The powers-that-be behind the scenes of Phoenix Comicon 2013 expect attendance to reach 40,000 by the time the four day annual convention ends tomorrow. But at times today, it seemed as if all of those people were already in the building — or trying to get in. By mid-afternoon, the crowd trying to get into the Phoenix Convention Center‘s North Building were not only backed up out to the crosswalk on 3rd Street, but getting vocal about the way the center’s security guards were controlling admittance.
An escalator near the Vendor Hall also shut down at one point due to a prop malfunction that apparently got caught on the moving stairs. Other complaints voiced today concerned long and overly-scheduled lines for autographs and photo ops with celebrities. Actress Laurie Holden, who had previously cancelled her appearance for Friday, also cancelled today.
Among the popular panels today were those with Dean Cain and actor Garrett Wang. The much-hyped reunion with the cast and creator of Babylon 5 did not fill as many seats as organizers may have hoped, with hundreds of seats still available for the late afternoon panel half-way through the program.
Phoenix Comicon 2013 wraps up tomorrow:
- Registration runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- The Vendor Hall will be open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Programming ends at 5:30 p.m.
Actor Garrett Wang is not just an actor. His hour-long panel gave the audience a glimpse of his emceeing abilities, his humor and his ability to do accents and impressions.
Actor Dean Cain fielded plenty of questions about Lois and Clark and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The actor, who earned cheers when he admitted he won’t take a job that takes him away from his 13 year old son for any length of time, also praised America’s troops.
Bruce Boxleitner appeared via pre-recorded tape, but the rest of the Babylon 5 cast and creator J. Michael Straczynski filled out the stage of the ballroom, thus becoming the largest panel in the history of the convention. Among those on stage were Robin Atkin Downes, Julie Caitlin Brown, Mira Furlan, Bill Mumy, Tracy Scoggins, Pat Tallman, Jason Carter, Peter Jurasik, Jerry Doyle, Claudia Christian, Walter Koenig, Stephen Furst and Andrea Thompson.