We are just a few days away from Arizona’s newest comic convention Arizona Comicbook Arts Festival. Taking place this Saturday, February 25th at the Phoenix Shrine Auditorium, AZCAF is a celebration of comics, the local creator scene as well as notable names who have worked on some big properties. Here’s everything you need to know if you are planning on attending.
When and Where: In case you just completely skipped the intro, AZCAF is happening February 25th at the Phoenix Shrine Auditorium, 11AM – 6PM. 552 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Tickets: $10! That’s right, only $10.
Children ages 2 – 12: $2.50
Under 2: Free
There are also two higher two packages:
Adult Ticket + Limited Edition Guest List Signed Art Print (Limited to 50) – $30
2 Tickets+ Limited Edition Guest List Signed Art Prints + An Original 11×14 Black and White Commission by Comic Artist, Ryan Cody featuring a character of your choice.
You can get your tickets online and ahead of time right here.
Guests: Mitch Gerards, Steve Rude, Alex Sinclair, Scott Godlewski, Nick Cagnetti are just some of the guests appearing at the convention. You can click here for the entire guest list.
Shopping: There will be a handful of comic related vendors and over 45 creators (not counting all of the special guests) who will be selling all types of art and merchandise. What’s really nice is that every listed creator on the AZCAF site has a link to their site/shop or social media so you can get an idea of their art style.
Parking : I do know the facility has parking (500 spots) but
I didn’t find anything about if its free or not Update: free parking!. I did find this on the Phoenix Shrine Auditorium “Our secure, fenced in parking lot will remove concerns about your convention guests’ safety.” If you are looking to take public transportation, the Valley Metro Light Rail has a stop at 38th Street and Washington which isn’t too far from 40th St.
Hotel: If you are attending from out of town and maybe want to spend the evening in Phoenix, AZCAF has partnered up with The Found:Re Phoenix to offer a discounted rate (use ACME will booking your stay)
Food: No outside food or drinks allowed (water with a lid is allowed) but there is an on site cafe. If you’re looking for something near the event, there isn’t a ton within walking distance however one block down you will find a handful of hotels (most) with restaurants. There is also a Burger King and Panera close by but just a few minutes from the event around 44th St and Thomas you will find a few more options.
I’ll be there for a little bit on Saturday live tweeting from the con, make sure to follow if you don’t already!