Written by Mattie
So, in the last week, Shae and I have decided to attend our neighboring state Utah’s, Salt Lake Comic Con. It will be a blast to attend an out of state convention, especially since we haven’t been to one since we have been a part of Girls of Geek12. So it makes to return to our old con ways and see conventions all around the country.
Now, Salt Lake Comic Con is a convention that started in 2013 with record-breaking numbers. In 2013 they were the third largest comic con in the United States and they had sold out all VIP tickets. This convention has a lot of appeal, hence why we are drawn towards it.
Salt Lake Comic Con is also connected to Salt Lake Comic Con FanX which happened this past January. Both of these cons are put on by Dan Farr Productions. Dan Farr Productions aim to organize awesome events and partners with kick butt celebrities bringing you the best brands in the pop culture business. What more could a geek want?!
On top of the many celebrity stars that you can see at Salt Lake Comic Con, they have hours of panel programming, Artist Alley, Author Avenue, cosplay and cosplay activities and games, other special events and even a Superhero Run 5k where you dress up in cosplay and run! All proceeds for the Superhero Run 5k will go to the renovations for the new Specialty Hospital of Utah.There’s much to see and do, and Shae and I are excited to partake in this event. Hopefully we will see you all there as well.
Written by Julia
The night before Denver Comic Con I sat on my hotel bed excitedly going through the list of panels happening over the weekend. I soon came across a panel about women in comics. I thought it had an interesting premise because it was about the history of women in comics as well as the women currently writing. The description seemed a little discombobulated, but I kept reading it and was relatively intrigued. Then I got to the bottom of the page. All of the names listed were male names. I thought maybe I was mistaken and though they were traditionally used as male names, maybe in this case they were representing women who would be on the panel. Nope. After further investigation I was sure that the Women in Comics panel consisted solely of men. “Well, think I’ll pass on that one” I said to my dad and then continued to read about science panels and Muppet panels and family panels.
Having a completely male panel about women in comics was a big mistake. No amount of explanations or apologies can change that. And the aftermath of this event could have been handled better as well, but that’s not what I want to talk about today. There have been several articles and discussions about this topic already and this is important! But I also strongly believe that it is important to talk about good steps that are being made and positive things that are happening. Having acknowledged that structuring the panel in this way was unacceptable, I want to address a big worry I have. I worry that the Women in Comics panel will overshadow all the great work that the Pop Culture Classroom did at Denver Comic Con 2015. On the day of the infamous panel, my Twitter was filled with people tweeting about the mistake and how disappointed they were. Again, this is an important discussion, but I wish I would have seen it side by side with a discussion about the great kid’s area that Pop Culture Classroom set up in the center of the Con floor and the fun, interesting NASA panels that were full of science and nerdiness. I wish I would have seen more tweets about the smiling children that were enjoying a convention bursting with activities directed specifically at them.
Denver Comic Con is a non-profit convention whose proceeds are used by Pop Culture Classroom to fund curriculum that is written using comics, graphic novels, and other pop culture materials. And this is so cool!! I am an incredibly antsy person and school has always been frustrating for me because sitting through class can be draining and exhausting. I’ve always found, however, that when I can connect what I’m learning to something else I’m interested in, class becomes fun and exciting! This isn’t a new concept at all, but Pop Culture Classroom has taken this idea a step further than most education professionals dare to go. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, comic books can be amazing learning tools if in the right hands. Pop Culture Classroom understands this fact and is using a medium that is often frowned upon to create fantastic opportunities for students to learn and have fun in the process! There is a stigma surrounding comics that they are less intellectually challenging than books, but this does not need to be the case! As with all media, there is a depth and a range to comic content. Yes, there are some comics that are just plain silly and some that just seem to be violent for violence sake. But so many comics, a plethora of comics in fact, are educational, thought-provoking, and engaging! Pop Culture Classroom knows this and is working incredibly hard to bring the fun of comics to children in a genuine educational format.
Pop Culture Classroom and Denver Comic Con’s commitment to education and to getting kids excited about comics was apparent all throughout the con. With the programming and activities offered all three days, children were left without a moment of dullness. Not only did kids benefit from this, but the whole con had a really awesome, optimistic feel to it. I’ve never seen so many happy families at a con and it was an absolute joy. The show floor was buzzing with life and enthusiasm and this atmosphere permeated into every room I entered at the Colorado Convention Center. There were phenomenal family cosplays and a significant lack of tears as children didn’t have time or reason to be bored and upset. But the happy feeling of the family focused con was not the only benefit. You can bet I was excited to go to a panel about real robots in space and the practicality of our sci-fi favorites like R2-D2 and C-3PO. And I was right in the mix of all ages of fans ogling a table full of incredible Lego artwork. Denver Comic Con had the perfect balance of directing activities at the younger generation while still making it an unforgettable experience for every age.
So long story short, yes Denver Comic Con made a glaring mistake, but it is my sincerest hope that this does not overshadow all of the good that Denver Comic Con and Pop Culture Classroom are doing. Denver Comic Con has only been around for four years and I am astounded by how far it has grown in this short time. I hope that the Women in Comics panel will be a learning experience for Denver Comic Con and that they will be given the opportunity and support to keep moving in a direction of education and acceptance. Denver Comic Con and Pop Culture Classroom have so much potential to change children’s lives and make their days a little better. I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s so true. I know that I, as a child, would have been thrilled to experience Pop Culture Classroom's curriculum and it could easily be a turning point in a student’s life, helping them realize how fun learning can be. Here’s to many more years of family friendly conventions and an atmosphere of awe at Denver Comic Con.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
Photograph by Ken Termin
I've been to a lot of conventions in my time. So many in fact that they have in essence become routine to a certain degree. That doesn't mean they aren't enjoyable, because I always have a good time, but you kind of get used to going to so many since we are blessed with a ton of conventions in Colorado.
But out of all of the many conventions I attend, there actually is one that manages to turn me into a young kid on Christmas Eve once again. It keeps me up at night quite frankly, because I can't wait for it arrive. Denver Comic Con is truly an experience unlike any other and this year I think I finally figured out why this convention is so supremely different over any other convention out there.
You see, this year something special caught me eye, something I think we have all missed every time we step through the doors of the Colorado Convention Center. It's easy to miss because we all have our own agenda for things to accomplish that weekend, but I think it is super important to point it out. During my travels I observed some incredible moments. I watched child after child grin with incredible excitement over seeing cartoon characters come to life. I watched a couple in their late fifties walking around the convention, hand in hand in their Starfleet uniforms. I watched mothers and fathers teaching their sons and daughters about the stories and characters that influenced mom and dad.
If anything, it was the Starfleet couple that really hit the message home, that Denver Comic Con has accomplished what every convention strives for...to be an all inclusive destination for every single person out there. The phrase "something for everyone" gets thrown around a lot, but DCC has truly pulled it off. This is what makes this convention so special. That fact that despite the many genres out there, the different types of fandoms, they are all united as one under the roof of the Colorado Convention Center and that's no small feat.
At the same time however, we are making a difference in people's lives by celebrating our geekiness with the wonder that is Pop Culture Classroom. I've seen the program up close and personal, seen how kids are engaged in that learning style and it truly is something special. When you combine all of these things into one, you get the amazing convention we all experienced a short time ago. It's why this convention continues to grow in such incredible fashion year after year and it won't end there. Because everyone loves to feel wanted, to feel included and as though they are doing something to better the world...and that's exactly what Denver Comic Con gives all of us.
We make a difference by attending, and that's amazing. We see people that share the love of our fandoms and are introduced into other ones all at the same time, and that's incredible. We are growing the imagination of children by introducing them to worlds they have never known and that's magnificent. But most importantly...we are in a place free of judgment, where can truly be ourselves and celebrate the stories that have inspired us. There's really no other convention that manages to pull all of this off, and it makes Denver Comic Con special on a level I have never known and I'll be there every year because of this. Until next year.
Every year I go to Denver Comic Con, I am always able to find something that I cannot live without. This year was no different for me as I still have a maybe a foot or two open on my walls that need to be rearranged, so these pieces will help me in doing that. Now, I always have my go to artists that show up to the con, and this year was no different, but to my surprise, they had something new that I have not seen before.
So, jumping right in, I always have to stop by Ben Templesmith’s booth. I have loved his artwork since the first time I saw it, but sadly, I already have all of the zombie greatness that he has put out in prints. The trip was not wasted since there was something that caught my eye as soon as I walked up. He had a new Joker that I do not have in my collection. If you know me at all, you know that I have an obsession with the Joker, and if I find something from one of my top artists, well, I just have to have it. Digging a little bit deeper, I must admit that I love Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and there was a piece that filled that void. Last, it took me a little bit of time to decide on what to get since everything else had just enough darkness, but I had to go with the Raven. Always being a Poe fan and knowing that many people would get the reference, this is a piece that will be built around for years to come.
Keeping my eyes open when wandering the floor, I found a new artist that I will need to follow named Frankie Serna. What drew me to his booth, besides the lines was a fantastic Venom piece that was calling out to me. This is another one of my collections that I will continue to grow and this one seemed to embody the madness of the beast with just enough brightness to keep it from giving me night terrors. I also picked up a Batman print, just because who does not like Batman? Always a staple in anyone’s growing collection.
Continuing to walk through Artist Valley, I stumbled upon Blake Henriksen’s booth. Last year I purchased a great mug shot of the Joker from this talented artist, but this year he had something more that caught my eye. With an Arkham Proposal featuring Harley Quinn looking happy and the Joker looking very unimpressed, I was sold. Also finding another Venom for my collection that would scare the kids, I also discovered a fantastic Thanos in space with one half of his head as we know it from the Guardians movie, while the other side is eating galaxies. Talk about something that I don’t have in my collection yet, but might need to build.
After last year, I know that there is always a booth that I will need to stop by and that is the booth of Leila del Duca. The very talented artist of Shutter, she was paired up with the writer of The Pantheon Project, Erik Taylor. I would be a fool not to pick up this comic and Leila had a special going on as well with her own sketch covers for Shutter number seven. When getting my sketch back in the morning, I was amazed how awesome it tuned out. After showing it to a couple friends, they were all shocked to find it out it was not a printed cover, but a sketch.
Now, I always try to save the best for last and I pretty much did this when visiting my favorite local artist, Robert Elrod. Although I talked with him throughout the show, I did not make my final purchases until time became a factor. Since I already own so much of his art, I am forced to look at his other print mediums, and one that he brought this year was canvas printings. This is something that I have not dealt with before, but they came out amazing, so I had to get a couple. The Breach and Cowl were my two favorites that he brought in, and then I needed to splurge a little bit and get the original painting of Exalted. I never can say enough about this man and his work. I am always coming up with ideas of what to have him draw next since there is no limit to what he can do, at least not that I have seen.
With so many other great artists in attendance this year, it is much too difficult to call them all out. So this is just a small sampling of what is about to grace my walls and maybe even overflow into my work cubicle. I hope that you were able to find your treasures this year, since there was so much to choose from at Denver Comic Con this year. It only matters what you like and what speaks to you when you are trying to find pieces of art to put in your collection. Even if it is not someone else’s cup of tea, never let it persuade you purchasing and hanging something that you love. I know I sure as heck don’t!
Photograph by Ken Termin
Sadly, Monday was the last day of the convention. At the end of it I was exhausted and was starting to come down sick with something. A week later, I’m still sick but better rested yet I’m missing the excitement of Denver Comic Con.
Last Monday morning, we walked about the convention floor before it opened and it was bittersweet. We were all sad that this day had come, and yet happy that we could finally go become a burrito in our own beds. Everyone was exhausted. Yet it was still a fun day though. That morning we had decided to forgo the costumes since it would just be easier to pack up and load into the car without dealing with the pain of costumes. Plus, it’s easier for us to walk around the convention floor.
The first thing we did Monday though was go and meetDavid Morrissey. Of course when we got there at 10am, he wasn’t there yet and I don’t blame him. So we waited at the front of the line and made line friends with the volunteers. Funny story, we all shared a friend in common. It was awesome to meet them and I still haven’t friended them on FaceBook! I’M SORRY!!!!
The rest of the day, Shae and I finally got to actually look though all the vendors and all of the artists. We had only seen a few of the tables and it was good to finally glance at them all. There was so much merchandise and so much talent in that room, it was amazing. Next year I’m spending more of my time in Artist Valley with Scotty and Smurf. They know so many people; it would be great to collect more new friends.
Last but not least, we got to attend a wedding between the Green Lantern Batman and Daenerys Targaryen, the queen of the dragons. It was sweet as everyone in their wedding party was dressed up in costumes. The best man was the Red Hood. In all, it was a beautiful ceremony filled with Storm Troopers. At this wedding, anything that could happen did, I mean George Lucas was the man that married them.
Overall, Denver Comic Com came as quickly as it went. It was a fantastic time where I collected more new friends one of them being the fabulous sculptor, T.K. Miller and his wife Rebekah. I had such a blast the entire weekend and am sad that it’s over for this year. I can’t wait to see you all next year at Denver Comic Con 2016.
Sunday at Denver Comic Con 2015 was the busiest and most expensive day for me with meeting lots of awesome people and getting autographs from TV guests.
Now, our day started off with an interview from voice acting legend, Rob Paulsen and I was exhausted and excited at this point in time. Nevertheless, we sat him down between Shae and me and we got to talk with him.
For me, this was a dream come true. He was the voice of my childhood, which brought me back to the days when I was at my grandparents’ house with my brother and my cousin watching cartoons. Mind you at the time they only got three channels back then, PBS, Fox 31 and the WB. So…we watched the WB, ALL the time. This was back before the days of talk shows where cartoons took over the channels. I miss those days.
Anyways, hearing his stories was amazing. I still love this moment more then anything. You can hear his interview under the Girls of Geek Radio
tab. Our day continued as I dragged Shae into line with me to meet Alan Tudyk, Jewel Staite, Manu Bennett, Karen Gillan and Scott Wilson. The line for Manu was so long, but in the end he won Shae and me over. It was awesome. Manu Bennett so charming and worth meeting, I got to shake his hand and it was awesome. Alan drew on my Wash Pop! Figure, picture is attached.
The rest of the day, we were dressed as our Disney Fairies where our little sister Jadyn got to debut her Fawn. It was adorable and people loved it.
I then had to run back and get changed to steal the Season 6 Face Off
winner, Rashaad Santiago from The Sisters Of Mercy Monster Carnival booth for an interview and Mindy came with. He’s such a talented guy who knows his stuff when it comes to creating monsters and loves Godzilla. You can also hear this podcast on our website under Girls of Geek Radio
In all, Sunday was a busy day filled with awesome people. It was so much fun.
Written by Shae
Just one week ago today, a magical thing happened. Denver Comic Con 2015 wrapped up its final day of the convention with something so unique, I truly was astounded. Friends and family gathered inside the main events while everyone waited outside, lined up to see a beautiful ceremony and a closing to a convention that Colorado has not seen before. It’s not every day that a convention hosts a wedding. While I have seen a wedding happen at a con before, it was nothing compared to what happened here. As we all filed in one by one, took our seats, and waited, we got the opportunity to see a union between two people happen on the main stage before our very eyes. Now, I know a lot of people who would think this strange, but as I sat in a crowded room filled with excitement, I couldn’t help but be in awe. This couple was not just getting married, no, they were indeed having a ceremony, and they chose to involve us. It’s a choice that not many would make. To involve an entire community is one thing, but to make your special day so open, so inviting, to the geeks and nerds that you share a camaraderie with is something that is so endearing. I have known many a friend to have small weddings, and even those who have had bigger weddings were nothing like this.
If you’ve been on the site, you might have noticed my line of Geeky Wedding blogs. I am adorably obsessed with anything geek wedding related, mostly because it combines something so awesome with something so beautiful. I love weddings; it’s all about the message of love and commitment. And I really love nerdy things…because I am a huge nerd and geek and proud of it. Well, I’m not alone. Geeky inspired weddings have been growing over the years and this wedding at DCC was probably the most nerdy wedding I have ever had the pleasure of attending. Sadly, I do not know the bride or groom personally. What I do know is that this was my favorite wedding to ever attend ever. And I didn’t even have cake. Which, guys, seriously, I have flown out of state for wedding cake before…it’s a problem. Okay, I truly went to support some friends, but listen, that’s not as cool of a story. My mind is still blown by the whole thing and all I could think as it ended was “How do we make this happen more!?” I can’t imagine setting this up, or the nerves it took to stand before us and proclaim their love. What I do know is that the bride was gorgeous, the groom was dashing, and this brought my desire for my own geek wedding (it’ll happen eventually one day, probably) to a whole new level.
For starters, I’ve seen people do superhero shirts underneath the tuxedos of the grooms men, which is a really cool idea, but this….I mean….this! Cosplay and weddings of geeks are not something I’ve not seen before, just not in person. Both sides of the wedding party stood in their costumes, the girls in gorgeous dresses, and the men in some pretty wicked costumes. We had Storm Troopers, Jedis, and even the God of Thunder himself while the Dark Knight stood and married the Mother of Dragons. It was an adorable display, and they used their cosplay titles at first, before getting serious. I wont lie, I cried when they each read their vows. They were touching, funny, and above all, from the heart. It was an intimate affair with some really amazingly new ceremonies. Instead of lighting candles or mixing sand, the two mixed the spice melange. And soon Batman was wrapping his cape around his Queen, they were exchanging rings, and peace between Gotham and the future ruler of the Iron Throne was made….I’m not entirely sure about that last part…but…It totally happened.
As far as a closing ceremony of a convention go, this wins the most original one that I have ever been to. After, we were permitted outside to speak with the wedding party. And by permitted, I’m pretty sure a lot of us just charged up there for pictures, congratulations, and so much more. This was so much fun and such a great way to combine everything they loved. After all, why can’t you get married in front of a StarGate, with Jedi and Sith and Gods and warriors around in front of a massive crowd, in costume, no less? The best part is, you can. These geeks combined so much of their lives that day. All I can say is, thank you.
Photograph by Ken Termin
Waking up at my normal crazy time, I decided not to take the lap around the Convention Center. I know it is blowing my tradition, but I was tired and just got my cup of coffee and went to inspect the line around 6:30 once again. Nobody was there. I started to get worried for a moment about the lack of people waiting outside the event, but then it came to mind that it is Memorial Day and most everyone would be running a little bit late, including me.
With DCC running over a holiday weekend this year, no one knew what to expect for what would happen today, but I was encouraged by the past couple of days that it would still be hopping. When the doors opened, it was not the rush the Saturday or Sunday had brought, but it was still enough to take notice. The Pop Culture Classroom lab was packed with kids before any other booth got busy. This was great because the kids were full of energy and the staff seemed to be feeding off of it nicely.
Keeping an eye on Artist Valley, it was interesting to see where everyone was flocking to. With just hours to go until the doors closed for the year, several artists got their big rushes as soon as the doors opened, since they had something special that their fans wanted to take part in. As the hours moved on, the lines started to die down and everyone was back in the isles looking at everything that they could leave the event with. With a couple more purchases being made by the Three-Day troopers, many of the fans that just got a one day pass were blown away by what they saw.
Not knowing where to go, there was an announcement over the intercom that the Animaniacs would be talking the stage in the Pop Culture Classroom lab and everyone should come. Taking the stage, Jess Harnell, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille and Maurice LaMarche were ready to entertain their fans of all ages. Having the kids in the lab draw an original character, each of the group took one of the pictures and added a voice to it. Trying to explain how their voice acting process has worked in the past, along with how they do it today, it was a great time had by all while there seemed to be more adults hovering around trying to get a little peak back into their youth.
Too quickly it came and the announcement came over the intercom that the doors would be closing in thirty minutes. There was a mad dash for so many people to get that one last prize before they had to leave and all of the artists, authors and vendors were happy to accommodate. With people being directed to where they wanted to get to, it was great to see everyone trying to help so that no one would feel left out on the experience. When the lights finally did dim and the main floor finally closed, you could feel the Convention Center let out a sigh. Another year had come and gone too quickly in many people’s eyes and a year seems like too long to wait for it to happen again.
I am with the rest of you, saddened that it has ended. As Denver Comic Con is the primary fund raiser for Pop Culture Classroom, I would say that success was achieved once again for the expanded curriculum that is taking place. With over one hundred thousand people in attendance this year, it is easy to say that this is one of the premier cons in the nation, but when you look at the crowds here versus other cons, you get to see what it is all about. The Kids. Denver Comic Con is not only catered to the big kids that want to get away from their everyday lives for a weekend, but their kids, that have been able to bond over something other than a random sports team, but their love for comics, characters, artwork, or even their favorite role models. It is easy to forget that this is the primary focus of this con, but when it comes back next year, I am sure you will get the same message once again. Thank you Denver Comic Con and Pop Culture Classroom for putting on such as wonderful event and I for one cannot wait until next year, since each one seems to get better by leaps and bounds.
Photograph by Ken Termin
Sunday of the convention was a wondrously busy day. I oddly expected a bit of slow in the traffic, why? I’m not entirely sure, but if anything if felt busier. That day was filled with people, hugs, panels, more hugs, and of course celebrities. We had an amazing opportunity to sit down and have a podcast with Rob Paulsen, whom is a childhood hero and legend. Animaniacs
was, and still is, one of my favorite shows. But, he’s also done many voices over the years of many beloved characters. Having the chance to sit and talk with a voice acting legend was pretty amazing. Even my parents would sit down and watch Pinky and the Brain
with me. Which, in fairness, it wasn’t hard getting my dad to sit down and watch a cartoon with me. My mom, on the other hand, was a different story entirely. We do have the podcast up, if you all wanted to hear
it. It was a true honor and one of my most cherished memories. It’s not every day you sit with a legendary voice actor. Paulsen is one of my inspirations for wanting to pursue that career….and, he’s a true gentleman.
He wasn’t the only celebrity we got to meet, but we had a lot of one-on-one time with him. Along the way, Mattie and I went around getting autographs from various people. All were kind, and wonderful, but the one that stands out the most was Hershel. Yes, Scott Wilson was just as kind as he looks. When we met him, both Mattie and I admitted to crying during that one fateful episode of The Walking Dead
. He was so kind, and when he stood and offered hugs, I was blown away. It’s not every day actors offer you hugs, and well, I’m not a huggy person, I latched on and didn’t want to let go. With things signed, hugs given, we set off to tackle the rest of the day. Around DCC, panels were being held; things were going on, photo-shoots happening, and so much. Sara was hosting another Nerd Night at DCC, and I cannot wait for them to resume. They’re so much fun, and I highly recommend you check them out.
Of course there was cosplay. For the third time in my life I got to cosplay with my little sister. The downside to being a Disney Fairy in a crowded con is, Big wings don’t translate well into walking through crowds. Still, we got a lot of pictures taken and above all, Jadyn had fun. I have to admit, bringing my sister to a con scares me. Maybe it’s because she’s not as open about her nerdiness as I am, but I loved seeing her dress up and have a blast. Sadly, she had to leave earlier that evening. But, she had a great experience and is already planning on going next year. I think I count that as a huge win. On the way to dinner, I just had to stop and be in awe of Denver. Down town literally exploded with Cosplayers. While it was busy, the experience was something else entirely. I’ve been to Dragon Con and seen cosplayers out and about Downtown Georgia, but to see it in my own neighborhood was something completely different. It felt right, and at home, and it was hard not to take pictures every few seconds….
The entire city of Denver was taken over by people showing up to support a non-profit convention that benefits children. The love and support that we nerds give is astounding on so many levels. It’s this convention that has brought the best out in all of us. One of our newest friends, Sterling, was selling custom made Captain America Shields, signed by Stan Lee himself. The profits for the shields go to Cap 4 Kids, which you can support still. It’s an amazing charity, a great cause, and seriously, the guy looks like Captain America…which makes total sense if he’s selling really awesome shields. The good causes were abundant this convention. I saw so many amazing costumes, so many kids, families, and the smiles everyone had.
Sunday at DCC was pretty fantastic, and the costume contest was beyond epic. I wish I could go back in time to just past a week ago and re-live this convention. Still, we had one more day to go, and Monday brought about a sense of sadness in a way. The last day of cons are always the hardest. The end draws near, and while we accept that, it’s still sad. It was Monday that we got to chill out a little more and finish up the season 4 filming of DCCTV. I’ve never been a cohost before, but it was really fun. With the final scenes being filmed, interviews done, celebrities met, and so much more accomplished, we finally got a chance to shop around. You all know just how much I adore the dealers room of any convention. I absolutely love the set up DCC has. Mostly because it’s all in one beautiful floor and we could literally walk from the merchant area to the artists in the same single row and so on. I love the Artist Valley at conventions too, and DCC didn’t pull any punches in their selection of artists and authors. It was hard not to buy everything in sight, and I think my wallet it glad I didn’t. Thankfully, a lot of artists had business cards left…eventually, though, Monday had to end…and the closing ceremonies were the most unique I have ever been to…
Photograph by Ken Termin
Continuing to stick with my normal DCC routine, I took my lap around the Convention Center at 5:30 in the morning once again. Yes, this is a crazy thing to do, but when you have a Hawaiian shirt on, nobody asks questions. Every morning presents its own challenges and I had to make sure that I was somewhat awake and on top of my game, or as on top of it as I can be with now sleep and coffee oozing through my veins. Even though there is no one as crazy as I am, there were a few stragglers around the Convention Center this morning and when I popped back over around 6:30, the line was triple what it was on Saturday.
Since the weather was a little bit better than Saturday, I could understand it and talked to a couple people in the line. They were all trying to get in and get their autographs from Karen Gillan and Manu Bennett who were slated to have an extremely short stay at the con. Talking to a couple of them when I saw them later on in the day, they were extremely pleased with the star's personalities and how much time they were willing to take to talk to their fans, even with the long lines behind them. It was the experience that they wanted and I was happy to hear that they got it without disappointment. Before the con floor opened, I had the pleasure with Smurf to do a little podcast with the artist of the Denver Comic Con badges, Jay Peteranetz. Even though it was early, Jay was still fired up and ready to take on the world and it was great to hear the passion he has for what he does. Being so energetic, not just from the coffee, I can see how he is able to do what he does when working with kids and adults alike. Being a part of the Pop Culture Classroom team as well, Jay has so much he can teach and is more than willing to bend your ear if you let him.
Heading back up to the floor, I could feel the energy very quickly and then trying to make it back to Artist Valley to talk with Todd Jones about his new book, I could see that the floor was already full. I was beside myself when watching the people moving down the artist’s rows at ten in the morning, since it was nothing like that on Saturday. After talking with Todd about Wicked Awesome Tales Volume 4, I got grilled on Marvel trivia that I had no answer for. I might have to lose my geek card after that, it was kind of sad. I saw more of what I was expecting, more kids running around and having a great time. Seeing their eyes get bigger when looking at the art was something that I didn’t recognize the previous day, but it was sure happening today.
Asking for advances on their allowances, or promising to do extra chores, I witnessed many kids leaving the booths with huge smiles on their faces when they got something that they could not live without. Once again, I ran into another friend from work, but when I found her sitting in the back, she had no idea what to do on the floor. I gave Saundra a couple ideas of what to look at in her free time, but had to give the warning about the Doctor Who panels filling up faster than anything at this con, so gave her a heads up about that.
I gave Celebrity Summit a walk through for a couple minutes and watched as people were leaving with autographed pictures from their favorite stars and heard lots of laughter from the booths as everyone was just having a great time. Even with the long lines, you could see that getting the autographs might have been the key thing on their minds, but there was a lot of conversations going on about what they liked about the stars and why they were at the con in the first place. A ton of new relationships were being built and that is something that Denver Comic Con seems to succeed in doing. There are so many things that can make people click and being surrounded by people that like the same things that you do makes it very easy to bond over something that you might not otherwise want your co-workers or friends to know.
When walking by the Pop Culture Classroom area, I listened for a couple minutes as voice actor Brian Cummings was reading to the kids. This was a voice that I grew up with on many shows like The Wuzzles, The Berenstain Bears and The Snorks, but when he brought out his Doofus Drake from DuckTales, I could not help but to applaud. One of my favorite shows growing up and I am not ashamed to say it, l loved my cartoons on Saturday mornings. The kids seemed to be enthralled by his presence on the stage and they all really enjoyed the motion capture story Brian told about a video game he voiced, since he had to wear lipstick so the cameras could catch the proper movement, even though it was covered by his beard.
What can I say about Sunday? It was great! There were so many people just running around the floor it was hard to get anywhere. And watching as the families were going from booth to booth, it was just crazy busy all day and the con floor appeared to be at capacity. I also got to talk with Rob Paulson for a second, but I am sure someone else will go crazy with stories of him. With one more day to go in the con, it seemed to really liven up and everyone was just having a great time making sure they got to see everything the con had to offer.