This weekend, it’s not Mountaineer football fans who will be descending upon Morgantown — it’s pop culture fans.
Is that term too broad? Well, it’s tough to classify the West Virginia Popular Culture Convention (WVPOP), a brand-new event for the state that’s slated for Oct. 6 and 7. The Associated Press reports that promoter Jon Hayes expects collectors and fans from across the country to gather, celebrating their fondness for comic books, comic strips, manga, anime, gaming and toys.
New York Times best-selling writer Kyle Higgins, artist Ron Frenz and writer/artist Billy Tucci highlight the guest list.
Also slated to appear are artists Jerry Gaylord, Bo Hampton, Mark Wheatley, Neil Vokes and Josh Medors, and writers Robert Tinnell and J.C. Vaughn.
Vaughn is bringing the first West Virginia Pop comic book, “Zombie-Proof: Zombie Zoo,” among others.
There also will be entertainment guests. Among them: Charleston filmmaker Daniel Boyd, an assistant professor at West Virginia State University and creator of such films as 1987’s “Chillers.” That movie, which won the Silver Scroll Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film, features several strangers sharing nightmarish stories while waiting for a bus.(Charleston native and SyFy “Face Off” contender RJ Haddy, a special effects makeup artist unfortunately had to cancel)
And with it being October — mere weeks before Halloween — expect some ghoulish fun, too. Morgantown’s Rocky Horror Shadow Cast will be there, and photographer Sarah Sigler can help you make some Morbid Memories of your trip.
The event will take place at the Mylan Park Expo Center, just off I-79.
So, Charlestonians, who’s making plans to attend?