Geek Chic

Our geekiness might be showing by admitting this, but Captain Jack Harkness is one of the coolest mofos in science fiction. Ever.

As an online Whovians so aptly stated, the Doctor Who/Torchwood lothario, portrayed by actor John Barrowman, is a “time traveling, immortal, omnisexual superhero” who's handy with both firearms and quips. And thanks to the BBC, which axed the character from Doctor Who’s much-anticipated 50th anniversary special, the only place local geeks can get their fill of both Barrowman and Harkness is during the actor’s appearance during Phoenix Comicon 2013.

The ultra-popular four-day event over Memorial Day weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center will once again feature anything and everything from the realms of comic books, science fiction, fantasy, video games, and practically every other nerd-oriented subject du jour via more than a hundred different Q&A sessions, panels, and appearances by a slew of special guests like Barrowman.

Other highlights this year include a reunion of the cast and creative staff behind Babylon 5 (including creator J. Michael Straczynski and actress Claudia Christian) for the sci-fi show’s 25th anniversary, as well as appearances by Hellboy’s Mike Mignola, The Walking Dead’s Laurie Holden, Stargate's Amanda Tapping, and Firefly's Jewel Staite.

Geek out from Thursday, May 23, through Sunday, May 26. Comicon’s Exhibitor Hall opens at 4 p.m. on Thursday and at 10 a.m. the rest of the weekend. Other event times vary. Single-day admission ranges from $15-$30, while full event memberships for the weekend are $60. See for full details.

Thu., May 23, 4 p.m.; Fri., May 24, 10 a.m.; Sat., May 25, 10 a.m.; Sun., May 26, 10 a.m., 2013
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.