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Phoenix Comic Fest 2018:
New Name, Same Fun

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Phoenix Comic Fest is Coming to the Phoenix Convention Center on May 24 and Here is Everything You Need to Know About the Event

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

May 22, 2018 - A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, or so the saying goes. Fangirls and fanboys from throughout the Southwest are hoping that sentiment also applies to comic book conventions, as Phoenix Comic Fest is just around the corner. In years past, the event went by the name of Phoenix Comicon, but the organizers have rebranded the event for 2018. However, there are still plenty of special guests and fan culture happenings to get those who have attended the event previously on board with this year’s festivities. For those attending Phoenix Comic Fest this year, we’ve got you covered with what you need to know and how to best enjoy yourself.

Wristbands, Not Badges
In previous years, attendees were given badges that were picked up at the convention center upon arrival. This year, Phoenix Comic Fest has switched to a wristband system. Those who registered for the event were sent a wristband as to avoid a long wait in line to collect a badge. If you purchased your pass after the mailing date, you can still pick up your wristband at the event. Phoenix Comic Fest warns not to put your wristband on until the event. “Our wristbands (even the fabric ones) are not adjustable. Once you put it on, it should stay on throughout the event,” says the organizers, who add, “Don't forget to register your wristband! In the event that you need to replace your wristband, having it registered will save you from having to pay a replacement fee on your first one.”

Yes, Weapons Are Allowed, Within Reason
Cosplay is a huge part of what makes comic conventions fun, but last year a man carrying multiple guns and a knife at Phoenix Comicon caused a major problem. However, Phoenix Comic Fest is allowing attendees to carry props that around, but there are prohibited items, such as real and replica firearms of any kind, tasers glass props, brass knuckles, replica or simulated explosives, metal or wood swords or anything with a sharp edge. But if you want to bust out your lightsaber or magic wand, by all means, have at it. For a full list of allowed and prohibited items, visit phoenixcomicfest.com/pcf/improvements/#props.

Who’s Coming to Phoenix Comic Fest?
One of the most important elements of making sure that an event like this is successful, fun and appealing is getting big-name guests to appear. This year, Phoenix Comic Fest made sure to gather a roster of big names from the worlds of film, TV, comic books, voice acting and cosplay.

If you’re in it for the Hollywood types, Famke Janssen (X-Men franchise), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Tim Curry (Clue, IT), William Shatner (Star Trek) Wil Wheaton (also Star Trek) and a host of others will be in attendance. Unfortunately, Dave Bautista and David Dastmalchian had to cancel their appearances.

On the comic side of things (this is a comic book convention, after all) things are jam-packed, with names like Scott Snyder, Peter David, Tim Sale, Bob Camp, Charles Soule, Frank Cho and Katie Cook attending, just to name a few. There are also plenty of voice actors, horror icons, authors and big names from the video game world hitting this year’s event. For a full list, visit phoenixcomicfest.com/guests.
What Else is Going on?
Assuming you’re not into something like Phoenix Comic Fest to meet famous people, there are plenty of other activities going on throughout the weekend. As always, the exhibitor floor will be flooded with various wares such as rare collectibles, comic books, movies, props, toys and plenty more for you to get your hands on. There are also a ton of special events and programs this year, such as the Rick and Morty themed Rick Sanchez House Party, Star-Lord’s Guardians of the Galaxy Cosplay Dance Off and the Superhero Fantasy Draft. There are also a ton of various panels featuring the convention’s special guests. For a full schedule, be sure to check out https://memberships.square-egg.com/schedule/phoenix_comic_fest_2018.

Where, When and How?
Down to the nitty gritty. Where is Phoenix Comic Fest, when is it and how can you be a part of it? The event takes place at the Phoenix Convention Center, located in Downtown Phoenix at 100 N 3rd St. Phoenix Comic Fest takes place from Thursday, May 24 through Sunday, May 27. If you still need to purchase a membership, full event passes run $110 through May 23. If you choose to purchase them on site, the price goes up to $120. Daily passes can also be purchased, with Thursday memberships starting at $30 and Saturday memberships going for $55 through May 23. The prices for daily passes go up by $5 for individual day passes when purchasing on site. For any additional programming or event information, visit PhoenixComicFest.com.
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