Celebrities will be heading to Saratoga Springs this week as part of Saratoga Comic Con.
From Saturday to Sunday at the Saratoga Springs City Center, the convention will feature actors from the Power Rangers series like Johnny Young Bosch and Catherine Sutherland. Tyler Mane, who plays Sabertooth in X-Men will make an appearance as well as Martin Klebba from “Pirates of the Caribean,” and many others.
Run by Samuel Chase, it’s the convention’s fifth year in Saratoga Springs. It draws in at least a few thousand from the Capital Region and beyond. Some attend for the celebrities. Others for the cosplay competitions and the cosplay guest stars.
This year the guest stars include Chelsea Von Chastity, Myratheon Cosplay, Jennard Cosplays, Lady Bridget Cosplay, Lorraine Toth and Coach Moses. The cosplay contests feature people dressed in intricate costumes and each contestant often gives a brief performance.
This year, the contests, including the youth and adult divisions, will be hosted by Jennard Cosplays.
Beyond the cosplay, people come for the panels, some which test their knowledge on their favorite comic series and others which teach cosplay fighting skills. The panels run throughout the weekend and include lightning trivia, a sketch-off drawing competition and discussions about video games and streaming and many others.
Plenty of people come to the con to see some of the set piece exhibits and cosplay groups. The 1966 Batcycle will be there this year, as will an exhibit on some of the set pieces from the “X-Files.”
The Montreal X-Men will be making a reappearance this year, along with The Resident Evil Umbrella Corp., Springfield Hive Group and Hudson Valley Ghostbusters.
The convention will be raising money for the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, as it has in years past.
Tickets are $12 for kids aged 7-17. For adults, online tickets are $25 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday and $40 for the weekend. VIP tickets, which allow attendees to get into the convention early, are $60 and $80.
The convention runs from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. There will be an afterparty on Saturday, catered by Distinctive Catering.
For more information visit saratogacomiccon.com.
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