Denver Comic Con 2017
Denver Comic Con is put on by the Non-Profit Organization, Pop Culture Classroom (PCC – popcultureclassroom.org). Dedicated to Education and Literacy through Comic Books. PCC
This was a crazy year for everyone i spoke with, and knew. All in a positive way. All my Artist and Vendor Friends tables/booths were packed all weekend with adoring and paying Fans of their work. All of my Friends that attended or worked the Convention, had an amazing time!
Normally in years past, I’ve always been able to walk to the show floor the day prior on ‘Set Up Day’ and get familiar with the floor layout, and where certain Artists or Vendors will be. Because of new security measures, it was cancelled this year. These new security measures were felt the entire weekend, but not in an intrusive way. Not for me, and those i know anyway. Bag checks went quickly in my case, and I carry recording equipment and accessories for them. I did see long lines on Saturday, but this is pretty normal for this show on a Saturday afternoon.
My arrival on Friday was a little delayed – Sometimes the best laid plans don’t work out. Just before i arrived, I got a message from my Friends from Nerds That Geek (NTG) asking if i could help them out with a couple of Interviews. Being the awesome Friend and Self Promoting Whore that I am, I took the offer.
I wasn’t at the Show for 20min before I met up with the Boss himself, JB in the Media Booth – This would be a First for me – Despite having done Press all 5years of DCC, I’ve never had the opportunity to conduct an interview from within its little cornered off room. He introduced me to Sue Duff, Author of Stack a Deck – Book 4 of The Weir Chronicles. Sue was awesome! I have to be honest, I had never heard of Her or Her work, but after speaking with Her, I really want to check out her work. She was a lot of fun to chat with. You should go check out the Interview –
I had about an hour before the next interview was to start. I adventured off into the massive crowd that had already invaded DCC. Those with I spoke with early Friday were amazed at the big turnout Friday was becoming. I located a few Friends, and a couple Artists I didn’t even know where attending, which is always an awesome surprise!
My 2nd interview for NTG was with Liv Hadden and Mo Malone – Writer and Artist for The Adventures of Juicebox and Shame – Both Liv and Mo were a blast to chat with. Again, I wasn’t familiar with their work, but I’m a Semi-Professional, I know what I’m dong. Being open to new adventures is what’s got me into doing some really awesome things at Conventions. Through that, I gain new interests in work I might go on not knowing anything about.
I spent the rest of Friday getting familiar with where people where located and setting up chats or interviews. Of course there was time to check out Breckenridge Brewery’s newest Convention Exclusive Beer- I Am Brewt! This was delicious! I enjoyed a few of these through the weekend.
Again, plans don’t always go through. In this case, I was unaware RTD had added a new Light Rail Line to the Station I was at – and got on the wrong train. I realized it quickly, but not before having to deviate from my course a slight bit. No biggie, but this is what happens when you dong have enough caffeine in your system sometimes. Once I arrived and got all my equipment setup, it was time to meet up with my POI Co-Host, Che. Che and I tackled the Convention all weekend together. After being ushered into line, and bag checked (again, it was quick) we entered the hall and took it all in. Again, there was an adjustment period for Che, as the layout was different than in years past. We also had our Friend A.J. from PopCult Pins with us for the weekend. A.J. attended panels almost exclusively all weekend.
Che and I mingled with Artists, spent time at the Kerbal Space Academy Booth – Where Dasveldez, and his Crew spent the weekend teaching the young and old how to launch, fly, and land – just some of the possible units you can make in Kerbal Space Program – I had the opportunity to speak with DasValdez on Sunday morning. Their booth was busy all weekend. I love this game, and their masterful expertise make it look so easy to play.
My Mom came and checked out the Convention as well. My entire Family really gets into this event, and its really cool seeing her there. She hates crowds, but she seems just at home at this event. I’m Officially starting the hashtag, #BringMomsToCon – Lets see if this takes off!
Sunday start much earlier than the first two days did. I got to the show before the door were opened and was able to get an interview in with DasVeldez as the show was starting. Che and I were also able to meet up with our Friend Smurf, from 5280Geek and got to #MadePod with him on his Podcast. Its always nice to Podcast with local people. I do so much over Skype, its always nice to change that dynamic.
Again, Sunday was incredibly busy. Planned interviews were cancelled because of how busy eveyone was. I will not take away from someone that could be making money. I did get to chat with some of my Favorite people in my Convention Family. Robin and Cory Childs just released their newest project Wavemen – Which was debuting at Denver Comic Con. The book is awesome, the artwork in it, combine with the story make it a page turner! The little i skimmed over while speaking to them drew me in. Nicki Rapp, Voice Actress for Psychonauts and The Walking Dead Video Game was also in attendance. She couldn’t really speak too much about the Psyconauts sequel, but that she’s excited to be part of it, and can’t wait to show more of it off and speak about it more! Dan Connor was showing off some of his new work and properties he is working on. Cap For Kids booth was crowded all weekend – Speakng of kids – The Kids Section of the Convention was full of activities for them to soak up. From making your own Captain America Shield to learning how to draw from Artists, there was plenty to keep the kids active and entertained.
This convention grows each year, and this year was no exception. Initial numbers so far are in the 115.000 people range. That’s roughly 100,000 more than the first year the show was a show. Each year, more and more people become aware that Denver in on the map on Geekdom and we’re here to stay! I’ve already sent out the call to other POI Members to join me in next year’s adventures as we’ll always support DCC and Pop-Culture Classroom and all who put together and work at this amazingly run Convention.
As far plans for next year? I really hope to be part of, or put on a Panel at my Home Show. I’d love to Moderate a Panel one day as well. I do them at other Shows in town, and out of town – It’d be a proud moment to Moderate at DCC. We shall see as the next year rolls by what surprises the folks at DCC have in store for us, and what exciting news that will start bubbling up in the next few months.
On to San Diego Comic Con
The Ninja StarShip, Back When We Were Interesting, An Elegant Weapon and Two J’s Later come together at the Great Philadelphia Comic Con 2017 and run into the real Peter Griffin.
We’re just over 10 weeks away from the 6th Annual Denver ComicCon! The Colorado Convention Center is once again hosting the event that 100,000 plus people will attend. June 30 – July 2, Geek, Nerds, Cosplay and Gaming take over the Convention Center for a weekend of awesomeness.
The Guests that have us excited, run the gambit from Pop Culture and Music Icons, to Artist – This year’s list is immense, but here are a new that we’re most excited about.
Weird Al!! – From ‘Eat It’ to ‘Tacky’, Weird Al has been entertaining our ear holes since the early 80’s, and isn’t stopping anytime soon. This is purely speculation, but could a concert happen?! How awesome would that be?!
Its a ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ Reunion! Juliet Landau, Eliza Dushku and James Marsters (technically Felicia Day too) were all on ‘Buffy’ back in the day. This series is among many people’s favorites, and ours too! This should be a fun reunion.
Wallace Shawn is coming to DCC?! NCONCEIVABLE!! Really, thats – Inconveivable!
Voice Actors! We’re really happy to see that more Voice Actors are getting the spotlight. Here are a few we’re excited about –
From Aqua Teen Hunger Force, DBZ, American Dad, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Futurama, Samurai Jack and of course, The Dark Knight, BATMAN will be in the house!
These are just some of who we’re interested in for this year’s DCC. Check back in a few days for another bunch of Guests we’re excited about and what our plans for the weekend might be.
Remember to get your tickets while you still can! This Convention does sell out year after year, so don’t hesitate! Get your tickets HERE
This is a solo show this time around – Francis prepares for WonderCon 2017
Hear his plans for the show and what you might expect to see at this year’s Wonder of Coventions, WonderCon! WonderCon is San Diego Comic Con’s little brother and kick off show!
DENVER March 22, 2017 Denver Comic Con (DCC), Denver’s largest consumer convention and a program of education nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom (PCC), today announced Nathan Fillion has been added to the guest line-up for its June 30 , July 2, 2017 event at the Colorado Convention Center.
Fillion is well-known for his collaborations with Joss Whedon, starting with his role as Captain Malcom Reynolds in 2002’s television series Firefly, and the reprisal of the role for the feature film adaption Serenity, a recurring role as Caleb on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and as Captain Hammer on Whedon’s Emmy-winning web series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Fillion also appeared in Whedon’s screen adaption of Much Ado About Nothing as Dogberry.
Nathan Fillion is easily our most-requested guest, said Denver Comic Con director Christina Angel. I’m personally thrilled to be hosting him and I’m excited to give fans the experience so many have been asking for.
Fillion has embraced his role as a pop-culture icon in Alan Tudyk’s Con Man, a series available on Comic Con HQ about an actor trying to break out of his type-cast while earning a living on the comic con circuit. Fillion plays Jack Moore, an actor who has a much higher standing in the pop culture community than the main character.
Mainstream pop-culture fans will recognize Fillion for his work on ABC’s Castle, a role for which he won four People’s Choice Awards for his portrayal of Richard Castle. The series ran for eight seasons and more than 170 episodes. He’s also had a recurring role on ABC’s Modern Family and Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet.
Among his many roles, Fillion voiced the character Johnny Worthington in Pixar’s Monster University, as well as the Monstrous Inmate in Guardians of the Galaxy, a film franchise that will also feature Fillion in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 as Simon Williams.
Fillion joins other notable Denver Comic Con guests such as Billie Piper (Doctor Who), Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter), Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Felicia Day (Supernatural), Finn Jones (Marvels Iron Fist, Game of Thrones), Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin (Netflix’s Stranger Things), Khary Payton (The Walking Dead), Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride), Weird Al Yankovic and Gotham stars Ben McKenzie, Morena Baccarin and Robin Lord Taylor.
Denver Comic Con is one of the most attended pop culture conventions in America. The popularity is due in part because of its robust schedule of programmingmore than 400 hours of sessions during which artists, creators, celebrities and industry experts talk about their craft and their creationsas well as its family-friendly mission and environment. The largest portion of the show floor, more than 9,000 sq. ft., is dedicated to teens and children with activities designed to engage kids in education through pop culture.
About Pop Culture Classroom
Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) is a charitable organization that educates through alternative approaches to literacy, learning, and character development. PCC creates programs for underserved students, schools and communities via comic books, graphic novels, and related media. PCC is the organizer and producer of Denver Comic Con. For more information, visit www.popcultureclassroom.org.
The 2017 Denver Comic Con is presented by Public Service Credit Union. Associate Sponsors of this year’s Con are Illegal Pete’s, Channel 2, Breckenridge Brewery, 106.7 KBPI, Channel 93.3 and Out Front Magazine. Joining them are Supporting Sponsors Hard Rock Caf and Bonfils Blood Center. Aleph Objects, Inc. and Yellow Scene Magazine are this year’s Contributing Sponsors.
The annual “Name the Denver Comic Con Beer” contest starts today, March 21. This is the sixth year Breckenridge Brewery has brewed a special beer exclusive for Denver Comic Con (DCC). The 2017 DCC official beer is a Bohemian-style Pilsner. It’s delicate and well-balanced, light yet complex. Saaz hops, a classic pilsner ingredient, impart a pleasant, earthy aroma while giving spicy flavor characteristics and a crisp, dry finish. Past winners of the “Name the Comic Con Beer” contest are, The Fantastic Pour, The Caped Brewsader, Brews Wayne, Hulk’s Mash, and Snape-ricot.
March 21 – “Name the Denver Comic Con Beer” contest starts
March 23, 5:00 pm – Deadline for name submissions
March 24 – Final four names announced and voting period opens
March 29 – Official name and winner announced
April – May – Stay tuned for more info on final artwork and beer release date
To submit an idea for a name, comment in the section of this Facebook post here by 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 23rd. Check back on Facebook, Friday, March 24th to vote for one of the four select entries decided on by Breck and DCC.
This year’s winning name will be illustrated by a local comic book artist and featured on this year’s DCC pint glass. The winner receives a custom prize package from Breckenridge Brewery that includes free beer for a year and a Denver Comic Con beer tap handle.
We’re very proud to announce that Points of Interest will be returning for it’s third year as floor MC’s and panel moderators for the Great Philadelphia Comic Con 2017! The OFFICIAL podcast network of The Great Philadelphia Comic Con!
Network hosts Jason Clark (An Elegant Weapon), Josh Hawkes (Back When We Were Interesting), and Jimmy McKnight (The Ninja Starship) return for 2017!
This year we’re also bringing The Other Guy, Francis Fernandez (Back When We Were Interesting, A Critical Moment of Awesome)!