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Founded to provide a collective identity for costuming fans with similar interests, the Arizona Avengers is proud to put its resources to good use through fundraising, charity work, and volunteerism.

The Arizona Avengers is a Marvel Comics fan club dedicated to celebrating the Marvel Universe through costuming. The Avengers is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Arizona Avengers seeks to promote interest in reading Marvel Comics through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Marvel Comics-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.

The Arizona  Avengers recognizes it holds no claim over the costumes and characters it portrays. The members of the Arizona Avengers acknowledge and accept that while in costume, we represent the Marvel Entertainment brand and will do so professionally and responsibly at all times. 

Website: http://www.arizonaavengers.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arizonaavengers

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArizonaAvengers

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Bernie Bregman is a staple of the nerd community. As a cosplayer he has one of the most shared images on the internet: his Dark Helmet from Spaceballs cosplay has likely crossed your timeline once or twice and his Ace Ventura, Caesar Flickerman from the Hunger Games, Mugatu from Zoolander, and Kirk Kefner, complete with Trek Bunnies, are also staples at any major convention. Through his company, Nerds Like Us, Bernie has produced dozens of nerd-centric events from conventions to parties to midnight movie screenings of 80s and 90s nerd classics from your childhood. In June 2014 Bernie launched Club Cosplay, a classic rockin’ nightclub experience that caters to and is safe for nerds and it’s coming to a city near you soon!

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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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Dave Turner has been costuming for 10 years. He has judged and participated in costume contests, and has won honorable mention for his portrayal of The Rocketeer. In addition to Cosplay he also is Co Creator and Star of the upcoming Web Series Trek : Isolation.

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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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Gabrielle "Gabby" Donathan is a seamstress, leather worker, & jewelry artist.  She established Maise Designs in 2004, but four years later focused her efforts on compelling opportunities in the niche world of costume craft and design.  After completing her first Cosplay commission, DC's Huntress, her reputation quickly grew in the AZ Cosplay community and has smoldered ever further outward with greater opportunities to collaborate with high profile personalities within the industry.  Her repertoire includes pieces ranging from Renaissance fantasy to Disney princesses, masquerade leather-work and  more, but her specialties are Comic Book and Video Game based Cosplay.  

 She's been blessed to work with such prominent local talent as Itty Bitty Geek, Aaron Forrester, Katy Mor, and Amie Lynn--for whom she constructed Vivienne for the Dragon Age: Inquisition promotional marketing.  Recently she's worked on several costumes with world renowned Cosplayer Jessica Nigri, most notably her Arkham Knight Harley Quinn which was worn for Warner Bros at San Diego Comic Con 2014.

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Ivy Doomkitty is an International Costumer/Cosplayer, Host, Artist, and Figure Model for comic book artist/writer, Frank Cho, based in Los Angeles. She is also an avid gamer on both PC and Xbox 360.  Ivy has been attending conventions for many years, before deciding to take the plunge by showing her fandom through cosplay.

She now uses this new found passion to create her own costumes and use them to bring to life her favorite characters from gaming and comics as well as creating a positive impact in the cosplay community. She strives to show others in the community that you can do something you love, regardless of gender, skin color, sexual orientation, body shape/size.

Ivy was recently the Featured Cosplayer on the Premier Episode of the webseries, "Cospladies", a short documentary on the trials, tribulations, and love of cosplay. Ivy is also a member of the West Coast Avengers/Avengers Initiative, taking part in charity events in Southern California.

Ivy heavily promotes the art of Cosplay at every convention that she is a guest at, including participating in panels, judging the costume contest, and meeting many fans that are interested in starting in the craft.  In the past, she has interviewed some incredible talent, including Stan Lee, Lou Ferrigno, Arthur Suydam, Michael Golden, and more.

She has also written comic book reviews, co hosted Cosplay Con, in addition to presenting and hosting the costume contest.

Ivy also handles promotions and cosplay talent coordination for Big Wow! Comicfest.

Ivy has been a Guest at multiple conventions, Judged costume contests, as well as participated as a Guest Panelist, with more coming soon for 2014.

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Aime and Lance Jaze, owners and creators of Jaze Cosplay Studios. A power couple with a passionate love of all things in entertainment! When it comes to costuming, they understand the value in respectfully portraying each character. Both Aime and Lance are seasoned actors (SAG-E) having extensive backgrounds in the entertainment & acting industry (including film, television, theatre, modeling, and music), making it easy to bring their characters to life. They've been featured as Special Guest Judges for a number of costume contests and hosted several panels where they teach fans the secrets of their craft.

Their creativity is endless when it comes to designing and building movie-quality costumes and props, in-house photography/videography, and custom digital artwork for themselves as well as celebrities. They also write, direct, and produce promotional videos. Their current projects include a new web series launching on Bridalville.com and their own web series Late Night with Skeletor & Friends (launching in summer 2015).

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The Justice League Arizona is a DC Universe fan club dedicated to celebrating the DC Universe through costuming; specifically the costumes and characters of the heroes, villains and denizens. The JLAz is an all-volunteer club formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity to promote interest in DC Comics and properties through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.

Website: http://justiceleaguehq.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JusticeLeagueArizona
 

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Actress, playwright and award winning, bestselling author Leanna Renee Hieber graduated with a Theatre degree and a focus in the Victorian Era. She has published short plays and adapted works of 19th Century literature for the professional stage. Her debut novel, THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER, landed on Barnes & Noble's bestseller lists, won two 2010 Prism Awards (Best Fantasy, Best First Book) and is currently in development as a musical theatre production. DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul, hit the American Booksellers Association "Indie Next List" and is a Scholastic edition "highly recommended" title. Leanna's short fiction has been featured in WILLFUL IMPROPRIETY,  on Tor.com, in QUEEN VICTORIA'S BOOK OF SPELLS: Tales of Gaslamp Fantasy (Tor) among others. Her new Gaslamp Fantasy series with Tor / Macmillan, THE ETERNA FILES, launches in 2014 alongside a reissue of the Strangely Beautiful novels. Her books have been translated into many languages and have been selected for multiple national book club editions. She is a four time Prism Award winner in fantasy and novella categories among other genre awards. A member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Leanna works often in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire. When not writing or on set, she's telling ghost stories, cavorting at Goth clubs, corset shopping, channeling Narcissa Malfoy, wandering graveyards and adventuring about New York City, where she resides with her real-life hero and their beloved rescued lab rabbit.

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The Arizona chapter of the Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club, the Shonare Vhekadla Clan, is the largest in the world. The Mandalorian Mercs is a Star Wars fan-based costuming organization intent on commemorating the Star Wars universe using costumes and props, specifically by constructing custom Mandalorian characters based on official movies, books, comics, and games. The Mercs aim is to celebrate all things Star Wars through the wearing of costumes, and to promote the quality of costumes and props through research and creativity. The club’s secondary intents are to promote interaction with charity organizations, and the betterment of the community through volunteer work.

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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 everyones 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!

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Steven K Smith (aka SKS Props) makes his living as a premier cosplay artist and full time prop maker in Kansas City, Missouri. He has been obsessed with video games for years and began to take games to a whole new level by crafting characters' iconic props and costumes back in 2012. His props and award winning costumes have been seen worldwide and featured on numerous cosplay and geek websites. One of Smith's latest works is a set of Dragon Age Inquisitor armor deemed so accurate it was flown to Norway and used in Lindsey Stirling's official Dragon Age music video.

He is known for giving back to the cosplay community by sharing lots of progress pictures and walkthroughs on sites like Facebook, Instructables, and The Replica Prop Forum. Be sure to keep up with Steven's work on his Facebook prop page and on Twitter and Instagram.

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Tangl has been costuming since 1988 and has dressed shows for stage and screen as well as private collectors, charities, schools, and non-profit organizations. She is Corresponding Secretary for the International Costumer’s Guild and is a founder of her local branch, the Gem State Costumers. She’s done over 500 appearances nationwide to teach costuming. She’s well-versed in everything from wigs to shoes to packable props, with over 90 panels to her resume. Her how-to costuming book, Surviving Your Own Creativity, released in March of 2015 and is the best selling book in the FJ Publishing catalog.

She has taught at conventions across the country including the World Science Fiction Convention and Salt Lake Comic Con. Tangl has also been published in the 2011 Hugo Award winning Drink Tank fanzine and in the 2012 Hugo Nominated Journey Planet. Her first book, Thine Enemy’s Eyes, is the premiere novel released by Fantastic Journeys Publishing. As a co-founder, Tangl looks for submissions from other authors, helping them to tune their writing and realize their dreams. “The company is run by authors, for authors, and is small enough to give you individual attention. We welcome submitters and want to learn about your endeavors!”

Her fifth book in her series, Full of Sound and Fury, releases in June of 2015.

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The Arizona Autobots, a local group of transformer costume builders and enthusiasts, ...

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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 602nd Desert Corps is a chapter of the G.I.Joe charity costuming group The Finest. We are based in Arizona. We are fans of G.I.Joe A real American Hero. We love to costume and do chartable events to raise money for charity and have fun doing it. 
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We are a Chapter of the Adrian Empire, a nation-wide 501c3 Educational non-profit corporation, dedicated to recreating the skills and activities of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
 
The Kingdom of Umbria is located in Arizona. We have an exceptional group of artisans who always amaze us with their ability to do phenomenal work that range from bardics, paintings, cooking, brewing, archery. We also have fierce combatants who are truly a sight on any field.
 
We have members in Phoenix, Tucson, Tempe, and places in between. If your interested in speaking with members in your city, contact the Kingdom Hospitaler (Sir Aldra Stormdragon) for contact information. We welcome you to attend our monthly tournaments and practices in Phoenix and Tempe, or any of our events listed on our home and event pages.
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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 50+ 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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