Phoenix Comic Con Spotlight
2017 - The PCC Wrap Up!
Jill Wuellner & Todd Wuellner
What do Dick van Dyke, Bonnie Wright, Alan Tudyk, Gabriel Luna, and Michael Rosenbaum all have in common?
Yes,they are all entertainers of some kind, but beyond that, they were all at Phoenix Comicon the last weekend of May.
If you've never been to a Comic-con, you probably have the impression that it's a bunch of really weird people dressed up like comic book heroes and celebrating comic books. And you would be partially right...there are also people dressed up like anime character and Disney animated characters as well. Each year is different. A few years ago, zombies were pretty popular, because The Walking Dead was big at the time. Last year there were a lot of Happiness and Sadness's showing up, due to the popularity of Inside Out. This year, Deadpool was probably the most common figure seen at the Phoenix Comicon. If you love people watching and Halloween, Comic-con is a great place to see some amazing creativity.
This year, the Phoenix Comicon began with a real hero and bad guy situation, when police were tipped about a man intent on shooting police at the convention. He was quickly found, with his real gun, arrested and removed from the convention center. Unfortunately for those dressing up on subsequent days, props (ie, fake weapons) were not allowed on the following days, and security was tightened. As a result, security at Comic-cons taking place in other cities is being considered, so if you're going, you might want to double check what the policy is for your city.
Comic-cons are the perfect places to see celebrities from some well-known tv shows and movies. Hence, Dick van Dyke, Bonnie Wright (aka Ginny Weasley), Alan Tudyk (the voice of K-250 in Rogue One), Gabriel Luna (Robbie Reyes/Ghostrider on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), and Michael Rosenbaum (most famous as Lex Luthor in Smallville). And for the comic book connoisseur, it's a place to meet your favorite writer or illustrator. This is actually one of my favorite parts of Comic-con. While the lines to get an actors autograph might tie you up for an hour or so, the wait to meet these amazing artists and writers is relatively nonexistent. They are always willing to chat, tell life experiences, and meet a fan. Even if you don't know much about comic books, this is an area you won't want to miss.
People watching is a large part of Comic-cons, but the promoters put together a conference full of interesting classes and panels. Whether it's debating whether Marvel or DC have the better tv shows, attending a question and answer session with an actor, or a class about cosplay, there really is something for everyone. You might even find a Lego build-it area for kids or classic video arcades for kids of all ages, or discover that perfect super-hero bobble head you've been looking for. You just never know what you'll find at Comic-con.
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Phoenix Comicon is a multigenre entertainment and comic book convention held annually in Phoenix, Arizona. It was founded as the Phoenix Cactus Comicon in June 2002, and originally consisted of a one-day six-hour event held in Ahwatukee, Arizona.
PCC plays host to comic related panels, programming events, art contests, and autograph signings for all ages. It is 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.