The Amazing Arizona Con – A Growing Convention With Ideas

Amazing Arizona Con 2014


This past weekend I drove out to Phoenix, Arizona to attend the Amazing Arizona Con. It was a well organized show that had the honor of debuting the Image Revolution movie as well as having Marc Silvestri, Rob Liefeld and Robert Kirkman in attendance. It also had a few publishers like Aspen, Boom and Zenescope.


This was my first time attending this show though I’m a regular at the Phoenix Comic con so not only am I familiar with the city but also the convention center. I knew a lot of the guests and exhibitors… heck, I knew a lot of the fans as Phoenix is one of the most dedicated fan bases I’ve ever seen. It’s a great community of collectors/readers and a strong group of cosplayers.


As for the show, it was pretty good. You can see it’s still growing. I know it started in Tucson and I believe this is the first year in Phoenix proper (I could be wrong). They may have moved over a bit early, could have grown some more in Tucson, but either way the show was well run and well advertised. The biggest thing being that Sunday had a better turn out than Friday or Saturday. How is that possible? Groupon. The con offered a Groupon and as you can see by the pictures below, it worked. I’ve never heard of a con using Groupon before, but it was definitely a clever idea.


This is a show that could grow into something special and seems to be on the right path. We’ll have to see what they do next year.

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.