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Today: Phoenix DinoCon Stomps its Way into Phoenix

Phoenix DinoCon

From The East Valley Tribune

By Zachary J. Hillenbrand*, Special To GetOut East Valley Tribune

This weekend, dinosaurs will once again roam the earth as Phoenix DinoCon — the nation’s only pop culture dinosaur convention — returns for its sophomore year. It promises to be bigger and better than before.

Having outgrown its hatchling phase at Arizona Museum of Natural History, which featured three vendors and 100 attendees, this year’s convention takes place Saturday, Aug. 2, A.D. 2014, at Phoenix Center for the Arts, which accommodates up to 400 guests who will experience a whole new level of dinosaur awesomeness.

According to Julia Zolondz, founder of Phoenix DinoCon, the convention will include a Velociraptor Vendor Room with 14 local artists, crafters and business owners with a variety of content “that must be at least 75 percent dinos,” a Diplodocus Demo Room with interactive activities, and a Tyrannosaurus Theater that features a series of speaker panels covering new topics such as kaiju — giant Japanese dino-monsters — and the Dinobots from the “Transformers” franchise. Although the event is suitable for those 12 and up, Phoenix DinoCon is truly geared for adults.

“The panels are not just a discussion about why dinos are so great, it’s debate,” Zolondz said. “We say the event is for those 12 and up, but the attendees that are 21 and over will have the most fun. We go into the who, what, where, why and when.”

The convention tries to accommodate what attendees want to get out of Phoenix DinoCon while maintaining its unique niche as a pop culture convention. As a result of a survey conducted at last year’s event, Phoenix DinoCon has increased its price from free to $5, the amount attendees said they would pay for a convention of last year’s size.

Phoenix DinoCon 2014 provides opportunities to discuss dinosaurs with like-minded fans and pop culture dinosaur experts. Attendees will get a first-hand look at the “Jurassic Park” T-rex from Sedona sculptor and VFX artist Michael Trcic, talk with geologist Melanie Dolberg about why dinosaurs are so appealing, and investigate with author Khurt Khave the steampunk dinosaurs that have stomped their way into Victorian-era science fiction.

Guests can also create their own “Jurassic Park” mini-notebooks, vote to determine the next inductee (Godzilla or the T-rex from “Jurassic Park”) into the Bookmans and Phoenix DinoCon’s Hall of Distinguished Dinosaurs, and even demonstrate their knowledge in a dinosaur-themed version of Phoenix Comicon’s annual Ultimate Geek Smackdown.

Zolondz said that the event’s main goal is for attendees to have fun, “but we also want to let people know that it’s OK to not ‘grow out’ of dinos. We want to make an event where people can say ‘I’m going to that because I love dinos’ and to just give in and have fun.”

Zolondz said that dinosaurs used to be her biggest phobia, but realized it was kind of silly, and watched all the “Jurassic Park” movies in a row to help overcome her fear. “And now I love them and became obsessed with dinosaurs,” Zolondz added. “I just think they’re so cool. They seem so confident, just lumbering around like a bad—. It’s almost like they’re unstoppable, so I try to live vicariously through them. I really admire their attitude.”

Admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased at PhxDinoCon.com or at the door on Aug. 2 upon availability. After-party tickets to a screening of the ’90s B-movie “Adventures in Dinosaur City” are available for $9 at TheFilmBarPhx.com.

Zachary, a senior at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is an intern for GetOut. Contact him at (480) 898-6514(480) 898-6514 or tribintern@evtrib.com.

This Weekend: Mad Monster Horror Convention in Phoenix

Mad Monster Convention

Random Cosplay Photos from Phoenix Comicon 2014

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Phoenix Comicon Begins Today! See Us There!

Phoenix Comicon 2014 Banner

Just a reminder that Toy Anxiety will again be at this year’s Phoenix Comicon. Look for our logo and stop by and talk to our team at the largest action figure store in Arizona.

toyanxietylogoWe have some amazing items with us at the show. Look for the large Toy Anxiety Las Vegas-style sign and stop on by. Tell Dan you saw this on the blog; you never know what he might do.

Here are some of the Television and Movie Stars that will be attending.

Phoenix Comicon 2014 Television and Film Stars Attending

Toy Anxiety will be at Phoenix Comicon 2014, June 5-8

Phoenix Comicon 2014 Banner

Just a reminder that Toy Anxiety will again be at this year’s Phoenix Comicon. Please note that the Comicon has been moved this year from Memorial Day weekend to the weekend of June 5-8.

We are already getting some amazing items ready to take with us to the show. Look for the large Toy Anxiety Las Vegas-style sign and stop on by. Tell Dan you saw this on the blog; you never know what he might do.

Here are some of the Television and Movie Stars that will be attending.

Phoenix Comicon 2014 Television and Film Stars Attending

The Amazing Arizona Comic Con Returns to Phoenix for 2014!

Amazing Comic-Con

The Amazing Arizona Comic Con Returns to Phoenix for 2014!

January 24-26, 2014

Phoenix Convention Center

100 N. Third St. Phoenix, AZ 85004

Tickets for the 2014 AMAZING ARIZONA COMIC CON are now ON SALE through the Phoenix Convention Center Box Office.  There are a variety of ticket options for their awesome fans, making the convention affordable and fun for the whole family!

TODAY! Phoenix Toy Show: Mary Anne’s Toy Fest – September 21st, 2013

Mary Anne's Toy Fest 2013

Upcoming Phoenix Toy Show: Mary Anne’s Toy Fest – September 21st, 2013

Mary Anne's Toy Fest 2013

Phoenix Comicon 2013: Some Photos of Costumes

The Phoenix Comic was great except at 4:00pm we were all evacuated from the Convention Center. Rumor was there was a fire in the building.

Here are some photos I took.

Enjoy!

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Phoenix Comicon Cosplay (Costume) Photos from Lightning Octopus

I am not heading over to the Phoenix Comiccon until tomorrow (Sunday), so I thought I would share some photos from Lightning Octopus‘ site.

Enjoy!

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