The ‘Uticon’ comic book show is preparing to return for its 15th year of both raising funds for the American Cancer Society and celebrating the love of comic books and pop culture in the Mohawk Valley. The show will take place at Mohawk Valley Community College’s Alumni Center Building in Utica. Admission is $5 for adults (18 & up), $3 for teens & students and free for those age 12 and under. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. The event will include appearances by over 24 professional and semi-professional comic book artists and writers, including: Bob Almond (artist on Black Panther), Bob Rozakis (long-time writer for DC Comics), Peter Gillis (writer on Marvel’s Dr Strange) and Todd Dezago (writer on Spider-Man and the Perhapanauts), as well as a number of local comic book creators including, Dave Dellecese and Andrew Cieslinski (Holidaze). This year, there are a number of local science fiction & fantasy authors making an appearance at the show, including Nicholas Davis (author of Dimension Lapse), Kyle Lince (author of The Prodigal Outlaw); and G.B. Macrae (author of A Night In the Garden) among others. The Ghost Seekers of Central New York will be on hand to show fans their array of ghost hunting equipment and allow fans the opportunity to test it themselves. They will also be promoting their new TV show, ‘Ghost & Toast’. There are also guest costuming groups planning to attend, including the Klingon Assault Group (featuring the alien warriors from the Star Trek TV and movies) and the Rebel Alliance (featuring characters from the Star Wars movies) that fans are welcome to take pictures with. There will also be a number of vendors selling new & old comic books, role-playing games and other pop culture items. All fans who attend will be given a free chance for door prizes, as well. For more information visit www.uticoncomicshow.com or ‘like’ the event’s Facebook page at ‘Uticon – Comic Book Show of Utica, NY’.
BIDS FOR KIDS Basket Raffle/Live Auction at Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel in Verona. CNY Parties and Events is once again hosting “Bids for Kids” a basket/item raffle and live auction in an effort to raise revenue for the KEYS Program. The event is family-friendly and will feature free entertainment. Music from Justin Smithson of Showtime and Poor Tim, walking magic from JCharlz Magic, Face Painting by Mary Fessia and appearances by both Spiderman and Elsa provided by Once Upon a Party. Our live auctioneer is Brittany Lee from Bug Country 99.7 & 101.1. The KEYS Program, established in 1993 by David and Colleen Bennett, have and continue to deliver music, hope and smiles to children impacted by cancer and serious illness, all at no cost to the families. The organization provides award-winning patient and family support programs of music outreach and the benefits of healing through music, family respite days and sibling support programs that enrich and improve the quality of life of pediatric patients.