Phoenix Comicon 2015 Countdown: Interactive ‘Make and Take’ mania

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Phoenix Comicon Make and Take - Fascinator Workshop
PHXCC – Fascinator Workshop
Every attendee at Phoenix Comicon walks away with something special: whether it’s an awesome autograph by Christopher “Doc Brown” Lloyd; or a picture with comic book legend, Jim Steranko; a rare, out-of-print graphic novel you’ve been searching for; or maybe it’s just the memory of sharing fun times with your nerdy friends. But did you know that the convention also has many interactive opportunities for you to create your own amazing costume accessories?

Phoenix is home to some of the best costume creators in the country, and at Comicon you can tap into their incredible talents and learn to craft that personalized costume piece that you’ll never find on the exhibit floor.

Most “make and take” workshops charge a small fee (in addition to your PHXCC registration) to cover supplies and tools, but the fun you’ll have designing, building and creating with a group of like-minded fans is priceless.

Here is a small sampling of some of the workshops available at this year’s convention. Please visit phoenixcomicon.com for a full listing and the latest details, age restrictions, pricing and other updates.

Fascinator Workshop
Friday, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Renaissance Salon 1-2

Create a Steampunk or otherwise pop culture themed mini top-hat or a tea-cup headband hair accessory, perfect for tea-dueling or just amazing your friends with your impeccably nerdy tastes – hosted by Crystel Snyder, Debbie Leeper, Dee Astell and Holly Lotz.

Phoenix Comicon Make and TakeGoggles Make and Take Workshop
Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Renaissance Salon 1-2

If you are a Mad Max fan, then you must have some cool goggles, and costuming genius Mike Syfritt is here to help you through the eye-wear wasteland. Create your own custom goggles in any color or design you can think of, but for advanced feature goggle kits you’ll want to order ahead of time at Mike’s Etsy shop HERE – hosted by Arianna Struble, Hannah Syfritt, John Grigg, Mike Syfritt and Sarah Miller.

Parasol Painting Workshop
Thursday, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: Renaissance Salon 1-2

In Arizona, not even a zombie-lady would be caught dead outside without a beautiful hand-painted Kaylee Parasol. Fortunately, you’ll be made in the shade when you design your own stylish, sun-defying umbrella. Seating will be limited so you might want to pay in advance for this one – see details HERE.

Steampunk Foam Hat Make and Take
Sunday, 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: North 128

If you are just getting started on your Steampunk character, you might as well start at the top and get your headgear in order, because your sci-fi Victorian outfit can never be complete without an incredible and sophisticated hat. Learn to make it from one of the best, local hero, Mike Syfritt, but be sure to order your kit in advance from his Etsy shop HERE.

teacup-bandSteampunk Wings Make and Take
Saturday, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Location: Renaissance Salon 1-2

You don’t need an airship to let your imagination take flight, just create your very own Steampunk wings with local designer, Mystic Twistic. They’ll be supplying all the magical parts, you just put them all together the way you like – hosted by Mystic Twistic, Arianna Struble, Crystel Snyder, Holly Lotz and Sarah Miller.

Get details and updates on Phoenix Comicon 2015: phoenixcomicon.com

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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.

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