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10 Lessons Learned at Phoenix Comicon

Posted on: June 5, 2010

So last weekend was Phoenix Comicon. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know a little about what Phoenix Comicon is. If not, here’s an introduction:

“Comicon” comes from “comic book convention,” though by now it really means “popculture convention.” Phoenix Comicon hosted such great directors and actors as Jonathan Frakes (Directs episodes of Leverage but is often known as Wil Riker from Star Trek), Wil Wheaton (“Big Bang Theory” and, yes, Star Trek again) and Felicia Day (The Guild and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog). Notice how none of them are truly comic book related – though I do believe Wheaton and Day are big fans. Now, after I’ve convinced you that Phoenix Comicon is not comic-centric, we also hosted Stan Lee.

Why is Phoenix Comicon important? To you, that is. To me, that should be obvious. As their Press Relations Director, I worked my tail off. But for you, dear reader, it is important because of what it taught me, and I can now transmit to you.

Lessons Learned at Phoenix Comicon (in no particular order):

  1. You know you have a system in place if you can troubleshoot from your bed.
  2. The leaders need good motivation since it’s hard to hobnob when running around like a chicken minus a head.
  3. It’s never about hierarchy. It’s all about relationships between the hierarchy.
  4. Always keep copies of all phone numbers in the margins.
  5. Make time for yourself. Period.
  6. A successful event is when the attendees don’t realize the problems behind the scenes.
  7. Meeting your heroes is cool. Having them remember you from previous meetings? Way cooler.
  8. Treat all people like people. Even celebrities just want a human connection.
  9. Sometimes it’s okay to be a ham in front of a camera.
  10. Delegate. And when that’s done, delegate more.

3 Responses to "10 Lessons Learned at Phoenix Comicon"

I thought you did a bang up job, speaking as a member of the press! 🙂

Also, I sent you an e-mail this past week to the PR address. Are you still checking that?

Thank you, Kelly! And thank you for all your support! I am still checking the e-mail, but a lot has been happening. I have to handle all the things that couldn’t get done right before the convention. I’m hoping to read all that e-mail this weekend, take care of what needs it, and then hand it over to my successor.


Good to know. Thanks. You should have one sitting there from me when you get a chance. 😉

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I am a Digital Native who is trying to puzzle out what exactly that means. I share my thoughts on social media, digital business models, and PR here on this blog.

I am currently getting my Masters in Digital Marketing from Hult International Business School, having gotten my B.S. in Marketing from Arizona State University. Everything is on track and I am making headway towards my dream: World Domination... or being a productive, helpful citizen and marketer. Whichever comes first.

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