costuming Programming for Comicon 2016

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Welcome to the 221B Sherlock Holmes meetup!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

Learn about the ways henna was used in the middle ages! Mystical, sacred, and beautiful! Also, get your own henna trial from our resident expert artist.

who'll be here
  • Arizona Chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism
  • Jacqueline Hoeffler
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Families come in all different shapes and sizes, but they all share one thing when it comes to Phoenix Comicon, that is the love of pop culture. Whether it be Marvel, Transformers, Pop Funko, DC, or Disney, a real family discusses how sharing their individual passions have created discussions, traditions, and one of a kind experiences.

who'll be here
  • Caitlyn O'Dell
  • Mary O'Dell
  • Sean O'Dell
 

Critically Acclaimed Tv/Film/Multimedia Actor/Director Eric Schumacher (Legends and Lies: the Real West -Wyatt Earp, Zhon: The Alien Interviews-Agent Killjoy, My Stolen Time Machine-Director, They Pretend-Director) offers professional acting and directing techniques in this hands on acting class to help you to gain greater joy from your gaming and cosplay pursuits.

who'll be here
  • Eric Schumacher
 
Location: North 126C Costuming Meetups area 2

Anime meetup!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: West 104A

Get tips and advice from some of the best seamtresses of Steampunk. These talented ladies will share their knowledge and answer your costuming questions.

who'll be here
  • Icy
  • Johnna Buttrick
  • Madame Askew
 
Location: North 124A

You've seen all the fantastic costumes on the con floor and wondered how you can get started. It looks complicated and like it takes talent you don't have. NOT TRUE! Here is a basic easy method which anyone can do. We will walk through the early design and concept stage through cutting, shaping and painting. You will get a first hand look at how easy this can be.

who'll be here
  • Aaron Englebeck
  • Gary Griggs
 
Location: West 104B

The Brose Brothers' crew invites convention guests to an all inclusive step-by-step process of how they brought their Steam-powered Heroes to life. Viewers will get to see how the original Steam Hero concepts were conjured, illustrated than fabricated exclusively for their debut at Phoenix Comicon.

who'll be here
  • Brose Brothers' Productions (3 panelists)
 
Location: West 106ABC Activities

Hear ye, hear ye! Bandits have taken our castle and a huge treasure from us. We need you to get it back! You will start by building marshmallow shooting crossbows, then participants will have a game of skill where they can shoot at targets, then they will battle Knights of our realm. Once the Knights have been defeated, it will be on to storm the castle to victory. At the end, you keep your mini-crossbow, and be rewarded with a piece of treasure! So come and test your skills against our Knights, and save the treasure and castle for the Kingdom!

who'll be here
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: North 126A

Kelley, from A Sty'ch in Tyme presents how to draft a custom modern 8 panel corset. From design through drafting, Kelley will start with the very basics and advance through different techniques to help draft the perfect modern corset for your costume and cosplay needs.

who'll be here
  • Jemison Davenport-Lester
  • Kelley Lester
 
Location: North 126A

In the SECOND HALF of the Corset in a Day panel, Kelley, from A Sty'ch in Tyme will discuss Cutting, Fitting and Construction techniques and shortcuts (self lining and channel casings) as well as some traditional techniques for corsetry (waist tape and flossing). Topics covered will include: how to match patterns, proper fit, busk insertion and how to adjust for different fitting issues.

who'll be here
  • Jemison Davenport-Lester
  • Kelley Lester
 
Location: North 124A

Whether you’re big, tall, or small, cosplay is definitely for you! Learn how to obtain confidence in the costumes you wear. Discover ways to alter clothes and patterns to fit your shape. If you want to cosplay then you’ll have a grand time!

who'll be here
  • Anastasia Eleftheriou
  • George (Bo) Eleftheriou
  • KatDensetsu
  • MaryAnne Eleftheriou
  • Melissa Bhagwandin
 
Location: North 124A

Not sure you are doing it right? Do you think you are in the right community? Still not sure what cosplay really is?! Come join Soupernatural where out host the Trickster and friends will give you the low down the 411, the title of what you will need to know, showing you the basics, showing you in and outs of the convention and how to really make yourself known! The dos and don'ts! COME AND JOIN US!!

who'll be here
  • Soupernatural (2 panelists)
  • Soupernatural! (3 panelists)
 
Location: North 124B

Do your kids spend their cash creating the perfect costume of their favorite character? Do they watch YouTube videos for make up and costume construction? Then you might be the parent of a cosplayer! Come to our panel and learn the ins and outs of the role you can play as the parent of a cosplayer.

who'll be here
  • Aaron Edwards
  • Abigail Edwards
  • Allison Simmerman
  • Brookah Simmerman
  • Patrick Edwards
  • Sharon Edwards
 
Location: North 124B

Cosplay is not Consent. Feel comfortable in what you wear and how you wear it. BeccaBee is an experienced Cosplayer and Martial Artist with multiple years' experience in both disciplines. Having experienced multiple counts of sexual harassment in cosplay, she understands the difficulty women in the con scene experience. Please join Becca as she demonstrates basic defenses against grabs, holds, and chokes rooted in traditional Japanese and Korean Martial Arts.

who'll be here
  • BeccaBee Cosplay
 
Location: North 125AB

Award-winning cosplayers give you the run-down on translating screenshots and concept art into actual costumes through a plethora of accessible armor, prop and costume-building techniques. This panel includes an open Q&A; bring your questions and get ready to cosplay like a pro!

who'll be here
  • Anabel Martinez
  • Garrick Backer
  • Justin Hackert
  • Sarrah Wilkinson
 
Location: North 126A

Award-winning cosplayers give you the run-down on translating screenshots and concept art into actual costumes through a plethora of advanced sewing techniques. This panel includes an open Q&A; bring your questions and get ready to cosplay like a pro!

who'll be here
  • Anabel Martinez
  • C'Loni Studios
  • Dorothy Thicket Cosplay
  • KeiraSera Cosplay
  • Valarie Frias
 
Location: North 124A

So you really want to get into character? What better way than through simple prosthetic applications, wig sculpting/styling, body paint and even choosing the right contact lenses. Chrissy Lynn has over 10 years of experience as a SFX applicator, body painter, hair stylist and wig sculptor. She's been a regular panelist on the Cosplay Makeup 101 panel in California for the last 3 years. Her work has been seen on Machinima, Nerdist and most recently Bat in the Sun's Superpower Beat down as well as in the cosplay community. Chrissy will teach the basics of purchasing and applying prosthetics, ways to save money, and what types of products and materials best fit your needs as a cosplayer or performer. So get ready to truly bring your character to life!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: North 125AB

Many cosplayers know that creating a costume takes time, patience and money...lots and lots of money. So why is it that, when a cosplayer buys a pre-made product to save time and money, they are discredited as a cosplayer? ThermoCosplay and Stevie Spade Cosplay explore this unusual issue and shed light on the conflicts that may be stimulating these judgments.

who'll be here
  • Emma Roberts
  • Stevie Spade Cosplay
  • ThermoCosplay (2 panelists)
 

Nola Yergen is a costume designer and actor, known for Valiant (2014), Parallax (2012) and Red Sand: A Mass Effect Fan Film (2012) not to mention that she has worked on Castle and is also a theatre professor and costume designer at Grand Canyon University. She's also an avid Cosplayer!

who'll be here
  • Nola Yergen (2 professionals)
 
Location: West 104B

Learn your first steps to making costumes, masks, and accessories in the Steampunk genre on a dime. In this open discussion panel, we will have continuous Q&A and demonstrations on making masks and accessories from craft foam and other materials, and how to make them for little money. Do you have a costume you would like to make, but are on a limited budget? This panel will help teach you how.

who'll be here
  • Justin Hackert
 
Location: North 125AB

Cosplay weapons are often elaborate, shaped in impossible forms and defy gravity on levels that any scientist would scoff at. That shouldn't deter you! You're a creative type and being innovative gives you stamina. There's just that teeny, tiny problem of money. Join ThermoCosplay and Stevie Spade Cosplay as they walk you through how to create AWESOME cosplay weapons using inexpensive, easily accessible materials.

who'll be here
  • Stevie Spade Cosplay
  • ThermoCosplay (2 panelists)
 
Location: North 125AB

Cosplay is great! Cosplay armor is event better! Creating cosplay armor, however, can be difficult. Join ThermoCosplay and Stevie Spade Cosplay as they walk you through the ins and outs of cosplay armor crafting. From tools, materials, patterning, fabrication to painting: we'll give you the basics so you can create in style!

who'll be here
  • Stevie Spade Cosplay
  • ThermoCosplay (2 panelists)
 
Location: North 126C Costuming Meetups area 1

Welcome all Dark Horse fans! Come hither Tank Girls, Hell Boys, 300s, Sin City lovers, Elf Quest and everyone who loves them! 

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

DC or Marvel? Heroes or Villains? Who wins the day? Come find out at this open mashup meetup!

Karl Brevik, a SAG/AFTRA actor, will be on hand for a short time to give posing pointers!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Mirror, mirror on the wall...  Who is the fairest Deadpool of all?

Calling all Deadpools! Dust off your favorite cosplay and come join us to compete against your fellow Deadpool cosplayers to determine the most beautiful Deadpool of them all! Judges to be chosen from the audience by random chimichanga* toss!

Round 1.) Deadpool Frock competition! Bring out your favorite Deadpool cosplay to be judged! (Ala Beauty Pageant Evening Wear or Bathing Suit competition!)

Round 2.) Deadpool Talent competition! You have one minute to wow the judges with your performance to OUR music selection!

Round 3.) The FraJax competition! Render your best likeness of Francis on the spot with provided materials!

Round 4.) The Onstage Question Round! Answer standard beauty pageant questions!

Round 5.) Insults abound! The final 3 Deadpools fight it out during an insult competition! 

Round 6.) Last man standing! The final 2 Deadpool will battle it out using provided materials to make a creation, or be challenged to an intense trivia round!

Who will hold the title of MOST DEADPOOL DEADPOOL at Phoenix Comicon 2016? Come and find out!

*Not a real chimichanga, sorry.

**Rules for competitions will be released at the show. Depending on how many Deadpools turn out, some competition sections may not take place and others could be added at the host's discretion. Deadpools will be numbered before entry to the showroom and called on stage to perform via random hat pull. Contestant numbers could be capped at the host's discretion. 

Don't forget your ID, Deadpool. Only 18+ can enter! 

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 
Location: North 126C Costuming Meetups area 2

Welcome all Deisel and Cyberpunk enthusiasts!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: West 104B

In the aftermath of an apocalypse one thing is for sure, air is thin and you need your trusty Gas Mask to keep you breathing right. In this workshop you will have everything you need to make your own custom Leather Gas Mask! These kits will come in raw Veggie Tan Leather and will need to be stained or at least sealed. Pre-order your kit today through my Etsy shop and you will have your choice of brown or black stain and seal.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/270629033/phoenix-comicon-diy-leather-gas-mask-kit

who'll be here
  • Autumn Syfritt
  • Hannah Syfritt
  • Mike Syfritt

Cost is $$
 
Location: West 104A

Learn more about the bustle, how and why they came into being. Our panel will discuss from the basic dainty bump to the full elaborate cage, and what goes into making one. 

who'll be here
  • Katherine Stewart
  • Kyla Kahn
  • Madame Askew
 
Location: North 126B Masquerade Judging

Meetup for all the Droids, Sand people, Jawas, Ewoks and more! 

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: North 126A

Learn the basic techniques of duct tape costuming! An introduction into the tips, tricks, and techniques of the tape trade. We will cover how to make the simple things (like vests, jackets, and hats) as well as get into some of the trickier aspects of duct tape costuming, such as texture and shape. There will also be talk of how to incorporate duct tape into normal costuming, and how it can be used to augment most any costume. An important panel to attend if you're planning on entering the Duct Tape Costume Contest at Phoenix Comicon 2017!

who'll be here
  • Huntington Keith
 
Location: North 126A

A hands on learning experience to create a duct tape wallet. This will give provide you with the basic skills and techniques needed for all of duct tape costuming, with the added bonus of brand new, personalized wallet. An important panel to attend if you're planning on entering the Duct Tape Costume Contest at Phoenix Comicon 2017!

who'll be here
  • Huntington Keith
 
Location: West 104B

The differences in Steampunk costuming and style in the East Coast compared to the West Coast.

who'll be here
  • Madame Askew
  • Marjorie Kosky
 

Back for the second year! Have you ever wanted to feast your eyes on the iconic white armor of the Stormtrooper through the eras of Star Wars? This is your chance! In the Evolution of the Stormtrooper, we'll take an up-close and personal look at a classic Stormtrooper, a couple different Clone troopers and a new Episode VII Stormtrooper! Learn things you never knew about our favorite armored troopers! With updated and revised information! Presented by the 501st Legion Dune Sea Garrison

who'll be here
 
Location: North 124A

Are you a vault dweller looking to explore the vast wasteland? Are you a fan of the big armor and laser weaponry of the Brotherhood of Steel? Do your loyalties lie with the NCR and you want to be an elite Ranger? If you are interested in learning how to create Fallout inspired costumes and props, then this panel is for you. Ghouls, super mutants and raiders are welcome to attend as well.  Drop your Nuka Cola and come on down!

who'll be here
  • Allen Amis
  • Anabel Martinez
  • Robert Webb
  • Shawn Mennenga
  • Victoria Frias
 

Want to make your zombies Flawless? Come join us for a demo from Make Up artist Sarah Bunch for the latest in zombie FX make up. Learn about air brushing techniques, pointers on make up materials and tips on creating your own memorable zombie!

An Arizona native, Sarah’s professional experience includes countless photo shoots, private events, weddings, theater, runway, HD film, print, airbrush, body contouring, special effects, and prosthetic enhancements.

who'll be here
  • Sarah Bunch
 

You should come see the some of the Arizona Autobots, along with special guests Roxy Almblade and Kevin O'Connor and how they built costumes based off cartoons and video games and the difficulties of bringing it to life. The panel will focus mostly on beginning construction techniques and detailing and painting, as well as choosing and scaling characters based on build and personality. The use of foam, cardboard templates and FIRE will be discussed!!!

who'll be here
 

Foam vs Vacuumform plastic - Pros and cons of each when building your costume. While an inexpensive resource, the Arizona heat (and weather anywhere for that matter) can do a number on your foam armor, causing you to need to recreate pieces continually. Hollywood prop fabricator, Bear Burge, discusses the pros and cons of these two building materials, their processes and longevity.

who'll be here
  • Bear Burge
 
Location: North 125AB

Have you ever wanted to ask your favorite Homestuck character? Well now you can! Stop by to have a fun time with the beta and alpha trolls, and the alpha kids! Hope to see you there!!!

who'll be here
  • Brook Yearin
  • Molly Crawford
  • Shaelyn Ellershaw
  • Sharay Kennedy
  • Sierra Kustes
 
Location: North 126B Masquerade Judging

Come to the Dark Side! Emperor Palpatine calls you forth to meetup at this time!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Are you a geek parent who is interested in meeting other geek parents? Are you interesting in coordinating family-friendly activities for the convention weekend but don't know where to start? Join us for the Blue Ribbon Army Geek Family Meet-Up. Families of the Blue Ribbon Army, as well as representatives of Phoenix Comicon Youth and Family Programming will be on hand to answer questions about what Phoenix Comicon has to offer. Face Painters, balloons, and crafts will be available.

who'll be here
  • Jen Hinds
  • Matt Hinds
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Join us for Geeks Against Humanity, the geeky version of the popular card party game for horrible people. Geeky tongue-in-cheek humor, innuendos and some questionable humor included!

who'll be here
  • Brad Walling
  • Todd Filek
 
Location: North 126A

You want to have that geeky or themed wedding but you don't know where to start? Learn how to do a geeky wedding from those who've been in the trenches! Includes Q/A from couples, wedding professionals and a guide to start your planning. Pictures, successes and tales from the battlefield.

 

Theresa Morales is a Wedding Planner/Designer. She runs Weddings for Rebels which caters to the "we beat to our own drum" couples.Theresa is the first Accredited Wedding Planner in the state of AZ and is currently The Association of Bridal Consultants(ABC) State Manager. 

Rev. Crystal Lloyd is a Wedding Officiant with over 12 years experience in performing themed and traditional weddings. She is also a Geek Wedding Survivor.

Kurt Colin and Caitlin Fluck survived their own Predator themed Wedding.

Tiffany Mieth is a Steampunk Wedding Bride Survivor.
 

who'll be here
  • Caitlin Fluck
  • Kurt Colin
  • Reverend Crystal Lloyd
  • Theresa Morales
  • Tiffany Mieth
 

Ghostbusters are waging high tech battles with supernaturals but it all starts with the jumpsuit. Join us as we talk about the costumes of the main film characters and non-humans, like a certain "marshmallow man" and Slimer! We will show you what they wore and how you can replicate many of the outfits from buying things off the shelf to fabricating your own! Topics of the many incarnations and designs of the characters through out the comics, games and cartoon will be shared.  There is no limit to what you can create! We will look into what we know so far about the new film and the costumes made for it as well! 

www.phoenixghostbusters.com

who'll be here
  • Charles Kuwanyaioma
  • Joseph Lilagan
  • Mark Worley
  • Phoenix Ghostbusters
 
Location: North 126C Costuming Meetups area 2

Gozer play with your fellow Ghostbusters and ghouls! Don't forget your packs!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: North 126C Costuming Meetups area 2

Come one, come all to the Grande Olde Meeting of the Punks ala Steam! 

who'll be here
  • Karl Brevik
 

Green Arrow and Green Lantern meetup! 

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Gryffindor and Hufflepuff house meetup!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Hear ye! Hear Ye! Welcome all to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry's Phoenix Comicon Meetup! Take photos with your favorite housemates! Argue (peacefully, please, or points will be deducted from your House!) about which house has the best Quiddich Team! Discuss the deeds of Dolores Umbrage and why chocolate is the best cure for Dementors!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Learn what it takes to be a truly terrifying haunted house actor. Our seasoned veterans will take you through the basics and share some of their craziest stories from their professional haunted house careers. 

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

Join our resident Monster Makers as they walk you through makeup techniques specifically designed for haunted house ghouls and ghosts. 

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

All heroes of every genre and style, come meet up with your fellow mostly do-gooders.

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Come together all heroes of the DC universe! 

Karl Brevik, a SAG/AFTRA actor, will be on hand for a short time to give posing pointers!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

DC heroes meet Marvel heroes! Who will come out on top? Come meet up and see who will win the comics war.

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: North 126A

You've got an awesome full skirt, but where do you find a full, fluffy petticoat that will fill out your dress/skirt correctly, but doesn't cost a bazillion dollars? If you've got time and patience, you can make your own! We'll start with slides and a demo, and then take questions. 

who'll be here
  • Game Colt
  • Sure Leigh Kahn
 

Hulk and Iron Man meetup!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Bring your Spawn and Witchblade, too. This is the meetup for all Image Comics Cosplayer and fans!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: North 125AB

Your costume is flawless, your wig is fabulous, and your shoes are incredibly uncomfortable. But can you go the extra mile and stay in-character as we throw you into wild situations? What is Kamina’s drink order at Starbucks? How would Naruto and Shinji act in a really bad soap opera? How would Batman react on a blind date with Deadpool? Join Priapella Corp to test your skills and earn prizes!

who'll be here
  • Priapella Corp
 
Location: North 126A

Race against the clock to make a costume out of scrap cloth and duct tape. The contest will have two rounds, Star Wars themed and Star Trek themed. Contestants will break into groups of four and have 30 minutes to create a costume out of scraps and duct tape. At the end of each round, the costumes will be judged and awarded unique prizes.  Award winning cosplayer and model Harley Cyn will be judging based on creativity, thematic elements, and quality. The first round will be Star Wars themed, the second will be Star Trek; let's see which fandom has the most creative cosplayers.

who'll be here
  • Cynthia Shepard
  • Erika Shepard
  • Margret Shepard
 
Location: North 124B

In Japan, there are so many unique and vastly different fashions ranging from Gyaru to Visual Kei to Lolita to Shironuri and others. We will discussing their origins and how the style was worn and how the style has adapted to the fashion it is today.

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: North 126C Costuming Meetups area 1

Japanese Street fashion meetup.

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Proudly welcoming goblins, faeries, and mortals alike to Jareth's castle beyond the Goblin City for a party to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Labyrinth. Come in, "throw down your weapons and we'll see you're well treated." Dance, Magic, Dance for an unforgettably good time!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 
Location: North 126C Costuming Meetups area 2

Joker and Deadshot meetup!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Come explore the equipment and gadgetry that accessorize Ghostbuster costumes in the new and classic films as well as the cartoons. Let us show you what it takes to build a proton pack and the many ways you can approach it. Ever wonder how to track down many of the found items used as simple props on set and the sources to find them? What does it take to make the more complex props? Join us as we show you where to look and how you can learn yourself. We ain't afraid of no prop, neither should you!

www.phoenixghostbusters.com

who'll be here
  • Charles Kuwanyaioma
  • Joseph Lilagan
  • Mark Worley
  • Phoenix Ghostbusters
 

Come join us for this EXCLUSIVE look at the return of Keen Halloween! Secrets! Insider information! All kinds of Halloween goodness! 

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

Celebrate the 1980s era of music, movies, television, fashion, comics, cartoons, anime, arcade and console gaming over drinks featuring dance remixes of iconic songs from classic video games in a relaxed lounge setting.

   Click here to purchase

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff

Cost is $15
 

As ladies of the Star Wars costuming legions, we have unique perspectives and interests in trooping as women. We will share experiences and pictures that express why we joined, how it has effected our lives, and what have been our greatest challenges. This panel will also offer a question and answer period so attendants can get answers on all aspects of ladies costume builds, beyond the basic costumes to build. Presented by: The 501st Legion Dune Sea Garrison, The Rebel Legion, The Mandalorian Mercs, and The Dark Empire.

who'll be here
  • Cindy Laing
  • Jana Maclellan
  • Jen LaFortune
  • Kelly Hale
  • Victoria Frias
  • Victoria Rogers
 

If you have wanted to dance like the characters in Cinderella, Firefly, or a Knight's Tale, this is the perfect afternoon session to get up and move. Kids and families are invited to learn some English and Irish Community set dances! No experience or partner is necessary! Just come, have fun, and learn some steps to practice at home.

who'll be here
  • Alex Canto
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

A hands on arts and crafts event where you design your very own pair of Mickey Mouse Ears. An array of materials will be provided to make your ears unique.

who'll be here
  • Ana Pacheco
  • Cookieplay Productions (2 panelists)
  • Richard Simon
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: North 126B Masquerade Judging

Mandos! Come and see what your fellow mercs are up to at this meetup!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: North 125AB

If you have ever wanted to know more about becoming a knight in shining armor, a lady fair, or anything and everything in between, come check out the Kingdom of Umbria as we discuss the pros and cons, ups and downs of recreating life in the medieval to renaissance time periods of Europe. We will discuss the clothing, the armor, the day to day life, and everything necessary to get started in medieval recreation. Topics will include, but are not limited to, creating your character, costuming, armor making and purchasing, weaponry, combat, various arts of the time period and anything else that happens to come up. We would love to answer any and all of your questions as well as divulge any hints, tips and pointers.

who'll be here
  • Kingdom of Umbria (7 panelists)
  • Richard Oppman
  • Stephany Gallegos
 

The panel of costumers will discuss the differences between the 6 different groups that comprise the Star Wars Neighborhood and how to join. We will talk about what we do and how we work together to promote an interest in Star Wars while contributing to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work. Come find out what it takes to get involved. Will you join the Light Side or the Dark Side? Sponsored by: The 501st Legion Dune Sea Garrison, The Rebel Legion, The Mandalorian Mercs, The Dark Empire, The R2-D2 Builders Club, and The Galactic Academy.

who'll be here
  • Adam Beck
  • Clint Randall
  • David Littleton
  • Jerome Lamberth
  • Kevin Brown
  • Mary Ann Jeske
  • Ryan Jeske
  • Wendy Brown
 
Location: North 124B

Men vs Cosplay 2016 calendar guys and project lead Anabel Martinez discuss the project & answer your cosplay questions (from building, self promotion, photoshoots, starting out as a male cosplayer & how to become a calendar guy!). MvC spotlights male cosplayers in an international calendar project.

who'll be here
  • Anabel Martinez
  • Sam Mort
 
Location: West 105A

Discover the wonderful world of mermaids with Mermaid Odette. Learn about where they live, swim, eat, and more in this exciting interactive panel where you can see and feel a mermaid's tail and some of her favorite items on display. Also get a chance to learn how to transform your little one with mermaid costume ideas and become one with the sea!

who'll be here
  • The Renegades
 

Have a kiddo who loves DC Characters? Come meetup with other children and DC lovers!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: North 125AB

Ever wanted to know how to make a mold?  Well, here’s your chance! This panel will be an introduction to the mold making process.  Learn how to create a basic mold from silicone and what kind of equipment is needed to start.   I’ll cover how to make single and multi-piece molds. There’s a bunch to cover, so bring your questions and check out my many examples!

who'll be here
  • Quinn Lindemood
  • Shawn Lindemood
 
Location: North 125AB

Ever wanted to know how to cast plastic?  Well, here’s your chance! This panel with be an introduction to the casting of two-part plastics in a silicone mold.  Learn how casting into molds is done and what you need to get started.  I’ll cover basic casting and more.  There’s a bunch to cover, so bring your questions and check out my many examples!

who'll be here
  • Quinn Lindemood
  • Shawn Lindemood
 
Location: North 124A

You don't need a needle and thread or any fancy equipment to cosplay. All you need is some creativity and fun! We'll be showing how to make badass armor with foam and hot glue, how to use iron-on adhesives, and paints to get your desired look for your upcoming cosplay! Come on down and learn to make quick and easy No-Sew Costumes!

who'll be here
  • Anastasia Eleftheriou
  • George (Bo) Eleftheriou
  • KatDensetsu
  • MaryAnne Eleftheriou
  • Melissa Bhagwandin
 
Location: North 126C Costuming Meetups area 1

Come hang out with other Cosplayers of any and all genres! 

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Join us for an EXCITING & UNBELIEVABLE preview for this year’s Fan Fest! We have a NEW Location! NEW Dates! NEW Geeky Nerdy FUN!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

In brightest day, in blackest night, in a galaxy far, far away, the Geeks gather to do battle. Who will survive, and what will be left of them? Only one will stand undefeated in the Phoenix Ultimate Geek Finals! Witness!

who'll be here
  • Dannie Moriarty
  • Jeff Moriarty
  • Jonathan Simon
 

Witness the ridiculously entertaining carnage of the qualifying round of The Phoenix Ultimate Geek Smackdown (PUGS) as 16 fans square off in heated debates on the silliest comicon related topics we could come up with! Not to be missed!

who'll be here
  • Dannie Moriarty
  • Jeff Moriarty
  • Jonathan Simon
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

Hear a pirate story and create a hat and sword to become your own pirate character!

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  • Jenn Czep
  • JJ Zbylski
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Throw on your shoulder pads and come learn about how the post apocalypse has taken hold in our culture.  We will discuss movies, fiction, and realities of end times, and what the End of Days post apocalyptic pre-enactment organization is all about.  Yes, you can gear up like Mad Max, and live the lifestyle in all its gritty greatness.  A short apocalyptic fashion display will end the panel and costumers will be available after the panel to talk about their creations. For additional information, please visit here and here

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  • End of Days (4 panelists)
 
Location: North 124A

Metal patina can be used to achieve various effects such as colors or textures. The Master Smith of Dragonforge Ironworks will be demonstrating a variety of metal patinas. The methods shown can be recreated with minimal set up and no black magic. *This is a demonstration only with no hands-on activities provided.

who'll be here
  • Amber Doig
  • DragonForge (2 panelists)
 
Location: North 124B

So you want to do what you love and get paid for it? Learn how these ambitious panelists took their favorite interests from hobby to career. From cosplay to acting, hosting, costume/props design, sfx makeup, producing events and more! They’ve built an empire on their fandoms and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon! Learn about how to set your company mission and business plan, pitfalls and pendulums, legal, creative, staffing, and more! Our panelists include producers, prop and costume designers, makeup artist and even a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers star!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: North 124B

Join Arizona's premiere DC Costuming group the Justice League Arizona to show potential cosplayers that they CAN costume almost any DC hero/heroine almost regardless of their height, build, or age! Join the JLAz members as they share stories, and encourage you to find the hero inside yourself! See slides the JLAz in action, and jump into a q&a session with experts on 1. fabricating (advanced) 2. altering (intermediate) and 3. just matching up right parts.(beginner), so you can achieve your superhero dream!

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Location: North 125AB

Learn how to make props and weapons that are larger than life without breaking your back. Veteran prop builder Mike Syfritt will demonstrate how to make over-sized props and weapons that are lightweight and con friendly. Try out your useless facts knowledge and win a large weapon.

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  • Hannah Syfritt
  • Mike Syfritt
 

Ravenclaw and Slythern house meetups!

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Location: North 126B Masquerade Judging

Welcome members of the Rebellion! All Alliance friends are welcome to this meetup of the Light!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: West 104B

Personalize your own gun to fit your style.  Gun, rub-n-buff, gears, and accessories will be provided in the supplies.

Assorted guns to choose from: Small $2.00/Med $5.00/Nerf Mavrick: $15.00 

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  • Countess Chaos

Cost is $5.00
 
Location: West 104B

Personalize your own gun to fit your style.  Gun, rub-n-buff, gears, and accessories will be provided in the supplies.

Assorted guns to choose from: Small $2.00/Med $5.00/Nerf Maverick: $15.00 

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  • Countess Chaos

Cost is $5.00
 
Location: North 126C Costuming Meetups area 2

RWBY meetup!

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Sci-Fi Speed Dating is open to all single fans, 18+.  It's fun, safe, anonymous, and gives you a chance to meet the geek of your dreams. Let your heart guide you on a series of 3 minute dates, to help you find the chosen one. Free for Ladies
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  • Sci-FI Speed Dating

Cost is $20
 

Sci-Fi Speed Dating is open to all single fans, 18+.  It's fun, safe, anonymous, and gives you a chance to meet the geek of your dreams. Let your heart guide you on a series of 3 minute dates, to help you find the chosen one. Free for Ladies

who'll be here
  • Sci-FI Speed Dating

Cost is $20
 

Sci-Fi Speed Dating is open to all single fans, 18+.  It's fun, safe, anonymous, and gives you a chance to meet the geek of your dreams. Let your heart guide you on a series of 3 minute dates, to help you find the chosen one. Free for Ladies

who'll be here
  • Sci-FI Speed Dating

Cost is $20
 

Sci-Fi Speed Dating is open to all single fans, 18+.  It's fun, safe, anonymous, and gives you a chance to meet the geek of your dreams. Let your heart guide you on a series of 3 minute dates, to help you find the chosen one. Free for Ladies

who'll be here
  • Sci-FI Speed Dating

Cost is $20
 

Sci-Fi Speed Dating is open to all single fans, 18+.  It's fun, safe, anonymous, and gives you a chance to meet the geek of your dreams. Let your heart guide you on a series of 3 minute dates, to help you find the chosen one. Free for Ladies

who'll be here
  • Sci-FI Speed Dating

Cost is $20
 

Sci-Fi Speed Dating is open to all single fans, 18+.  It's fun, safe, anonymous, and gives you a chance to meet the geek of your dreams. Let your heart guide you on a series of 3 minute dates, to help you find the chosen one. Free for Ladies

who'll be here
  • Sci-FI Speed Dating

Cost is $20
 
Location: West 212ABC Stage Shows

Another mystery is developing... can you help solve it before it is too late? An old foe is near and aiming to keep Sherlock from solving the case.

who'll be here
  • Darren Shaw
  • Karen Knierman
  • Kristina Davis
  • Michael Green
  • Patrick Young
  • Peggi Calhoun
  • Rebekah Brubaker
  • Sure Leigh Kahn
Professional Development Credit Available!
 
Location: North 126B Masquerade Judging

Bring the smaller sidekicks (children) to determine who will win the day!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

J. Jonah Jameson himself is being flown in from New York on his latest press tour stop to discuss such topics as to why Spider-Man is a menace, why Spider-Man isn't a hero, why Spider-Man can't be trusted and why we would be better off without Spider-Man. Have a differing opinion? That means it's up to you, the audience, as guest reporters to this press conference to prove it. Square off against a professional character actor to see if you can be the reporter that forces the Daily Bugle's editor to announce a retraction. Listen to Jameson's editorial, hear him answer the panel's reporters and then prepare your own defense of Spider-Man in this interactive, entertaining, performance based panel. J. Jonah Jameson is presented by Karl Brevik, a member of SAG/AFTRA.

who'll be here
  • Adam Blancas
  • Asher Smoote
  • Chase Meyers
  • Cody Brevik
  • Karl Brevik
 

A discussion of Star Trek's props with professional prop fabricator Bear Burge. Bear was a founding partner in Prop'er Effects, the prop fabrication company used by Joe Longo, one of the two Star Trek prop masters of the 80's and 90's. During his time with Prop'er, Bear fabricated some of Star Trek's iconic props, such as Geordi's VISOR, Picard's Ressikan flute, Worf's Klingon Sash, and the "boomerang" phaser, among dozens of other props and set pieces for the series and films. If you've ever wanted to know about props from this iconic series and it's spinoffs, this is the place for you!

who'll be here
  • Bear Burge
  • Heather Grant
 

Judge us by our size do not. Young Star Wars fans show off their fandom, discover how to create their own costumes, and become part of a community of young costumers. Children ages 0-17 years old can join The Galactic Academy. This panel is designed for youth and parents to attend together. Join us for our first annual group picture of all Galactic Academy Cadets.

who'll be here
  • Kevin Brown
  • Wendy Wright (2 professionals)
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: North 126B Masquerade Judging

All members of the Star Wars universe are welcome to join their fellows at this meetup.

who'll be here
  • Karl Brevik
 

Come all members of the Suicide Squad! 

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Have you ever wanted to see superheroes and super villains doing everyday things?! Think you can match wits with Batman? Out-laugh the Joker? Well now is your chance! Team up with the heroes and villains of the Justice League of Arizona and battle it out in an ultimate game of Superhero Family Feud, Harley Quinn style! Families get the chance to Team up with their favorite DC Superheroes and Villains for this interactive and crazy game of Family Fued! Work as a Team with Superman, Batman, The Joker, Wonder Woman, The Flash and More as you race to find the best answer to DC Comics themed questions!

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Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

What would happen if characters from SUPERNATURAL, DOCTOR WHO and SHERLOCK met and shared an adventure together? Last year, our group of talented individuals did the unthinkable: we put together a script of that idea and performed it live on stage. Now we see what happens next, in Part 2 of an epic trilogy. You don't need to have seen last year's show or even be a fan of all of the above to enjoy it. It's new characters, new places and new audience participation. Come along to see the TV show that will never be: SuperWhoLock! And don't miss the epic conclusion to our story, details are listed below! Psst..fans of Charlie Bradbury, you are not going to want to miss this one...

who'll be here
  • Amy Shaw
  • Brooke Campbell
  • Kimberly Butts
  • Kyle Olson
  • Mandy McClanahan
  • Ryan FitzPatrick
  • Shannon Jelle
 

Characters from SUPERNATURAL, DOCTOR WHO and SHERLOCK have met and shared an epic adventure together. Our group of talented performers have done the unthinkable: we put together a trio of scripts and performed them live on stage right here at PHXCC. Now it comes down to this: the thrilling conclusion to this epic trilogy. You don't need to have seen last year's show, Part 2 or even be a fan of all of the above to enjoy it. The list of cameos, easter eggs and references would not fit in this meager paragraph. Plus some of the more daring among you might have a chance to get in on the action. Come along to see the final episode of the TV show that will never be: SuperWhoLock!

who'll be here
  • Amy Shaw
  • Brooke Campbell
  • Kimberly Butts
  • Kyle Olson
  • Mandy McClanahan
  • Ryan FitzPatrick
  • Shannon Jelle
 
Location: North 124B

Awesome costumes often have unwieldy props. They look amazing but if they can't break down, getting them TO the con becomes expensive and risks damage. This class will give you ideas and answer questions on how to make props more manageable and able to be put in your friend's car.

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Location: North 124B

After 30 years in the costuming industry, I've learned a few tricks. Come grab some basics and get your questions answered.

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Location: North 124B

Embellishment is often the difference between a great garment and the star of the show. We'll go over types of embellishment and, more importantly, how to STOP and get your life back. 

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Location: North 124A

Haute couture is designer fashion that breaks all the rules. If haute is the height of wearble art, trashion is the depth. Trashion takes anything from lottery tickets to bubble wrap and creates clothing. Learn how recycling odd materials can give you amazing results! 

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Location: North 124A

Wigs that look like hair are fine, but have you considered flowers? How about paper? Yarn? This class explores options and teaches you techniques for making a wig that will complete your look. 

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Location: Third Street Performance Area

Arizona's premier Lightsaber combat and choreography group presents, for your entertainment, a demonstration of choreographed duels, martial forms, staff spinning, and more.

who'll be here
  • Syndicate Saber Arizona
 

A children's show centered on the Little Sith that's always being picked on. Laugh your way through some heartwarming moments as the Little Sith finds his destiny!

who'll be here
  • Syndicate Saber Arizona
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Phoenix Comicon is teased and pleased to bring back, for the fifth consecutive year, Talk Nerdy to Me: a Byte of Burlesque. The series you'll never get sick of!

Brainy and buxom brunette Sable Switch is bringing back favorite locals including her cohorts of BurlEscapades, sisters from other misters Vavavoom Burlesque and Romantasy Cabaret along with several out-of-state surprise performers joining our stage. Keep an eye on the Facebook event (must be logged into Facebook) for guest performer announcements. This year promises bigger, better and off the barometer nerdier! TNTM has gotten so big for its britches that Phoenix Comicon has declared the show will be  held in the convention center itself this year! While there will be more than double the amount of seating from last year, we strongly encourage you to purchase pre-sale passes as we were so sad to turn away fans last year who didn't have passes!

   Click here to purchase

who'll be here
  • Guy Fawkeswell
  • Mia PiaCherrie
  • Sable Switch
  • Tom Tuerff
  • Visa V

Cost is $15
 

Join The Walking Dead Cosplay AZ as we discuss all things The Walking Dead! Audience Participation is both welcomed and encouraged,So bring your best ideas and theories! We'll be discussing the Television show,comic books,comparisons between the two,video games, and tips and tricks for cosplaying The Walking Dead. Watch out for spoilers!

who'll be here
  • Bri Gonzales-Reynolds
  • Hannah Nothnagel
 
Location: North 126A

Cosplaying is hard! Especially when you're becoming a character that's just not... natural! Besides the daunting task of creating/finding the perfect costume and accessories, there's the issue of the, ahem... anatomical endowment... many of our favorite characters are blessed with. Unlike them, we weren't lucky enough to be "drawn that way" (way to rub it in Jessica) but with faith, trust, and boob tape - we can fake it 'til we make it! Let me share with you all my secrets to getting the "girls" to look as amazing as the reference material!

who'll be here
  • Stray Kat Cosplay
  • Zach Green
 
Location: West 106ABC Activities

The DREAD Fleet presents another one of a kind show! This year we showcase Pirates and Plumbers! With scenes from J.J. Zbylski's Flushed as well as some other surprise guest appearances! Prepare yourself for amazing plunger battles, terrifying siren spells, and a chanty singalong you might never unclog from your ears! All ages welcome!

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Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

Learn some needlework basics to create a yarn chain to use in making scarves, bracelets, hair pieces and just about everything.

who'll be here
  • Marisa Dawson
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

What's a Puppet Slam? It's your ticket to an amazeballs time! (we can say amazeballs, yeah?) Join us for an evening of puppetry for adults at the Phoenix Comicon Puppet Slam, where you'll see quirky, edgy shows performed by quirky, edgy puppeteers.

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

Join the Rocky Horror Podcast Show for a live audio recording to talk about all things Rocky Horror. Shadowcasting, news on the Rocky Horror Picture Show remake to be released this fall and much, much more! So come up to the lab and see what's on the slab!

who'll be here
  • Adam Hecht
  • Rocky Horror Podcast Show (2 panelists)
 
Location: West 104A

How to put together a decent costume on a shoestring budget.  Our panelist will tell you about some of the best places to find a deal.

who'll be here
  • Dirk Folmer
  • Johnna Buttrick
 

Come Join the Generation 1 Film panel and meet the cast and crew behind the movie. Director and FX supervisor Lior Molcho, cinematographer Danit Sigler and Producer Matt Phelan will answer questions about the making of the film, from the challenges of shooting this cross country adventure and to the practical effects used on the movie shooting miniature planes and car crashes. Meet some of the actors and production staff and hear how this journey of bringing a live action Transformers movie was accomplished. We will also screen at the panel; exclusive behind the scenes footage, a bloopers reel and Visual effects breakdown of the miniature shots.

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Location: North 126C Costuming Meetups area 2

Undertale Meetup!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: North 126A

Oh, we'll do a bit more than mention... we're going to show, talk and describe the most important part of costuming- undergarments. Skivvies. Panties. Under-Roos... Call 'em what you will, but don't for a second underestimate their power!

who'll be here
  • Cap Santiago
  • Stray Kat Cosplay
 
Location: West 104B

Join Madame Askew and Marjorie Kosky as they demystify and defrock the Victorian lady. Take their guided tour through the many layers of frocks, frills and foibles as they unveil the undergarments that make big bustle dreams come true. 18+

who'll be here
  • Madame Askew
  • Marjorie Kosky
 

Calling all evil doers! Come meetup with your fellows who long to be remembered for their evil deeds! 

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Bring all your favorite villains to put on display!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Think DC villains can come out on top of Marvel heroes? Come find out at this mashup meetup!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Loki, Venom, Thanos, Red Skull, Nebula, Ultron... All the Marvel villains are welcome to come and plot the downfall of all!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Think DC heroes can come out on top of Marvel villains? Come find out at this mashup meetup!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

DC villains meet Marvel villains! Who will come out on top? Come meetup and see who will win the comics war!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Meet Arizona's largest geek social club! Centered around the Phoenix Comicon, the Blue Ribbon Army (BRA) is a safe and fun group to just be yourself! Learn how their organization is the best place to make new and long-lasting friendships!

who'll be here
  • James Laird
  • Jen Hinds
  • Matt Hinds
 
Location: North 124A

The iconic pin up vixens of the 40's and 50's still captivate us today! Whether it's the sultry red lip, the enchanting cat eye, or the playfully seductive demeanor of their posing- a Pin Up embodies all that glam and charm that's simply irresistible! Retro and vintage styles are slowly making a comeback, but the look can be daunting and a bit intimidating. Published pinup model Kat Noir shares beginners' tips on hair, makeup, wardrobe and posing so every girl can let out that inner bombshell!

who'll be here
  • Bri Gonzales-Reynolds
  • Caitlin Baker
  • Kasey O'Brien
  • Molly Barrett
  • Stray Kat Cosplay
  • Whitney Perkins
 

Wonder Woman and The Flash meetup!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: North 126A

Wigs are wonderful, wigs are amazing, wigs are... sometimes hard to find. Our introductory panel lays down the ropes on where to buy that perfect wig. After years of wig shopping we have compiled data on not only online shops but local vendors here in the valley too. So stop on by and we'll give you the basics and some money saving pointers.

who'll be here
  • Ana Pacheco
  • Cookieplay Productions (2 panelists)
  • Richard Simon
 

Join the Phoenix Ghostbusters as they take you through the history of the films and the many incarnations of the franchise. See all types of media formats that have been crafted from the series as well as items you thought you would never think to own! Experience the impact the franchise has had on the fan base and what the public has done to embrace it. Take a glimpse into the future of Ghostbusters with the upcoming film, future projects and merchandise.

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Come Wolverine, Storm and all X-Men to this reunion of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters (or Xavier's Institute of Higher Learning). 

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Can you bend steel? Punch through walls? Lift tons? Fight crime with a batarang? See if you have what it takes to do the impossible and become a legend! Come join the Justice League Arizona as iconic DC superheroes themselves help you find your inner strength and make superheroes out of you! Kids 12 and under.

who'll be here
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 106ABC Activities

Can you bend steel? Fight crime with a batarang? See if you have what it takes to do the impossible and become a legend! Come join the Justice League Arizona as iconic DC superheroes themselves help you find your inner strength and make superheroes out of you! Kids 12 and under.

who'll be here
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: North 124A

Part educational, part discussion on ideas, tips and tricks on how to remain "Family Friendly" in revealing costumes. We'll be talking about ideas borrowed from stage, screen, sports and high fashion runways. This panel IS NOT a substitute for understanding individual convention and event costume policies.

who'll be here
  • Broadway Bound & Gagged
  • Broadway Bound and Gagged
  • Christina Dougherty
  • Heather Metchis
  • Ian Rey Sausedo
  • Kelley Lester
 
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