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Phoenix Comicon

Overview

Phoenix Comicon is the largest pop culture convention in Arizona, smaller only as a fandom event than the Tucson Festival of Books.

It began in 2002 when Matt Solberg hosted a comic book convention called Phoenix Cactus Comicon, which ran for six hours at the Best Western in Ahwatakee. The event remained under this name for four years.

It was renamed to Phoenix Comicon when it moved to the Mesa Convention Center in 2006. Consistent growth meant that by 2014, it was a fully fledged pop culture event sprawled over four venues in downtown Phoenix, attended by over 75,000 attendees. Solberg still runs the event today.

In 2014 it expanded into a second event, Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest, since renamed to Phoenix Fan Fest, an event that expanded into Minnesota in 2017. In 2015, it also partnered with Steam Crow to resurrect Keen Halloween, though that partnership only lasted a year, to be followed by the soon cancelled Thrill Halloween.


History

Chronology of Arizona Conventions

# Date Location Chair Guests Book Web Notes
1 2002
Jun
Best Western
Ahwatukee
Matt Solberg
2 2003
13 Apr
Glendale Civic Center
Glendale
Matt Solberg
3 2004
Apr
Glendale Civic Center
Glendale
Matt Solberg
4 2005
9 Apr
Glendale Civic Center
Glendale
Matt Solberg
5 2006
23 Sep
24 Sep
Mesa Convention Center
Mesa
Matt Solberg
6 2007
27 Jan
28 Jan
Mesa Convention Center
Mesa
Matt Solberg
7 2008
26 Jan
27 Jan
Mesa Convention Center
Mesa
Matt Solberg
8 2009
23 Jan
25 Jan
Mesa Convention Center
Mesa
Matt Solberg
9 2010
28 May
30 May
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix
Matt Solberg
5 MB
10 2011
26 May
29 May
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix
Matt Solberg
16 MB
11 2012
24 May
27 May
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix
Matt Solberg
12 2013
23 May
26 May
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Marriott Renaissance
Phoenix
Matt Solberg
13 MB
13 2014
5 Jun
8 Jun
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Marriott Renaissance
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
Phoenix
Matt Solberg
14 2015
28 May
31 May
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Marriott Renaissance
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
Phoenix
Matt Solberg
24 MB
15 2016
2 Jun
5 Jun
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix
Matt Solberg
14 MB
16 2017
25 May
28 May
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix
Matt Solberg
50 MB
17 2018
24 May
27 May
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix
Matt Solberg

Attendance

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
432 780 690 680 2,600 3,200 5,200 7,000 13,988 23,001 32,127 55,313 77,818 75,501 106,096

Other Documents

Index of Ephemera

Phoenix Comicon 15

Flyer (30 MB)

Older Program Book Covers



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Last update: 16th November, 2017