November 10, 2023
We find ourselves at the end of a very busy week, and we have one big cool thing to tell you about.
First, however, I need to remind you about The 2023 PopCult Gift Guide. Until the day before Thanksgiving, you can come to PopCult for at least three gift suggestions, with a pop culture slant of course, to help you along with your holiday shopping. Every weekday we’ll have new suggestions. Saturday’s will feature flashback gift ideas from previous years, while Sunday will just point you toward cool retailers.
Before we get back to that, there’s this…
The 2023 Mountain State Pop Expo
For the first time since 2019, The Mountain State Pop Expo is returning to raise money for a great cause. For several years, Dave Humphreys and his crew have organized a celebration of pop culture featuring cosplay, comics, toys, collectibles and panels. All proceeds from this event go directly to the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.
This is a welcome return, since the show has been on an extended hiatus due to the pandemic.
This year, as in previous years, it’s happening at the Holiday Inn & Suites Charleston West, located at 400 2nd Avenue SW, South Charleston. Oldtimers like me will remember this as the former Ramada Inn by the Interstate , not too far from “D” Street.
This year The Pop Expo is spread over two days. There are tabletop gaming areas. There’s also a raffle, with tons of fantastic items you can walk away with, including cool items donated by guests and vendors and a hefty selection of cool resort and restaurant gift certificates from all around the state.
Guests include artists like Glen Brogan and Adam Weaver, actors from Mortal Kombat, toy, book, jewelry and colletibles vendors from all over the region, cosplayers and there will even be a photo op with Santa, himself. There will be a panel on stop motion animation by Kevin and Cameron Pauley Saturday at 1 PM. These are the folks behind Nitrowolf105 Wolfy Studios.
MSPX is always a fun time, and you can find lots of great holiday gifts for the cooler people on your shopping list. All the proceeds go to a great cause, and it’s only ten bucks to get in. (fifteen for both days)
What more do you need to know?
And with that, your PopCulteer wraps up this week’s column and prepares to bring you more entries in The 2023 PopCult Gift Guide, along with all our other regular features.