On Thursday night the Phoenix Comicon held its second kick-off for their Memorial Day weekend event. About 200 people gathered at the Phoenix Convention Center to hear about future of the con, new guests announcements, volunteer opportunities and to tour the facility.
After outgrowing the Mesa Convention Center, its home for the past few years, the con is moving to downtown Phoenix for the 2010 version. The change in venue will allow the event to triple in size, taking up over 100,000 square feet of space. It seems like all the additional space will be put to use. With the con still four months away, exhibitor, vendor and artist booths have already sold out.
There will also be additional off-site space for gaming, concerts and late night events at the nearby Hyatt Regency Hotel.
New guests were also announced. Some of these included comic book artist Ethan Van Sciver (Green Lantern, The Flash), actors Ray Park (Darth Maul from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace), Aaron Douglas (Chief Tyrol from the Battlestar: Galatica reboot) and, eliciting the biggest cheers of the night, James Marsters (Spike from television’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and spin-off Angel).
I confess I will miss having the con in Mesa. However, it looks like the move will allow it to become a bigger and better event. This is good for everyone and more than makes up for the increased travel time. So if you’re a fan of the genre or even if you’ve never been to a convention before, the upcoming Phoenix Comicon should be a blast.