Fan Fest 2016 Guest Updates

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With Fan Fest just over a week away I have good news and some not so good news, regarding guest announcements.

elizabeth_henstridge_bioLet’s start with the not so good. Unfortunately for Doctor Who, Broadchurch and Legends of Tomorrow fans Arthur Darvill had to cancel his appearance, “due to filming commitments”.

The good news though, especially for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans is that Elizabeth Henstridge will a guest at Fan Fest this year, having a joint panel with Brett Dalton on Saturday from 4:00-5:00 pm, with photo ops starting at 11:00 am on Saturday.

Are you planning on going to Fan Fest? Who are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments!

Fan Fest in the Fall

Fan Fest 2016Hi Readers,

Who would have figured that with a few weeks of summer left, and San Diego GeeklyPress_J_Squires_Phoenix_Comiconright around the corner that my thoughts would be pushing ahead to this Fall?

Well, now that tickets are on sale for Fan Fest, and the folks who run Phoenix Comicon have gone wibbly-wobbly and moved the convention both in time and in space, going from December to October, and from the stadium back to Downtown Phoenix, I had some questions for Jillian Squires, their Director of Marketing on the big change. Continue reading “Fan Fest in the Fall” »

Rising Temps Can’t Stop Phoenix Comicon’s Rising Attendance

2f5255ec-7a72-4379-bc36-898256468bfeHey Readers,

Last weekend was a BLAST at Phoenix Comicon. From panels to author interviews and just all around awesome nerdiness I still can’t believe that it’s over (until Fan Fest that is). And despite some heat (record summer temperatures – because this is Phoenix) attendance is being reported as higher than ever.

According to AZCentral attendance was described by Tom Kuipers as being conservatively at 85,000, which would be around 10,000 more attendees than 2015. However, yourphx.com is projecting that the attendee estimate is closer to 100,000! Which would be a huge leap for a con that has been creeping toward SDCC attendance levels over the past few years. Continue reading “Rising Temps Can’t Stop Phoenix Comicon’s Rising Attendance” »

Looking Forward to Phoenix Comicon 2016

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Just like last year (I think these interviews are becoming a thing), I spent some time speaking with Matt Solberg, the Convention Director of Phoenix Comicon. The conversation covered things from what Phoenix Comicon is doing to keep things affordable for attendees and families (who lets face it make the cutest group cosplays), to how they continue to help serve the nerdy community through their work with Kids Need to Read, including plans for a fundraiser this Spring. Continue reading “Looking Forward to Phoenix Comicon 2016” »

What’s a Nerdgasm? Tom Lenk shares at Fan Fest

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One of the best things, if not the best thing, about nerdy and pop culture conventions is that people of all fandoms can gather and even if we can’t agree on things like whether we’d rather travel in the TARDIS, Impala, Millenium Falcon or IMG_20151205_181035Enterprise we can all recognize each other’s inner geek. And we’ve all had at least one nerdgasm. Now a nerdgasm for me (Loki in Hall H) might not be one for you, but trust me when I say if we’ve been to a con or two we’ve all had one, and perhaps no one explains it best than Tom Lenk who not only helps define the term but stands as an example for nerds every where in his new documentary Nerdgasm, which he shared along with Q & A at Fan Fest.
Continue reading “What’s a Nerdgasm? Tom Lenk shares at Fan Fest” »

Summer Reading from Phoenix Comicon Authors, Part 4 Beth Cato

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In my final of four author interviews, I spoke on Sunday with Beth Cato who’s just released the next in her Clockwork Dagger series. Continue reading “Summer Reading from Phoenix Comicon Authors, Part 4 Beth Cato” »