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Re: 2016 Denver Comic Con
« Reply #60 on: June 18, 2016, 08:41:45 AM »
Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight

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Re: 2016 Denver Comic Con
« Reply #61 on: June 18, 2016, 09:07:52 AM »
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Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight

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Me too. :) Is it ok if I invite a couple more friends? There would be up to 4 people in my group (including me)

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Re: 2016 Denver Comic Con
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Re: 2016 Denver Comic Con
« Reply #62 on: June 18, 2016, 10:14:22 AM »
Anyone at DCC, come visit my friends' booth! I'll be helping them out most of today. We are #355, Furry Feline Creatives.
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Re: 2016 Denver Comic Con
« Reply #63 on: June 18, 2016, 07:52:23 PM »


First Denver meet-up.

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Re: 2016 Denver Comic Con
« Reply #64 on: June 18, 2016, 09:00:35 PM »
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First Denver meet-up.

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So much fun!! Thank you NCDS for putting together an Awesome meet-up

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Re: 2016 Denver Comic Con
« Reply #65 on: June 22, 2016, 12:16:17 PM »
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So much fun!! Thank you NCDS for putting together an Awesome meet-up
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Re: 2016 Denver Comic Con
« Reply #66 on: June 27, 2016, 05:54:12 PM »
DCC Mini-Review:

This was my first time at Denver Comic Con, and I went as an exhibitor. Denver CC had been on my interest list and I thought this would be a good opportunity as I?d get to go for free (besides putting in my time) and see what it was like. Their guest list has been getting better each year, and this year it looked great!

I was surprised at how big the convention center was. It?s not as big as San Diego, but it was pretty close. Felt bigger than Anaheim. The convention was huge, and they didn?t even use the entire space. Although it was crowded, it never felt horribly so. Estimated official attendance this year was 114,000 and there is room to grow.

Despite the numbers, it seemed very laid back and friendly, much more so than any of the other conventions I?ve been to. It could be because it?s fairly new and doesn?t have as many exclusives or panels or big names that cause people to get cutthroat, but it could also be that perhaps the location...almost all shows I?ve been to are on the West Coast whereas this one was in Denver so it had more of a friendly relaxed midwestern/mountain region vibe. 

Programming was fantastic and I wish that I would have been able to go to more panels. I was not expecting much (other than celebrity guest panels) since there really is not very much information at all about any of the panels on their website. The schedule went up but it only lists the title, not the description. However, once I got there and got a program book, I was pretty floored at some of the descriptions -- i.e. they had a panel Dinosaurs of MST3K which had the show?s producer and a panel of paleontologists. There was also a panel that featured members of the Denver Symphony Orchestra, comparing the origins of superheroes to classical music. While I unfortunately missed these (as my shift was going on then), these are EXACTLY the types of panels I love to see -- coming at things from different angles, including behind the scenes guests (that weren?t really advertised beforehand.) These are a bigger draw for me than celebs and I think they really need to be advertised beforehand...they may have actually enticed me to buy a ticket! :O

The panels I did see... Jim Shooter talking about the animation of Captain America comics, 2 Indie Short Films with Q&A, Karate Kid Reunion, and Stan Lee. All fantastic, especially Stan Lee! I also liked that they had a panel room dedicated to Indie Films...the one I went to I knew nothing about the films or people behind them, but it was cool to hear them talk about the thought process that goes on in putting them together.

The exhibitor hall (which included the ?Merchant Mesa? and ?Artist Valley?) was massive. A lot of different vendors than I usually see, probably due to the location. Oh they had a beer tent too which served the official con beer, Snape-ricot apricot ale! There weren?t a lot of big name vendors, and it leaned a little more generic commercial than indie but it was still fun to walk around and see. I got all the exclusives I was interested in within the first hour (signed Snape-ricot print, Uh-Oh Felipe Pink Colorway Vinyl from Juan Munoz, metallic Wonder Woman small figure from UCC distributing, and a couple various things from their merch booth like pins and the Snape-ricot pint glass). This would never be possible at SDCC. Comic vendors were kind of sparse (though there were a few), and it was lacking in big or even mid-sized publishers. Valiant and Skybound were there, but no Dark Horse, IDW, etc...though they did give away plenty of big Dark Horse swag bags. No big name vendors except UCC (if that counts?) and Kidrobot, which was actually cool to see (they are based in Boulder) but they did not have any exclusives.

They had a music stage where they had bands playing most of the time. Some were better than others, but still a nice idea.

I do want to go back, and preferably as an attendee to check out more of the panels. I think I liked it better than ECCC this year. I see more thought and creativity put into the panel descriptions at DCC. (i.e. I felt like ECCC?s panels skew too much towards ?here?s a guest, now ask questions? rather than having actually topics or discussions, and don?t have as much of a focus on multiple aspects as I?d wished.) Also, I was impressed by the balance of independent spirit and mainstream appeal at DCC. This is one thing I had appreciated in the past about ECCC, except somehow ReedPop managed to fudge up both independent spirit (which was, sadly, expected) and mainstream appeal (this was, on the other hand, completely mind-boggling) during their first full year of acquisition. I?m hoping RP can recover ECCC next year otherwise DCC may replace ECCC for me next year...or maybe I?ll go to both!
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Re: 2016 Denver Comic Con
« Reply #67 on: July 10, 2016, 07:58:14 PM »
Great Write-up [member=354]hikanteki[/member]   It was fun getting to hang out!
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Re: 2016 Denver Comic Con
« Reply #68 on: July 10, 2016, 08:40:15 PM »
NCDS has written a terrific review of Denver Comic Con. Check it out!

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Re: 2016 Denver Comic Con
« Reply #69 on: July 29, 2016, 11:31:11 AM »
Updated info about Denver Comic Con, including dates for next year (30 June - 02 July, 2017), which puts it just weeks before CCI in San Diego.


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Denver Comic Con reveals record attendance, sets 2017 dates
Downtown’s pop-culture confab is one of the largest in the nation

By   JOHN WENZEL | [email protected]
PUBLISHED: July 28, 2016 at 10:11 am | UPDATED: July 28, 2016 at 4:46 pm

The record size of this year’s Denver Comic Con led to some interesting scenes inside the Colorado Convention Center in last month - like when a pregnant woman waiting for an autograph from Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee went into labor.

“After her water broke, Stan Lee asked for her to come to the front of the line so she could get her autograph before she went to the hospital,” said Sam Fuqua, executive director of Pop Culture Classroom, which programs the event.

Denver Comic Con’s fifth anniversary attracted more than 114,900 people in 2016, making it one of the biggest pop-culture gatherings in the nation.

“We use total attendance, which is different than ticket sales, and what we’re finding is that other cons have different ways of accounting for that,” Fuqua said.

Regardless, the June 17-19 event at the Colorado Convention Center was the largest consumer convention in Colorado, and one of the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Only Salt Lake City and Phoenix have similarly themed events to rival Denver’s.

Adding to the bustle is the fact that Denver Comic Con took place on the same weekend as Denver PrideFest, a festival that the Con partnered with beforehand. After the Con opened with a record crowd, it featured more than 300 hours of panels with artists, celebrities and industry voices, as well as a number of panels devoted to LGBT issues.

“We had a group wedding to conclude the con on Sunday afternoon that featured 10 different couples with a variety of relationships, including same gender couples and a trans couple,” Fuqua said. “That was new this year, and we hope to to continue to celebrate the diverse communities that all come under this comic-con umbrella.”


Guests in 2016 included the aforementioned Lee (following his 2013 no-show) in what was billed as his second-to-last comic book convention appearance, “Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey and “Karate Kid” star Ralph Macchio, among dozens of others.

As the largest programming event for the nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom, Denver Comic Con devoted the biggest chunk of its show floor - or more than 9,000 square feet - to youth programming and education. And despite occupying a total of 500,000 square feet at the Convention Center, the Comic Con literally had to work around another convention.


“Because of the high demand at the Convention Center it’s been challenging year-to-year to get the same dates and spaces,” Fuqua said. “They’re really good about trying to work with us, but this year there was a bill collectors convention right in the middle of all our programming. I kept walking by the big Mile High Ballroom in there and seeing signs for it. It was kind of weird.”

Fuqua said he and other organizers are working to balance new and familiar programming for the 2017 event, which will return to the Convention Center June 30-July 2, with tickets on sale this fall.

“It went well this year and we got positive feedback from attendees, so we’re just trying to learn from that to provide a better fan experience. It’ll be very difficult to top Stan Lee, though. An icon like that doesn’t come around very often.”

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Re: 2016 Denver Comic Con
« Reply #70 on: July 29, 2016, 11:53:55 AM »
Add D23 and I am going to be on vacation the entire month of July :)
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Re: 2016 Denver Comic Con
« Reply #71 on: July 29, 2016, 12:47:15 PM »
Awesome! Thanks for sharing :D I'll consider this opportunity!   O0

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Re: 2016 Denver Comic Con
« Reply #72 on: July 29, 2016, 12:52:23 PM »
My birthday is Nov 5th so I'll be there celebrating haha.. thanks for sharing :D

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Re: 2016 Denver Comic Con
« Reply #73 on: July 29, 2016, 02:32:31 PM »
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My birthday is Nov 5th so I'll be there celebrating haha.. thanks for sharing :D

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Re: 2016 Denver Comic Con
« Reply #74 on: July 29, 2016, 06:54:14 PM »
This might be tough but let's add it to the planning board.


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