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Phoenix Comicon 2015 in Photos

  • Smiles in the service of the Empire.
  • The event's signature sign outside of the Hall of Heroes.
  • Brandon Emerson shows off his Street Fighter II tattoo.
  • The Exhibitor's Hall at Phoenix Comicon.
  • Walk softly and carry a big sword.
  • An impromptu dance party that broke out at Phoenix Comicon outside of the Exhibitor's Hall.
  • Drill, baby, drill.
  • Members of the Department of Zombie Defense gather on Third Street for the annual Zombie Walk during Phoenix Comicon.
  • Grave Digger, the king of the zombies.
  • Getting the Department of Zombie Defense members psyched up to, um, defend zombies.
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  • Packing some serious firepower for the annual Zombie Walk outside of the Phoenix Convention Center.
  • That will never heal if you keep picking at it.
  • Zombies on the move.
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  • Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas gets up close and personal with a fellow pooch.
  • Jason Momoa (a.k.a. Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones and Aquaman in the DC Cinematic Universe) listens to a question during his Q&A panel.
  • The family that cosplays together, stays together.
  • Predator versus Wolverine.
  • A Phoenix Comicon attendee gets his weapon peace-tied after entering the Phoenix Convention Center.
  • Starscream wants to be your friend. Honest.
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  • David Morrissey of The Walking Dead takes a picture of the crowd before his Q&A.
  • David Morrissey of The Walking Dead at his Q&A.
  • Pedicab drivers get into the spirit of Comicon, too.
  • Riding the escalator at the Phoenix Convention Center.
  • You don't necessarily have to have a costume to show off your geekdom at Phoenix Comicon.
  • Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof, the first couple of Whedonverse, at their Phoenix Comicon panel.
  • Alyson Hannigan, who's famous for her roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and How I Met Your Mother.
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  • Costumed attendees of Phoenix Comicon 2015.
  • A mock battle in progress in the Phoenix Comicon's Hall of Heroes.
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  • Go, go, Power Ranger.
  • That's one way to pal around with your pet.
  • A hammerhead of Star Wars fame...or (if you're a true geek) an Ithorian.
  • Lady Vader and a friend.
  • The crowd outside of the Phoenix Convention Center after the conclusion of Phoenix Comicon on Friday.
  • You wouldn't want to meet these two Sith Lords in a darkened cantina.
  • A pint-sized Tenth Doctor during Comicon's masquerade and costume contest.
  • A participant of Comicon's masquerade and costume contest.
  • Apocalypse Robocop at Comicon's masquerade and costume contest.
  • Veteran character actor Ron Perlman at his Q&A session.
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  • A Phoenix Comicon attendee asks Ron Perlman a question during his Q&A.
  • Veteran character actor Ron Perlman at his Q&A session.
  • Any chance y'all can recreate that badass fight from The Winter Soldier.
  • Cool specs, y'all.
  • Local indie rock band DWARF performs on the outdoor stage along Third Street.
  • Does it work with English muffins, too?
  • Even Fire Flowers are welcome at Phoenix Comicon.
  • Two of the most famous vehicles from the 1980s parked along Third Street outside of the Phoenix Convention Center.
  • A mockup  of Herbie the Lovebug
  • In case you forgot, it's 2015 this year.
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  • The skybridge connecting the convention center's two buildings.
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  • Whosoever holds this hammer, if they be worthy, shall possess the powers of Thor...even if they're pint-sized.
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  • They like Captain Solo right where he is.
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  • Gaining sight beyond sight via the Sword of Omens.
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Benjamin Leatherman
Smiles in the service of the Empire.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a geek in attendance at Phoenix Comicon 2015 who was suffering from boredom. That’s because there was endless things to see or do at the four-day comic book convention and pop cultural bonanza from Thursday, May 28, to Sunday, May 31, in downtown Phoenix. The cavernous Exhibitor Hall downstairs at the Phoenix Convention Center held more than a thousand different vendors and booths, while the Hall of Heroes upstaris featured local cosplay groups like the Justice League of Arizona, the Star Wars-centric Dune Sea Garrison, and the Arizona Autobots.

Meanwhile, special guests like Christopher Lloyd, Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Alyson Hannigan, Alexis Denisof and David Morrissey appeared at Q&A panels throughout the weekend. Plus, there were activities and displays outside along Third Street, nightlife events, and nonstop gaming at nearby hotels, and the endless parade of costumed characters. He’s a look back at the massive geektacular in photos. 

Photos by Benjamin Leatherman