Mixed Media Santa Fe Comic Con
The concept of “fandom,” which can be defined simply as being a fan of something, has grown mighty complex in the last decade or so, as intense subcultures have emerged around the worlds of comic books, superheroes, and video games. Fandoms are also groups of fans of a specific comic book or supernatural series, game, and so on, and they can be so focused that internet-based social groups dedicated to them are known to require people to prove encyclopedic knowledge before they are permitted to join or post. Local and national comic conventions are known as “cons,” to which fanboys and fangirls — many of whom are fully grown adults — go in costume to interact with one another, the creators of their favorite characters, and other special guests. Not to be outdone by the coasts and big cities, Santa Fe saw the launch of its own con in 2014, and now the second annual Santa Fe Comic Con takes place at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino (20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, off U.S. 84/285) Friday, Oct. 23, through Sunday, Oct. 25. Guests include Michael Welch ( Joan of Arcadia, Twilight), Bai Ling (The Crow), Noah Hathaway (The Never Ending Story), and voice actors from Power
Rangers and Pokémon. Santa Fe Comic Con also includes a contingent of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) personalities. Three-day VIP passes are $100 and $250, and regular three-day passes are $45; single-day-pass prices vary. Children eight and under get in free. For tickets and a complete schedule, visit www.santafecomiccon.com.