10 Must-See Events at Phoenix Comicon 2013

Categories: Geekery

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The main exhibition hall at Phoenix Comicon 2012.
Exactly one month from now, 40,000 people will invade downtown Phoenix for one reason: to geek out as hard as possible during Phoenix Comicon.

During the annual Memorial Day weekend (Thursday, May 23, to Sunday, May 25) convergence of pop culture, sci-fi, fantasy, and (of course) comic books, there are plenty of things they'll be doing.

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Like interacting with any of the estimated 300 special guests, hanging out at after-parties both official and unofficial, roaming the expansive exhibition halls, or stopping by one of the more than 1,000 different geek-oriented panels, lectures, seminars, or workshops.

Plenty of people we know are planning to attend and each has something they're awaiting with anticipation. Photographer Jonny Synthetic is looking forward to the vast amount of cosplay. Local Star Wars guru Dustin Diehl is excited to catch some stars from HBO's True Blood. And Lightning Octopus blogger Jonathan Simon is eager to see Firefly's Jewel Staite.

We've got our own to-do list of must-see event for Phoenix Comicon 2013. Oh, and Jackalope Ranch has plenty of additional Comicon coverage in the weeks ahead (including guest interviews and other previews), so be sure to check back often.

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Local burlesque performers in the vein of these folks will show off a little skin on Friday, May 24.

10. Talk Nerdy to Me Burlesque
As any Phoenix Comicon regular of the male persuasion will excitedly attest, attractive geek women scantily clad in costumes is one of the hallmarks of the event. Ecdysiasts and performers from Burlescapades and Romantasy Cabaret, as well as other striptease artists from the Valley scene, will take things a step further starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 24, inside the Salon room of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

They'll likely dress up in geeky costumes before taking (most) of it off for the delight of those in attendance during the 18-and-over skin show. Maxi Millions and ribald musician Tom Tuerff will host and a "few other little surprises" will also take place. Get there early to grab a good seat, but keep your camera and phone stowed as pics won't be allowed.

9. Jewel Staite
Speaking of events that will be well-attended by men, Firefly cutie-pie Jewel Staite, who played the lovable gearhead Kaylee Frye on the cult sci-fi show, will offer a Q&A at 3 p.m. Friday, May 24.

While the chances that she'll ever get the chance to work on the Serenity's nacelles anytime soon are infinitesimally remote -- so don't bother asking, seriously -- she might dish on her more recent projects, like the recently cancelled (she's got the worst luck) CW show The L.A. Complex or her adventures with cooking for her new food blog.

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Phoenix Convention Center

100 N. Third St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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THANK YOU on #2! One of my lifelong goals is to continue to educate ignorant servers that put a lime on mu NEGRA!


Sweet! Thanks for the Phoenix Ultimate Geek Smackdown love! It was a blast last year, and we're recruiting people who want to throw their hat in the ring to compete. You can register on the PUGS Comicon page.

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