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Recap: Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2014

The Amazing Arizona Comic Con took place in downtown Phoenix this weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center. Headlined by comic book guests such as Robert Kirkman, Danai Gurira, Geoff Johns, Marc Silvestri, and many more, the convention was estimated to have high attendance numbers over the three days it was opened.

A shot of a vendor display in the exhibitor hall.
Christen Bejar and Justin Franco

To prepare for these numbers, the convention took pains to open registration earlier than prior years, as well as setting out metal barriers for the line to form around the convention center. Along with this, volunteers regulated traffic between the line and registration inside the lobby, as to avoid any undue congestion for attendees with their passes in hand.

For passes, the convention ended up issuing badges on a lanyard coupled with wristbands which, oddly enough, required attendees to wear them throughout the weekend for re-entry into the con, regardless of the badges they were also given. There were a few other stumbles as well, such as times for signing sessions for guests such as Danai Gurira or Marc Silvestri missing from the printed programming guide or being delayed. Volunteers however, did a fairly good job of posting updated information in booths, and mitigating line traffic and cutoff times during these sessions.

Panels were nicely spaced out with plenty of seating for attendees and covering a variety of topics. The vendor hall also had a tremendous amount of space allowing for more breathing room between aisles and easier traffic flow.

Overall Amazing AZ appeared to have another successful convention in the books, but there are still a few things it could stand to tweak and fix to make it a one-hundred percent solid event for both guests and attendees.