Santa Fe Comic Con is finally upon us! There are tons of things to do this weekend from celebrity signings, to panels, to the cosplay contest, attendees are bound to have a great weekend. For those of you attending the convention, we’ve put together a little must-see list so you can spend less time running around the convention center deciding on things to do and more time doing them.
The events are split into five major sections: Panels (split into Room A and Room B), Concerts and Night Life, Daily Events, The Open Wound Film Festival, and Photo Ops. We’ve included the entire schedule below for your convenience, but here’s a few things we’re especially excited about.
Comic Con Cosplay Safety Meeting – Panel Room A – 10-10:45am
As a cosplayer myself, I was very happy to see this on the schedule. As detailed in a earlier cosplay article, Cosplay safety is extremely important at conventions. These artists are not props to be ogled at, and they deserve respect. Every attendee should go to this panel. As an incentive, SFCC is offering an additional free cosplay token (for use at the Cosplay contest) to everyone who attends the panel.
Power Rangers Nakia Burisse and Blake Foster – “Spin Kicks and Back Flips. Behind the Scenes with the Power Rangers.” – Panel Room A – 11-11:45am
Want a backstage pass to the action behind the Power Rangers? Attend this panel. Kakia Burisse and Blake Foster will be giving attendees some Behind the Scenes insight on how the infamous Power Rangers was shot.
Naomi Grossman “Play with me. Inside American Horror Story.”- Panel Room A- 2-2:45
If you love American Horror Story, you HAVE to attend this panel. No specific details yet on what she’ll be covering about the show, but everything about this panel demands attention. Just going off the title, this sounds like a lot of fun and perfect for the Halloween season.
Hosted by Cosplay Legend Rosanna Rocha, this contest promises to have some really amazing talent. Attendees will be able to cast their vote via tokens given to their favorite Cosplayers. There will be four categories in which to place in: 1) Best in Show will be the Costume that has the most coins with a prize of $100 cash and Free 3 Day pass to Albuquerque Comic Con. Any tie will be decided by the final vote by ROSANNA ROCHA. 2) Best Coin Bag will win a prize of a Free 3 day pass to Albuquerque Comic Con. 3) Most Fun will be decided by Girls of Geek and the prize will be an autographed Girls of Geek Calendar as well as a Free 3 Day Pass to Albuquerque Comic Con. And 4) Most Impressive will be decided on by Rosanna Rocha and will be awarded a personalized autographed print and a Free 3 Day pass to Albuquerque Comic Con.
Making Comics your Living Gene Ha and Andy Kuhn – Panel Room B – 3-3:45pm
If you’re an inspiring artists or writer, this panel is a must-attend. Comic Book professionals Gene Ha and Andy Kuhn will give their tips and tricks for how to make your own comics more lively.
Spider-Man with Sam De La Rosa – Panel Room B – 4-4:45pm
Spider-Man! Spider-Man! If you’ve been on as much of a Spider-Man kick as I’ve been on lately, you’ll want to visit this panel. Spider-Man artist, Sam De La Rosa will be speaking on what makes Spider-Man so great. Details about the panel to be announced.
Kids Cosplay- Judged by Rosanna Rocha and special guests – Panel Room A- 12-12:45pm
You should go to this contest if only for the cute factor. Supporting young Cosplayers is always worthy of your time. Not only is it adorable, it furthers their passion for art and comics, and that’s never a bad thing.
Linda Blair “Still turning heads after all these years” – Panel Room A- 2-2:45pm
This title makes me laugh. If you’re a fan of The Exorcist and have always wondered what that demented little girl has been up to all these years, check out Linda Blair’s panel!
Jeremy Shada and Jessica Dicicco “What time is it?” – Panel Room A- 3-3:45
ADVENTURE TIME! This panel promises to be just as fun as the show. If you’re a big fan of the Cartoon Network kids show, check out this panel with the voice actors behind some of TV’s most lovable characters.
Thomas Churchill “From Concept to Packaging, the do’s and don’ts of shooting your indie film” – Panel Room A- 4-4:45pm
CALLING ALL FILM MAJORS! This is a must-attend panel if you’re an aspiring film maker. Known for his zombie films, Thomas Churchill will teach you everything you need to know about how to shoot your own indie film. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to learn from an incredibly talented film maker.
Al Niuman: The History of Harley Quinn – Panel Room A- 5-5:45pm
“Call me Harley! Everybody does!” If you LOVE Harley Quinn as much as I do, you were just as excited to see this on the schedule. As much as I’m squeamish about what DC has done with Harley lately, I’m excited to see this panel on one of my favorite characters. Plus, there will be prizes throughout the panel! What’s not to like?
Open Wound Film Festival
Just in time for Halloween, the Open Wound Film Festival promises to be a brilliant event for all horror fans. Here’s what the Open Wound Films website had to say on the event. “The Open Wound Horror Film Festival is an independent film competition/film festival, developed by and for Horror Fans. Our festival is being held at Santa Fe Comic Con which will provide countless unique opportunities including Panels, Q & A sessions, signings and more!” The festival will include much of SFCC’s horror themed guests such as Linda Blair of The Exorcist, Fred Williamson of Dusk Till Dawn, Naomi Grossman of American Horror Story: Asylum, Priscilla Barnes of The Devil’s Rejects, Ernie Hudson of Ghostbusters and The Crow among many other guests! Don’t miss this awesome festival! Film schedule to be announced.
We can’t possibly cover everything the convention has to offer, so here’s the full schedule!
Hours of Operation
Friday 4pm -8pm (Celebrities do not come to this preview night)
Saturday 10am – 8pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm
Saturday: Panel Room A
10-10:45 Comic Con Cosplay Safety Meeting (extra voting token to all who attend)
11-11:45 Power Rangers Nakia Burisse and Blake Foster – “Spin Kicks and Back Flips. Behind the Scenes with the Power Rangers.”
12-12:45 Jim Steranko “Nick’s Fury, blast your way inside the mind of Jim Steranko.”
1-1:45 Fred The Hammer Williamson
2-2:45 Naomi Grossman “Play with me. Inside American Horror Story.”
4-4:45 Manu Bennett “How to stick a piece of metal in your forearm and use it as a hand with AZOG the defiler”
5-5:45 Ernie Hudson “Who you gonna call?”
6-6:45 Tim Murphy “Son’s of Anarchy- Antagonist This”
7-7:45 Cosplay Contest- Format – Token swapping- give your token to your favorite cosplayer.
Saturday: Panel Room B
10-10:45 Lisa Loring The Original Adams Family
11-11:45 Voice Acting with Jamie Marchi and Ian Sinclair
12-12:45 Mark Bode the Art of Being Artsy all the time
1-1:45 Star Wars with Bruce Logan, John Morton, and Dicky Beer
2-2:45 Friday the 13 Part One with Ari Lehman
3-3:45 Making Comics your Living Gene Ha and Andy Kuhn
4-4:45 Spider-Man with Sam De La Rosa
5-5:45 Cherry Comics the first best adult comic Larry Welz
6-6:45 Indi Press Jon Hughes Overground Comics
7-7:45 Closed for the Costume Contest in Panel Room A
Sunday: Panel Room A
10-10:45 Tim Murphy “Sons of Anarchy- Antagonist This: Day 2
11-11:45 Manu Bennett “From Deathstroke to Crixus”
12-12:45 Kids Cosplay- Judged by Rosanna Rocha and special guests
1-1:45 Star Wars with John Morton, Dicky Beer and Bruce Logan
2-2:45 Linda Blair “Still turning heads after all these years”
3-3:45 Jeremy Shada and Jessica Dicicco “What time is it?”
4-4:45 Thomas Churchill “From Concept to Packaging, the do’s and don’ts of shooting your indie film”
5-5:45 Al Niuman The History of Harley Quinn. Prizes throughout the hour
Concerts and Night Life
Friday Night Oct 24th LAUNCH PARTY $5 Cover
8pm to 11pm- Shadeh Night Club. Ari Lehman and First Jason will be performing
11pm to 1am Local Bands from Buffalo Thunder and radio promotion.
1am to 4am Club open for dancing
Saturday Night Oct 25th AFTER PARTY $5 COVER
Noon to 5pm DJ Saunders Playing all ages music within the Shadeh Night Club.
6pm to 10pm UFC VIEWING PARTY WITH HERB DEAN
10pm to Midnight FIRST JASON will perform
Midnight to 4am DJ SAUNDERS
Shadeh Night Club official club party
Sunday Night Oct 26th FREE ADMISSION
12 – 6pm DJ Saunders performing all ages dance music in Shadeh Night Club.
Saturday and Sunday
*DJ Saunders Live ALL AGES in Shadeh 12 noon to 5pm *Sunday Noon to 6
*Bar will be open for 21+ as well as a dance floor for all ages with age appropriate refreshments.
*Blood Drive in the parking lot
*Walgreens Flu Shots in the parking lot
*Ghost Busters Car Photo ops in the parking lot $5 each $50 with Ernie Hudson (see his schedule)
*Anime and Film Screening will be going on in Vista Room B (By escalator)
Photo ops by FROGGYS PHOTOS
1:15…..Three’s Company (Jayce Dewitt/Priscilla Barnes)
3:45…..Power Rangers Nakia Burrise/Blake Foster
1:15…..Three’s Company (Jayce Dewitt/Priscilla Barnes)
2:30…..Nakia Burrise/Blake Foster
Well, that seems to wrap things up. We can’t wait to see what this convention has to offer. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, it’s not too late! Tickets for the whole weekend are $35 for adults and $15 for children. VIP tickets are also available starting at $75. Police, Active Military, and Fire Fighters get in for free! Get them here!