Mixed Me­dia Santa Fe Comic Con

Pasatiempo - - CONTENTS - — Jen­nifer Levin

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.

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