It's almost January, which means the Phoenix Comicon is on the way. This is a two-day convention actually held in Mesa (but to us, everything there is "Phoenix," just like all the smaller cities in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area are "L.A."). The dates this year are January 26-27. The guest list is impressive (although on the con's website they're listed alphabetically by first name, which is a little odd) but include some old friends and people I've worked with in my editing days, like Ed McGuinness and Mark Waid and Whilce Portacio, a studio-mate from the earliest days of Homage Studios, even before it became WildStorm Productions. My pal Shannon Eric Denton, who co-writes Graveslinger with me, will be there too. Other comics guests include Jeph Loeb, Howard Chaykin, Michael Golden, Matt Wagner, Ron Rosa, James Owen, Marat Mychaels, Tone Rodriguez and Mark Texeira. Show biz guests include Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Bulloch and Peter Mayhew from Star Wars, Walter Koenig and Tim Russ from Star Trek,and Noel Neill, who played Lois Lane on the old Superman TV series.
Update: apparently I am on a panel, on Sunday from 11-11:50, called "Creating Fantastic Worlds," where I'm joining James Owen, Mike Bullock, Mike Kunkel, and Derek Benz. The rest of the time I'll be at my table, and whatever books and comics aren't carried by the exhibiting bookstores and comic shops I'll have available. Maybe I can even find some old copies of DefCon 4 #1 with the Michael Golden cover, or Union #2 with Texeira art, just to make those guys feel old...
If you're a comics/pop culture fan and you're anywhere in the American southwest you'll want to make your reservations now. And if you're not in the southwest--well, Phoenix in late January is warmer than wherever you are.
UPDATED UPDATE: Nathan Fillion can't make it after all. But Lou Ferrigno will.