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Head to these local pop culture conventions

Every summer, the Buffalo Niagara region, Rochester and southern Ontario are transformed into holy ground for fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga, horror and other delightful forms of entertainment.

If geekdom and fan-love were a religion, then it’s time to get ready to worship.

Here are this summer’s offerings:

Nickel City Con

When: 3 to 8 p.m. May 17, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19
Where: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Who it's for: Fans of comic books, films, TV, gaming, manga and anime.
Don’t miss: Linda Blair (“The Exorcist”) and Tony Todd (“Candyman”).
Tickets: $20 for May 17 and 19, $30 for May 18; $55 for three-day pass.

Anime North

When: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. May 24, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. May 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 26.
Where: Toronto Congress Centre and Delta Hotel Airport, Toronto
Who it's for: Fans of anime, manga, some gaming and comics.
Don’t miss: Josh Grelle (“Attack on Titan,” “Yuri on Ice”), Aaron Roberts (“Dragon Ball Super,” “My Hero Academia”), Alexis Tipton (“My Hero Academia,” “Ace Attorney”).
Tickets: Preregistration is $35 for May 24 and 26, $45 for May 25; $60 weekend admission. (Add $5 for at-the-door admission)

Niagara Falls Comic Con

When: 3 to 8 p.m. June 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 8 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9
Where: Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ont.
Who it's for: Fans of comics, gaming, TV, movies, wrestling, horror and anime.
Don’t miss: Billy Dee Williams (“Star Wars” franchise), Pom Klementieff ("Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," “Avengers: Infinity War”), Jerry Mathers (“Leave It to Beaver") and Cary Elwes (“The Princess Bride”).
Tickets: $25.95 June 7, $39.95 June 8, $31.95 June 9 and $67.95 for three-day pass.

Tony Todd, left, Drea De Matteo and Kevin Nash are just three of the celebrities headed to Nickel City Con 2019. (Todd and De Matteo  images from Getty)

Buffalo Comicon

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 23
Where: Buffalo Marriott Niagara, Amherst
Who it's for: Primarily comic book fans.
Tickets: TBA.

Sterling Renaissance Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday from July 6 to Aug. 18.
Where: 15385 Farden Road, Sterling
Who it's for: Fans of medieval history, fantasy and “Game of Thrones.”
Tickets: $26.95 per day, $45.95 for two-day pass and $189.95 for season pass.

Fan Expo Toronto

When: 4 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 24 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25.
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
Who it's for: Everyone. This is the third-largest fan event in North America (behind San Diego Comic Con and the New York Comic Con). It has it all.
Don’t miss: Edward James Elmos (“Battlestar Galactica”), Zachary Levi (“Shazam”), Jason Mamoa (“Aquaman”), Steve Blum (“Cowboy Bebop”), Kimberly Brooks (“Voltron, “Static Shock”).
Tickets: $19 to $49 a day (U.S.). Also available: child, youth and family passes plus four-day deluxe and premium.


When: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 and 25.
Where: Seneca Park Longhouse Shelter, Rochester
Who it's for: Anime and manga fans.
Tickets: Free.


When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15.
Where: Kodak Event Center, Rochester
Who it's for: Anyone with an appreciation for comics, TV and films, with some anime and manga thrown in.
Don’t miss: Michael Dorn (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), Patricia Quinn (“Rocky Horror Picture Show”), Walter Jones (“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”)
Tickets: $21 each day; $36 two-day pass.

Frightmare in The Falls

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27
Where: ScotiaBank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ont.
Who it's for: Horror fans.
Don’t miss: Kane Hodder (“Friday the 13th” franchise), R.A. Mihailoff (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre III”), Linnea Quigley (“The Return of the Living Dead”).
Tickets: On sale 10 a.m. June 10.

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