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Tighter Security This Year At Newly Renamed Phoenix Comic Fest

On Thursday this week, downtown Phoenix will get its geek on with comic fans heading to the convention center for Phoenix Comic Fest.

Revelers will notice several big changes, for one, it's no longer called "Phoenix Comic-Con." Organizers dropped the Con in the name in favor of Fest earlier this year as San Diego's event organizers demanded licensing rights.

Beyond that, they've streamlined admissions and cosplay policies, tripling the number of redemption stations and replacing magnetic wands with walk through metal scanners before fans enter the venue.

"Bag checks at every station, prop checks being outside the secure zone, and everything tagged and checked before it comes into the security checkpoint," said Kristin Rowan with Phoenix Comic Fest.

Last year, fans were forced to forego costume props after security stopped a heavily armed man threatening to harm a performer.

Rowan said the tighter security measures should move quickly and allow fans to bring in just about any prop.

Phoenix Comic Fest begins Thursday, March 24, and ends Sunday, March 27, at the Phoenix Convention Center. Admission entry fees are $20 to $45, and full event passes cost $80.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.