Phoenix Comicon draws fans to Phoenix Convention Center

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by Jayson Chesler

Vide report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 7 at 12:20 PM

PHOENIX -- This weekend, the Phoenix Convention Center has transformed into a place where blue and pink are common hair colors and 100-degree heat doesn't scare off full-body costumes. The 2014 edition of Phoenix Comicon has arrived.

Phoenix Comicon is a convention based around comic books and their related sub-genres and culture. Anime, science fiction and video games are all topics found within the convention.

Events at Comicon include panels with comic book authors and artists, table-top, card and video game competitions and a number of costume-related contests and mixers. On Thursday, however, a large focus was on the comic books themselves.

The main hallways within the convention center were mostly designated for registration on Thursday, except for the large area set up with merchandise booths. These booths sold t-shirts, artwork and, of course, plenty of comics.

Fans could also meet with comic book artists, many of whom were conversing and selling their work in booths of their own. While the focus today was on one-on-one interaction, there will be a number of larger guests throughout the weekend, none larger than Stan Lee.

Lee, the legendary creator of a number of Marvel comics, will be at the event on Sunday. Other major guests include Mark Bagley, who is responsible for "Ultimate Spider-Man," Adam West of "Batman" fame and Nathan Fillion, star of the cult classic sci-fi show "Firefly."

The event runs from June 5-8 at the Phoenix Convention Center. A membership pass for admittance for the entire weekend is $85. Single-day passes are also available.

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