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The social media manager for Phoenix Comic Con held a Q&A today which gave fans a chance to ask a bunch of different questions. The biggest bit of info was about photo ops and the sale date being May 22nd. I know a lot of fans have been waiting for news on that so they can get a photo op with some of the guests such as Nathan Fillion, John Barrowman and Stan Lee. Here are a few highlights, make…
This past weekend was the second annual classic arcade and pinball convention, ZapCon, in downtown Phoenix. Held at the Renaissance Hotel, this two day event featured all the retro gaming your wrists could handle. The convention had pretty much four different areas for attendees to check out. The first being the main hall which housed the majority of the arcade machines and all of the pinball tables. Also found in the main hall was the vendor area which had around 6-8 tables that were selling pinball parts, video games and other nostalgic things. The second area was just outside of the hall which featured another 6 or so arcade machines, the rest of the machines were located upstairs which was also next to the theater room which you could catch several different films during the weekend. On Sunday I was able to watch the Japanese arcade documentary “100 Yen” which covered the evolution of the arcades in Japan and how it relates to the arcades (or lack thereof) in America.
It was an awesome blast from the past, I admittedly was more excited for some of the newer “classic” games that were the games I grew up with in the arcades like Mortal Kombat II, Ninja Gaiden, Sunset Riders, and X-Men vs. Street Fighter. The selection of older arcade classics however was impressive which made up the majority of the machines to be found. I spent the most time playing pinball because it was an experience that I kinda missed out on as a kid because the graphics of the arcades hogged my attention.
I really enjoyed my time at ZapCon and look forward to seeing what it becomes next year. I felt the crowds on Saturday made it seem like the venue was a bit small but the crowd on Sunday was a bit different and it seemed like it was the perfect size. Here are a few photos I snapped over the two days, if any of this sounds interesting then I would highly recommend going next year.
Free Comic Book Day is May 3 this year and continues to grow in popularity. This single day is an effort to bring in new readers and give special “Free Comic Book Day” editions of certain titles from Marvel, DC, IDW, and more.
Not all retailers participate and some participate in their own way. This list will continue to update all the way up to May 3rd so make sure to keep checking back to see…
With Phoenix Comic Con fast approaching, the announcements of panels and programming should start hitting quickly and we start it off with two events.
The first is the Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog presented by We Do Weird Stuff on the last day of the convention. Could already confirmed guest Nathan Fillion make an appearance? You might not want to miss this just incase he does!
I wanted to put together a little guide for attendees that might be coming in for the convention which featured some tips and information on where to stay, transportation and other helpful stuff.
Phoenix Comic Con does have hotel partners that offer special rates to attendees but some of them are sold out while others are over $100 a night. Downtown does offer great bars and the comedy club,…
I’ve noticed my entries in this series is skewed heavily toward Japanese RPGs which, by far, is my favorite genre of games but I decided to take a different direction this time.
Metroid Fusion is a game that doesn’t get much love because it’s on a handheld and it’s pretty short of game. Why I enjoy though is that it takes it’s cues from the classic Super Metroid and puts it’s own spin on things.
June 7th, when you’re probably downtown anyways for Phoenix Comic Con, will be the date when Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes will be at Stand Up Live!
They’ll be recording their podcast “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” for Kevin Smith’s Smodcast Network.
You can get tickets now at Stand Up Live. Kevin Smith was in Phoenix last year during the con with Ralph Garman recording Hollywood Babble-On.
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Next weekend, April 12-13, the 2nd annual classic arcade and pinball convention, ZapCon, finally takes place.
I will only be attending the second day but still excited for a few things:
X-Men– The 6 player cabinet will be available all weekend to play. Despite the gaming being available on Xbox Live, being able to have that classic arcade experience along side 5 other people in a classic Konami…
The benefits of having several local conventions a year is that you come across artists and writers that live in your own town that you might not have been made aware. I came across Val Hochberg during Phoenix Comic Con last year, she had such cute prints which my wife ended up buying and now at every convention we stop at Val’s table for prints. Val just doesn’t do prints however, she does a…
A Sega Saturn game!? Yes, I own a Saturn and yes, I enjoy some of the games on the console. One in particular, Dragon Force, would probably make my personal top 10 video games list.
I had a friend who had the game and I would go over to his house all the time to play it, taking turns strategically trying to conquer parts of the land while defending your own castles with different types of troops…
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