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.

Cosplay at Wild Wild West Con 4!

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This past weekend we were at Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention, one of the most fun conventions you can attend, even if you’re not into steampunk.

Cosplayers and fans of the aesthetic come from all over to celebrate steampunk in some truly unique and ingenious ways. Here are some of the cosplay photos, taken by Beth Riley of GeekShot Photography to prove it!

Take for instance Gentleman Robot, an amazing example of what can be accomplished when passionate fans put their heads together! Continue reading “Cosplay at Wild Wild West Con 4!” »

What Fan Fest Meant for Phoenix Comicon

Fan Fest logoHi Readers,

While 2014 already feels far behind us, we’re right about the half-way point between December’s Fan Fest, and Phoenix Comicon (which is already picking up steam with fantastic guests 10432545_10152421148648567_3816761971632429646_nlike Summer Glau, Jason Momoa, Edward James Olmos, Alyson Hannigan, and others)! So we’re taking one more look at Fan Fest 2014, Phoenix Comicon’s first Winter event, and to do that I had another conversation with convention director Matt Solberg about how the first Fan Fest went, and what it meant for the future of Phoenix Comicon! Continue reading “What Fan Fest Meant for Phoenix Comicon” »

WonderCon 2014 Cosplay!

Hey Readers,

I spent this past weekend at WonderCon 2014, and in addition to some time in panels, part of the weekend involved checking out some of the great cosplay, including a few Geekly Press exclusives taken by Geekly Press editor Shannon Jelle, or if specified by GeekShot photographer Beth Riley: Continue reading “WonderCon 2014 Cosplay!” »

Cos-Project Update 1, The Fourth Doctor’s Scarf

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For those already aware, at the beginning of the month, I began a simple, yet ambitious cos-project. knitting the Fourth Doctor’s scarf. In the past 28 days I’ve managed to finish 192 rows or 2 feet. This may seem impressive, considering the scarf is 60 stitches or 13 inches across. Unfortunately since I set a deadline for finishing this scarf by April 1st, well it means that I’m going to have to step things up quite a bit to get the next 852 to rows completed to reach the 1044 total. I’ve learned some things along the way already, which should make the next 8 weeks a bit easier in completing the project. Continue reading “Cos-Project Update 1, The Fourth Doctor’s Scarf” »