Ten Must-See Parties During Phoenix Comicon 2012
Officially, the exhibition hall at Phoenix Comicon this weekend only stays open until around 7 o'clock on Friday and Saturday evening. But that doesn't mean that geeks have to call it a night.
Darby Simon Last year's Geek Prom during Phoenix Comicon weekend.
A slew of after-parties, nightlife events, and costume balls (both official and unofficial) are scheduled to take place into the all weekend long at hotels adjacent to the Phoenix Convention Center, as well as local bars and clubs.
Prizes will be available to those in the geekiest threads and luxe libations will be served, which should help ease your aches and pains from spending all day walking around Comicon.
Flickr via Steam Synthetic Sticky Fingers at Bar Smith
10. Captain's Cantina @ Renaissance Hotel's Pueblo Ballroom
Phoenix Comicon's opening night soiree on Thursday, May 24, will celebrate all thing science fiction-oriented and offer live music, a costume contest, and a variety of themed entertainment. The freaky folks from Monsterland will mix up such specialty alcoholic concoctions as the "The Slimer," "Orion's Belt," and the "Vulcan Mind Probe," as well as glasses of blue milk and Klingon Blood Wine (Qapla!). Doors open at 9 p.m. Free with Comicon admission.
9. Kosupure Cosplay Party @ Bar Smith
Patrons at Bar Smith's Sticky Fingers night are used to wearing fancy or flashy duds while attending the trendy club event. But if they're sporting a cool costume at this week's edition on Friday, May 25, they might win a seriously swank prize from Samurai Comics. A cosplay contest starts at 11 p.m. and offers a $200 gift card to the winner (with a $100 gift card for the runner-up). DJs like William Reed and Prince$$ will also perform and drink specials include $3 Smirnoff vodka cocktails. Doors are at 9 p.m. Admission is $10.
Viz Media Naruto Uzumaki, the titular character of Naruto
8. Naruto Cosplay Roast @ Phoenix Convention Center
There are dozens of insults we'd love to hurl at renowned anime/manga character Naruto Uzumaki, especially since we've endured countless hours of his long-running cartoon. Like, for instance, this hammy jape: "You look like the bastard offspring of some stoned snowboarder and am inbred Japanese cat." (Rimshot.) Similarly humorous invectives will be flung during the comedy roast of the fictional spiky-haired ninja that takes place on Friday, May 25, in Room 226 of the convention center. Costumed roasters will dish plenty of disses starting at 6 p.m. Free with comicon admission.
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