I’m sure if your like me when you think about the Phoenix Comicon the first thing that pop’s into your mind is the celebrities, authors and artists. However one thing you shouldn’t overlook is the events.
This year’s events take place all over downtown Phoenix. The convention center will be the hub and many events will occur in the outdoor area on Third Street between Monroe and Washington streets. Others will be scattered around downtown hotels and locations.
You’ll need a Comicon pass to see all but one of the events listed (Comicon Party @ Tongue Tied), and you may need to purchase additional tickets for such particular events as the One Man Star Wars Trilogy and Brian Bosehn’s Comedy Mutant.
Here’s a short list of the events we’re geekin’ out over:
FIRST Robotics Competition Demo
Watch as a selection of high-school students demonstrate bots they’ve built for the FIRST Robotics Competition, a national contest that involves more than 67,000 students in grades 9-12.
Details: 3 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5. Third Street between Monroe and Washington streets.
The Torch Presents: The Comichood
The Torch Theatre cast will recreate comedic scenes based on actor and author Phil Haldiman, better known as Denny from the cult film "The Room," and his experiences writing about the indie comic "My Big Break."
Details: 7:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 5. Third Street between Monroe and Washington streets.
Arizona Comedy All-stars
Join Bru-Ha-Ha Comedy Productions and a cast of Arizona comedians, including Travis Thurman, Boomer Nichols, and Jill Bryan.
Details: 8-9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5. Third Street between Monroe and Washington streets.
Retro gaming is the theme for this year’s Geek Prom. Dig through your closet for you best Ness and Link costumes and enter the Fashion Geektacular. Judging will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the far end of the lobby outside the ballroom. The party will include retro-gamer decorations, music, dancing, prizes and the crowning of the Geektacular monarchs. All proceeds will go to benefit Kids Need to Read.
Details: 9 p.m.-midnight Friday, June 6. Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel Ballroom, 340 N. Third St. $15. 602-262-2500.
Want to see what it takes to lift Thor’s Hammer, toss Captain America’s shield and shoot Hawkeye’s bow? Check out this superhero-size boot camp.
Details: Noon-1 p.m. Friday, June 6, and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8. Phoenix Convention Center South Building, rooms 155-158.
AZ Roller Derby Bout
Hard core is the first thing that comes to mind when describing these voracious derby vixens who savagely duke it out on the rink.
Details: 10:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, June 6. Third Street between Monroe and Washington streets, Phoenix.
The Zombie Walk
Sponsored by Easly’s Fun Shop, this horde of the walking dead will amass at 7 p.m. on Third Street south of Monroe Street before venturing out in a zombie parade. Get all dolled up at the Get Your Zombie On panel before the walk.
Details: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 6. Third Street between Monroe and Washington streets.
Amtgard Staged Battle
Feel what life was like on a medieval battlefield, except with fewer sharp instruments and more padding. Amtgard is a non-profit sword and sorcery role play that engages in medieval combat with foam-padded replicas. Age 14 or older.
Details: 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Friday, June 6. Third Street between Monroe and Washington streets, Phoenix. azamtgard.org.
Hema Renaissance Rapier Demo
This action-packed historical rapier-fighting demonstration will feature the Company of the Sable Blade, followed by a question-and-answer session.
Details: 4-5 p.m. Friday, June 6. Third Street between Monroe and Washington streets.
‘One Man Star Wars Trilogy’
Charlie Ross has performed his off-Broadway play, based on the first three "Star Wars" flicks, more than 1,200 times in more than 180 cities across four continents.
Details: 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, and 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel Grand Ballroom, 50 E. Adams St., Phoenix. $25.
Watch geek comedian Brian Posehn, known for his stand-up and roles on "The Sarah Silverman Program," and co-mutants Myk Kaplan and Mike Drucker.
Details: 9 p.m.-midnight Friday, June 6, and 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N. Third St. $15-$20. 602-262-2500.
Battlefield Live AZ Tournament: Team Entry
This is the inaugural laser-tag USA Clan war. Battlefield Live is looking for genre-specific clans: Star Trek, Dr. Who, Star Wars, Firefly, etc. Teams consist of five players on the field (and one reserve) in a domination-style battle in which contestants will have to hold down the fort for five minutes to win. After registering online, teams will receive an e-mail with their assigned tournament time. One team may have multiple battles on Saturday and Sunday, depending on how well they do in the competition.
Details: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, June 7, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, June 8. Phoenix Convention Center South Building, rooms 160-161. $60. 520-344-2671, battlefieldliveaz.com.
Brain Eating Contest #1
This dawn-of-the-dead style feast will have you and your loved ones devouring brains as you eat your way out of the ground for prizes.
Details: 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Phoenix Convention Center South Building, room 166.
Comicon Party @ Tongue Tied
This funky Comicon-inspired party (not affiliated with Comicon; no pass necessary) will feature light saber duels, super hero dance battles, a costume contest and photo fun booth. Expect giveaways, prizes and drink specials.
Details: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, June 7. Apollo’s Lounge, 5749 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. $5 after 9:30 p.m.
Phoenix Comicon Details: Thursday, June 5, through Sunday, June 8. Phoenix Convention Center, Third and Washington streets, and other downtown venues. Four-day passes, available online, are $70 until Wednesday June 4, and $85 after that. Single-day passes also are available. Purchase tickets at phoenixcomicon.com. Keisa and I will be in attendance this year so please keep an eye out for us. We will be posting pics and articles for those who can’t make the event.