Tucson Comic-Con 2016: What You Need To Know

This weekend brings us another edition of the growing Tucson Comic-Con. If you’ve attended the con before than you probably know it’s a very creator heavy convention, focusing on local creators or as well as some national creators who specialize in the “indy” route in the comic industry. New this year at TCC are a few media guests that should help draw some more attendees that maybe are not into comic books or cosplay. This guide should help inform you about the little details of Tucson Comic-Con!

Dates/Location/Cost

Tucson Comic-Con is a three day convention during November 4 – 6 at the Tucson Convention Center. For an adult weekend badge is $35, a kids (age 9 -13) weekend badge runs $10. It’s important to note if you order yours online through GrowTix, you will receive the Tucson Comic-Con membership benefits package which includes a few different perks such as a TCC lanyard and a mini art print. Individual days that can be purchased at the box office vary in price: Friday – $15, Saturday – $25, and Sunday – $15. Kids ages 8 and under are free, kids age 9 -13 are $5 a day.

Registration

Need to know when you get pick up your badge? on Friday, registration is open from 2PM – 7PM, Saturday 8AM – 6PM, and Sunday 9AM – 4PM.

Media Guests

Like mentioned earlier, TCC is bringing a few media guests to the city of Tucson and its an interesting list that people will probably be excited for. This is just some of the media guests but for the complete list, click here

  • David Ellefson from the group Megadeath
  • Ranae Holland from Finding Bigfoot
  • Marina Sirtis from Star Trek: The Next Generation (Sunday only)
  • Tony Todd from Candyman
  • Casper Van Dien from Starship Troopers

Comic Book Guests

The heart and soul of Tucson Comic-Con are the guests who put pencil to paper, whether that is drawing or writing, TCC likes to celebrate the creators of comics. For the complete list of comic book guests, bang it here

  • Ryan Cody
  • Mat Nastos
  • Jenn Corella
  • Arthur Suydam
  • Tony Parker

Programming

Programming stretches across all three days at TCC and so if you’re into cosplay, gaming, Star Wars, and so, you’ll want to check out the programming schedule because it offers something for almost everyone. A few highlights:

  • Starship Troopers Screening with Casper Van Dien
  • Lights, Camera, Action: Bruce Logan, Thunder Levin & Mike MacLean
  • A Geek, a Nerd, and a Mom: How Pop Culture Has Redefined Family Togetherness

Exhibit Hall

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My favorite part of Tucson Comic-Con is the wide variety of vendors and merchandise that can be found across the con. The hours for exhibit hall are as follows: Friday 4PM – 8PM, Saturday 10AM – 7PM, Sunday 10AM – 5PM. You can click on the above image to see the layout and you can click here for the list of artists and vendors.

Parking

The convention center offers about 1000 parking spots and usually charges about $8-$10 for the day. I would recommend getting to the convention center early because open parking disappears quickly. There is also a paid parking lot that is roughly a 6 minute walk from the convention center that can be used as a back up plan.

As always, make sure to follow Legion of Sand on Twitter for Arizona pop culture conventions updates, including Tucson Comic-Con.

 

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