Participants of last year’s Cosmicon show off their costumes. (File Photo)
Tea Dueling, a time honored steampunk competition in classic Victorian style will be available for participants and to entertain observers this Saturday at 5 p.m.
On this, the fifth year of the Cosmicon, there are plenty of chances to have fun, learn things and acquire some unique wardrobe accessories.
“We have a strong local steampunk group, the Pecos Valley Steampunk Society,” said Elaine Mayfield, director of the Cosmicon. “With that influence the theme has been steampunk for the past two years. It’s a very popular theme in Roswell.”
Mayfield explained that there’s a little something for everyone at this year’s con.
“Among the speakers at this year’s Cosmicon is Bryce Zabel.” said Mayfield. “He has been instrumental in the development of shows such as Dark Skies and M.A.N.T.I.S.” Zabel will be talking about Hollywood and UFO phenomena.
“We have local author, E.J. Wilson,” said Mayfield. Wilson wrote the book “Star Trek: Exploring the Original Series.”
“Many of the workshops are free,” said Mayfield. “The few that cost money give you something to take home, such as a hand-tooled bracelet, or steampunk goggles.
“The word Comicon refers to comic book conventions. We will have comic book illustrators and writers there as well. We also have three different groups of gamers.”
She told about how it’s all going to kick off.
“The event will start off at 4 p.m. at the Roswell Mall with a preview of Vendor’s Hall. After that the fun will be moving to Tia Juana’s for cos-play karaoke, then we’ll move on to the Oasis Bar and Grill in the Holiday Inn for special drinks and more karaoke. It’s a cos-play crawl.
“That same evening we will be hosting a movie at the civic center downtown. We’re also providing entertainment at Pepper’s Grill and Bar Friday night. The Roswell con band we’ve had since the beginning will be there. Manifique, is a young duo from El Paso. They have a techno-pop sound. They’re really good.”
“There will be a Cosplay costume contest Friday night,” said Mayfield. It will be in the North court of the Roswell Mall. “This is different from regular costume contests in that the contestants develop whole characters around their costume and don’t generally change costume for the next day.
“Saturday’s events will start at 10 a.m. and run until midnight to include the Steampunk Ball, where all are welcome and costumes are encouraged,” said Mayfield. “The steampunk ball will be located at Pepper’s Grill & Bar, the kitchen and bar will be open until 10 p.m. The band will be Marquis of Vaudeville, from Dallas. They were here last year and love it so much they asked to return.”
Sunday’s events start with the Dr. Who TARDIS photo op, the Official Vendor’s Hall and full day of workshops and panels.
For more information go to roswellfilmcon.com
Special projects reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or email@example.com.
Cosmicon to change name
One of Roswell’s most notable summer events is undergoing a name change.
What has been known as the Roswell Filmfest and Cosmicon is being rebranded as Galacticon. The name already has been changed on the event website, roswellfilmcon.com.
The reason remains unclear, although one of the organizers said that it did involve a legal matter and the other said that another Cosmicon exists.
“There is another Cosmicon event out there,” said Alan Trevor, one of the event’s organizers and an instructor with Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. “So we are taking ours in another direction because there is no other Galacticon.”
He said that the organizers plan to announce the name change on the first day of the event. The website said it is scheduled Friday through Monday at the Roswell Mall. He added that the website change has occurred already to help with promoting next year’s event.
Event coordinator Elaine Mayfield, also superintendent of the zoo, said the issue involves a legal matter and referred questions to Trevor.
Held in conjunction with the UFO Festival, Cosmicon, aka Galacticon, provides a sci-fi film fest, comic book convention, workshops, vendor booths, celebrity panels and other events geared at sci-fi film writers and directors, those who enjoy the comic and sci-fi genres and people who like to dress up as characters from books and films.
Started in 2012, more than 4,000 people attended the 2015 event, according to documents filed by event organizers with the city of Roswell, which provides some financial support. Last year’s revenues, not counting city funds, were $19,635, and the event made a small profit of almost $200. It also was able to return close to $4,900 of the $37,298 provided by the city for promotion and advertising.
A search of the internet and trademark registration sites indicates Cosmicon has been used before. It was once held as a registered trademark for Revlon cosmetics and is included in the name of several other businesses worldwide.