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Thank You for Supporting the Inaugural VillaCon!

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us at Villa Maria College for the first-ever VillaCon!

The one-day convention celebrating gaming, comics, cosplay, animation, film, and more on Villa’s Buffalo, NY campus was a huge success. Stay tuned for information regarding VillaCon 2023.

Proceeds from VillaCon will be used to support the Felician Sisters’ relief work for Ukraine.

VillaCon ScheduleVillaCon Rules & Regulations

VillaCon Details

The first-ever VillaCon is taking place on Saturday, April 23 from 9 AM to 9 PM. Attendance for the general public is $5, Villa Maria College students will be admitted for free. Start preparing for the Cosplay costume contest now, and check back soon for more details, including a schedule of events, list of artists and vendors, food options, and more!

  • Tickets are not required for entry; attendees will check in and be cleared for admission upon arrival
  • Everyone must check in at the registration table before entering the Con
  • Please enter through the doors located in Parking Lot A and proceed directly to the registration table
  • If you plan to participate in the Cosplay contest and did not pre-register, you can register at check in.
  • Attendees must sign up for games and panels at VillaCon; advanced registration is not available at this time
  • No new guests will be admitted after 7 PM
  • A very limited number of VillaCon t-shirts will be available for purchase at the registration table

Metz Dining Service – Coffee and pastries available for purchase beginning at 9 AM, lunch service available for purchase from 11 AM – 5 PM

The Cheesy Chick – Grilled cheese and ​mac-n-cheese, 12 PM – 3 PM

House of Munch – The latest and greatest snack emporium, 3 PM – 8 PM

Read on for the complete schedule of the day’s events, including all games, panels, cosplay, and more. 

View the Complete VillaCon Schedule Here!

8:00 AM — Vendor & artist arrival, park in Parking Lot
9:00 AM — Registration opens, please enter through the doors at the front of Parking Lot A
9:00 AM — Light refreshments will be available for purchase by Metz in the Dining Hall
9:00 AM — Villa Maria’s Animation Club Pop-up, in the Art Gallery (this runs all day!)
10:00 AM — Official start time for the inaugural VillaCon!
10:00 AM — Classic board games in Room 102
10:00 AM — Banshee of the Tide Treasure Hunt, (6 player limit, 18+)
10:00 AM — Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Panel in Room 101
10:00 AM — Animation & Filmmaking Showcase, in Room 115 (this runs all day!)
10:00 AM — Panel: “Evolution of an Idea – Will Power the Movie” in the Recital Hall
11:00 AM — Panel: “The Come Up Movie,” in the Recital Hall (18+)
12:00 PM — The Cheesy Chick food truck arrives in Parking Lot A
12:00 PM — Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament, in the Library
1:00 PM — My Hero Academia CCG, in Room 102
1:00 PM — Cosplay Dating Game, in Classroom 103 (18+ only)
1:00 PM — Panel: Furtastic Fursuits, in the Recital Hall
1:00 PM — Dungeons & Dragons in Room 101 (2-6 player limit)
3:00 PM — The Cheesy Chick departs
3:00 PM — House of Munch arrives to Parking Lot A
3:00 PM — Jackbox Games, in the Library
3:30 PM — RWBY: Combat Ready, in the Room 102 (2.5 player limit)
3:30 PM — Ring of Blood, in Room 103 (3-5 player limit, 18+)
3:30 PM — Cosplay Contest, in the recital hall (If you did not pre-register, you must sign up at the registration table)
4:00 PM — Brawlhala, in the Library
4:00 PM — Banshee of the Ride Treasure Hunt (6 player limit)
5:00 PM — The Villa Bistro closes
5:30 PM — GHU Gamestation Station Trailer Open Play, in Parking Lot B
6:00 PM — Cards Against Humanity, in Room 103 (18+)
6:00 PM — Open Play — Bring Your Own Game, in Room 102
6:00 PM — Panel: “Don’t Break Anything,” in the Recital Hall (18+)
7:00 PM — Registration closes, no new guests will be admitted
7:00 PM — GHU Gamestation Station Trailer Tournament, in Parking Lot B
8:00 PM — House of Munch departs
8:30 PM — Artists & Vendors to begin breaking down

  • Click here for a Campus Map
  • Artists & vendors should enter campus on Pennock Place and park in Parking Lot B
  • Attendees can enter on Pennock Place and Parking Lot A or enter on Pine Ridge Road and park in front of the Main Building or Felician Hall
  • Proceeds from VillaCon’s ticket sales will be used to support the Felician Sisters’ relief work for the Ukraine in Poland
  • All artists and vendors are asked to consider donating an item to a basket, which will be raffled off to collect further monies for the Felician Sisters’ relief work

The following events will be going on for the entirety of the Con. Pop in and out when you can!

  • Animation club pop-up – in the Art Gallery Nook
  • Animation & Filmmaking showcase – in Room 115

Artist registration is now closed. All applicants have been contacted via email. Thank you for applying!

  • Artists Alley will be open from 9 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Doors open for set up at 8 AM
  • Doors open to the public at 9 AM
  • Enter campus from Pennock Place & park in Parking Lot B
  • Click here for a campus map
  • All artists will receive a 36″ x 96″ table in the dining hall
  • 10 x 10 total space
  • Wifi access will be given at registration
  • You will be issued an ID tag indicating your status as an artist
  • VillaCon volunteers will be available to assist with unloading and will help direct you to your table
  • Please complete this Code of Conduct Agreement to confirm you will be participating – https://forms.office.com/r/HZWaxE8WTH
  • All artists are asked to consider donating an item to a basket that will be raffled off, with proceeds supporting the Felician Sisters’ Ukraine relief work in Poland

VillaCon 2022 Artists:

  • Dale Altman
  • Cat Bachraty
  • Amanda Brown, LaserCrits
  • Kevin Chapman, Afro Avenger
  • Rob Dumo, Rob Dumo Art
  • Sophia Eugenia
  • Gerald Goodwin
  • Midori Hirtzel-Church
  • Chelsea Huchital, Studio Cadco
  • Darius Johnson, Drawing Darius
  • Kathryn Ketter-Franklin
  • Kearston Koszela, Art by Ryukeiro
  • Kelly Kreuzer, Kreuzer Creations
  • Brittany Kruszka, Lots of Lemon Studios
  • Emily Metzger, Emily Metzger Designs
  • Megan Owens, Creations of Megan
  • Kirstie Storrs
  • Nancy Tolsman
  • Victoria Troutman, Victoria’s Creations
  • Colleen Tulowitzki & Nichole Fears
  • Joy Zappia, VultureRama Studio
  • Smash Brothers Ultimate, in the Library, 12-3 PM
  • Jackbox Games, in the Library, 3-4 PM
  • Brawlhala, in the Library, 4-5 PM

Gamemaster registration is now closed. All applications will receive an email with more instructions shortly.

  • Run time for each game is two hours
  • Must be 18 or older to enter Room 103 (Exception: Banshee of the Tide Treasure Hunt)

VillaCon 2022 Games:

  • Banshee of the Tide Treasure Hunt, run by Gayle Petri, in Room 103 from 10 AM – 12 PM, and Room 101 from 4-6 PM, 6 player limit, All Ages
  • Cards Against Humanity – in Room 103, 6-8 PM, Ages 18+
  • Cosplay Dating Game, run by Ashley Mercurio – in Room 103, 1-3 PM, Ages 18+
  • Dungeons and Dragons, run by Eddie Mas – in Room 101, 1-3 PM, 2-6 player limit
  • My Hero Academia CCG, run by Matthew Swasey – in Room 102, 1-3 PM
  • Nostalgic Board Games, run by Jeff Werner – in Room 102, 10 AM – 12 PM and 6-8 PM
  • Ring of Blood, run by Josh Flaccavento – in Room 103, 3:30-5:30 PM, 3-5 player limit, Ages 18+
  • RWBY: Combat Ready, run by Gregory Podsiadlo – Room 102, 3:30-5:30 PM, 2-5 player limit
  • The Cosplay Contest will take place in the Recital Hall from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.
  • If you did not pre-register and would like to, please email Joanna Zadvorney with your name, your character name/source, and a reference photo
  • You can register to participate in the Cosplay contest when you check in

VillaCon 2022 Cosplay Contest Guest Judges:

  • William Waterrose, Iron Buffalo
  • Christina Aviles, Cosplay with Christina
  • Susan Hubbard, Steampunk Harley Cosplay

Game Heads United will be present with the gaming trailer.

  • Open play, 5:30-7 PM, in Parking Lot B, 20 player limit
  • Tournament, 7-9 PM, in Parking Lot B
  • Pre-registration not required for participation

Panelist registration is now closed. All applicants have been contacted via email. Thank you for applying!

Each panel will run for 45-minutes, with an additional 15-minutes allotted for a Q&A session

VillaCon 2022 Panelists and Topics:

Don’t Break Anything, presented by Jake Steinbroner – in the Recital Hall, 6-8 PM, Ages 18+

Don’t Break Anything is an hour-long talk show and comedy panel about the worst garbage you can imagine. We’ve got everything from breakdowns of the iconic “what’s the deal with airline food” joke, to an in-depth playlist of the worst music you’ve ever heard.

Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, presented by Eddie Mas – in Room 101, 10-11:30 AM

In this panel, attendees will be introduced to new and experienced table-top roleplaying guests and learn how to make a character for the popular game Dungeons and Dragons. Attendees can look forward to  playable races, classes, and ability scores while learning how to make their characters with a variety of dice. Towards the end of the panel, attendees can participate freely in a one-shot fantasy game where they will be able to practice what they have learned as their newly-created character.

Evolution of an Idea: Will Power the Movie – in the Recital Hall, 10-11 AM

In Evolution of an Idea, panelist Colin Clayton will share the evolutions of his original character, Will Power, from creation to present day. He’ll share a bit about his educational background in animation and how he began his own animated web series, “Will Power Versus the Minions of Despair,” and the process of turning it into a full-length film. Clayton also plans to discuss Blender, an in-depth and free 3D animation software that attendees can use on their own.

Furtastic Fursuits, presented by Alex Berry – in the Recital Hall, 1-2 PM

Do you want to cosplay as fantastical creatures, or even your own original furry characters? Then this panel is for you! Learn about how to bring your characters to life through the art of “fursuits,” whether it be performing in them, commissioning them, or making them yourself! All aspects of this unique form of costuming are covered in this interactive presentation, as well as live in-person examples.

The Come Up, presented by David Stanfield – in the Recital Hall, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Ages 18+

Learn more about The Come Up, a feature film that was shot right here in Buffalo, New York. The film’s trailer will debut during this panel, and you’ll have the opportunity to hear from the director and some of the cast.

Vendor registration is now closed. All applicants have been contacted via email. Thank you for applying!

  • Vendors will be open from 9 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Doors open for set up at 8 AM
  • Doors open to the public at 9 AM
  • Enter campus from Pennock Place & park in Parking Lot B
  • Click here for a campus map
  • All artists will receive a 36″ x 96″ table in the dining hall
  • The dining hall is located on the ground floor of the Main Building
  • 10 x 10 total space
  • Wifi access will be given at registration
  • You will be issued an ID tag indicating your status as a vendor
  • VillaCon volunteers will be available to assist with unloading and will help direct you to your table
  • Please complete this Code of Conduct Agreement to confirm you will be participating – https://forms.office.com/r/HZWaxE8WTH
  • All vendors are asked to consider donating an item to a basket that will be raffled off, with proceeds supporting the Felician Sisters’ Ukraine relief work in Poland

VillaCon 2022 Vendors:

Special Appearance by Miss Upstate New York & VillaCon Gamemaster Gayle Petri

Gayle Petri – Miss Upstate New York – is an artist, performer, and free spirit; which makes her an accomplished storyteller and game master! Gayle started her journey with 5e. She’s been playing D&D for four years, and has had experience as a PC and a DM over 6 different campaigns. This past summer she participated as the youngest and only female DM at Fairytale Farms’ inaugural Heroes’ Feast; a one-shot festival for charity.

At this year’s VillaCon, Gayle will be a Banshee of the Tide Treasure Hunt gamemaster. Participants will embark on a daring adventure across the high seas aboard the infamous Banshee of the Tide! Keep a sharp eye on the horizon as your fearless leader, Captain Cordelia Carlow, leads you toward the fabled treasure of the notorious pirate Norward Thunder! Fortune favors the bold, so journey boldly as you encounter dangers, obstacles, foes, and mysteries on a treasure hunt of legendary proportions!

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