The last few weeks Phoenix Comicon has had a lot of volunteers and attendees talking about their initial plans to change their staffing model and only accept volunteers who paid to be members of the non-profit group The Blue Ribbon Army.
The initial reaction was not a positive one, but it did open up opportunities for Convention Director Matt Solberg to meet the volunteers who were concerned about the change. One possibility brought up was whether or not the convention would shift from volunteers entirely and move forward with a paid staff model, and volunteers were even given the option on voting on which model they would prefer. Now though, according to Phoenix Comicon, despite “what most of our volunteers selected” (this volunteer included), the convention has decided to move forward with a paid staff model, and I have mixed feelings. Continue reading “Phoenix Comicon Shifts to Paid Staff Model in Surprising Decision” »
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,
CEO, Square Egg Entertainment
Convention Director, Phoenix Comicon
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” »
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” »
Who would have figured that with a few weeks of summer left, and San Diego right 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” »
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” »
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” »