Find your inner and outer geek because Comicon is back. “It’s like the Disneyland of pop culture,” says Matt Solberg, creator of the Phoenix Comicon. Solberg grew up reading and selling comic books, and later in life worked on organizing political campaigns. He decided to fuse the two together and in 2002 hosted the first Phoenix Comicon. Since then the attendance has grown from 432 to over 70,000. The geek fest is held in the Phoenix Convention Center and is a “a pop-culture carnival, a modern-day version of old state fairs,” says Solberg.
This year, some of the highlights include a Cosplay Lip-Sync Battle, Fandom Debates, and a Sailor Moon Rave. “Game Of Thrones” fans can look forward to the Red Wedding, and zombie enthusiasts can participate in multiple zombie related activities like makeup lessons and nighttime zombie walks.
If any bit of you wants to pull out that costume from the back of your closet (or maybe the front), and learn how to survive a zombie apocalypse, then be sure to head Downtown this weekend and experience what Solberg describes as “the perfect storm.” The Convention is being held from Thursday to Sunday during varying times. Individual day passes are available and the truly committed fans can purchase four-day passes. And for those who are reading this in their costumes, fast passes are available, but we’re sure you already have them.
For an overload of information on anything and everything going on make sure to visit www.phoenixcomicon.com. See you on Monday when you return to reality.