Written by: John Edward Betancourt
It's been a good week Denver Comic Con fans, not only did tickets go on sale, but DCC did the honors of announcing a few more awesome names that will be in attendance for next year.
For those unaware that tickets went on sale this week...get yours now! This event was crazy busy last year and I don't see any reason why it won't be again this year. It's only $50 for an adult three day pass, and $10 for children 12 and under. They're worth every penny and your purchase helps out the incredible Comic Book Classroom. With all that in mind, here are the latest announcements...with more to come!
THE LATEST ADDITIONS
Nicholas is best known for his time spent in the Whedonverse as Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. These days Nicholas can be found on Criminal Minds, and of course this June...you'll see him in Denver!
If there is a word to describe Veronica's resume in voice acting, it would have to be...wow. You know her as Ash and May from Pokemon and as April O'Neil from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But that is merely a small sample of the many vocal roles she has played.
If you enjoy Wonder Woman, Superman, Avengers, Codename: Knockout or Gambit then you have enjoyed the fine work of this Shuster Award Nominated Penciller.
Georges, best known for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer Seasons Eight and Nine returns to Denver Comic Con this year! It's an honor to have this New York Times Bestselling and Eisner Award winning artist back in the Mile High City!
Justice League of America, The Avengers, The New Teen Titans and Crisis on Infinite Earths are just a sampling of the titles that Mister Pérez has contributed to the comic book world and he also returns to Denver Comic Con for a second year!
Written by: John Edward Betancourt
Here we go Comic Con fans! Denver Comic Con has given all of us an early Christmas present by surprising everyone with early announcements and even ticket prices well in advance of the convention. So without further ado, here is all the awesome info you need to know about Denver Comic Con 2014, for right now that is...because there is more to come!
Let's start off with what everyone is dying to know...how much and when can I buy them? Well here's the good news, tickets go on sale MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013. You'll be able to pick up the standard adult three day pass for only $50, while tickets for children 12 and under only run $10. There will also be an option to pick up the new SPEED PASS which will allow DCC fans to get quicker access to the convention's activities. That's the only information we have on the speed pass for right now, more info will arrive when tickets go on sale.
Just keep checking back with www.denvercomiccon.com for those details. Make sure you get your passes early this year and please don't forget that your money goes to an amazing cause, helping fund Comic Book Classroom, an amazing program that helps children learn to read and write.
THE GUESTS...SO FAR
That's right ladies and gentlemen...one of The Walking Dead's most popular characters will be in Denver next year! In addition to taking the world by storm as Merle Dixon, Michael has enjoyed a rich acting career. He's been in such cult classics as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and Slither and we will all see him on the big screen again next year as Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Denver Comic Con has managed to bring in one Star Trek legend after another and this year will be no different when Pavel Chekov himself; Walter Koenig, takes the stage!
WALTER JONES & DAVID YOST
That's right everyone, two Power Rangers will be in attendance this year! Walter and David have over 350 episodes of this legendary show under their belt and will likely have some incredible stories to tell!
If you've read Elfquest or Sandman than you are familiar with Colleen's incredible work. In addition to working on those legendary pieces of art, she is the creator of A Distant Soil and her work is currently featured in the DC Comics mag; The Vampire Diaries.
Peter is a veteran comic book writer and editor. You've likely read his stories in Batman and Robin, The Outsiders, Blackest Night, Brightest Day & Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors.
With Denver's newest convention slated to open in less than a month, we here at Girls of Geek thought it would be a good idea to introduce you by way of this interview, to the brains behind the operation and the person responsible for putting together Myths and Legends Con; Nikki Ebright.
Girls of Geek: What brought about the idea and creation of Myths and Legends Con?Nikki: My obsession started in the summer of 2003: I was looking for something to watch with my kids. We saw the first two Harry Potter movies and decided to give it a try. I was drawn into the stories and had to read the books; I wanted to know more about these characters.I attended renaissance fairs as a kid and StarFest/StarCon back in the early 90s, so I had seen how a group of fans could come together and enjoy a shared interest. After discovering Harry Potter, I ran a number of fan groups in Colorado and we would get together for potlucks and celebrate key dates, like Fred and George’s birthday, but I knew I wanted something bigger. In 2008 I started volunteering at many local fandom conventions and I knew I wanted this sense of community for my Harry Potter family. I wanted a place where we can all be as crazy about our fandoms as we want, and it's not only accepted but encouraged!
Girls of Geek: With that sense of community being so important for you, what else will this convention do above and beyond programming to continue that sense of community and home?
Nikki: While putting together my dream for the convention, I realized that a number of my other fandoms don’t have homes. I decided I wanted to make a home for fans who felt they didn’t have one. I hope that outside of the convention we will continue to communicate through our Facebook page, and eventually have forums on our website to provide another place for people to "meet". I would love to do more events throughout the year, as well.
Girls of Geek: With the convention only weeks away are there any changes to pricing on the horizon and are there hotel rooms still available?
Nikki: Well, to buy weekend tickets, head over to BrownPaperTickets.com. Weekend tickets for adults and kids over 12 are currently $40, kids 7-12 are $20, 6 and under are free with a paying adult. Adult weekend tickets will go up to $45 at the door, though. Because of limited space, BPT is where you'll sign up for the Hobbit Breakfast, too. We’re also doing a fun promotion where the first 100 people to book 2 nights at the hotel get a free weekend pass! We got a fabulous deal with the hotel, too – Sheraton rooms for $74 per night! That’s good from Thursday night through Sunday night, and the hotel added more rooms to our block to accommodate our fans.
Girls of Geek: Is there anything programming-wise coming up that you haven't talked about that will only help build the excitement?
Nikki: There is a lot of schedule planning going on behind the scenes! We just put a preliminary schedule on the website and it has all the large events listed, including the Wizards Yule Ball, Browncoats Shindig, Buccaneer Bash, Hobbit Breakfast, and Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebration. We’re working on nailing down the times for specific panels, games and RPGs. That information will go up on the website once we send the schedule for printing.
Girls of Geek: What does it mean to you personally to see the convention you created coming to life?
Nikki: I'm generally pretty logic-oriented, but I'm emotional about this. It has been a dream of mine for over five years. I’m an ideas person and execution person, but I struggle in the middle parts, so this has looked great in my head! Seeing pieces coming together, people excited, strangers becoming friends I just haven’t met yet - it’s exciting! I love reading other people talk about the con with the same excitement I feel. To me, it means that I’m succeeding in putting this dream into reality because others are joining me in the dream.
Girls of Geek: Last, what are you personally excited to see at the convention?
Nikki: I want to see it all! There are so many things that I’m excited about – the performers, the panels, the events. I think what I’m most excited to see, though, is people coming together and finding others like them. It will warm my heart to walk around the convention and hear conversations, hear people talking about their particular love of the fandom with others who get it. I almost wish I could attend, but on the other hand, it’s very rewarding to know that I can create this and make it happen for other folks who are crazy fans, like me.
For more information on Myths and Legends Con and to see the schedule, go to: www.malcondenver.com
To purchase tickets go to: www.brownpapertickets.com
Written by: John Edward Betancourt
We are a lucky bunch of geeks here in Denver, simply because there are plenty of conventions out there to satisfy our geekdom needs. Comics, science fiction, steampunk, anime and horror are easily covered every year and well, we are all thankful for it. But there are still some fandoms that don't truly have a home unfortunately. If you're all about My Little Pony, Firefly, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit or maybe you just plain love pirates, then in Denver, where do you go?
That question will finally be answered on September 27-29th at the Sheraton DTC when the first ever Myths and Legends Con gets underway. Organized by Nikki Ebright, this convention is designed to be that new home for all the fandoms in Denver currently without one. In fact this year's programming is designed to welcome fans with open arms, and here is a sampling of what to expect this year.
Friday will feature the "Yule Ball (in the Fall)" and an awesome Browncoats Shindig. Saturday will include some interactive panels with the Alliance LARP, the Pirate King Competition and the Buccaneer Bash in the evening. Sunday you will all be welcome to partake in the Hobbit Second Breakfast, followed by plenty of Doctor Who programming to celebrate the 50th Anniversary, demonstrating that there really is something for everyone at Myths and Legends Con. Plus, a convention isn't a convention without live entertainment and you'll find that here as well since Pandora Celtica, The Kilted Man and Not Literally will all take the stage throughout the weekend.
So by now you're wondering what it will cost you to attend this new event. Well the price is right, only $40 for a weekend pass and $20 for kids. If you're a con-goer who enjoys staying at the convention, you'll find hotel rates for the event at $74 a night.
Either way, you should check it out. Girls of Geek will be there of course and I have to say, for a first year con, they clearly have plenty planned and that's a great sign and I really don't see how anyone can go wrong spending time at a convention founded on the ideal of making everyone feel at home.
Written by: Mattie
Nan Desu Kan was the first convention that I ever went to. I think it was back in 2004 or 2005 when I first went as a socially awkward teenager in high school whose life revolved around school and watching Anime. Now, 8 or 9 years later Nan Desu Kan it is still running. It’s September 13-15th at the Marriot at the Denver Tech Center. Which is the same place where the infamous StarFest is held.
Now for all of you experienced con goers, NDK may not be good for you. NDK is for the squeaky anime fans, who typically are young socially awkward high schoolers. I’m going due to the fact that I bought an expensive Hetalia costume and I am totally going as Italy. Shae, my infamous partner in crime will be my Romano. If you haven't watched Hetalia, I highly suggest it. You can find episodes on youtube. If you don't like stereotypes put into comedy, don't watch it. Either way, my costume is going to be epic. Shae and I will also be dressing up as female versions of Casltiel and Crowley from Supernatural, don’t ask. Who cares if it's an Anime convention, we're still doing it.
The exciting thing about Nan Desu Kan is that the costumes are for the most part awesome. There's a mix between old anime and new anime and even video game costumes that run about around the convention. Sadly I don’t watch a ton of anime anymore but it will be fun. One of the guests, the voice actor Chris Patton was in an anime that I loved called Saiyuki. Mind you that came out way long ago. If anything I’m excited for another convention. Since DCC I’ve been craving a convention, and this one is in my favorite hotel. Nan Desu Kan will be here in about a month. YAY conventions!
San Diego Comic Con was this past weekend and believe me, I was really sad that I wasn’t able to go. It’s the biggest comic con in the United States and it’s in my favorite city, San Diego. It struck a knife through my heart every time I checked my FaceBook this weekend and someone *cough cough* John Barrowman*cough* would post about something amazing that happened. Like him hugging Misha Collins or almost licking Ryan Gosling.
There were many panels that happened at a convention this big. It's also the place where TV and Movie studios put out their previews for the hottest flicks and next seasons shows. Thank goodness for YouTube or else those of us who couldn’t go wouldn’t be able to see these new previews until much later.
One of the show’s that came out with a preview of their next season at the San Diego Comic Con was Arrow. One of the things I got excited for was that the Black Canary will be in this season. Also since Stephen Amell (the guy who plays Oliver Queen) loves to write everything on Facebook, fans can find out what he’s filming at the time. Since he posted Monday that they started to film Season 2 Episode 2 of Arrow, it only leads one to believe that the entire new preview for SDCC was all within the first episode of Season 2. Also, Summer Glau will be in this season of Arrow. I am beyond ecstatic for Arrow, it’s going to be great this year .
Also, they had a preview for The Walking Dead. I know we’re all excited for October but the preview had a ton of Daryl in it. Also, it looks like Rick is done being Mr. Crazy pants and I was excited for that. For once in the show it looked like they were expanding their numbers and not the other way around. Plus I really love Norman Reedus. It looks like another exciting season of The Walking Dead. I really can't wait.
The thing that I'm really sad about missing was that Tom Hiddleston crashed the Marvel panel dressed up as Loki. He even took on Loki's persona and promoted "Loki's Army" which is a FaceBook thing promoting Thor 2: The Dark World. Either way Tom Hiddleston has my heart.
One day hopefully here in the future I'll be able to go to San Diego Comic Con. Its a fun time and so many big names. Sadly lots of people have that idea and it so happens that there are too many people there for my liking. However for the actors that I love I hope to one day make it there. For those of you who weren't there and wanted to be, check out YouTube. Many panels were filmed and you can find them there. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman had a video for the fans of Sherlock that was absolutely hilarious. Everyone needs to see that video if they are a fan of Sherlock.
Where to start on my review, there are so many wonderful things that came out of this convention. First off, the Denver Comic Con start for me was going to one of the schools that Comic Book Classroom was involved with. I got to see the kids on Graduation Day and it was so inspiring. These children were so creative and to see them present their very own comic book, story and art, it was so much fun.
Then the convention really was close, as I went to the Denver Public Library to watch Peter Mayhew and his amazing wife Angie read from one of the books that they had written together. You can find these books and you should. They have written together both My Favorite Giant and Growing Up Giant. The kids in attendance were graduates of Comic Book Classroom and Peter and Angie offered them both books and Peter he signed one for each child. To see the look on their faces on meeting Peter was priceless.
It just continued to get better and better. Friday night I hosted my first panel of this year and it was in the Main Events hall! It was great to see just how large the room was and how many people came to that first panel. My panels just got better from there! On Saturday morning I got to moderate a panel with Colin Baker (the 6th Doctor) and Daphne Ashbrook (Dr. Grace Holloway.) That was an amazing experience for me. I had already made a connection with Daphne because we did a pre-con skype interview, so it was so much fun. And Colin Baker is one of my favorite Classic Who Doctors.
Later that afternoon I had two more panels to do. One was "50 Years in the TARDIS" and Daphne came to that panel to talk about her Doctor Who experience and talk about our favorite Doctor Who things! I also had her break the news about Matt Smith leaving the show after the Christmas special. The news came in literally just a few minutes before the panel started We also had a weeping angel that kept showing up in the panels and every panel someone pointed out that one of needed to watch her so we'd all be safe. The last panel was Doctor Who Trivia. We have given out prizes at the other panels but we saved the best for last. We had so many copies of books from IDW to hand out and everyone was happy about that! Thank you Daphne and Colin for letting me moderate your panel, that really was a once in a lifetime experience for me.
The people! It was great to see everyone come out and support Denver Comic Con. The staff works so hard to put this together every year so to see 61,000 people come through the building that weekend was truly amazing. The con floor always had plenty of people wandering around and just taking it all in. All the booths were busy and so many people were in costume, really great costumes too! To see that Denver Comic Con had grown so much from the first year was awesome. I also got to see my friends that I hadn't seen for awhile which is always fun.
The Daily Planet area. This is the first time I had ever seen anything like for media. There were so many great details in there. The desks all had different notes from employees in the office, multiple pictures of Superman even Clark Kent's press badge! I also got to meet and hang out with the MTV Geek crew, which was a blast. I met so many new people who were all awesome.
Lastly, this year I got to see Denver Comic Con and the Comic Book Classroom Corral through the eyes of some princesses that I really love. It was so good to see them in awe at all the costumes and all the artwork. They even drew their own comics in the corral and had pictures hanging up on the art wall. Their dad even bought them their first comic books at the Time Warp Comics booth, both books were My Little Pony and I even read the first half of one to them. Also in the corral, Peter Mayhew and Angie both came back to read My Favorite Giant together and the kids loved it. Later that day another treat showed up in the corral, someone who wanted to teach the importance of literacy and imagination to the kids. Yes, the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, read out loud to the kids Where the Wild Things Are.
My Denver Comic Con experience was so much fun. I cannot wait for next year to see what they do. So, in 2014 be sure that you make it. It'll be an experience that you won't want to miss out on!
More pictures! Here are pictures from all the amazing activity that was happening on the Convention Floor!
All pictures taken by John Edward Betancourt
All of the Daily Planet pictures were taken in the media room that wasn't open to all attendees (only VIP for an hour a day). It was amazing!
All photographs taken by Ken Termin
On Saturday afternoon at Denver Comic Con 2013, we sat down for "50 Years in the TARDIS" with special guest Daphne Ashbrook! Right before the panel was to start the news came through that Matt Smith was retiring, we all shared a special moment in that room as Daphne officially announced it. Here are the pictures from that very special panel!
Shortly after that panel we headed off to Doctor Who Trivia, where we had TONS of awesome IDW books to give away. Take a look at some of our winners from that panel. Thank you all for coming to these Who panels! We hope you had a blast!