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After Putting On A So-So Event Last Year, Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest Organizers Have Created An Event That Is Well Worth The Price Of Admission

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By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 05, 2015 — Lovers of comic books and all other related fanfare are in luck this weekend, because Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest is back for its second year, and the event organizers have upped the ante.

Last year the event drew 12,000 fans to University of Phoenix Stadium for what was primarily an exhibitor hall and assembly of food trucks. This year, fans can expect more guests, more panels and more cosplay.

Tons of 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 are scheduled to appear at the event. Fan Fest kicked off on Friday but there are plenty of guests and opportunities for the rest of the weekend.

Saturday’s highlights include a Torchwood panel with Gareth-David Lloyd, a costume contest, a panel on Star Wars comics plus the highly hyped Star Wars BB-8 Droid Obstacle Course.

Sunday will feature spotlight panels with Kevin Sorbo, Karen Gillan and Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation). Also, a panel for Star Wars collectors entitled “Star Wars Collecting 101” will take place in the evening to help round out the event along with a Phoenix Comicon preview panel.


Even at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest a Storm Trooper must guard the carbonite encased Han Solo.
Photo by Ryan Scott.


Qucksilver and Scarlet Witch at the Zia Records booth at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest.
Photo by Ryan Scott.


Goku from Dragonball Z and Deadpool hanging out at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest.
Photo by Ryan Scott.


Doctor beware! Daleks roam the halls of the Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest.
Photo by Ryan Scott.


A Black Cat aka Felicia Hardy Cosplay from Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest.
Photo by Ryan Scott.


The Doctors Tardis is always bigger on the inside.
Photo by Ryan Scott.


Captain America, Peggy Carter, and Thor. Yet another great set of cosplay costumes that could be seen at the Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest.
Photo by Ryan Scott.


What would the Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest be without R2D2 roaming the isles.
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A couple sporting some DIY steampunk cosplay at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest.
Photo by Ryan Scott.

For those not totally interested in panels, there are photo and autograph opportunities available on the exhibitor floor. All of the guests schedules for photo and autograph opportunitiess are available on the Phoenix Comicon website.

Also, the holiday shopping season is here and, for the fanboy or girl on your holiday shopping list, the exhibitor hall at Fan Fest presents an excellent opportunity to score some great memorabilia for that special someone. Also, there are plenty of great items for collectors to get their hands on.

And, if nothing else, the cosplay at this year's Fan Fest has been nothing shy of great, so the sightseeing alone is well worth the price of admission.

Parking for the event is free and there are food trucks right outside the venue, but there are also plenty of restaurants nearby for fans looking to  grab some lunch. For those who haven’t already purchased passes, they are available at the event.

Tickets for Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2015 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 www.phoenixcomicon.com.
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