Buffalo Comicon, the area’s longest running comic book convention, returns this weekend with a packed lineup of artists, special guests, cosplay, contests and plenty of memorabilia.
Artists include Graham Nolan (co-creator of Bane), Mike Zeck (Marvel, The Punisher), Steve Rude (Nexus, X-Men, Marvel), plus Shad Nowicki, Michael Rooth, Mike Odum and Rob Dumo. Debuting at Buffalo Comicon is the new comic book publisher Ominous Press, created by Bart Sears, Ron Marz, Andy Smith and Sean HusVar.
New this year are appearances by actors including Steve Guttenberg from “Police Academy,” "Diner" and “Lavalantula.”
Also a quartet of actors from “Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” (Ken Sagoes, Rodney Eastman, Brook Bundy and Penelope Sudrow); a duo from “The Return of the Living Dead” (Thom Mathews and Linnea Quigley); and the “helicopter zombie” from “Dawn of the Dead’ (Jim Krut).
Movies screenings and discussions include "Slime City Massacre" with filmmaker Greg Lamberson, "Frankenstein's Patchwork Monster" with Emil Novak (plus a separate actors panel) and a special effects horror makeup demo with Andrew Lavin.
Look for Spider-Man and Deadpool and kids can have their picture taken by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For the third annual National Batman Day, the first 3,000 fans get a free special edition Batman comic book. On Sept. 17, they can have it signed for free by "Buffalo's Best Batman" who came out of retirement for the event. An auction for an original Bane piece by co-creator Graham Nolan will benefit Carly’s Club.
For the young family members there will be a Jedi Academy and Superhero Training Camp (both for ages 12 and younger), a Lego room and Kids Cosplay Day on Sept. 18 with prizes going to three age groups from infants to age 7.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 17 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Tickets are $8.50 single day, $13 weekend. For a full list of guests, speakers and panels, visit buffalocomicon.com.