Reasons why Phoenix Comic Fest will be better than Phoenix Comicon in 2018

Hey Readers,


The great season of cons (which let’s face it is a year round thing now) will be kicking off for many at WonderCon this coming weekend. For yours truly however, I’m looking a little further into the future to what’s ahead at Phoenix Comic Fest.

Now I may have been a bit hesitant to jump on board with the new name, but I can definitely jump on board with some of the changes that we’ll see in 2018, so that we can have a better con…er… fest-sperience!

First, let’s start with the fact that Square Egg by their own admission (and based on interviews I’ve had with Director Matt Solberg) has never run a perfect convention. They always look at the ways that things can be improved. And every year it’s always “that one thing”. One year it had to do with the escalators, another year it was the photo op issues. While other cons which shall remain nameless but vaguely referred to as the Unyielding Sandy Behemoth, rarely acknowledge their issues (like lines, Cosplay is not Consent, and harassment). And even if said Unyielding Sandy Behemoth does acknowledge their issues, it finds ways to explain why they won’t change.

Phoenix Comic Fest is no stranger to change (just take a look at the new name in response to potential litigation). Not only have they implemented changes every year based on whatever the scuttlebutt has been, but also based on attendee feedback of the most recent show. Now last year is a tad of an anomaly given the attempted shooter and how that affected security, props and everything in between (including vendors). And it may have caused disgruntled attendees in more “that one things” than previous years, but the good news is Phoenix Comic Fest is working hard so that doesn’t happen again.

One thing that’s been common for a couple years (and definitely exacerbated last year) was security and lines. Based on the additional security staff (five times more), metal detectors and entrances (DOUBLE) I don’t think waiting in lines in the Phoenix Summer heat is going to be “that one thing”.

And back to the props, as explained in their adorkable video where they encourage folks to “Prop it like it’s hot” on their Facebook page, and on their Behind the Scenes they provide a list of all props that cosplayers will be able to bring, now that the Phoenix Convention Center is no longer restricting or banning props. So cosplayers, prop it up (yours truly is particularly excited by this development). So props will also not be “that one thing”.

Whatever “that one thing” is going to be in 2018, it’s not something that I’m worried about, Phoenix Comic Fest will handle it like they’ve always handled it, which means more and more people like yours truly, will get to enjoy the show.

Here are the things that Phoenix Comic Fest isn’t changing and will continue to have, great guests, awesome cosplay, fantastic panels, games and other nerdiness beyond measure!

And thinking back to the name change, if the core of the show is going to be the same, especially for a show that has worked to improve the experience of attendees year over year when other cons just care about the guest list, then I’ve stopped caring and I’ve started looking forward to May 24th-27th, when I’ll be at Phoenix Comic Fest.

Why Captain Marvel’s Green Costume Doesn’t Matter… Sort of

8010d8d8422cfda330402f9c00ac9cb0Hey readers,

A couple days ago Marvel fans started to reacting to images of Brie Larson in her Captain Marvel costume. And the details look great, except for one tiny problem, the color. As someone who has LOVED Captain Marvel since before she donned her current costume, I have a few thoughts.

Let me start by saying I’ve always been a Carol Danvers fan. It didn’t matter when she was a human woman, when she was half-kree, when she was Binary, or anything in between.

The reasons I admire Carol Danvers have NOTHING to do with what she wears, and considering she’s fabulous feminist who came to her powers in the 70’s, what a superhero wears should for the most part be secondary to the content of their character. Continue reading “Why Captain Marvel’s Green Costume Doesn’t Matter… Sort of” »

What’s in a name? A lot for Comic Conventions

PCF_LOGO_websiteHi Readers,

Like New Years resolutions, big changes in January are becoming a thing for what is now formerly Phoenix Comicon. Last year it was the shift from volunteers to paid staff,  and a little over a week ago Square Egg Entertainment changed the name of its summer comic convention from Phoenix Comicon to Phoenix Comic Fest. This was announced on their social media platforms in a statement (listed below). And for the most part, since the nature of the show isn’t changing it’s easy for attendees to ask “what’s the big deal?”. When you consider though that this is likely the first of several conventions to begin making name changes to avoid a costly but frivolous lawsuit, it’s a bigger deal than most think.

While Phoenix Comic Fest doesn’t explicitly reference the recently decided lawsuit between San Diego Comic-Con and Salt Lake Comic Con, their comment about the term comic con becoming “litigious” might as well have “we’re changing our name to avoid being sued” in parenthesis. And I get it. If any business owner becomes aware of a risk, they’re going to do what they need to do to avoid that risk. That being said, I have a question or two.

While this may be a bit of a complaint is why Phoenix Comic Fest chose to keep “Comic” rather than “Convention” in its name (or why SDCC is fighting with that particular part of the term. While comics, authors and artists still have a place at comic conventions, they’re less and less why most fans attend. Conventions like Phoenix Comic Fest have been growing because of two interconnected reasons. The first is that nerdy things are getting more mainstream and acceptable (I mean I’m still the nerdiest person at my school, but no one bullies me for it 20 years later), and movies, tv shows and pop culture are why. So when a convention has to change its name, why keep the part of it that is now less representative of what you’re having people convene for?

Also, where does it end? Is SDCC going to find some way to sue other conventions that only keep part of the name? If it’s too costly for a single convention to go up against the biggest con, then certainly there’s a way for cons to band together and fight for the conventions they hold.

Maybe 50 years from now this will be no big deal, and if cons keep including the fabulous fandoms I love then I’ll keep attending, I just don’t know how I’ll explain to my non-nerdy friends that now I’m going to a “fest” that has nothing to do with an actual festival.

What are your thought’s on Phoenix Comic Fest’s name change and statement?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi did what it was supposed to.

downloadHi readers,

Let me start by saying that this post contains spoilers for The Last Jedi… but if you haven’t seen it by now then I don’t know how my post will tell you anything you haven’t seen or heard at this point.

That being said, reading will lead to spoilers, spoilers lead to anger, and anger leads to suffering, or something like that.

Also… this is not going to go the way you think. Continue reading “Star Wars: The Last Jedi did what it was supposed to.” »

What’s Happening at Phoenix Comicon This Weekend

14681671_10154534307023567_8657440578569897444_nHey Readers

It may seem crazy, but Phoenix Comicon starts TOMORROW! In less that 24 hours geeks from all over will be descending on the Phoenix Convention Center to geek out for their respective fandoms. So while an exhaustive list of the awesomeness would be too long for a single post (and a tad redundant since you can see it all on Phoenix Comicon’s website), your trusty editor will give you the rundown on what she’ll be looking forward to at Phoenix Comicon.


14980554_10154325881943855_382259480300581265_nWhile most of my Thursday will spent checking out the exhibit hall and hunting down new sketches for my Carol Danvers Compilation Sketchbook, Thursday evening will be spent battling it out at P.U.G.S. – Phoenix Ultimate Geek Smackdown. How to explain P.U.G.S.? It’s a debate competition where only the strong, knowledgeable, and somewhat absurd survive. Here’s a longer post, where I describe my first battle.


pcc17_osric_chau_instaThere’s a Doctor Who-se Your Own Adventure panel with a fan written live script reading of a Doctor Who mashup episode where the audience gets to choose how the story progresses.

Also, a certain Supernatural Favorite, Osric Chau will have a panel at 12:30 that day (squee!)


Then in the evening, if I progress to the finals I’ll be at P.U.G.S. again.



There’s much to enjoy on Saturday, a Legible Scrawl panel for To Prove A Villian, their comic-centric podcast. They’ll be doing a live script reading with some of their familiar voice actors.

At noon Diana Gabaldon will be having a spotlight panel. She’s always got great stories about the writing and filming of Outlander, so I’ll be sure to be there.

And at 3:00 actress Bonnie Wright will be having a spotlight panel of her own.

While Dick Van Dyke would have been great to plan and see, the changes with panel fees left many to find other panels to attend.


pcc17_karen_david_instaKaren David will be at a Once Upon A Time panel, and while I’ll mainly be attending because I loved her in Galavant I’m sure it will be a fun panel none the less.

Finally, while they don’t have panel times listed, I’ll be spending my free time at the con looking for Geekly Press favorite authors Beth Cato, Ryan Dalton and Wesley Chu!


What are your plans for Phoenix Comicon 2017? Let us know in the comments.

Catching up with Ryan Dalton – Spoilers for the Time Shift Trilogy

Hi Readers,

Yesterday I had a chance to catch up with Ryan Dalton to discuss his newest book The Black Tempest, including some exclusive tidbits about a couple characters, and I get some teases regarding book three. Watch the video below to watch Dalton explain how his nerdiness has paid off in his writing. Major and minor spoilers though, if you haven’t read The Year of Lightning and The Black Tempest!

If you’re still interested in Ryan Dalton’s trilogy, watch the video from this point, way less awesomeness, but also way less spoilery.

Keen Halloween Goes But Fan Fest Stays

phxff_fanfest_logoHey Readers, while last week’s post was actually a guest article on Pat Sponagle’s site all about Cersei Lannister, this one gets back to the reality of conventions and what we can expect in the coming months from Square Egg Entertainment, the showrunners of Phoenix Comicon.

Now Phoenix Comicon is of course still happening over Memorial Day weekend, and we’ll have a post up shortly about all of the fantastic guests they’re hosting this year, but for now let’s get to the nitty gritty of Square Egg Entertainment’s other cons… or as it is now con. Continue reading “Keen Halloween Goes But Fan Fest Stays” »