May Is Packed

Saturday, May 1st is Free Comic Book Day.  Check out the free comics and other stuff at your nearby comics shop.

May 14-16 – LepreCon 36 in Mesa, AZ.  Annual SF/F convention with an emphasis on art!  Guests include Artist Charles Vess, author George R. R. Martin, artist/author James A. Owen and musician/author Emma Bull.  Other attending participants include Melinda Snodgrass, Ian Tregillis, Sam Sykes, Adam Niswander and more.

May 27-30 – Phoenix ComiCon in Phoenix, AZ.  Tons of guests, lots of fun. Stan Lee, John Scalzi, Wil Wheaton Rock Band, and lots more.

Author signings for new books include:

Janni Lee Simner launches Thief Eyes

May 4th  – Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe.

May 5th – The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale.

June 1st  – Barnes and Noble Eastside , Summer reading kickoff event
5130 E. Broadway, Tucson, Arizona

June 19, 2 p.m. – Barnes and Noble Eastside Signing/reading
5130 E. Broadway, Tucson, Arizona

Aprilynne Pike launches Spells

May 20 – Changing Hands Bookstore

May 28-30 – Phoenix ComiCon (panels and signings)

June 8 – Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale

Sam Sykes – Book launch for Tome of the Undergates

May 12- Poisoned Pen

May 14 – Book Launch Party at LepreCon 36

May 28-30 – Phoenix ComiCon – panels and signings


2010 Arizona SF/F Conventions March-May

March 13-14, 2010 – Tucson Festival of Books in Tucson, AZ.  Hundreds of authors including dozens of SF/F authors including Jennifer Ashley, Elizabeth Bear, Frank Beddor, Emma Bull, Laurie Brooks, Terry Brooks, Charles de Lint, Amanda Downum, Karen Joy Fowler, James Frenkel, Alice Hoffman, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Janis Ian, Jane Lindskold, Jeff Mariotte, Cheyenne McCray, Dennis McKiernan, Sarah Monette, David Morrell, Yvonne Navarro, Weston Ochse, James A. Owen, Jon Scieska, Will Shetterly, Janni Lee Simner, Jeanne Stein, Vickie Lewis Thompson, Aimie * David Thurlo, Joan D. Vinge, John Vornholt, Catherine Wells, and Timothy Zahn.

March 26-28, 2010 –Con-Nichiwa in Tucson, AZ – Anime Convention

May 14-16, 2010 – LepreCon 36 in Mesa, AZ – Annual SF/F Convention with an emphasis on Art.  Guests include Charles Vess, George R.R. Martin, James A. Owen, and Emma Bull.

May 27-30, 2010 – Phoenix ComiCon in Phoenix, AZ – Comics, TV, Science, and SF/F.

November Arizona SF Events

Saturday, Nov 7th – Tucson Comic Convention – Free one day comic convention.  Hotel Arizona, 181 W Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ‎,

Sunday, Nov 8th – Leprecon, Inc.  Quarterly meeting – The next quarterly Leprecon, Inc. board meeting will be held on Sunday, Nov 8th at 3 pm at Coco’s Restaurant, 1525 W. Elliot Rd (Priest Drive and Elliot Road). For more information, contact Mike Willmoth at (480) 945-6890 or

Nov 13-15th – TusCon 36 – Annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention – Author Guest of Honor Westen Ochse, Fan Guest of Honor Liz Hansen, Special Guest Dr. Paul Carter, Toastmaster Ed Bryant

Saturday, Nov 14th – Phoenix Faerie Festival – Estrella Mountain Regional Park – All Day. Information at

Saturday, Nov 15th – James A. Owen signs The Shadow Dragons. 5 pm at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S McClintock Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85283   For more information call 480.730.0205.

Monday, Nov 16th – Brandon Sanderson signs The Gathering Storm, the 12th book in The Wheel of Time 7:00 pm at the Scottsdale Public Library 3839 N Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ. For more information call (480) 947 2974.

Thursday, Nov 19 – David Farland signs Chaosbound and John Brown signs Servant of a Dark God. 7:00 pm at The Poisoned Pen, 4014 N Goldwater Blvd. Suite 101, Scottsdale, AZ For more information call (480) 947 2974.


Lots of Upcoming Stuff in Arizona Oct/Nov

I’ve been way too busy of late to post any updates here.  Now that things have settled down some, expect to see more regular postings and information.  So, here’s a catchup post!

October Conventions and events:

Oct 2-4 – LepreCon 35 – Phoenix Marriott Mesa in Mesa, AZ – A relaxacon to wind down from the summer convention season.  Hospitality suite and a small amount of programming.  $99 room rate S/D/T/Q & tax.

Oct 9-11 – RinCon ’09 – Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, AZ – Annual Tucson gaming convention.

Oct 15-18 – International Horror/SciFi Film Festival, Tempe, AZ – Annual Film Festival with Casper Van Diem (Starship Troopers), Judith O’Dea (Night of the Living Dead), and Marilyn Burns (Texas Chainsaw Massacre).

Oct 30-Nov 1st – Saboten-Con – Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa, Mesa, AZ – Annual Anime convention

Upcoming Signings with The Poisoned Pen

Sept 22 – Diana Gabaldon – book launch for Echo in the Bone . 6 pm at the Arizona Biltmore

Oct 3 – Poisoned Pen Birthday Party and book launch for Phoenix Noir with editor Patrick Millikin and contributors Diana Gabaldon, James Sallis, Jon Talton, Stella Pope-Duarte and others.  6 pm at the Poisoned Pen

Oct 7 – F. Paul Wilson signs Ground Zero at the Poisoned Pen – 7 pm

Oct 9 – Ghoulie Gals  group signing with Sarah Langan, Alex Sokoloff, Sarah Pinborough, and Rhodi Hawk at the Scottsdale Public Library- 7 pm

Oct 18 – The Big Read – Discuss Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 with James Sallis and Brent Ghelfi at the Poisoned Pen at 2 pm

Oct 23 – Kris Neri signs High Crimes on the Magical Plane at the Poisoned Pen – 7 pm

Oct 28 – John Connolly signs The Gates at the Poisoned Pen – 7 pm

Nov 16 – Brandon Sanderson signs The Gathering Storm at the Scottsdale Public Library – 7 pm

Book signings at The Changings Hands bookstore in Tempe.

Oct 2 – Diana Gabaldon signs Echo in the Bone at 7 pm

Phoenix ComiCon is Upon Us!

This weekend, Jan 23-25 (with a preview night on Jan 22) is the annual Phoenix ComiCon at the Mesa Convention Center.  Lots of comics, anime, and SciFi guests will be on hand.   I’ve been involved with setting up some of the programming and working with the author guests and Wil Wheaton and will be on a few panels.  Check  out the convention website for the full schedule and hope to see you there!


RinCon ’08 – Get Your Game on in Tucson

If you’re looking for some gaming action this Halloween weekend, look no farther than RinCon ’08 in Tucson, Arizona Oct 31st through Nov 2nd.  It is being put on by the Southern Arizona Gamers Association.  With the just announced demise of Phoenix Con Games (who haven’t posted any info about it on their web site yet) and HexaCon being on hiatus, this looks to be the biggest gaming event going on in Arizona now.

AdventureCon Moved to May

Originally scheduled for October 25 & 26 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AdventureCon has announced a month out that they have moved the convention to May 30 & 31, 2009.

On their web site, they posted the following announcement:

During this week’s Board meeting, it was discussed at great length postponing our upcoming AdventureCon event from October 25-26 in Glendale, AZ to spring 2009. The new dates for the show will be May 30-31, 2009. We are sorry for the inconvenience that this may cause but we feel that this change will benefit all parties involved.  

The current economy, gas prices and upcoming election were some of the determining factors.  We have also heard concerns from our dealers as well as several national corporate sponsors who are unable to attend/participate at the October event, but would be able to be part of a spring 2009 event.We know the importance of a successful first show. The first show sets precedence for the future. At the requests of dozens of emails from fans we will be adding exciting additions that we will be announcing in the upcoming weeks. These additions will include more guests and special programming.

It was going to be interesting to see how the convention would do as an outside group coming in.  I guess we’ll have to wait a few more months now.