It’s easy to get lost in the maze of magnificence that is the Phoenix Comicon. One can find themselves blinded by beautiful cosplay beauties and astounded by amazing art prints and autograph lines, and you want (nay, NEED) to see it all. But there are a few booths on the expansive exhibit floor that you definitely do not want to miss.
You can see the 2013 Phoenix Comicon’s entire guest list at phoenixcomicon.com/guests, but we’ve compiled a list of 10 legendary creators, comprised of both local heroes and industry VIPs, that you should make every possible effort to visit during your journey to this year’s event.
Con Location – 1727, 1729
Anabel is well renowned for her amazing artwork, which brings new dimensions and life to video game and anime characters; but in addition to being an incredible graphic artist she is also an avid costume designer and local event coordinator. She is currently an illustrator and concept artist for the fantasy/steampunk universe of author A. Wrighton’s Defiance: Dragonic and Runics series.
Con Location – 1915, 1917, 1913
BIGCHRIS is known for his unique “DarkPop” style of graphic art and he has worked as a professional for over seventeen years on projects as varied as Halo 2, Call of Duty and Pirates of the Caribbean. BIGCHRIS’ booth always has a captivating collection of amazing art prints and other merchandise, and he usually has some very cool original pieces on display as well.
Con Location – 2327
Eric Mengel and his OCHO comics have been a part of the Arizona independent comic scene for over 18 years. Mr. Mengel writes, illustrates, prints and collates every one of his mini-comics about a big blue alien missionary striving to make the Earth a better place – just like Eric does.
Russ Kazmierczak Jr.
Con Location – 1723
Russ Kazmierczak Jr. is the genius behind the popular Amazing Arizona Comics series that mashes up local politics and Arizona landmarks with old-school comic-book sensibilities; a blend that is both entertaining and informative. Russ is also a regular contributor on NERDVANA and will be providing sketches for kids of all ages at his Artist Alley location.
Con Location – 779, 878
The dynamic duo of Daniel & Dawna Davis (AKA Steam Crow) have the most amazing exhibit booth you are likely to see at the Comicon, with a myriad of art prints from their original designs, as well as a slew of eccentric “spookycute” knickknacks. In addition to being incredible artists in their own right, the Davises also mentor other local artisans through their Tiny Army efforts. Be sure to give them your support!
Con Location – 2333-2339
Arthur Suydam (pronounced soo-dam) is the award-winning artist who is responsible for most of the popular Marvel Zombie comic book covers. His incredible portfolio of work also includes Batman vs. Predator, Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan and House of Secrets. Mr. Suydam always carries a wide array of his zombie art prints, which are a must-have for any collector of comic-book art.
Con Location – 2239
Meet the man who killed Superman! Among his many comic-book accomplishments, Dan Jurgens wrote and illustrated the infamous “Death of Superman” storyline from back in 1992. In addition to his efforts with the DC comics’ universe he also has worked on Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man, Thor and Captain America.
Con Location – 2123
Mike Mignola is best known as the creator of Hellboy, but he is also renowned for classic works such as The Amazing Screw-On Head and the gothic art for the Batman Elseworlds title, Gotham by Gaslight. He also drew the comic-book adaptation of Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula film and was the visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on the films Blade II, Hellboy and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army.
Con Location – 673, 772
If you can only visit one booth at the Comicon (But why would you do that?) then make it to see Neal Adams. Mr. Adams is easily the most renowned comic-book professional attending the 2013 Phoenix Comicon and he is the Will Eisner Hall-of-Fame artist of some of the most relevant comics ever created. In addition to his historical work on Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, Superman and X-Men, he’s also one of the greatest Tarzan artists ever. On top of all that, he’s a really good guy and has used his clout to encourage DC comics to financially recognize Superman’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
Con Location – 2526
Timothy Zahn is the author of the “Thrawn Trilogy” book series that picked up where The Return of the Jedi film left off. He has written over 40 novels, nearly 90 short stories and novelettes and four collections of short fiction. He is also the author of the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, and the young-adult Dragonback series. His most recent Star Wars novel is “Scoundrels.”
Event times and locations are subject to change, so be sure to check the 2013 Phoenix Comicon website for the latest information. Stay tuned to NERDVANA for all of our Comicon coverage.