The original big-screen blockbuster, Star Wars, is turning 35 big ones, and to mark the occasion, Rips Ales & Cocktails is throwing a themed party to celebrate.
"We're encouraging everybody to come over after Comicon because we actually have a ton of people from Tucson that are coming up, and I know there's people from California that are coming out, so it should be a really good time," says Mission Creeps bassist Miss Frankie Stein.
Über-fans of the epic space drama and the Comicons tend to skew away from the status quo; a fact that delights MFS as she and her bandmates prepare to bring their brand of outsider rock to the Central Phoenix haunt.
Tucson's creepy crooners The Mission Creeps will be joined by Phoenix rockers Manual Sex Drive, and Family Secret for a Phoenix Comicon after-party on Friday, May 25.
Up on the Sun: What do you look forward to the most when Comicon comes around?
Miss Frankie Stein: I, personally, am a costume person. So I love the costumes. And it's always a great atmosphere. I talked about outsiders earlier. To me, the Comicons are an amalgamation of all of these outsiders. In whatever it may be, there are people who have really gone inside themselves and stayed in an area where they just focus on their art. They don't really care; they're just focused on their art, and that makes them part of a subculture. I don't know, I just really respect that because I've always been an outsider. [Mission Creeps guitarist/vocalist] James Arr is the same way.
There's always people that don't fit in anywhere, but then there's this one place that everyone can come together and relish in their strangeness, and it's fun.
We've also made some really great friends there. We've found artists at Comicon that we've collaborated with in the past. It's a really nice way to connect with people that are creative, and who are doing their own thing, and to sort of synthesize that and have a good time with it.
What's been your favorite outfit that you've dressed up in?
My favorite was when I was Amelia Earhart zombie for the zombie walk a few years ago. Just fundamentally, the fact that they never found her; that's because she's a zombie.
For the Rips gig, are you going to break out in costume to mark the Star Wars anniversary?
Well, that's kind of a surprise, so I'm not going to say, but it's definitely going to be fun. We are hoping that there's going to be a lot of people in costume.
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If you go to Phoenix Comicon keep an eye out for cameo appearances by the Mission Creeps' alter egos, which are featured in Youth in Asia issue 6 from Anti-Hero Brand Press, at booth 451.