If you’re not too busy getting ready for Phoenix Comicon, here are a few reasons to get out and geek out:
I love a good conspiracy theory, who doesn’t?! But conspiracy mixed with Stanley Kubrick’s bizarre masterpiece The Shining? Like, woah man. Sign me up. Enjoy this documentary about theorist’s connections between the film and the ‘faking’ of the moon landing (and other historical events). At the Film Bar at 10pm, but screenings are all weekend.
When I was little I read all of the Oz books. Now that I’m a dad, I can’t wait to read them all to my kids. They’re really good. If you feel the same way, you may want to join other fans at Bookmans in Phoenix for a costume party. From 12pm to 2pm.
Hopefully Corey Feldman won’t make you perform the Truffle Shuffle to get in to see the Goonies with other fans. Cult Classics makes some pretty fun events out of watching great movies, so expect a little more than just a screening. Starts around 9:30pm at Tempe’s Pollak Cinemas. (Whew, I made it without using “Heeey yoou guuuuys!”)
Jesse James is filling up The Tilted Kilt downtown with comic artists, fans, cosplayers, media, and more. Celebrate the imminent comicon by drawing and talking comics with others. Starts around 6pm and goes all night.
Bam! See you guys next weekend?
I’ll be out of town this weekend, so I need all of you to get out and make up for my absence.
I love science fiction (a lot), and a decent amount of fantasy. But I’m definitely not the only sci-fi junkie around town. The folks behind LepreCon have been putting together a solid art-centric Sci-Fi & Fantasy convention for years now, and 2013 shall be no exception. The con goes all weekend and includes guests (including the ghost of Ray Bradbury, apparently), contests, panels, events, and even a film-festival / sci-fi mystery dinner theater.
Learn everything you need to fill your weekend with genre goodness over at LepreCon’s (very sparkly) site.
I still remember seeing Man or Astro-Man? for the first time as a teenager. It’s hard to forget – they came out in NASA space suits, shred their axes for a while, then fired up a giant tesla coil and practically fried the place. Well, the insane space rockers are in town to once more grace us with their surf rock meets theramin meets outer-space music.
At the Crescent Ballroom (with Ra Ra Riot) with doors opening around 7pm.
Superman is great and all, but what if we had three supermen? And what if those three supermen were fantastic?? I have no idea, but you can find out during what may or may not be the greatest superhero film of all time. Surround yourself with other crazy obscure film fans and enjoy the crap out of this one.
I really enjoyed last year’s Controllers & Canvas event. It’s all about the creativity behind video games – the art, music, storytelling, etc. This year they’ll still have costumers, artists, filmmakers, and even be giving away prizes like Phoenix Comicon passes. Plus, they’ll be doing a video game version of Beat The Geek.
Have fun, cepholobots. No matter what you do this weekend, be excellent to each other.
And don’t worry if you forget that this Saturday is Star Wars Day, your social media feeds will be filled with people reminding you.
This one’s for you NPR junkies. Of course, if you listen to the station at all you probably already know about this event. The often hilarious and always witty quiz show is broadcasting live to theaters. Special guest: Steve Martin!
Honestly? I’d probably go just for Mo Rocca because I like saying his name. Go ahead… say it… Mo Rocca.
It’s the perfect day to explore the world of comics – especially if you’re a new-comer.
Almost every event will be loaded with comic book fans, artists, and writers:
Plus all of the other comic shops around town will be up to something, I’m sure.
Do you love Star Wars and terrible puns? Me too! Let’s celebrate May The Fourth together!
Have a great weekend, everyone! Let me know if I missed anything awesome. Be excellent to each other.
The rest of this post is brought to you by my 17 month old daughter who really wanted to contribute:
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