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12 Must-See Phoenix Comicon Guests

Geeks of Arizona, we sincerely hope you've been pinching pennies and stashing away your cash as of late. It's really going to come in handy this weekend during Phoenix Comicon, whether you're buying up back issues or variant covers by the metric ton, picking up a few outstanding-looking mementos, or -- more importantly -- getting the autograph or some face time with one of the hundreds of special guests.

And given the sheer number of actors, celebrities, creatives, and icons from the realms of science fiction, fantasy, and comics that will be a part of Phoenix Comicon when it takes place from Thursday, June 5, to Sunday, June 8, your bank account better be loaded. Keep in mind, however, that your disposable income isn't the only thing that's finite.


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By any measuring stick imaginable -- be it the amount of attendees, exhibitors, programming, or guests -- Comicon is expected to be bigger than ever this year. And despite the fact that organizers have expanded its hours, you'll have only a certain amount of time during the four-day event to experience everything that will transpire at the Phoenix Convention Center and nearby hotels.

With that in mind, here's a list of which specials guests we'll definitely be seeing.

John Rhys-Davies

Fans of The Lord of the Rings are familiar with this longtime character actor for his portrayal of axe-toting dwarf warrior Gimli, while anyone who's seen Raiders of the Lost Ark will remember him as Indy's sidekick Sallah. We're actually old enough to have seen Rhys-Davies way back in day when he starred in the miniseries adaptation of James Clavell's historical epic Shōgun.

Needless to say, Rhys-Davies has been nothing if not prolific during his 40-year acting career, which includes other geek-friendly roles in Sliders and Star Trek: Voyager. While he could easily be described as one of those "hey, it's that guy" actors who's famous for his wide variety of acting jobs over the decades, the Welsh thespian stands apart because of his wizened countenance, Falstaffian stature, and unmistakable basso profundo voice, which will echo through the convention center's North Ballroom on Friday afternoon during his Q&A spotlight.