Another Year Phoenix Comicon

I hope I am not to late to for the train, but I have finally recovered from Phoenix Comicon! It was not that long ago and the effect of the great (yet stressful) time I had still brings a smile to my face.

Phoenix Comicon was held May 28th-31st at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona
This year marked my second year not only attending the convention but volunteering as well. Phoenix Comicon was 4 days of nerd heaven out here in Phoenix Arizona where people from all over were able to come "Discover Their Inner Geek" with Phoenix Comicon. Panels, Cosplay, Outside Events, Great Causes, Vendors, Exhibitors, Artists, Celebrities, and camaraderie were some of the things that one was able to find at this convention. I had the ability to not only volunteer during the convention but also had the privilege of a media pass for the convention, the first for and well worth it.
Although I don’t think I harnessed the full power that comes with a media pass, (babysteps) I had a great time talking to people and don’t think I did to bad for my first time. I was able to talk to many people down on the exhibitor floor. I volunteer my time at exhibitor hall, as this is one of my favorite places at a comic convention. I also romed around and asked the exhibitors what they thought of the convention and admired their work.

This year the exhibitor hall was expanded with more booths and tables added, this was in part to moving the celebrities with their autographs and photo ops along with the large cosplay groups up to the third floor of the building properly names as the Hall of Heroes. Previous years the celebrities cosplay groups were on the same floor as the exhibitor hall, this was there first year utilizing all three floors of one building and only using 2 out of the 3 buildings the convention center has to offer. Home of the previous spotlight panels became home of registration, this was a great improvement as to last year when the convention used all three buildings. There was less confusion as to where everything was. Did I mention you get to cross a skybridge?
With Phoenix Comicon reaching over 75,000 attendees this year, utilizing the buildings the way they did I think made it more enjoyable for me. There was a notable difference on the exhibitor floor it was not good and not bad, it was taking note that this convention can only grow! The other benefit of moving some things upstairs were the wide aisles, bigger conventions try to put as much as they can in one area, and an attendee spends more time walking with the crowd or watching where there going then actually being able to look around. There was no pressure to hurry up and look at what the exhibitor hall had to offer.

This years convention was one for the books, not only did it seem like the first week the weather decided to hit 100 degrees, but with the way they used the buildings, selling out on full event passes for the first time, the experiences the convention offers and still being affordable for the size it has grown to is a good quality that hopefully will stay. I also for the first time spent an crazy amount of money for a photo op with Michael Shanks from Stargate who has been there since the beginning of my fandom loving days. I am currently kicking myself for not getting one with Karl Urban but I will recover soon enough, hopefully.
Before the exhibitor hall opened on Thursday
Phoenix Comicon is moving up in the ranks, this is only my second year volunteering and attending but having attended a previous show that is now known as the Superbowl of Comic Cons (shhh its next month) it is definitely going to grow. Those that want to grow with it will stay, many new people will come and those that have been there from the start will stay.

Stay Tuned for more, as I talk about going with friends for the first time, sharing some great people I got to talk to and more. I can’t wait for next year’s show luckily they have created a sister show in the winter known as Fan Fest that gives us a little taste of Phoenix Comicon as we do not have to go without it for so long.

Did you attend Phoenix Comicon this year?

Until next time...
Watchtower over and out

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