Women in Cosplay: The Heroic Task of Putting Up With Other People's Opinions at San Diego Comic-Con 2014

Categories: Comics, Geekery

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Heather Hoch
Who's really the scantily-clad one here?
Ladies, the time of female cosplay is here, and it's a great thing. If you're looking to inject a little escapism into your day-to-day grind, dressing up as your favorite superhero and stomping around a convention like you own the place is the way to go. All rude comments and creepy dudes aside, the experience is overall positive as attitudes in the nerd community shift to include women more and more. For me, San Diego Comic-Con 2014 was more about checking out amazing cosplay than it was getting a posted signed by the Vampire Diaries cast.


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Asteroids Named After Two Arizona State University Professors

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Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
So your kids share your surname? Big deal. Some people have entire minor planets named after them, including professors Phil Christensen and Dave Williams of the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration. The newly credited outer space insiders received their solar system namesakes from the International Astronomical Union (IAU), a considerable honor in the astronomy community.


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Phoenix DinoCon Pre-Sale Tickets Sold Out -- But You Might Be Able to Get in Anyway

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Photo credit: Trcic Studio
Who knew Phoenix had some many dinosaur fans?

Arizona's original dinosaur fan convention DinoCon comes to Phoenix Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 2, from 3 to 9 p.m., and sadly it's not just these larger than life creatures that have gone extinct. Advanced tickets for the one-day convention have sold out online. But never fear, patrons of the prehistoric, because a limited number tickets will still be available at the door on the day of.

And we have a feeling this is one convention your not going to want to miss.


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Call for Artists: Help Design the T-Shirt for PBS Nerd Walk 2014

Categories: Geekery

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Dream Photography Studio
PBS Nerd Walk participants in 2012.
If you happen to be a geek with either artistic leanings or a flair for design (or both), the people at local PBS affiliate Eight, Arizona would like to tap some of your brain power.

Don't worry, they're not interested in plugging electrodes into your head as part of a weird experiment for one of their programs or anything of that sort. Instead, they're currently looking for someone to design the commemorative T-shirt for their PBS Nerd Walk in the fall and are hoping that some creative-minded local geeks might have some ideas.


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Arizona iCON Toy and Pop Culture Convention Coming to Glendale June 28

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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Mattel
Featured guests include Mark Ellis, one of the design members and market researchers that created He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
Aren't you a little too old to be playing with toys?

If the answer is a resounding "no," then we've got just the weekend event for you. The Valley's newest toy and pop culture convention, iCON, is coming to the
Glendale Civic Center on Saturday, June 28, and we've got all the details to get you charged up, wound up, and whatever else your toy-loving heart is capable of.

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Chris Claremont on X-Men: Days of Future Past and Kickstarting the Superhero Movie Trend

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Chris Claremont (right) discusses the X-Men with a fan at Phoenix Comicon 2014.
Chris Claremont has a yen for spinning epic yarns, either in comic book form or when talking with fans. And both can be equally astounding. His contributions as a writer for Marvel Comics are the stuff of legend, specifically to the X-Men canon. And the tales he imparts in interviews and at conventions, like the recent Phoenix Comicon, are larger than life, dynamic, and filled with action, drama, and humor.


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10 Best Costumes from Phoenix Comicon 2014

Categories: Geekery

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
Costumes were everywhere to be seen at Phoenix Comicon 2014.
If you wore any sort of costume out to Phoenix Comicon 2014 this past weekend, then we salute you. It took a lot of gumption to wear anything other than shorts and a T-shirt when temperatures were as hot as 110 degrees, particularly if it was made of spandex, pleather, or other non-breathable materials used in making much of colorful attire worn by many of the tens of thousands who attended the massive geek-a-thon in downtown Phoenix.


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Tempe Barcade Endgame to Open in Fall of 2014

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Endgame via Kickstarter
Pictured above is Endgame founder Ryan Scott and his collaborators Nikki DelRosso and Mike Goosens.
Make way for some seriously nerdtastic nightlife, Tempe.

Plans to build a gaming bar, or "barcade," is currently in the works thanks to Arizona State University alum Ryan Scott, and his geeky co-founders Nikki DelRosso and Mike Goosens. The predominantly console-based entertainment venue, named Endgame, is currently being funded online through Kickstarter with a projected goal of $30,000 by Monday, June 16. As of Thursday, June 5, Endgame has accumulated 47 backers and a little over $3,000.


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12 Must-See Phoenix Comicon Guests

Categories: Geekery

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Benjamin Leatherman
The crowd outside of the Exhibtion Hall at Phoenix Comicon last year.

Geeks of Arizona, we sincerely hope you've been pinching pennies and stashing away your cash as of late. It's really going to come in handy this weekend during Phoenix Comicon, whether you're buying up back issues or variant covers by the metric ton, picking up a few outstanding-looking mementos, or -- more importantly -- getting the autograph or some face time with one of the hundreds of special guests.

And given the sheer number of actors, celebrities, creatives, and icons from the realms of science fiction, fantasy, and comics that will be a part of Phoenix Comicon when it takes place from Thursday, June 5, to Sunday, June 8, your bank account better be loaded. Keep in mind, however, that your disposable income isn't the only thing that's finite.


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Arizona Filmmaker Joseph Wennerlund Is On the Journey of a Lifetime to Rio for the World Cup

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It's Rio or bust for Joseph Wennerlund.
As you're reading this, Joe Wennerlund is currently kicking it Veracruz, Mexico. At this particular moment, the 27-year-old Valley resident might be either sipping some cerveza, feasting on some tacos, or maybe just checking out the city.

However, he isn't just another gringo soaking up some south of the border fun and sun, wey. On the contrary, the local filmmaker has just completed the first part of a 10,000-mile journey that will take him all the way to Rio de Janeiro for next month's World Cup.


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