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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WV Pop Con 2018

West Virginia Popular Culture & Comic Book Convention (WV Pop Con) is back this Saturday August 25th and Sunday August 26th at Mylan Park in Morgantown.

The featured guests for the con are Patrick Olliffe (Scooby-Doo Apocalypse, Spider-Man, Batman), Shawn Gabborin (Puppet Master, Dollman Kills, Action Lab), Chad Cicconi (sketch card artist, NFL Rush Zone), and Mike Okamoto (Lost in Space, Kabuki, Lady Death).

There will be Jerry Frech, Andrew Carter, writer Daniel Foster, Mytron Studios, Ernie Stiner (Nick Fury, G.I. Joe), David Newbold (Fantastic Four, Runaways), Bomtron Art (Topps Sketch Card Artist), Jason Pell, Larry Morgan and Electro-Magnetic Press, and other artists and creators selling comics, books, prints, and other creations.

Other interesting people at the con include all-girl VEX Robotics team from Westwood Middle School Steambotics, #ixlab, indie horror movie and comic creators Head on Stick Productions, indie video game studio FYRE Games, Mandalorian Mercs The Black Mountain Guard, Rebel Legion, KITT from Knight Rider, Thirteen Palm Tress Podcast Productions, Morgantown Roller Vixens, 501st Legion Garrison Corellia, Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, card game creators Milton Roe Creative, Youtubers Let’s Play All the Games, cosplayers Nubzcosplay, Bunny Bombshell, Santana, Kesra, Sheena Bot, and The Illustrious Captain Fish.

There will be several fandom crafters there as well selling things like coasters, keychains, jewelry, bags, candles, soaps, pallets, stickers, pillows, bath bombs, clothes, cosplay items, plushies, dream catchers, leather goods, quilted items, and lots more.

Vendors at the con will have your supply of posters, Legos and sets, chainmail jewelry and armor, comics, graphic novels, games, collectables, vintage and new toys, video games and systems, Funko Pops, plushies, cards, and more.

Activities during the weekend include photo back drop, table top gaming library, paint and take, panels on table top games, indie comics, cosplay, and more; kids costume contest on Saturday and adults on Sunday.  Food trucks will be out in the parking lot both days to choose from.

One day admission is $10, two-day admission is $20, a Pop Con tee will be $15, two-day admission with tee is $35.  Children under 10 get in free.  Cheaper if you pre-reg.

WV Pop Con 2017

This year’s WV Pop Con is Saturday August 26th and Sunday August 27th at Mylan Park in Morgantown.

This year’s featured guests are from Action Lab Entertainment, who are celebrating five years, Chad Cicconi (NFL Rush Zone), Bill McKay (Zombie Tramp, Vampblade), Shawn Gabborin (Fracture), Bryan Seaton (Dollface), and Dan Mendoza (Zombie Tramp).  They are offering an exclusive Danger Doll Squad variant cover at the con.

Other guests are Andrew Carter (Habitat Against Humanity),  J.R. Mounts (Scairy Tales Noir), David Newbold (Runaways), Jason Lenox (King Conan), Electro-Magnetic Press, and YouTube channel Let’s Play All The Games.

There will also be plenty of other artist and exhibitors; selling their own comics, prints, portraits, cosplay items, books, tattoo artists, geeky crafts, candles, soaps, card games, jewelry, steampunk sculptures, perler art, clothing, and more creative items.

Cosplay guests and groups for the show are 501st Legion Garrison Corellia, Rebel Legion, Amtgard, Mandalorian Mercs Black Mountain Guard, Bunny Bombshell, Morgantown Roller Vixens, Vintage Theatre Company, and the WV Ghostbusters.

Vendors will have a variety of items a the con including Funkos, figures, comics, graphic novels, table-top gaming, video games and consoles, t-shirts, collectables, plush items, leather goods, toys, cards, posters, weapons, and more.

Events for the con include Cartoon Theme Song Sing-A-Long Bingo, an anime theater, kids costume contest on Saturday and an adult one on Sunday, food vendors, Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School demos, Paint Me Pokémon, and panels.  Let’s Play All The Games are running retro video game tournaments on Saturday.  Tournaments are Tecmo Super bowl, Tekken 3, and WWE Day of Reckoning 2, all are $5 to enter.  Cartridges Galore are running tournaments of Smash Brothers Melee and Goldeneye on Sunday with a $10 entry fee.  Pop-up tournaments are possible throughout the weekend plus open gaming areas for all.  For tabletop gaming there will be Pathfinder Society of WV, games of Munchkin, and Magic: The Gathering tournaments.

Tickets are $10 per day or $18 for two days if you order online.

Another fun con with lots of different people to see, even if I am not sure what they are all there for.

WV Pop Con 2016

WV Pop Con is back this Saturday August 27 from 10am to 7pm and Sunday August 28th from 11am to 5pm at Mylan Park in Morgantown.

Featured creator guests at the show are Dominike “Domo” Stanton (Starbrand and Nightmask, character illustrator for Archer), Chad Cicconi (sketch card artist), Steve Geiger (former managing art director of Marvel), Justin Jordan (Shadowman, Call of Duty Zombies), Bill McKay (Zombie Tramp, Vampblade), Rafter Roberts (Archer and Armstrong, Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream), DJ Coffman (Hero by Night, The God Child), and Shawn Gabborin (found member and editor in chief of Action Lab Entertainment).

There will be plenty of other exhibitors there: illustrators, writers, comic creators, nerdy crafters, an all girl robotics team, game creators, painters, Electro-Magnetic Press and other small publishers, sculptors, photographers, cosplayers, podcasters, tattoo artists, Ghostbusters, filmmakers, Rebel Legion, College Football Hall of Famer Major Harris, Amtgard, pro wrestler Ricky Morton, 501st, Morgantown Roller Vixens, Black Mountain Guard, Pathfinder Society, and more.

Not to mention vendors selling comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, gaming supplies, t-shirts, collectables, toys, plush, books, video games, crafts, buttons, leather work, weapons, posters, and plenty more.

They will have a kid’s cosplay contest on Saturday and an adult one on Sunday, various panels, games of Pathfinder, Magic: The Gathering tournament, other gaming demos, gaming library, and retro video games.

Admission at the door will be $20 for both days.  They will also have exclusive covers for sell for Generation Zero and two different Prince-S STARthief done by guests for sell at the show.

A comic show with a lot of variety for fans of all kinds of genres.

WV Pop Con 2015

WV Pop Con returns to Mylan Park in Morgantown this Saturday August 22nd from 10am to 7pm and Sunday August 23rd from 11m to 5pm.

Creator guests include comic creators, artists, authors, crafters, design studios, costumers, and more.  Featured guests are Mike McKone (Avengers Academy, Justice League United), Thomas Zahler (Love and Capes, My Little Pony), DJ Coffman (Hero by Night, God Child), Chad Cicconi (sketch cards, NFL Rush Zone), Bill McKay (Zombies vs Cheerleaders, Danger Zone), and Dennis Budd (sketch card artist) .  Some of WV’s finest who will be there include featured guest James Patrick (Green Arrow, Pulp 21) and Robert Tinnell (Feast of the Seven Fishes, Wicked West); Jason Pell (Zombie Highway, Season’s End), Rich Bottles Jr. (Hellhole West Virginia, Lumberjacked),  Larry Morgan (Electro-Magnetic Press), Grinning Fox Customs, Dustin Smith (Knight Hunter), David Newbold (Runaways, Weapon X), Dusty Catlett, Implexity Designs, Angi D*signs, Garrick Gilmore, Josh Floquet, Andrew Carter (Let’s Play All The Games, Habitat Against Humanity) and others.

Entertainment guests are the 501st Legion Garrison Carida Squad Corellia, The Portrait Dude, Rebel Legion, Amtgard, Mandalorian Mercs The Black Mountain Guard, Morgantown Roller Vixens, Wudang Swordsmen Academy, Sigler Photography’s Morbid Memories, World Paranormal Investigations, Vintage Theatre Company, WV Ghostbusters and their van, Jeremy Ambler (Walking Dead, the Crazies), game company Milton Roe Creative and cosplayers Knightmage, Bio Cosplay, and Bunny Bombshell. They will have vendors selling comics, games, action figures, TPBs, cards, collectibles, video games, figures, costumes, props, t-shirts, leather goods, weapons, and who knows what all else.  Plus publishers Outpouring Comics, Burning Bulb Publishing, Electro-Magnetic Press, and Action Lab Comics.

Gaming will include Magic tournaments hosted by Nerducopia, West Virginia Pathfinder Society, a table top and retro gaming libraries and demos.  The costume contest is Sunday at 3pm.  Sign-up at the Illusive Skull booth at the con.

Admission is $10 for each day or $18 for two days.  Children under 10 get in free with an adult.   You can purchase before hand online or at Comic Paradise Plus in Fairmont or Westover.

WV Pop Con 2014

WV Pop Con returns for a third year in Morgantown at the Mylan Park Expo Center.  This Saturday August 23rd from 10am to 7pm and Sunday the 24th from 11am to 5pm.  There will be comic creators, artists, video gaming, table top gaming, costuming,

Featured creator guests include the prolific author Peter David of tv, film, books, and comics, Koi Pham of Marvel and Image, Eisner Award Winner Chris Sprouse, multiple Harvey Award winning co-creator/writer of The Mice Templar Bryan J.L. Glass, Douglas Paszkiewicz of Arsenic Lullaby, Chad Cicconi comic and sketch card artist, Ken Haeser, Buz Hasson, and Blair Smith of Living Dead Corpse Comics, and John Russo co-author of Night of the Living Dead.  Various WV based or born creators include Gary Lee Vincent, Shane Moore, Dusty Catlett, Jason Pell, Bubble and Geek Candles & Scents, Insane Stain, Rich Bottles Jr., Green Dragon, Larry Morgan, Garrick Gilmore, Lucien Knights, Josh Floquet, and the Morgantown High School Art Department.

Entertainment guests for the con include Paul Bradford of Ghost Hunters International, RJ Haddy, cosplayers Knightmage,and Costumed Vigilante, the Rebel Legion, 501st Garrison Carida, Amtgard, a Back to the Future DeLorean, WV Tattoo Expo, Morgantown Roller Vixens, WV Ghostubsters, Let Us Nerd, and Vintage Theatre Company.

Vendors at the con will include comic and game shops, comic and book publishers, toy and collectables vendors, video games, Legos, costume shop, swords and weapons, t-shirts, and much more.

Events at the con include costuming workshops, a costume contest on Sunday, board games and game demos, video games, photo booth, Pathfinder Society.  Tournaments include Magic the Gathering, Pokemon DS, X-Wing minis, Pokemon TCG, Warhammer 40k, Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Street Fighter, and Halo.

Tickets are $10 or both days for $18 for everyone over six years old.

The con has a lot going on and people to see.  Something to check out for several fandoms.

 

WVPop Con

So WV Pop Con was on October 6 and 7th in Morgantown at the Mylan Expo Center.  I was able to go up with the guys of Broken Icon/Tri-con and check it out.

The expo center worked pretty well.  Plenty of room for everything and even room to grow if they want.  A few complaints on layout, with one room of exhibitors all the way in the back looking at the wall not making it all that inviting for people to walk down.  On Sunday they were able to move some of them to better spots.  One of the panel areas was placed right underneath the center’s speakers and between the video game area and the table top gaming area where they were play music themselves.  This made it kind of hard to hear things at times.  The other panel area was fine though.  The center had a snack stand, but they were a bit pricey and not the best in food, but the most convenient since the expo center it self was kind of away from everything else.

The big name guests for the con were placed down the center of the building, with the other artists and groups branching off from them.  Up front were the different dealers with lots of comics and toys for everyone.  A lot of great talent was on display at the show; several old favorites of mine that I got to catch up with and some new ones I got to meet for the first time.  Sketch card artists, 8bit artists, indy comics, posters and much more for sell.

There were several things to see just set up at the con as well.  The 501st was set up with two large back drops for picture taking and always had a few Stormtroopers around with Darth Vader.  Plenty of other Star Wars characters popped up throughout the weekend.  A Batmobile from the 60’s TV show and a Ghostbuster custom van were both set up for photo ops.  A photography studio had a green set up for pictures.  Morgantown Thriller was on hand Saturday to play Thriller on loop for several hours (I was seated across from them for a long time; I don’t want to talk about it) and on Sunday to teach everyone who wanted to learn how to do the Thriller dance themselves.  Local roller derby team, Morgantown Vixens, were often seen just gliding around.  Lost Sock Entertainment had hand craft puppets on display.

The panels at the con were great for creative types.  Workshops on costuming and make-up; panels about writing screenplays and graphic novels, art reviews by small press companies, starting a comic book company, learning about podcasting, and several more.  There were Warhammer and Magic tournaments both days.  For video gaming, LANding Zone was there with several big screens with the latest games for people to free play and tournaments.  Video game store Game Exchange had Guitar Hero always on and an other alternating game set up at their booth; both looking for weekend high score.

On the costuming front; there was a family of Airbenders including baby in an Appa stroller; I have not been this excited by a cosplay group in a long time.  Their eight year old on the other hand was dressed as Lelouch from the anime Code Geass in an outfit he sewed himself; he won in the cosplay contest for it.  Other outfits included Sailor Jupiter, Zelda and Link, Waldo, Batman and Robin who wandered over to their car, female Commander Shepard (costume winner), couple of Naruto ninjas, little Jack Sparrow, Deadpool, and several more.  Not a lot of costumes, but a lot of them were very good.

Over all a decent event, could have just been one day instead of two.  Attendance did not seem to be that high, have not found an attendance total yet.  In fact Sunday morning till the afternoon it felt really dead.  Still would like to go back and see about it next year though.  Good for collectors, comic fans, and people who just like the general nerd atmosphere.

Next time I will talk about Tsubasacon.