Phoenix Comic Con 2014 Event Guide

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Phoenix Comic Con
June 5- 8, 2014
Phoenix, AZ

2014 Phoenix Comic Con will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center from June 5 through 8 in downtown Phoenix. Doors open at 4 p.m. on Thursday and close at 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Evil Dead. Scrooge McDuck. Captain America. People responsible for these characters, franchises and comic books storylines will all be at Phoenix Comic Con, along with a range of other drool-worthy guests - just make sure you keep your saliva far enough away from original prints and drawings. While you're, book a spacious and affordable Phoenix condo or vacation home for your stay.

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What to Expect

bruce campbellThis Comic Con is definitely not for the faint of heart. Dubbed, "The signature pop culture experience of the southwest," some nights have different programming running until 2 a.m. - be sure you have enough caffeine to keep your brain wide awake, and if you're suffering from jet lag - may some gods have mercy on your soul. In addition to the Phoenix Convention Center, Comic Con events will take place at the Westin, Sheraton, Renaissance and Hyatt Regency hotels, all of which are, at most, five blocks from the Convention Center. So far, Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell and actor/musician Mark Sheppard are set to appear.

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Top Panels

Here are some highlights from the 2014 Phoenix Comic Con lineup:

  • 101 Sewing Terms Every Cosplayer (Everyone) Should Know: If you're costume ideas are off the hinges but your sewing lessons ended in junior high home ec​onomics, chances are you're in need of some assistance. Despite popular belief, duck tape truly cannot fix everything. Kelley Lester will teach you what a dart is, as well as how to tell a seamstress just what type of line you need for your leather-clad ensemble.
    • Thursday, June 5: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Room 226 ABC
  • A Captain is Nothing Without His Crew: The Starfleet's most famous members have always been their captains, but how much credit is really due to the crew that stands behind them? This panel of experts leads a discussion on who were the most pivotal members of the Starfleet crew.
    • Friday, June 6: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Room 128 AB
  • Babylon 5 Reunion Panel: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the famed space opera, Phoenix Comic Con is bringing together most of the original cast members for a panel on all of the inner workings of Earthgov. The panel will talk for a full 90 minutes, and will offer seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    • Saturday, June 7: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Ballroom 120

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Where to Buy Tickets

Unlike several other Comic Cons across the country, Phoenix Comic Con does not charge extra for certain programming options. However, some events do not end until 2 a.m., which may prompt the need for a rental car during your stay.

Tickets will allow you to have "membership" for the event. For the full four days, membership costs $40. However, some film and televisions actors may charge for photos and autographs, which usually range from $25 to $40.

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Costume and Weapon Rules

Weapons

All weapons must be peace bonded before entering the Phoenix Convention Center.

  • If you are unable to peace bond your weapon prior to your arrival at Comic Con, you can use one of the peace bonding stations available at the entrance.
  • Security officers will determine the safety of your weapon prior to entry.
  • If weapons are deemed unsafe, a security officer will ask that you leave the weapon at entry and retrieve it upon leaving Comic Con. You will be allowed to mark the weapon with your name before leaving it at the entry.
  • Any weapons that feature a blade should be kept inside the sheath at all times.
  • No bo sticks, boken, shinai or swords are allowed.
  • No projectile weapons or firearms will be allowed.
  • Foam and Nerf weapons are also prohibited, due to Arizona state laws.

Costumes

Costumes are encouraged, and all paying Comic Con guests are invited to join the Masquerade Costume Contest. The rules for the contest are as follows:

  • Individuals ages 12 and younger will be judged in the Youth division. While a parent or older adult can have made the costume, the costume has to be worn and modeled by the child.
  • Three divisions of costume will be judged: Novices are those individuals who have entered fewer than two cosplay or costume awards in the past, Journeymans are those who have entered two or more costume contests but have not won any awards, and Master, which are contestants who have won two or more awards at a major convention.
  • Costume genres include (but are not limited to): anime, steam punk, games, fantasy , sci-fi and manga, among others.
  • If your costume requires electricity to work, you must supply it within your costume.
  • No glitter or confetti are allowed.
  • Each winner will receive a trophy as well as a pass to next year's Phoenix Comic Con.

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getting around

Getting Around

The Phoenix Convention Center is located smack dab in the middle of downtown Phoenix. With major highways feeding into downtown and multiple light rail stations mere blocks away, you'll have no problem reaching Phoenix Comic Con in time for the LEGO build off or complain with other Comic Con goers about the Doctor's Ponds.

  • Driving: The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is about 7 miles east of downtown. If you're flying in, the best route to take into the city is East Washington Street - it's a straight shot to the Convention Center. Guests coming from the west will want to take Interstate 10, while I-17 is best for those individuals coming coming from more northerly states and cities.
  • Parking: Area garages averages about $12 per day, although the city also offers free parking near the Convention Center all day Saturday and Sunday. However, do not expect to easily get a spot for your Tardis or DeLorean - most guests will have the same idea.
  • Public Transit: Two light rail stations service the Convention Center: The 3rd Street/Washington Light Rail Station and the 3rd Street/Jefferson station. 

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Things to Do Besides Phoenix Comic Con

phoenix desert botanical gardenPhoenix will be plenty hot during Comic Con, so you'll have your pick of outdoor or indoor attractions to choose from.

  • You might not get to meet the Batman, but you can give greetings to dozens of bats at just around sunset while in Phoenix. Every summer, the city becomes the home to a large colony of Mexican Freetail Bats that live at the corner of 40th and Camelback, in a tunnel just beyond the cross streets. If you hang out here just as the sun is about to set, you'll be treated to a flood of wings.
  • The desert has a modern-day apocalyptic vibe about it at times - as a favorite hangout of zombies drug lords and the like, the arid terrain is a must backdrop to see in Arizona. Head to the Desert Botanical Gardens to see just how this extremely dry environment maintains life.
  • The St Mary's Basilica is a great sightseeing stop located near Comic Con headquarters.
  • Got kiddos with you? Then go check out the highly rated Children's Museum of Phoenix, also near Comic Con.
  • The Phoenix Symphony is also conveniently located near the convention center, so if you want to squeeze a nice night out on the town during your stay, it's pretty easy to do!

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Where to Stay

From golf course-side condos and southwestern townhomes, there are plenty of excellent vacation rentals to choose from in Phoenix. AC is a given for most of these lodging options, yet many also come with a pool, so you can take a refreshing dip before suiting up for a long day at the convention center.

One classic house built during the 1940s features 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and yes, a pool. Located in downtown Phoenix, the rental makes it easy to get to and from Comic Con, and the full kitchen provides plenty of room to nosh/pig out in your off time.

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