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Get together your geek-gathering gear and garb, there’s a new pop culture convention in town, and its name is Comic & Media Expo (or CMX for short.) They will be making their inaugural run at the Mesa Convention Center from Oct. 17–19, and showcasing local talent as well as nationwide notables from comics, cosplay, television and movies.
This weekend, dinosaurs will once again roam the earth as Phoenix DinoCon — the nation’s only pop culture dinosaur convention — returns for its sophomore year. It promises to be bigger and better than before.
Do you remember that Marvel Team-up story when Spider-Man partnered with the 1920’s hero, Dominic Fortune, who just happens to reside at Aunt May’s retirement home? (See Marvel Team-up #120 for a refresher.) Well, this July Mesa has its own similarly themed super team-up brewing as local hero Bob Nelson’s “Geeks4Good” charity partners with Gotham City Comics & Coffee and the local geek community to raise funds for the unique senior care facility, Oakwood Creative Care.
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Many would agree with naturalist David Attenborough that nature "is the greatest source of visual beauty."
LepreCon, Arizona’s annual sci-fi and fantasy fandom event emphasizing genre art and literature, will be back May 8-11 with LepreCon 40: 50 Shades of Green at the Marriott at 200 N. Centennial Way, Mesa.
April 19 is the last event of the 2013-2014 Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival season. Bring the family and pets down to see the festival’s talented local artists and their products, like artists Mike Shaw and Michelle Shaw, who share the same last name but specialize in very different artforms:
“This is the end, beautiful friend.” That line from The Doors’ song could easily sum up Friday at the 2014 Phoenix Film Festival (PFF) and International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival (IHSFF), where several apocalypse themed films were showcased throughout the day and the highlight of the evening was meeting the amazingly beautiful Dee Wallace, who was on hand for the screening of her classic film, Cujo.
The weather is fantastic, so why not throw on your favorite genre themed duds, head to Main Street in Mesa, and hang out with other zombies and robots, Steampunks and Stormtroopers, Harijuku girls and harmless six-foot bunnies?
Mesa’s 2nd Friday “Steampunk Street” event takes place on downtown Mesa’s Main Street sidewalks from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. This free event will be during the art walk where a section of Main Street will be designated for Steampunk arts and crafts. A Victorian fantasy costume contest will be 8 p.m. at OneOhOne Gallery, where contestants can win prizes.
Humorist Dave Barry has said, "the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. The wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza."
Fantasy fashion and Victorian art comes together 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 9 during Mesa’s 2nd Friday art walk on downtown Mesa’s Main Street.
When considering iconic fictional couples, there are only a few who immediately come to mind whose relationship has stood the test of time. Romeo & Juliet, Lois & Clark, Rhett & Scarlett, Fred & Wilma, Homer & Marge and even Peter & Mary Jane are all partners who, when matched together by just their first names, embody a picture of romantic affinity in our collective pop cultural consciousness.
Lori Vander-Maten knew one day that she would be involved in a stage version of the MGM classic film “The Wizard of Oz.” “I’ve had a love affair with ‘The Wizard of Oz’ since I was a kid and we would watch it on television when it was on once a year,” said Vander-Maten.
Dorothy (Camden Wawro), Scarecrow (Erin Vander-Maten), Tinman (Philip Amerine) and Lion (Riley O’Connor) enter a steampunk version of Oz in Spotlight Youth Theatre’s production.