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.

On To The Questions >