Hillsville’s first comic book convention has added a blood drive (medical arts) as well as martial arts for the Saturday, Aug. 15 benefit event. The American Red Cross has scheduled the blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
According to convention organizers, people who both sign up to donate blood and pay to get in to the convention are entered to win a $25 gas card. People wanting to preregister may do so at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Red Cross is in desperate need of certain blood types and are looking for some “Type O Heroes.” Any Type O blood person who donates blood will get in to the convention for free.
Rutter’s Martial Arts will also add activities to the full schedule of activities. It is operated by Grandmaster Scott Rutter, who is 31 years old and lives in Bassett. Rutter started training in 1987 at age three in International Taekwondo and Japanese Shotokan Karate-Do under the instruction of his father, the late Grandmaster H. J. Rutter.
Scott Rutter has been training in various forms of martial arts for 28 years. He began competing at age 8 and currently holds a 7th Dan Grand Master Level in American Karate, 6th Dan Master black belt level in Shotokan Karate, 5th Dan Master black belt in ITF Taekwondo and 4th Dan Black Belt in Kim School of Taekwondo. He also holds degrees in Aikido; Tang Soo Do, Judo, and World Taekwondo Federation.
Rutter said his passion, philosophy and goal is to keep young children off the streets and provide communities with something positive while offering self defense, fitness, teamwork and discipline to all ages and of persons interested in martial arts training.
Rutter and dojo Team RMA/PCS plan various demonstrations including kata, weapons, self defense, board/cap block breaking, etc., in showing the disciplines of Japanese Shotokan Karate as well as ITF Taekwondo. In addition to demonstrations throughout the day, the group will provide various fun and interactive activities such as two, 45-minute (morning and afternoon) fun educational classes to learn about Japanese Culture with lessons and games for all ages.
Two (morning and afternoon) fun samurai sword fighting classes will be offered for all ages and a sword fighting contest at the end of the class using foam swords and protective equipment in prizes will be rewarded to all participates. Rutter will also offer two, 45-minute self defense class for ages.
Additionally, Jimmie Johnson, owner of across the board games in Mount Airy, will be hosting a magic the gathering tournament through star city games in Roanoke. Persons who would would like to preregister can contact Johnson at 336-410-4517, https://www.facebook.com/atbgames for information on prizes to be awarded according to finishing place.
The tourney is “Standard Format,” which uses the two most recently-released blocks, as well as the current core set. When a new block is launched, the oldest block rotates out of the list. The following card sets are currently permitted in standard format: Magic Origins (effective July 17, 2015) Dragons of Tarkir (effective March 27, 2015), Fate Reforged Khans of Tarkir Magic 2015, Journey into Nyx Born of the Gods Theros Standard is also a constructed deck format, so the normal constructed rules apply.
There is a minimum of 60 cards, no maximum deck size, (as long as you can shuffle your deck unassisted) with up to 15 cards in the sideboard if used with no more than four of any individual card in the main deck and sideboard combined (with the exception of basic lands). Christopher Akers, Brandon Harrison, and Amanda Nester will also be conducting a Super Smash Bros. Video Game Tournament at Khan-Con.
Khan-Con is a family-friendly event set for August 15 at Grover King VFW Post 1115 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $5 with children under 12 admitted free. Refreshments will be offered by VFW Post 1115. Cash only sales at the door the day of the convention. Persons may find out more information on the event at www.khan-con.com, following Khan-con on Facebook and twitter. Donations may be made at http://www.gofundme.com/nkdyxs.
Local organizer David Guynn and Glen Richardson (Artist/Writer of Sgt. Sasquatch, “The Bigfoot of Liberty” series) planned the event in response to Guynn’s eight-year old son, Jack, who suffers from DMD, a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. It is one of nine types of muscular dystrophy. The disease primarily affects boys, but in rare cases it can affect girls. Proceeds will allow Jack to participate in a trial treatment program as well as go to support DMD research.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.