Galaga! Photo by: bucklava

This weekend, Arizona turns into a Kingdom of Loathing, meets an original Ghostbuster, has a mini-comic-book-convention, and shoots space bugs.

And lo, the geeks went forth and swarmed yon desert with their might.

And verily, they partied down. Verily.

Thursday, September 8th

Doodle Night! [Glendale]

  • A perfect chance to casually hang with the AZ’s comic artist/writers scene.
  • Show up and start doodling with the best of ’em.
  • At Jesse James Comics from 6pm to 10pm.
  • Learn more and who will be there here.

Friday, September 9th

KolCon 8 [Mesa]

  • Is an adventurer you?!
  • Join other Kingdom of Loathing players IRL all weekend.
  • Too many things to list, and it’s all over the place but…
  • I will mention that both The Minibosses and MC Frontalot will be performing.
  • Learn all about it in the KoL forums.

EncrediCon 2! [Mesa]

  • An entire (almost) comicon crammed into Downtown Mesa!
  • Cosplaying, local comic and video game artists, and even a SciFi Fashion Show.
  • Starts around 6pm with events until 10pm.
  • Learn all about it  at Evermore Nevermore’s site.
  • (Hey look, I went to last year’s!)

Galaga Tournament [Phoenix]

  • Die, space bees, die!!
  • Prove to the universe that you’re ready to defend it against evil pixels.
  • Highest score wins some sweet swag.
  • 7pm at The Cade Gallery.
  • While you’re there, pretend you’re in the OASIS!
  • (Okay, I’ll stop with the Ready Player One references.)
  • Learn more on their Facebook Event page and at The Pause Button.

Saturday, September 10th

Dan Akroyd [Scottsdale]

  • Yes, Dan Akroyd.
  • Meet the man behind some of your favorite 80’s nerd movies from 10am to Noon at BevMo.
  • The AZ Ghostbusters will be on site, with the ECTO_AZ and more.
  • Get slimed with details from your local stream-crossers.

Sketches For Charity [Tempe]

  • If you enjoy combining your love of  booth babes with charity, here’s another chance.
  • Hang with artists and cosplayers to benefit the Phoenix Childrens Hospital.
  • At PopCulture Paradise from 1pm to 5pm.
  • I found some details, so take a look if you’re interested.

*Update – Smash Brothers Tourney & A Magic: The Gathering Party [Mesa]

  • I totally forgot to mention two Gamers’ Inn events this Saturday.
  • There’s a SB tournament from Noon to 6pm.
  • And a celebration of the most popular collectable card game ever at 1pm – 4pm.
  • Learn more here, and here, respectively.

*Update – “Mega” LAN Party [Peoria]

  • Just found out about this.
  • Could be fun if you’re in that part of town, and love LAN parties.
  • At Emerald Computers from Noon to Midnight.
  • Get your details here.

*Update – HTML5 Game Coding and Hacking

  • Luis left a note in the comments about a HeatSync Labs event.
  • If you’re curious about coding games, swing by their place at 7pm!
  • Here’s the link to their blog for more.

I’ll hopefully be getting out to a few events this weekend, so keep an eye out and follow me on the Twitter to stay in touch.