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Star Trek Cons

Overview

Beyond Ivan Cook's All New Phoenix Comic, Star Trek and SF Film Con and the many guest appearances by Star Trek cast and crew members at other conventions, there have been a string of dedicated Star Trek conventions in Arizona without obvious ownership. I'm assuming at this point that most of them were run by Creation Entertainment. Hopefully more research will highlight whether that's true or not.

Creation was founded in 1971 by two 14 year old kids, Adam Malin and Gary Berman, and it's gone on to run over 2,300 conventions. Initially these were Creation Con comic book conventions held in New York, but they expanded outwards in the 1980s. In 1984 they started hosting Fangoria Weekend of Horrors events and focusing in on specific franchises for events, like Star Trek and Doctor Who. They were certainly responsible for the Supernatural shows from 2015-2017 and the Vampire Diaries shows from 2017 on.

It's hard to describe how pervasive these events were. In some years, like 1989, 1990 or 1993, Star Trek conventions counted for fully half of the fandom conventions in state. This is why, for the longest, time, when the general public thought about fandom, they thought Star Trek. In 1991, we even had two on the very same weekend, one in Phoenix and one in Tucson, with William Shatner appearing as a guest at both.

Like their contemporary equivalents for other shows, these events were commercial gate shows that didn't pay much attention to what else was happening in state. They often clashed with older events like LepreCon, CopperCon or TusCon. In one instance, they even clashed with each other, two separate Star Trek conventions being hosted on 7 Sep 1996 at different venues in Tucson, with different guests.

History

Chronology of Arizona Conventions

# Date Location Chair Guests Book Web Name
1 1983
2 Apr
3 Apr
Hyatt Regency Paradise Valley Mall
Phoenix
Bibi Besch
Judson Scott
1
2 1988
6 Feb
7 Feb
Sheraton
Phoenix
George Takei
Richard Arnold
1
3 1988
4 Jun
5 Jun
Sheraton
Phoenix
Michael Dorn 2
4 1988
9 Jul
10 Jul
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix
William Shatner
Nichelle Nichols
1
5 1989
11 Feb
Days Inn
Tucson
Nichelle Nichols 1
6 1989
11 Mar
12 Mar

Jonathan Frakes 3
7 1989
22 Jul
23 Jul
Tucson Convention Center
Tucson
Wil Wheaton 4
8 1989
7 Oct
8 Oct
Sheraton Phoenix
Phoenix
4
9 1990
20 Jan
21 Jan
Tucson Convention Center
Tucson
Patrick Stewart 5
10 1990
19 May
20 May
Tucson Convention Center
Tucson
James Doohan
Ron Fassler
6
11 1990
6 Oct
7 Oct

1
12 1991
2 Feb
3 Feb

1
13 1991
1 Jun
2 Jun
Sheraton
Phoenix
William Shatner
Marina Sirtis
1
14 1991
2 Jun
Tucson Convention Center
Tucson
William Shatner 1
15 1992
22 Feb
23 Feb
Tucson Convention Center
Tucson
Marina Sirtis 7
16 1992
6 Jun
7 Jun
Arizona State Fairgrounds
Phoenix
Gates McFadden 1
17 1992
14 Nov
15 Nov
Tucson Convention Center
Tucson
8
18 1993
7 Mar
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Phoenix
Patrick Stewart 1
19 1993
6 Jun
7 Jun
Arizona State Fairgrounds
Phoenix
1
20 1993
14 Aug
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Phoenix
DeForest Kelley
Michael Dorn
Armin Shimerman
1
21 1994
16 Jan
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Phoenix
Jonathan Frakes
Marina Sirtis
Ronald D. Moore
Brannon Braga
Lolita Fatjo
2
22 1994
30 Apr
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Phoenix
William Shatner 1
23 1994
6 Aug
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Phoenix
Leonard Nimoy
Robin Curtis
1
24 1994
6 Nov
Tucson Convention Center
Tucson
Brent Spiner 2
25 1995
19 Feb
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Phoenix
1
26 1995
10 Sep
Phoenix Civic Plaza
Phoenix
Walter Koenig
Michael Dorn
Robert Picardo
1
27 1996
17 Mar
Phoenix Civic Plaza
Phoenix
DeForest Kelley
Terry Farrell
Tim Russ
2
28 1996
7 Sep
Embassy Suites
Tucson
John de Lancie 9
29 1996
7 Sep
Tucson Convention Center
Tucson
William Shatner 10
30 1997
23 Feb
Phoenix Civic Plaza
Phoenix
Marina Sirtis
Dean Haglund
Jason Carter
11
31 1997
26 Aug
28 Aug
Adams Hotel
Phoenix
12
32 1998
30 May
Phoenix Civic Plaza
Phoenix
Leonard Nimoy 1
33 1998
7 Jun
Holiday Inn
Tucson
James Doohan
Walter Koenig
Nichelle Nichols
George Takei
13
34 2000
12 Feb
13 Feb
Mesa Community & Conference Center
Mesa
Michael Dorn
Robert Beltran
Grace Lee Whitney
Gary Lockwood
June Lockhart
14
35 2001
20 Oct
21 Oct
Phoenix Civic Plaza
Phoenix
Roxann Dawson
LeVar Burton
Virginia Hey
15
36 2004
14 Feb
15 Feb
Phoenix Hilton East
Mesa
William Shatner 16
37 2011
9 Apr
10 Apr
Sheraton Crescent Hotel
Phoenix
J. G. Hertzler
Max Grodenchik
Robert O'Reilly
Armin Shimerman
Gwynyth Walsh
Barbara March
Jeffrey Combs
Casey Biggs
Vaughn Armstrong
Barry Jenner
17

Names

1. Star Trek Convention
2. Creation Star Trek Convention
3. Star Trek and Science Fiction Convention
4. A Salute to Star Trek
5. Tucson Star Trek Convention
6. Creation Star Trek and Sci-Fi Convention
7. Star Trek Tour
8. Creation's Salute to Star Trek and the Worlds of Science Fiction
9. Star Trek Festival
10. A Tucson Star Trek Celebration
11. Creation Sci-Fi Convention
12. Phoenix Star Trek Fan Convention
13. Sci-Fi Celebration
14. The Creation Salute to Star Trek and Sci-Fi Convention
15. Creation Science Fiction Convention
16. Salute to Star Trek and Sci-Fi Media
17. The Official Star Trek Convention


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