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June 27, 2015 – 11:00 am

Nerds of all types continue to face many of the similar barriers that our friends in the LGBT community endure and we often have to keep our lifestyles a secret.

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Articles by Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper co-owned Mesa’s art and collectibles shop Evermore Nevermore, a pop culture haven that was instrumental in reviving the once-sleepy downtown scene by attracting eclectic artisans and other creative forces while organizing events such as Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON.

Review: Terminator Genisys – Fractured future tales

July 1, 2015 – 7:45 am
Terminator Genisys

What if the Sega Genesis gaming console was actually the impetus of Skynet, the artificial intelligence system that will eventually annihilate the human race? Well, that actually has nothing to do with Terminator Genisys, but …

Classic Comic Cover Corner – Marvel Team-Up #9

June 28, 2015 – 7:45 am
Marvel Team-Up #9 – May, 1973

Writer Gerry Conway envisioned racial divisiveness (apparently programmed into robots) 300-years into this fictitious future. Let’s hope and pray he was wrong.

The red and the blue and the white and the gay (or Why Spider-Man should remain a nerdy, white heterosexual)

June 27, 2015 – 11:00 am
Amazing Spider-Man #79

Nerds of all types continue to face many of the similar barriers that our friends in the LGBT community endure and we often have to keep our lifestyles a secret.

Classic Comic Cover Corner – Whiz Comics #19

June 21, 2015 – 7:45 am
Whiz Comics #19 – July, 1941

As far back as 1941 comic publishers knew that sharks on a cover would sell comics, but within Whiz #19 there is nary a trace of shark versus superhero action.

Amazing Arizona Comics’ creator does 24-hour Comic Challenge

June 17, 2015 – 5:30 pm
Russ Kazmierczak, Jr.

Amazing Arizona Comics’ 24-Hour Comic Challenge takes place from Noon Saturday to Noon Sunday (June 20-21), in the window of the Phoenix Melrose District’s HUB.

Classic Comic Cover Corner – Avengers #1

June 14, 2015 – 7:45 am
Avengers #1 – September, 1963

With the release Avengers themed Ant-Man posters we felt we should point out that he was a founding member – even if the films have ignored that little fact.

Review: Jurassic World – Hybrid dinosaur homage

June 12, 2015 – 7:45 am
Jurassic World

Trevorrow lulls us into thinking we’ve seen this before, but just when the story starts sinking into a tar-pit, he pulls a prehistoric rabbit out of his hat.

Review: Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World – An island of oddity

June 10, 2015 – 7:45 am
Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World

This excellent film explores the eccentric home and psyche of world famous surrealist artisan, H.R. Giger, known for his wickedly dark biomechanical stylings.

Classic Comic Cover Corner – The Lone Ranger #9

June 7, 2015 – 7:45 am
The Lone Ranger #9 – March, 1949

Something so shocking happened at Phoenix Comicon that I’m still reeling from the effects of having seen it – the cool comeback of pulp-western themed costumes.

Phoenix Comicon 2015: Sunday Photo Recap – Doom, minus gloom

June 2, 2015 – 7:45 am
Phoenix Comicon 2015 - Sunday

After a day of celebrity spotlights and scrambling to snag those last minute convention treasures, Sunday evening marked the finale of the 2015 Phoenix Comicon.

Classic Comic Cover Corner (Phoenix Comicon Edition) – Captain America #110

May 31, 2015 – 7:45 am
Captain America #110 – February, 1969

We’re focusing on Cap #110 not only because it features the Hulk and was the first Steranko Cap cover, but also because it has Steve Rogers smoking a cigarette.

Phoenix Comicon 2015: Saturday Photo Recap – Steamy fashion and Martians

May 31, 2015 – 7:00 am
Phoenix Comicon 2015 - Saturday

As expected, the crowd at Saturday’s Phoenix Comicon was kaiju huge, nevertheless things seemed to go on without hitch — a testament to the planning and patience of the convention staff and organizers. But as …

Phoenix Comicon 2015: Friday Photo Recap – Star Wars, Steampunk and Steranko

May 30, 2015 – 7:45 am
Phoenix Comicon 2015 - Friday

Friday’s Phoenix Comicon saw another large crowd in attendance and we got a glimpse at some of the layout beyond the main convention hall. Between Steampunk programming at the Renaissance Hotel, every kind of gaming …

Phoenix Comicon 2015: Thursday Photo Recap – Lost in space

May 29, 2015 – 9:15 am
Phoenix Comicon 2015 - Thursday

The Valley’s premier pop culture event, Phoenix Comicon, kicked off Thursday afternoon with what has to be record attendance for its opening day.