Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff Is Coming to Phoenix Comicon 2015

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Universal Television
Katee Sackhoff as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace from Battlestar Galactica.
If you happen to be a die-hard fan of Battlestar Galactica -- well, the phenomenally popular 2004 reimagining of the classic sci-fi television series, that is -- and live in Arizona, its safe to say you're anxiously counting the hours until Memorial Day weekend rolls around.

That's no frakkin' hyperbole, since that's the date of this year's Phoenix Comicon and the weekend you'll get to meet a few of the stars of the Battlestar Galactica revivial. And, as of this morning, that will include actress Katee Sackhoff.


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ZapCon 2015: A Field Guide to This Weekend's Event in Mesa

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Benjamin Leatherman
You're living in the shade of a video arcade...
They certainly don't make video games like they used to way back when. While modern-day blockbuster titles like Assassin's Creed: Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Grand Theft Auto V pack high-tech thrills, lifelike graphics, and sophisticated A.I., there's a definite appeal to the games from the golden age of arcades in the 1980s or earlier, and not just because of the vintage or quaint nature of such things.

ZapCon, the two-day classic arcade and pinball convention, takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, and offers the chance take a trip to yesteryear and get your hands on more than 200 different quarter-munchers of a vintage nature, most of which are supplied by locals who collect and restore such games.


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Christopher Lloyd Is Coming to Phoenix Comicon 2015

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Universal Pictures
Great Scott! Doc Brown is headed for this year's Phoenix Comicon
For the last few weeks or so, Phoenix Comicon fans have probably been wondering if any other big-name special guests were going to be announced for this year's event, especially since its organizers tend to do that sort of thing right around now.

Like, for instance, the big guest they announced on Tuesday, March 31: Back to the Future star and all-around geek favorite Christopher Lloyd.


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ASU's Emerge 2015 Has Everything: Gut Churn, Dancing Robots, and DIY Drones

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Courtesy of ASU Emerge
Jad Abumrad, creator of Radiolab, is the headliner for ASU's Emerge 2015.

Some days, it's fine to feel content with merely a modest amount of neurons firing. Whether great ideas burst forth depends on whether the requisite amount of espresso or Diet Coke is consumed.

But ASU's Center for Science and Imagination figures we're all capable of far more, even challenging us to undertake a marathon exploration of curiosity and innovation called Emerge 2015.

They've invited community members to join thought leaders, artists, roboticists, storytellers, and other folks with an imaginative bent as they converge on ASU's SkySong Innovation Center in Scottsdale on Friday, March 6, from 3 p.m. to midnight.

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10 Best Costumes from Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2015 at Phoenix Convention Center

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
Local cosplayers at Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2015. See more photos here.
If there's one thing that's become abundantly clear to us while covering geek culture in the Valley, it's that everyone nerds out for something, no matter who they are. That's especially true with members of the cosplay crowd, who put their particular passion on display for the world to see at local geek extravaganzas like the annual Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2015 this past weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Cosplayers were everywhere during all three days of the convention, whether they were roaming the aisles, checking out comics, dropping some coin for cool shwag, gathering for the event's costume contest on Saturday night, or just geeking out.


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Alyson Hannigan Is Coming to Phoenix Comicon 2015

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CBS
This one time at Phoenix Comicon, Alyson Hannigan was a special guest.
Call us crazy, but we're starting to suspect that organizers of Phoenix Comicon might be fans of the Whedonverse.

Okay, it's not that big of a stretch, considering that they're die-hard geeks and all, but if you look at some of the bigger guests they've lined up for the event in recent years -- including Nathan Fillion and Jewel Staite of Firefly fame, as well as Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Eliza Dushku, who (sadly) wound up canceling at the last second -- there's a definite pattern going on.

Heck, Firefly's Summer Glau has even been tapped for this year's event.


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5 Must-See Guests at Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2015 in Phoenix

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Benjamin Leatherman
Costumed attendees of the Amazing Arizona Comic Con in 2013.
When it all boils down to it, comic book conventions are ultimately about just that: comic books. While it seems like most 'cons both locally and nationally include every possible aspect of geekdom imaginable -- ranging from science fiction and fantasy to video games, costuming, fan fiction, RPGs, and animation -- the very heart of such events is the pulpy adventures of superheroes and supervillains.

And at the annual Amazing Arizona Comic Con, which has been taking place every year since 2011, the focus is largely on the sequential art medium and the various creators and scribes that populate it. Hence the reason why its lengthy list of guests is heavy on comic book gurus and artists, including many notable names from the trade.


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25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

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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

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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

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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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