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Phoenix Comicon heats up downtown Thursday through Sunday

The 14th Annual Phoenix Comicon is coming to the Phoenix Convention Center this weekend (June 5 to June 8). Excitement has been building for this event for months. Industry insiders from film, television (and, oddly enough, comics) will be hiding out from the Phoenix heat in the massive downtown convention pavilion, ready to meet and greet with eager and adoring pop culture fans.

The stars of the web's least viewed series (Vincent and Me) with the star/creator of the webs most viewed series (Felicia Day of The Guild). PhxCC 2010.
Mack Duncan
Behind the scenes of Phoenix Comicon Film Challenge entry PERCEPTO the DESTROYER. Background: Producer/Cinematographer Rachel Tullio, Camera Assistant Clifton Gray. Foreground: Director/Actor Mack Duncan as Agent Wilson, Arturo Ruiz as Agent Spalding.
Scott Schoneman

There is much to experience at the con. Along with the celebrity spotting and cosplay watching, there are events and programs scheduled throughout the weekend. Guests can visit the numerous venders (many of them local) selling everything from replica props to hand-made puppets. There are discussion panels featuring celebrity guests as well as fan-run chats and debates tackling whatever fandom appeals to you. This is also an opportunity for local artists to demonstrate their skills through fan/genre films and creative costume designs.

I informally asked a Phoenix Comicon community page on Facebook to share some of their thoughts and insights about the event. I asked about favorite memories of past PhxCCs, things they were looking forward to this year, and any clichés or pitfalls they (and others) should lookout for:

What are some of your favorite Phoenix Comicon memories?

“1. I have been attending PCC since 2009 when it was still held in Mesa. The experience of Con in general has been one of meeting like minded people and being in the biggest group of friends you never knew you had. Every year I am meeting more and more people who I get to call my friend.” – Jen Hinds, Fountain Hills.

“Aside from meeting the legends and icons of my childhood – from comic books to Star Wars to Star Trek – I believe my MOST favorite experiences have been watching my five children at each con . . . watching them grow into the nerds they have become TODAY!!” – Paul Townsend, Scottsdale.

“I ate William Shatner's snacks when he was here in 2012. I'm talking brownies, juice, and little cakes. It was glorious. “ -Nicholas Quintin Grover, Mesa.

“ I was a moderator at the 2012 Con and was able to use my schmoozing, acting chops and be the penultimate emcee and host. Dressed like the character, Artie (from Warehouse 13) and having the beard and mustache to boot, I was more than pleased to introduce a few panels on film making and comics. Tony Amendola was my favorite panelist. I gave him a wonderful introduction wherein I ended it with, "...not bad for a man of over one hundred and fifteen!" I was volunteered for a stunt demonstration by Tony and it was the most fun that a fifty-two year old could ever imagine! It was more about the panels, emceeing and meeting my peers and also spending time with my daughter. We'll be coming again this year - as visitors, and for only one day (my birthday gift) and I look forward to the pictures with fellow actors and seeing old friends.” – Lawrence J. Fuller, Tucson.

What are you looking forward to at this year’s Phoenix Comicon?

“. I'm actually looking forward to the educational panels. There's some about integrating pop culture into the classroom that I am really curious about” - Michelle Mohrweis, Tucson.

“What am I looking forward to at this year's con? That's easy, Hell's Kitty coming back. Nothing is better than cats invading a con. Also, Hell's Kitty is the only panel I'm aware of that will be web casted live as it happens. Also, I'm looking forward to the cosplay as well. I'm dressing up as an original character that I created called Calico which is actually going to have it's own series on BNJ. It's great that PCC is happening in June because it's Adopt A Cat Month so I can use the character to encourage cat adoptions from local no-kill animal rescue organizations.” – Nohl Rosen, Phoenix.

“Actually working there this year. I'll be running my first published RPG A World of Dew (Samurai Noir) at the Hyatt Gaming Area. So Excited!” – Ben Woerner, Surprise.

What are some of the “con pitfalls” or “clichés” you would like to avoid?

“I have been to other cons,,,,,don't try to "do it all". Pick what you want to do and make sure to leave time for food, showers, a break, and the vendors room. Do not become schedule obsessed or you will eventually forget that the point is to have fun.” Patrick Hegarty, Phoenix.

“The post lunch/ pre evening time when everyone needs a nap and a snack. I love spending the whole day but that cranky time drags on I'm sad to say.” Caitlyn Emery, Phoenix

“My biggest challenge has been learning to pace myself! So much is happening each day and fitting in all you would like to do can be a challenge!” Heidi Wright, Anthem.

“The only pitfall for me is trying to avoid any sickness before or during. That can and has ruined a year for me.” – Jen Hinds, Fountain Hills.

As for me…

I’ve participated in PhxCC a number of times. I was first invited back in 2008 when the event took place in January at the Mesa Convention Center. Within a couple of years, it exploded and needed to move to downtown Phoenix. I’ve enjoyed having interesting conversations with various cast members of “The Guild” as well as screening an entire season of my own web series in 2011. This year, I’m pleased to be participating in several diverse events in what has become one of Phoenix’s biggest “Geek Culture” celebrations.

14th Annual Phoenix Comicon
June 5th (Thursday) 4:30-11:30 PM
June 6th (Friday) 10:30 AM -11:30 PM
June 7th (Saturday) 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
June 8th (Sunday) 10:30 AM- 6:00 PM
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Additional Programing

The Hyatt
122 N. 2nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Thursday 7:00 PM -2:00 AM
Friday 10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Sunday 10:00AM - 5:30PM

The Renaissance Hotel
50 E. Adams St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Thursday 7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Sunday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

340 N 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Thursday 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday 10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday 10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM

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