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Welcome to summer – geek style. Nickel City Con – which has become the unofficial kickoff to summer for local pop culture fans in only three short years – returns May 17 to 19 to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Since debuting as a two-day convention in 2016, NCC has expanded to three days of all things pop culture: comic book artists, cosplay contests, gaming …

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BuffaLoveFest 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave.). Cost is $25 in advance here. The Buffalo Zoo devotes an event to all things connected with the Buffalo area, from locally brewed beer and wine to 25 food trucks and 55 artisans with Buffalo-themed products. Advance tickets include two complimentary drinks, as well as live music from XOXO and the K…

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The Joker may have gotten the best of Batman and Robin again. In a bizarre scene on the I-190 in Buffalo, the Batmobile crashed into a guardrail Thursday, according to a NITTEC image. The driver, Robin – not in costume, by the way – was on his way to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center to set up for this weekend's Nickel City Con, when disaster struck. "Actually, t…

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There was a time when we had to travel great distances, often at a high cost, to celebrate our geekdom at pop-culture conventions where all the things movies, television, superheroes and comics could be celebrated. Not anymore. Now the stars are coming to us. When “Nickel City Con” opens Friday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, it will kick off our summer sea…

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As one of the most successful pro wrestlers ever, Hulk Hogan staged thousands of last-minute comebacks to overcome his opponents in the ring. Now as rumors swirl of Hogan returning to the WWE, the wrestling hall of famer hopes to complete his biggest comeback yet. Hogan will appear May 19 as part of Nickel City Con. The three-day pop-culture convention will be held May 18 …

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Hey Buffalo, we're going to need a bigger events center - or least more room for fans lining up to see actor Richard Dreyfuss. The Oscar-winning actor will be in Buffalo from May 18 to 20 at Nickel City Con, held in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. In addition to his general appearance at the convention, the weekend includes two special events with Dreyfuss: a que…

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The best known bounty hunter in the galaxy is coming to Buffalo. Actor Jeremy Bulloch, who plays the popular bad guy Boba Fett in multiple "Star Wars" movies, is the newest addition to Nickel City Con, being held May 18 to 20 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Bulloch will be on hand all three days to meet fans, sign autographs and have photos taken. He is joi…

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As superheroes and sci-fi heroes continue to dominate movie screens during the summer, many local fan events are filling up the calendar featuring celebrity guests, costumes and even baseball. “Flash Gordon,” 7 p.m. May 18 at the North Park Theatre. The 1980 sci-fi pulp film with the classic Queen soundtrack returns with a special screening at the North Park Theatre (14…