Electric City Comic Con

Guests 2017

Artists Alley

These talented artists and authors will be located inside the library in "Artists Alley." Stop-by to meet them, purchase their books, get them signed and chat with these amazing artists! You can see many of our artists at various workshops and programs throughout the day as well.

Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson has been inking comics for 35+ years, for Marvel (Silver Surfer, Cosmic Powers, Uncanny Origins) DC (Action Comics, Superman, Superboy) Mirage (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Turtle Soup) Comico (Elementals, Robotech, Jonny Quest) Claypool Comics (Elvira) and countless other publishers.

He has recently begun a new chapter of his career, co-creating and co-writing (and, of course, inking) the new project The Trust Book One: Silent Scream. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the first issue of the series has just been printed, and he’ll have copies available at the convention, as well as selected issues of his older work.

Marcus K. Anderson

Marcus is a Capital Region-based illustrator and teacher. He is the co-creator of Snow Daze and the creator of EastRaven Adventures. Marcus' work recently appeared in Forward Comix's anthology, Gwan, and Action Lab's all-ages detective series, Cash and Carrie.

Douglas Arthur

Douglas is the creator of the long running independent comic strip Tales From The Dougside. He began publishing book collections of his strips in 1995 and this last September released his 12th book, We All Travel Time, a collaboration with his brother Rick Arthur.

Russell Brettholtz

Russell has been reading comic books since he was eight years old and his grandmother gave him an Archie. His debut comic book, Side-Kicked, was written in response to being fired as the assistant to a financial planner. The funding for the art was achieved through two successful Kickstarter campaigns which raised over $17,000 and caught the attention of an editor at Darby Pop Publishing. He lives in Clifton Park with his wife, two daughters, a dog and a cat.

Ryan Butt

Ryan is the artist for the self published comic Gnaw but he would rather be an astronaut.

Erik Craddock

Erik Craddock is an award-winning, best-selling Author/Illustrator, and the creator of such series as Stone Rabbit (Random House), and the upcoming trilogy series Ultra School (Polar Press/Golden Bell). An ardent writer, storyteller, and visual artist, he dedicates his days to creating new books and works that both enchant and entertain his fan base, which currently spans all across the globe.

Currently, Erik is the Flagship Author and Featured Creator of Polar Press and Golden Bell Entertainment, and over the course of the next five years, plans to release at least 15 books through the company. He will be a featured artist at ECCC with Golden Bell Entertainment this year.

Tom Eaton

Tom Eaton is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist and animator, and creator of the Bug Zapper, a comic for kids. Past projects include original animated shorts and music videos for Sufjan Stevens and the Danielson Famile.


This pair of artists, authors and entrepreneurs help run Golden Bell Entertainment. With The Sunday Comics, Saturday Morning Cartoons, Stuffimals, Timeless Studios, Golden Games and Polar Press, Golden Bell illustrates a passion for various mediums and a dream to jumpstart the nostalgia of a time gone by. Their Sunday Comics project merges an age old medium of newspaper strips by fusing it with serialized storytelling of the modern comic age.

Mitra Farmand

Mitra Farmand is a cartoonist from Brookline, Massachusetts. In 2013 she graduated from The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT, so don’t worry, she’s certified to draw cartoons. She's had two cartoons published in The New Yorker, which is the sort of thing one puts in a bio. She looks like a cat-owning vegetarian, but she is neither of those things.

Alisa Harris

Alisa Harris makes comics about cats (The Collected Counter Attack!), vegetarian recipes (Cooking Up Comics), and her post-art school days of living in almost every borough of NYC (Urban Nomad). By day she is an animator, designer, and storyboard artist for a web-based, educational company.


T.J. Kirsch is a cartoonist living in upstate NY. His work has been published by Archie Comics, Oni Press, and Image Comics, and he is the illustrator of the critically-acclaimed She Died In Terrebonne with writer Kevin Church. His most recent graphic novel, with writers Christina Weir and Nunzio Defilippis, is titled Lost And Found: An Amy Devlin Mystery, from Oni Press. His current project is Pride Of The Decent Man: A Cartoon Strip Drama.

Matt Lesniewski

My name’s Matt Lesniewski and I’m an independent comic creator. I write, draw and letter my own self published comics. Maybe you’ve heard of them. My past work includes titles like Antique, Alone Again, Arctic Hell and more.

Mark Mariano

Mark Mariano is a Harvey Award Nominated cartoonist from New Jersey. He's an Adventure Time cover artist, a contributor to Aw Yeah Comics!, The Sakai Project from Dark Horse, and Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream. His self-published work includes the family favorite The Other Side of Hugless Hill, the Moonbeam Award-Winning Flabbergast: Science Friction and the amazon.com best-selling Happyloo: Flying Colors. As proud organizer of the traveling Kids Love Comics pavilion for several comic conventions, Mark assembles the roster of super-talented artists, and creates the programming. Being an advocate of comics in the classroom, he enjoys visiting schools and sharing his love of art and storytelling. Mark has been drawing since he was three, and loves reading comics and picture books, making music with The O>Matics, eating ice cream, and watching cartoons. Mark will be a featured artist with Golden Bell Entertainment at this year's con.

Shane Moore

Schenectady resident, artist and co-founder of Electro-Magnetic Press. Shane does the art for the comic series “The Omens." The first comic in his new series “Empire Comics” was recently published. Shane is also the artist who created our Electric City Comic Con mascot: Voltage


Gregg is a regular contributor to Spongebob Comics, wrote the X-Babies: Stars Reborn graphic novel for Marvel Comics, and has worked for Nickelodeon, DC Entertainment, and Disney. His original graphic novel “Pix” features a super-powered teenager who claims to be part fairy princess.

Jen Wojtowicz

Jen is a local fine artist, author, and illustrator. She is the creator of the science fiction series, Sleepers and the autobiographical works, Bunny Girl and Protection.

Crispin Wood

Crispin Wood has been drawing comics for ages. His comic Rock School appeared in a monthly New England music periodical called The Noise from 1992 until 2015. In 2013, Crispin started a webcomic called Small Blue Yonder. People seem to like it. Check it out - it's family-friendly!

Comics Commons

Be sure to visit our "Comics Commons" area outdoors in front of the library. We are featuring comic related artisans, dealers, and organizations.

Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library

The Friends of the library fund raise and support all public programming at SCPL (among many other things!) Their efforts made our Comic Con possible. They will be selling fantasy, manga, science fiction and other used books to help raise funds for the library. The friends also run the popular Whitney Book Corner used book store on the corner of Union and Clinton St. Stop-by to join the Friends of the Library or learn about our new Junior Friends group.


Sequestered in the dankest depths of the Evil Lair, the Brotherhood of Evil Geeks strive to bring you their honest opinions on the entertainment that we all love. Comics, video games, movies, TV shows, and geek culture in general are dissected, reviewed, then re-assembled by each Evil Geek with devious care and nefarious ingenuity. Through our written reporting and through our podcast “Transmissions From the Evil Lair” (Soon to be subliminal message free), we will show you the most vile and uncouth underbelly of the nerd world!


Founded in 1982, Electric City is the oldest comic store in New York's Capital District with over 70,000 back issues, plus books, comic supplies and action figures. New comics are on sale every Wednesday.

Lady Victoria and Lady Lynnaurya

Hogwarts-style scarves, hand embroidered designs to go on coasters and cups.

Living Resources Arts Program

Provide quality art instruction to artists with disabilities including classes in: drawing, painting, jewelry making, photography, videography, 2D & 3D design, Felting, Cartooning and Graphic Arts. The Arts Program has been highly recognized not only in the Capital District, but nationally as well. The students continue to win awards at numerous art shows including the State Wide Juried Art Show Voice!, The Autism Society Gala, The NYSACRA Conference, Sunny Viewpoint Gallery, and BUILT.


Penny is a professional illustrator specializing in clothing, prints, accessories and more!

Riedi's Handcrafted Gifts & Jewelry

Handcrafted Dragon eggs, super hero-inspired, fantasy-inspired, LOTR-inspired, TWD-inspired, GOT-inspired, upcycled steampunk glam, & wire-wrapped crystal/gemstone Jewelry.

Sara Hopkins

Sara Hopkins is a full-time artist and bird mama. She is cranky when she isn't drawing or eating good food.

Toying Around

Buy & Selling New & Vintage Toys, Comics, Trading Cards & So Much More ! Visit their storefront location in Johnstown for an even bigger selection!

Sean Usyk

Sean's work captures the fantastical nature of storytelling for books, board games, and card games.

The Costumer

Our local costume store and sponsors of this year's Cosplay Contest will be here selling a selection of costumes and accessories from their shop.

Open Door Bookstore

The Open Door is Schenectady's locally-owned independent bookstore and gift gallery, serving the capital region for more than 45 years. They will be selling a selection of graphic novels.