The Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School practices a performance martial art based on their interpretation of the seven lightsaber forms of the Star Wars universe. They teach our students to create movie-like duels that appear to be choreographed, but are actually competitive and almost wholly improvised.
Founded in Fairmont in 2015, they have since attracted an expanding fan base and appeared at over 100 events in West Virginia and beyond! They are a not-for-profit organization and strive for positive engagement with our fans and community through fundraisers, children’s events, and other worthy causes. Since 2018, they have been collecting financial donations for the WVU Children’s Hospital through giveaways and good-natured Light Side vs. Dark Side competitions. They have previously supported the local Jack Strong Foundation.
WyvaCon is a sci-fi con in Wytheville, Virginia on Saturday September 17th at the Wytheville Meeting Center. Admission is free, but donations are accepted too.
WyvaCon will have gaming, panels, Kidz Zone, trivia contest. and more fun. Their costume contest will be judged by national award winning costume artists Chris Dehart and Jessica Nicole Thompson. Andy’s Toys will be hosting tournaments for Pokémon and Magic CCGs and a Smash Bros tournament. They have several vendors selling collectibles and crafts. Also comic book artist Noah Sult and podcaster Steve Stanley.
They have opening for vendors till September 15th and for volunteers too.
We’ll be there with video games and board games to hang out with.
Gary Lee Vincent (b. 1974) was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and is an accomplished actor, producer, director, author, musician, and entrepreneur.
As an actor he has appeared in over 100 films, such as MIDNIGHT, MY UNCLE JOHN IS A ZOMBIE (with fellow Guest John Russo), FADED MEMORIES, and STRANGE FRIENDS. He also appeared in numerous television series including: THE WALKING DEAD, STRANGER THINGS, HOUSE OF CARDS, and MINDHUNTER!!!!
His first directorial debut was in the faith-based film, A PROMISE TO ASTRID, starring Dean Cain. He went on to direct DESK CLERK, DISPATCHED, MIDNIGHT (2020)–the remake of John Russo’s 1982 iconic slasher; GODSEND, STRANGE FRIENDS and co-directed JOHN LIGHT, JACK JONAH, A CHILD OF THE KING, CORONAVIRUS: PATIENT ZERO, and CORONAVIRUS: PERFECT STORM and several others.
As an author, Gary has written over 20 novels, including the hit vampire series DARKENED, which includes the award-winning books, DARKENED HILLS, DARKENED HOLLOWS, DARKENED WATERS, DARKENED SOULS, DARKENED MINDS, and DARKENED DESTINIES. His latest thriller, IMPOUND, is a new release.
In 2009, Gary launched Burning Bulb Publishing as a way for unknown authors to collaborate in a co-op environment to help each other explore opportunities and promote their creative endeavors. This started a long run of new literature and by 2020, Burning Bulb had published over 200 different novels.
Gary also has recorded three musical albums: “100 PERCENT”, “PASSION, PLEASURE, & PAIN”, and “SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD.”
With twenty books published internationally and nineteen feature movies in worldwide distribution, John Russo has been called a “living legend.” He began by co-authoring the screenplay for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, which has become recognized as a “horror classic.”
His books on the art and craft of movie making, such as HOW TO MAKE EXCITING MONEY MAKING MOVIES, have become bibles of independent production. Quentin Tarantino and many other noted filmmakers have stated that Russo’s books helped them launch their careers.
John Russo wants people to know he’s “just a nice guy who likes to scare people” — and he’s done it with novels and films such as RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, MIDNIGHT, THE MAJORETTES, THE AWAKENING and HEARTSTOPPER. He has had a long, rewarding career, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Recently his screenplay for ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD was made into a five-part comic book released by Avatar to great acclaim; it made the Top Ten of Horror Comics nationally and spawned two graphic novels and ten sequels.
Russo’s latest novel DEALEY PLAZA was published by Burning Bulb Publishing, which has also published Russo’s novels THE ACADEMY, THE AWAKENING, THE BOOBY HATCH, LIMB TO LIMB, LIVING THINGS and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. His short story Channel 666 appears in THE BIG BOOK OF BIZARRO and John was a contributing editor on the Burning Bulb hit anthology RISE OF THE DEAD.
He is also slated to direct two movies: a remake of his cult hit, MIDNIGHT, and a brand new take on the “zombie phenomenon” entitled SPAWN OF THE DEAD.
His popularity among genre fans remains at a high pitch. He appears at many movie conventions each year as a featured guest, and he considers his appearance at the Orion Festival, hosted by Kirk Hammett and METALLICA, one of the highlights of his career.
We are once again on the road to promote at another convention. This time up to Morgantown for WV Pop Con x Let’s Play Games Con on Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th at Mylan Park.
WV Pop Con will have creators of comics, books, and crafts; cosplayers, cosplay groups, and vendors with all kinds of things to sell. Featured guests for this year are Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, YouTube star Pittsburgh Dad, comic creators Brett Breeding, Ron Frenz, and Patrick Olliffe. There will be panels and a cosplay contests on both days (kids and teens on Saturday; adults on Sunday.
LPGWV is hosting gaming for this year. They have several table top games you can sign up for. Plus they have been working on some video gaming for all.
Expect plenty of games to play at our table as well. Come by, chat, and check out a game.
DualCon will be out promoting at another convention, bringing along several games for all to play.
Come see us at Pikeville Comic & Toy Con is Saturday August 20th from 10am-6pm in Pikeville, KY at the Appalachian Wireless Arena.
They will have professional wrestlers (Jack the Snake, Ricky Steamboat, Shane Douglas, Barry Windham, Tito Santana), anime voice actors (Morgan Laure and Austin Tindle), and professional comic creators (Glenn Whitmore, Brian Shearer, Craig Boldman, and Bill Nichols) to meet.
They will also have bunch of vendors, artists, crafters, other creators, and more selling all kinds of things. Plus a costume contest.
Tickets are $12 per person and free for kids 10 and under.
Muggle with a Mic was started in April 2020 by host/creator/producer Kaiti who is joined by her long time friend and co-host Phil as they discuss movies, television and other pop culture topics. From Harry Potter and Star Wars to The Office and Jane Austen … we cover it all! Join the duo along with other friends each episode as they show off their drinking vessels (aka mugs), discuss movie news, and review movies and television shows. Most episodes end with fun topical quizzes that test guests, hosts and listeners! Episodes include an interview with New York based character actor Nick Reynolds (The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, Succession and more), multiple musical episodes including an interview with CAPA’s Lisa Minken, Retro Gaming episode with Generation Gap Gaming’s Tyler Evans, Star Wars galore and so much more!
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Anthony DeMinico, better known online as “LibrariaNPC” and the owner of Pithy Productions. He is a long time gamer that’s dabbled in playtesting, editing, and now creating roleplaying games, including the comedy-horror RPG GhastBashers, inspired by exactly what you think!
Pithy Productions is a proud purveyor of products for your tabletop pasttimes! Whether you want a new indie tabletop RPG or need the perfect mini for your next character, we are ready to bring great things to your table!
Pithy Productions is currently running a Kickstarter for their newest game Dualities.
Dualities is a narrative-focused, card-powered TTRPG of shapeshifting heroes. Inspired by therianthrope heroes, the mahou shoujo genre, tokusatsu shows and films, and shounen anime, the concept of the game focuses on protagonists that are capable of taking many forms.
Whether you want to tell a romance story of high schoolers that can turn into ancient deities, share the adventures of a group of spies with the latest in stealthy powered armors, or want an bloody arena battle of genetically modified humans that turn into animals, Dualities will cover what you need!