More aisles, more people, more panels, more events, more buildings. The crowd skews very young here (several authors and artists who were doing Phoenix for the first time commented on this) and heavily into cosplay.
The level of skill and elaborate costuming has shot way up in the last two years and the ratio of costumes to street clothes is far higher than at San Diego.
Cosplay is not consent, and they’re making sure everyone knows that Slave Leia doesn’t want you grabbing at her as she walks by. Panels covered everything from Doctor Who to steampunk to diversity The Phoenix Comicon panels covered a wide range of topics, including:– Body Confidence and Positivity in Cosplay– Comics for Visually Impaired– Lighting the Darkness: Creating, Fandom and Comicon with Mental Illness– Moving Past Stereotypes: Exploring Queer Identities Through Games– Walking in Two Worlds: Native American Comic Art Vs.
Stereotypes The single worst thing about their panels was that I couldn’t go to all that I wanted to with the one body that I was given.
Inside the convention vendors hope to make money selling everything from light sabers to comic books, not everyone here is to make a buck for themselves.
Monica Igielski is with the Arizona Ghostbusters franchise. MONICA IGIELSKI: We are a non-profit costume group.
(I expect that will change tomorrow; most adult attendees that I know don't take off from work and only come on the weekends.) In general, this Con seems to be a much more social experience than SDCC, which is borne out by its array of events - including multiple speed dating events, a bunny café, a maid café, a burlesque, a men strut their stuff event, a geek prom and a pajama party with go-go dancers.
In other words, while the Con itself is clearly growing, it's not growing in the direction of SDCC.The number of paid events - from writing workshops to the maid café - might surprise someone who's used to their badge getting them into everything, but it's the Con's way of offering diverse options while keeping prices low.What I think a San Diego attendee might not like: the lack of typical industry panels and Hollywood's absence, particularly in the access of trailers and clips of upcoming TV seasons and films.MACIAS: And in case that doesn’t work, there’s always the chance to talk to William Shatner, Captain Kirk. Tomorrow is going to be the day of madness at Phoenix Comicon, super crowded and full of non-nerds who are attending because, well, it's Phoenix and there's not a whole lot else to do. In fact, I'm going to venture a guess that cosplayers who get shut out of San Diego's badge sales migrate here to live out their dreams.Squires says the Phoenix event has grown by 50 percent each of the last two years.