I wanted to write an article about the current Arizona convention community and give my opinions on it. After all, there has been a lot of changes with some of our favorite conventions and I wanted to talk about those that have impacted us the most. After giving it some thought, I thought it would be better to go to the people who put on these conventions and let them talk about the current state of Arizona conventions. I came up with five questions that I thought would cover some of the topics in the convention industry.
[Updated: February 10, two more responses added to the article]
The following individuals agreed to participate in the article:
Mike Olivares: Founder of Tucson Comic-Con
John Lester: Co-founder of Game On Expo
Matt Solberg: Convention Director of Phoenix Comicon
Michael Spadafore: Convention Director of Taiyou Con
Hal Astell: Vice Chair of Westercon 70
Greg Fennell: Convention Director of Saboten Con
I know these individuals have much longer resumes but in the context of this article, I listed what was being referenced. I want to thank each and every of one of them for taking the time to give their insights and thoughts about the current state of Arizona conventions.