Thousands brave the heat and long waits in line to enter the Phoenix Convention Center for Comicon 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017. Tom Tingle/azcentral.com
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Long lines formed at Comicon due to the props ban and added security after a man was arrested with real weapons at the convention Thursday. Tom Tingle/ azcentral.com
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Police said a 30-year-old man was arrested after making menacing social-media posts about officers and had weapons inside the Convention Center. Azcentral’s Kellie Hwang brings you the story from the scene. Patrick Breen/azcentral.com
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Police lead a man away from Phoenix Comicon at the Phoenix Convention Center on Thursday, May 25. Mathew Sterling, 31, is accused of threatening to harm police officers and a performer at the comic convention. (Courtesy of Monica Ivicevic)
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Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune discusses the incident with an armed man who was arrested at Phoenix Comicon on May 25, 2017. Kellie Hwang/azcentral.com
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Phoenix Comicon opened at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix on May 25, 2017. A cosplay participant talks about his motivation for attending the annual event.
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Phoenix Comicon gets underway on May 25, 2017. The four-day entertainment and comic convention is taking place at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix.
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Phoenix Comicon 2017 will be bigger than ever in downtown Phoenix.
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Battling long lines and the heat at Comicon
Long lines at Comicon due to props ban
Man with multiple guns arrested at Phoenix Comicon
Raw video: Man arrested in weapons case at Comicon
Comicon incident press conference
Eager cosplayers attend Phoenix Comicon Day 1
Phoenix Comicon gets underway
Phoenix Comicon 5/25-28
You said it in the Phoenix Convention Center at Phoenix Comicon 2017, and we listened – and wrote it down. Check out some of the most colorful quotes we heard below.
“They let you in with those guns?” One guy asks two men holding guns they drew on plain white paper.
A woman advertising a Cards Against Humanity-style game called Quick and Dirty: “things that kill romance that start with the letter T.” Man: “Time!”
Teen girl after meeting Osric Chau: *trembling and squealing*
Teen boy: are you good?
Girl: I just died and got resuscitated
Boy: oh my god, you’re sweating. The fangirling!
“It’s like Halloween, but for four days!”
“Quickly friends, enter my inter-dimensional shelter! You’re just not going to like what you have to do when you get there.”
“Do you have a robot you prefer?”
Overheard outside between 11 and noon:
“We’re three steps from quitting and going to the bar. It’s so hot out here.”
“What is Jafar without a staff?”
“They’re standing to lose a lot of money.”
(A woman getting wanded at the entrance) “My chest is gonna beep. Corset.” (shrug)
When someone asked Danny Trejo what Marvel or DC character he wants to play: “One that didn’t have to wear tights or have daddy issues.” That got big laughs.
“We’re looking for Kylo Ren!”
“Excuse me, my furry friend! Can I get a picture of you?”
“There is no death, there is the Force!”
“There are so many things worse than free hugs.”
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