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It has been a long time coming, but I finally attended my first comicon. Last weekend I attended Phoenix Comicon and it blew away my expectations. What was amazing to me was the great sense of community. I have never attended an event with that many people where everyone was so nice and polite to each other. It was actually really beautiful that there was this fun and creative event that celebrated a lot of the things that I would have gotten made fun of for being into when I was a kid.
What had originally drawn me to attend, aside from never experiencing one and being a big comic book fan, was the fact that John Barrowman and Michael Rooker were going to be making appearances. I am a HUGE fan of both Doctor Who and The Walking Dead, and an especially big fan of their characters on those shows. The first thing I did when I got there was attend John Barrowman's panel. It was amazing! He was hilarious, gracious, and sincere. I think that everyone that attended came away with even more respect for his talent and authentic humanity. After the panel, I was able to meet him briefly during the photo op, but people were moved through very quickly. He was very pleasant and accommodating to the fans, participating in whatever over the top or vulgar pose, they wanted to do. I also got the opportunity to meet Michael Rooker. He was very personable and chill. He took the time to talk to fans and was very open to photographs as well.
It was very hard to stay focused throughout the day. There were so many great costumes, pieces of artwork, booths, and merchandise all surrounding me like a visual tornado. My favorite cosplay was when I spotted a mom carrying around a box that was made into the TARDIS. Out of the box came her son, dressed exactly like the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith!
The day ended with a fire alarm evacuating the convention center, but I walked away with some amazing artwork for my walls and a very memorable experience.
Artwork I purchased and the artists that created it:
#1 Dad and Doctor Who-Bad Guys by Val Hochberg
Great Scott! Holy Fender Benders! print by Scott Serkland
Small sketch of Batman by Dane Ault
BATMAN Illustrated Comic Book Art Print and HULK Illustrated Comic Book Art Print by Aposcar Cruz
Print of David Tennant by Todd VanHooser