First HerdCon

The first HerdCon is this Saturday March 16th from 9am-8pm on the Marshall University Campus in Huntington.

Panels for the con include panels from college professors (Pop Culture in the Classroom, Star Wars and Personality, Psychology of Social Exclusion) and regular fan panels (Cosplay Modeling 101, LGBT History and Representation in Video Games, Socializing in Online Gaming).  There will also be Quick Draw with JR Earls, belly dancing workshop and performance from Final Form Fusion, a cosplay contest hosted by Kiss A Frog Cosplay and Brittany Whitt, mobile escape room from Lost Escape Room, ARTEMIS: Starship Bridge Simulator, Outer Rim Praxeum Light Saber School demo, relaxation lounge, live podcasts, create your own video game workshops, screenings, slime fun station from the Ghostbusters, and more to enjoy.

Table-top gaming during the day include various RPG sessions (D&D 5E, Mystic Forces by Noble Quests, different Cthulhu games, Cypher System, Starfinder, and others) games of Werewolf by Critically Absurd, and various games from Goblin Traders (Dragon Ball Super TCG, Flames of War miniatures, Keyforge TCG, historic tabletop wargaming, Transformers TCG, Warhammer 40k), Magic: The Gathering tournaments hosted by Hometown Hobbies, game demos from Family Game Night, and game libraries from Charcon and Hunting Unplugged Gaming Society.

On the video game side of things you have a Smash Brothers tournament, various retro games, and Fallout 76 set-up.

Vendors and artists lined-up include 2nd Chance Games, Anime Palace, Ben Durfee, Burrito Princess, Frech Studios, Jason Pell, Joshua Smith, Mermaid Lagoon Boutique, Off the Hook, Two Tinkers, Third Floor Comics, Travis Tomblin, Tri-State Toys, and more.

Exhibitors include Black Mountain Guard of the Mandalorian Mercs, Cabell county Public Library, Causeplayers, Fantastic Floor Nerdcast, Knerds of the Roundtable, various Marshall clubs and departments (Comic Book Club, Japan Club, Roleplaying Club, Hackers for Charity, Game Development Guild), Rebel Legion/501st Legion, and various local conventions.

Admission is free to MU students, faculty, staff, and for anyone 18 or younger.  VIP tickets are $25 which comes with early access, a t-shirt, custom HerdCon die, and other swag.  General admission is $5.

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3rd Annual WV Game Developers Expo

The 3rd Annual West Virginia Game Developers Expo is this Friday October 26th and Saturday October 27th at 1 Mountwest Way in Huntington.

West Virginia Game Developers Expo is an annual event that brings together game developers, artists, designers, etc. from around the region to educate and grow the field of game and app development.

This year’s Keynote Speakers are Shayna Moon an Associate Producer at Santa Monica Studio which released God of War (2018) and WV native Brad Kalinoski, visual effect artists and BAFTA winner.

There will also be workshops for Unreal Engine and Unity Engine, drone demonstration, presentations on making games for the blind, game design at Marshall University, history of video games in eight bits, women in tech,social media, and other topics. Plus a gaming room run by Mountwest eSports Club, exhibitors (including game studios, college programs, and nerd crafts), and student showcase.

Attending game studios include 28:12 Studios, AFO Studios, Lasso Games, Super Soul, Vandalia Softworks, and Wraith Games.

General admission is $15. Students from middle school to graduate college can get in free.

If you want to learn about making video games, playing indie games, or just want to hang out with fellow gamers who do, then see about coming out to the expo.

Parkersburg Pop Con 2018

Parkersburg Pop Con on Saturday October 20th from 11am (10am for VIPs) to 5pm at WVU Parkersburg.

Parkersburg Pop Con is a celebration of all things popular culture at the local and national level. It’s all about authors, publishers, designers, and artists. It’s about comics, gaming, sci-fi, art, fantasy, television, radio, cyber culture, music, film and so much more.
Parkersburg Pop is about celebrating what you celebrate and discovering new inspiration.

Featured guests are comic writer James Patrick, comic illustrator Shawn Langley, and cosplayer James Hamilton.

Other creators at the con will be various freelance artists, wand makers, comic creators, nerd crafts, authors, pixel arts, plushies, jewelry, and more creations.

Vendors will be selling comic books, food, anime & manga, toys, figures, shoes, Funko Pops, Electromagnetic Press, Freestyle Komics, games, collectables, memorabilia, video games, graphic novels, and more nerd items.

The Actors Guild of Parkersburg, WV Ghostbusters, Outer Rim Praxeum, and Wilson’s House of Cosplay will also be set up at the event.

The con will have a board game library from The Industry, youth and adult cosplay contests, a raffle, trivia, and video gaming tournaments.  Plus panels on pop culture, cosplay and make-up tips, comics, light saber duels, and more.

Admission is $5.  Kids 10 and under get in free with a paid adult.  Free admission with valid military ID.

A nice small show with lots of local creators to check out.

Power Up 2018

Power Up a retro video game convention returns this Saturday September 1st at the Big Sandy Superstore Conference Center from 10am  to 7pm in Huntington.

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Special guest for this year is family oriented retro gaming YouTube channel Generation Gap Gaming.

There will be console game room along with arcade cabinets, pinball machines, and VR games.  Hometown Hobbies will be hosting a modern Magic: The Gathering tournament at noon, $5 entry fee.  They will also have a M19/Dominaria booster draft 1pm, entry fee $10.  A board game room with free to play games.

There will be vendors selling all kinds of video games, video game systems, video game paraphernalia,  collectibles, comics, homemade plushies, games, toys, original art from different artists, nerdy crafts, and other stuff to buy.

Admission is only $7 for adults and $1 for kids.

Fans of video games will be able to find stuff to play or buy.

 

WillCon 2018

Willcon is back for their second year at the Williamson Field House in Williamson this Saturday August 4th from 10am to 6pm.

Featured Guests for the con are celebrity artist Matthew Atchley, filmmaker/graphic novelist Daniel Boyd, indie comic creator Jason Pell, Tim Shockey with the Green Goblin Head from Maxium Overdrive, caricaturists JR Earls, and WV Ghostbusters Division.  Cosplay guests for the con are Santana Maynard, Kiss A Frog Cosplay, and Noble Armory.  Music guests performing are The High Incident Project and Black Coal Brass Quintet,

The artists alley will include prints, commissions, Ball Jointed Dolls, t-shirts, paintings, authors, roleplaying game creators Noble Quests, Old World Comics, and other creators.
Event Hosts include Gotcha Archery Games, Escape Rooms from the Southern Coalition for the Arts, horror make-up from Hainted FX, and NERO Adventure LARP.

Vendors will have all kinds of items for sell: bath bombs, pixel art, hair bows, key chains, collectible shoes, Funko Pops, vintage toys, comics, collectible cards, card games, graphic novels, chainmail items, figures, jewelry, leather goods, sculptors, stuffed animals, video games, crochet items, buttons, magnets, totes, and more.

Events for the con include cosplay contest, Magic: the Gathering Tournament by Play and Paint, FORTNITE Dance Contest, concerts, comedy workshop, LARP demo, make-up demo, drones exhibition, emulator lounge, games of Werewolf, and more.  Video game tournaments from Rare Drop are Injustice 2, Mariokart 8, Super Smash Bros, and Dragon Ball Fighter Z.

Admission is $5 at the door; free for kids 10 and under.

Another one of those smaller cons in the state with various fandoms activities that everyone can find something to enjoy.

Unofficial after party at the Play and Paint of Williamson with Fearless Fools Comedy Troupe.  Starts at 8pm with $10 cover charge.

First Convention in Logan

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is hosting S-Con Pop Culture & Gaming Convention Saturday July 28th from 1pm to 6pm at the Logan Campus.  Admission is free.

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They will have gaming competitions, a console gaming area with new and retro games.  Southern’s IT Program will be demonstrating their UAS Drone program with drone races and demos,a Fortnite Tournament, and more activities.

Vendors at the event include the Southern Coalition for the Arts will be running two “Escape Rooms”, author Steven Paul Watson, Marshall University, Old World Comics, All-Star Wrestling, Wide Men Can’t Jump (collectibles and jerseys) who ill be doing a live podcast at 3pm, and Atomic Comics & Collectibles with a collection of Marvel and DC figures, and more.

A little event that could be fun for all.  A little mix of different fandoms, medias, and genres.  Also a great place to look at colleges for the kids out there.

 

2018 Classic Plastic Toy & Comic Expo

The fifth annual Classic Plastic Toy & Comic Expo is at the Parkersburg Arts Center in Parkersburg this Saturday March 3rd (10am-6pm) and Sunday March 4th (11am-5pm). The event is run by the Classic Plastic Toy

The guests of honor for this year are Jim Henson puppeteer and toy designer Timothy Clarke and body capture for Mortal Kombat I & II Daniel Pesina. Others guests Jordan Patton from Face Off and Dead Necks and comic creator James Patrick.

The main part of the expo of course is the vendors.  This year’s dealer will be selling vintage and new toys, comics, graphic novels, Funkos, cross stitch, tarot readings, books, board games, video games, consoles, artists, authors, comic creators, anime and manga, plush, geeky crafts, pez, and much more for all.  Several premiers items and prints will be available

Events for this year include a cosplay contest on Saturday, Rope Dart Demo by Daniel Pesina on both days, a Mortal Kombat 2 tournament on Saturday, food by DM’s Pizza Shop, and open gaming for both video and table-top from Rare Drops and The Industry. There will also be a special showing of the Dark Crystal at the nearby Smoot Theatre.  Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm, and a Q&A with Timothy Clarke who worked on the film afterwards.  Parkersburg’s Savor Saturday will be going on at the same time to go and check out.

Admission is $5 and free for children ten and under.  All the proceeds go to the art center and Downtown Parkersburg.

A very nice event for collectors, gamers, cosplayers, and those who want to hang out with fellow nerds and geeks.