Matthew Atchley is a celebrity artist and actor known for his hand drawn intricately detailed illustrations. His subjects span across all fandoms and different forms of pop culture including characters from popular TV, film, comics, and more. He has created artwork for several actors from The Walking Dead, Daredevil, Breaking Bad, Arrow, The Flash, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, and Napoleon Dynamite to just name a few. He also created a series a political cartoons with Actor Sean Astin with Sean writing and Matthew illustrating. Matthew appears at comic conventions and events as a special guest all across the country. His artwork has also graced book covers, company logos, and art gallery walls. He was ranked in 4th place in an international poll for Best Portrait Artist by the Spacie Awards.
Matthew has also recently returned to his acting roots as well. He can be seen on episodes of “The Originals”, “Nashville”, & “Murder Calls” and many more upcoming projects. His entire artwork portfolio can be found at http://artofmatthewatchley.com/ and
This is Mr. Atchley's first appearance at WillCon so be sure to give him a warm welcome, stop by his booth and check out his amazing work!
Daniel Boyd is an acclaimed filmmaker (Chillers, Strangest Dreams, Paradise Park), a two-time television regional Emmy nominee, and is a multi-nominated graphic novelist (Chillers I & II, CARBON, SALT).
Recently, Boyd and Gold/Platinum albums recipient and NPR’s Mountain Stage co-creator and host, Larry Groce, collaborated on the full staged musical adaptation of Paradise Park commissioned by Theater West Virginia.
A retired media studies professor at West Virginia State University, Boyd also taught around the world including in Tanzania as a three-time Fulbright scholar. He continues to serve as Artist in Residence at WV State University’s Economic Development Center.
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 latest book, Pinpricks, A book of terrible and tiny oddities, was funded through a very successful campaign through Kickstarter.
Jason also has three short stories available on Amazon currently.
Other books by Jason, Zombie Highway, Season's End, and Suicide 5 have all been critically lauded and has found readers world-wide.
Finally, Jason is also the creator of the original WillCon artwork “Where The Dreamers Meet”. Thank you for the wonderful artwork and welcome back to WillCon, Jason!
We want to take a moment to welcome back Tim Shockey and the Green Goblin Head from Maxium Overdrive back to WillCon!
In 1987, Tim Shockey purchased the Green Goblin head in Wilmington North Carolina. He brought it back to southern Ohio where it sat on display in his video store (Uncle Jim's Videoland). After he sold the video store, he stored the head at home where it stayed for many years.
In 2011 Tim started restoring it. He worked night and weekends for 2 years restoring it and finally on March 16, 2013 it was completely painted. A week later it made it’s first public appearance in almost 30 years! Tim now travels across the USA and Canada to horror & comic cons sharing it with fans. It's coming back to Williamson, WV!
Photo ops with the incredible Green Goblin Head are $10 each or for $15, you can throw on a pair of Dixie Boy coveralls that will make for an even more amazing photo!
We are excited to have him back and we know you are too so be sure to stop by his booth and check it out!
Welcome Back to WillCon Tim!!!!!
We would like to take a moment and welcome Pop Culture Artist J. R. Earls back to WillCon!
J.R. will be bringing his original art, his special brand of Caricatures and his Mystery Art Challenge so be sure to stop by his booth and check out all of his amazing work. You can also view more on Facebook at J.R.’s Alfiegraphics!!!
Welcome back to WillCon J.R.!!!!!
Ghostbusters West Virginia Division
We would like to take a moment and welcome the Ghostbusters of the West Virginia Division to WillCon 💚👻
The Ghostbusters (West Virginia Division) consists of great men & women who share a love of Ghostbusters and a passion for helping others. Their mission is to make the days of men, women, and children brighter and to help raise funds for two charities: The American Heart Association and Children's Home Society of WV. While at WillCon, they will be offering gifts ranging from stickers, buttons, enamel pins and t-shirts in exchange for various sizes donations. They are completely non profit and everything they take in goes to charity.
If you love the Ghostbusters like we do, stop by their booth and show them some love ...Don’t forget to get a pic with the big Stay Puft guy himself 😉
Welcome to WillCon Ghostbusters💚👻
Santana Maynard does acting, cosplay and sings. She has worked with celebrities at a variety of cons including Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and more. Santana was in Blinky Productions Ghostbuster fan film and has collaborated with YouTubers and VO talent such as Jon Bailey. Santana has been featured in cosplay magazines for her work in cosplay and music video about cosplay. She’s been in We Rise Mag, GLOMP magazine, Jetset, Cosplayzine and more. She is even an anime judge for San Diego Comic Con.
Alicia Renae - Kiss A Frog Cosplay
Kiss a Frog Cosplay (AKA Alicia Renaé) is a 27 year old Internationally recognized, body-positive Cosplayer from Charleston, WV with a cosplay and J-Fashion career spanning 6 years. She has been featured on the interwebs by AFROPUNK, Black Girl Nerds, Anime Complexium, Art of Cosplay, Black Nerd Problems and many others. Her best known cosplays are her Super Sailor Mars from Sailor Moon, Princess Serenity, Rouge The Bag from Sonic The Hedgehog, and Princess Tiana. Her specialties are Cosplay makeup, craft foam ears and accessories, and making guides for cosplay posing.
Noble Armory is a husband and wife cosplay team who grew up (and are based) in Southern West Virginia. Page Shelton met Steven Clay online in World of Warcraft in 2008 and the rest is history ❤️ They began their cosplay adventure together in 2009, with a scout and sniper cosplay from Team Fortress 2 for Tsubasacon. They then decided to focus more on heavier armored builds. In 2013, they worked on their first larger build- an ODST from Halo 3 for RTX in Austin, TX
This dynamic duo has won cosplay contests at GenCon in Indianapolis, IN, and TriCon in Huntington, WV. They have also met cosplay greats, Jessica Nigri and Yaya Han. They have attended DragonCon in Atlanta, GA, and countless local conventions (PowerUpRVGC, CharCon, Tsubasacon, Causeacon(Soon!), Lexington ComicCon, Lexplay). You can see many of their Work-in-Progress photos of their costumes and contact them on their Facebook page.
Noble Armory will have tables set up to display their amazing cosplay and props....they will also have a few Items for sale and great news, they are bringing their popular 3D printer!!! Yay!!! Be sure to stop by their booth and check out their amazing items!
Welcome Back to WillCon Noble Armory!
Alyssa is a 20 year old artist from Warfield, KY. Alyssa graduated from Sheldon Clark High School in 2016 and is currently an incoming junior 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, graphic design, 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
Welcome back to WillCon Alyssa!!!!
Donn Kinney grew up and attended school in Logan County West Virginia, during his senior year of high school he was awarded a full scholarship to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he graduated with high honors in 1993
Donn began his career working in puppetry with his first art-related job in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 creature shop. After Ninja Turtles, Donn worked on several national and international puppet projects including The Fox Cubhouse, a co production by the Jim Henson company, Film Australia, WQED and DIC Entertainment. During work on the Cubhouse, Donn began to experiment with computer animation, creating several short films that played at SIGGRAPH, and one short, Steve Saves the Universe, that went on to be nominated for an award at the London Effects and Animation Festival.
For the next nine years, Donn would do animation work on a variety of projects ranging from a series of commercials for Singapore's M1 Telecommunications to animated elements for Mr. Roger's Neighborhood as well as a full length animated Christmas special The Toys that Rescued Christmas.
On a stroll through the artists alley while attending Otakon in the summer of 2003, he was accidentally introduced to the world of Japanees BJDs (Ball Jointed Dolls) and was instantly inspired. Within the next year, and after much experimentation, he had created his first BJD sculpt and in 2004 founded Bishonen House.. Bishonen House has now been in existence for fourteen years, and during that time Donn has handmade over 450 BJDs which are in private collections worldwide. Don's BJDs have been featured in Doll Reader, Haute Doll, Fashion Doll Quarterly and Dolls magazine.
Donn exhibits at conventions, teaches workshops and displays work at art exhibits throughout the US and just recently finished construction on a studio which includes an expanded sculpting workshop as well as classroom space where he teaches sculpting, casting, and mold-making workshops for model makers and doll/figure artists.
When Donn isn’t working on doll commissions, he spends his time working on a comic project based on his sculpted characters titled Break Step Velocity
Donn and his partner Seth Kitzmiller also put on a semi annual art show known as Beauty, Birds and Bones where they display and sell their oddities themed darker works. The next show (Beauty, Birds and Bones 4) will be in Logan county at the Hot Cup in the fall of 2019
You can check out Donn’s latest photos and updates on the following links:
This is Donn’s first appearance at WillCon so be sure to stop by his booth and check out his amazing items!
Welcome to WillCon Donn!
We would like to welcome Seth Kitzmiller to WillCon 2018! You’ll find Seth in Artist Alley. Here’s more about Seth and some examples of his fantastic artwork! Welcome, Seth!
Seth Kitzmiller, is from Elkins, WV, and has studied painting and drawing at West Virginia Wesleyan College beginning in the early 2000's, and ever since then he's had a passion for birds and their mythologies. He developed his style at the New York School of Visual Arts and the Vermont Studio Center and his work has shown in New York, New Mexico, Vermont, and even Istanbul, Turkey. He continues to sharpen new skills at his home studio in Logan, WV, such as old fashioned print making with his online, Etsy t-shirt shop Augur & Totem Tees. The link to the site is in comments. He also shows with his partner, Donn Kinney, in their annual art show Beauty, Birds & Bones at the Hot Cup Coffee Shop in Logan, WV.
Jordan Hylton (Crimson Corner)
We would like to take a moment to Welcome Jordan Hylton back to WillCon!
Jordan is a local from Forest Hills, KY and has always had a passion for drawing and painting. He is an Artist at heart but a butcher by trade. Stop by his booth and check out his amazing art prints, Funko pops, comics, and more.
Welcome back to WillCon Jordan!
We want to take a moment to give a huge shoutout and congratulations to Makayla McMillion, a sophomore at Tug Valley High School. Makayla's character "Iclyn Frost" was chosen from Tug Valley to be one of the main characters of WillCon. Makayla has always had a passion for drawing, painting and sketching and hopes to continue it through college. "Iclyn Frost" will now be utilized for future flyers, posters, and badges for WillCon. Makayla and "Iclyn Frost" will also be featured in local newspapers.
You can catch Makayla's art display (as well as other art from students at Tug Valley) during WillCon so be sure to stop by their booth.
We also want to take a moment and say a special thank you to Dr. Ward, Principal 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❤️.
Thank you Makayla for participating in WillCon! We look forward to seeing more wonderful projects from you!
Kim MacClanahan is a local painter whose mural work can be seen across the Tug Valley, most notably the South Side Mall. Kim leads painting classes that have been enjoyed by hundreds locally. Kim is a believe in art as therapy and has used her work to advocate for mental health awareness.
The High Incident Project
We want to take a moment to welcome The High Incident Project Band to WillCon!
Four WV natives banned together by their love of rock n roll music. This awesomeband has been performing all over southern WV and is scheduled to release their debut album at the end of the year. They will be performing outside on the adjoining football field so be sure to grab a seat and enjoy!
Welcome to WillCon The High Incident Project!
Black Coal Brass Quintet
We want to take a moment to welcome the Black Coal Brass Quintet back to WillCon!
If you joined us last year, you heard these awesome guys playing tunes from various pop culture genres. They will be joining us again this year and will be playing from 11am to 12:30 pm with breaks in between of course.
Welcome back to WillCon Black Coal Brass Quintet and thanks for providing us with some awesome entertainment
GOTCHA! Archery Games
WillCon is pleased to announce Gotcha Archery Games will be joining us outside on the field for Archery Tag®! Grab your bow, release your inner Katniss Everdeen and let the games begin! Check out their FB Page!
*This vendor will be a pay per play charge. $5.00 per player, per game or $15.00 per player for an all day wristband*
Souther Coalition for the arts.
The ARTS is back at Will-Con 2018, bringing YOU two Escape Rooms that will knock your socks off!
“Mission: Ancient Artifacts” is a fan-favorite that will keep you guessing to the nail-biting end!
“Mission: Captive Escape,” is a brand-new scenario written exclusively for Will-Con 2018! Participants will be handcuffed together and must figure out how to work together to escape... before it’s too late!
Both escape rooms will be offered at $10 for 30 minutes - which is a huge discount compared to other escape game pricing! Groups of 3-7 we recommended.
We want to take a moment to welcome Hainted FX back to WillCon!
Returning with a vengeance for 2018, Mingo counties own Ambassador's of the Living Dead. Come get your ghoul on and have your own zombie makeup done by Hainted Fx, and their team of in house artists. Available as simply a gory bite wound to show the infection, or as dramatic of a change as you witness in your favorite horror movies. Or snag one of the awesome organs and limbs being offered from their line of Black Market body parts for display in your own collection.
Known for bringing James Franco's bloody dreams into existence in "Child of God" Roger Ebert describes the film as hideously bloody and grotesque. They've conjured the spirits of the dead in films like Joey Martin's "Haunting of Four Points." Dustin Blankenship and Michael Tomblin help bring your own horror fantasies to life as only Mountain state natives can do. Whether via stage, screen, or the darkest of haunts, this duo has been bringing Nightmares to life for more than a decade.
Be sure to stop by their booth and check out their amazing stuff!
Welcome back Hainted FX!!!
A-Dork-able Bath Bombs
We would like to take a moment and welcome A-DORK-ABLE Bath Bombs to WillCon!
A-DORK-ABLE Bath Bombs was created by two sisters that just wanted to make being a “geek “ fun and affordable. They will have unique items like bath bombs (with fandom jewelry inside), pillows, jewelry, soaps, and much more. Everything will be $5 or less. Be sure to stop by their booth and check out their awesome items!
Welcome to WillCon A-DORK-ABLE Bath Bombs!!!! We are thrilled to have you!
We would like to take a moment to welcome Burrito Princess to WillCon!
Burrito Princess makes handmade pixel fan art for the geek at heart! Display it or wear it, you decide but be sure to check them out! You can view more of their amazing items on their Facebook page or on their website at www.burritoprincess.com. This is their first time appearing at WillCon so be sure to stop by their booth and say hello!
Welcome to WillCon Burrito Princess! We are thrilled to have you!
Cate's Unique Bowtiques
Caitlin is a 17 year old Senior at Tug Valley High School. One of her favorite classes is Graphic Design. She enjoys painting and creating. Her most recent passion is in creating unique hair bows using ribbon and found objects to portray different characters and themes. Caitlin has had her art showcased and sold at the recent art show in Williamson WV. With her mother, Sarah Johnson, she sells items in an Etsy store called TrulasLanding. They sell customized glitter tumblers, keychains, and her hairbows in the store. Caitlin also runs a Facebook page under the name of her own business, “Cate’s Unique Bowtique.” After graduation she plans to go to college and pursue a veterinary or art degree.
We absolutely love showcasing our local youth and their talents! Be sure to stop by her booth and check out her amazing work! Welcome to WillCon Caitlin!
Comics and Kicks
We want to take a moment to welcome back Comics & Kicks to WillCon!
Comics & Kicks is a collectible store focusing on a huge range of items like comics, collectible shoes, funko, vintage toys, sports memorabilia, collectible cards, art, and everything in between! They try to mix all aspects of pop culture and provide a welcoming environment to all different types of collectors.
Comics & Kicks was founded by Daniel Najar and Morgan Haddox; two life long West Virgina natives who wanted to set up and thrive in their home state. After a year of online sales and conventions, Comics & Kicks now has a physical location in downtown St. Marys, WV at 324 2nd Street. They will be bringing a massive variety of items to the show, so please let them know if you're searching for that one hard to find collectible and they will do their best to bring it to you!
We are super excited to have them back so
be sure to stop by their booth and check them out on Facebook under Comics & Kicks!
Crafty Kat Creations
A local cosplayer and crafter from Canada, KY, she makes everything from wall art (different fandoms), to Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Sailor Moon, and everything in between. Everything's handmade from plastic canvas and yarn. She also takes commission requests through the Crafty Kat Creations Facebook page. Be sure to stop by her booth and check out the amazing items!!!!
GEn X Collectibles
The Goblin Traders
We would like to take a moment to welcome The Goblin Traders back to WillCon!
Goblin Traders Games and Comics is a hobby store located in Ironton, Ohio. They buy, sell, and trade comics and cards for Trading Card Games like Magic: the Gathering and Pokémon. They hold weekly TCG tournaments and have Organized Play nights for board games and tabletop miniatures games. They have a friendly and knowledgeable staff who are always willing to teach new players how to play!
They will be bringing trade paperback comics and graphic novels, TCG cards and supplies, board games, and Funko Pop figures to sell at WillCon so be sure to stop by their booth! You can also check out them out on Facebook.
The Hobby Hole sells all things collectible but specializes in comic books and toys. It is their first time attending WillCon but they have been participating in cons for over a year. Be sure to stop by their booth and check out their awesome items!
Welcome to WillCon Hobby Hole!!!!
We want to take a moment to welcome back Joel Newby to WillCon!
Joel has been collecting comic books since the early 70s. Most of his collection is from the early 80s or before. Joel also has a lot of first issues and first appearances. He is interested in selling and trading. Joel will also have a few toys/collectibles available like Star Wars, Marvel and others.
We're excited to have Joel back as well as his personal collection of comic books! Remember, you can always find a gem in someone's collection so be sure to stop by his booth!
Lawson Steam Craft
Lawson SteamCraft is a veteran owned specialty shop that specializes in leather steampunk art and apparel. They also customize jewelry and home decor as well. They embrace Victorian eccentricity with fantastical history. Owner Barry Lawson
attended his first comic con in Texas where he resided at the time and loved it! He has always been interested in steampunk and knew that he wanted to return home to the mountains of eastern Kentucky to open his own shop.
Be sure to stop by their booth and check out their amazing items!
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Mermaid Lagoon Boutique
Heather Duncan Little from Lenore, WV is the creator and owner of Mermaid Lagoon Boutique. She has been sculpting with polymer clay for about 3 years. Fantasy, 80s horror movies and cryptozoology are what inspired her to begin sculpting. She will be selling charms, earrings, necklaces, trinket boxes, jars and 3D pictures. You can check out her Facebook page under Mermaid Lagoon Boutique. Be sure to stop be her booth and check out all the amazing items!
Welcome to WillCon Mermaid Lagoon Boutique!
MLCreatives is a small business that focuses on creating weighted stuffed animals which are specifically designed for people with sensory and anxiety problems. See pictures below and check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MKLCreatives
Be sure to stop by their booth and check out their amazing items! Welcome to WillCon MLCreatives!!!
We would like to take a moment and welcome JOE MEADE and NOBLE QUESTS, LLC back to WillCon!
Joe is an eastern Kentucky native with a love for writing, storytelling, and tabletop games, especially in the fantasy genre. These interests, coupled with nearly 30 years of experience with various roleplaying games, made it a natural progression for him to create his own roleplaying game. Joe’s company, NOBLE QUESTS, LLC, has recently released the “Mystic Forces Second Edition” roleplaying game, along with several adventure modules and sourcebooks. Mystic Forces Second Edition is an in-depth, high-fantasy roleplaying game that is the culmination of 22 years of work and revision.
Be sure to stop by the Mystic Forces table and say hi. Joe and the Noble Quests crew love to chat about gaming and welcome the opportunity to show you what Mystic Forces is all about. To see the full line of Mystic Forces products now, head over to www.mysticforces.com.
Old World Comics
Old World Comics was founded by head writer, and creator, Todd Goodman. Old World Comics hosts such diverse comics such as the comedic superhero title, The Powers that Be! with artist Cory Butler, the supernatural thriller Empty Skull with Marcelo Briseno, and the slice-of-life graphic novel, The Book on Me with Briana Higgins.
In January of 2016, Old World Comics opened a subsidiary Killer Serials, which features prose serialized stories such as the best-selling All Hallows Eve with illustrator Andrew Henry, The October Stories and POE: Between Reality, Imagination and Madness.
Welcome Back to WillCon Old World Comics!!!
Page 3 GameZone
We want to take a moment to welcome Page 3’s Gamezone to WillCon!
Located in Pikeville, KY, Page 3’s Gamezone will be bringing video games, toys, comic books and more.....Be sure to stop by their booth and check them out
Perler and Plush
We want to take a moment and welcome Princess Alicia Pierce (Aka Perler and Plush) back to Willcon!
She is a 28 year old mom, with a love of anything "nerdy" 😃🤓. She has lived in the Parkersburg area most of her life and this is her second time at WillCon! She has always loved to draw, play games and over the years, learned to crochet. With a passion for all three things, she thought why not combine the artist with the gamer and make some really awesome items! Some of her favorite games and inspiration for her creations are: any game from the fallout and elderscolls series, wow, starcraft, pokemon, legend of Zelda series, and anything Nintendo in general. She also loves a good game of d&d and magic.
Over the last couple of years, she had participated in only craft shows and last year attended her first ever convention. Although somewhat new to Cons her items are amazing and for people of all ages to enjoy ❤️
Welcome back to WillCon Princess Alicia Pierce!
Pink October Boutique
Pink October Boutique is a local handmade bow company featuring boutique pop culture style bows with your favorite characters on them! Bow centers include hand sculptures pieces and resin cabochons. Their table will also boast an impressive amount of Funko pops and comics for sale. Be sure to stop by their booth and check out their awesome items!
Welcome to WillCon Pink October Boutique! We’re thrilled to have you!
Pink Turtle Lady
We would like to take a moment to welcome The Pink Turtle Lady to WillCon!
The Pink Turtle Lady will have awesome items such as buttons, magnets and 8-bit style perler beads to sell. Their booth will also include handmade totes, clutches, dice bags, zipper bags and more! Designs vary from video games, comics, tv shows, movies and wrestling. They also do custom orders!
Check them out on Facebook under The Pink Turtle Lady and be sure to stop by their booth!
Welcome to WillCon Pink Turtle Lady!
We would like to take a moment to welcome PopStitch to WillCon!
PopStitch is a mother/daughter team from Hurricane, WV and South Point, OH. Hannah creates pop culture based cross stitch pieces, from buttons to photo realistic portraits. Nikki crochets super hero/villain dolls, as well as other crochet pieces.
This is their first appearance at WillCon so be sure to stop by their booth say hello and check out their amazing items!
Welcome to WillCon PopStitch!!!
Pretty nerdy resale
sparkles by chapman
tiny cat craft
Charities and Non Profits
Causeacon® is Beckley's first ever Pop Culture convention which includes all fandoms from anime to Star Wars, gaming and so much more! All proceeds of the convention will benefit the Women's Resource Center right here in Beckley WV. We will be offering a variety of activities at The Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center including: cosplay contests, video game and table top tournaments, vendor room, panels and classes, anime screening room, game shows, raves and a formal ball! You can benefit this community just by attending and having a great time!
southwestern regional day report
tug valley recovery shelter
the american association of university women
Herdcon - Marshall University
The first annual HerdCon will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Marshall University's Memorial Student Center from 10:00am until 6:00pm. There will be cosplay contests,gaming (pen and paper, board game, and larping), robot battles, panels, vendors, and more! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Generation West Virginia
Generation West Virginia is the statewide organization dedicated to attracting, retaining, and advancing young talent in the Mountain State.