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Who’s coming to Nickel City Con

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 14

Where: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St.

Tickets: Single-day tickets are $12 at Dave & Adam’s Card World stores through Friday or $15 online and at the door. A two-day VIP ticket for $49.95 includes early admission. A Celebrity Experience package guarantees a photo or autograph from your favorite celebrity for an additional $25 to $60. The full VIP Experience ($100-$200) has two-day show admission, early admission, autograph, photo and more.



Here’s a look at some of the celebrity guests with panel times, subject to change. For a full list, including comic book artists, visit

1. Sean Astin. Call him Mikey. Call him Rudy. Call him Samwise. Astin has played three of modern cinema’s most timeless characters. He was Mikey Walsh in “Goonies” when he was 14, played the title character in the true underdog story of “Rudy” and was the faithful hobbit Samwise Gamgee in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Panel: 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

2. Comic Book Men: You’re not getting one of the guys from AMC’s geekfest “Comic Book Men.” Nor two. You are getting four: Walt Flanagan, Michael Zapcic, Ming Chen and Bryan Johnson will all be present. Take advantage of the opportunity. Autographs and photos can be purchased in single packages or for all four. Panel: 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

3. Esme Bianco. The English actress starred as Ros on the first three seasons of “Game of Thrones” and now has a recurring role on the Syfy series “The Magicians.” Panel: 12:25 p.m. Sunday with Rick Worthy.

4. Brett Dalton. For three seasons, he played Agent Grant Ward on the popular ABC series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The season finale seemed to indicate he won’t be returning – or will he? We’ll have to ask him ourselves. Panel: 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

5. Ric Flair. The original Nature Boy has spent more than 40 years as a professional wrestler. Flair will be there Sunday only. Panel: 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

6. Christopher McDonald. The actor’s portrayal of Scooter McGavin in “Happy Gilmore” was listed as one of the six best things about the movie by Golf Digest earlier this year: “Forget sports cinema; McGavin might be the greatest cinematic villain, period. “ Off screen, though, he’s a pretty nice guy and quite a familiar face around these parts. McDonald is a long-time Bills fan and has appeared at the Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic and other events. Panel: 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

7. Brian O’Halloran. If you watch Kevin Smith movies, you’ve seen O’Halloran who is best known for his six appearances in Smith’s “Jersey Chronicles” films including “Clerks,” “Mallrats” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.” He played Dante Hicks, the overly responsible store clerk in three of Smith’s film including “Clerks.” Panel: 5 p.m. Saturday.

8. Ray Park. You may not know his face since it’s often hidden behind a mask in some of this biggest roles, but you know his characters. Park has played Darth Maul (“Star Wars Episode I”), Snake Eyes (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”) and Toad (“X-Men”). Panel: 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

9. Theshay West and Moses Moseley. There may be thousands of nameless zombies on “The Walking Dead,” but if you watched the series, you know these two: they were Michonne’s armless, jawless “pets” who allowed her to walk among the zombies.

10. Matthew Wood. He is known for voice work that includes General Grievous (“Star Wars”), but his work behind the scenes is impressive. Wood is the supervising sound editor for the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy as well as “The Force Awakens.” Panel: 11:20 a.m. Sunday with David Acord, another “Star Wars” voice actor and sound supervisor on “The Force Awakens.”

11. Rick Worthy. Seen on Syfy’s “The Magicians,” Worthy also has appeared in other genre work including “Supernatural,” “Heroes,” “Star Trek: Insurrection” and “Star Trek: Voyager.” Panel: 12:25 p.m. Sunday with Esme Bianco.

– Toni Ruberto

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