The Southwest's biggest TV, comic and movie memorabilia show just ended a few weeks ago and it's the best time I've had in a while.
Located down next to Chase Field near the US Bank building and Sheraton, the Phoenix Comicon show brings plenty of comic book authors, actors, tv personalities, artists and more into one building.
The last two years I've lived down here, both shows have had big name guests appearing to talk in the panel, sign autographs and have pictures taken with you. Food and snacks are available on site as well as local vendors and salesman selling related memorabilia.
Tickets are available online from the website and preordering can save you some time from sitting in an extra line to buy the autograph or the photo. Sadly a few of the people working at the show had somecrossed messages as far as where to purchase the tickets, so that was annoying.
Celebrities? Oh yeah. This year had names like: Billy Dee Williams, Ernie Hudson, Bruce Boxleitner, Wendee Lee, Todd MacFarlane, The Honky Tonk Man, The Arizona Ghostbusters charity group (with William Atherton) Vernon Wells, Larry Hama, George Takei, Stan Lee and Leonard Nimoy, to name a few. Autographs could range from free to several dollars and the photo sessions with the bigger name guys could run more. If you want the full experience of the three day weekend, you need the full pass and a hotel room since some guests are only there for some days.
If you live in AZ, next May you owe it to yourself to pay this place a visit. Guests mostly change every year and I had a fun time. If I am still here, I plan on going again. No it's not SDCC which is marginally farther away, but it'll do.
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