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The wordpress hosted site I’ve been using helped me learn wordpress but now I’d like to have more control over things!


A Sizzling Summer

There’s still a good number of upcoming events in Arizona to check out over the next couple of months, some book signings, a couple of conventions, and more.


July 14th – Gini Koch – Touched by an AlienWriter’s Workshop Wednesday at Scottsdale Borders Waterfront.  7 pm

July 28th – Carrie Vaughn signs Discord’s Apple – 7 pm Poisoned Pen – Carrie also has the succesful Kitty series about a werewolf who is also a radio host.

Sept 17th – Smart Chicks Kick It Tour with Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Kimberly Derting, and Becca Fitzpatrick.  Presented by the Poisoned Pen, 7 pm Scottsdale Public Library.

Sept 21st – Diana Gabaldon Launch Party for  The Exile, a graphic novel of the Outlander Series.  7 pm Scottsdale Center For the Arts.  Note that this is a ticketed event sponsored by The Poisoned Pen.

Conventions and Events

July 9-11, RandomCon Gaming Convention, Mesa, AZ

Sept 3-5, CopperCon 30 SF/F Convention, Mesa, AZ

Oct 8-10, RinCon Games, Tucson, AZ

Tucson Festival of Books

The Tucson Festival of Books is this weekend.  I’ve set up a special page here at the AZSF Blog to try to summarize all that’s happening with the SF/F authors at the festival including signings at the Mysterious Galaxy and Leprecon, Inc. booths.   The festival website has a full searchable schedule as well as maps for the festival itself and for parking around the festival site.  Hope to see you there!

Star Trek The Exhibition Last Weekend

Star Trek The Exhibition at the Arizona Science Center is closing this coming weekend with the last day being May 3rd. 

Special talks at the Arizona Science Center are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday as follows:

May 2nd – National Astronomy Day special events including:

May 2nd – David Williams talk at Arizona Science Center  at 2:00pm,  “Water, Ice, or Methane Everywhere:  Latest Results from NASA’s Planetary Missions”.

May 3rd – Professor Lawrence Krauss will speak at the Arizona Science Center about “The Physics of Star Trek” at 12:30pm.

Free Comic Book Day

This coming Saturday, May 2, is Free Comic Book Day.

Free Comic Book Day

You can find out all about the free comics being provided by the publishers at the official Free Comic Book Day web site.

As usual, a lot of the local comic shops are having special sales and special guests.  I’ll try to highlight the ones I’ve found out about below:

Dave’s Comics, Chandler, AZ – – Grand Opening cancelled – see statement on their websiteStan Lee at noon – Details on the Phoenix New Times event calendar. UPDATED: Now with Tricia Helfer, voice artist Debi Derryberry, and artist Ruth Thompson.

Atomic Comics – Various local comics writers and artists at their various stores plus Geoff Johns, Ethan Van Sciver, and Sterling Gates at their Mesa Superstore.  Full details here!

All About Books and Comics, Phoenix – Special discounts and a food drive.

Other comic shops in the Phoenix Metro area:

Ash Avenue Comics & Books – 810 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, AZ (480) 858-9447
Comic Zone – 5909 N Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale, AZ  (480) 483-2685
Drawn To Comics 5757 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale AZ (623) 847-9090
Gregg’s Comics – 2722 S Alma School Rd # 8, Mesa, AZ   (480) 752-1881
Hero Comics3405 W. Thunderbird Rd. #1, Phoenix, AZ (602) 843-6320
Pop Culture Comics – 707 S Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ
Samurai Comics – 5024 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ  (480) 557-6640 and 10720 W. Indian School Rd. #61, Phoenix, AZ (623) 872-8886
Spazdog Comics – 21610 N. 35th Avenue Suite 162, Phoenix, AZ  (623)582-3240
Stalking Moon –  5930 W Greenway Rd Suite 23; Glendale (602)896-9992

Tucson Comic Shops

Charlie’s Comic Books – 5445 E. 22nd Street Suite #115, Tucson, AZ (520) 320-0279
Fantasy Comics – 2595 First Ave., Tucson, AZ  (520) 670-0100
Heroes & Villains – 4533 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ (520) 321-4376
R-Galaxy – 2420 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ  (520) 322-0422

Wolverine World Premiere in Tempe

The fans have spoken and Tempe won the right to host the official premier of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine at the Harkins Tempe Marketplace theatres.

Links to info – Nerdvana report & links

Harkins Theatres – Main Page

Signings Update – Bujold, Simner, Simmons

Upcoming signings at the Poisoned Pen with SF/F authors:

Fri, Jan 30 – 7 pm – Lois McMaster Bujold signs Sharing Knife: Horizon.  The store should also have on hand copies of the new Vorkosigan Companion, the guide to Lois’ Vorkosigan series of novels.

Sat, Feb 6 – 2 pm – Janni Lee Simner signs Bones of Faerie.

Wed, Feb 25 – 7 pm – Dan Simmons signs Drood.