Five Life Lessons Learned from Phoenix Comicon 2012

Five Life Lessons Learned from Phoenix Comicon 2012

From scantily clad anime babes to wiry Boba Fetts, geeks from all over the Valley flocked to Phoenix Comicon to celebrate both the 35th anniversary of Star Wars and the nearly religious monument to pop culture that brought them to downtown Phoenix. It's over now, but the memories will live on in all of our hearts -- OK, and in our slideshows of Phoenix Comicon.

Conventions are typically common grounds for professionals to talk to other professionals under the pretext of learning something. Lucky for us, the only skill required at Phoenix Comicon is liking to watch/play/read stuff that jocks love to hate. Here are the five life lessons we're taking home from the largest comicon to date.

"I'm everybody's dirty little secret," Johnathan Hotz, tissue shaman
"I'm everybody's dirty little secret," Johnathan Hotz, tissue shaman

5. There is a time and place for everyone to go hog wild. Getting used to cosplay (in which folks dress up like fictional characters) is a bit like jumping into a lake. It's cold and jarring at first, but then when the guy manifesting the unspoken spirit of masturbation slams his phallic staff against the ground: There are things that, once seen, cannot be unseen. Stroke shamans aside, comicon is a place where freak flags fly unabashed.

The Ghostbusters, now exorcising the fears of disadvantaged children
The Ghostbusters, now exorcising the fears of disadvantaged children

4. Charity and comics mix well Costuming, the aforementioned staple of Comicon, is more than just occasional appearance at kid parties. The Arizona Ghostbusters and the Star Wars 501st Dune Sea Garrison both boasted wonderful booths, and provided attendees literature on how to donate to various charities that the groups supported. The Star Wars guys also made some really cool R2-D2 replicas.

Kids Need to Read, a national nonprofit focusing on literacy, was featured prominently near the front of the front of the enormous exhibition hall. The group began when Firefly star Nathan Fillion joined forces with Valley creatives to get a spot at the 2008 comicon. Since its debut, the group has participated in numerous events and charities across the Valley.



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