Willcon events schedule
Doors open for VIP ticket holders
Doors open for general public
ALL DAY EVENTS:
Laser Tag, Adventure Games Escape Room, Face Painting, Magic the Gathering Classic and Commander, Yu-gi-oh, Pokemon TCG, Table Game Demos
Signups open for the Rare Drops Retro Video Game Tournament Morning and Afternoon sessions
Anime discussion panel
Black Coal Brass Quintet performance
Trading Card Gaming New Player Demo hosted by Play and Paint
Odd Todd's Tournament of Champions Lightsaber Duel Exhibition
The Willcon Parade of Costumes
Game of Thrones discussion panel hosted by Erica Newsome
Sanctioned Magic the Gathering Tournaments - Modern and Standard hosted by Play and Paint
Zombie Makeover hosted by Hainted FX
Pokemon Scavenger Hunt clue/map pickup
Michael Knost Writers' Workshop "Showing vs Telling"
Rare Drops afternoon retro video game tournament
DJ/Music by No Limit Entertainment
Odd Todd's Tournament of Champions Lightsaber Duel Exhibition
Forum Role Playing Panel
Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokémon tournaments hosted by Play and Paint
Live Action Role Playing Panel/DEMO
local art exhibit
One of the guiding philosophies behind Willcon was that this event would focus on involving the community. We saw Willcon as an event that would provide an outlet for creativity and expression. We contacted the art departments of Belfry High School, Mingo Central High School, and Tug Valley High School and tasked them with designing a representative mascot for our event. We were stunned by the quick response and the inspiring results.
BITUMEN - Mingo Central High School
Sydney Browning and Skylar Belcher, Mingo Central High School. Their character "Bitumen" was chosen from Mingo Central to be one of the characters of WillCon. Sydney is the brains and beauty behind the drawing and Skylar is the brains and beauty behind Bitumen's story! Both students were recognized for their creativity and hard work. "Bitumen" will now be utilized for future flyers, posters, and badges for WillCon. Sydney, Skyler and "Bitumen" will also be featured in local newspapers.
You can catch their art display during the convention so be sure to stop by their booth. Our graphic designer Heath Thompson and artist Alyssa Dyer also assisted with making "Bitumen" come alive as a comic book character!
We also want to say a special thank you to Mrs. Virginia Thomas, art teacher at Mingo Central, for supporting this project and for encouraging her students. We are always excited to showcase local talent and to let them know how much they are appreciated and supported
DR. BURN - Tug Valley High School
Makayla McMillion,freshman, Tug Valley High School. Makayla's character "Dr. Burns" was chosen from Tug Valley to be one of the characters of WillCon. Makayla has always had a passion for drawing, painting and sketching and hopes to continue it through college. "Dr. Burns" will now be utilized for future flyers, posters, and badges for WillCon. Makayla and "Dr. Burns" will also be featured in local newspapers.
We presented Makayla with two VIP passes to WillCon, along with a free painting class gift certificate, courtesy of Play and Paint LLC, opening soon in downtown Williamson. You can catch Makayla's art display (as well as other art from students at Tug Valley) during the convention so be sure to stop by their booth.
We also want to say a special thank you to Principal Dr. Johnny Branch and art teacher Mr. Greg Wireman for supporting this project and for encouraging their students. We are always excited to showcase local talent and to let them know how much they are appreciated and supported
CODACHROMEE - Belfry High School
We want to take a moment to give a huge shoutout and congratulations to Megan Cooper, Peyton Hardesty, Dylan Conley and Tyler Fields from Belfry High Schools Art 3&4 senior class. Their character "Codachromee" was chosen from Belfry to be one of the characters of WillCon. All four students revealed their passion for drawing, painting and sketching. "Codachromee" will now be utilized for future flyers, posters, and badges for WillCon. Megan, Peyton, Dylan, Tyler and "Codachromee" will also be featured in local newspapers.
You can catch their art display (as well as other art from students at Belfry) during the convention so be sure to stop by their booth.
We also want to say a special thank you to Principal Mark Gannon and art teacher Mrs. Autumn Chapman for supporting this project and for encouraging their students. We are always excited to showcase local talent and to let them know how much they are appreciated and supported
Willcon will be providing an exhibit of pop culture inspired artwork at our artists alley. if you are a local artist and wish to display your work, please contact The Coalhouse using our contact page.
Guests and vendors
Erica Newsome has been a keen fan of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R.R. Martin since 2011, after watching the series premiere of "Game of Thrones". She is also an English teacher at Chapmanville Regional High School and loves discussing Literature for a living! She has been fortunate enough to meet and speak with George R.R. Martin at Balticon in 2016, where she also discussed theories and themes with "superfans" such as Brynden B. Fish as well as the hosts of the Radio Westeros and History of Westeros podcasts. She is a casual cosplayer and most recently attended the very first Con of Thrones in Nashville, TN. Erica is a Williamson native and is absolutely thrilled to be part of Williamson's very first ComicCon!
Book and show fans alike are welcome to come and chat about all things "Game of Thrones"! This discussion panel will address various fan theories and other aspects of this magnificent story by George R.R.Martin. Audience participation and input will be greatly encouraged! Come and meet with fellow fans and discuss the events of the story and possible fates of characters such as Daenerys, Jon, Cersei, Jaime, Brienne, and more!
Hainted FX is a Mingo county based Practical effects studio catering to Film, TV and the professional haunt industry. Owned and operated by Dustin Blankenship since 2007, they are also known as Ambassadors of the Living Dead for the George Romero weekend held annually in Evans City, PA. They strive to offer the best in film grade prosthetics for makeup, and collectable prop replica's from your favorite TV shows & films. Take the opportunity to make your frightmares come true. Their work can be seen and is available at Wal-mart, Target, Best Buy and Netflix. They are also available for private party bookings, with incredibly reasonable rates.
Ashley is a 24 year old student who was born and raised in Pike County. She has had a passion forwatching anime and playing games since she was young. She's currently attending the University of Pikeville as an English student and hope to some day write my own fantasy novels.
Ashley will be leading an History of Anime discussion panel and her group will be hosting an introduction to Forum Role Playing. Willcon is thrilled to have voices from the community share their interests and their expertise.
Joel has been collecting comic books since the early 70s. Amazingly, this will be his first show since 1985. Most of his collection is from the early 80s or before. Joel also has a lot of first issues and first appearances. He has stated that he is interested in selling and trading. Joel will also have a few toys available like Star Wars, Marvel and others.
We're excited to have Joel and his personal collection of comic books!
Lea Ann Caines
Lea Ann is a local crafter who graduated from Belfry High School and Morehead State University with a Bachelors degree in studio art. Lea Ann shares a love for all things nerdy and loves to craft. She makes toys and items that she always wanted as a child in hopes others will enjoy as well. Lea Ann will be selling some of her awesome hand made creations as well as used and vintage action figures and collectibles. She also has an Etsy store called Tiny Cat Craft so be sure to look her up!
Odd Todd's Tournament of Champions
Did you know the basic fighting forms used in lightsaber combat have real-world roots in martial arts? Influences from escrima, wushu, fencing, kenjutsu, and many more can be found woven into the 7 foundational forms of lightsaber combat. On August 26th, duelists from "Odd Todd's Tournament of Champions - Lightsaber Combat" will be on hand during Willcon 2017 to introduce their craft, perform exhibition duels, and answer questions from inquiring minds. Come by and check us out!
No Limit Entertainment
No Limit Entertainment will be providing us with some awesome tunes from your favorite movie soundtracks, tv shows and more. They are scheduled to hit the stage from 2-6pm.
Check them out on Facebook at
Black Coal Brass Quintet
The Black Coal Brass Quintet is a local group of brass musicians from West Virginia and Kentucky. Formed in 2016, Black Coal Brass is gaining a local following around the Williamson, WV & Belfry, KY area. Black Coal Brass plays pop, jazz, ragtime, and classical favorites. Black Coal Brass is made up of: Rick Brookens, tuba; Bob Easton, French horn, Sam Fields, trombone, Thom Jude, trumpet; and Cody Smallwood, trumpet.
Facebook: Black Coal Brass Quintet
Foster Adventure supporting teens in care by funding social, athletic and educational opportunities and items. Foster Adventure will be selling shaved ice, lemonade, cosplay merchandise and totes.
The Goblin Traders
The Goblin Traders are visiting us from Ironton, OH. They will be carrying games and gaming accessories, toys and other miscellaneous items of the nerdy variety.
Gen X Collections
Gen-X Collections has been buying and selling toys from the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond for over 25 years. Pick up your favorite collectibles from Star Wars, Star Trek, Ninja Turtles, MEGO, Super Powers, G.I. Joe, the Walking Dead, Marx Johnny West, Power Rangers, Bionic Man/Woman, He-Man, Pokémon, vintage video games, and more at our booth!
Crimson Corner Collectibles
Jordan Hylton is from Forest Hills, KY and has always had a passion for drawing and painting. This will be his very first time setting up and trying to sell some of his talented artwork. He is also a huge Funko Pop collector and will have a lot for sale as well as some other odds and ends. Jordan's booth will be located on the adjoining football field so be sure to stop by and check out his amazing items!
Comics, games, cards, toys
melissa's basket and galore
pop culture t-shirts and more
original art, prints, comics, self publisher
Tug valley recovery shelter
Photo opportunities with some of your favorite characters
Born in Amsterdam, New York, and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, John Russell Earls, Jr., started drawing at the tender age of two. The love for his heroes Batman and G.I. Joe inspired him to draw, and he hasn't put the pen down since. His talent developed throughout childhood and well into his teen years. As an adult, that talent has been recognized far and wide. His caricatures and original art have drawn attention from international wrestling magazines, where he has been published twice. A growing number of actors and actresses have shared their character-inspired pieces on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and he has sent original pieces across the globe.
Going by the artist name Alfiegraphics, J.R. has attended many popular area conventions such as Shockacon, Charcon, Mountain State Pop Expo and Tri-State Comic Con (Tricon). He can also be seen doing caricatures and selling original art during opening weekend of many popular movie releases at Frank Theatres in Teays Valley. He currently resides in the Charleston area with his amazing sons, Jack and Dalton, and can be reached via Facebook and Twitter for commissions.
Jason Pell is a West Virginia based indie comic book writer/creator. Known for his inventive writing and art, he also has racked up credits as a letterer, colorist and more. His books, Zombie Highway, Season's End, and Suicide 5 have all been critically lauded and has found readers world-wide.
Alyssa is a 19 year old artist from Warfield, KY. She graduated from Sheldon Clark High School in 2016 and is currently a sophomore Digital Media & Design major at the University of Kentucky. She would like to pursue a career in graphic design and illustration after college. Alyssa works in both traditional and digital media and specializes in portraits and digital illustration. She will be selling prints of her artwork as well as one-of-a-kind original pieces and commissions at her booth at WillCon. If you would like to have a sneak peek at what kind of art Alyssa creates, you can view her digital portfolio at http://www.lyssacat.deviantart.com/.
We want to take a moment to welcome Jessica Sturgell to WillCon!
Jessica will be featured in artist alley. She is a student at Marshall University and is originally from Mingo County. Art is her passion and has been since she was very young. "I was always drawing as a kid, but I think I really started to be serious about the arts in high school while I was thinking about my college education. I started doing graphic design my Junior year of high school loved it and chose... to major in graphic design in college"
Since entering college, her interests have expand to also include painting and printmaking. At WillCon, she will be displaying some of her digital and traditional art as well as new digital pieces to sell based on comic books and recent game releases.
So please make sure to stop by Jessica's booth and support a local artist! We look forward to seeing all of her work! Welcome home Jessica
sinfection (danni newsome)
mingo central high school art program
belfry high school art program
tug valley high school art program
willcon cosplay contest
Rare Drops Video game tournaments
Questions about Willcon? Drop us a line.
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and in the news...
WILLIAMSON DAILY NEWS July, 12, 2017
WILLIAMSON – The first-ever Will-Con convention is coming to the Williamson Fieldhouse in August and the event is expected to draw thousands.
It will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, at the historic local Fieldhouse.
The convention will be similar to the ComicCon conventions that are now popular across the country. However this event will include several other types of vendors and participants. It has been dubbed a "Pop Culture and Entertainment Convention."
Williamson Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) volunteers Tonya Webb and Chris Dotson are trying to get the word out on Will-Con. They hope this will become an annual event.
The CVB had success last year with the Pokemon Festival and the SpookFest at Halloween. They believe this type of annual convention can be huge for Williamson and the Tug Valley and bring in a lot or tourism revenue for the region.
"I love planning fun things for children and families," Webb told the Chamber. "This is one thing we have lacked in our area for a long time."
Webb said the success of those two events showed her and Dotson that people were willing to come to Williamson if you provide them with fun things at a low cost to do.
Webb said she and Dotson went around to each business in town to ask them if they benefited from the events. The answer was an overwhelming "yes."
This will be the first big event of the year by the CVB.
These types of conventions deal with gaming, comic books, science fiction and pop culture. Many who visit will dress up as their favorite characters such as super heroes or an actor from shows like the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.
The CVB has decided to start with a one day event and build on that in the future.
The first convention will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will have vendors, games, contests and much more.
Ideas for businesses are to have a Star Wars or Star Trek Night, maybe have a menu with themes of super heroes or popular TV shows. The duo said ideas are endless for things related to pop culture.
Webb said the CVB has already had people contact them about places to stay and eat and vendors who are interested in setting up that Saturday.
Webb said she recently attended a ComicCon in Lexington to get an idea on how these type of events run.
The Williamson CVB Facebook page has received thousands of hits.
Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.