Phoenix Comicon 2016: Sunday photo recap – Poetry and the red planet

Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy

Another Phoenix Comicon came to a close on Sunday. We’ll hear in the coming days whether or not the attendance records were broken again this year, but there was surely another temperature record broken; which would certainly make the 2016 show THE hottest pop culture convention ever! (Call Guinness Records now… and pass me a cold Guinness as well!)   

(L-R) Grant Anderson, Dr. Peter Smith, Geoff Notkin, Dr. Bruce Bayly
(L-R) Grant Anderson, Dr. Peter Smith, Geoff Notkin, Dr. Bruce Bayly

Nerdvana attended a couple of excellent panels on Sunday and first up was the “Get Your Arse to Mars” discussion hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and moderated by aerospace artist/systems engineer, Michelle Rouch. The guest speakers included Grant Anderson (President and CEO of Paragon Space Development Corporation), Dr. Peter Smith (Phoenix Mars Mission), Geoff Notkin (science writer and television host), and Dr. Bruce Bayly of the Southern Arizona Research, Science & Engineering Foundation (SARSEF).

Grant Anderson and Dr. Peter Smith
Grant Anderson and Dr. Peter Smith

The Get your Arse to Mars panel was extremely entertaining and educational, and when Dr. Smith assured us that it was NOT 114 degrees on Mars I was ready to sign up for the next trip – with visions of Dejah Thoris in my head. (Stay tuned for a full article on the Mars panel, after we’ve recuperated from the weekend’s big event.)

Birdie Birdashaw and Russ Kazmierczak
Birdie Birdashaw and Russ Kazmierczak

Next up was the “Poetry of Comics” panel, where local comic book artisans/poets, Birdie Birdashaw and Russ Kazmierczak, spoke about the cryptic and magical language shared by the two mediums. Mr. Bradshaw even provided a demonstration of his impressive haiku prowess by writing verses on the fly, while Kazmierczak entertained the crowd with some of his own pop culture themed poems.

A feisty, young-at-heart Wonder Woman knows to stay hydrated.
A feisty, young-at-heart Wonder Woman knows to stay hydrated.

Enjoy our Phoenix Comicon Sunday photo recap below; just click on the thumbnails to see the full-sized image.

More from Phoenix Comicon 2016:

Phoenix Comicon 2016: Thursday photo recap – Beaker, Batgirl and Burroughs
Phoenix Comicon 2016: Friday photo recap – Shaarrrk!
Phoenix Comicon 2016: Saturday photo recap – Hotter than Hades


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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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