Caped superheroes, Trekkies and other characters of all ages will beam into Moriarty this weekend for cosplay and science fiction fun as it hosts its first Comic Convention.

The event will benefit the Friends of the Moriarty Community Library, and funds will be used to purchase books and other materials for the library, according to organizer Nicole Sedillo, herself a passionate cosplayer.

Cosplay, short for costume play, is when people dress up as their favorite characters from science fiction ranging from Dr Who to Star Trek and Harry Potter. Sedillo said she has travelled around the country to take part. Her favorite characters are from Dr Who, a British television show featuring time travel that has been on the air since the 1960s.

“I think it’s just fun to be somebody else for a bit,” Sedillo explained. “You can really be anybody. … You can pick almost any character from any genre, really, dress up as them for a day, and nobody’s going to think that’s odd.” She added, “It’s kind of like Halloween for nerds.”

The event is aimed at people of all ages. “That’s the beautiful thing about ComicCons: Everybody shows up. There’s no set age or stereotype. I guess it used to be just nerds would show up, but now everybody comes to ComicCons.”

Some of these conventions are quite large, with ticket prices to match, Sedillo said, making Moriarty’s mini-convention perfect for someone who wants to know what they are all about, but on a smaller scale. Tickets at the door are $5, with kids 12 and under free.

“It’s fun—it’s so relaxing,” Sedillo said. “They’re all there to play games, essentially. Dress up, be a kid, dress up like your favorite character. … A lot of time it lasts for days and it’s wonderful. You get to meet people with the sam interests as you.”

The day’s happenings will have a “space western” theme and will include re-enactments by the N.M. Gunfighters.

Other offerings are a gaming room, where attendees will find at least eight different game systems; a family-friendly Anime screening; a trivia contest with prizes and a costume contest, also with prizes offered.

Prizes were donated by groups including Comic Crusaders of New Mexico, the Sandia Tram, Explora, Gravity Park and Moriarty Foods.

The costume contest will have three categories, Sedillo said: ages 0 to 12 years, age 13 and older, and groups.

Cosplayers often make their own costumes, Sedillo said. “There really is no requirement for costumes—just do your best and have fun.”

The event will be held at the Moriarty Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sedillo said a group will be marching in Edgewood’s Run, Rally, Rock parade that same morning.

There will also be about 20 vendors, selling merchandise, comic books and more; there will also be food vendors outside.

Part of science fiction’s appeal, Sedillo said, are the possibilities it presents. “And it can become real, so it’s a glimpse into a possible future, I guess, and that’s why I like it so much.”

Philip Carman, Associate Dean of Math, Science and Engineering at CNM, will give a talk on the effect of science on science fiction and vice versa.

To learn more about the event, which will be Aug. 5, contact Sedillo at 505-832-2513.