Let The Force Flow at Phoenix Comicon 2015

Let The Force Flow at Phoenix Comicon 2015

Question: What’s a giant nerd fest without Star Wars?

Answer: It doesn’t matter, because there’s plenty of it at Phoenix Comicon this year, so you’re good.

If the force is your ally, here are a few things to do & people to see for a good Star Wars-y time.

Let me know what I missed on my Facebook page.

Events:

Conspiracy! Star Wars Style!

Thursday, 1:30pm – 2:30pm / Location: North 229

Were the Stormtroopers REALLY terrible shots or was it something else? Don’t exhaust ports push things out?

Dressing for the Rebellion Against the Galactic Empire

Friday, 10:30am – 11:30am / Location: North 127

Star Wars cosplaying tips and discussion.

Episode VII – The Count Down Begins!

Friday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm / Location: North 231

Time to talk about everything we know about the movie you’ll seeing multiple times in the theater this December.

Evolution of the Stormtrooper

Saturday, 10:30am – 11:30am / Location: North 128

It’s like that evolution poster, but with Stormtrooper outfits, and it’s an event. So not much like it, actually.

Hokey Religions and Ancient Weapons…

Friday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm / Location: North 229

Those whiny Jedi get all the attention. Who else is awesome in Star Wars?

Miniature VFX: From Star Wars to Interstellar

Saturday, 1:30pm – 2:30pm / Location: North 226

Star Wars is all about practical effects. Let’s get into some.

More Than “Just” Bounty Hunters

Saturday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm / Location: North 130

Come on out and meet the Mercs!

More than Jedi and Sith: Other Force Users in Star Wars

Thursday, 7:30pm – 8:30pm / Location: North 229

Wait, non-jedi use the force? I am ignorant of such things.

Screening: Making Wookie

Saturday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm / Location: North 126C

The Empire Strikes Back: The Musical??

Star Wars FAMILY FEUD!

Sunday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm / Location: North 229

Survey says?! Awesomeness.

Star Wars Tech

Thursday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm / Location: North 229

Going way past lightsabers and hyperdrives here.

Star Wars: Leia’s Metal Bikini

Saturday, 1:30pm – 2:30pm / Location: North 129

This discussion should get… interesting.

Star Wars: Rebels – Recapping Season 1

Saturday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm / Location: North 229

For fans of the show, obvi’.

Star Wars: The Ring Theory

Friday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm / Location: North 227

Oooooh, someone’s diving into the prequels to see if they’re “some of the most amazing feats of cinematic brilliance!”

::grabs popcorn::

Syndicate Saber Live

Thursday, 7:30pm – 8:30pm / Location: Third Street Stage

Vshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh vwooom vwoom. And so on.

Syndicate Saber Presents: The Jedi Trials

Friday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm & Saturday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm / Location: Youth Activities – West 106

Deadly weapons! Bring the kids!

The Star Wars Trivia Challenge!

Saturday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm / Location: North 229

This one dares to go beyond the films, so you better be pretty friggin’ savvy, my friends.

Tom Kane Spotlight

Friday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm / Location: North 221

Check out Tom, you must. Enjoy, you will.

You Fought in the Clone Wars?

Sunday, 10:30am – 11:30am / Location: North 229

More Clone Wars goodness.

 Guests & Cosplay & Clubs:

Tom Kane

Jacen Burrows

Michael A. Stackpole

Roger L. Jackson

Dark Empire

Dune Sea Garrison 501st Legion

Mandalorian Mercs – Shonare Vhekadla Clan

Mos Eisley Base: Rebel Legion

R2-D2 Builders Club

What else? Let me know!

Say Hello To The New “Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest”

Say Hello To The New “Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest”

The brains behind the valley’s biggest nerd convention are throwing their efforts into a second annual event, starting this December 12-14, 2014

It’s a smaller, lighter version of the main thing (actors, artists, exhibitors, costuming, panels, etc), and instead of taking place in Phoenix, it will take place at University of Phoenix Glendale Stadium.

They’re still early in the implementation of this one, but they do have information on becoming a vendor, volunteering, etc – but hang tight for things like hotels and guest announcements.

Here’s a link to pricing and other Frequently Asked Questions.

My Phoenix Comicon Presentation – The Slides

My Phoenix Comicon Presentation – The Slides

I promised everyone who attended that they didn’t need to take notes because I’d share the slides on my blog.

Promise fulfilled:

Stay tuned for way more Phoenix Comicon 2014 pictures!

Phoenix Comicon 2014 – Day 2: Costumes Costumes Costumes

Phoenix Comicon 2014 – Day 2: Costumes Costumes Costumes

Half the fun of Phoenix Comicon is wandering around and appreciating people’s costumes.

I couldn’t get a good shot, but did anyone else see those kids’ Millennium Falcon & Tie Fighter wheelchairs? Those were radical.

PUGS had its very first female champion last night!

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We promised a show, and our crazy-awesome contestants delivered. I don’t think those who attended will ever forget it.

As for my personal experience yesterday?

Right Before My Panel

Right After

But enough babbling – on to some photos!

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Oh my Glob! LSP!

Dream Photography Studio - Lightning Octopus - Phoenix Comicon IMG_1427Fantastic Merlin!

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Phoenix Comicon 2014 – Day 1 – In Pics & Gifs

Phoenix Comicon 2014 – Day 1 – In Pics & Gifs

Thursday night at Phoenix Comicon tends to be pretty casual. The afternoon is mostly spent picking up badges, getting situated, and wandering a bit. The main floor is usually fairly light, panels are lucky to fill most of their seats, etc.

This year, Thursday felt more like Friday. The exhibitor floor was busy and PUGS had a line that started an hour early. Once we got started, there was no seating left.

With the help of the brilliant Stacey of Dream Photography (who always helps me with photos), here are some Pics (from her) and Gifs (from me) to share our Phoenix Comicon experience so far:

Getting Off The Light Rail At Phoenix Comicon

Running Into Friends I Haven’t Seen In Forev’s

Checking Out Costumes

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The Phoenix Ultimate Geek Smackdown #PUGS

Yours truly:

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The thrill of victory; the sting of defeat:Dream Photography Studio - Lightning Octopus - Phoenix Comicon IMG_1375

This awesome girl CRUSHED her enemy:

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Realizing It Was Only Thursday And The Rest of The Con Is Still Ahead of Me