Prelude to Syracuse’s Salt City Comic-Con ..with Captain America Movie Night
June 27, 2018

Captain America & Comic Con Kick Off at Auburn Public Theater

Auburn, NY – The recent Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War (2016) pitted super heroes against one another as they struggled to balance long-time friendships with passionately held political beliefs. Stuffed with an overwhelming jumble of heroes, this movie was loosely based on the iconic comic series by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. Millar had once famously explained that this expansive adventure was a way “to play with all the toys in the toy box.”

This feature film will be previewed at Auburn Public Theater on Thursday July 5th at 7pm by a vintage Captain America cartoon, showcasing the first time that many of these Marvel heroes appeared onscreen. The cartoon also utilized many of Captain America co-creator Jack Kirby’s original illustrations.

Geek Culture Expert Ed Catto will be moderating the features and provide a brief introduction.

Cosplayer Steve Barker will be appearing in costume as Captain America at the unique event. Steve will also be exhibiting his impressive Captain America styled motorcycle out front of the theater.

“For me, Captain America has always been an embodiment of everything great about America: fighting for what’s right, helping others and taking a stand for what you believe. This is a great way to remind ourselves of what we are and honor the very real sacrifices of so many real heroes,” said Catto. “Longtime comics writer Mark Waid seemed to sum it up in a recent Captain America comic when he had the patriotic hero explain, “The strong protect the weak. That’s the way it works.”  

Syracuse’s Salt City Comic-Con will be selling tickets during this movie, and also awarding free Comic-Con tickets and merchandise to lucky fans randomly throughout the night.

This event is another pre-game activity leading up to Syracuse’s Salt City Comic-Con, to be held July 7 and 8th at DestinyUSA and the Embassy Suites.

“We’re so excited for this year’s comic-con at Destiny,” said convention organizer Thomas Yeldon. “We can’t wait to host everyone at the show, and these pre-game events are just one more way that we’re dialing up the fun for our comic-con.”

Vintage Captain America comics and toys will be on display in the Auburn Public Theater lobby to celebrate this unique film event.

Marvel hero T’Challa of Wakanda, also known as the Black Panther made his cinematic debut in Captain America: Civil War. This is especially appropriate as Auburn hosted Black Panther writer Don McGregor earlier this month.

Tickets & more information: Captain America: Civil War at Auburn Public Theater

Thursday, July 5th at 7:00pm in the cinema. Doors open at 6:00pm.  Tickets $6. Tickets can be purchased at or  by calling the box office 315.253.6669  

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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