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13 Favorite Phoenix Comicon 2013 Costumes

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3. Zapp Brannigan If Chris Campbell was forlorn over the recent news of Comedy Central giving Futurama the axe, he certainly wasn't showing it when we spoke with the 22-year-old Tempe resident. Instead, Campbell was all smiles as he described his fandom for the zany animated show and why he chose to portray the smarmy, foolhardy, and lunk-headed space captain and "25-star general" at Comicon.

"I love how much he hams it up in the show, so I wanted to bring that to life," he says. "I have a lot of fun doing it here and people get a kick out of it." One of his friends even portrayed Brannigan's long-suffering green-skinned majordomo Kif, but happened to be elsewhere at the time. Probably off "crying like a woman" somewhere.

2. Iron Man We witnessed several different versions of Marvel's armored Avenger gracing the Exhibitor Hall and other locations, including fans in intricate recreations of the Mark VI armor or kiddos dressed in pre-packaged children's costumes. None of these, however, were as unique as Taylor Fajun's humorous parody of Iron Man that was literally resembled a giant steam iron. (Get it?)

When pressing the Gilbert resident for details, we learned that the character's alter ego is named "Tony Starch" and is the nephew of the genius/billionaire/playboy/philanthropist, and also is the employee of either a laundromat or dry cleaner by day. "It's a little hot in here," Fajun told Jackalope Ranch in deadpan fashion. Wocka wocka.

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