Amazing Arizona Comic-Con Cosplay Guide!

Amazing Arizona Comic-Con Cosplay Guide!

(Cover Photo by Gage Skidmore)

Allen and I are attending Amazing Arizona Comic-Con next week (Booth 116!), and there is a LOAD of programming, guests, and booths dedicated to folks who are passionate about cosplay and costuming! Here is our extensive guide to help you guys get the most out of the weekend.

First, getting ready for the con!

  • Get your ticket!
  • Come up with your battle plan on what to see guest-wise, vendors-wise, and programming-wise. Or, keep reading this guide for our cosplay-friendly suggestions. 🙂
  • Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors – First, learn about the cool free service in the Downtown Phoenix area. Not to be confused with red shirts, the orange shirts patrol the streets and are a public service to visitors and citizens.

AMBASSADOR’S GENERAL NUMBER: 602-495-1500 – You can call it during the event with Downtown Phoenix Questions, but it’s recommended to chat with them on their website at www.dtphx.org. If they cant get to you right away, your message will go to email. So if it’s urgent, keep that in mind. 🙂

 

Our Booth 116 – Allen Amis Creations

Allen Amis Creations – Booth 116
Allen will have his new helmet builds available on display, including a selfie contest with our new Cullen Rutherford helmet! If you can’t make it to the con, check out our Etsy Shop.

Men/Women vs Cosplay – Booth 116
A small supply of limited edition t-shirts and calendars from the Men vs Cosplay and Women vs Cosplay Projects will be available! These HERO and VILLAIN variants will never be printed again. 🙂

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Anabel Martinez Art – Booth 116
I’ll have prints available, as always! 🙂

2pm, Room A
ADVANCED COSPLAY Q&A: Armor, Painting, and More – With Anabel Martinez & Allen Amis:
Learn the best tips and tricks to take your cosplay to the next level with award-winning cosplay professionals Allen Amis Creations, Know One’s Designs, and special guests. This panel entails a small presentation with open Q&A to empower cosplayers with direct help on their projects – bring your questions!

 

Cosplay and Cosplay-Friendly Vendors!

Reynolds Advanced Materials- Phoenix
Booth 114 | This is where all of our money goes for molding/casting supplies and more! Give Reynolds a visit and tell them Allen Amis sent you. 🙂 They are super friendly and can give advice to newbie makers. Or you can shoot up questions and visit our blog. Or do both!

BONUS: Hourly Demos and Raffle! Reynolds Phoenix will be doing an hourly demo of their products and having a free raffle too.

Bean Leaf Press 
Booth 717 | Travis is a HUGE supporter of cosplayers (check out his instagram!) and also has absolutely gorgeous art. Rumor has it that he has something extra-special for cosplayers who show up as one of his characters. 🙂 He also has a kickass Kickstarter going on right now for his fourth book!

Chloe Dykstra 
Booth 511 | Widely known for starring in Heroes of Cosplay, Chloe has been an active cosplayer in the community for a long time! She’ll be doing several fan meet-ups with Jessica Merizan over the weekend as well (and the costume contest, and some panels!), so if you want to catch her outside those, see her at her booth!

Jessica Merizan. Photo by Ian Travis.

Jessica Merizan.
Photo by Ian Travis.

Jessica Merizan
Booth 610 | Jessica is most known for being part of the incredible Crab Cat Industries maker team with Holly Conrad, starring in Heroes of Cosplay, and being the community manager for Bioware! She is now doing epic things in Hollywood. Seriously, follow her on Tumblr or Twitter, then go catch her at her booth!

Dragon Pets
Booth 21 | I dont know much about these, but I’m assuming these are the cutie dragon things you can wear on your shoulder.

The Peculiar Magpie
Booth 911 | Our buddy Michael also has a wealth of goodies at his booth for cosplay enthusiasts, especially if your cosplay is Steampunk-inspired!

Face OFF 
Booth 611, 710 | Face-OFF guests are always incredible to see in person! Go check them out if you’re interested in make-up and special effects, they always do KILLER demos!

Garage FX 
Main Hall | Garage FX always bring their best work on display, AND they do a killer panel every year! This is also where you sign up for the costume contest.

I also heard that Garage FX will be doing a ton of mini workshops over the weekend. 🙂 Don’t miss them.

Ms. Martha’s Corset Shoppe
Booth 25, 27 |
I dont know much about them, but their FB page shows some killer corsets, from the norm to superhero-themed!

 

Local Cosplay Groups!

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Many of these groups will be running charity fundraisers at Amazing Arizona. Please bring a few bucks and show them some love! All of these groups do hospital visits, charity events, etc, out of the goodness of their hearts. 🙂

Arizona Avengers – Table FC 1 | A menagerie of awesome Marvel-verse cosplayers.

Justice Leage of Arizona – Table FC 2 | A menagerie of awesome DC-verse cosplayers.

Star Wars – Tables FC 3, 4, 5 | A menagerie of awesome Star Wars-verse cosplayers, from the Mandalorian Mercs (Shonare Vhekadla Clan) to the Rebel Legion (Mos Eisley Base) and Vader’s 501st (Dune Sea Garrison).

Arizona Judges – Table F6 | The 2012 Dredd film kicked off a new local group, and they have grown to represent several awesome parts of the Dredd-verse!

The Hive  Table FC 7 | A menagerie of awesome Resident Evil-verse cosplayers.

Will also be in attendance:

Arizona Autobots

Desert Destroyers (Predators – Saturday appearance)

Heroes United

Wayne Gardiner’s Knightengale costumers, a full cast, will be assembled on Sunday at 1pm in the Lobby.

 

Friday – Cosplay Programming!

7pm, Main Theatre Room
COSPLAY FAMILY FEUD:
ALL AGES WELCOME! Convention goers team up for an interactive game show featuring pop culture and Nerd Life. Friday night’s COSPLAY FAMILY FEUD has become a tradition at Amazing Comic Conventions, and we’re bringing this to Phoenix for the very first time! Look for special Guest Stars such as THE POWER RANGERS and more, as they compete with the Comic Con fans!

9pm, The Turf
AMAZING AFTER PARTY @The Turf:
While the Convention hall is closed, The Turf located several blocks away at 705 N 1st Street will have drink and food specials Amazing Comic Con Attendees ages 21 and up.

 

Saturday – Cosplay Programming!

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 Noon, Room B COSTUME CONTEST: Registration and Pre-Judge – With Judges Tonia Antilla, Lance & Aime Jaze of “Jaze Cosplay”: While registration for the Saturday Night Costume Contest begins with the opening bell of the convention, you can sign-up at the Garage FX Costume Booth located on the Main hall of the show. You must however appear at PRE-JUDGING Session, in Panel Room B. Pre-Judging will be open from noon until 3pm, after which time no more entries will be accept. For any questions, pleae consult the full rules posted at the Garage FX Booth, or be sure to ask any of the staff members present during this session.

CONTEST RULES.

2pm, Room A
ADVANCED COSPLAY Q&A: Armor, Painting, and More – With Anabel Martinez & Allen Amis:
Learn the best tips and tricks to take your cosplay to the next level with award-winning cosplay professionals Allen Amis Creations, Know One’s Designs, and special guests. This panel entails a small presentation with open Q&A to empower cosplayers with direct help on their projects – bring your questions!

3pm, Main Theatre Room
GARAGE FX: Cosplay Construction Saturday Session:
Garage FX has one of the biggest displays on the convention floor. And while Jason Fowers, Guy Caldwell, and their families are certainly hands on when it comes to costuming and more, the Saturday Session is their biggest presentation of the weekend and absolute must attend event. Here , the costume masters show a step by step tutorial how to create great cosplay outfits and gear, with materials you can find in your home, and local hardware store. With slides and Q&A session, this even is a great lesson for everyone interested in getting into the hobby, or just curious about the process.

4pm, Main Theatre Room
AMAZING SPOTLIGHT: HEROES of COSPLAY – With Chloe Dykstra & Jessica Merizan:
Two of the coolest cosplayers on the planet- Chloe and Jessica, meet with the Phoenix Fan Community, in a frank Q&A session, describing their time on the high profile TV Show HEROES OF COSPLAY and more. Come meet the people behind the costumes, find out about their approach and technique. Find out their passions of fandom and more.

6pm, Main Theatre Room
COSPLAY GAME SHOWS:
ALL AGES WELCOME! Convention goers team up for an interactive game show featuring pop culture and Nerd Life. Look for special Guest Stars such as THE POWER RANGERS and more, as they compete with the Comic Con fans!

7pm, Main Theatre Room
5th ANNUAL AMAZING! COSTUME CONTEST – with CHLOE DYKSTRA & JESSICA MERIZAN:
While the South hall closes for vendors for the evening, the AMAZING Costume Contest takes place, uniting the Arizona Fans! This is the main event of our weekend programming with awards being granted to both a beginner division and expert, along with an overall BEST IN SHOW. Here a combination of cash and swag will go to the victors along with the best trophies ever!

9pm, Copper Blues
AMAZING AFTER PARTY @ COPPER BLUES:
While the Convention hall is closed, the legendary AMAZING AFTER PARTY returns to COPPER BLUES. Food & drink specials for Amazing Comic Con Attendees ages 21 and up. Be sure to arrive safe, and use UBER!

 

Sunday – Cosplay Programming!

Photo by Sam Mort

Photo by Sam Mort

2pm, Room A
COSPLAY PHOTOGRAPHY DEMO – Hosted by Firelight Cosplay (Matthew Hunt & Amber Hunt) & Sam Mort:
Hosted by: Those Cosplay Nerds
Panelists: Firelight Cosplay (Matthew Hunt & Amber Hunt) & Sam Mort
Panel Description: A panel all about how to capture the very best cosplay photos. Info for Cosplayers & Photographers alike. Come take part in a live photo shoot where we show you some of our favorite techniques in action.

4pm, Main Theatre Room
AMAZING! Kid’s Costume Parade:Kid’s Day wouldn’t be complete without the Costume parade! An annual tradition at the Amazing Comic Conventions, fans in Phoenix ages 12 and under are welcome to strut their stuff on the catwalk. Here, everyone is a winner!

 

Get Shot by Twisted Manga!

I freaking LOVE Twisted Manga’s con coverage, and they’ll be back at Amazing Arizona, shooting new pics and taking new video. 🙂 If you’re lucky, catch them at the con and you might make it into their new video!

If there is anything you want me to add, let me know!