Phoenix Comicon 2015


Phoenix Comicon 2015 will be in the West and North buildings of the Phoenix Convention Center. To get a better idea of where to find everything, check out our new map!


Skybridge Information

Let's face facts: It is going to be hot the week of Phoenix Comicon-- and with multiple buildings now open, that means plenty of time spent walking into and out of that aggressive Arizonan sunshine. Fortunately for PHXCC 2015, the Skybridge will be open to allow travelers to cross from one building into another, without needing to expose ourselves to the elements!

The Skybridge flies three stories above third street, serving as a passageway between the West and North buildings of the Phoenix Convention Center. During Phoenix Comicon it will be open to anyone wishing to avoid that blistering Arizona heat.

Given the number of attendees this year will number somewhere above 75,000 it's important to keep a couple things in mind when using the Skybridge:

No photography on the Skybridge, please! This will be a heavily trafficked area, and any stopping to pose for pictures may end up causing a jam. Keep it safe and move off of the bridge before snapping any photos.

Similarly, no loitering while on the Skybridge. A good rule of thumb if you choose to cross here is to always "Keep Moving Forward!" Phoenix Comicon will have security stationed at each end of the Skybridge to make sure everyone makes it across, so don't be alarmed if you happen to run into one of them. If they ask you to pay the toll (and look suspiciously inhuman) however, be wary-- this means you're most likely on the Troll bridge, and Phoenix Comicon is unable to guarantee safe passage!


Registration Information

What's the first thing to do when arriving at Phoenix Comicon 2015? Go to Registration! Located in the North Building Room 120 near Monroe and 3rd Street, you must get your Phoenix Comicon Badge from Registration before you can attend any events. Attendees, volunteers, press, media - everyone needs to go to Registration before anything else (except Exhibitors - you'll go to Registration on Thursday).

If you've already bought your passes online, bring your barcode printout or have the barcode ready on your smartphone for us to scan. Buying your passes on site? Just like it was at Fan Fest, Registration is Cashless - Visa and Mastercard are the only accepted forms of payment.

Registration opens at 10am on Thursday, May 28th. Here are the full Registration hours all weekend:
Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday: 9am - 9pm
Saturday: 8am - 9pm
Sunday: 9am - 5pm


Ballroom 301 Information

So if Registration is now in Room 120, where are the celebrity panels going to be? Upstairs in the West Building, Room 301! This is the first time Phoenix Comicon is using the Third Floor, so there are some things to know.

Room 301 is located across the Skybridge from the Third Floor Hall of Heroes - where the celebrities sign autographs, take photos, and where you can find the costuming groups. You can use the Skybridge connecting the North and West Buildings to get to Room 301, but there is no stopping or loitering on the Skybridge.

We do not clear the room between panels. You can stay for as many panels as you want, but there are some things to be aware of. Seat saving is not permitted - you can't hold a few seats for friends coming to a later panel. If you need to leave to go to the restroom, you can get a pass that allows re-admittance for that panel only.

There is no flash photography, video or audio recording permitted in Room 301. Do not throw items in the room. Throwing items may result in the loss of your membership badge. Take your trash with you and throw it away as you leave the room.

If you arrive at Room 301 and it is full, there are clearly marked line queues outside of the room. As we do not clear the rooms between panels and force everyone out, please understand that there may be more people waiting in line than there are seats available. As seats become available, we will clearly communicate this and allow as many people in the room as we can.

In between panels, we will have more detailed information on display about which doors to use to exit, and some general reminders. Please reach out to a volunteer if you have any questions!


Line Updates

We’ve heard your feedback, and we’re making changes. Phoenix Comicon 2015 will have new and improved line and access control! Expect better communication, physical line markers, and custom restroom passes—all designed to get you in and out of panels with ease. Our Line & Access Control team is dedicated to making sure that you have the best experience possible at Phoenix Comicon, and here's what you can expect:

Clearly marked line queues. We started using 3 foot pipe and drape to designate room lines at Fan Fest. You can expect to see these physical barriers set up throughout the convention where lines happen so there is no question about where to line up.

Clear communication. Our Line and Access staff will be working together to provide clear and consistent updates about when lines are opening and closing. Instead of being told "15 minutes" you can expect to hear "we are opening this line at 12:30."

More room. We've moved the Photo Ops and Celebrity Autograph areas up to the Third Floor. This new space gives us a lot more room to use the pipe and drape and clearly mark lines.

Lines are going to happen, but we're working to make sure that your line experience at Phoenix Comicon is vastly improved.


Exhibitor Hall Information

The Phoenix Comicon 2015 Exhibitor Hall is HUGE! The entire lower level of the Phoenix Convention Center is filled with over 600 Booths and over 500 Tables. Our interactive map allows you to see the categories and location of companies and vendors attending. We have vendors and artists from every genre including steampunk, one-of-a-kind original characters, weapons, anime and manga, costumes and accessories, games, comics, and more.

To help navigate the Booths and Tables, look for the banners hanging from the ceiling. They start at 1000 in the east end and go up to 17000 as you move west. Our new map system allows you to click on each booth and table to get more information about that Exhibitor. You can choose from "categories" on the left, or choose "companies" to see a full list. Once you click on the business name, it will zoom in to focus.

Don’t forget to check out the Hall of Heroes map on the Third Floor of the North Building. The layout is available on the Exhibitor Map page. Phoenix Comicon is only 4 days long - do you think you can get through it all?


Counting Down to the Star Trek Continues Premier!

April 30, 2015

We cannot wait until the premier of Star Trek Continues: The White Iris! Premiering on Friday, May 29th, we will be screening the episode, plus have a panel with the actors and signing to follow.

This is the second premier that the web-series Star Trek Continues has done at Phoenix Comicon with Episode 1: Pilgrim of Eternity premiering at the 2013 event. Cast attending the premier and doing a panel afterwards includes Vic Mignogna, Todd Haberkorn, Chuck Huber, Chris Doohan, Kim Stinger, Wyatt Lenhart and Michele Specht.

Vic Mignogna, Captain Kirk himself, has a special message for all Phoenix Comicon attendees about this special event. Check it out below!


Karl Urban joins Phoenix Comicon

Saturday, April 25, 2015

From Star Trek and The Lord of the Rings, Karl Urban is going to be at Phoenix Comicon 2015! Hailing from New Zealand, Karl known for playing Éomer in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Kirill in Bourne Supremacy, Vaako in The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick, Cupid and Julius Caesar in Xena: Warrior Princess, and Judge Dredd in the 2012 film Dredd among many other roles. Recently Karl has been seen in Almost Human as the main character John Kennex.

 

 


Harry Potter's Jason Isaacs

April 18, 2015

The Golden Globe, BAFTA, International Emmy and Critic's Circle nominated Jason Isaacs began his acting career at Bristol University where he studied Law, but found himself acting, writing and directing most of the time. After graduation, he trained for three years at London's prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama. In 2000, his breakout role as Colonel William Tavington in Roland Emmerich's feature film The Patriot garnered him numerous nominations including one from the British Film Critics' Circle.

Two years later, Isaacs began his role as Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He went on to reprise the role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and again in the last two films Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Parts I and II.

His other film credits include Black Hawk Down, Green Zone, Peter Pan, Friends with Money, The Tuxedo, Sweet November, Windtalkers, End of the Affair, Armageddon, Event Horizon, Good, Abduction and Skeletons.

Isaacs has won multiple awards and nominations for his television roles including the BAFTA Best Actor nomination for The Curse of Steptoe and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for the BBC's The State Within. The critics raved over his performances in Scars, Lynda LaPlante's Civvies and as Michael Caffee in three seasons of the Peabody Award-winning Brotherhood. He then starred as Jackson Brodie in the BBC’s Case Histories, a role that garnered him various other nominations including an International Emmy for Best Leading Actor. Case Histories also won the BAFTA Scotland Award for best drama series. He produced and starred as Detective Michael Britten in NBC’s critically acclaimed dual-reality drama Awake. He has also appeared in The West Wing and Entourage.


Katee Sackhoff Joins Phoenix Comicon

April 15, 2015

One look at Katee Sackhoff's Starbuck and fans everywhere forgot all about that other guy who played the character. Sackhoff’s rough and ready portrayal of hotshot pilot Kara "Starbuck" Thrace has been stealing scenes on the critically acclaimed Battlestar Galactica for years now, turning heads and winning a Saturn award along the way. The actress known for fighting evil robots on Galactica became one herself when she played the villain in NBC's update of the classic Bionic Woman series. Robot or not, Sackhoff's talent is a force to be reckoned with.

 


Ron Perlman from Sons of Anarchy and Hellboy

April 11, 2015

Ron Perlman is going to be at Phoenix Comicon 2015. Known as Vincent in the television series Beauty and the Beast, he earned a loyal fan following and a Golden Globe. In 1995 he took on what would be one of his first leading roles as One in The City of Lost Children directed by Jean-Pierre Jenuet. Further collaboration with Jenuet eventually sent him into space him alongside Sigourney Weaver in 1997 as the gun-for-hire Johner in Alien: Resurrection.

He became friends with director Guillermo del Toro during their collaboration on Cronos in 1993. This friendship lead to role for which Perlman is best known; Hellboy. In 2004 he made his first appearance as Hellboy on the silver screen and reprised the role again in 2008 in Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Both Hellboy films were directed by Guillermo del Toro. The pair collaborated most recently on Pacific Rim in 2013 where Perlman portrayed Hanibal Chau, a black market dealer of sorts specializing in alien biology.

In addition to stage, film, and television, he has also lent his voice to several animated series, features, and video games such as The New Teen Titans (2012), Tangled (2010), Hellboy: Blood and Iron (2007) and Halo 3 (2007). In 2008 he returned to his television roots as Clarence "Clay" Morrow in the hit FX television series Sons of Anarchy. After five successful seasons his story arc came to a conclusion in 2013. In 2014 Perlman starred in a pilot for Amazon's Prime video service called Hand of God and was most recently seen on two episodes of the hit NBC series The Blacklist.


Jae Lee to attend Phoenix Comicon

April 10, 2015

Jae Lee is a Korean-American comic book artist, known for his dark and elegant style. In 1990, he became one of the youngest artists ever to work for a major publisher. He is an Eisner Award-winner for his work on Marvel's The Inhumans.

The art from his collaboration with writer Grant Morrison on Fantastic Four: 1234, was featured in an exhibition at The Society of Illustrators in New York City. In 2007, Lee was hand picked by Stephen King for a six year collaboration on the Dark Tower comics and novels.

Lee's recent projects include Before Watchmen: Ozymandias and Batman/Superman.

To arrange preshow commissions, visit: jaeleeart.com.


Arthur Adams Attends Phoenix Comicon 2015

April 8, 2015

Arthur Adams is an award-winning artist who became an immediate fan favorite as the penciler on the critically acclaimed 1985 Longshot mini-series. His decades-spanning career has included cover and interior work on such titles as Batman, Superman, Avengers, Spider-man, X-Men, New Mutants, Gen 13, Godzilla, The Authority, Danger Girl, Excalibur, Ultimate X, and Hulk, just to name a few.

He is also the creator, writer and artist on Monkeyman and O'Brien. More recently, in addition to covers to many of Marvels top books, Adams illustrated Guardians of the Galaxy Team Up #1 for Marvel.


The Captain and The President: Mary McDonnell

April 4, 2015

Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar-nominated actress who is known for her dynamic character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles. McDonnell currently stars as 'Captain Sharon Raydor' on the TNT's hit drama series, Major Crimes, the spin-off of the series, The Closer where McDonnell originated the role and earned a Primetime Emmy Nomination.

On the small screen, McDonnell starred in four seasons on the Syfy Network's award-winning series, Battlestar Galactica in her critically-praised performance as the President of the Universe, 'Laura Roslin.' The role earned McDonnell a Peabody Award and AFI deemed the series 'TV Program of the Year' for two years in a row. McDonnell garnered an Emmy nomination for her recurring guest role on the television series ER. Some of her other television credits include the ABC hit-series Grey's Anatomy, the CBS series High Society, TNT's adaptation of Arthur Miller's The American Clock, the critically acclaimed CBS movie Behind The Mask, and Lifetime's Two Small Voices.


Avatar VIP Package

April 3, 2015

Avatar will be joining us at Phoenix Comicon 2015 and they are once again offering a limited VIP set for the convention. If you're a fan of Avatar Press, you've got to check this out.

For $150, you get a Full Event pass to Phoenix Comicon, an Avatar badge, 16 graphic novels, 5 Art Prints, a special Crossed 75 VIP cover, a set of God is Dead #1-25 and special access to autograph lines at the Avatar booth. This package does sell out every year, so take a look at their website for all of the details!


Christopher Lloyd Joins Phoenix Comicon

March 31, 2015

Christopher Lloyd is best known for playing Doc Emmett Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values, and Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as Jim Ignatowski in the television series Taxi.

Lloyd has used his vocal talents in animation, frequently voicing villains. He provided voice to the character The Hacker on the animated PBS series Cyberchase. Lloyd has won three Primetime Emmy Awards and an Independent Spirit Award, and has been nominated for two Saturn Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award.

Lloyd attended the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and studied with renowned acting teacher Sanford Meisner. He appeared in more than 200 stage productions before segueing into film with his debut in 1975 as Taber in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starring Jack Nicholson.


Barry Bostwick, Patricia Quinn, and Nell Campbell from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

March 21, 2015

You're lucky, he's lucky, I'm lucky, we're all lucky to welcome actors Barry Bostwick, Patricia Quinn, and Nell Campbell from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, to Phoenix Comicon 2015!

Tony Award Winner Barry Bostwick played Brad Majors in Rocky Horror and went on to gain notoriety on stage and on screen where he's appeared in titles including Spin City, Supernatural, and Scandal.

Patricia Quinn played Magenta both on stage and in the film version of Rocky Horror. She continued acting with roles in I, Claudius, Shock Treatment, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, and Doctor Who.

Nell Campbell also appeared in both stage and film versions of Rocky Horror as Colombia. Following the film she continued to perform on stage in productions including A Street Car Named Desire, You Should Be So Lucky, and Nine.


David Morrissey Joins Phoenix Comicon 2015

March 17, 2015

Here at Phoenix Comicon we have the immense pleasure to welcome some incredible actors every year to our hallowed ballrooms - and our fans are pretty much the best out there - so when an actor misses an opportunity to meet all of you, you can be sure they don't let another one pass them up. That is why Phoenix Comicon 2015 is ecstatic to announce that David Morrissey will be with us this summer!

Known for his role as The Governor in the AMC television series The Walking Dead, which earned him a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor on Television. He also played the character Jackson Lake in the 2008 Doctor Who episode "The Next Doctor." The RTS Television Award winner has also appeared in titles including The Deal, Blitz, The Other Boleyn Girl, and The Reaping.


5 Things I Learned Attending Phoenix Comicon with Kids

By L. Keegan. Monday, March 16, 2015

Last year I attempted Phoenix Comicon by myself with a 19 month old and a 1 month old and succeeded! It should have been crazy, but all the good folks around made it not only doable, but fun - there were plenty of superheroes on hand! Here’s my advice for making your Phoenix Comicon experience enjoyable for everyone.

I learned so much and I could talk about this for hours on end, but here are the top 5 most important things that I can share to help make your Phoenix Comicon experience with small kids the best it can be. Click here to find the top 5 things I learned about attending Phoenix Comicon with small kids.


Star Trek Continues Ep 4 to Premier at Phoenix Comicon

Saturday, March 14, 2015

On Friday, May 29th at Phoenix Comicon, Star Trek Continues will be premiering Episode 4: The White Iris. This is the second premier that the web-series Star Trek Continues has done at Phoenix Comicon with Episode 1: Pilgrim of Eternity premiering at the 2013 event.

Cast attending the premier and doing a panel afterwards will be Vic Mignogna, Todd Haberkorn, Chuck Huber, Chris Doohan, Kim Stinger, Wyatt Lenhart and Michele Specht.


Website Updates

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Some of you may have noticed that our main site has undergone some significant changes lately. A lot of this work has been thanks to some wonderfully talented fans and con-goers just like you (or maybe you, specifically... we do have a pretty impressive and dedicated readership!). Based on feedback we've received we have updated the website to better suit the browsing needs of our awesome attendees.

Media and Professional registration is now open and available from the Membership tab. Have a guest you want to see at Comicon? You can send us your suggestions under the Guest tab. Have a panel you want to submit? Check out the link under Programming. Have a question about the Convention? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions under Info. Check out all of the updates here.


The voice of Yoda from Clone Wars: Tom Kane

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Tom started doing voiceover work at the age of 15, in his home town of Kansas City. By the time he got out of college, he had done several hundred commercials, and by the time he was 23, he was in Chicago, regularly landing National TV spots and other jobs. But what he really wanted to do was Cartoons. So at the age of 24, he moved to Hollywood and immediately started landing Commercials, Movie Trailers, Network Promos... succeeding in every area of VO work except animation.

After several years of auditioning with no results, he was about to give up on that dream when he landed a lead role in Iron Man. Then came The Wild Thornberrys... then The Powerpuff Girls, then Kim Possible... and, well, you get the idea.

Tom Kane's tremendous vocal range has led to a busy career. Every week, he records literally dozens of Movie Trailers, Commercials, Network TV Promos, Video Games and Cartoons, most notably as the Voice of Yoda in Star Wars The Clone Wars.

Currently, he has National Spots running for Scrubbing Bubbles, Cars 2, Walmart, Chrysler, Netflix, Nintendo, Propel Water, McDonald's, Kellogg's Corn Pops, The Smurfs, Nickelodeon... the list goes on.


Voice Talent Veronica Taylor

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Veronica Taylor is a classically trained actor who has performed in NYC and around the U.S. in contemporary and classical theatre. Her voice has been a part of Saturday morning cartoons for some time now. She is probably best known for playing the roles of Ash and May on Pokemon, April on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Abby on Cubix, among others. She can be heard as Max on Dinosaur King, Carly on Yu-Gi-Oh!5D's, many characters with accents on Huntik, and as Tori in Tai Chi Chasers. She can be heard on PBS kids' Word World (Sheep), Lunch Lab (Mixiebot), and the recently launched Chuck Vanderchuck's 'something something' Explosion! (Ramona). Some anime favorites include Yukino on His and Hers Circumstances, Amelia on Slayers, all 7 Nana's on Nana Seven of Seven, and Narue on World of Narue, as well as many others. She has done numerous voices for animation, video games, audiobooks, commercials, and documentaries. For a more in depth list, check out her website: www.veronicataylor.net.


Phoenix Comicon 101: Registration in North Building

Thursday, February 19, 2015

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!


Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof join Phoenix Comicon 2015 in their First Appearance Together

Rare appearance at any US conventions for last 10 years

Saturday, February 14, 2015

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.