OUR MISSION — Denver Comic Con is about Education and Community: Educating children and the general public through pop culture, comics and cartooning, and bringing together the diverse people and interests of our community regardless of age, race, gender or background. By focusing on education and providing guests, programming and events that encourage diversity, we strive to promote tolerance and empower the members of our community.
The story, so far…
Afew years ago, while talking about comic books, a group of friends agreed Denver needed a big fan event, one as great as conventions in other parts of the nation, one with comic creators, celebrities, gaming, and all the other attractions of a modern comic con. They also decided they wanted the event to contribute to the community by helping kids fall in love with learning the way they had: through comics. Yes, this con was going to different!
First they gathered accomplished educators to help create the Comic Book Classroom organization and its “Education Arm”. Between 2010 and 2012, the foundations of CBC’s Denver Comic Con and its “Education Arm” were laid down simultaneously. With the former bringing on experienced organizers from other local events and the latter debuting the first version of its “Storytelling Through Comics” curriculum to local area schools. With the help of some dedicated volunteers and generous donations, Denver Comic Con became a reality June 15, 2012, Father’s Day Weekend, with the results being unexpected, overwhelming success.
The inaugural convention featured a number of comics guests including Barry Kitson, Jason Aaron, Georges Jeanty, Ethan Nicole, Rebekah Isaacs, Zach Howard, Noah VanSciver, Neal Adams, Peter Gross, Mike Grell, Allen Bellman, Amy Reeder, Katie Cook, and Jeremy Whitley.
Celebrity guests included James Marsters, Chandler Riggs, Billy West, Kristen Bauer, Michael Uslan, Jasika Nicole, Galen Tyrol, Colin Ferguson, and more.
Highlights included the launching of the “Fantastic Pour,” the first official Denver Comic Con beer and the first time ever a local brewery (Breckenridge Brewery) joined forces with a comic con to make such a product; the first annual Costume Shindig; and of course a huge exhibition and sales area which included a unique, family friendly area called the Comic Book Classroom Kids Corral.
DCC also debuted a companion event called The Rocky Mountain Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels. Affectionately referred to as ROMOCOCO, this literary conference is dedicated to exploring and furthering the most innovative and cutting edge comics scholarship and pedagogy. The inaugural meeting featured Scott McCloud as keynote speaker, as well as well-renowned scholars and artists from across the country.
The 2013 convention more than doubled the 2012 crowd of 27,000. Comics guests including Simon Roy, J. Scott Campbell, Jim Steranko, Fiona Staples, Katie Cook, Andy Price, Tony Fleecs, Moritat, Zombie King Arthur Sudyam, Ramona Fradon, Jeffrey Brown, Peter Bagge, Mike Baron, Andy Runton, Dan Parent, Matt Wagner, Mike Raicht, and Steve T. Seagle.
Celebrity guests included Guest of Honor William Shatner, George Takei, Saul Rubinek, Colin Baker, Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, Raphael Sbarge, Nelsan Ellis, Eddie McClintock, and Peter Mayhew. ROMOCOCO’s keynote speaker was Chis Ware.
“The Caped Brewsader” was the winner of the Breckenridge Brewery “Name the Beer” contest.
Among many wonderful moments, the convention included William Shatner’s reading of the children’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are” and Peter Mayhew presenting original works in the CBC Kids Coral. DCC introduced the Reel Heroes Film Festival into its programming.
And the adventure continues…
DCC planning is overseen by a group of Directors, they are (in alphabetical order):
Dr. Christina Angel – Convention Director
Tone Ellis – Communications
Rebecca Heinrich – Cosplay
Beth Kovacs – Volunteer Services
Bruce Macintosh – Programming
Michael Newman – Ticketing and Registration
Sam Sgori – Sales and Operations
PDF of our 2013 printed program.
You can also view this a digital version on our ISSUU page if you don’t want to download the rather large PDF file.
PDF of our CBC Brochure.
Info about our state standards-based curriculum, based on teaching literacy and arts designed for children in grades 5-8 using comic books!