Proctors announces 3-day Fandom Fest event in August in Schenectady

Rodger Bumpass, known for his long-running role as Squidward on SpongeBob, is to be among those featured. (Tribune News Service)

Rodger Bumpass, known for his long-running role as Squidward on SpongeBob, is to be among those featured. (Tribune News Service)

Proctors Collaborative has announced its first ever Fandom Fest.

Nerds, geeks, bookworms, gamers and everyone in between are welcome to come to Proctors on Friday, Aug.  12, through Sunday, Aug. 14. The fest is aimed at allowing guests to share the love they have for their favorite show, anime, game or movie with new fans, young and old in what will become an annual event.

This three-day event will feature:

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— James Marsters, best known as Spike in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and its spin-off “Angel.” Marsters has also been seen as Brainiac in “Smallville,” Captain John Hart on “Torchwood” and terrorist Barnabas Greeley in Syfy’s “Caprica”;

— Rodger Bumpass is known for his long-running role as Squidward Tentacles on the animated television series “SpongeBob SquarePants” as well as many other voices on the show;

— Keith David is famous for such films as “The Thing,” “Armageddon” and “The Chronicles of Riddick” as well as a prominent voice-over actor for games like “Mortal Kombat 11,” the “Mass Effect” series, the “Halo” series and many more

— Elden Henson was Fulton Reed in “The Mighty Ducks” trilogy, Foggy Nelson in “Daredevil” and the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Pollux in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and Part 2”;

— Adrienne Barbeau, best known as Broadway’s original Rizzo in “Grease” as Carol Traynor, the divorced daughter of Maude Findlay on the sitcom “Maude” and the voice of Catwoman in “Batman: The Animated Series” (1992-1995);

— Debbie Rochon, best known for her work in independent horror films and counterculture films including “Model Hunger,” “Exhumed,” “Slime City Massacre” and others;

— More featured guests will be announced at a later date.

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Also available to attendees —  compete in an esports tournament hosted by Schenectady-based esports company Gaming Insomniacs, visit a pop arcade featuring 10 full-sized arcade cabinets provided by the Saratoga Silverball Show, the opportunity to get up close and personal with cherished pop culture memorabilia such as the 1966 Batmobile and BatCycle, Munster Koach, a life-sized Flintstone Mobile, and “Back to the Future’s” DeLorean!

The event will run from 4 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Aug. 13 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 14.

The schedule will be updated as more celebrities, creators and vendors join Fandom Fest. For updates, visit

Three-day passes are on sale now with an early bird discount through May 15 which includes a T-shirt and a lanyard for general and student passes. A general three-day pass is $120, student three-day pass is $96 and 4 and under three-day pass is $30.

Starting May 16, single and three-day passes will be set at full price. Passes are available through the Box Office at Proctors, in person or via phone at 518-346-6204 Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. or online at

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