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The 2017 Edition Of Phoenix Comicon Is Almost Upon Us, And It Promises To Be A Must-Attend Event For Geeks And Pop Culture Lovers Of All Kinds


By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

May 16, 2017 — Things may have changed a little bit (maybe a lot bit) in the off season, but the best time of year for nerds and pop culture lovers of all shapes and sizes is just around the corner.

That’s right, heat be damned, Phoenix Comicon is coming back to the Phoenix Convention Center this Memorial Day Weekend.

While some things have changed behind-the-scenes for Phoenix Comicon this year, most notably the volunteer system, it looks like the folks in charge have poured their resources into getting some major guests and programming put together.

Assuming they can avoid any huge hiccups with less staff on the ground, this could be one of the best Phoenix Comicons in recent memory, given the lineup.

For those who are more into the film and TV side of things, the lineup is truly outstanding this year, with some Doctor Who alum in the form of Karen Gillan and Jenna Coleman in attendance. Marvel fans will be happy to know that Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Jon Bernthal (The Punisher, Daredevil, The Walking Dead) and Elden Henson (Daredevil) will be there as well.

Additionally, genre icon Danny Trejo will be at this year’s con, but perhaps the biggest get is none other than legendary actor Dick Van Dyke, who will be at the event this year and will have a special panel highlighting his long career.

Despite the fact that a lot of focus has been shifted to other forms of media in recent years, Phoenix Comicon is still bringing in a lot of talent on the comics side of things. A few of the many noteworthy names include Billy Tucci, Peter David, Jim Shooter, Don Rosa and Ashley Witter. There are plenty more, so for those who are still in it for the comics, there will be more than enough reason to attend.

Unfortunately, some last minute, very significant cancellations came up. Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who, Legends of Tomorrow), Charlie Cox (Daredevil) and Ming Na Wen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), who recently had to undergo knee surgery, won’t be able to attend this year. For some, this is probably a pretty heavy blow, but as they say, the show must go on. You can check out all of this year’s guests at

Phoenix Comicon has also put together a very comprehensive list of programming for the weekend, including panels, parties and everything in between.

Many people go to Phoenix Comicon thinking that the exhibitor hall is the only thing to do. So, before heading to the convention center this year, be sure to check out the entire list of programming at

You can also download the Phoenix Comicon app this year to help manage your schedule on the go, or check events, locations and any other info you may need during the weekend.

2017’s Phoenix Comicon is taking play May 25-28 at the Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St. in  Phoenix. Badges for the event are still available for purchase, either for individual days of for the full event. Single-day badges star as low as $20, but full-event badges can be purchased for $75. Photo ops and reserved seating, a new item for 2017, can also be purchased in advance. To purchase badges, or for any other information, visit
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