9 Best Costumes at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2014

A horde of Deadpools take aim at nacho-eating foe at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest.
A horde of Deadpools take aim at nacho-eating foe at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest.
Photos by Benjamin Leatherman

The first-ever Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest out at University of Phoenix Stadium this past weekend wasn't what you'd call packed. Sure, it was definitely well-attended, very busy with patrons at certain points, and constantly filled with lively activity, but nowhere close to being the wall-to-wall chaotic hive of geeky humanity that is its big sister. And that's not to the Fan Fest's detriment by any means. Quite the contrary.

The smaller scope and attendance of the three-day fan gathering in comparison to Comicon afforded more and somewhat longer opportunities to interact with vendors, dealers, or those in Artist's Alley, or without having to worry someone behind you potentially getting a case of nerd rage out of impatience.

See also: Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest vs. Marvel Experience: A Head-to-Head Guide for Geeks

It seemed like there was more than enough room to move, breathe, and engage in geeky shenanigans at Fan Fest, maybe because of the epic and vast setting of being in the middle of an enormous NFL stadium. It definitely made you feel a bit, um, super. (A few fellow geeks even joked about how this was the only time they'd be at the 50-yard-line of a football field.)

There was also more of a relaxed vibe overall, more families in attendance, and less harried interaction with your fellow patrons, especially if you asked someone wearing some superhero threads or doing the cosplay thing to pose for a photo. And we certainly did a lot of that. In truth, we kept a running tally of the better costumes out at the event, including those on the following list.

With geek dads come geek responsibilities...and lots of bonding.
With geek dads come geek responsibilities...and lots of bonding.

Doctor Octopus

There are a lot of perks of having a geek for a dad. Case in point: Tucson resident Eric Perry, who not only took his son to Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest but also created a snazzy Doctor Octopus getups (complete with tentacles) for himself that dovetailed nicely with his offspring's Iron Spider-Man costume. The elder Perry -- who told us he's into "Spider-Man, Marvel, Star Wars. . . whatever" -- also helped make a slinky Black Cat ensemble for his friend Simone Knight. "It was all my idea," Eric says. "It took about a day and a half to make."

It was one of the better Doc Ock's we've seen in awhile, outside of the one that fellow geek dad (and nerdy comedian) Patton Oswalt had made in order to accompany his Spider-Child on Halloween. Both examples prove that the family that cosplays together, stays together.

From left: Kathleen Kelly, J.J. Jones, and Miguel Razura.
From left: Kathleen Kelly, J.J. Jones, and Miguel Razura.

Old School X-Men

When the trio of J.J. Jones, Kathleen Kelly, and Miguel Razura came up from Tucson to attend Fan Fest, they definitely came prepared. From the looks of it, the three friends had at least two different group costumes to wear around the event, including going as supporting characters from Wreck-It Ralph (a.k.a the Disney animated flick about the secret lives of video game characters that starred Dr. Steve Brule as Donkey Kong) on day two of the event.

Our preference, however, was for their later ensembles, which they wore on the final day of Fan Fest and depicted several iconic X-Men, including Jones going as Bishop, Kelly portraying gum-popping and fireworks-slinging teenager Jubilee, and Razura starring as team leader Cyclops. And as you can see for yourself, they were wearing the old school blue and yellow versions of their uniforms, which takes us back to the days of catching the cartoon X-Men duking it our with Magneto and his evil mutants on Fox Kids.

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