Phoenix Comicon Preps
New Downtown Invasion
After a Record Setting Year of Attendance in 2014, Phoenix Comicon is Coming Back to Downtown Phoenix May 28 to 31 With Even Bigger Names And Perhaps Crowds That Exceed 100,000
Alyson Hannigan from How I Met Your Mother, American Pie series, American Wedding and many others.
By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine
March 11, 2015 — Phoenix Comicon will once again be taking over the Phoenix Convention Center this summer from May 28 to 31 after a record setting year of attendance in 2014. Last year’s con saw nearly 80,000 visitors over the four-day period, making it one of the biggest cons in the country, rivaled only by the monster that is San Diego Comic Con.
The convention has been held at the Phoenix Convention Center since 2010 and this year will be held strictly in the north and west buildings of the convention center, but will be using all three floors to house its various programming.
Aside from the usual exhibitors and artists that will be flooding the convention floor, it seems as though the team behind Phoenix Comicon has managed to levy their growing attendance into bigger names for appearances at the convention this year.
Though there are still many names to be announced in the coming months, an exclusive appearance by Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and Alex Denisof (Dollhouse, The Avengers) has already been confirmed. Other confirmed guests include Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, voice actor Tom Kane, Lou Ferrigno and Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa, who will be playing Aquaman in the upcoming DC comics films for Warner Bros.
Local comic book and movie enthusiast Henry Lizano will be attending this year’s convention, which will be his third for Phoenix Comicon and is excited for everything that it has to offer.
“There's no real singular reason I go. I just like to be surrounded by all the geeky-ness,” Lizano said. “I'm usually always in it for merch. The big panels are usually entertaining too.”
Passes for the full event are currently $70, but that price will go up to $80 on April 1 and $90 day of the event. Individual day passes can be purchased as well. For kids 12 and under, a “Sidekick” pass can be purchased with any other membership for $10 and kids 2 and under are free.
However, for those hoping to see what the convention has to offer who may not have the money for a pass can look into volunteering. Phoenix Comicon is currently looking for people to volunteer for various positions such as directors, managers, coordinators, event staff and more. Aside from getting to help out with the event, those who volunteer will be able to stay and check out all of the convention programming for free.
Those looking to volunteer should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, as far as getting to the convention goes, there are a few options. The Light Rail runs right near the convention center at the Washington and 3rd Street stop. Those looking to drive to the convention will need to pay for parking nearby, but the organizers have worked out a deal with ParkWhiz give attendees a $2 discount at the Jefferson Street Garage if they reserve their parking early.
Phoenix Comicon is taking place May 28 to 31 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix. Tickets are available now and can be purchased day of the convention as well. For full pricing, tickets, guest lists and more event details, visit http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/.
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