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A new date, a new location for Galacticon

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Christina Stock Photo Author John LeMay is seen here at the 2019 Galacticon talking with fans. The author of “The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies: The Lost Films” will return for this year's Galacticon and SciFi Film Fest in November.

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By Christina Stock

Vision Editor

Fans of science fiction, fantasy and cosplay can look forward to this year’s Galacticon and SciFi Film Fest. Usually, it takes place during the UFO Festival in July; however, the organizers and its committee decided on having the event in November.

Elaine Mayfield is the spokesperson and director of the event. In an email she wrote, “The last Galacticon was held in 2019 and filled the Roswell Convention Center with the largest crowd ever, 3,500 people. Then came the pandemic. Our planned 2020 Galacticon was forced to cancel when state restrictions prohibited mass gatherings. Although plans were well underway for the 2021con at the convention center, it was canceled when the facility was closed.

“We simply had to hold an event this year, leading to a November 2021 Roswell Galacticon with the theme ‘Hope Rises,’” Mayfield wrote. “Being held on Nov. 12-14, the main location is at the newly re-opened Clarion Inn & Suites Sally Port Roswell, with a couple of side trips to local businesses. We are thrilled to have the Clarion as our host hotel with their ballroom facility for our vendor hall, gaming tables and film screening, and they have set aside a block of rooms for visitors.”

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Mayfield said that a record 60 films were sent in for the SciFi Film Fest. “The film judges have selected 30 films for awards consideration and are currently viewing and choosing the winners to be announced at the Galacticon and at roswellgalacticon.com. Awards will be given in nine categories and the audience favorite. The winners and selected films will be shown at the Galaxy 8 theater.

Mayfield wrote that there will be some surprises and new events as well as some favorites, such as game inventor Matt Bromley bringing his newest creations to play. There will be booths with rare comics and cosplay art, as well as authors, including E.J. Wilson, who wrote “Star Trek: Exploring the Original Series” and has an average 4.33 star rating on the review website goodreads.com.

Mayfield said that there are very few booth spaces left for authors, artists and vendors and to contact her as soon as possible if interested, either on Galacticon’s Facebook page or its website.

One of the public’s favorite events returns as well. “The event will kick off on Friday night with the traditional karaoke icebreaker, held again at Peppers Grill & Bar,” Mayfield said. This is were steampunks and cosplayers will shine.

Mayfield said that plans are in the works to hold the July 2022 Roswell Galacticon in conjunction with the 75th Roswell UFO Festival and a second November event, if feasible.

For more information, visit roswellgalacticon.com.

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