Nine Must-See Events at Phoenix Comicon 2012

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Suffice it to say, you'll have to make some hard decisions about what to see and do, like choosing between a seminar on whether or not the apocalypse will dawn in December or a discussion about making friends at Comicon.

That's where we come in. Jackalope Ranch is kicking off its annual blitz of Phoenix Comicon coverage (which, over the next week, will include interviews with special guests, previews of the coolest parties, and coverage from the event itself) with a rundown of what we're eager to see. Read on and stay tuned for more Comicon-related content.

9. Jeremy Bulloch The 67-year-old British actor isn't necessarily famous for his face, but rather for the mask he wore over it. For those of you who've been living in a Sarlacc Pit for the last three decades or so, Bulloch is revered in geekdom for playing bounty hunter (and all-around intergalactic badass) Boba Fett in both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, which has pretty much secured his place in movie history.

He's also had a lengthy career on both the stage and screen in addition to his iconic role and is renowned for being friendly, courteous, and receptive towards fans of that galaxy far, far away (unlike the late Alec Guiness, who reportedly admonished a young Star Wars fan for "living in a fantasy world of secondhand, childish banalities.") Given the fact that there's a minimum of at least two dozen cats sporting Fett's Mandalorian armor at Comicon each year, expect Bulloch's appearance to be packed to the rafters.

8. The Sketch Off Have you ever wanted to see the squeaky clean Captain America battle the ultra-vulgar Deadpool in an insult contest? How about a depiction of Poison Ivy as a sultry torch singer at a nightclub populated by members of the Legion of Doom? The artists participating in any of the "Sketch Off" sessions throughout Comicon weekend can make these nutty notions become a reality with a few swipes of pens across paper.

During what is essentially an artistic improv session, participants will shout out suggestions and the artists will make them happen. Each of their creations will be bid upon during the annual art auction. Four "Sketch Off" sessions will be held from Thursday, May 24, to Saturday, May 26. See the event page for times and dates.

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