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12 Must-See Phoenix Comicon Guests

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Nathan Fillion

And Barrowman's not the only one who's excited about the chance to share oxygen with Captain Malcolm or Richard Castle, depending on your particular fandom. Like many Comicon attendees, we're gonna geek out exponentially on Saturday afternoon when the Firefly/Castle/Dr. Horrible star waltzes onto the stage inside the North Ballroom. (Better bring earplugs, since the air is gonna be thick with squees and screaming.)

We're also burdened with a lot of burning questions (pun intended) we're hoping that he'll answer, and not a one has to do with Firefly. Like, what the deal with that whole season-ending cliffhanger on Castle where Fillion's character might have been turned into a charcoal briquette? Oh, and will he ever find time for the oft-promised Dr. Horrible sequel, and will Joss Whedon give him a cameo in The Avengers. Enquiring minds want to know and will be waiting with baited breath during Comicon.

Bruce Campbell

His career-defining role as the Evil Dead trilogy's ass-kicker extraordinaire Ashe should be reason enough to want to meet Bruce Campbell, get his autograph, or, at the very least, attend his Q&A session on Saturday afternoon. As any geek will tell you, however, the famed character actor has done more than just shred Deadites with a double-barreled shotgun. Campbell's made unforgettable turns in cult flicks like Maniac Cop and Bubba Ho-tep, and starred in the criminally unappreciated '90s television show The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., as well as regularly appearing in Hercules, Xena, and Burn Notice.

Campbell also makes for a fantastic storyteller, as evidenced by the two books he penned (including the excellent If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor) and several lively interviews he's given over the years. And from what we've seen on YouTube, his convention appearances are profanely humorous experiences where he not only dresses to the nines but also keeps the audience in stitches with his witty tales, wry observations, and wealth of zingers. Hail to the king, baby.

Phoenix Comicon 2014 is scheduled for Thursday, June 5, to Sunday, June 8, at the Phoenix Convention Center and other downtown venues. Advance tickets are $15-$40 for daily admission, and $70 for the entire weekend.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.