Home - Arizona Fandom History Mail Admin Gremlin

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. In 2015 it also took on Keen Halloween.

History

# Date Location Guests Book Web Notes
1 2002
Jun
Best Western
Ahwatukee
1
2 2003
13 Apr
Glendale Civic Center
Glendale
2
3 2004
Apr
Glendale Civic Center
Glendale
3
4 2005
9 Apr
Glendale Civic Center
Glendale
4
5 2006
23 Sep
24 Sep
Mesa Convention Center
Mesa
5
6 2007
27 Jan
28 Jan
Mesa Convention Center
Mesa
6
7 2008
26 Jan
27 Jan
Mesa Convention Center
Mesa
7
8 2009
23 Jan
25 Jan
Mesa Convention Center
Mesa
8
9 2010
28 May
30 May
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix

5 MB
9
10 2011
26 May
29 May
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix

16 MB
10
11 2012
24 May
27 May
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix
11
12 2013
23 May
26 May
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Marriott Renaissance
Phoenix

13 MB
12
13 2014
5 Jun
8 Jun
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Marriott Renaissance
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
Phoenix
13
14 2015
28 May
31 May
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Marriott Renaissance
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
Phoenix

24 MB
14
15 2016
2 Jun
5 Jun
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix

14 MB
15
16 2017
25 May
28 May
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix

50 MB
17 2018
24 May
27 May
Phoenix Convention Center
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix

Notes

  1. Attendance at Phoenix Comicon 1 was 432.
  2. Attendance at Phoenix Comicon 2 was 780.
  3. Attendance at Phoenix Comicon 3 was 690.
  4. Attendance at Phoenix Comicon 4 was 680.
  5. Attendance at Phoenix Comicon 5 was 2,600.
  6. Attendance at Phoenix Comicon 6 was 3,200.
  7. Attendance at Phoenix Comicon 7 was 5,200.
  8. Attendance at Phoenix Comicon 8 was 7,000.
  9. Attendance at Phoenix Comicon 9 was 13,988.
  10. Attendance at Phoenix Comicon 10 was 23,001.
  11. Attendance at Phoenix Comicon 11 was 32,127.
  12. Attendance at Phoenix Comicon 12 was 55,313.
  13. Attendance at Phoenix Comicon 13 was 77,818.
  14. Attendance at Phoenix Comicon 14 was 75,501.
  15. Attendance at Phoenix Comicon 15 was 106,096.

Other Documents

Phoenix Comicon 15

Flyer (30 MB)

Older Program Book Covers


Home - Arizona Fandom History Mail Admin Gremlin