Ratha Con Dates and Locations

Ratha Con is a pop culture convention held in Athens, Ohio. This year's convention is going to be on April 26, 2014 from 10 am to 5pm at the Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St. Athens, OH 45701.

This year's admission cost is $5 for everyone 11 years old and up - kids under 11 are FREE.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

We have returning comic creators like Steve Richter, Larry Blake, Terence Hanley, Jesse Marks, Lee Smith, and Derek Croston to name a few and so far a new creator, Terry Eisele, (http://www.terryeisele.com/) who has created a set of graphic novels based on the real-life events of the Lidice massacre.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

This year at Ratha Con we will have a bullwhip demonstration by Daniel Trout. This is what Daniel says about his study and a little about what to expect from the demo: "I have been fascinated with whips since I saw that first flash on the big screen in the opening sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark as a wide-eyed 6 year old, and have been making a serious study of whip artistry for the last 10 years. In that time, I have had the opportunity to work with and get to know some of the most talented whip performers and whip makers in the world today, including many of the artists who supply whips to the entertainment industry, and the coaches who teach the performers how to use them.

The presentation would be loosely structured and interactive, explaining how the whip works, what it can do, what it can't do, and deconstructing some of the myths and untruths that have been built up about the bullwhip over the last 100 years."

Monday, March 10, 2014

On the day of the convention we will have a D & D game run by Benton Molina, local college student who has been a DM for several years.  His game is called "The Wolf Spider's Den".  Game description: In Noren, a fantastical alternate-Europe, banks rely on dangerous methods to make money.  These methods do not utilize loans or deeds, but instead involve the raiding of ancient treasure troves.  For these raids, or 'Acquisition Runs', banks hire licensed adventurers, or 'Cutters', to do the fighting.  Players will take on the role of these hired adventurers.  They are hedge-knights, sorcerers, burglars, and other miscellaneous fortune-seekers.  The game will run approximately 5 hours and will be played by the first 6 people to register at the door on the day of Ratha Con.  Players should be at least 11 years old.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A video from our first convention - done by one of our talented comic artists, Derek Croston.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pop Culture art exhibit to take place at ARTS/West during the month of April in honor of Ratha Con.  Art that represents anything from popular culture.   Please contact ARTS/West for information - 740/592-4315 or artswestathens@gmail.com

Deadline is March 10th for submitting work

Monday, January 27, 2014

Announcing our other special guests

Ratha Con is proud to announce our other special guests:

Blind Wave Productions

Blind Wave Productions from Marietta, Ohio who won the 10th Annual LCC (Lightsaber Choreography Competition). They will be presenting a workshop on lightsaber choreography, as well as, setting up a table with a monitor to show their videos.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Special Guest for 2014 Convention

Ratha Con is proud to announce our first special guest for the 2014 convention:

Charles Millhouse

Charles is an independent author and has published eight books in the science fiction/fantasy genre. He best describes his style of writing as Retrofiction: The use of golden age storytelling set in futuristic or period settings, dealing with character(s) or situations in unbelievable circumstances.

His eighth book, The 4th in the Talon's Epic Series - "The Long Twilight" was published in September 2013.

Charles lives in Southeastern Ohio with his wife and two sons. He is currently plotting or outlining a new idea to be published in the near future.

Charles will be presenting a panel discussion on self publishing, in particular digital publishing.

Friday, May 10, 2013

10:00 - 11:30 am - conference room, ground level/athens community center
Panel Discussion with comic artists Sandy Plunkett, Steve Richter, Chris
Monday and michael easton
10:30 am - 5:00 pm - Children’s activity area - coloring pages, mask making,
10:30 - 5:00 pm - Boffer Sword Play - in front of Community Center -
(registration required in children’s area)
12:00 - 1:30 pm - conference room, ground level/Athens Community Center
Discussion on costume design with Ohio university theater professor, thomas
1:30 pm - Build A Superhero Timed Contest - teams of 3 or 5 work togther to
create a superhero with attributes and a name. (Registration Required)
2:00 - 3:30 pm - conference room, ground level/Athens community center
Special guest, Joanne Padgett, author of “Vampires of Camelot” will lead a
discussion on self publishing.
4:00 - 5:30 pm - conference room, ground level/Athens community center
Panel discussion with Ohio University professors, Michael Gillespie, Kevin
Haworth, and Akhil Huston, about using comics and graphic novels in academia.
5:00 pm - Main Floor, community center- winners of raffle named
5:30 pm - Main Floor, community center - costume contest
(registration required)
Gaming run by John Pare and JT Johnston -
11:00 am - 3:00 pm - Castles & Crusades for 6 people (registration required)
4:00 - 6:00 pm - axis and Allies for 4 people (registration required)
1:00 - 4:00 pm - Mutants & Masterminds for 6 people (registration required)
All Day:
Larry Blake
Jesse Marks musingmark.deviantart.com
Sandy Plunkett plunkettart.com
Steve Richter steverichterart.com
Katherine Wirick katherine.kreider-wirick.com
Ken Eppstein nixcomics.com
Michael Easton mkeaston.com/mkeaston
Lee Smith OhioComics.com
Terence Hanley/Five Star Comics hanleyart.com
Chris Monday flyingweevil.com
Derek Croston methodcomix.com
Courtney & Chris Young
Joe Dragunas facebook.com/TheArtOfJMDragunas
Gary Gibeaut/Five Star Comics garygibeaut/fivestarcomics.co
Art Vendors
Nancy Baur - comic greeting cards & comic themed sewn items
Thomas Fiocchi - costume items
Special Displays
Connor Miller
James Hamilton & Brent Smalley’s Nerdiversity
Jay Pare
The Wizard’s Guild Athens, OH
Super-fly Comics & Games Yellow Springs, OH
Jerry Lowe
Frank Gorscak
Fan Clubs
Rebel Legion - Great Lakes Base greatlakesbase.com
501st Legion - Ohio Garrison ohio501st.com
Food Vendors
Not Guilty Food Cart
Fluff Bakery
Gaming - casual magic games - inquire at The Wizard’s Guild booth
6:00 - 10:00 pm - Costume Dance Party - Multipurpose room/Community
Center. - Music with DJ Barticus and new, local Band “The Geek Girls”
 Admission is FREE with Ratha Con handstamp and $2 for others. Beverages and baked items for
sale to help raise money for ARTS/West.
A Secret Map promoSteve Richter's new gallery show, A Secret Map, opens Friday, May 10, in Athens, Ohio, 6pm til 9 pm at UnionArts Gallery on West Union.

Check this out - happening tonight.  Great way to get ready for the con tomorrow.  While you are at it go to The Kennedy Museum to see a retrospective of Sandy Plunkett's work.
Casa Nueva restaurant and cantina will be holding a Ratha Con after party starting @ 10:30pm.  
Free for those 21 and up, $2 for underageWear your costume and receive 15% off of your bar menu food order. 
There will be an improvised photo booth for those in costume to take advantage of as well. 
DJs Sector7G and Thoughtbeat will be regaling the crowd with a bevy of sci-fi themed tunes and 8-bit bleeps and bloops mixed with tracks to get you shakin' it on the dance floor.
While you're there check out the artwork of Brent Elam currently on display in the cantina

Directions from the Athens Community Center:  http://mapq.st/19624Iw