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South Charleston prepping for ShockaCon, horror/sci-fi fest

Sep. 26, 2012 @ 03:30 PM

 SOUTH CHARLESTON —   Ever since Janet Leigh met an untimely end to her shower in Psycho and Robbie the Robot appeared in Forbidden Planet, we have long been fascinated with the themes of horror and science fiction. Add gaming and fantasy to the mix, and you have thousands of fans who enthusiastically embrace an opportunity to join with like-minded fans. 

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, South Charleston will tap into this market, scaring up economic benefits as it hosts a one-day festival, ShockaCon.    (www.wvshockacon.com)

This free, family friendly event is in development as vendors,  workshop practitioners, authors, movie producers, actors and exhibitors come on board.  It is a prequel event designed to introduce the concept to the West Virginia Market which will include elements of horror, science fiction, gaming and comics, and will offer participants opportunities to purchase items, mingle with other fans, learn new skills, and enjoy a variety of activities. 

ShockaCon will include concerts at the Mound, movies at the LaBelle Theater, a gaming tent, the Cemetery Knights car club and their hearses, skits by The Kanawha Players and a Monster Parade down D Street. The event will be held at and around The Mound in South Charleston.  

"There are hundreds of West Virginians who travel to these events that are held all over the country", explained Mike Winland, Electric Chairman of ShockaCon. "We felt that this was something that would be welcome here - and so far, has been very enthusiastically received. We have gotten very positive response. Many potential vendors from around the country are interested, largely due to the fact that West Virginia is, as yet, an untapped market. We see this one day event as a preview to our larger, three-day Con next year."

ShockaCon 2012 is being brought to West Virginia by a group of professionals brought together by a desire to bring something unique and fun to West Virginia, the ShockaCon Board offers a wealth of talent and experience.

Mike Winland and Rose Winland —  MikeWinland Studios.  Known for his unique portrait style and creative effects, Mike Winland has attracted clients from all over West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York and New Jersey.    His business has been based in Charleston for 15 years.  With a history and background in advertising and marketing, his wife, Rose, balances out his business team.   www.mwstudios.net

Dale Morton  — Dale Morton Studio.  Dale Morton Studio provides mascots and costumed characters to a wide range of national, regional and local businesses and also does custom FX sculpting and make-up. From Hasbro to Proctor and Gamble, to local sports teams, Dale Morton Studio offers an impressive clientele.   www.dalemortonsstudio.com

Dave Rose — Cemetery Knights.  The Cemetery Knights create amazing customized hearses, and are an attention getting participant of car shows and horror conventions throughout the region.   www.cemeteryknights.com

Marc Adams  and Carrie Stollings — Rocket Science Marketing Labs.  Marc has over thirty years experience in marketing and video production.   Carrie offers years of experience in advertising and marketing on a local, regional and national level.  www.rocketscienceworks.com

ShockaCon’s tentative schedule of events is as follows:

10am - 6pm Vendor/Guest tents open around The Mound
-DJ Thunder to MC and play theme music from The Mound Stage between Live Stage Shows
-Authors to be scheduled to do excerpt and short story readings
-The Landing Zone gaming tent to be open for games and gathering

10:30-11:30 Movie Feature:  Beast Wishes
11:45-12:45 Star Trek Phase II
1:00-2:30 OverTime
2:45-3:10  Preview of SIEN
3:15-5:30 Movie Feature:  PorkChop 3D

11:00-12:00 Body Damage FX with Adam Edwards
12:15-1:15   Wolfman Make-Up FX with Ginger Workman
1:30-2:30 Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness
2:45-3:45 Sculpting, Molding and painting Masks with Dale Morton

12:00- 2:00 Green Halloween Workshop
2:30-4:00 D.I.Y fully functional R2D2

At The Mound Stage
10:00am Vender/Celeb tents open
4:30pm - Scream Contest
4:45pm- Skit by Kanawha Players' Evil Dead: The Musical
5:00pm - Live Music Featuring Dead Ringers
6pm -Vendor/Celeb area closes & Monster Parade starts followed by costume awards
6:45pm - Live Performance Art by The Monster Dolls
7:00 - Live Music Featuring The Nanker Phelge
7:45pm - Skit by Kanawha Players' Evil Dead: The Musical
8pm - Live Performance Art by The Monster Dolls
8:15pm - Live Music Featuring The Renfields

For more information, contact:  Electric Chairman: Mike Winland  c/o Mike Winland Studios: 304-444-6790 or go online at www.wvshockacon.com   Facebook:  www.facebook.com/wvshockacon