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Contest of wits pairing contestants with Troopers to see who is truly smarter!
Get the answers for all of your Star Wars from those who were actually there! From R2-D2 to R5, C3PO to K3PO and the Mouse to theo Gonk. These droids know what really went down, they were there after all!
You love the movies but did you know there is a whole expanded universe that is waiting to be discovered through the avenue of books, comics, and games? This panel will help you explore what is in the Expanded Universe, how it all fits together, and where to begin for all ages.
For untold ages - sentient species across the galaxy have participated in the sacred tradition of earning the almighty credit at the end of the blaster. Come and learn the life, philosophy & tactics of a Bounty Hunter!
More brain eating details coming soon...
Its more than just a cartoon - learn and explore the inter-relationships of those characters as well as how their presence would effect the later movies. Also get caught up on the latest information from the final 13 episodes of the series!
Whether you're big, tall, or small, cosplay is definitely for you! Learn how to obtain confidence in the costumes you wear. Discover ways to alter clothes and patterns to fit your shape. If you want to cosplay then you'll have a grand time
So do you think that you have what it takes to be an Intermediate? Well stop on in. Figure out the do's & dont's and get some helpful hints on when & where to show off your skills, and make things just right! Stop on in, cosplay friends and family, no judging, just fun!
Learn from our pain. A panel of experienced Cosplayers tell you about their hard lessons learned from wearing a costume at a con. We will talk about the considerations beyond wearing the costume. Where do you put your phone? How to stay hydrated? How are you going to get to the bathroom? How to eat in your costume? What’s a Handler? Many of these untold mysteries will be revealed and discussed.
Are you just starting out, not sure where to start or even who to cosplay as? Come learn from our group; some members have been cosplaying for years & some are just starting out, like you! Fun & excitement, ending with a mini game with a prize!
Starting off in such a heavy-hitting cosplay world can be intimidating, but there's plenty of help! Anabel Martinez, a cosplay event coordinator and founder of Men vs Cosplay, has worked with cosplayers ranging from novice to experts for a variety of events and can help you whether you're just starting out, or want to get your cosplay out into the world.
Join Allen Amis as he shares some of his coveted armor painting and weathering techniques in a live demonstration. Get the tips and tricks necessary to bring your armored cosplay to the next level- adding rust, battle damage, scorch marks, & more!
Allen Amis is an award winning and full-time costume builder.
Unleash your imagination & learn to make professional quality masks in this interactive panel! Artists will demonstrate various mask-making techniques & teach you how to make personalized masks for your own costume using plaster bandage & paper clay.
The panel will be led by local artist legend Zarco Guerrero, who has devoted the last 30 years of his life to creating masks for theater, performance, and cultural displays. Zarco’s work has been featured during Phoenix Suns halftime events and cultural festivals for Japanese Matsuri Festival and Día de los Muertos, as well as an hour-long PBS documentary on his work, titled The Mask of El Zarco. He will be joined on stage by members of the Flow Ninjas: a group of parkour-enthusiasts-turned-cosplayers who regularly study mask-making under Zarco and perform at various cultural events and costume conventions.
Doctor Who: Party Like A Time Lord. Details coming soon.
You've heard of the Duck Tape prom dress competition- now there's a pop culture version! You've watched the Mythbusters make a boat with duck tape, armor should be cinch. Let your creative juices fly ... then cover them in tape!
(Oh, you haven't heard of it? You can check it out at the Duck Brand website)
To get you started, here's some tutorials and inspiration
Get ideas on making tape clothing at Wikiehow's Make A Duct Tape Dress tutorial
Check out an article on this lovely Firefly couple at Costume Craze
Ohh look, a Princess Leia! She made it a mini-dress, but it's adorable.
Duct tape Disney group at Dragon*Con!
A very cool tutorial on duct tape boots.
(and then, after reading that, you'll think "Yeah, but how do I make one of those sweet Musketeer hats? Me too! Here ya go... )
Plus, the biggest question of all answered by Mental Floss: Is it Duck Tape or Duct Tape?
Titles awarded will include:
Most Applause (Audience Favorite)
And maybe more....
To pre-register - or if you'd like to send in a WIP (work in progress) pic - email Shirley.Runyon@PhoenixComicon.com
The internet is CRAWLING with information about the upcoming Star Wars Film, but it seems to be spread across the galaxy! What's a Jedi to do? Well join us in this panel as our researchers share all known information about the upcoming Star Wars film all in one place! No credits required!
A panel of experts talk about their own Geek weddings while doling out advice on saving money here and there, as well as where to splurge.
Imagine a world where few could read or write. How would you know if the armor-clad warrior approaching is friend or foe? In popular shows like Game of Thrones and The Tudors, plus games like Assassin's Creed and World of Warcraft, symbols are used to represent different factions. The use of symbols isn't limited to historical/fantasy, though. In comics such as Superman and Batman, symbols are used to represent the heroes, and sometimes the villans. In this panel we'll give a brief explanation of what heraldry is and how it's used in today's pop culture.
You have all heard the stories about the original models that were used in Star Wars - but how were they constructed? Join Industry Professional Fon Davis as he explains the art of Fabrication Techniques & how they were used in the movies.
A surprising yet rapidly growing career field is the YouTube™ community. How do you make money on YouTube? How can you even become noticed on YouTube? MrCreepyPasta and CreepyRainbowPasta explain how to start, build and maintain your brand.
You have seen them at conventions, on the internet and TV - so really, why haven't you done it yourself? Come join us to see how you can build your own R2 Astromech droid.
Cosplay is fun but it can be expensive when you’re starting out! Luckily, it doesn't have to be. Come learn to express yourself without maxing your AmEx. You too can bring your favorite characters to life! Whether you want to make your own outfits & props or purchase them, join Broken Doll Cosplay for a fantastical hour of cosplay madness!
Found a character you want to cosplay, but it's the opposite of the gender you actually are? While "gender-bent" costumes are fun, what if you'd rather be accurate? Join professional Male Illusionist Anson Reign & guests for clues, tips, and a Q&A.
You’ve got your costume down, your wig is fabulous, & you think you’ve done a great job. But can you go the extra mile and stay in-character as we throw you into wild situations? What is Batman’s drink order at Starbucks? How would Naruto react on a blind date with Deadpool? Join Priapella Corp as we test your skills.
Ever wonder how were all those epic space battles were done in Star Wars? Have you marveled at how they were able to do so on such a minature scale? Join Industry Professional Fon Davis as he breaks down on the photography and CG FX work on the Star Wars films.
Both the Jedi Order and the Sith Empire shape and use the Force to shape the world around them. Yet both are adamant that their philosphies are the right way. Join as we have asked member of both the Order and the Empire to debate this out once and for all - Lightsabers, Force Lighting, Force Choking and Force Pushing are automatic disqualifiers.
In a room far far away - the fans of Star Wars will gather to test their knowledge & to find out who are the Grand Masters of the Star Wars world! Can you name a species, quote or determine who is missing from a picture? Come and test your Jedi skills & knowledge and enjoy somes laughs cool prizes! Go you will, to the Jedipardy!
Leather bracers are a key part of many cosplay styles and genres. Come join House Lionheart and learn hands on how to make a pair of bracers as well as decorate them. All supplies will be provided and the cost per pair is $35. If you have specific decor in mind, feel free to bring it along and the crafting experts will help your add your ideas to your personalized project.
Want to take your cosplay to the next level? Join Broken Doll Cosplay to learn the art of creating and applying makeup looks to transform you into your character! We will answer all of your questions, along with giving you useful tips and tricks. Feel free to bring makeup if you are interested in your desired look becoming a live demo!
Get the run-down on translating video game screenshots & concept art into actual costumes through a plethora of accessible armor and costume-building techniques. Open QA at the end of the discussion, so you can get extra help to be ready for your next convention! Brought to you by Award-winning cosplayers from the "Men vs Cosplay" project.
Princess Leia may have been a hot shot with a blaster - but what about the Emperor's Hand? That's right! Mara Jade is the definitive Warriror Woman who not only knew how to take out armed soliders but Jedi, and she even MARRIED her Archenemy!. This panel explores the story and history of this magenta lightsaber wielding warrior.
Think you got the knowledge of an entire galaxy in your head? Can you the difference between Duros and a Rodian? Do you know how many species of Weequay there are? Come put your alien knowledge to the test and have a chance to win it all!
Exploring the mythology of western civilization, a panel of fantasy and zoological enthusiasts will discuss the origins and significance of popular mythical creatures. Audience is encouraged to bring their questions!
A panel of fantasy and zoological enthusiasts will discuss the origins and importance of creatures found in eastern mythology (e.g. Indian, Japanese, and Chinese cultures) as well as delve into American Indian and present day American folklore.
Ever wondered how one become an orc? Well let us journey together through the process of special effects makeup and see how this is done! Put on your best scowl and join us in middle earth for a fantastic adventure!
This little droid is the fan favorite but why is he so valuable to the Star Wars characters? Get to know R2 better and the fascinating history of this character from before the movies to well after.
Historical inspirations for the costuming in such shows as The Tudors, The Borgias and Rome! Local re-enactors will present historically accurate costumes from all parts of history, from the Romans to the Renaissance. You can vote for your favorite costume and check them out up close!
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Who better to explain the ways of the Force than a Jedi Master? Come join us as we have a member of the Jedi Order explain the meanings and philosophies behind the Force and how its place in the universe.
Remember the Dating Game of the 1960s fame? Well in order to match our eligible Sith Lords with a worthy apprentice - we have offered our services to make this Dark Side Dream come true! Come join us as we attempt to match up these would be apprentices to a new Sith Masters!
Spoof N Cinema like you've never seen it before! This edition of The Clone Wars will feature no holds barred 18+ comedy as the hilarious cast of National Comedy Theatre creates new dialogue and sound effects LIVE in front of your very eyes.
Join the National Comedy Theater as they tackle the weird stories of R2D2 & C3P0 in their animated adventures. Humor and new dialogue provided!
Join the National Comedy Theater as they add their own mixture of humor to the bad plots, cheesey acting and crude special effects to Star Wars Universe's furry forest warrirors - the Ewoks
The Federation and beyond. The uniforms and civilian wear from TOS (The Original Series) to the Abrams-verse. How does/did the fashions of the time influence the fashions of the Federation.
Simple ways to use make-up to transform yourself into your favorite alien. Includes discussion of various makeups and things to be aware of as you use them.
How to apply your make-up and/or prosthetic so that it looks real (or as real as possible), doesn't fall off in the middle of a photo session, etc. Blending, shading, & basics on using prosthetics and hair to give your alien a more realistic touch.
Sure, we all know lightsabers and hyperdrives, but what about the other fun Star Wars tech devices? From synthflesh to cortosis armor, explore the tech of a galaxy far, far away.
This is the debate to end all debates when it comes to the ULTIMATE SPACE SAGA! . Star Wars and Star Trek fans debate against each other to finally decide who is #1. 2012 Saw a Star Wars Victory. 2013 was the Year of the Trek. Come support your side to help Bask in the Tears of the Losers and Stand Triumphant with the Winners for 2014!
With a whole new gang of characters, what does this new animated series have in store for Star Wars fans? Set in the time between Episode III & Episode IV - come join us to get the low down on what is going to land on the small screen!
Discuss the “most dangerous night on television” with the writer of the Syfy hit original movies Sharktopus, Piranhacond
Talk Nerdy To Me Burlesque Show. Details coming soon.
Last year, we voted for the best lightsaber battles from the 6 episodes currently out. This year, we're expanding to include the best fights from Clone Wars, some blaster vs. saber fights as well as some the best fan-made battles (Ryan vs. Dorkman, for example)! Come join us as we watch some awesome fights, have some discussion about our favorites and vote to see which is really 'The best (of the best)'!
The Galactic Empire was the legally established governing body of the universe. All until a bunch of terrorists started making guerilla warfare tactics to further their own political agenda.
Episode III: The Return of Science & Sorcery! Join the exploits of the Science of Drinking in their third year as they bring about another potent and intoxicating mix of libation from your favorite Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror genres. This year promises to hit Kaiju sized proportions! So grab your sword & shot glass and Hail to the King baby!
Think you are the Master of Charades? If you believe you have what it takes - join as we have invited two wookies to challege your ears and imagination in the first ever Wookie Charades contest!
Want to know about Cecil & Carlos' condo? How about where Glow Cloud gets all those dead animals? Of course being too inquisitive is dangerous to you & your family's health. And of course we'd NEVER ask the Hooded Figures about the Dog Park. No one must enter the dog park...
In the Imperial justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the Stormtroopers, who investigate & terminate crime; and the Emperor's Hand, who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories. Join us as we put the most infamous collaborators of the Rebellion on trial!
Both trilogies have given us some interesting one-liners, but leave us scratching our heads. "Many Bothans died...", "Nerf-herder!", "Pulling the ears off a Gundark!" Join us as we explore and put to a visual light to story we love.
The only thing that ever rubbed me the wrong way about Star Wars is the scale of certain things. 20 "misfit" Alliance ships take on the ENTIRE Galactic Fleet? How many Star Destroyers were there at Hoth, yet people still escaped?
Denise Gary (Kids Need To Read) will be the Mistress of Ceremonies with help from the Knightingirls, Knightingail and Kaeli, at the Youth Fashion Show. Kids showcase their fantastic costumes on the runway.