The combination of Fan Expo and Pop Culture Classroom combined July 1-4, 2022 to give Denver geeks a fun weekend. Attendees were young and old, families in cosplay and guests from television, film, and the literary world. There were some glitches, as many people related at the Talk Back session, but for the most part people appeared to be enjoying themselves.
The exhibitor floor contained the usual items and merchandise found at these types of geek conventions such as Funko Pops, swords, t-shirts, original artwork, signed memorabilia, and comics! The aisles were spacious, which meant that an attendee could stroll from table to table at a leisurely pace and find such delicious treats as many flavors of fudge.
The Denver crowd is known for their extraordinary cosplay, as noted by these varied costumes worn by the attendees. Great cosplay always adds excitement and a touch of the mystical to these conventions and, in Denver, they added to the festive atmosphere.
There was also the opportunity for fans to meet a celebrity or a favorite artist or author and secure either an autograph or photograph or both!
As with most cons, Fan Expo Denver presented a host of panels from the celebrity to the educational. I was fortunate, as Fan Expo Denver chose my panel, Bridging The Expanse: The Villains, to present at this year’s convention. I had a great time taking part as a member and co-moderator of the panel.
Fan Expo Denver has an ongoing partnership with Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) which ran the convention as Denver Comic Con, and later as Denver Pop Culture Con. Fan Expo purchased the convention in 2021. Fortunately, PCC is still an integral part of the event. They even have their own separate programming track.
PCCs educational programs at Fan Expo Denver offer students, educators, families, and fans of all ages an awesome opportunity to create, imagine, learn, and connect through pop culture. Fan Expo set up an exclusive area on the floor for the children interested in some of the educational panels and events sponsored by PCC.
Fan Expo Denver brought a needed reminder to Denver of the power of geekdom. The fans were out in their best cosplay and entire families made it a very festive weekend. It felt almost like 2019 again.