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This weekend, The AZ dives into the business of superheroes, the early Simpsons, Sci-Fi movies, and pop-culture collectibles.

Not too much, but still some interesting stuff.

Thursday, April 18th

“Saving The Superhero” [Tempe]

Bit of a short notice, I admit, but at 3pm scholar Derek Johnson will be speaking at ASU (Wrigley Hall, Room 101) about “Saving the Superhero: Media Franchising, Industrial Cultures, and the Marvel Entertainment Empire.” Could be cool if you’re big into the comic book world. Details if you’re interested.

“The Simpsons & Other Jewish Families” [Tempe]

If you’re a fan of the enormously quotable early Simpsons seasons, here’s a chance to listen to Mike Reiss (one of the original writers) tell stories about the show. Sounds like an awesome evening, but tickets are the opposite of cheap (unless you’re a student), so hopefully it’s worth it. Around 7pm at the Arizona Historical Society Museum.

Friday, April 19th

Sci-Fi Mini-Fest [Prescott]

If you’re willing and able to make it up to Prescott, there’s a handful of interesting Star Trek guests to meet. Plus sci-fi movies all weekend and a few other nerdy activities. Here’s my post on the Sci-Fi Mini Fest, and here’s a Facebook event for more info.

Saturday, April 20th

Collector’s Marketplace Grand Re-Opening [Phoenix]

Sometimes Collector’s Marketplaces re-open with big parties. This would be one of those times. From 10am to 4pm, the place will be filled with vendors, cosplayers, music, auctions, and food. Sounds like a good time.

Whatever you do this weekend, have fun, be safe, and be excellent to each other.