19 Thoughts on Phoenix Comicon 2016

Hi, Moon Sedai here, your friendly neighborhood know-it-all, reporting with an after-action review of Phoenix Comicon 2016. This year was an amazing year, with a wide variety of guests, a giant vendor hall, gaming, anime, and everything else we’ve come to love about this epic convention!

Phoenix Comicon 2016 had large crowds, high heat, and an amazing selection of panels and entertainments for the attendees. What you read here are the observations I had while attending the convention this year, as both a member of the Media and a fan. Note that they are not in any particular order of importance.

  1. When parking your car, remember where you parked it. This should be obvious, but Downtown Phoenix can be intimidating at night, especially if you are unfamiliar with the streets and have Convention Brain. It does you no good to spend three hours wandering the streets looking for your car after the convention closes.
  2. Con Man is making a Second Season, and I have five words: Musical, Alan Tudyk, Lou Ferrigno. (This comes from the Mouth of producer PJ Haarsma, interview to come later on our Youtube Channel and this site!) More about this when we publish the interview!
  3. 115 Degree Heat, seriously. The weather was hot this weekend, probably the first miserably hot weekend of the summer. And in Cosplay, that temperature feels even warmer. Cosplayers should drink plenty of water before, during, and after the convention.
  4. This year, there were activities taking place outdoor on Adams Street, with an outdoor mini-festival with a few food trucks and vendors. We took a moment to explore it, thinking it might be a bigger deal or more fun, but the outdoor activities offered at “Con on Adams” did not justify leaving the cool air conditioning of the Convention Center.
  5. I don’t care who you are, if you see a group of people dressed up as Smurfs singing the song at the top of their lungs, you will smile. (The Smurfs, by the way, were our very own Anexandros, Captain Blackheart and Minion).
  6. To quote my favorite living author, Brandon Sanderson, “Sleep is Overrated.” (He was at the convention this year, and I asked if he ever slept, due to the sheer prolific amount of writing he does on top of other projects).
  7. Saber Walks: Anexandros participated in this event this year, and while he had a blast, felt a little upset that for the walk, and the ‘Group picture’ that the ‘Sith’ aligned individuals were shoved to the back. However, the walk seemed to be a great time, and a pleasant change from the usual Zombie Walk.

    Photo from David W Decherd, Flickr
    Photo from David W Decherd, Flickr
  8. Zombies remind me of the Hall of Heroes. Usually within the Hall of Heroes, there has been a clear delineation between each fan group. This year, the Hall of Heroes had half the people in it as it did in previous Conventions. Trying to find a specific fan group was difficult because each group seemed to be squeezed with other like-groups, sharing space. It felt anemic, ignored, and almost as an afterthought. The Hall of Heroes was boring.
  9. Crowds: There was some issues Friday with the lines and people getting inside. The convention runners made a public apology before the day ended. Even still, the convention was packed, and busy the full weekend.
  10. There was, as always, a wide selection of amazing cosplay. I saw more Harley Quinns and Deadpools than ever before.
  11. What do you call a group of Deadpools?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElUKMaZbjgM
  12. Seventh Sea Second Edition is coming soon. I had no idea there was going to be one until I heard about the panel description, and we went. The game seems like it is going to be fascinating.
  13. There is a card game based on the Princess Bride that is like Apples to Apples called “The Princess Bride: Prepare to Die!” And it is amazing.
  14. The Uruguay soccer team fans customarily dress like Smurfs when they go to games because Smurf Blue and White are the colors of the team.

    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 28 : Uruguay fans disguised as smurfs show their support during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 28, 2014. (Photo by Metin Pala/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
    (Photo by Metin Pala/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
  15. Oh, and Uruguay played in a soccer match in Phoenix this last weekend vs. Mexico. They lost, but somewhere out there is footage of my little Smurfs singing the Smurf Theme song for Uruguay Television.
  16. There were a lot of free books offered to the general public this year. I’ve got a lot of stuff to read now, including some Star Wars books.
  17. Mystery Boxes are becoming more prevalent each convention. At what point is the Vendor Hall going to be nothing but Mystery Box shops?
    mystery boxes
  18. I legit saw a Kylo Ren say “Hi Mom!” and growl “Dad!” to a couple Cosplaying as Leia and Han.
  19. Oh, and finally, Fan Fest is now going to be in October this year instead of December!

That’s not a comprehensive list of the convention, and I have more things that I will write. We did interviews with guests PJ Haarsma, Mr. Creepypasta and Jason Inman, with videos to follow. We will be writing about our experiences as Smurfs and publishing more pictures in the days to come.

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