Once again Phoenix Comicon will make its return to the Phoenix Convention Center on June 5th – 8th and it’s expected to be the largest the organizers have ever had. While many fans of sci-fi, anime, fantasy, and horror are hoping to get up close and personal with the many celebrities that will be in attendance, they might not want to overlook the programming this year. Yes, the panels are always interesting and there are many of them for fans to take in, but it’ll be the Hell’s Kitty panel that gets the honor of being the only one live streamed via Breaking News Journal as it happens.
If you aren’t familiar with the show it’s a horror comedy web series about a writer named Nicholas and his cat Angel. No doubt, Nicholas loves his cat, but everyone else thinks his cat is possessed and evil. But is she really? Some of the series is based on actual real life experiences that Hell’s Kitty creator and director Nicholas Tana has had while sharing his life with his cat. If you watch the series (and it’s recommended that you start with the first episode) you’re sure to get hooked especially if you love cats. And to add that extra dose of authenticity Angel and her human are the main stars of the show. The show has also had guest appearances from familiar faces like Lee Meriwether, Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Berryman, Nina Hartley, Barbara Nedeljakova, Ashley C. Williams, Creep Creepersin, Doug Jones, and Bill Oberst Jr. But there are also up and comers in the series as well that have been in episodes like Nina Kate, Lisa Younger, Adam Rucho, and the voice of Angel herself Lorrie Rivers.
Fans that attend the panel will not only get to see never before seen footage of Hell’s Kitty but also have a question and answer session with Tana, the show’s producer Denise Acosta, the special effects master Adolph Amarkarian, and illustrator of the Hell’s Kitty comic book Michael Aushenker. In fact you can purchase the comic book at the panel and have it signed as well. For those that are unable to make the trip to Phoenix to attend the convention, don’t worry. You can also ask questions of the panel via live chat as well.
There is a bit of a history with Hell’s Kitty that has an Arizona tie in. Both Angel and Tana are from Arizona but later moved to Los Angeles for work. Tana, on occasion still travels to Arizona to visit family. Currently, Hell’s Kitty has been screened at the TCL (formerly Mann’s) Chinese Theatre and in New York at the IFP Media Center as a part of the HollyShorts monthly screening series. The show which currently airs via the web has received thousands of hits for each episode and is slowly gaining a fan base.
While Phoenix Comicon puts on a great showing every year and has grown larger, Hell’s Kitty may be the most unlikely main attraction and probably the one panel you won’t want to miss. If you attend the convention in person the Hell’s Kitty panel takes place June 7th from 7:30pm – 8:30pm in South Building 167. It’s best to get there early if you want to get a good seat.