Phoenix Comicon, one of the most special events that any geek or geek at heart anxiously awaits all year is finally upon us. In less than a month, the streets of downtown Phoenix will be filled with eager participants, as well as curious onlookers, looking to satisfy their hunger for unique souvenirs and memorabilia, while also being able to converse with spirited individuals that share their enthusiasm and interests. Amateur and expert cosplayers, comic book connoisseurs, Star Trek/Star Wars debaters, Dr. Horrible/Dr. Who fans, Adventure Time/Rick and Morty lovers, anime aficionados, steampunk inventors, and much more. I’ve only scratched the surface of the many thrills and engaging interactions that await the public when they walk the halls and hotels of this convention.
Aside from the exhibit hall, the panels, the parties, the Lego displays, the gaming rooms, the trivia contests, the costume contests, the fashion shows, the tea parties, the impressive collection of familiar, recreated pop culture vehicles, the food trucks, the film festival, and an escape room experience that should tantalize your brain, this convention will also be providing you the opportunity to meet and interact with some of your favorite authors, artists, and actors. Some names or faces may be unfamiliar to you at first, but as you research their work you will notice not only their breadth of talent but a few things you’ve enjoyed that they are attached to, or may even have created. You will be overwhelmed with excitement. I would love to meet some of the amazing voice actors we have this year. So you have some idea of who you will be expecting in a few weeks, here is a rundown of TV/Film guest celebrities:
Vic Mignogna – Dragonball Z, Pokemon, Naruto, Attack on Titan, Bleach
John de Lancie – My Little Pony, Stargate, Star Trek: The Next Generation
Michael Rosenbaum – Justice League, Smallville, Batman Beyond
Curtis Armstrong – American Dad, New Girl, Supernatural, Revenge of the Nerds films
Robert Duncan McNeill – Star Trek Voyager, directed 21 episodes of Chuck
Garrett Wang – Star Trek Voyager
Tracee Cocco – Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager, and Deep Space Nine
Gabriel Luna – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Ming-Na Wen – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Phineas and Ferb, Eureka, Stargate Universe
Arthur Darvill – Doctor Who, Broadchurch, Legends of Tomorrow
Jenna Coleman – Doctor Who, Victoria
Falk Hentschel – Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Ciara Renee – The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow
Neal McDonough – Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Suits, Agent Carter
Teddy Sears – The Flash, 24:Legacy, Masters of Sex, American Horror Story, Torchwood
Elden Henson – Daredevil, The Defenders, the Mighty Ducks films
Jon Bernthal – Daredevil, The Walking Dead, The Punisher
Charlie Cox – Daredevil, The Defenders, Boardwalk Empire, Stardust(film)
Anthony Michael Hall – Warehouse 13, Psych, The Dead Zone, Weird Science(film), Edward Scissorhands(film)
Kevin Conroy – Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Batman video games
Holly Marie Combs – Charmed, Pretty Little Liars, Picket Fences
Rachel Skarsten – Reign, Lost Girl, Birds of Prey
Jason David Frank – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Karen David – Once Upon a Time, Galavant
Sean Maguire – Once Upon a Time, EastEnders
David Anders – Once Upon a Time, Heroes, 24, Alias, iZombie
Osric Chau – Supernatural, Kings of Con
Alan Tudyk – Firefly(TV), Dollhouse(TV), Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Wreck-It Ralph,Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana, Rogue One
Danny Trejo – Sons of Anarchy(TV), From Dusk Till Dawn, Con Air, Spy Kids, Machete, Predators
Bonnie Wright – Harry Potter film series
Joan Cusack – Sixteen Candles, Say Anything, My Blue Heaven, Toys, Toy Story films, High Fidelity, School of Rock, Shameless(TV)
Dick Van Dyke – Mary Poppins, Bye Bye Birdie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Night at the Museum, Diagnosis Murder(TV), The Dick Van Dyke Show(TV), The Carol Burnett Show(TV)
As you can see, this year’s lineup of amazing actors is brilliant and I’m impressed with the high-profile, marquee names that have accepted to attend. You can check out more information on the guests here and purchase photo ops and autographs here. For more information on the Phoenix Comicon convention, please visit phoenixcomicon.com and be sure to review all available hotel and parking details if you decide to stop by and stay awhile. You can read about the convention and watch all the interviews online later when it’s over, but the stories you hear firsthand, not to mention the moments you share with your geek family, will be the enduring souvenir you carry with you forever.
Also if you are you concerned about prices, there are plenty of ways for you to be frugal and still attend the convention. I’m sure the Phoenix Comicon fan community on Facebook can help you in that matter. Also, remember that the streets outside the convention have free events going on the whole weekend. If you have a cosplay you want to show off, come on down. You can bet there will be a lot of people waiting to take a picture of you. The fans of geek culture, no matter what you geek out about, are what makes this convention one of the best events all year.
For more on what to look forward to at Phoenix Comicon, check out our companion article here.
Phoenix Comicon Website: www.phoenixcomicon.com