Press release: Mesa’s 2nd Friday helps celebrate Nerdvana with geeky art walk events

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Downtown Mesa’s 2ND Friday in August Hosts Pop Culture & Genre Themed Celebration

August 6, 2012, MESA, AZ. – This August for downtown Mesa’s 2ND Friday festival, the valley’s most amazing section of Main Street will play host to the 5TH anniversary celebration of the East Valley Tribune’s Nerdvana blog. And like the online resource for all things nerdy, this art walk event will have something for the eccentric in everyone.

Whether you want to check out local technology projects, enjoy a great cult film, have fun competing in strategy games, or you just want to meet and greet local comic-book artistic talent, 2ND Friday’s NERDVANACON themed event has something for you. Mesa’s 2ND Friday always offers fun entertainment, live music, dining, art and unique shopping opportunities – and the featured events for August will include:

  • Buckaroo Banzai free movie screening sponsored by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange and hosted by the Dr. Diabolic Show. Show starts at 9:30 PM and seating is limited, so please arrive early at the OneOhOne Gallery (101 West Main Street, Mesa.)
  • Genre themed discussion panels hosted by the OneOhOne Gallery include:
    • 6:00 PM ~ How to Draw Sheriff Joe – A comic-art workshop presented by Russ Kazmierczak, Jr. of Amazing Arizona Comics.
    • 6:30 PM ~ Video Game and Sci-Fi Armor: From Concept to Reality – Prop & costume creation presented by professional prop-artist/creator Allen Amis.
    • 7:00 PM ~ Intro to Concept Art & Digital Painting – Anabel Martinez shows how anyone can get started painting awesome fantasy and sci-fi artwork.
    • 7:30 PM ~ Voyage Trekkers – Q&A with the Voyage Trekkers, creators of this local comedy web series that follows the exploits of the worst crew in the Galactic Union.
  • Science & Technology demonstrations and displays at HeatSync Labs.
  • Costume contests at the OneOhOne Gallery at 8:00 PM with prizes awarded by local merchants & restaurants.
  • Strategy gaming event presented by Vul-Con and hosted by Queen’s Pizzeria.
    A Pop Culture Artist Corner will be hosted by Monsterland, where themed artisans will be vending their wares in a creepy corner of the haunted venue. Monsterland will also hold a Cosplay Costume Contest.

Mesa’s 2nd Friday is the winner of the 2010 New Times “Best of Phoenix – Block Party” and was nominated for the 2011 “Best Arts Festival!” 2nd Friday brings thousands of people together for an evening of fun, food and entertainment as they experience the local culture and creativity of historic downtown Mesa.


If you would like more information about the NERDVANACON pop culture events, please contact Bob Leeper at If you would like more information about Mesa’s 2nd Friday, or to schedule an interview with Suzanne Woodford, please email or visit

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About the author

Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.