2011 begins with a cosmic convergence of fan conventions in the Valley

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Happy New Year!

2011 is starting off with a bang for fans of eldritch horror, Japanese pop culture and comic books. Next weekend, look out for not one, not two, but THREE conventions converging in the Valley of the Sun.

H.P. LovecraftIt all starts Thursday with MythosCon, a celebration of all things Lovecraftian, Jan. 6-9 at the Tempe Mission Palms. Guests of honor include authors Alan Dean Foster and Michael A. Stackpole. Admission at this late hour is $125, or $25 for a gaming-only membership. And don’t miss the Cthulhu prayer breakfast, which will set you back another $25. Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!

TaiyouConOn Friday it’s a celebration of anime, manga and video games from the Land of the Rising Sun at Taiyou Con, Jan. 7-9 at the Hilton Phoenix East-Mesa. Guests include anime cover bands Kitsune Robot and Perfect Math Class as well as anime voice actor Chris Cason and costumer Tristen Citrine. Admission is $35 for the full event, $20 single-day on Friday or Saturday and $15 for single-day Sunday passes.

The Walking DeadThen, on Saturday, it’s the Valley’s newest comic-con, the Amazing Arizona Comic Convention Jan. 8-9 at the Mesa Convention Center. Guests include The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, stars of the AMC series based on the zombie comic and Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel Comics’ TV division and a writer on Smallville and Lost. Two-day weekend passes cost $25 and Sunday-only passes are available for $15.

But that’s not all — The Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale will host a signing event 2 p.m. Saturday with authors Yvonne Navarro (Highborn) and Allyson James (Firewalker) … and maybe a few surprise guests.

(Hat tip to the AZSF Blog.)

For more fandom events in Arizona, visit our Local Convention Calendar page.

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