Photos: NerdvanaCon at Mesa 2nd Friday

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I’m still on the road after NerdvanaCon, but here are a few photos from the 2nd Friday block party in downtown Mesa that helped celebrate this blog’s fifth anniversary. If you’ve got photos, share them with us! Send them to nerdvana@evtrib.com or use the social comments below.

Voyage Trekkers booth

Voyage Trekkers cast and crew took the time to pose for quick shot in the OneOhOne Gallery: On the left is visual effects producer David Stipes (a great guy who’s an Emmy winner for his work on Star Trek: The Next Generation). Center is the lovely Gabrielle Van Buren, an ASU grad who plays Doctor Rena. And at right is the Star Trek parody’s creator/writer/director Nathan Blackwell, who was also a panelist at NerdvanaCon (and a high school classmate of mine).

Russ Kazmierczak Jr. emcee costume contest at NerdvanaCon

Amazing Arizona Comics creator Russ Kazmierczak wasn’t just a panelist and booth babe — he was also emcee for the costume contest and trivia contest, and he did a terrific job. (The female Commander Shepard from Mass Effect (far left) won, and you can also see a girl dressed as Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor as well as Samurai Boba Fett (far right), which has taken the Internet by storm lately. Speaking of Samurai Boba Fett …

Allen Amis dons his Samurai Boba Fett costume behind his booth between his panel and the contest.

Biker scout cosplayer at NerdvanaCon

A somewhat blurry shot crowd shot after the costume contest that captures a Biker Scout cosplayer. The Empire was out in force, but there were no speeder bikes to be seen …

Dr. Diabolic introduces the Buckaroo Banzai screening that capped off NerdvanaCon.

Dr. Diabolic makes a special guest appearance to introduce the Bookmans Entertainment Exchange presentation of the ’80s cult classic, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. A good time was had by all, thanks in part to the mad good doctor’s charming bedside manner and the pre-screening games he hosted for the audience.

I’ll have a full recap of the NerdvanaCon action when I get home, and I’m sure others will as well — I saw Geekssociated Press scurrying around with their many cameras, and they even cornered me for a quick interview. I apologize profusely in advance.

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