2 Phoenix Comicon Events You Should Attend Because I’m Involved With Them

Phoenix Comicon 2014 approaches swiftly, my friends.

It’s never too early to start deciding what will take up your precious time that weekend.

If you’d like a couple of suggestions based almost entirely on the fact that I’m part of them, here you go:

1: The Phoenix Ultimate Geek Smackdown!

The Phoenix Ultimate Geek Smackdown is one of my favorite Phoenix Comicon events and I love being a part of it.

PUGS is essentially a series of very short all-in-good-fun debates about our favorite facets of geekdom. Topics are purposefully fun but difficult and the audience gets all wound up and laughs, and everyone has a blast.

One ultimate geek walks away with a ridiculous trophy and is crowned the local Patron Saint of Nerds for a year.

I’ll have more info soon on how you can get up on stage and crush your enemies, so stay tuned.

Round 1: Thursday night at 7:30pm
Round 2: Friday night at 8:00pm
Location: North 131

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Hopefully the title explains most of it, but it will be about nerdy things going on all year ’round these parts.

Your fun need not end when Phoenix Comicon does! There’s a lot to do around here.

Saturday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: South 150

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Thursday, April 10th

Voyage Trekkers Live


This locally-produced web series about the galaxy’s worst crew is showing you what they can do live. In other words, local nerdy entertainment – my favorite. Bring some sci-fi props for the cast to incorporate into the show. Starts around 7:30pm at the National Comedy Theatre.

Friday, April 11th

Hollywood Costume Party


If you need an excuse to put on a costume, here you go. Of course, the more movie-based your costume, the more appropriate for the event. Impress everyone by showing up as a xenomorph! Hosted at the Phoenix Art Center at 7pm.

The Fifth Element with Ruby Rhod & Blue Diva


Enjoy an evening with everyone’s favorite meat popsicle and his multi-pass toting perfect element. I won’t use this podium to express my long-standing love of all things 5E, just know that I highly recommend going to this. We green? If you need a bit more prompting, it will be hosted by Ruby Rhod. Quiver, ladies… quiver. Starts at 10pm, but there are screenings all weekend.

Saturday, April 12th

ZapCon 2014


It doesn’t get much better than a mother-bleeping retro video game convention all weekend. Lower those bits, ditch the high polygon count, and spend a few days lost in a sea of arcades and arcade related entertainment. It’s great to see ZapCon is returning this year and I hope it’s well attended. Check it out at the Renaissance Hotel downtown.

Sunday, April 13th

Sun Devil Fan Fair


ASU nerds are uniting for a full day of cosplaying, gaming, panels, clubs, and vendors. It’s like a li’l comicon, but if you’re cosplaying, keep in mind it takes place on campus so leave the seven foot Buster Sword home for this one (or any other faux weapon you usually sport). Should be fun! Show your support from 11am to 5pm.

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Friday, April 4th

CactusCon 2014


I’m not an IT guy, so I’m sure many of you could do a better job describing this event than I could. Sounds like it’s all about diving into security and networking.

ET with ET Photobooth


If you want to snuggle with one of history’s ugliest-yet-most-lovable aliens, here’s your chance. The Film Bar is screening ET this weekend and will have the li’l guy around for photos. Will there be an abundance of Reese’s Pieces? Maybe?

Saturday, April 5th

TableTop Games Day


Rolling initiative, trading wood for sheep, accusing your closest friends of being cylons – all of this and more could be your Saturday. That and some cosplaying and a few solar telescopes for some extra nerd levels. All day at Imperial Outpost Games.

Journey To The West


I don’t even… Just watch the trailer. You’ll know if it’s up your alley or not. (I’d go see it.)

Transcending Our Origins


Lawrence Krauss & Friends are at it again with another series of live discussions. This weekend the gang is talking about the future of humanity, synthetic biology, and machine intelligence. Seriously, go. Tickets aren’t even that much. Of course, they stream it live, so at least you can catch that.

*Big MTG Tournament


Yes, there is a giant Magic: The Gathering tournament going on downtown this weekend. If you’re into Magic it should be a fantastic time. May your Mana be plentiful and your Craw Wurms devestating.

Sunday, April 6th

Geek Day at The Phoenix Film Festival


The wife and I are hitting up the Phoenix Film Festival this weekend, so if you see us please throw us an old fashioned high five, as is our custom. (Fist bumps also accepted.) If you can’t make the entire festival, there’s at least a Geek Day on Sunday for you to check out. Lots of sweet artists, bloggers, and vendors will be there.

All right, have fun!