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Memorial Day weekend is usually designated for cookouts, parties and the occasional concert. It’s usually never seen as a time for conventions in New York City, but that’s set to change this weekend with BoroughCon. This four-day convention was founded by former Knightrokon staff members Matthew Goodison-Orr and Victor Lai, and they’re looking to transform St. John’s University into the ultimate hangout for fans of comic books, anime, and video games.
The four-day convention will include a lineup of amazing guests. For the comic book lovers, they’ll be able to meet Blade co-creator Marv Wolfman, Green Arrow artist/writer Mike Grell, Emmy Award-winning writer Stan Berkowitz, Exiles writer Tony Bedard, and Batman artist Mark McKenna. A plethora of TV/movie stars will also be on board, including Sean Astin, Cree Summer, and Steve Blum. Music fans are in for a treat with performances from acts such as The Asterplace, Demon Boy, and Okami Yoshino. If that’s not enough, Marky Ramone will hang out throughout the event to chat with fans.
The cosplay contest is set to take place on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. inside the Little Theater, and it will feature cosplayers Danquish, Mikomi, and SyFy’s Heroes of Cosplay’s Monika Lee and Riki “Riddle” LeCotey as judges. There will be three categories for all kinds of cosplayers, whether this is their first or 20th time competing in cosplay competitions. The winners will receive a gift certificate to Arda Wigs and have figures of themselves created courtesy of Capture me in 3D.
That’s not the only competition taking place at BoroughCon. Tomorrow (May 26) at 5 p.m. inside the D’Angelo Center, there will be the AMV Contest, which shows off the most creative video editors. There will also be a Super Smash Bros. tournament taking place at the DeAngelo Center on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The winner will walk away with the grand prize of $2,500.
Tickets for BoroughCon are still available online. If you choose to purchase tickets at the door, there will be an additional $5 added to the final cost. There are still a handful of VIP passes available to purchase. Each pass includes a collector’s VIP badge/lanyard, a t-shirt, and a limited edition comic book and art print. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for any updates throughout the convention.