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Amazing Arizona Comics creator launches podcast, plans ‘Republi-Con’ appearance Feb. 22

Amazing Arizona Comics No. 1Russ Kazmierczak Jr., whose Amazing Arizona Comics have taken the Valley by storm and often lampoon local politicos and situations on this website, has ventured into the world of podcasting.

The debut episode of Karaoke Fanboy Radio gives voice to Kazmierczak’s main satirical character, Speed Cameron, and also features segments geeking out about comics and analyzing Arizona Gov. Jan’s Brewer’s now-infamous tarmac finger-wag with President Barack Obama on his recent visit to the East Valley — a moment captured and expanded upon in a Nerdvana-exclusive strip of its own.

While you’re enjoying the podcast, don’t forget to check out Russ’ latest saga for Nerdvana: “The Fight for the 14th,” a tale from the secret history of Arizona’s struggle for birthday independence against a certain chafed cherub who won’t take “no” for an answer.

But that’s not all. You’ll be able to meet Russ and other Arizona artists Feb. 22 at Republi-Con 2012, a political art and debate event from 6 to 10 p.m. at Queen’s Pizzeria in downtown Mesa. The event, coinciding with Mesa’s GOP presidential candidate debate, will include local spoken-word artist The Klute, as well as artists Steve Failla and David St. Albans. You’ll also be able to register to vote and watch the televised Republican debate, taking place across the street at the Mesa Arts Center.

Republi-Con is organized by the creative forces behind Evermore Nevermore, which until recently had a storefront downtown that sold, among other things, issues of indie publications like Amazing Arizona Comics.

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