On Recent Events, An Open Letter to Cosplayers From a Cosplayer

To my creative friends: Conventions have always been the ultimate “safe space” for nerds, geeks and superfans. Even in recent years as fandom has become more mainstream, the con scene has remained a haven for those looking to celebrate their passions. In some cases, the family/community environment has led to security more reliant on an honor system than true vigilance, with voluntary peace bonding and self-checking. It was no big…

Andy Rubin Introduces the Essential Phone at Code Conference

Code Conference is an invitation-only event meant to bring together a global community of the biggest names in the business, executive leaders and startups with bright futures for networking and in-depth conversations about the current and future impact of digital technology. Last Night the Co-Founder of Recode, Walter Mossberg, who will soon be retiring, interviewed Andy Rubin, the creator of the soon to be released The Essential Phone. One of…

Alan Tudyk and His "Extra Crappy Bag of Crap" at Phoenix Comicon

Alan Tudyk’s Panel at Phoenix Comicon 2017 by Durrilion Fans of Mr. Tudyk will recognize him from ‘A Knight’s Tale’, ‘Death at a Funeral’, ‘Firefly’, and other roles.  While in Phoenix this past weekend, Alan engaged fans with his humor, generosity, and all around awesomeness.  Unfortunately I was running late, and ended up sitting in the very last row.  At least I made it though! Despite the best laid plans…

Amber Brite's Guide to Body Paint

How to Look Like Your Favorite ‘Alien’ By Durrilion We have all seen them at conventions.  Those people in the amazing cosplays, but what makes them REALLY stand out, is their skin.  Blue, Red, Green, even Purple! What does it take to become something non-human? At 2016’s Gameon Expo in Mesa Arizona, I had the chance to attend a panel on that very subject.  Our guide/teacher/panelist was Amber Brite.  Those…

Phoenix Comicon 2017 – Updated Info on Props, Entrance to the Con & Security

With everything that has happened over the last 24 hours everyone in Phoenix is just running to keep up. Matt Solberg and his crew have heard all the good and the bad since the announcement last night of banning all props from the convention.  This morning brought an updated set of information and rules: There are many outstanding questions from our announcement yesterday. We now have UPDATES, including the prohibited…

Keeping Your Pets Safe, Clean, and Geeky

Crescent Canines – A Vendor Spotlight by Durrilion (All photos courtesy of Crescent Canines) It is a known fact that Geeks love their Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Comics/Anime, you name it.  If we didn’t there wouldn’t be conventions like Phoenix Comicon.  Equal to that love, if not above it is our love for our pets.  Whether they be furry, finned, or scaly, we dote on those creatures like nobody’s business. At Phoenix Comicon 2016,…

No Props or Prop Weapons Allowed At Phoenix Comicon Starting Friday May 26th

With the recent events in Manchester, England. and an incident this morning at Phoenix Comicon where an armed man was removed from the site by police and security, an urgent message came this evening from Convention Director Matthew Solberg. In light of recent events, Phoenix Comicon, in cooperation with the Phoenix Convention Center and the Phoenix Police Department, will be implementing enhanced screening to ensure the safety of all our…

Backdrop Collapses During John Barrowman's Appearance at Planet Comicon *Updated*

John Barrowman is used to bringing the house down with any appearance he makes at a convention, but I don’t think ever literally. That’s exactly what happened today at Planet Comicon in Kansas City, MO when the backdrop fell behind him. Fortunately the only injury being reported on twitter is a minor one to the sign language interpreter. *Update* The sign language interpreter was not the one injured, despite early…

Dick Van Dyke Comes to Phoenix Comic Con For the First Time!

In what has to be one of the most surprising and joyful guest announcements of 2017 Phoenix Comic Con has announced that legendary actor, dancer, all around amazing person Dick Van Dyke will be appearing at Phoenix Comicon on Saturday, May 27th! It just doesn’t get any better than this! Dick Van Dyke is an award-winning actor and a recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. He is…

BATMAN & ROBIN’s FINAL APPEARANCE in LAS VEGAS

Before names the like of Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, Christian Bale or Ben Affleck were associated with the superhero, the third actor to don the cape and mask and fight crime at the call of a lighted signal in the sky drew audiences to their TV sets each week from 1966 to 1968.  That actor, of course, was Adam West as Batman, joined by Burt Ward as the indispensable Robin. …