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Stan Lee is an American icon and he will be at Phoenix Comic Con Saturday and Sunday. Image by Edward Liu and user under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license..
Annual Event Will Bring Leonard Nimoy, Stan Lee And Some Of The Other Big Names In Comics And Science Fiction To The Phoenix Convention Center



By Brad Hamilton
Special to Modern Times Magazine .com

May 24, 2011 — When the comics industry began to emerge from the dimes stores and malt shops of the post-war era, comic conventions began to attract the passioned, devoted and unique lovers of paper and ink.

Those small and intimate gatherings have surely grown meteorically, but the comics community has maintained the sense of fun and unity of those early days with the modern comic con — a full fledged, multi-day festival of the super and extreme. Comic cons are places where capitalism, devotion and homage to stars and fans alike overflow in a costumed, fantastical wonder.

The Phoenix Comic Con is no exception. This year’s event will kick off Thursday, May 26 and will turn the last page Sunday May 29. The event will be held at both the Phoenix Convention Center and the adjacent Hyatt Regency Hotel. Tickets for the entire weekend are only $40 before May 25.

Besides the hundreds of booths where comic books, paraphernalia, accessories and costumed marauders can be seen, the event also highlights a morass of discussions, shows, music, and appearances by some of the biggest stars in the science fiction/comics community.

The biggest names scheduled to appear are Leonard Nimoy and Stan Lee — two men who really need no introduction to anyone remotely interested in comics. Others of note include Ernie Hudson of Ghostbusters fame, Billy Dee Williams of Star Wars fame, Bruce Boxleitner of Tron and some television shows fame, and Todd McFarlane of Spawn and Mark McGuire’s 70th home run ball buying fame. For the comics/sci fi devotee, a slew of the biggest names within the comics/science fiction community will also be either working a booth or taking part in other activities, including Ethan Van Sciver, best known for illustrating a number of titles including Green Lantern, Superman/Batman, New X-Men, and currently, The Flash: Rebirth.

But for a cooler experience for the unindoctrinated, meet Benjamin Glendenning at the Nuts and Bolts of Comics Creation workshop Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Sketch Cards! on Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. This comic creator/artist and award winning sketch card artist lives in Arizona. His current works include publishing his own Comic “Tin Star Tex,” contributing art on Moonstone publishing and 5finity productions “Zombies Versus Cheerleaders” comics as well as the upcoming “Hack/Slash meets Zombies Versus Cheerleaders.”

But of course, walking the exhibition floor itself as well as checking out the atmosphere in downtown Phoenix this weekend will surely be a treat.

For more information, visit the Phoenix Comic Con website at http://phoenixcomicon.com.
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