Phoenix Comicon has been extremely successful and growing in popularity since its establishment 13 years ago, first debuting back in 2002 with a $3 per day admission and total of 432 attendees. Now, Phoenix Comicon memberships range anywhere between $20 to $50 per day online and even cost more on site. Last year’s event had well over 50,000 attendees. With this many attendees, the capacity of the Phoenix convention center was put to its limits, so much that it was a fire hazard. Thus, why this year’s event will have a cap on memberships, though no memberships at the moment are currently sold out, with last year’s convention, don’t count on buying your memberships at the event, because when you get to the con, they just might be sold out already. Though some may ponder whether last year’s show had bigger actors, artists and exhibitors, and some may disagree, you can count on this year’s programming to bring in some awesome entertainment. The entertainment rich and unique can be easily ruined if one is not prepared. Comicon is a fun pop culture adventure, not having the necessary and right tools in your inventory can ruined this unique and rich experience Phoenix has to offer. Phoenix itself unique to other cities in the country, “good ways” as a native Phoenician would probably say, or as an outsider would probably call this place a “desert wasteland”, Phoenix not perfect in anyway, can easily be enjoyable, but it is all about knowing your surroundings.
In attending Phoenix Comicon I was surprised on how many attendee’s there were at the Downtown Phoenix Convention Center. The Numbers were so high on Saturday, that at one point the fire Marshall deemed the convention center was at full capacity. Though regardless of the capacity, every day at day at the convention registration was fast and easy, and I have to say, attendees who were buying their pass at the door, go their pass faster than those who bought their passes online. Soon after leaving the registration area, I proceeded to the exhibit hall, and it was HUGE! Filled with hundreds of vendors selling all sorts of Items with some sweet deals, ‘though everybody knows that Sunday is always the best time to buy buy buy’, I could not resist! Also, there were lots of panels, I got to attend a few myself, but the most popular ones were the Babylon 5 reunion, Star Trek Continues and Michael Rooker‘s panel. Furthermore, the convention was a great successes, this year’s convention had more panels, exhibitors, actors, artists, and attendees then any Phoenix Comic Con to date. Here’s what I saw at this year’s convention ENJOY!!