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Phoenix Comicon 2016: Wrap Up

This last weekend marked another successful Phoenix Comicon!

Running Thursday through Sunday, there were countless hours of programming and stars to meet and greet. Each year that I have attended, they have really taken to heart the suggestions of their guests from the previous year and changed how foot traffic flowed, where registration is held, and even where you can go to see your favorite media guests all in the hopes of making everything run more smoothly for each con-goer.

This year was not without its issues, of course

A downed network on Friday made registration a total mess, causing many to have to wait in line for several hours outside. Phoenix Comicon was very quick to address the problem, taking to social media to right the mishap.  Other than that one problem, the rest of the weekend appeared to continue on without a hitch.

Along with hours upon hours of panels, Phoenix Comicon was also host to two separate weddings: a Doctor Who themed one and a Zombie Apocalypse themed one. Many of PHXCC’s favorite panels returned for 2016, including P.U.G.S. and the Harry Potter Planetarium. Joining those favorites were newcomers Stream Team Podcast with several trivia panels and Blumhouse Productions with several horror themed panels. Both plan to return again next year.

For aspiring writers and lovers of books, PHXCC 2016 featured a newly laid out writing workshop schedule as well as an opportunity to drink with your favorite authors. There were also several opportunities during PHXCC to save a life with United Blood Services hosting a blood drive all weekend.

Check out the slideshow below for highlights of the weekend’s activities!

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Wizard World: Las Vegas Preview

Searching for something exciting to do this weekend? Look no further than Wizard World Las Vegas!

The multi-location convention is coming back to Las Vegas for its second year and will once again be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Featured guests include Jewel Staite (Firefly, Serenity, Warehouse 13, Stargate: Atlantis), Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob, Clerks II, Mallrats), Sean Maguire (Once Upon A Time, Meet the Spartans), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead, Jumper, Mallrats), and Lori Petty (Tank Girl, Gotham, Orange is the New Black, A League of Their Own).

In addition to entertainment guests, the event also will host a vast array of authors, artists, creators, and cosplay guests. There will also be a full line-up of panels to attend where guests can ask their favorite actor or author questions and gain general knowledge on a variety of geeky subjects.

If you have never attended a comic convention, then I highly recommend attending Wizard World. Conventions are a great way to meet people like you who are into comics, fantasy and sci-fi! There will be amazing vendors to help you fill your home and dress your person with the best in all manner of geeky goods and wares (we will be highlighting a few of those vendors soon, so stay tuned). Compared to other conventions, Wizard World is unique because they set a large area aside just for tattoo artists, where you can forever ink your love for your favorite character or fandom.

A full list of all the amazing guests attending Wizard World: Las Vegas can be found on their website.

General Info:

TICKETS

Use the code ZIARECORDS16 for 20% off

March 18–20, 2016

Las Vegas Convention Center

3150 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89109

Friday, Mar 18, 2016 – 3pm – 8pm

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 – 10am – 7pm

Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 – 10am – 4pm

Let us know if you will be in attendance this weekend, and share your experiences, photos in the comments!

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Amazing Las Vegas Comic Convention Preview

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The third annual Amazing Las Vegas Comic Convention will take place at South Point Hotel & Casino June 19-­21, 2015. It will feature an exhibit floor complete with more than 300 exhibitors, an exciting Artist Alley with more than 200 artists, and autograph sessions. Passes are available at the South Point box office, or online.

 

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Friday night will feature a Family Feud Cosplay edition, Saturday afternoon will have an elite Marvel panel including former Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, and Saturday evening will end with a cosplay contest complete with prizes. All weekend long there will be DIY workshops demonstrating costuming techniques, guest appearances by stars from the reality show Face Off, and fan meet-ups for Bob’s Burgers, Mortal Kombat X, Doctor Who, and more.

Families will not want to miss Sunday’s Kids’ Day, which will feature a costume parade, free sketches by Mat Nastos, Spotlights on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers, and will be offering a free anti-bullying program called Mission: Bully-Proof. It will be taught by Chris Casamassa, a martial arts champion. He will share his nationally acclaimed anti-bullying program with our young guests, teaching them how to create a respectful and healthy environment, and how to peacefully resolve conflicts.

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Special guests will include John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow), Tyler Mane (X-Men, Halloween, Troy), and Troy Brenna (Avengers, X-Men, Thor). Also featured will be several all-stars from Power Rangers, and voice actors from Sailor Moon. There will be several comic/cartoon industry guests like Kevin Eastman (TMNT), Rob Liefeld (Deadpool), Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn), George Perez (Avengers, Teen Titans), and Steve McNiven (Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy).

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Wizard World Las Vegas – Weekend in Review

Wizard World Comic Con made its debut here in Las Vegas at the end of April and I couldn’t have been more excited! I had followed the Wizard World cons before hearing they were headed to Vegas but never had an opportunity to attend. For years I hoped Vegas would make it onto their more than 20+ con location roster and this year was it! I would consider myself an average con-goer who enjoys a little of everything when attending a convention and it is always enjoyable when a con has more than enough to offer.

One of the most important aspects is the guests a con gives you access to and Wizard World did not disappoint! I was able to meet some faves from The Walking Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street, Sleepy Hollow, the WWE, Heroes, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I absolutely loved getting selfie pics with Milo Ventimiglia who is a complete goofball as well as the amazing Tom Mison who is so sweet and soft spoken, it’s no wonder he causes hearts to melt. I also had the opportunity to spend a good deal of time the the greatest Power Ranger of all time, Jason David Frank. And while there were a couple last minute cancellations, I have learned to expect it as filming schedules change; there is just no way to predict something like that.

Another important part of a great con is the vendor floor. Wizard World had one of the best layouts on the vendor floor that I’ve ever seen. With this being only their first year in Vegas, it was easy to see they were veterans when it came to crowd flow and schematics. The exhibit floor map was so easy to follow, I was able to locate the vendors I look forward to seeing at each con I go to with ease and managed to snag some of their newest prints! It was so nice to be able to walk through an exhibit hall and have the room to stop and really look at all the amazing items for sale without feeling like you were in someone else’s way or crammed into a corner. This was definitely not for a lock of attendance, as there were so many people everywhere, but because the Las Vegas Convention Center they chose as their location has plenty of room to make the aisles wide and the space comfortable.

My personal favorite part of a comic con is the panels. I love when there is an ample amount of programming to keep you busy the whole time. Wizard World offered a wide variety of panels and programming including gaming tournaments, intros into writing, cosplay, creative workshops, social injustices within comic books, the impact of women in today’s fandoms, as well as Q&As with the media guests. I had the opportunity to attend many of these panels, including the ones focused on women in fandom, the Q&As with Tom Mison, Milo Ventimiglia, James Marsters, Arthur Darville, and Robert Englund, as well as a couple on cosplay and the costume contest. This is the first local con that I feel has had an adequate amount of programming for the entire duration of the event. In fact, there were a couple of times I had to choose between multiple panels I wanted to go to.

Overall I am excited for the return of Wizard World next year, I know it will be just as awesome. Wizard World did an excellent job in making sure everything ran smoothly, there was plenty of options for food to fuel you throughout the day, and never was there a dull moment. I am impressed with the quality of presenters for their panels, the amazing vendors, as well as the unique aspects of the Wizard World Comic Con.

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