The signature Phoenix Comic Fest (previously Con), returned to downtown Phoenix over the Memorial Day weekend once again. Coming back from a troublesome 2017 event, the convention was rearing to prove to attendees that it was safer and more fun than ever before.
Among the major changes made to the event was the increase in security, routing convention-goers through checkpoints with metal detectors and bag inspections. Video game trucks and tournaments were moved into the vendor hall, while board gaming was placed within the convention center itself; no longer in the nearby Hyatt hotel.
That didn’t appear to deter attendees from enjoying the gaming options offered like the PlayStation Experience truck onsite, as well as various virtual reality games. Several independent developers participated in the Southwest Video Game Showcase and exhibited their titles on the convention floor. Plenty of cosplayers also showed off their costumes boasting their favorite characters throughout the weekend.
Unfortunately, Phoenix Comic Fest was unable to escape the weekend without issue. Shortly after the vendor hall closed for the day, a fire alarm was triggered late Saturday evening, forcing the evacuation of the entire convention center. Several meet-and-greets were interrupted, the masquerade was forced to reschedule to the next day, and night programming such as dances wascanceled and refunded. Folks with Saturday wristbands were reportedly compensated with free bands for Sunday.
What impact these events may have on the convention when it returns in 2019 (under the new moniker of Phoenix Fan Fusion) remains to be seen. However, the attendees proved to be undeterred in trying to enjoy the show as much as possible this year.
Check out our photos of various gaming cosplay and activities at the convention below!
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