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What's the first thing you do when you get to Phoenix Comicon? Head to the North Building, Ballroom 120 for Registration! For 2015, we're moving everything back to the North and West buildings of the Phoenix Convention Center and not using the South Building. 3rd Street will again be closed between the North and West buildings so you don't have to worry about crossing the street once you get to the Convention.
Sneak Peek at what we'll be talking about next week - for the first time we're going to be using all three floors of the North and West Buildings for the convention!
Phoenix Comicon will host Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof in a rare appearance together in what is likely the only US pop-culture and comic book convention appearance for 2015. The seasoned actress is probably best known to sci-fi fans for her portrayal of Willow Rosenberg on Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the spinoff series Angel. She has also made guest and voice appearances on television shows including Veronica Mars, That ‘70s Show, The Simpsons, and American Dad!, and starred as Lily Aldrin on the CBS hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother. As a film actress, Alyson took on the role of the amorous Michelle Flaherty in the American Pie series.
Adding considerable clout to the 2015 guest list at Phoenix Comicon is television and film actor Alexis Denisof. Alexis is known for many of his roles in Joss Whedon productions including Wesley Wyndam-Price on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Senator Daniel Perrin on Dollhouse, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and The Other in The Avengers with a reprisal as The Other in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Most recently, Alexis has been seen on the television series H+, How I Met Your Mother, Grimm, and Finding Carter.
We're not running a Kickstarter, but we are excited by all of the campaigns going on in the industry right now! There's something special about getting to meet and support your favorite aritsts and creators at Phoenix Comicon and it's one of the things we love most about the convention! Crowdfunding is changing how fans can interact with creators - check out some of the Kickstarters going on from Phoenix Comicon creators and friends.
With Comic Book Convention season creeping up on us I felt it imperative to give you the do's and don'ts of cosplayer interactions at cons. You might think "just point and shoot," right? Wrong!
Conventions aren't just for picking up that missed issue of Spider-Man from 1995 or attempting to catch Wil Wheaton in an elevator. They are an experience: a sleep depriving smorgasbord of parties, cosplay, educational panels, celebrities, writers, artists, collectables, and more. As a cosplayer I am going to give you a few pointers on what to do and not to do with all these "crazy" people dressed up like they should be knocking on your door begging for candy.
Michael has established himself in the Stargate Universe by not only appearing on Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, SGU Stargate Universe and more, but he also made his directorial debut with the episode "Double Jeopardy" in Season 4 and co-wrote the 7th season episode "Evolution (Pt 1)." Some of Michael's other credits include appearances on Burn Notice, Supernatural, 24, Smallville, Elysium, and Saving Hope.
William (Billy) Tucci is the award-winning creator, writer and artist of the graphic novel series Shi. Through Billy’s own company, Crusade Fine Arts, the multi-Eisner Award nominated Shi has been printed in four languages and has sold more than 4 million comic books.
A graduate of the New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, the former paratrooper has also created and published the properties ATOMIKA, Gremlin Effect, Victoria Cross, The Burning Blue and The Undaunted. His work has been featured in The New York Times, NY Daily News, Newsday, Elle and Playboy. In 2006 he pencilled Marvel's Heroes for Hire title, and in 2008 he commenced working on DC Comic's Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion. Tucci has also been working on animation and film projects. Shi has been featured on FOX, NBC, and E! television. You can find more info on Billy Tucci at his company’s website, www.crusadefinearts.com
It's never too early to start thinking about getting to Phoenix Comicon! Whether you're parking onsite or taking the Light Rail, we've got some advice and a special discount offer for attendees.
If you are driving to the convention daily, plan ahead and reserve parking. Currently we've got a discount with ParkWhiz to offer attendees a $2 discount at the Jefferson Street Garage. Check out details here.
Another option is to park along the Light Rail route and take the train. The Phoenix Convention Center is right on 3rd Street. If you're travelling Westbound, get off at the Washington and 3rd stop. Heading East to get to the convention? Stop at Jefferson and 3rd Street and head one block north. Plan out your route and get more information about the Light Rail here.