Art by Jack Kirby, Joe Sinnott and Stan Goldberg. Fantastic Four #48 (1961)
Uticon was started back in 1990 by Bob Elinskas as a way to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association (where he served as a youth advisor) and a way to bring the fun of a comic book show to the Utica area.
Our first guests were Howard Simpson, Ken Gale, Mercy Van Black, and local small press artists. Over the following ten years, the show grew to become one of the more well-known and fun, family-focused shows in the Mohawk Valley - always spotlighting great indy artists and writers, as well as showcasing many professional comic book creators from Upstate NY who donated their time & talents.
The show ran for ten years and stayed primarily at MVCC - Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY- (though, one show had to be moved at the last second to Proctor High School because of a measles outbreak at the college) and one year at Utica College. The show took a break while Bob's work duties no longer allowed him to run the show without help.
However, in 2014, the show returned and continues on! Over the last two years since its return, Uticon has raised more than $2,700 for the American Cancer Society and has been a big success. We're excited to have so many great fans and look forward to making the show even better each year while staying true to our roots.
Held at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, the renewed Uticon is still run by Bob, but with some terrific volunteers who want to see comic books enjoyed throughout the Mohawk Valley and who want to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. We're thrilled to have the show back and we hope you'll support it (and the fight against cancer) by stopping in and checking it out!
As always, all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and the show is 100% volunteer run!