Nine Must-See Events at Phoenix Comicon 2012

There's a little over 146 hours left to go until this year's much-anticipated Phoenix Comicon officially opens its doors to geeks across Arizona on Thursday night, which means there's little time to dilly dally.

Costumes need to be finished, hotel arrangements need to be made, and - most importantly - a battle plan needs to be formulated regarding how you're gonna tackle everything you'd like to experience at the four-day geek freakfest.

That's because there's more than 200 different guests and in excess of 500 panels and discussions at Comicon that will cover a wealth of topics that matter to nerds, whether its how to get into the comic-creating game, an inside look at the world of anime, and numerous screenings of TV shows and movies.

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