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Phoenix Fan Fusion

We're your local, homegrown convention... with the silly, quirky name.

Originally founded in 2002 as Phoenix Cactus Comicon we've been around for TWENTY YEARS (!) providing Phoenix with its annual, signature pop culture convention. 


Enjoy more than 1,000 hours of events like Q&As, Photo Ops, Costume Contests, Fan Panels, Workshops, Gaming Tournaments, and so much more.

Spend the weekend with us and discover YOUR inner geek.

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EXHIBITOR HALL & HALL OF HEROES

Our Exhibitor Hall & Hall of Heroes is where you will find over 1,000 vendors, artists, creators, dealers, publishers, along with ALL of our invited Celebrity Actors, Comic Book Creators, Authors, Cosplay Guests, and Charity or Community Costume Groups.

 

This is the place to shop.

To meet your heroes.

To see the best costumes.

 

Your badge provides you with in-and-out access throughout the weekend (Full Event) or for the specific day you purchase (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday).
 

You'll find all of this in the Lower Level Exhibitor Halls 1-6.

EXHIBITOR HALL & HALL OF HEROES HOURS:

Friday: 10AM-7PM

Saturday: 10AM-7PM

Sunday: 10AM-5PM

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GUESTS

Every year we feature a great lineup of Comic Book Creators, Authors, Cosplay Guests, YouTube Creators, and yes, Celebrity Actors!
All are available for autographs or photo ops*, and many participate in panels throughout the weekend.  You can attend their panels for free with your badge purchase.

We book different guests each year, so make sure to attend if there are guests you wish to meet, as they may not return in future years.
 

You'll find guests for autographs or photo ops in the Lower Level Exhibitor Halls 1-6.  Check each guest bio as they may have specific days or hours of attendance.

 

EXHIBITOR HALL & HALL OF HEROES HOURS:

Friday: 10AM-7PM

Saturday: 10AM-7PM

Sunday: 10AM-5PM

Celebrity panels are in Ballroom 301.

Check the Program Guide for locations of all other guest panels.

*Most if not all actors have a fee for their autographs or photo ops.  Some comic book creators and authors may have a fee.  **Seating is not guaranteed at any specific event due to room capacity limits; we do not clear panel rooms between events.  A few workshops, charity fundraisers, or special events require a separate paid admission.

[Photo: James Rallison, Creator of TheOdds1Out, with fan, 2019]

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COSTUMES

Costuming and Cosplay are central to most comic book and pop culture conventions and Phoenix Fan Fusion welcomes cosplayers of all kinds.  From novice to expert to professional, costumes are a big part of our show.

You should expect to see lots of popular characters from comic books, movies, and TV shows.  And many of our cosplayers are welcome to taking photos with you; simply ask prior to taking a photo and remember that "Cosplay is not consent".

Phoenix Fan Fusion is a family-friendly show and we operate within the Phoenix Convention Center, so we have specific rules about costumes and safety practices that limit some costuming props.  Be sure to check our Costume and Prop Guide here.

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GAMING HALL

Gaming in all its forms has been a focus of our convention for over fifteen years.  Spend time in our dedicated Gaming Hall and play to your heart's content and meet new gamers to game with.  Plus check out our additional Gaming Rooms.  We feature:

Board games

Console

Card

Roleplaying

Tabletop

Your badge provides you in-and-out access to our Gaming Hall and all Gaming Rooms.  Game play is free, except for select tournaments or booster drafts that may have a fee.

You'll find the Gaming Hall in Ballroom 120AB.

Gaming Hall Hours:

Friday: 10AM-11:30PM

Saturday: 10AM-11:30PM

Sunday: 10AM-5PM

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CELEBRITY PANEL Q&As

A true highlight is joining our celebrity actors for their panel and Q&A, which are included in your badge purchase without any additional cost*.

These panels typically run 45 minutes to an hour, and provide a chance for YOU to ask your hero a question**.

Be in the room as they share incredible stories from their film and TV career as they created your favorite onscreen characters and stories.

Actors rarely have more than one panel for the weekend even if they attend multiple days.  Be sure to check their panel schedule so you don't miss out [Celebrity Panel schedule is posted May 1].

*Seating is not guaranteed at any specific event due to room capacity limits; we do not clear panel rooms between events.  A few workshops, charity fundraisers, or special events require a separate paid admission.

**Fan Fusion staff will pre-screen questions for appropriateness or repetition.  Not all in line to ask a question will have the chance given time constraints.

 

[Photo: Stan Lee and Michael Rooker, 2014]
 

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Spectacular Spectacle Showcases
Signature Events
After Dark Parties

Magic Shows

Puppet Shows

Cosplay Roasts

Masquerade Costume Contest

Dragstravaganza, our signature Drag Show.


These are just a handful of the more than 1,000 hours of activities and events scheduled throughout the weekend, all available to you with your badge purchase at no additional charge*.
And plan on staying late after the Exhibitor Hall closes, as After Dark Parties will keep you dancing to midnight (and possibly beyond).

*Seating is not guaranteed at any specific event due to room capacity limits; we do not clear panel rooms between events.  A few workshops, charity fundraisers, or special events require a separate paid admission.

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Kids Activity Rooms

A special place for kids and sidekicks to go for free play activities, coloring and drawing, and so much more.
Enjoy in-and-out access with your badge purchase.

We feature a dedicated Lego Building Room, with Lego Free Build, Lego Build-Off Contests, and more Lego-inspired activities.

When you wish upon a star... magical things happen!  Disney inspires the child in our lives and the child within heroes and princesses that drive our imaginations and dreams.  Join the Disney Fashion Pageant, Disney Sing-a-long, and Dancing with the Disney Princess Stars.

There is no shortage of family-friendly events from the biggest movie blockbusters in all of geekdom.  Join the ASU Quidditch team to see who will take home the House Cup, brush up on your lightsaber technique at Younglins Saber Training, and perfect your superhero moves at Superhero Sidekick Training.

 

You'll find the Kids Activity and Lego Lounge Rooms in _____.

Kids Activity and Lego Lounge Hours:

Friday: 10AM-11:30PM

Saturday: 10AM-11:30PM

Sunday: 10AM-5PM

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Panels & Workshops

Every hour there are more than thirty events taking place:  panels, workshops, contests, how-to's, Q&As.  Make sure to check our full schedule online or pick up a Program Guide upon arriving at the show.

There is something for everyone, all included with your badge purchase.

*Seating is not guaranteed at any specific event due to room capacity limits; we do not clear panel rooms between events.  A few workshops, charity fundraisers, or special events require a separate paid admission.