Troy from ZiaComics.com visited Phoenix Comicon and brought back a little peak into the signature pop culture event in the Southwest.
Phoenix Comicon (PHXCC) is a multi-genre entertainment and comic book convention held annually in Phoenix, Arizona. It was founded as the Phoenix Cactus Comicon in June 2002. Originally it consisted of a one-day six-hour event held in Ahwatukee, Arizona. PHXCC plays host to comic related panels, programming events, art contests, and autograph signings for all ages. It is now a four-day event (Thursday-Sunday) held during the summer at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix. On Thursday evening prior to the official opening of the event there is a preview for professionals, exhibitors, and select guests pre-registered for all four days.
The convention has expanded over the years to include a larger range of pop culture elements such as horror, anime, manga, animation, toys, collectible card games, video games, web comics, and fantasy novels. In 2014, the convention set an attendance record of 77,818, and reportedly generates approximately $5 million in revenue for the city of Phoenix. Phoenix Comicon has also begun to expand programming into the surrounding hotels including the Hyatt Regency, Marriott Renaissance, and Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotels.
Along with panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals, evenings at the convention include events such as themed prom parties, the annual Masquerade costume contest, and a Film Festival with several different prize opportunities.
Like most comic-book conventions Phoenix Comicon features a large floor space for exhibitors. These include media companies as well as comic-book dealers and collectibles merchants. Phoenix Comicon also includes an autograph and photo opportunity area. There is a large Artists’ Alley where comics artists can sign autographs and sell or do free sketches.