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Venues ready for first annual Super City Rochester

Venues ready for first annual Super City Rochester

The Strasenburgh Planetarium at the Rochester Museum & Science Center will hold a video game championship this weekend.

The video game demo and championship is part of Super City Saturday, a part of Rochester’s first annual multi-venue pop culture festival that includes cosplay, comics, cartoons, music, movies, wrestling, artists and more. The three-day festival—which also includes a Super Bar Crawl on Friday and Sidekick Sunday—was founded by Jason Hilton of POP ROC cereal bar and comic shop.

The Strasenburgh Planetarium portion of the Aug. 24 event will feature video game demos by Rochester Game Developers Group and tournaments run by A Gamers Nostalgia. The event will culminate in the tournament finals played on the four-story dome at RMSC’s recently renovated planetarium.

Other event venues include the Little Theatre, POP ROC and Anthology. The three-day event will include an “Artist Alley” that will feature local artists such as John Magnus Champlain and Shawn Dunwoody, as well as national guests Guy Gilchrest, Jim Henson’s Animator, and Danny Fingeroth, a long-time Marvel and DC writer and Spider-Man group line editor. Event coordinators also will attempt to set the world record for the most cosplay and costumed people in one area (1,700).

“Our mission is to break out of the classic ‘con’-style event and flood the streets with pop culture enthusiasts and activities that highlight our great city,” Hilton said in a statement. “Why limit the fun to a single convention center?”

The “non-con” is sponsored by the Rich Ide Family of Dealerships. Most of the activities and exhibitions will be free and open to the public.

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