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At Phoenix Fan Fusion, Arizona comic book creators spend a weekend connecting with fans

Phoenix Fan Fusion, formerly known as Phoenix Comicon, kicked off Friday morning and continues through Sunday. Thousands of fans attend the annual gathering to meet their favorite artists, actors and cosplayers.

Among those showing up to this year’s pop culture event is Jan Marc Quisumbing. Known as “The Janimal,” Quisumbing makes family-friendly comic book art

He also serves as the acting president of the Northern Arizona Cartoonist Association.

“I think you know Fan Fusion, it's a wonderful time just to, like, just delve into your fandom, your nerdom and just have a good time," he said.

Quisumbing’s involvement at this year’s events includes a panel on teaching people how to draw in which families and kids can participate.

John Anthony Chihak Soltero of Tucson is also among the comic book creators at the annual event.

He is presenting his comic, Bubba Patrol, which is centered around dogs.

“So for the Bubba Patrol it's definitely I'm hoping that people are entertained but they also get that little twinge in their heart and maybe remember a pet that is long gone and it makes them remember how special that relationship was," he said.

Soltero says the comic is essentially a love story to his dogs, showing how he sees them in the world.

Ignacio Ventura is a reporter for KJZZ. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in news media and society.