I’ve never been to a comicon before but according to the people I spoke at the 2012 Phoenix Comicon this was the year the Phoenix Comicon became the “geek paradise” the San Diego Comicon used to be like. For the most part you can move around freely and actually get in to see panels. The Comicon had tons of great artists, cosplay play and a lot of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast on hand for the 25th anniversary reunion. The thing I liked the best about the Phoenix Comicon was it was fun for the entire family and not overcrowded it had about 35K people, not too big, not too small but just a conferrable size for an event like this.
When I was speaking with people who were at last year's San Diego Comicon and this years Phoenix Comicon the main complaint I heard about the San Diego Comicon was it's just way too big and that the fake Hollywood type crowds have took all the joy out of going. It's difficult to navigate and you rarely are able to get in to see the panels you would like to see. That's why I think the Phoenix Comicon organizers deserve a lot of praise for the way they laid out and scheduled this years comicon.
I really loved a lot of the costumes attendees wore to the comicon. I appreciated the originality and just time it must have taken to put these things together. I also found it interesting that as far as costumes go I think there were actually more women than men dressed up and with the exception of one grumpy vendor everyone I asked to take a photo of let me and most of them got into it with some sort of pose.
Speaking of vendors, there were so many cool and interesting products for sale I wish I would have had more money so I could have picked up more things than I did. I saw rare comics, action figures, costumes, robots, posters and prints just to name a few of the things there.
The Phoenix Comicon also had excellent panels and celebrities doing autograph signings. They included Bret Spiner, Casper Van Dien, Colin Ferguson, Debrah Farentino, Dina Meyer,Ed Asner, Jon Berthal, Levar Burton, Lou Ferrigno, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Wil Wheaton, and William Shatner just to name a few of the most notable. The coolest thing was most of these celebrities felt conferrable with the crowd to actually get out and walk the exhibit hall.
So, if you missed this year’s Phoenix Comicon you missed out on a lot of fun but don’t fret at least you still have time to buy tickets and get your costumes ready for the 2013 Phoenix Comicon.
That concludes our look back at the 2012 Phoenix Comicon. We’re out. The geeks have left the building…