Comic book fans of all ages know fall is officially here when Queen City Bookstore sponsors the annual Buffalo Comicon, set to take place Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
Queen City Bookstore owner Emil Novak likes to keep his convention focused on comics, and this year promises something special. He’s been working with Paula’s Donuts (a co-sponsor of the Comicon) to create a mini-comic book for the show.
“It’s a project we really thought would lend itself to a funny little comic book,” Novak said. “Since their donuts are so crazy big, why not make them superheroes, who are bigger than life. Somebody essentially pours too much floor enhancer (cleaner) and ends up pouring the full bottle into a specific batch. The next day comes around and these donuts want to go to the Buffalo Comicon.”
Special guests at this year’s Comicon include Eric Roberts, an actor with more than 450 credits to his name including roles on fan-beloved projects “Doctor Who,” “The Dark Knight” and “Justice League Unlimited;” John Wesley Shipp, who portrayed the Flash in the original CBS series in the 1990s and returned to the current CW show as a speedster from another universe; and Fred Williamson, the former football star who became a Hollywood star with “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Starsky and Hutch,” and dozens of blacksploitation movies.
The convention also has a number of comic book creators lined up to meet fans, including Kevin Nowlan, a celebrated artist known for his work on DC’s “Sandman” and “Tomorrow Stories” from America’s Best Comics imprint; Graham Nolan, a legendary Batman artist who co-created the villain Bane; and Tony Isabella, a writer who co-created the DC hero Black Lightning. Creators from the local imprint Visions Comic Art Group will also be on hand.
Other guests include several professional cosplayers and the hosts of various local podcasts and television shows. Vendors will be on hand to sell comics, toys and other pop culture goods. Several live panels will also be held, including one on legendary and influential artist Jack Kirby.
There are individual day and full weekend admission tickets available on the Buffalo Comicon website.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 30 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. Tickets are $10-$13 one-day or $22 two-day for adults; $7-$10 one-day or $13.50 two-day for youth. Group rates are available. Info: buffalocomicon.com