25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

Categories: Geekery

Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
Which one of these is not like the other?

If you're a major fan of anime (a.k.a. Japanese animation), you probably were at Taiyou Con out in Mesa this past weekend. Ditto for anyone who happens to be into manga, shonen, imported video games, J-pop, or otaku culture, as such things are the focus of the annual convention out in Mesa.

That said, Taiyou Con tends to attract a significant number of geeks of every stripe each year, regardless of what their particular fandom might be. It's why you'll see a smattering of Stormtroopers and Time Lords mixing in with the usual assortment of Gokus, Pikachus, and Afro Samurais.

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9 Best Costumes at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2014

Categories: Geekery, Top Lists

Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
A horde of Deadpools take aim at nacho-eating foe at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest.
The first-ever Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest out at University of Phoenix Stadium this past weekend wasn't what you'd call packed. Sure, it was definitely well-attended, very busy with patrons at certain points, and constantly filled with lively activity, but nowhere close to being the wall-to-wall chaotic hive of geeky humanity that is its big sister. And that's not to the Fan Fest's detriment by any means. Quite the contrary.

The smaller scope and attendance of the three-day fan gathering in comparison to Comicon afforded more and somewhat longer opportunities to interact with vendors, dealers, or those in Artist's Alley, or without having to worry someone behind you potentially getting a case of nerd rage out of impatience.

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Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest vs. Marvel Experience: A Head-to-Head Guide for Geeks

Categories: Events, Geekery

Hero Ventures
Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and other Marvel heroes are about to invade Scottsdale.
Christmas is coming early for local nerds and comic book junkies. Over the next two weekends, a pair of geek-oriented mega-events are launching at either end of the Valley: the inaugural Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest in Glendale followed by the Marvel Experience in North Scottsdale. And both are going to be can't-miss attractions for anyone who's a fan of comic books and superheroes.

While each is a different sort of event (one's a fan gathering and the other is akin to a massive high-tech traveling theme park and cutting-edge interactive experience) and comparing the two is admittedly an apples and oranges sort of thing, similarities abound. Both are rooted in comics and centered on fandom, will attract scores of geeks, and offer the chance to don another identity. And, oddly enough, there's the fact that both will take place in domed structures (Fan Fest is at University of Phoenix Stadium while the Marvel Experience will occur in a series of seven enormous inflatable domes set up at Salt River Fields).

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7 Must-See Guests at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest

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Benjamin Leatherman
Costumed attendees of Phoenix Comicon 2014.

University of Phoenix Stadium is no stranger to colorful and larger-than-life characters and all manner of derring-do. Besides all the action of Arizona Cardinals home games during football season, the cavernous Glendale landmark has not only hosted battles by the heroes and villains of the WWE, but also the rock 'n' roll theatrics of over-the-top superstars like Bono and Mick Jagger.

So it seems only natural that throngs of costumed geeks, cosplayers, and those sporting capes and cowls aplenty will congregate inside the stadium this weekend along with the creators and actors behind some rather legendary comic book, sci-fi, and fantasy characters during the first-ever Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest.

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Star Wars Episode VII Finally Has a Title -- And It's Kinda Lame

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The Sith has hit the fans.

Star Wars fans, get ready to geek the eff out. Episode VII has a title: The Force Awakens. Conversely, Star Wars haters can now start dishing out the snarky puns, online or otherwise.

Within the last hour or so, the Mouseketeers at Disney and Lucasfilm that are in charge of the Star Wars franchise officially announced the title of the first flick in the sequel trilogy, which is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2015.

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Doctor Who's Paul McGann and Colin Baker Coming to Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest

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Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor in the mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor."
A couple of doctors are going to make a house call to the first-ever Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest -- and if you happen to be wondering "Doctor who?" then you're on the right track.

Organizers announced on Tuesday, October 14, that Doctor Who actors Colin Baker and Paul McGann, who respectively played the sixth and eighth versions of the titular Time Lord on the long-running BBC science fiction show, will appear at the event, which is scheduled to take place from December 12 to December 14 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Whovians of the Valley, better start charging up your sonic screwdrivers.

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The Marvel Experience Is Coming to Scottsdale. Are You Ready?

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UPDATE: The opening date for The Marvel Experience has been pushed back to Friday, December 19.

If you have ever sat there in a movie theater or on your couch at home and wondered what it would be like to actually be in one of the Marvel movies you love so much, you're going to have the opportunity to do just that and more when the Marvel Experience debuts Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for its first-ever preview.

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See the "Blood Moon" Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday, October 8

Ivan Velazco via Flickr
For those of you who missed the total eclipse back in April, we have some good news.

It's coming back around again. And again, and again.

Between the years 2014 and 2015, there will be four total eclipses in succession, each separated by six lunar months (six full moons), constituting what astronomers call a lunar tetrad. The second eclipse in this lunar tetrad will happen on Wednesday, October 8. For those living in the Phoenix area, the total eclipse will begin around 3:25 a.m., peak at 3:55, and end by 4:25.

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Zombie Walk 6 Comes to Downtown Phoenix October 25

Jeremiah Toller and Tina Riddle
The undead are about unleashed.
Hide your kids, hide your wife, and, most importantly, hide your brains because the undead are taking over Phoenix once again.

The annual Downtown Phoenix Zombie Walk is making its sixth return to Heritage and Science Park on Saturday, October 25. In past years, organizers of the community event have had more than 5,000 undead locals staggering through the streets of downtown. But this year, they'll need to nearly double number of zombie participants in order to achieve their goal: breaking the Guinness World Record.

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Phoenix Comicon Announces December Fan Fest 2014

Benjamin Leatherman
Get excited, Comicon fans.
Ask and you shall receive.

For those who've wished that Comicon could happen more than once a year, your voices have been heard, loud and clear. After a suspenseful three-day countdown, organizers of the annual summer convention announced on Saturday, September 27, that they would be hosting a new sister event Friday, December 12, through Sunday, December 14, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

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