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Phoenix Comicon 2013: Our Complete Coverage

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Those who did drop by the Phoenix Convention Center for the evening-long preview got the honor of witnessing these things without the rampant mob that will fill the venue today and on Saturday (traditionally, the two biggest days of Comicon each year).

Without long lines of people silently urging them to hurry up, these early birds got to revel in a re-creation of one of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope's most memorable milieus -- which was created by a cadre of local Star Warsian enthusiast groups, including local chapters of the Mandalorian Mercs, the 501st Legion, the Droid Builders Club, and the Rebel Legion -- and re-enact Han Solo's blowing away of Greedo. (Sadly, it loses a point or two by having what appeared to be a laser beam coming from the barrel of the Rodian's gun, thus reinforcing the reviled Special Edition retcon that Greedo shot first. Tsk tsk.)

Attendees could also linger at pretty much every booth in the Exhibitor Hall and converse with hundreds of artists, vendors, cosplayers, and fellow die-hards without getting bumped around or crowded.

Personally, we got the chance to speak with such local nerd-friendly creatives as Iron Druid Chronicles author Kevin Hearne and Amazing Arizona Comics artist/writer Russ Kazmierczak (whose newest issue casts Sheriff Joe Arpaio as a supervillain known as "Darkpaio," who rules over "Parallel Earth-1070" in despotic fashion), among others. Plus, as always, there were a wealth of cool and cute costumes.

And if you're somehow unsure of who to see, where to go, and what to do during at the event over the next three days, peruse the rundown of all of Jackalope Ranch's vast amount of Comicon coverage over the past few weeks and months, which follows. And be sure to check back early next week for a variety of slideshows and recaps of what went down.

See you out in the Exhibitor Hall.

Doctor Who and Torchwood's John Barrowman Talks Phoenix Comicon, the Face of Boe, and Chasing Down the Bionic Woman

John Barrowman is one of Phoenix Comicon 2013's biggest celebrity guests. That's because Whovians everywhere love his portrayal of the sexy and sassy Jack Harkness on Doctor Who and its spin-off Torchwood.

Jackalope Ranch had some burning questions for Barrowman, who's scheduled to appear from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 26, the Phoenix Convention Center. He responded with tales of chasing The Bionic Woman, his take on the Face of Boe, and 51st-century (non-existent) promiscuity...Read More.

See Also: John Barrowman (a.k.a. Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who and Torchwood) Is Coming to Phoenix Comicon

Mike Mignola on Hellboy 3, Sending the Character to Hell, and If He'll End Up There, Too Let's just get this out of the way: Renowned comic book creator Mike Mignola has no earthly idea if Hollywood will ever get around to making Hellboy 3, the third cinematic portrayal of his signature red-skinned character. It's a question that the 52-year-old artist and scribe will get hit with often at various events, and we're certain that fanboys and geeks alike will be asking it during Mignola's visit to this weekend's Phoenix Comicon, where he'll appear from Friday through Sunday...Read More.

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