Phoenix Comic Con 2016
Starts on this coming Thursday.
Phoenix is now gearing up for Comicon 2016 set for June 2-5. Occupying the Phoenix Convention Center and surrounding hotels, Phoenix Comicon transforms downtown Phoenix into a human kaleidoscope. Superman and the Joker sit at an outdoor café enjoying a meal together. Anime characters stroll the streets. Deadpool pushes a stroller with a tiny Flash inside. Everyone poses for pictures.
Inside the convention center, scores of actors, artists and writers sign autographs, take photos and host panel discussions.
The actor guests this year include Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), Billie Piper and Alex Kingston (River Song and Rose Tyler in Doctor Who), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid), Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man). Among the comic book artists to attend are George Perez, Marv Wolfman, and Jae Lee. Authors such as Bishop O’Connell, Dan Wells and Michael J. Sullivan will be there as well.
Many of the celebrities in attendance sit behind tables. Fans can line up, pay a fee, meet the celeb and get an autograph or photo.
An entire floor of the convention center is transformed into a massive geek mall where visitors can purchase items including comic books, posters, jewelry, Vulcan (Spock) ears and even hand made velvet fezzes.
On anther floor visitors can walk through a Doctor Who exhibit, examine steam punk props and pose in a replica of the Enterprise.
All the while, panel discussions, films and presentations are being held in various conference rooms. A tiny sample of this year’s topics includes DC vs Marvel meetup, Doctor Who’s Most Cringeworthy Moments, Phoenix Ultimate Geek Smackdown, Deadpool Beauty and Talent Pageant, Make Your Own Mickey Ears, Crafting Cosplay Weapons on a Budget, Zombies Costume Meetup, Drawing Monsters and Aliens, Star Wars Costuming for Kids, Harry Potter-the Fandom that Lived, Geek Bridal Showcase. You get the idea. There are after-hours themed parties, panels for every geek interest and fandom, activities for families, gaming, contests, and even a beer garden full of food trucks and live music.
“As a leading pop culture convention, it is important to try to have something for everyone. Whether you are a geek at heart or just having a passing interest in pop culture, we want all of our attendees to walk away smiling,” said Phoenix Comicon Convention Director Matt Solberg. ( AZ Daily Sun)