Friday’s Phoenix Comicon saw another large crowd in attendance and we got a glimpse at some of the layout beyond the main convention hall. Between Steampunk programming at the Renaissance Hotel, every kind of gaming imaginable at the Hyatt Regency and the autographs and costuming areas of the main building’s 3rd floor, this year’s show is insanely huge.
The day started off with some great music by an incredible local band called, Jerusafunk, and they were getting the crowd charged up as the Friday attendees walked by the outdoor concert stage towards the main PHXCC building. If you’d like to see and hear a few seconds of this groovy group, check our out Twitter post HERE.
Our first stop inside the Con on Friday was the “Archie 75th Anniversary” panel, with guest speakers Maegann Yarbrough; Archie vs. Predator editor, Brendan Wright; Joanne de Biasi; and Archie vs. Predator author, Alex de Campi. Mrs. Yarbrough had an excellent presentation on the history of America’s favorite teenager and his gang, from his origin in the WWII era Pep Comics #22 through today’s zombie and Predator fighting hero – a very informative and fun panel.
The highlight of the day was meeting the legendary comic book creator, Jim Steranko, who told me a fascinating story behind his work on Captain America #110, from back in the late-sixties. Check out this Sunday’s Classic Comic Cover Corner to read all about it.
Peruse our gallery of Friday’s PHXCC photos below (just click the image to see it larger.)
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