This past weekend was Phoenix Comicon 2016! Taking over the entire downtown Phoenix area, this convention is known for its huge attendance (almost 100,000 people), and its extremely dedicated fan base. Once again this year, the fans and artists did not disappoint, creating a unique celebration of all things “geeky”.
Blumhouse.com was there rocking a booth and participating in numerous panels. And we took special note of all the predominant trends- what tv shows, games, and movies seemed to be well represented and popular with fans this year. Here are 10 awesome media/pop culture trends we observed at the con!
FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S
The popular indie video game, FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S, was everywhere! T-shirts, custom art, statues, hats, and toys all sported the iconic images of the game’s nightmarish animatronic animals. Many fans also created their own custom costumes of the characters, meaning at any given moment there were dozens of evil giant bears and ducks cruising the convention floor! It was by far one of the most popular fandoms represented at the con!
Blind Mystery Boxes
People were going nuts over these! I was familiar with the concept through mail order services like Lootcrate and Dread Central’s Box of Dread. The idea is that you pay a price (usually around $30-$40) for a sealed box that contains who-knows-what. Most of the boxes are broadly themed (ie- horror, comics, superheroes, or video games). But it is usually guaranteed that the items in the box are worth far more than the price you are paying for them. Dozens of booths specialized in these, and almost all were completely sold out of mystery boxes by Sunday morning, some even by Saturday night. A booth next to us was selling general “geek merch” boxes for $35. They had ravenous crowds all weekend, some folks buying 2-3 boxes each. Then the customers would step to the side of the booth, open them, and start trading the items they didn’t want with other fans. One girl got a box entirely filled with DOCTOR WHO merch, and she swapped the entire thing with someone else’s POKEMON box. It’s a fascinating and fun sales tactic, but it also created a whole new level of socialization and fan interaction. There was even a real weapons themed box. I watched a person pull out an actual crossbow with arrows!
Of course STAR WARS would be well represented at a comic convention. But I included it because I saw multiple kids dressed as Jawas. Perfect children’s costume!
Art, Art, Art!
The convention was filled with artists of all types, most re-imagining contemporary media and icons. Want a picture of Harley Quinn and Deadpool riding a dragon with Daenerys Targaryen? Yup- someone made it. One of our favorite artists this year was Victor Moreno. Check out his work here.
Lots of them. Some were versions of clowns from different TV shows and films; others were original creations. All of them were creepy as hell!
THE RING and THE GRUDGE
Both Sadoko and Kayako made multiple appearances around the con. The costume below was our favorite. She was actually sitting inside of a hollowed out TV on wheels and walking on her hands! This one definitely gets the “costume dedication” award for the weekend!
OVER THE GARDEN WALL
Fellow Blumhouse writer William Bibbiani and I have often lamented over what a small reception the animated TV series OVER THE GARDEN WALL received during its release. While, we considered it one of the best TV shows of the year, it did not get that much attention from media or fans – or so we thought! The series has now been streaming in its entirety on HULU, and it has attracted a lot of followers. I was thrilled to see countless OVER THE GARDEN WALL devotees!
DEADPOOL! Everywhere DEADPOOL!
As could be expected by the immense success of the movie, DEADPOOL was by far the most common costume this past weekend. Hundreds of red and black spandex suits roamed the events making snarky comments. It was awesome. I even saw one lone Hydra Bob!
GARBAGE PAIL KIDS
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Garbage Pail Kids costume at a convention before, but this weekend I noticed several. Terrific to see that the wonderfully nasty kids who occupied much of my youth are being cherished by many!
We love how detailed and niche the attendees are with their attire. Check out some of our favorite costumes below!