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Amazing Arizona Comicon opens in Phoenix

Big Chris and the Weeping Angel.
Big Chris and the Weeping Angel.
Photo by Karen Sweeny-Justice.

The Amazing Arizona Comicon 2014 kicked off mid-afternoon today with hundreds of fans of the popular arts and media, comic books and cosplay flocking into the south hall of the Phoenix Convention Center.

Running through late Sunday afternoon, the annual Amazing Arizona Comicon continues to grow. While programming was limited to just a few activities today, there were hundreds of vendor booths set up in the exhibition hall. Artists and writers, prop manufacturers and fantasy photo booths could be found in between booths selling current and back-issue comics, collectible merchandise and movie memorabilia.

Among the highlights:

· The folks from Jaze Cosplay got out from behind their booth to walk both inside and outside the convention hall so that attendees could photograph their brilliant pirate costumes.

· Big Chris of Big Chris Art was working live on a painting of a "Weeping Angel" from the Dr. Who universe. On Sunday afternoon, that painting will be awarded to one lucky fan. Big Chris Art also had crayons on hand so fans could color their own art and then upload the finished product on FaceBook and Instagram.

· Over at Modelers or Mice, owner Martin introduced himself and allowed guests to peruse his display of sci-fi movie and television prop replicas and scale models of famous ships from the genre. The replicas, many completed to full scale like a zat gun from Stargate, were finely detailed.

· Author John Mulhall was on-hand signing copies of his latest novel, Geddy’s Moon, with special pricing in effect throughout the convention.

· Artist Mark Santos took time out from setting up his booth to greet attendees.

· The crew over at the Department of Zombie Defense booth was kept busy as convention goers asked them to pose with various undead attendees who were roaming the hall.

· At the Skelton Artist booth, artist Deryl Skelton was signing postcards featuring Marvel’s Avengers.

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