Walking the streets of Saratoga Springs, one might see the car from “Resident Evil” this weekend.
The Saratoga Comic Con is back for its spring convention, which might just be the biggest yet.
At least that’s what organizer Samuel Chase is hoping.
Chase, a Saratoga County resident, brought the convention to the Saratoga Springs City Center three years ago, and since then he’s seen a loyal local following build, as well as a growing number of tourists coming from outside the area. There were about 1,800 attendees at the first convention and 6,000 at the last one, in November.
Each convention, Chase aims to mix things up a bit while preserving some of the fan favorites.
“We’re trying to bring in new stuff that people haven’t seen before,” Chase said.
One of the main attractions is an appearance by Jason Mewes, an actor from “Clerks,” along with Marilyn Ghigliotti and Scott Schiaffo from the film. “Clerks,” a black and white independent film from the 1990s, has become a cult classic. The convention will be a reunion of sorts for cast members.
“People are getting really excited about that,” Chase said.
There are also new panels, which are always popular.
“We’ve got 'Cosplay on a Budget' this year,” Chase said. The panel is hosted by Lady Bridget Cosplay and Midnight Rogue Cosplays. They’ll be sharing tips on how to create a convincing and creative cosplay look without spending tons of money on the production.
Of course there will also be the classic adult cosplay contest. Contestants have a chance to win best in group, best craftsmanship, best in show and best performance. There will also be a cosplay karaoke event.
And there will be cosplay professionals on the premises.
“The Montreal X-Men are an attraction in themselves,” Chase said. They’ll be raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention during the convention.
Other cosplay guest stars include The Resident Evil Group (and there will be the Resident Evil Umbrella Corp. Car), 501st from Star Wars, Chelsea Von Chastity, Misa Lynn, Jennard Cosplays, The True Mr. J, and others.
There’s plenty to do beyond cosplay as well.
Chase is bringing back a piece of “Stranger Things” to the convention.
“It’s bringing in new people,” Chase said. The Netflix show remains popular, even with viewers who might not typically be interested in the sci-fi or fantasy genre.
The convention features a replica of the iconic room from the show, with hanging Christmas lights, a yellow telephone, the alphabet painted on the wall and an ax.
The convention kicks off Saturday at 10 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online at saratogacomiccon.com or at the door. Tickets are $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday and $30 for the weekend.
For a full schedule of events, visit saratogacomiccon.com.