What is HerdCon?

Herdcon is March 29-30th. HerdCon is Marshall University’s annual pop culture convention hosted by the University Libraries. It’s an all ages free event at the Marshall University’s Huntington campus on Friday March 29th (Preview) and Saturday March 30th (Main Event). If you like cosplay, anime, ttrgs, and other nerdy endeavors, you’ll fit right in.

HerdCon 2024 Countdown


*Special Guest: Beau Smith*

Beau Smith, a Huntington local and Marshall Alum, is best known for creating the popular comic, Wynonna Earp, which features Wynonna Earp, descendent of Lawman Wyatt Earp, fights against evil supernatural forces as a member of the US Marshall’s Monster Squad and has been adapted into a television series which is currently streaming on Netflix. In addition to Wynonna Earp, Beau Smith has worked with DC Comics and created other comics, such as Cobb, Lost and Found, and Primate.


Click Here to read an article of Beau discussing his work and its adaptation!


Resident Cosplayers

Licia Rei of Kiss a Frog Cosplay is an award winning, body-positive Cosplayer from Charleston, WV with a cosplay and J-Fashion career spanning 10 years. Her cosplay focus includes using natural hair wigs and textured styles for cosplay and portraying strong femme characters and Magical girls. She has been featured across the web by AFROPUNK, Black Girl Nerds, Anime Complexium, Art of Cosplay, Black Nerd Problems and many others! She has also been published in Cosplay Realm Magazine and has graced the cover of Cosplay Art & Photography magazine. She was also a featured cosplayer by Arda for her wig styling. Licia has been a guest at multiple conventions in the US and Canada, including Anime Expo with the Senpai Program. When not traveling for cosplay, or managing the Tsubasacon Majokko Maid Cafe, she enjoys baking, gaming, Star Wars, and TTRPGs. Her best-known cosplays are her Super Sailor Mars from Sailor Moon, Princess Serenity, and Princess Tiana.

Katwoman Cosplay is joining us again to be a part of our cosplay team! Katwoman is a veteran cosplayer who has led several cosplay classes in the area, including a recent one at the Y’allternative Art Spot in Williamson. They will be leading a panel on cosplay on Saturday. Be sure to check the panel schedule on our website for details. Katwoman will also be performing as part of our Friday Night SongAlong in BE5 at 6:30.

More about HerdCon

HerdCon is a celebration of Marshall University’s nerd culture. We celebrate the achievements of our alumni, faculty, staff, students and the Marshall community.  Students and community members design our t-shirts, local artists have artwork for sale, and student cosplayers take the stage in our annual Cosplay Contest.

HerdCon 2024 Preview

1500+Expected Attendees
90+Vendors & Exhibitors

How can I get involved with HerdCon?

We will be hosting our main event on March 29-30th, 2024.  We plan to include events throughout the Memorial Student Center, outdoors, and in the Drinko Library this year. We are working with community organizations such as RCBI and Huntington to create some extra special events.  If you’re interested in getting involved with this year’s HerdCon, please get involved.

Volunteer Today!

HerdCon staff and volunteers work hard to get the word out by attending various conventions and pop culture events on campus and throughout the Tri-state.  Come by to see us at one of these upcoming events or follow our social media accounts for the latest news.

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