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It’s promoted as “New York’s Comic and SciFi Expo,” but the outlandish outfits always steal the show.

Wintercon 2017 will fill Resorts World Casino New York City in South Ozone Park with actors and fantasy characters from the “Geek Genre” from Friday, Dec. 1, through Sunday, Dec. 3.

Some attendees will waddle in the muck in a simulated Star Wars garbage compactor, while others will beam orders from Captain Kirk’s Star Trek Enterprise chair. There will also be plenty of time for shopping, panel discussions and light saber fights. And off course, Jedi training is on tap.

The main event is a cast reunion for the science fiction classic “Blade Runner,” although it might incur extra costs. Rutger Hauer, the Dutch actor who played the anti-hero Roy Batty, will be on hand both weekend days. He will charge $50 for autographs and photos. Meanwhile, Sean Young, who gave life to Rachel in the 1982 movie, will provide autographs and photos with $40 and $45 price tags, respectively. The other confirmed stars are Joanna Cassidy (Zhora Salome), William Sanderson (J.F. Sebastian) and Kevin Thompson (Bear).

Not to be outdone, a cast reunion for the 1979 feature film “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” with similar extra expenditures is planned. Gil Gerard, who played the main character Buck, will invoice $30 for autographs and photos. He will be joined by Erin Gray (Colonel Wilma Deering), Thom Christopher (Dr. Elias Huer) and Felix Silla (Twiki).

Julian Glover, who was Grand Maester Pycelle in “Game of Thrones,” and BarBara Luna, who had roles in different Star Treks, will be there, too.

All the time, big names from the Cosplay (costume play) world will add their spice to the mix. Ruby Rinekso, who used to be Space Ace Frehley in the tribute band Kiss Nation, might show up as Chewbacca. But then again, he’s also known to attend these conferences as Black Manta and Manbat, his own creations. Jennifer Rose, who holds an illustration degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, will probably roam the corridors as her favorite character, Batgirl, while members of The Group That Shall Not Be Named will show off Harry Potter attire and personalities.

All are invited to dress up as heroes or villains and strut their stuff or act out skits on a catwalk on Saturday at 6 p.m. Judges will award prizes based on excellence in craftsmanship.

Children under age 5 can attend for free on Sunday. They will receive a free light saber and Jedi training.

Wintercon 2017 is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets run from $25 to $100 with two-day and VIP options.

Images: Jason Laboy Photography


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