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Is Back With A Force

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The Winter Production Of Phoenix Comicon Will Be Back At University Of Phoenix Stadium In Early December With A Focus On Star Wars Including A Much Anticipated BB-8 Obstacle Course


By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 23, 2015 — It can be difficult to have too much of a good thing, and that seems to be the theory with Phoenix Comicon. Back in May, the main convention saw more than 75,000 attendees over the four day event.

Last year, Phoenix Comicon launched a second event for the winter, Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest, and it went over well enough that it is happening once again from Dec. 4 to 6 at University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale

Fan Fest, in spite of the size of the venue, was a bit more of a manageable affair in terms of scope and size. Last year’s inaugural run saw just shy of 12,000 attendees, but the organizers of Phoenix Comicon are doubling down this year and bringing more guests, bigger names and of course, a massive exhibitor hall.

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening Dec. 18, Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest has special programming related to the blockbuster, including lightsaber duels, costuming, discussions, a BB-8 obstacle course and much more.  Also, Star Wars comic artists Tom Hodges, Andrew Robinson, Livio Ramondelli, and Braden Lamb will make appearances.

A special treat might be the Star Wars Neighborhood in the Exhibitor Hall where attendees can take a picture with Gredo, hang out with the Cantina bartender and chat with R2D2. Group having booths at the event include Dune Sea Garrison 501st, Mos Eisley base of the Rebel Legion, Arizona R2D2 Builders, The Dark Empire and Shonare Vhekadla Clan of the Mandalorian Mercenaries.

Beyond the galaxy far, far away, there will also be guests from major TV shows and movies like Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy), Julian Richings (Supernatural, Orphan Black), legendary animation director Tom Cook and Hercules himself, Kevin Sorbo. Full details on what guests are attending what days are available on the Phoenix Comicon website.

Fans need not fret though. Phoenix Comicon has never forgot that it is first and foremost, a comic book convention. Unlike San Diego Comic Con which has in recent years turned into more of a pop culture trade show, Fan Fest is really about the roots of fandom and there are plenty of comic book related guests at this year’s show.

Just like with Phoenix Comicon, Fan Fest will need a lot of volunteers in order to make the event run smoothly. For those who want to attend the event and not pay to get in, or for those who just like to help out, volunteering is a solid option. For more information on volunteering for the event, visit

Tickets for the event start at $10 and go up to $30 for the entire event. For more information or to get tickets, visit the Phoenix Comicon website at
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