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” »

Dalton’s Time Shift Trilogy Gets Fantastic With The Black Tempest.

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You may recall last year that I did a review of author Ryan Dalton’s debut novel The Year of Lightning, which also happens to be the first of his Time Shift trilogy. Well, yours truly has had an early chance to read book two, The Black Tempest, and things get fantastic.

If you read my previous review, I was hesitant to read The Year of Lightning, considering it’s Young Adult fiction, a genre I swore off after Twilight and Hunger Games. And I’d be lying if I didn’t say up front that I was equally hesitant to begin reading The Black Tempest, considering it’s a sequel.

Despite several sequels not living up to my expectations over the years, I haven’t sworn off sequels. I’ve just become wary of them, as few live up to the expectations I have. However,  plenty of authors have had good sequels, and now I can say that Ryan Dalton is one of them. Continue reading “Dalton’s Time Shift Trilogy Gets Fantastic With The Black Tempest.” »

Catching Beth Cato at the Tucson Festival of Books and thoughts on Breath of Earth

IMG_20170312_1550525Hi Readers,

This post falls hard into that category of being long overdue, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to post it! In 2015, at Phoenix Comicon, I had the chance to meet and speak with steampunk author Beth Cato. Then, in 2016 , back at the con,  we had a chance to revisit her Clockwork Dagger duology, and to discuss one of her latest books, Breath of Earth, which came out in August 2016. Finally, after half a year of teaching, I caught Beth again at the Tucson Festival of Books to tell her how much I loved Breath of Earth, not just for its awesome steampunk setting, but also for its incredibly empowering characters.  Continue reading “Catching Beth Cato at the Tucson Festival of Books and thoughts on Breath of Earth” »

Phoenix Comicon Paid Staff Press Release

January 23, 2017
After much deliberation, we have decided to shift to an all paid staff in the operation of Phoenix Comicon and all events associated with Square Egg Entertainment, including Phoenix Fan Fest, Minnesota Fan Fest, and Keen Halloween.
There are many individuals who helped make Phoenix Comicon one of the best run conventions in the country.  To them we owe our sincerest thanks and gratitude.  We hope that many of those who assisted us will apply for the new paid positions as we announce them.  In appreciation for everything you have done for us, those who served as volunteers in 2016 who are not selected for positions will receive two complimentary full event passes for Phoenix Comicon 2017 and 2018 as our gift.
We continue to support Blue Ribbon Army as a corporate member and through promotion of their group and activities.  We look forward to what they can accomplish and are excited to be a part of it.
While this was not the original decision as announced three weeks ago, nor was this the option selected by most of our volunteers, we do believe this is the best decision long term for our company and our conventions based on feedback and concerns raised.  It avoids further controversies as this industry changes, keeps us compliant with changing laws, and increases the professionalism and effectiveness of our team.
As this discussion consumed social media and news outlets over the past three weeks, we have continued to work behind-the-scenes on making our events for 2017 stellar.  We look forward to sharing announcements on our upcoming guests and content at all our shows.
Phoenix Comicon will continue to thrive and be a source of joy for thousands of attendees this year and in future years.
Thank you all for your discourse and feedback,

Matthew Solberg
CEO, Square Egg Entertainment
Convention Director, Phoenix Comicon

Why I hope Phoenix Comicon Uses the Blue Ribbon Army: Update on Staffing Issues

pcc-2017-logoHi Readers,

As many of you have probably heard, Phoenix Comicon is in a bit of a staffing snafu, regarding it’s previously anounced plans to only accept volunteers who are members of the Blue Ribbon Army.

Well, after Matt Solberg sent a clarifying email and I attended one of the Q&A sessions available to volunteers, I feel like the BRA is a much more comfortable solution to the alternatives. Continue reading “Why I hope Phoenix Comicon Uses the Blue Ribbon Army: Update on Staffing Issues” »

Straightening Out Some Of Phoenix Comicon’s Volunteer Changes

pcc-2017-logoHi Readers,

While not all of you are local to the Southern Arizona area several of you have probably heard about Phoenix Comicon’s recent change to their requirements for volunteers. Specifically that, as several sources are describing, individuals will have to “pay to volunteer”. Well, as someone who does volunteer for the convention, here are a few things that have been left out of, or ignored in the articles that have been posted to social media (typically with rants from those frustrated by the change). Continue reading “Straightening Out Some Of Phoenix Comicon’s Volunteer Changes” »

Fun at Fan Fest 2016

Cosplay, panelists and competition!

As I look forward to 2017 (and a certain New Years Resolution to keep up more with my blogging), I spent some time looking back through some fun in 2016, Phoenix Fan Fest being a part of that!

 

Needless to say, the trendiest cosplays at Fan Fest were anything and everything related to Stranger Things.

This wasn’t that surprising considering David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown had a panel together, where everything from babies to drugs was discussed, with David Harbour saying that he’d love to play Indiana Jones some day, so long as he gets to pop anti-depressants before heading out to save the day.

And yes, he is as awesome in person.

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Who else was awesome? Tim Rose (AKA Admiral Ackbar). He spent his entire panel telling us stories about all the creatures he’d built and brought to life (yes, his work on Labyrinth is DEFINITELY my favorite).img_20161023_132946

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Jeff holds the trophy aloft!

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We hold the trophy triumphant!

 

Finally, what other awesomeness did I engage in? PUGS of course, for an explanation see this post here. And for the first time since 2014 I WON! With a little help from my husband.