Guests for Fan Fest 2016
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The Arizona Avengers were founded back in 2009. They're an all volunteer-based charity costuming group located in the state of Arizona. They work very hard to accurately capture everyone's favorite Marvel characters while they visit hospitals, schools, shelters, low-income recreational facilities, food, toy, and book drives. They work alongside other non-profits to interact with children and their families all throughout the entire state. Their goal is to make the world a better place by giving back to the community, spreading positivity, and enriching the lives of others through their costuming, commitment, and dedication to service.
 

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Formed in June of 2008, Cactus Brick is a group of adult (over 18 only) fans of LEGO who collect, build, play with, and share ideas about the LEGO hobby.  We meet officially on a monthly basis and present our creations at public displays throughout the year.  Please feel free to attend one of our meetings or find us at one of our public displays.

Find out more about Cactus Brick at cactusbrick.org or on Facebook.

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He is known for playing Rory Williams, one of the Eleventh Doctor's companions in the television series Doctor Who, and as Rev. Paul Coates in Broadchurch (2013–present).  In 2013-2014 he appeared in the lead role in the theatre musical Once in the West End and on Broadway. He portrays Rip Hunter in Legends of Tomorrow.

 
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AZ T.A.R.D.I.S. is a large group of Doctor Who cosplayers and fans raising awareness and funds for charity, focused on spreading the word about our favorite science fiction series. This year at Phoenix Comicon, AZ T.A.R.D.I.S. will be holding raffles benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Be sure to stop by our booth in the Hall of Heroes to see our full-scale TARDIS, have your picture taken with the Daleks, K-9 and various Doctors. While you’re there, don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets!

Website: www.aztardis.com 

 

 

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Orphan(0) : AZ T.A.R.D.I.S. (guest_id=853) : categories=Costuming;
 

Brie and Nikki Bella, better known in the WWE world as The Bella Twins, started wrestling professionally in June 2007 with Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). With WWE, The Bella Twins’ saga has been full of feuding Divas, amorous attention from the men of WWE, and even a feud between them. A favorite Bella Twin signature move is switching places in singles matches if one of them was hurt. The Bella Twins could be seen in single matches, paired matches, and even the occasional mixed tag team matches, teaming with WWE men’s wrestling duos, sometimes sparring against each other.

Over the years, The Bella Twins, both together and separately, have won numerous matches and titles. Both have won the Divas Championship, and Nikki’s 301 day record as Divas Champion still stands. The Bella Twins ended their relationship with WWE in 2012 but came back in 2013, alternating between hero and villain status.

Suffering a neck injury, Nikki left the WWE in 2015, but came back to accept the Slammy award for Diva of the Year in 2015. That same year, Brie Bella led her 5-woman tag team “Team Total Divas” to victory in a 10-woman tag team match on the Wrestlemania 32 kickoff show. Shortly after that victory, Brie Bella announced her semi-retirement from professional wrestling. Brie no longer appears in the ring, but is an ambassador for WWE. Meanwhile, Nikki Bella has returned to WWE in-ring action, as part of the SmackDown Live brand.

In addition to their professional wrestling careers, the duo has had guest appearances and roles on numerous television and awards shows, and starred in several video games and music videos. They are part of the cast of Total Divas, a reality television series that premiered in 2013. Earlier this year, Total Divas announced a spinoff show, Total Bellas, starring the twins, that is slated to begin filming this fall.

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Bob Layton is one of the comics industry's true visionaries, creator, writer, artist, designer, and entrepreneur.  Layton (with David Michelinie), reinvented the "Iron Man" comic in the late 70s, taking it from near-cancellation to one of Marvel's all-time bestselling series which spawned the hit movies. His classic Iron Man story "Demon in a Bottle" was recently voted "one of the top 20 comic stories of all time."

Bob also launched the first mini-series in comics’ history at Marvel with "Hercules: Prince of Power" and created the record-breaking comic "X-Factor," as well as such characters as War Machine, The new Ant-Man and DC's Huntress. After Marvel, Layton was co-architect of the original Valiant Universe and served as its Editor-In-Chief. Bob currently works in Hollywood developing new properties for motion pictures and television, working with such stars as Academy Award Nominee Edward James Olmos.

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Orphan(0) : Bob Layton (guest_id=496) : categories=Comic Books;
 

Known for his role as Agent Grant Ward on the hit series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Brett Dalton is an American actor with a list of credits that includes appearances in both film and television.

Before being cast in the hit Marvel series, Dalton’s first screen credit was in the TV movie Nurses, directed by P.J. Hogan. The movie starred Eliza Dushku and was planned to be a pilot for the Fox network. From there, Dalton guest starred in an episode of the Tom Selleck-led CBS drama Blue Bloods. Dalton’s performance in the series was impressive enough to earn him additional work and lead to an appearance in the Lifetime network series Army Wives.

In November 2012, he was cast in a starring role in the TV series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D as Agent Grant Ward. The series takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following character Agent Phil Coulson and his small team of agents, Dalton's character among them.

2013 saw Dalton make the leap to the big screen with a role in the feature film Beside Still Waters. The feature directorial debut of actor Chris Lowell, the comedy/drama stretched Dalton’s acting muscles and found him among an ensemble cast of fellow young actors. From there, Dalton appeared in the TV movie Killing Lincoln for the National Geographic Channel as Robert Todd Lincoln, the only son of Abraham and Mary Todd to survive into adulthood.

In 2015, Dalton lent his voice to several projects including an animated series for Disney called Jake at the Never Land Pirates, the long running Adult Swim series Robot Chicken as well as the hit Playstation 4 game Until Dawn.

Dalton’s film career has continued to develop throughout 2016 as he’s set to make appearances in the upcoming features The Tourist, Lost in Florence and Trust No One and will voice the character, Brick in the upcoming animated series, “Milo Murphy’s Law,” starring “Weird Al” Yankovic.

 

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Daniel Bryan was the chosen one of the WWE Universe. Elevated from NXT Rookie to U.S. Champion, to Money in the Bank winner, to World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan was propelled by the voracious “Yes!” chants of the WWE Universe.

The 5-foot-10 bearded bulldog achieved the greatest upset in WrestleMania history when he defeated Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista in one night to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Daniel Bryan is a 3-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, U.S. Champion, WWE Tag Team Champion, and Intercontinental Champion.

Bryan retired from in-ring competition this year. He said he was "grateful" for the gifts sports entertainment had given him before departing amid a chorus of "Yes!" chants. Bryan remained active on WWE programming, appearing as a judge on ‘Tough Enough’ and as a commentator on ‘WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic’. Bryan has recently returned to WWE as the SmackDown Live General Manager.

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The Dark Empire is an international costuming home for fans of the dark side of the force. We welcome custom and canon Sith, Dark Jedi, and Grey Jedi. Other dark side-affiliated custom and canon costumes accepted include force users and non-force users such as Sith Troopers, Sith Inquisitors, Imperial Agents, and Non-Mandalorian Bounty Hunters and Pirates / Smugglers. These costumes must represent Sith-affiliated characters from any of the STAR WARS movies, or from any era within the Expanded Universe including books, games, comics, and animated series. The purpose of The Dark Empire is to promote multi-generational fandom and appreciation of STAR WARS through acts of charity, and to encourage creative costuming as custom characters and canon characters representing the “dark side” of the Star Wars universe

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David Harbour got his professional start on Broadway in 1999 in the revival of The Rainmaker and made his television debut in 1999 in an episode of Law & Order ("Patsy"), playing a waiter. He appeared again in 2002 in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He played the recurring role of MI6 agent Roger Anderson in the ABC television series Pan Am. In 2005, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in a production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?
 

He is known for his role as CIA agent Gregg Beam in Quantum of Solace, as Shep Campbell in Revolutionary Road, and as Russell Crowe's source in State of Play. He also received praise for his role as Paul Devildis on a 2009 episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. His other film credits include Brokeback Mountain,The Green Hornet, End of Watch and Between Us. In 2013, he played a small role of a head doctor in the American TV series based on the classic detective Sherlock Holmes, Elementary. He has also played the recurring role of Elliot Hirsch in The Newsroom between 2012 and 2014.

In 2014 he joined the main cast of the historical drama series Manhattan.

Harbour currently plays the lead role of Chief Jim Hopper on the Netflix original series Stranger Things.

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We are an elite organization dedicated to the preservation of human life and the extermination of all zombies!
We are highly trained agents specializing in counter zombieism and zombie defense.

http://www.departmentofzombiedefense.com/

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The Dune Sea Garrison is the Arizona chapter of the international Star Wars costuming club known as the 501st Legion. With over 5,000 members worldwide, the 501st, while not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group. 


Members of the Dune Sea Garrison strive to create movie quality, screen accurate costumes of the "bad guys" from the Star Wars Universe. From Stormtroopers to Boba Fett, from Jawas to Darth Vader we strive for quality and accuracy in every costume we create. 

What we do -

Beyond building screen accurate costumes, the primary focus of the Dune Sea Garrison is charitable contribution to our community. We have helped raise thousands of dollars for many different charity organizations and have brought smiles to faces of sick children for years.

For more information visit www.duneseagarrison.com

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Jake “The Snake” Roberts was a Superstar capable of taking you down physically as well as psychologically. Slithering to the ring with a monstrous python concealed in a burlap sack, Jake used fear as a weapon as deftly as he used pain. His DDT finishing move is still one of the most brutal finishers ever unleashed on a Superstar.

The son of noted grappler Grizzly Smith, Roberts was born into a sports-entertainment family. Eager to follow in his father’s footsteps, Roberts began competing in the early ’70s, making a name for himself in promotions throughout the South. In 1983, he tasted success for the first time, winning the NWA World Television Championship while wrestling with Georgia Championship Wrestling.

As if that wasn’t enough to curry hatred from the WWE Universe, Roberts stirred the pot further each week, hosting his show, The Snake Pit. A talk segment in the vein of Piper’s Pit, Roberts’s show was the perfect forum for him to rile both Superstars and fans alike with his twisted point of view.

As time wore on, Roberts soon became a fan favorite, thanks in part to his memorable rivalries with the Honky Tonk Man, the Million Dollar Man and Andre the Giant. WWE Universe fans from that generation will never forget the Giant’s paralyzing fear of Jake’s pet python, Damien.

In the early 90s, after a series of bizarre skirmishes with the likes of Earthquake and Randy Savage, and Rick “The Model” Martel, against whom he faced off in a Blindfold Match at WrestleMania VII. In 1992, after six extraordinary years, Roberts and WWE parted company and the Snake spent four years competing in WCW and other smaller promotions. Four years later, he returned to WWE and faced Stone Cold at the 1996 King of the Ring. Roberts came up short in the bout, but had a role in the creation of WWE history, when Stone Cold mocked Roberts’s perpetual quoting of the Bible verse “John 3:16,” by barking “Austin 3:16 says ‘I just whooped you’re a$$!’” In that moment, a catchphrase was born and a legend was launched.

Following that historic event, Jake’s appearances in WWE have been sporadic but memorable, such as a 2005 appearance on Raw when he confronted a young Randy Orton prior to the Viper’s WrestleMania match against the Undertaker. Later that year he worked with the company to produce the tell-all DVD Pick Your Poison, which offered a no-holds-barred look at his tumultuous career.

Whether competing in the ring, or burrowing into the psyches of his opponents, Jake “The Snake” Roberts will go down in the annals of WWE history as one of the most cunning and lethal Superstars ever to step between the ropes. The reptilian warrior ultimately slithered into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6, 2014.

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John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. is an American professional wrestler, actor, and reality television show host signed to WWE on the SmackDown brand.

Cena started his pro wrestling career with Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW) as “The Prototype” in 1999, and won the UPW Heavyweight Championship in 2000. Cena signed a developmental contract with the WWE (nee WWF) in 2001, debuting on the main roster in 2002. From arrogant and edgy rapper to “goody-two shoes white knight”, Cena has been called the “most polarizing pro wrestler ever” and the “Face of WWE.” 

Cena has won 24 championships, including 15 world championships, is a five-time United States Champion, and four-time world tag team champion. Cena is the 2012 Money in the Bank ladder match winner, a two-time Royal Rumble winner (2008, 2013), and a three-time Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner (2009, 2010, 2012). Cena has the fourth-highest number of combined days as WWE World Heavyweight Champion, behind Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, and Hulk Hogan. He has also headlined WrestleMania five times. 

Cena has starred in two action films, The Marine (2006) and 12 Rounds (2009). In 2015, Cena received critical praise for his acting skills in the hit comedy, Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow and written by the film's star Amy Schumer. Cena played Schumer's sensitive muscle-bound boyfriend. “I got my chance to throw my sense of humor out into the world, and at the same time play this hulky guy who’s a softy, ” Cena told Business Insider. 

Cena is currently the host of American Grit, a military inspired competition series.

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John Tyler Christopher is a Harvey Award nominated illustrator from Lafayette, In. His work has appeared on the covers of MARVEL’s Avengers Solo: Hawkeye, Star Wars, Figment, New Mutants, Annihilators: Earthfall, Dark Avengers, Spider-man, Venom; and the 50th Anniversary Spider-man Encyclopedia. His work can also be seen in various action figure variant covers for a number of Marvel titles including Star Wars, Secret Wars, S.H.I.E.L.D. and many other titles. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters and waxing intellectually about the shear awesomeness of the Gorn.

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The Justice League Arizona is an all-volunteer organization formed to bring Arizona costume enthusiasts together under a collective identity. JLAz brings awareness to charitable organizations and causes, supports their events through dynamic DC character presence, and participates in unique and fun community events. The JLAz performs direct charitable events (such as toy drives, hospital visits, etc.) and seeks to educate others on the DC Comics Universe, high-quality costume creation, and ways to help their community. Members strive to be the positive role models embodied by the heroes they represent and/or to be villains that do good deeds!

Website: justiceleaguearizona.com
 

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Millie Bobby Brown became known for her role as Eleven in Stranger Things. She started her acting career after moving from Barcelona to Orlando, Florida in 2011. She has acted in the BBC series Intruders and has guest appeared in a number of TV series including Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, NCIS, Modern Family and Grey's Anatomy.

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Moon Mermaid

 Born of the moon and the sea in the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Moon Mermaid first surfaced in 2003 where she began entertaining and performing for humans as Arizona’s first swimming mermaid providing magical props, the lagoon, and mermaid habitats year round where she entertains at children’s parties, events, weddings, parties, festivals, conventions, aquariums, zoos, and more with her sea~sisters and pirate friends. Moon loves to bring her magical worlds to you for entertainment with a splash!

 

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Mos Eisley Base is the Arizona chapter of the Rebel Legion, an international Star Wars costuming organization created by, of and for people interested in creating costumes from the Star Wars mythos. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., Lucasfilm recognizes the Rebel Legion as a premiere volunteer Rebel costuming group. Research, create, build and improve your costumes in a place where costumers with similar passions share skills, tips and ideas. Jedi, Rebel Pilots, Troopers, Princesses and even Wookiees.... we've got them all....and we're always looking for more. We are the good guys! What makes us the good guys? Besides our 'Good Guy' costumes, our worldwide membership often choose to give back to their communities (through costumed volunteer activities and charity events). No one can provide the public with a greater range of Star Wars costumes, nor a more personable, interactive, face to face experience.

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The R2-D2 Builder's Club is an International online community focused on building life-size replicas of everyone's favorite Star Wars Droid. Local members will be at Phoenix Comicon, showing off their creations, and discussing the finer points of building Astromechs and other Star Wars Droids.

Come see us at the Star Wars Neighborhood and learn more at astromech.net.

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Canadian actor Tahmoh Penikett was born on May 20, 1975 in Whitehorse, Yukon. The son of former Yukon premier Tony Penikett, he is a graduate of the Victoria Motion Picture School and also studied at the Lyric School of Acting in Vancouver. He made his debut in the 1996 television movie Murder on the Iditarod Trail, but only started acting at the entry of the 21st century, when he appeared in numerous roles on television. Early television gigs included guest roles in Stargate SG-1, Dark Angel and The L Word, as well as roles in a number of films.
 

Penikett’s first regular television role was in the Canadian police drama Cold Squad. Premiered in 1998, he joined the show’s final season in 2004, as Corporal Ray Chase. The series was cancelled shortly after.
 

In 2003, Penikett started his involvement with the remake of the hit science fiction series Battlestar Galactica. The reimagined take on the 1970s show saw him play the role of Karl Agathon, an electronic countermeasures officer paired with Sharon Valerii (Grace Park). He first appeared in the miniseries, where he sacrificed his seat to be able to accommodate a doctor into his Raptor and, consequently, into safety. The writers originally planned to kill him off after the miniseries, but they, as well as the fans, applauded his performance, eventually giving him a slot in the resulting television series. Premiered in 2004, Penikett’s character unwittingly became part of a Cylon experiment to determine whether a viable Cylon/human hybrid child can be created.


Penikett’s next notable television role was in the acclaimed Canadian thriller series Whistler, where he appeared in four episodes in 2007 as Elias Noth. He also signed on to be part of the Joss Whedon drama series Dollhouse, where he played FBI agent Paul Ballard, who became romantically obsessed with lead Echo (Eliza Dushku).

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The DREAD Fleet is comprised of five ships, each specializing in a spectrum of pirate talents; belly dancing, sword fighting, living chess matches, stage shows, contra dancing, and all manner of pirate history! Our ships sail Arizona executing educational and entertaining performances. If ye think us merely a sailor’s grog induced ramblings, we beg you visit when we make port at Phoenix Comic Con. Our adventures promise to amuse and may entice the wayward free-booter!

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The Galactic Academy is a Star Wars costuming club exclusively for kids and teens. Anyone under the age of 18 who likes to dress as a Star Wars character is welcome to join. The Academy serves as a gallery online of pictures for kids and teens. It also serves as a club where members can feel proud to be part of a community of fans.

The Galactic Academy is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd. STAR WARS™, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

For more information visit www.galactic-academy.net

 

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The Honky Tonk Man is a professional wrestling icon. Currently working on the independent circuit, he previously worked for World Championship Wrestling, and World Wrestling Entertainment where he most recently appeared in 2009.

HTM is world famous for his WWE career, where he held the Intercontinental Championship for a record 64 weeks, a record that still stands to this day. During his most recent stint with the WWE, between 2008 and 2010, HTM inducted Koko B. Ware into the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame, and feuded with then WWE Intercontinental Champion, Santino Marella. HTM signed a contract with WWE and Mattel in February 2010 to produce WWE/HTM merchandise.

HTM has faced all the greats of the squared circle including Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts, Ricky Steamboat, Dusty Rhodes, Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior, The Legion of Doom, George Steele and Bruno Sammartino.

As active as ever, HTM tours the independant circuit visiting his fans from all over the world. He is also regularly featured in world famous comic conventions where he has starred with TV, Sporting and Movie legends.

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Tim Rose is best known for playing the role of Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, a role which he played again in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In addition, Rose also puppeteered the characters of Sy Snootles and Salacious Crumb in that film, and has been involved with other Lucasfilm and Jim Henson Studios movies, including The Dark Crystal and Howard the Duck.

He also helped in puppeteering the character of Tik-Tok in Disney's Return to Oz. Tim also made the puppets Cosmo and Dibs for the BBC children's series You and Me. They debuted on that show in 1983.

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Umbrella Corporation Arizona Hive is a non-profit cosplay for charity group that helps raise money for the AAWL (Arizona Animal Welfare League). the first and largest no-kill animal shelter in Arizona.  We are designed off of the Umbrella Corporation from the beloved Video game and movie franchise Resident Evil. When ever we can we attend events to raise money for charities. we have 300+ active dress up members and 180 total members and quickly growing. we love what we do and are always looking for more members to help the group grow and in return help the animals.

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