10 Best Costumes from Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2015 at Phoenix Convention Center

Local cosplayers at Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2015. See more photos here.
Local cosplayers at Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2015. See more photos here.
Photos by Benjamin Leatherman

If there's one thing that's become abundantly clear to us while covering geek culture in the Valley, it's that everyone nerds out for something, no matter who they are. That's especially true with members of the cosplay crowd, who put their particular passion on display for the world to see at local geek extravaganzas like the annual Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2015 this past weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Cosplayers were everywhere during all three days of the convention, whether they were roaming the aisles, checking out comics, dropping some coin for cool shwag, gathering for the event's costume contest on Saturday night, or just geeking out.

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The 'con also afforded many cosplayers the chance to meet the creators behind their favorite characters they were portraying, like when many doppelgangers of Deadpool interacted and posed for pictures with infamous artist Rob Liefeld.

Rob Liefeld poses with a pair of Deadpools at his booth.
Rob Liefeld poses with a pair of Deadpools at his booth.

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Local costume enthusiasts also used the three-day event as an opportunity to try out and field-test their latest efforts. Gilbert resident Ben Wheat, for instance, debuted his new Guyver armor.

"It allows you to get an idea of how you're going to operate and how it feels to be outside and stuff like that," he says. "The weather's also nice enough right now to be in full costume and not miserable, whereas at other comicons its kind of hot."

Wheat's Guyver armor was one of the many spectacular and striking outfits we saw while out at Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2015 and is included in the following list of the best and coolest costumes from the event.

Frank Magarelli as a Colonial Viper pilot
Frank Magarelli as a Colonial Viper pilot

Battlestar Galactica

With Amazing Arizona Comic Con being a geek extravaganza and all, there naturally are a slew of Star Wars-inspired costumes out and about. And as much as we truly enjoy George Lucas' opus, it's become pretty standard by now to see cosplayers doing Boba Fett or Darth Vader. As such, we were jazzed to see another legendary '70s space opera being represented at the event, such as Frank Magarelli's costume of a Colonial Viper pilot from the original Battlestar Galactica.

Like ourselves, the Scottsdale resident grew up watching the show, which was considered to be a knock-off of Star Wars in its day, but has become a esteemed part of science fiction history. "I saw the original TV movie pilot back in 1978 when my parents let me stay up late to watch it," Magarelli says. "And just before the end, President Carter interrupted the broadcast because he had to give a speech to the nation and we missed the end of it." That didn't dull his passion for the show, however, which he ranks just above Star Wars in terms of personal preference.

"That's a real unfair question," he says. "For me, it's Battlestar Galactica, but it's like a hairline of a difference."



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