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Thousands expected at Phoenix Comicon this weekend

You could see a lot of strange things inside and around the Phoenix Convention Center over the next few days. That's because Phoenix Comicon is this weekend, and many people will be dressed up as their favorite cartoon, TV, or comic book character.

A Zombie walk, food trucks, and The Avengers boot camp are all part of this year's Comicon. You'll also see a lot of celebrities.

"Adam West and Burt Ward will be here. They're the original Batman and Robin," said Phoenix Convention Center Communications Director Cynthia Weaver. Stan Lee, Danny Glover and others will also be on hand.

Weaver said that there will also be a lot of things going on outside of the convention center. "The Arizona Comedy All-Stars will be performing. There will be live music and food trucks out there," said Weaver. "It will be a very, very festive atmosphere."

You can also watch a showing of the movie The Amazing Spiderman on Chase Field's big screen Friday night at 12:30 a.m.

Weaver said that everything will be crowded. "We expect an estimated 70,000 people to come into downtown Phoenix this weekend for Comicon and Comicon-related events," she said.

The convention lasts through Sunday.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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