Greetings, Nerds! This past Saturday I got to cover the first Comic-Con within my own hometown of Plattsburgh, NY: PlattsNerd! This event was sponsored and organized by Mountain Lake PBS and held at the American Legion (of Doom!) on the Quarry Road. I will be honest, I was not expecting much out of a Plattsburgh convention but I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout, the quality, and the quantity of this convention.
I was quite impressed by the variety in the cosplay I saw at this event. Later in the day there was a cosplay contest divided into three different categories: Kids, Cosplay Amateurs, and Cosplay Veterans. If you’d like to see video of the cosplay contest you can watch the video by The Valley CW on their Facebook page here.
Here are some of the cosplay I saw while I was there:
Downstairs there was plenty of gaming to be had. There were tabletop games on one side of the room. On the other side there was an old school NES setup for people who wanted to participate in the Gauntlet tournament that was going on. Ah…nostalgia!
There was also a rep from Nintendo there that had Paper Mario Color Splash set up for people to try. Aylah thoroughly enjoyed playing this game!
Upstairs PBS had their booth set up in which you could take pictures with a variety of props. They also had mobile devices set up to try a variety of PBS Kid games. Aylah loved playing with the animal creator game. You can get a MLPBS Passport to receive new membership benefits such as access to an on-demand library of your favorite PBS programs. To find out more, visit Mountain Lake PBS online here.
MLPBS also had these t-shirts for a $15 donation. I chose the PlattsNerd t-shirt. I was also sure to grab a PBSNerd button!
Artists & Vendors
AC Gaming Space is located at 21 Weed St. in Plattsburgh. AC stands for “A Community” Space for its community of gamers. They are open daily for casual gaming events. Like them on Facebook.
Second Chance is a variety shop based in Rouses Point, NY. It’s your one-stop shop for new and vintage Star Wars, Star Trek, Comics, Toys, Action Figures, Statues, and much more. Second Chance is located at 117 Lake Street in Rouses Point.
Albany artist Doug Hills was there selling prints of his work. He also was drawing custom artwork on-site! Doug is the artist and co-creator of the web-comics Place Name Here, and Chibi Cheerleaders From Outerspace. He is also a founding member of Ten Ton Studios and writer of Manga Studio for Dummies. You can find out more about Doug by visiting his site, Like him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter.
Gaming Cave is based in Malone, NY. They sell board games, card games, video games, toys, and hobbies. They had a pretty nice Funko Pop collection as well as a variety of other Funko figures. Give them a Like on Facebook.
Scratch That Glass is owned by Amanda Shuknecht in Chatham, NY. She does a beautiful variety of glass etching products such as mugs, goblets, and glass dishes. You can give her a Like on Facebook.
Sci-Fi Anime Gunpla Plamod is based in Montreal. They had an impressive variety of Mecha models and anime figures. Check out their website here.
Cardcaptor Katara (artist Jennelle Chartier) is a 24 year old graduate from Sage College of Albany with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. She had a variety of buttons and perler bead art available for sale. I bought this adorable Sylveon button for Aylah (thank you to the kind young man who spotted me the money to get this since I only had my debit card and not cash on hand!).
Medusa Comics and Cards had a booth on the first floor, as well as gaming supplies downstairs. This shop located on Smithfield Blvd in Plattsburgh has a fine collection of comics, figures, and gaming needs. Give them a Like on Facebook!
Perhaps my favorite booth/artist was Arden’s Artistry. Artist Rebekah Geppinger is based in Malone, NY. She creates one of a kind costume jewelry and flower hair wreaths. She also does photography, digital art, painting, and crafting. I adored her fairy doors!
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at PlattsNerd. I was thrilled when I was told that they are planning to bring the event back again next year. I’ve been hoping for a local Comic Con for quite some time now and I was thoroughly impressed. I would like to congratulate everyone who put on this successful event and thank the participants, artists, and vendors. Without you this event could not have happened and saw the success that it did. I only hope to see it continue to grow.