 10th.

Voice actor guests for this year are  Kyle Hebert (DBZ, Bleach, Naruto), Keith Silverstein (Gundam Unicorn, Monster, Sailor Moon), and Matthew Erickson (Crest/Banner of the Stars, Zoids, Gundam SEED Destiny).  Other guests are Japanese rock band Kazha, anime anthropologist Charles Dunbar, Carolina Manga Library, panelist group Vitamin H Productions, Japanese arcade machine owners Tokyo Attack,  boffer fighters Sleeping Samurai, and game show host Greggo.

Events at the con include their usual activities plus some new ones.  The cosplay masquerade will be on Saturday.  There will also be an In-Character Contest on Friday and Cosplay Lip Sync contest on Saturday (18+ version on Friday night).  Panels from guests and attendees, Greggo’s game shows, two viewing rooms, autographs, concerts, formal ball on Friday and dance party on Saturday, martial arts demo, artist alley and vendor room to check out, manga library, photo shoots, AMV contest and more.

Video Gaming this year will be run by Rare Drops.  They will hold tournaments throughout the weekend on J Stars Victory, Mortal Kombat X, SSFighter 4 Ultra, Smash Bros Melee and 4, Injustice, Mario Kart Double Dash and 8, Naruto 2, Halo 2, Call of Duty, and Project M.  They will also have high score challenges on Donkey Kong, Super Mario Maker, and Tetris over the weekend.  You can pre-reg for the tournaments now.  Tokyo Attack will have 13 different arcade cabinets for free play and will be holding a DDR tournament on Saturday.  There is also the Tsu Region Pokémon League to play in.

Tsubasacon is holding a whole new table top gaming area as well.  The Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society will have a library of board games to check out.  Dungeon Dwellers will be teaching and holding tournaments on Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh.  RPGs from Pathfinder Society and Sparks, Warmachine and Hordes demo, and open gaming area.

Pre-reg goes until October 8th and is $45 for the weekend.  At door prices are $45 for weekend, $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday and Sunday, $20 for Sunday, and free for kids under 7.  On Saturday they will also have a $25 Gaming Badge that will let you into the gaming area, but only that.  The con is also collecting goods for the Ronald McDonald House.

Fans of anime, cosplay, gaming, and Japanese media, this is your event.

Natsu no Tsubasacon 2015

Tsubasacon‘s annual potluck picnic, Natsu no Tsubasacon, is this Saturday June 27th at Ritter Park in Huntington, rain or shine, from noon till around 4pm or later.

They will be cooking hot dogs and selling bottles of water for Ronald McDonald House.  To be part of the pot luck, sign-up online to let everyone know what you will be bringing.  There will be side dishes, fruit and vegetable trays, chips, desserts, ice, Gatorade, soda, and more.

Events throughout the day include an anime swap meet, mini cosplay contest, group photo, suikawari (watermelon smashing), kickball games, and water battle with water balloons, bring your own water gun though.  There will be anime and video gaming music through out the day along with anime showings.  The swap meet is trade only.  The D20 Girls Project of West Virginia will be hosting a game of humans vs zombies with Nerf guns.  A Pokémon tournament will be there as well.  Challenge a series of trainers with three Pokémon and learn about more what Pokémon events will be at Tsubasacon.  

If you have any other games or activities you want to do, you will have no problem finding people to join you.  Or you could just hang out and chat with people.

The con will be collecting donations for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Items they are looking for are: any kid friendly items, frozen dinners, cereal bars, laundry detergent, toilet cleaners, dish detergent, plastic wrap, garbage bags, hand soap, food storage containers, light bulbs, tissues, and gift cards.  Check the McDonald House site for more items you can give.

The picnic is the last chance to get your three-day pass to Tsubasacon for only $35.

If you want to hang out with fellow anime fans outside, there is no better time than this.