Given its history and years of success with its local UFO Festival, it's almost natural that Roswell would have some attraction to the comic book industry and its fans.
So it was natural that when the Roswell Film Fest was a success last year, the natural expansion was a comic convention with a Roswell flavor — more specifically, the Roswell Cosmic-Con and Film Fest.
The three-day event is scheduled to open Friday with a masquerade ball and conclude with a movie under the stars, followed up by two days of panels, presentations, parties and film screenings.
"It's looking good," event organizer Alan Trever said. "Everybody buys everything last minute around here, but it's looking good."
Trever said attendants are coming in from as far as Europe to see some of the features, which includes a pair of famous film props from "The Avengers" — Captain America's shield and Thor's hammer, also known as Mjolnir.
Celebrity guests include Victoria Price, daughter of filmmaker Vincent Price, "Ancient Aliens" Executive Producer Kevin Burns, "Lost in Space" actor Bill Mumy, Geoff Notkin of The Science Channel's "Meteorite Men" and a trio of actors from the "Power Rangers" television series.
"We've got tons of panel discussions, we've got tons of artists," Trever said.
Trever noted that the event is a family event throughout, with ticket prices ranging from $20 to $99.
What: Roswell Cosmic-Con and Film Fest
Where: Roswell Civic Center, Roswell Museum and Art Center, and Spring River Zoo, Roswell
Tickets: Range between $20 and $99.
Schedule: Friday, 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Famous Monsters Masquerade Ball; dark-11 p.m., movie under the stars. Saturday, 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m. panel discussions; 1 p.m.-5:45 p.m. panels/presentations; 8 p.m.-10 p.m. gala and awards ceremony; 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. VIP party. Sunday, 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m. panels/presentations, 1 p.m.-4:45 p.m. panels/presentations.