Let me start with admitting that I know close to nothing about comic books, zombies or science fiction. I really couldn’t tell you the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars, and the last comic book I read was Archie in 1982.

“Then why would you go to Comicon, a comic book convention?” you inquire.

“Hello. I’m Annette, the girl who thrives on having new experiences. Have we met?”

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop-culture event of the Southwest that attracts lovers of comics, anime, media and gaming.
Phoenix Comic Con Costume

Though I had overheard the rumors surrounding this well-attended event, I still had to experience it for myself. The proof is in the pudding.

What I had heard about this pudding was true; risque costumes, bondage-style masks and colored body paint galore. 

Since I was in my street clothes and not dressed as Elektra, I was happy for the security of my media pass badge hanging around my neck. A justification for my presence there. And by being there I learned a few things:

1. Black face masks should not only be reserved for the sado masochistic bedroom behavior. It is perfectly appropriate attire at Comicon. Move over Mr. Grey.

2. When all else fails, wear a cape. Not only will it be helpful when gliding in between buildings, but you will also feel like the ultimate superhero.
Costume at Phoenix Comicon Costume at Phoenix Comicon

3. Body paint is perfectly acceptable, as long as you don’t wash your hands after using the restroom.
Phoenix Comic Con Costume

4. Hot boys do like comic books.

5. If you are continuously hungry you may as well just carry a dining table with you at all times. Brilliant.
Phoenix Comic Con Costume Phoenix Comic Con Costume

6. Red skin with blue hair is an appealing fashion combination. Green hair and a large black dot on your belly? Not so much.
Sexy Phoenix Comic Con Costume

7. Not all bunnies are soft, sweet and cute. Stay far away from the bloody ones carrying cleavers, especially when they are talking to wicked clowns.

8. Stilts are more than just for the circus.
Phoenix Comic Con Costume Phoenix Comic Con Costume

9. Generally, the less you wear the more attention you will receive, unless you are dressed in stringy camouflage and carrying a weapon.
Phoenix Comic Con Costume Phoenix Comic Con Costume

 Have you been to Comicon before? Are you a comic book, anime or science fiction fan?

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Media Pass from Phoenix Comicon, but all the words I write come straight from my, sometimes distorted, mind. Just as it should be.