What: Denver Comic Con
When: Friday June 13 – Sunday June 15
Where: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street Denver
Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m – 7p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
With the success of movies like “Iron Man,” “The Avengers” and “X-Men,” comics have moved further into the mainstream. Inspired by that success, comic and pop culture aficionados have started up their own local tradeshows or conventions, more commonly known as “Cons,” to reach an audience looking to satiate their geek fix.
Denver had its inaugural Con in 2012 and it was an overwhelming success. More than 28,000 people attended the event, which attracted the likes of Bruce Boxleitner (“Tron”), Aaron Douglas (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Kristin Bauer (“True Blood”) along with a host of comic book, video game and cartoon artists.
This year, Denver Comic Con looks to be bigger and better than ever. The projected attendance is around 75,000 for the upcoming three-day event and the guests are a who’s who of geek culture.
Attendees will get to rub elbows with superheroes like The Hulk (Lou Ferrigno), Batman (Adam West, Kevin Conroy), Robin (Burt Ward), Catwoman (Julie Newmar) and Green Arrow (Stephen Amell). If you’re more into zombies and “The Walking Dead” in particular, Merle (Michael Rooker) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) will be in Denver this weekend as well.
The highlight of this year’s con centers on “Star Trek.” Captain James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner, will be moderating a “Star Trek: The Next Generation” reunion with Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker), LeVar Burton (Geordi LaForge), Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf), Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar), Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher) and Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi).
These are just a few of the guests coming to DCC (a full list is available here).
If going to panels and listening to celebs talk isn’t your thing, there is still plenty to do at Denver Comic Con. There will be more than 300 artists and over 100 different vendors. The family area has doubled in size from last year and the 8-Bit Lounge, a video game are that’s a favorite for teens, has been expanded. DCC is offering 300 hours of programming over the weekend. Besides all the nerdy fun, Denver Comic Con also raises funds for Comic Book Classroom, a program that helps promote literacy through pop culture.
“At the end of the day people can leave the con not only having had a great time, but they can also feel good knowing that the proceeds from Denver Comic Con go towards our literacy and arts education mission,” said Illya Kowalchuck, Comic Book Classroom director of education. “Plus, since we’re a local independent con with local vendors and artists, much of the revenue generated at Denver Comic Con stays in state.”
If you haven’t already picked up tickets you better do it soon. This year’s Denver Comic Con is expected to sell out and chances are slim you’ll be able to pick them up at the event.