Phoenix ComicCon 2011on June 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Phoenix ComicCon was a blast. You can tell, because it hasn’t taken me two weeks to pen a followup.
The show is something of a phenomena. It started out as a small local show in 2002 with just a few hundred attendees. In 2008 I showed up as an attendee to scout it out and see if it was something World Famous Comics might want to exhibit at. At the time it was still smallish, although it had grown from just a few hundred attendees to over 5000, and had an impressive guest list for such a small show.
Attendance has continued to increase at the show in a pretty dramatic fashion. By 2010 attendance had doubled to nearly 14,000. This year I’m told attendance was 24,000.
The guest list was huge. Off the top of my head there was Leonard Nimoy, Stan Lee, George Takei, Bruce Boxleitner, Adam Baldwin, and, uh… that one guy. From the comics books? It was a big list, and very diverse, with celebrities from genre shows and movies, artists and writers from comics, authors, and anime voice actors.
The ground was young, energetic and high spirited. The exhibit hall was large and well outfitted. I’m not embarrassed to note that the bathrooms at the Phoenix Convention Center are among the best and nicest smelling bathrooms I’ve ever used. Even after three days of rampaging nerds the floors were clean and it had a slight whiff of potpourri.
For reasons that I don’t really understand, Arizona appears to be some kind of costly hub. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a show with such a high percentage of attendees in costume. I would think that such a hot location would deter costumers, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. You can check out my photos here.
All in all, it was a quality show, and I think there’s a good chance we’ll return next year. Even if Aaron Douglas is still mad at us.