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Phoenix Comicon 2016

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I have been doing Phoenix Comicon for 6 years now. It’s not as much as some other creatives I know, but it’s a consistent event I love to partake in. Every year, it gets bigger and bigger.  Attendance has grown every year and this year was no different. Phoenix Comicon reached a record-breaking 100k attendees (up from 75k in 2015) over the 4 days (Thursday – Sunday). Last year, they moved all  celebrity photo-ops, autographs, and cosplayer props/sets to the 3rd floor, dubbed “Hall of Heroes”, which probably helped attendance as well as free up some space for new artists and vendors.

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This year, as much as I wanted to see celebrities, I knew I had to stay put. In the first few years, I was rarely at my table. I was meeting and greeting old friends and making new ones...

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Alice Through The Looking Glass


This James Bobin-directed sequel to 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland” takes us back to the whimsical world with Alice (Mia Wasikowska) in an attempt to save the Mad Hatter.


3 years after the events of the first movie, Alice is captain of her own ship, sailing many routes on the high seas. When she arrives back in London from China, she is faced with many real world obstacles that would prevent her from doing what she loves with her life: namely, a lien is placed against her mother’s house in exchange for her ship in order for her to work for the newly appointed Lord Ascot (Leo Bill). She is soon led by Absolem (Alan Rickman in his final role) through a mirror and back to Wonderland...

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The Huntsman: Winter’s War


Ok, so a certain movie came out a few years ago that caused all kinds of on-set controversy. Did you See it? Yes? No? Well, I didn’t. I totally missed out on Snow White and the Huntsman. So, when I had the opportunity to see The Huntsman: Winter’s War, I was worried: Do I need to know about the previous movie?  If you haven’t seen the previous movie, don’t fret: this is largely a prequel and they feed you all of the pertinent information you need to know from Snow White and the Huntsman.

This movie has a stellar cast: Chris Hemsworth is Eric (the titular Huntsman), Jessica Chastain is Sara, his love interest and betrothed, Emily Blunt plays Queen Freya, sister to Charlize Theron’s returning character Ravenna...

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Captain America: Civil War


Before embarking on what I knew was going to be a *BIG* summer movie, I grabbed the Kindle edition of Civil War collection (#1-7) and read it days before. I enjoyed the book and felt I was ready to make comparative notes with the movie when it came out. I won’t bother making point-for-point comparisons.  It’s not required reading to understand the movie, but if you have a chance, pick up the book. It is a worthy read.

Captain America: Civil War seems only marginally about Captain America. It was a dividing of The Avengers. When The Avengers chase down Crossbones (Frank Grillo) and his team, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch causes unintentional death and destruction in Lagos which involves many allies and humanitarian workers from the country of Wakanda...

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Free Comic Book Day: Fantasy Comics

Across the country, people flock to their favorite comic book shop(s) for the annual Free Comic Book Day: a day where retailers give away a number of fresh titles to customers in a combination of loyalty appreciation and to garner new readers/fans to titles they may have previously missed. I was at Fantasy Comics on 1st avenue in Tucson, AZ.  The day was relatively nice, weather-wise (about 78 degrees), so the folks waiting in line outside only had a  minor inconvenience. I was busy passing out flyers for the upcoming Tucson Comic Con, so I was unable to get myself to the back of the store.

What I did see was the skilled organization of a shop maximizing it’s efficiency for the customers...

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