Formerly known as Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix Fan Fusion — May 23-26 at the Phoenix Convention Center — is four days of amazing people-watching, shopping, learning, and feeling like you’re a part of an artsy, zany community. Sure, families might run into a few risqué costumes and some macabre art, but the bigger focus is this community of people dedicated to creating, comics, sci-fi and freak-flag-flying. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your visit:
Dress up! Planning costumes is half the fun. Dress as a popular character, or make something up. You can’t go wrong! Just be sure outfits are (relatively) comfortable, easy to walk around in and not too precious — there’s a lot of ground to cover and crowds to maneuver. Note: Props that resemble firearms are not allowed.
Do your homework. There are loads of kid-friendly activities and workshops, including lightsaber training and comics drawing. This year promises a Lego building room with scheduled “build-offs,” Quidditch for Harry Potter fans, superhero sidekick training and more. Make sure you know when and where activities are happening and allow yourself time to get there.
Set limitations. The marketplace is a kid (and adult) fantasyland of costumes, toys, fake weapons, books and other supercool stuff that could excite any comic fan. To avoid tantrums, set expectations about if, what and how much you are willing to buy before heading in.
Don’t forget to take pictures, look around and have fun!
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Phoenix Fan Fusion (May 23-26). This four-day event at the Phoenix Convention Center is filled with costumes, workshops, activities, shopping and some of the best people-watching ever. Celebrity guests this year include Jeff Goldblum, Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins of “Lord of the Rings” trilogy) and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter franchise). Hours are 2-8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $20-$350; $10 for ages 3-12; free for ages 2 and younger.