BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WETM) — Gaming, comic, and pop culture fans from the Twin Tiers will have the chance to come together this weekend.
Twin Tiers Comic-Con is an annual two-day-long convention that brings cosplay, memorabilia, industry professionals, games, and more to the Arnot Mall Event Center. This year, the convention will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.
This convention invites fans of all ages to dress up as their favorite characters while meeting celebrity guests, attending panels with industry professionals, participating in games, and shopping from local retailers’ and artists’ booths. The best cosplays will even be eligible to win prizes. Attendees who are at least 12 years old will be able to enter a costume contest that awards cash prizes totaling $1,000. Guests aged 11 and younger will be able to enter a separate contest with non-cash prizes.
Organizer Kevin Falkenberg spoke on what the event brings, saying “The Twin Tiers Comi-Con is a celebration of all things popular culture, including comics and art and horror, fantasy, sci fi, celebrity guests, all sorts of things, replica vehicles from famous vehicles for movies and television shows. It’s a celebration of all of the things that are pop culture it’s a every everything that you find a comic con everything you can discover here, that they become the hit TV series on Netflix. You know next year they become the blockbuster movie five years from now they become the the newest balloon and the Macy’s Day Parade. It’s all Comic-Con.”
This convention will also feature a gaming lounge and board gaming demonstrations and competitions. Guests will be able to join in on these games, and gamers who prefer video games will have a chance to enter a Super Smash Bros Ultimate tournament. Other activities will include trivia contests and scavenger hunts.
There will be plenty of photo ops for cosplayers and those who prefer to attend in street clothes. Guests will be able to snap pictures of the following famous vehicle replicas: Christine, the Bluesmobile from the Blues Brothers, the Chevy Impala from Supernatural, a Barbie Jeep, Pee-wee Herman’s bike, and the Batcycle from the 1966 Batman TV series.
Special guests at this year’s convention will include actors Alaina Huffman, Steven Williams, Malcolm Danare, and William Ostrander; podcaster Guy Hutchinson; and pro wrestlers Justin Credible, Angelina Love, Barry Horowitz, Paul Roma, and Mario Mancini. More than 70 special comic and art guests will be in attendance as well.
After day one of the convention ends, Xcite Wrestling will be having a live pro wrestling event at the X2 Arena, which is right next to the event center. This event will run from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday and cost an additional fee.
Tickets are required to attend Twin Tiers Comic-Con, and wristbands and/or VIP lanyards must be worn for the entire event. A single-day ticket costs $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and a two-day ticket costs $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Kids aged 14 and under can enter for free with a paid adult, and veterans and active-duty military can enter for free with a Military ID.
They are also raising money for charity. Promoter Mike Royle explained this, saying “One of the things we do every year is raise money for charity. We have will have a silent auction we’re going to be having a raffle that includes this this really great banner. Bob Almond who runs inkwell awards will be here and he was the inkler on this. So we’ll be raffling this off and a bunch of other stuff to raise money for the inkwell awards.”
The convention is also offering two VIP packages, and organizers recommend getting them in advance because they might sell out. A regular VIP ticket costs $55 in advance and $65 at the door. This package will give the guest two-day entry to the convention, 30-minute early entry for both days, art prints, and Twin Tiers Comic-Con swag. Those aged 21 and older can buy a VIP After Dark package for $90 in advance or $100 at the door. This package will include two-day and early entry, art prints, a hand-drawn sketch card, adult-themed swag, and coupons and items from World Piece and Volo Bar and Lounge.
Tickets for Twin Tiers Comic-Con and the Xcite Wrestling event can be purchased in advance on Twin Tiers Comic Con’s website. More of what the convention has to offer can also be found on its website and Facebook page.