Written by Mattie

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I’m so excited! Yesterday Denver Comic Con added another incredible guest to the lineup and he's one of my favorites, Sean Astin. This is an actor I grew up with. He played Mikey in the classic 80’s movie, The Goonies, which I’ve probably have seen dozens of times. It’s one of my childhood favorites.

However, he is most popular for being Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy where he played the loveable hobbit Sam, friend to Frodo Baggins. He also played Doug Whitmore in the comedy 50 First Dates and played the pretty hilarious steroid filled brother. That movie is so funny.

He also was in the show, Alphas as Mitchell Morgan. I sadly never made it to season 2 but it is on my list.

Sean Astin is also a very talented voice actor, who has been in Kingdom Hearts as Hercules, and is in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series as the voice of Raphael. He's just so amazing as an actor and I cannot wait to meet him later this year! 

Please help us welcome Sean Astin to Denver Comic Con 2015! It’s going to be another great year!

 
 

Written by Daniel

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It’s has been a while since my RPG days but I can recall the hours spent around the table with my group of friends Not only as a kid, oddly enough I just came across my First Edition DMG and Player's hand book the other day sifting through boxes. Then came the dark ages for a while as sports came along and other things going on in the world. It wasn’t until later, when I had my comic shop that RPG’s and board games came back with a force. There were new editions, manuals, revised rules, and character classes to choose from.  It wasn’t just limited to DND, now there were other RPG’s to choose from, Robo Tech, Marvel Comics, Star Wars, just about every universe you could think of had a gaming platform to help with your geeky fix. Not to mention the new card game that was just starting to take over, Magic: The Gathering.

I have gone to tournaments across the country for Magic, Mage Knight, and Hero Clix and I always feel a little sad when I see a gaming event going on during a Comic Con. I know the time these can take, I once spent two straight days playing Axis and Allies and it seems so unfair to hold one of these during a con. The inner geek in me is afraid of missing something during the con, or not enough time in the dealer’s room because my stagey to take the castle ran a little longer than I had counted on (damn cold dice). So when I saw the announcement for Con on the Range I could feel the inner gamer in me jumping for joy. A con just devoted to the simple idea of playing with no distraction of costumes or speakers and best of all I don’t have to get on a plane to attend. 

You have no idea what a pain it is to lug your gaming gear across an airport and wonder if you still have everything you need. There is always the worry of that one miniature you forgot that would work perfect and when this sort of thing happens at home it’s amazing. Tables as far as the eye can see ready to carry the weight of the epic clashes about to happen. Sure you can play in the comfort of home but t’s an entirely different experience to take it to a public format. Con on the Range has answered that challenge offering space for your group as well as some pre built scenarios for the novice and experienced gamer alike. The one spotlighted this round was Pathfinder along with different blocks of time during the day dedicated to different themes. 

I was lucky enough to hear about this early so I could clear my schedule for the weekend but some of my friends had missed the notice entirely, good thing is this won’t be the only one for the year. I know Enchanted Grounds in Highlands Ranch had a big involvement in this event and they told me there will be another one just like this closer to the end of June beginning of July. They will announce a date very soon on FaceBook for a more sold date so please watch there page for that because I have to tell you. This is a fun time, a great way to blow a weekend stepping out of your world and crossing over to a land that is only limited by your own imagination. You can even be a drunken pirate in public and no one will care, can’t wait for the next event.  

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

As the holiday season begins to wrap up, and we all begin to clean up the vast amounts of wrapping paper covering our floors, it turns out that one more gift was waiting for us under the tree all along as Denver Comic Con made a few more guest announcements this holiday season, along with letting us fans know how we can make the convention even more special for the kids that want to attend it.  

Over at Pop Culture Classroom's website there is a place where folks can donate five dollars that will go to one of PCC/DCC's non-profit, youth-based partners to give kids that may not normally have the chance to attend Denver Comic Con the opportunity to spend the weekend at the Colorado Convention Center for DCC 2015. It's an awesome way to keep giving after this holiday season.

But just who exactly will be joining the already amazing lineup of guests for next year? Well without further ado, here are the latest round of announcements. 
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SCOTT WILSON
This incredibly decorated actor is credited with 77 acting roles and has been in some big time films.  Heck, he even played General George C. Marshall in 2001's Pearl Harbor and is no stranger to comic book movies since he played Pa Angel in 1995's Judge Dredd. But Scott is now best known for playing the role of Hershel Greene on TV's biggest show...The Walking Dead. 

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EMMA CAUFIELD
Emma is a longtime veteran of television, having been on such TV classics as General Hospital and the wildly popular Beverly Hills 90210.  But if there is one show and one role that Emma is best known for, it's Anya from the iconic Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

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ART BALTAZAR
This talented artist has had his work featured in Gorilla Gorilla and Tiny Titans amongst a host of other comics and to top it off, he is an award winner as well, having taken home The Eisner Award. 

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AMANDA CONNER 
This talented artist has quite the accomplishment on her resume. She was the first female comic book artist to make onto Wizard Magazine's Top Artist list. You can find her work in such comics as Birds of Prey and X-Men Unlimited. 

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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If there is one thing that Denver Comic Con has established itself as, it's as a destination for legendary actors and artists.  We've seen some incredible people attend this convention and yesterday DCC decided to add another legendary name to the lineup by announcing that Patrick Warbuton will be attending the convention in 2015. 

Mister Warburton, best known for his distinctive voice has managed to solidify himself as not only one of the finest voice actors out there, but he has managed to find himself attached to some of the most iconic voice roles in recent history. 

I would say that you likely know him best from (insert show here) but that wouldn't be doing Patrick's career justice since he has truly been in so many of our favorites.  Currently, his two top roles are of course as Joe Swanson on Family Guy and Brock Samson on The Venture Bros. But his rich career has taken him all over the voice acting and acting world.  

You may also recall his work as Kronk in The Emperor's New Groove as well, and heck he even showed up in Men in Black II.
But for me, my first introduction to Patrick was his turn as The Tick in the live action version of the show, a hilarious ride that quite frankly ended way too early.  Regardless, Patrick is a rare breed of actor simply in the respect that he always finds the right roles at the right time that the fans love to the point of cult status.  

That kind of ability makes Patrick a legend in my book and another incredible addition to the already amazing lineup for Denver Comic Con 2015!   

 
 

Written by Mattie and Scotty

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Mattie's Thoughts
“Because, unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent.”

That’s right! Cary Elwes is coming to Denver for Denver Comic Con 2015! He is the actor who leapt into our hearts as Westley from The Princess Bride and tickled our funny bone in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He played the evil villain, Edgar, in the movie, Ella Enchanted and was in the movie Saw as Dr. Lawrence Gordon for all you horror fanatics. Over all, he’s a well-versed actor.

“No one would surrender to the Dread Pirate Westley.”

I grew up on The Princess Bride and Robin Hood: Men in Tights and to this day, they are still two of my favorite movies to quote. Randomly I’ll declare myself as the Dread Pirate Roberts and run off. It happens to the best of us.

So please help me welcome Cary Elwes, the Dread Pirate Roberts himself to Denver Comic Con 2015! 

Scotty's Thoughts
Wait? What? Cary Elwes is coming to DCC this year?  Yes, one of my favorite stars from growing up has said ‘as you wish’ and is coming out to Denver Comic Con this year.  I have fallen in love with this man’s characters over the years, be it from The Princess Bride or Robin Hood: Men in Tights, but he has not stopped hitting the main stream by playing Pierre Despereaux in the TV series Psych and is Principal Donato in the upcoming school thriller H8RZ.

With the broad range of work that Cary has brought to the screen, I still see him as Westley in The Princess Bride since that is the movie I first noticed him in.  His comedic timing was impeccable back then and has only gotten finer with age as these are still roles that I like to see him in.  With adding movies like Saw to his list of credits he has been able to adapt to any of his roles and should be a joy to talk to. 

With his new book that just came out in October, it might be something special to have him scribble a signature on,  As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.  Thus far on the DCC roster, this is the person that I will most defiinitely be in line to talk to, even if I get star struck, I am sure that I could shake his hand and say thanks for what he brought to screen in several of his roles.  Still in shock as I might actually get to meet a star from my youth that I have continued to look up to ever since.


 
 

Original Theme Music by Jonathan Price

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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Oh the time has come once again my fellow fans for Denver Comic Con to do what they do best and announce yet another incredible guest to attend next year's convention. 

In fact this announcement brings a little hint of a mini reunion on stage in Denver for all of you Firefly fans out there since Alan Tudyk is coming to Denver Comic Con 2015. 

Yes, Wash himself will be in attendance next year and well, this is an amazing announcement.  Not only will he join Jewel Staite in the Mile High City, but Alan is quite the decorated actor.  Everyone of course knows him best from his time in Firefly and Serenity but he can be found in so much more!  

You may remember him as Steve the Pirate from Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, but he has also shown up in V, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 42 and has even lent his voice to some pretty amazing productions from Disney. You may also remember hearing his voice work in Wreck-It Ralph as King Candy and Duke in Frozen.

In fact you'll also hear him in Big Hero 6 once it hits theaters as Alistar Krai.  I have to say I'm pretty excited about this particular announcement, Alan is a wonderful actor who brought joy to so many on Firefly.  Thank you Denver Comic Con for another wonderful announcement!  

 
 

Original Theme Music by Jonathan Price

 
 
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Rocky Mountain Con has come again and this year with a vengeance.  With a portion of the proceeds going to AuroraRise, this is one of the cons I will attend every year. Finding out what the people wanted in the last Denver con of the season, RMC was able to bring in great comic artists, authors and of course, some of the best cosplayers’ around. 

Now I will admit that cosplay is not my thing, but watching as Ivy Doomkitty made her entrance was nothing less than amazing.  With almost everyone stopping in mid conversation to watch as she made her way to her booth was something that I do not think I will forget for a very long time. Even though she had a large line forming since the moment she arrived, it was apparent she was happy to see and engage with her fans.

Although I do not know the work of many of the cosplay community, I did watch their panel as it was featured on the main stage of the event center. I loved watching as each of the special guests were willing to talk about what got them to their current role in the community, as well as taking time to talk to the younger cos-players’ about not letting anyone keep them from doing what they love.  It does not matter what you are doing, as long as you are doing something that you love…in cosplay at least.  And AZ Powergirl had a message for the younger woman as well, to keep their eyes open and do not do anything that makes you feel the least bit uncomfortable.  A great panel with spectators both young and old taking notes from some of the people that have made it possible for them to move forward with their dreams.

On to the groups that I have a soft spot in my heart for, the artists.  I am not going to lie, I have been waiting for Shelby Robertson to come back to Denver since last year’s RMC, for one reason, his Joker artwork.  One thing that I have loved about his art from the first time I have been witness to it is how gritty it is and his Joker’s have become the foundation of my collection, although I had to buy his new Guardians of the Galaxy prints.  Another artist I was happy to see was Aldana Zanetta, a woman that has been able to capture my eye with what she is able to create.  Last year I purchased ‘The Tree House’ from her as it was just dark enough to catch my eye and this year, hot off the press she has created another piece of work I was not able to walk away from, ‘The God of the Forbidden Forest.’  This was just finished a couple of weeks back, so I am very honored to have one of the first prints. Make sure to check her out since she has many fantastic years ahead of her, only being sixteen years old.  And a special call out to one of my favorite local artists Joe Oliver, as he was able to capture my eye a couple of weeks back of Mile High Horror Film Festival, he was able to capture the girls eyes with an Iron Man print that made them do nothing less to smile for the rest of the day.

I also love talking to the writers that show up to the event, even though I am not as deep into comics as I should be, there is a way to get me into it, show me passion.  Todd Jones is one of my favorite local comic book writers as he endlessly puts his efforts into creating great stories and being a large part of Wicked Awesome Tales, which has a new issue pooping up every time I see him.  I also had the honor of talking with Ron Fortier who was the writer behind Terminator: The Burning Earth and Daughter of Dracula.  Now, talking to Ron I found out a very interesting thing besides him being very passionate about his work, but wanting to help provide a road map for the younger generation of writers and artists that will be coming up.  With publishing the original script of Daughter of Dracula to show how the words translated into the comic, a comic book was also created with his friends Gary Kato and Rob Davis to show how to take the written word and translate it into the finished product that so many people have come to love.  A great read for kids that love comics, as well as the older generation as sometimes pictures speak louder than words.

When the doors are closed to main hall to allow the guests and exhibitors to get away for the night, the auction opens up to everyone that has not found that perfect piece just yet.  With several artists being reached out to over the past several months, Sketch Covers were on the auction block along with some other miscellaneous pieces that could fetch a good price.  With all of the proceeds from the auction going to the AuroraRise Foundation, there was no point in not putting up a bid or two.  Walking away with a couple Harley Quinn covers by Brandon Miera and my favorite Robert Elrod, a brooding Batman from Blake Henriksen, a George Perez Superman and the envy of the table, Rocket and Groot by Chad Heinrich. It was fun, even though I was not able to raise the paddle for every one of my bids as I am a team player.

This is one of my favorite cons of the year for several reasons, but one of them is it seems to be a gathering of friends at the end of the con season.  As this is the last comic related convention for the remainder of the year in Denver, it is nice to see everyone that you have been exchanging glances with for the past nine months, just one more time.  A good time with great people working to make sure the convention goes off without a hitch and to help raise funds for the AuroraRise foundation.  Thank you Rocky Mountain Con for giving us another memorable year.
 
 
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This past weekend was Rocky Mountain Con, located at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Convention Center. This was my first year going to this convention and I was pretty excited for it.

Sadly due to my day job, I was only able to attend Saturday. Yet it was so cool to be able to walk around and talk to the local artists. I was able to meet an artist who I have heard so much about, Joe Oliver, there. I purchased his drawing of Iron Man holding a martini glass because I thought it was hysterical and so very Tony Stark. Actually, Scotty purchased it. I LOVE YOU SCOTTY!

Anyways, I love that piece. It’s going to be framed when I have a chance to buy one and be put with my collection of empty alcohol bottles on top of our kitchen cabinets. I find it perfectly accents them. I also was able to meet the incredible artist of Meents Illustrated. He’s pretty cool and illustrated the chibi (small) DC characters that I purchased at the auction that benefits Aurora Rises. It was his first con and his drawings blew me away. 

I have to say, I had a lot of fun at the auction. It was exciting to see local artists donating their works for a charity that benefits something that affected us all. It was also exciting since Smurf and Scotty bidded for items. It got intense at points. It was also cool that the auctioneer was an announcer for several Cosplay Contests that were shown on Heroes of Cosplay.

Over all, it was an awesome day. I loved seeing old friends like Nathanial Hamel, buy his stuff because he’s awesome, and make some new friends. This is a good convention to get to know the local artists around the Denver metro area. I sadly didn’t get to meet the cosplayers but it was cool to look from afar.