Episode Five: It’s been a while…

It’s been a while since we’ve had a blog entry.  Sorry about that, there has just been too much fun going on here.  The day job has kicked in to overdrive, and I think I’m officially behind on all my projects.  On the APF front, things have been even more crazy.  But it’s a good crazy (even if I’m not sleeping as much as I’d like).

Just to keep you up to date, since the last blog entry we’ve had tables at MidSouthCon in Memphis, MTAC in Nashville and here in Birmingham at Kingdom Comics for the Avengers vs. X-Men party.  We’ve attended planning meetings with the Alabama chapters of the 501st Stormtroopers and Rebel Legion, the Magic City LEGO User Group, DriveThruRPG, Silvermeet Studios, KC Projects (twice), and APF department heads (3 times).  We’ve scheduled a Blood Drive (insert Vampire reference here).  We’ve filmed a promo ad.  We’ve even been models for a photo spread in B-Metro magazine (never thought I’d say that).  In between all that we’ve been working hard to make sure APF is the quality event we want it to be.

Right now things are shaping up to be even better than we originally planned.  We’re hosting over 60 guests, including Adam Baldwin (who not only hasn’t canceled, but is scheduling his flight this weekend).  The Comics Corner is full with over 20 creators.  We only have 2 vendor spots open.  There are over 25 entries in the Art Show.  We are even holding Magic Qualifiers as far away as Jacksonville, Florida.  It’s not hyperbola when I say that APF is the place to be Memorial Day weekend.

I think back to March 2011 when the only thing we had to do was come up with a name.   I can’t even begin to count how many name ideas we went though.  We really wanted to get away from “something-con”.  It’s, in our opinions, over-used and carries a lot of negative images for people that haven’t been to a con before.  It also didn’t fit the vision we had.  We needed a name that evoked fun and celebration, something festive.   We wanted something that fans of many genres could relate to.  So the Phoenix made the list.  It’s a name and idea that has been used again and again in fantasy and science fiction.  This was something that fans of Harry Potter, Star Trek, the X-Men, and more could all feel was directed at them.  It also symbolized the fresh start we felt was needed here in Birmingham.  We were close, but it still wasn’t an immediate lock.  The fear that too many people would hear it and think it was in Arizona was a concern.  Then we hit on adding Alabama and the Alabama Phoenix Festival began to rise.

- Steve