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.