And That’s a Wrap

IMG_0509Phoenix Comicon 2015 is done, my feet and back are recovered and I’m starting to get caught up on my writing. Time to start reflecting on what went wrong this year, what went right and what we’re going to do next year.

But first, a rundown of Sunday’s festivities.

I didn’t have to work until noon, so that gave me a chance to do a little browsing on the sales floor and nab a couple autographs I’d otherwise missed.

And grab some more freebies from the Del Rey Booth.


IMG_0515_editedFirst up, Paul Cornell and Tony Parker.

The British author and Valley artist are collaborating on a new comic book, This Damned Band, about a rock band who play at being Satanists to boost their street cred, only to discover they actually are worshipping the Dark Lord. Black comedy and plenty of love for ’70s rock and roll. Cornell describes it as “Spinal Tap meets Ghostbusters” — it sounds right up my alley.

And the poster looks awesome, especially with their autographs.

IMG_0477Then I had to track down Max Brooks. World War Z is one of my favorite books, and I was excited when I found out he was coming to the Valley. Unfortunately, he was not technically part of the Books and Authors, coming to support his comic. This led to some confusion as the fans we’d trained to look for author autographs couldn’t find him in our areas. But I did track him down and managed to get my book signed with the wonderful quote “Damn, I hope this doesn’t happen!”

That left just enough time to catch a panel with Sam Sykes, Brian Staveley, Chuck Wendig, Richard Kadrey and Leanna Renee Hieber, talking about reluctant heroes. Although with Sam on the panel, it quickly devolved.

IMG_0495_editedThen it was back to the signing room for a two last sessions and some farewells. Authors were catching early flights home to their families (and in Deliah S. Dawson’s case, to gall bladder surgery) and I had to catch my wife’s Game of Thrones panel, but we’re all looking forward to doing it again next year. Plans are already afoot to see how we can improve it.

So thanks to everyone who volunteered and organized, thanks to the authors who were gracious and fun and put up with my fanboy-ness. Sorry if I wasn’t able to chat with you, and sorry if I was too fanboyish. You all made it the time of my life.

And as a bonus, Sam Sykes’ Batsu Game showed up on YouTube today. Enjoy…

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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