This weekend, Phoenix stays up way too late playing video games, cosplaying, feeding monsters, and more.
Friday, Oct 17th
Behold the return of the valley’s great LAN party, and this time you don’t even need to bring your own PC! Just register online then show up at Howie’s Game Shack and start racking up frags for charity. Starts at 4pm and goes all night long, baby. I hear the prizes this year are pretty good.
I’m excited about this one. This is the debut of the valley’s latest home-grown nerd convention, so I’m hoping it gets lots of local support. If you’re an Airbender or Korra fan, they’ve got some great guests coming out (Ru-fi-ooooo!), and I’m sure the cosplaying will not be lacking. Taking place at the Mesa Convention Center all weekend.
Fun fact: I have never seen Gremlins. As such, my references are limited to the vague things I know about it, like not feeding them after midnight… or something. Am I close? Okay, maybe I should go to this. Starts at 11pm at the FilmBar, but plays all weekend too.
Saturday, Oct 18th
Hang out with Tom Leveen, the Dept of Zombie Defense, and *ACTUAL ZOMBIES while supporting Kids Need To Read. Should be fun, and somewhat bloody…? Starts at 11am. (*probably not actual zombies, cannot guarantee)
The Southeast Regional Library is throwing a mini-comicon in the afternoon. Show up from noon to 4pm & feel free to costume up. Get ready for nerd trivia, gaming, zombies, and food. Plus libraries are awesome, so show them some love, yo.
This sounds pretty cool. Some swell gal has decided that Star Wars is pretty much the best and put together a quiz book about it. She’ll be at Bookmans Mesa from 1pm to 3pm, exhibiting just how much she knows as well as signing books. Swing by, say hi, and see if she knows who shot first.
You know it’s October when just about every event I mention has the word ‘zombie’ in it at least once. This event is obviously no exception. Zombie up (or don’t, they’ll have makeup on hand) and show up at the location in the link above to participate in a zombie survival movie. Shoots from 3pm to 9pm.
Share THE greatest “dentist” scene ever with other like-minded fans. Cult Classics does a great job of making their events more than just watching a movie, so you can expect to have a great time. Plus you get to watch a muppet-plant eat people. Starts at 9:30pm at the Tempe Pollock Theater.
Sunday, Oct 19th
It’s completely sold out, so I hope you caught the announcement on my Facebook page a while ago and got tickets. Either way, I can’t not mention that the Phoenix Symphony is dedicating an entire evening to Harry Potter. Have fun, you filthy mudbloods!