Written by Scotty

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Although I have had the privilege of attending Denver Comic Con the last few years, I have a couple of friends from work that will be attending for the first time ever.  I am excited to see and hear their take on the event since they have been talking about going for so long and this will be their first year attending.  So I have passed on a couple words of wisdom that I have learned from the past couple of years and just hope that it will make their experience even more mind blowing than they could have ever imagined, and well, I hope my advice to them can help anyone else that is getting their taste of the DCC Experience as well. 

The first thing that they must do is get to the convention center early, like when the sun starts to rise.  I know that this is a pain in the neck to do, but when you are one of the first people to walk into the doors, it no longer matters.  Besides, this is the best time to people watch your fellow con goers as everyone is there for the same thing, the enjoyment of the con.  I have waited in these lines for a couple of years and have always had a good time talking to my fellow fans, along with eyeballing some of the costumes that are roaming around.  I will admit that I was pleasantly happy watching two Dalek’s go after each other in line one year and then a band of Doctors attacking them when they were both moments away from victory.

The second thing is that they must have an idea of what they want to accomplish.  A couple of my friends are only going for one day and although it will be a great time, there is too much to see and do in that little bit of time.  So, if they want to get autographs from their favorite stars, or want to get their comics signed by their favorite artist or author, that needs to be the first thing to do.  Although all of the guests will be in the convention center for the entire day, most of them will be away from their tables for some time while being featured in panels, lunch, or photo ops.  I found this out first hand several times and although I was able to catch them the next day, that might not always be an option, especially if you are only there for one day.

When you have that one autograph, print, or whatever was your primary goal, then you need to take in the sights.  There is nothing better than people watching at DCC.  The one thing that I always enjoy seeing are the families that have come to this event, I still get lost looking into the little one’s eyes when they see something new, or something that they love.  With costumes galore, it is easy to lose your focus on what you are looking for, so that is why I would save this for when you have completed what you really wanted. 

Panels, panels, panels. There is a panel for everything under the sun and if you need to take a load off and sit for a bit, there is not a better place to do it than in a panel.  With a Weird Science reunion panel, to all kinds of Doctor Who ones running, there is no shortage.  And if you are with your kids, you can also go and check out the Pop Culture Classroom Corral and have your little ones get lost in all of the activities.  Admit it, your kids have much more energy than you do and this might be one of the best ways for you to get a rest while they get to expand their minds and have a great time while doing it.

The next to last thing you need to do, walk the entire showroom floor.  I always send most of my time checking out Artist Valley and I would recommend this to everyone.  Even if you are not a huge comic book lover, most of the artists have something much more to offer than you could expect.  There is no shame in picking up a piece of art at the con, in fact, I would be surprised if you didn’t with all of the talent that will be on hand.  Then walk through the Merchant Mesa and find things that you may have never known existed.  With shirts, posters, Pop! figures and anything geeky that you can imagine, this can be the most dangerous spot on the con floor, since it has everything that your heart can desire.

Last but not least, you need to have fun.  That is what the con is all about and if you do not have fun when visiting, it is not worth the trip.  If you are just there to take in the sights, to show off your awesome cosplay or even working at the event, you need to have fun doing it. The smiles and laughter that rage through the convention center during this weekend will last a lifetime.  Like I said above, I have seen several children’s eyes light up when they get to see their favorite star, character, or find that ultimate toy.  I am not beyond this myself since I always seem to walk out with something that I never expected to find and it makes my weekend beyond complete.

Well, that is what I tell my friends and I hope it helps you all as well.  There are the basic things as well, like bring cash, hand sanitizer, an agenda and all of the goes without saying stuff, but that is not fun, it is just basic.  I hope you all have a great time at Denver Comic Con this year since it seems to get better every year it takes place.  Even if you are not able to get everything that you want to get done while there, I hope you leave with a smile on your face.  Hope to see you there!

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Oh my gosh, I am starting to extremely excited about Denver Comic Con this year and it is just a day away.  I must admit that I am loving the lineup of stars that are coming this year since there are several that helped raise me when sitting in front of the television growing up. Enough with memories past, let’s get to the list that has me beaming with joy.

I have to start off with Nichelle Nichols, since she was the really the first name sent out by the con.  Star Trek was one of my favorite movie series growing up and I am so happy that Uhura is making an appearance this year.  One of the things that made Uhura special in my memories of the movies is that she took a little bit of crap from the captain, but was able to hold her own and dish it right back out when needed.  A strong character and one that no fan of the show will ever forget.

Since I am calling back to my youth, I will tell you I was a child in the 80’s and am darn proud of it.  There were several movies that came out and gave me ideas, good or bad and one of the stars that made that possible was Sean Astin.  Appearing as Mikey in The Goonies, I will admit that I don’t remember everything about this movie, I do remember that there was a search for treasure that made me think of the Indiana Jones movies.  But as Sean Astin grew a bit older, he played two of my favorite characters, Rascal in the Memphis Belle and Rudy in the movie of the same name.  He is just a fun actor to watch as he has been making movies ever since and has no sign of stopping.

Can anybody look past Lou Ferrigno?  I doubt it, because he still looks like the man that brought the Incredible Hulk to our television screens.  Coming back for another year, Ferrigno is just a joy to stand next to and wonder what life would be like if you had half of the muscles that he does.  Also being a prominent member of the 80’s brigade, Ferrigno not only played the Hulk, but made a great run with his Hercules character.  I will have to say that the 80’s was all about the muscles, and if you had them, a lot of them, there was no way you were not going to get cast for a big role.

Then the crem de la crem, the cast of Weird Science will be at Denver Comic Con this year.  Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Kelly LeBrock.   There is no way you can even try to pass by this trio and not have flashbacks of two losers with bras on their heads trying to create the perfect woman.  With everything that they had to overcome to become popular, they were granted their wish, but when things get out of hand, there is no telling what will happen.  I could never get enough of this movie growing up and will embrace the fact that I just might get the chance to rub elbows with the gang that proved that popularity is not everything.

Well, there you have it, my 80’s list. Every time a new movie or television show comes out that shows potential, I always refer back to this decade since things were so much simpler and the fans were easier to please.  When CGI was not even invented yet, the stars had to use their own talent to keep you glued to the screen and they did a fine job.  As the night closes in and we are another day closer to Denver Comic Con, I hope you all have your lists together and know exactly what you want.  It will be a crazy good time and I hope to see you there!

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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When it comes to an awesome and incredible story, every fan out there can attest to the fact we want to our immerse ourselves as much as possible in a new and wonderful world. We buy all the merchandise, every entry in the series if applicable because it simply infects our imagination. 

But what if there was another way to immerse ourselves into a story? Granted the methods we handle it with now are in no way bad...but technology is always evolving to enhance our lives and our experiences and tomorrow at Denver Comic Con, one such evolution will take the stage.

At 11:45a in room 703, the panel BattleKasting: DCC as the Game Board will unveil a seamless and immersive fan experience. Based on the work of Author Alane Adams, this panel will not only showcase her book The Red Sun, the first book in the Legends of Orkney series, but the panel will also unveil the awesome mobile game, BattleKasters, that just happens to be a direct tie in to Alane's series, providing at last a way for fans to enjoy an amazing story whenever they please. 

I think this is actually a pretty fascinating idea to say the least, one that could easily inspire the creative world in ways we have not seen before and one that has left me curious to know more. So I'm definitely looking forward to checking out this panel tomorrow and hopefully quite a few of you will join us as well.  

 
 
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In my worldly con experience (because I have so much), there are two types of con goers. There are those who go for just a day or so, and those who come and stay the whole weekend. Over the years, I’ve done both options, and any variation of them, and I’m not sure if one is better than the other. It truly depends. I’m rather excited to have a room at the Hyatt this year. After all, if you’re cosplaying, having a room is a huge life saver. With DCC around the corner, I figured I’d geek out about what I’m most looking forward to, and well, also just geek out about the fact that the hotel I’m staying in isn’t too far away. I’m just not a huge fan of commuting!

I have to say the biggest thing I am most excited about is the Animaniacs coming to town. I grew up watching this cartoon, and even got my sister into it when she was a bit older. It’s something we both loved to watch. On top of that the voice actor for Brain will be there. Which, is also another huge childhood moment for me. My parents even liked Pinky and the Brain! Having the chance to see these actors and hear their panels is an event I absolutely refuse to miss. They were such great shows in the 90’s and even today I can still watch them and laugh. I mean, it’s the sole reason my cable bill is so high! I had to have the Hub….they play reruns….Plus, at an event that benefits kids, you know this is going to be a huge success. I even have a few friends coming down just to see these guys!

I had the honor of meeting Rob Paulsen at an event called Nerd Nite. These events take place once a month at the Oriental Theater a little north of downtown Denver. They’re hosted by a fabulously talented young lady named Sara, whom I have the honor of calling my friend. This year, Nerd Nite Denver is having a few performances themselves. If you have not been to one of these events, you really need to think about going. While DCC will give you just a taste, I guarantee you’ll be hooked. This vastly spreading event has come to take place in so many different cities and its popularity continues to grow. You learn the coolest things at Nerd Nite, and above all, you get the chance to meet the most amazing people. 

If it hadn’t been for one little e-mail, Sara and I never would have gotten the chance to know each other, and that would be sad. Thankfully, we are friends, and Nerd Nite continues to happen monthly. Opportunities continue to arise for various presenters, and I can speak from experience, it’s the funnest thing to do. Yes, I said funnest. And you’re like, Shae, that’s not a word, and guys, you’re right. But that is how wonderful it was. Even if speaking in front of people isn’t your thing, you can go and watch these breath taking presentations. You can also laugh, because what’s wrong with laughing? Nothing, so do it.

How can I talk about DCC without mentioning the artists? Throughout the years, if you go to enough cons, you get to know some of the artists. Well, several of my favorites are going to be there. I know Scotty is more of the art person, but I like to indulge. Being able to walk through and see such original works is part of the fun at DCC. Not to mention, if you’re not careful, you end up broke…It happens. You can find the most unique things at the Artist’s tables, such as socks, shirts, knitted hats, and so much more. Pretty sure I’m running out of space on the walls of the apartment…either way the day is almost here! I can't wait to see all of you guys, this weekend is going to be a blast! 

 
 

Written by Shae

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Denver Comic Con is literally days away. In fact, it’s the only thing getting me through the work week. I can’t explain how excited I am personally, or how much the idea of DCC makes me want to just be there now. While I do love this con, I kind of don’t want it to be here so fast. The sooner the weekend arrives, the sooner it’ll be over, and that, does not sound like any fun. Either way, I figured a countdown to Con Times was in need!

Did anyone get that song stuck in their head? Final Countdown….because I did, now it’s all I can think about.

Throughout the past few years, I have watched Denver Comic Con grow into this massive, amazing, convention that has quickly overtaken the entire Denver area. That last part is a bit of an exaggeration, but not really. More and more, DCC has been growing in numbers. It’s the fans that fuel the flames to this convention. I actually remember sitting in a literature class as Dr. Chris Angel talked about the launch of DCC. I wish I could go back and re-live that moment. Now, Angel is the director of DCC and every year has completely out done itself. To say that it was an honor to be in her classes is an understatement. The amazing things she’s done over the years for DCC and Pop Culture Classroom  are miraculous. Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend the first year of Denver Comic Con. I was, however, there for the second and last year, and to say they’ve blown me away is not quite right. I’m always left a little bewildered at how things have grown. A convention of this size has its own commercials on television and radio. I didn’t even know that was a thing!

The celebrity guests that have also come to show their support here have made for some incredible moments. Every year celebrities read to the children. While it’s hard to pick a favorite, there are many who have a favorite. For me, it’s genuinely hard to say, I just love them all. Having a favorite isn’t a bad thing at all, it’s just such a phenomenal moment to witness. Denver Comic Con and Pop Culture Classroom exist to bring literacy to children through various methods. I remember being that little kid, who liked things like Batman, and I remember feeling ashamed. PCC and DCC make it so that little kids feel joy when they read comics. It’s not just about reading, but self-expression. And, really, who doesn’t want to be a superhero? PCC has done wonders for children. The popular cultures we love have been seeping into the academic world for quite some time now. There are many a college course, even, on comics, manga, and the literary benefits keep proving that these are valid avenues of teaching.

We can’t forget the fun, either. Isn’t that what all of this is about Vendors from all over come to share their unique merchandise, and we all know I love the dealers room. Seriously, it might actually be a problem for me. Like…a clinical problem. You can find the coolest nerd things in the dealers room, and sometimes the hardest to find items. The dealers room isn’t just filled with vendors. It’s also filled with artists, aspiring and professional alike. There’s also many an author waiting to be discovered, and we cannot forget the celebrities we love so much. Aside from that, the panels, the cosplay, and my personal favorite, meeting people. Where else can you strike up a conversation about which superhero is better? I mean, I tried that in the grocery store once…it didn’t go well….but at DCC, it’s a fun, wonderful, amazing place to be with the benefit of helping the children and it cannot get here quick enough.

 
 
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Denver Comic Con is this weekend! Part of the appeal of a convention is the guests they have attending the convention. The great part about DCC is that they have such a diverse group of people attending the convention that anyone can find someone they want to meet.

Of course I’m excited about some of the TV actors. They’ll have Once Upon a Time’s Sean Maguire who plays Robin and Rebecca Mader who plays Zelena. Shae and I are big fans of that show and these guests were announced recently.

On top of that The Walking Dead’s David Morrissey and Scott Wilson will also be there. It’s kind of hysterical, the Governor killed Hershel and now they’re both appearing at Denver Comic Con. I have action figures for them to sign. I’m so excited.

I also have Pop! figures to have signed by Karen Gillan, Alan Tuduk, Jewel Staite and Manu Bennett. I am so excited for it! I already have them pulled off my shelves and ready to be packed. For Karen I have Nebula from Guardians of the Galaxy. For Alan Tuduk and Jewel Staite I have Wash and Kaylee from Firefly to sign as well. For Manu Bennett, I have Deathstroke. So excited.

I also have the first season of Pinky and the Brain that I want signed by Maurice LaMarche. I met the amazing Rob Paulsen last year at Nerd Nite so all I need is Maurice’s signature. I’m excited to see the entire cast of the Animaniacs though. I saw them from far away last year but am excited to see them up close. Rob is amazing.

Also, the voice of Kronk from The Emperor’s New Groove, Patrick Warburton is also going to be there. I have to admit that Kronk is one of my all-time favorite Disney characters and it’s just awesome that I can have the chance to meet the man behind the voice.

On top of all those amazing actors, there are a ton of artists. There are several pretty awesome artists and writers from DC comics that are attending including Kyle Higgins, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Dan Jurgens, and several more! So much talent all in one room, it’s going to be mind-blowing.

Over all, it’s going to be an exciting, amazing weekend full of awesomeness. There will be lots to do and lots to see and spend money on and it's going to be worth every penny. 


 
 
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Denver Comic Con is this coming weekend! Now, thankfully Denver Comic Con has uploaded their entire schedule for panels on guidebook which is awesome for those of you who are like me and love to plan out your full weekend. Here are a few of the highlights that I am looking forward to.

Officially, the convention doesn’t start until Saturday morning, yet Friday evening you can join Denver Comic Con in celebrating their Opening Ceremonies in the Main Events room. It starts at 7pm and goes until 11pm. There will be music, comedy and in general it will be a party to kick off DCC2015.

On Saturday though is when the big names take the stage. It starts with Alan Tudyk is kicking off a panel starting at 10:35am and lasting 50 minutes. He’s not only an actor, but a voice actor and is very talented at his trade. It would be a blast to hear what he has to say. Then, Karen Gillan will be taking over the room at 12:55pm. She’s best known for being Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy and Amy Pond in Doctor Who. I love her most for being Eliza in Selfie. I loved that show, and I’m sad that it’s off the air.

Now, I grew up in the 90’s and I’m a total geek for the Animaniacs. Saturday at 2:05pm in the main events room, you can sing along to your favorite Zany songs in the Animaniacs Sing-along. I had the pleasure of going to the Colorado Symphony Presents the Animaniacs Live and it was amazing. I bet this will be just as fun.

On Sunday though, there will be a Walking Dead panel with Scott Wilson and David Morrissey starting at 5:35pm in main events. For all you Walking Dead nuts out there like me, this would be a fun panel. Especially since the Governor did kill Hershel. That was brutal. Of course on Sunday at 7pm in main events is the Cosplay Shindig. There you get to see amazing cosplays unveiled onstage in competition. It’s a fun time and amazing to see so many outstanding cosplayers.

On top of that starting at 12:10pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday, friend of the website, Sara Wilson will be hosting Nerd Nite 1&2: Be There and Be Square. There, you can come in, sit and learn for a bit. In fact you can learn about how octopuses are going to take over the world. We've been to many a Nerd Nite, this is a panel worth checking out. It’s located in room 603 and lasts 50 minutes each session.

Pull out your costumes and break those piggy banks because it’s going to be a fun, exhilarating weekend. These are just a few of the panels that stuck out to me. Find yours at https://guidebook.com/guide/35020/

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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It's a magical period of time a few weeks out before Denver Comic Con. The finishing touches are being put on costumes, and all of us are no doubt going over the vast and impressive list of guests that DCC has to offer to decide just exactly who we plan on meeting at this amazing convention.  

Yes, it's final prep time when you think about it, unless you're the tireless staff at Denver Comic Con, where they are making sure that every single fandom is satisfied and today they surprised all of us once again by announcing another incredible guest that will attend this year's convention, Gwendoline Christie. 

Now every single Game of Thrones fan out there will recognize her name instantly, since she plays Brienne of Tarth on this fan favorite program but already she is quickly finding her way into other important fandoms as well. She will portray Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 when it premieres later this year and she has also landed a role in one of the biggest films of this year; Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, where she will play Captain Phasma.  

Her announcement today marks yet another up and coming Hollywood star to join the already stellar Denver Comic Con 2015 roster and man, this is a big one. After all, only a handful of shows are as big as Game of Thrones and to top it off, the fact that she has a role in Episode VII already speaks volumes to her talent and I'm stoked someone of her acting caliber will be heading to the convention.

DCC simply continues to impress, and I'm stunned at such an epic and awesome announcement arriving just mere weeks before the con. Just stay tuned ladies and gentlemen, if DCC can land someone as awesome as Gwendoline this close to the con, you never know what other surprises might await us...

 
 

Written by Mattie

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The Denver Comic Con/Breckenridge Brewery launch party for their newest concoction, the Hulk's Mash went off without a hitch this past Friday. It was held at the 1up Colfax location which is the perfect nerdy location for anyone with a hankering for playing videogames. Even Shae and I played some games, it was a blast.

Yet this is just the beginning for festivities this month. We are three weeks away from the event of the year, that’s right Denver Comic Con is just around the corner. However, there are several major events to get excited about this coming Memorial Day weekend that everyone should know about.

Starting on Friday, May 22nd at 6:30pm there will be the Opening Ceremonies where after a word from the wonderful people at Pop Culture Classroom and a few words from Mayor Hancock as well, there will be a party. The Protomen and MC Lars will be taking the stage and we will dance our way into the start of Denver Comic Con 2015. Anyone with a badge of any kind including a single day pass will be admitted into the party.

Plus if you haven't heard, for all of you Weird Science/ John Hughes fans, the Weird Science reunion between Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchel-Smith and Kelly LeBrock will be hosted on a panel on Saturday. On top of that there will be surprise guests.

Saturday night however will be the Denver Comic Con Official After Party at the Hard Rock Café on 16th Street. From 9pm to 2am you can dance, play videogames, drink and even participate in a costume contest and giveaway! Its 10 dollars to get in and you can purchase tickets at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/official-denver-comic-con-afterparty-sponsored-by-tentacle-kitty-tickets-16337199002 Tickets are going fast!

On Sunday, it’s the event that all cosplayers and cosplay enthusiasts look forward. It is the Cosplay Shindig where local and national cosplayers come together to compete and show off their latest creations. During intermission, the band Hello McFly will perform.

On Monday though at 4pm, Denver Comic Con will be hosting its first wedding. The Bride will be dressed as Daenerys the Mother of Dragon from Game of Thrones while the groom will be dressed as Batman. Anyone is welcomed to help these two celebrate their happy day and DCC is even thinking that there were be a few surprise guests who will also congratulate the happy couple.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday though at the 5280 stage above the Bellco Theater, there will be bands preforming from the opening of the convention till 11pm at night. These bands are “rated PG” and teens are encouraged to visit and hang out any time with or without parents.

These are so far the major events that will be happening throughout the convention. I am counting down the days to Denver Comic Con 2015 ladies and gentlemen. It’s going to be a wild ride. 

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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Growing up in the 1980's, I always relished Friday afternoons because my family would hop in the car after everyone was home from school and work and head over the video store to stock up on VHS movies to watch over the entire weekend. We would snag the Friday Night Family Movie and then the kids were allowed to grab one movie to enjoy as well.  

It was in the late 80's that I found myself on a massive science fiction kick and anything that looked like it remotely related to science came home with me, including at one point, a movie that was aptly titled Weird Science. It wasn't quite as perfect science fiction wise as the other films I was watching at the time, but there was something special when it came to this film because I was glued to the screen the entire time. Granted, I didn't quite get all of the jokes at the time, but it was a movie I came to revisit many times over the years because let's face it...this is a fantastic motion picture.  

The best part is, I'm not alone when it comes to that opinion, Weird Science has become a cult motion picture as the years have gone by, one that so many people respect and love and when you achieve that kind of epic level, respect is paid out in full when you have a convention like Denver Comic Con in the mix because they have announced that at this year's convention, there will be a Weird Science reunion to celebrate the film's 30th Anniversary. 

Yes, that's right, original cast members Anthony Michael Hall (“Gary Wallace”), Ilan Mitchell-Smith (“Wyatt Donnelly”) and Kelly LeBrock ("Lisa") will take the stage here in Denver to no doubt share their memories of making this iconic motion picture, and Denver Comic Con has promised that there will be some special surprise guests thrown into the mix as well for this reunion. In fact, that somehow makes this event even more special because man...with DCC's track record of pulling in big names who knows what other cast member from the film could walk on the stage with those two fine gentlemen. 

To top it off, this is an event that doesn't require a special ticket or admission, it's one that is included with admission to Denver Comic Con 2015 and if you haven't snagged your tickets yet, head on over to their site to get one. Bear in mind that three day passes are currently sold out, but single day passes are still available. Either way, this is another amazing event put together at DCC and one that I am going to make every effort to see. May 23rd can't get here quick enough!