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Colorado Springs Comic Con 2023 Delivers an Exciting Weekend

By Miclpea

Colorado Springs Comic Con (CSCC) started in 2016 at the Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center with about 10,000 attendees. From there, it moved to Chapel Hills Mall before settling in its current location at the Broadmoor World Arena. It has grown from its initial 10,000 attendees to over 30,000 in 2023.

For resident geeks, CSCC 2023 (August 25-27) was an opportunity to dress as their favorite characters, meet some well-known celebrities, and shop among a large and varied group of vendors. It is great that even less populous cities such as Colorado Springs can now host their own comic cons. This allows more fans to take part in this community.

On the first day of the convention, there was a long line of attendees (who braved inclement weather) wanting to see their favorite celebrities and peruse the vendor wares. CSCC made extensive use of the Broadmoor World Arena to showcase the vendors. Vendors circled the facility on the entry-level, with the majority of them on the main floor. The autograph signings were also on the main (playing) floor. There was also a spillover of vendors and autograph signings into the adjacent facility.

Saturday proved to be the most popular day, as both the Arena and the parking lot were full. Unlike other Comic Cons, the panels here only featured the celebrity guests. The panel room only seated about 100 people.  This allowed for an intimate experience with the guests, for those who could get seats. Unfortunately, the small size of the room precluded many attendees from attending the panels.

On Sunday, the local Sheriff’s Department made a very surprised Lou Ferrigno an honorary deputy. His induction ceremony was broadcast on the overhead monitors.

Over the weekend, scores of families enjoyed the festive atmosphere and the many cosplayers. CSCC extended the cosplay contest (which was held on Sunday) to include a separate category for children, along with the adult cosplay contest. For the children’s contest, they divided the children into different age groups: 0 – 4 years old, 5 – 9 years old, and 10 – 12 years old. The children’s excitement was contagious as they paraded in their costumes for the audience.

CSCC has grown each year since its inception in 2016. 2024 promises to be even better.

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I love going to conventions around the US and Canada. I'm an ardent fan of all things science fiction and especially The Expanse. I'm a senior writer for Friends of CC and I have co-written a science-fiction script called Punctuated Equilibrium.