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  • John Romita, Jr. and Jim Shooter at 2016 Denver Comic Con

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    DENVER – February 6, 2016 – Denver Comic Con (DCC), the multi-media pop culture fan event and program of Pop Culture Classroom designed to help promote literacy through pop culture, today announced the addition of comic book creators John Romita, Jr. and Jim Shooter to their 2016 guest roster.

    John Romita Jr. is best known for his extensive work for Marvel Comics from the 1970s to the 2010s. Son of legendary comic book artist John Romita Sr, his early popularity began with his run on Iron Man comic books in the late 70s, and in recent years, collaborated with writer Mark Millar, for a creator-owned series, Kick-Ass, published by Marvel and was later adapted into the 2010 film.

    Jim Shooter, an occasional fill-in artist, editor, and publisher for various comic books started his carrier working for DC Comics and was noted for his contributions to their “Legion of Super-Heroes” characters. Later in life, he would work for Marvel Comics as their ninth editor-in-chief, and was one of the founders and the first editor in chief of Valiant Comics.

    “We are honored to have these legendary comic book creators as our guests along with other greats like Stan Lee, Trina Robbins and José Delbo,” said Christina Angel, Denver Comic Con director. “Without these legends of the comic book medium, we would not be able to enjoy the many forms of superhero media that exist today.”

    DCC continues to add guests to its 2016 roster. The event will take place June 17-19 at the Colorado Convention Center.

    For more information about Pop Culture Classroom, Denver Comic Con or ticket information, visit www.PopCultureClassroom.org or www.DenverComicCon.com.

    About Pop Culture Classroom
    Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that develops classroom training tools that uses comic books, graphic novels and related pop culture media to create educational engagement with students and places them on the path to lifelong learning. PCC is the organizer and producer for the DCC. www.PopCultureClassroom.org

    About Denver Comic Con
    Denver Comic Con (DCC) is a 3-day, family-friendly pop culture fan extravaganza, featuring the best in pop culture entertainment. DCC is a program of the Colorado nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom, whose mission is to inspire a love of learning, to increase literacy, celebrate diversity and build community through pop culture education. www.DenverComicCon.com

    The Denver Comic Con 2016 presented by Bellco Credit Union is sponsored in association with Breckenridge Brewery, Westword, 106.7 KBPI, KTCL 93.3 and Xfinity. Supported by the Hard Rock Cafe and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. With contributions from StylinOnline and 1UP Arcade*Bar.
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    Media Contact:
    Tara Hubner
    Marketing and Communications Manager
    Pop Culture Classroom / Denver Comic Con
    t.hubner@popcultureclassroom.org

    DCC GUEST IMAGES AVAILABLE AT THE DROPBOX FOLDER LINK BELOW:
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/veqbgv06nbvvqw0/AADpfnXPGzvvlcJBOMeG0g-Ya?dl=0

  • Doctor Who’s River Song and Clara Oswald at 2016 Denver Comic Con

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    Doctor Who’s River Song and Clara Oswald at 2016 Denver Comic Con

    Fan-favorite “companions” from the popular sci-fi, fantasy television series to appear at annual event

    DENVER – February 2, 2016 – Denver Comic Con (DCC), the multi-media pop culture fan event and program of Pop Culture Classroom designed to help promote literacy through pop culture, announces today that actresses Alex Kingston and Jenna Coleman will be guests at their next event.

    Alex Kingston is a British film and television veteran who first became familiar to American audiences from her portrayal of Dr. Elizabeth Corday on NBC’s drama “ER,” which ultimately led to her being cast as River Song on British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) “Doctor Who.

    Jenna Coleman is a British film and television actress known for her role as Clara Oswald, also a major character on BBC’s “Doctor Who.”

    Since Doctor Who’s first broadcast on BBC in 1963, there have been many actors who have played the alien time-travelling hero, and along with them were associated characters called “companions” who assist him in the adventures and serve as a human point of view.

    “But companions starring with more than one version of the Doctor are rare,” said Christina Angel, Denver Comic Con director. “Both River and Clara resonate with ‘Who’ fans old and new because of their multiple appearances with Doctors David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi.”

    DCC continues to add guests to its 2016 roster. The event will take place June 17-19 at the Colorado Convention Center.

    For more information about Pop Culture Classroom, Denver Comic Con or ticket information, visit www.PopCultureClassroom.org or www.DenverComicCon.com.

    About Pop Culture Classroom

    Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that develops classroom training tools that uses comic books, graphic novels and related pop culture media to create educational engagement with students and places them on the path to lifelong learning. PCC is the organizer and producer for the DCC. www.PopCultureClassroom.org

    About Denver Comic Con

    Denver Comic Con (DCC) is a 3-day, family-friendly pop culture fan extravaganza, featuring the best in pop culture entertainment. DCC is a program of the Colorado nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom, whose mission is to inspire a love of learning, to increase literacy, celebrate diversity and build community through pop culture education. www.DenverComicCon.com

    The Denver Comic Con 2016 presented by Bellco Credit Union is sponsored in association with Breckenridge Brewery, Westword, 106.7 KBPI, KTCL 93.3 and Xfinity. Supported by the Hard Rock Cafe and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. With contributions from StylinOnline and 1UP Arcade*Bar.

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    Media Contact:
    Marketing and Communications Department
    Pop Culture Classroom / Denver Comic Con
    pr@popcultureclassroom.org

  • Karate Kid and The Outsiders Stars at 2016 Denver Comic Con

    Karate Kid/Outsiders Reunion

    DENVER – January 29, 2016 – Denver Comic Con (DCC), Denver’s largest consumer convention and a program of education-nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom (PCC), today announced Ralph Macchio (“Daniel LaRusso”), William Zabka (“Johnny Lawrence”), and Martin Kove (“John Kreese”), the stars of the 1984 blockbuster The Karate Kid, and C. Thomas Howell (“Ponyboy Curtis”) of 1983’s The Outsiders (which also featured Macchio as “Johnny Cade”), will be in attendance to meet and greet fans, sign autographs, take photos and conduct a reunion panel during the June 17 – 19 event at the Colorado Convention Center.

    “Who hasn’t tried the crane move? Or quoted the phrase ‘stay gold, Ponyboy’?” asked Christina Angel, Denver Comic Con director. “The Karate Kid and The Outsiders are a landmark films in our pop culture. Having these actors at Denver Comic Con is exciting for an entire generation of fans.”

    Denver Comic Con will feature Karate Kid and The Outsiders reunion panels during which the actors will discuss the legacy of the film and field questions from fans. Additionally, Macchio, Howell, Zabka and Kove will be available the entire weekend to sign autographs and take photos.

    Denver Comic Con has quickly become one of the most attended pop culture conventions in America. The popularity is due in part because of its robust schedule of programming—more than 400 hours of sessions during which artists, creators, celebrities and industry experts talk about their craft and their creations—as well as its family-friendly mission and environment. The largest portion of the show floor, more than 9,000 sq. ft., is dedicated to teens and children with activities designed to engage kids in education through pop culture.

    For tickets, please click here.

    About Pop Culture Classroom
    Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) is a charitable organization that educates through alternative approaches to literacy, learning, and character development. PCC creates programs for underserved students, schools and communities via comic books, graphic novels, and related media. PCC is the organizer and producer of Denver Comic Con. For more information, visit www.popcultureclassroom.org.

    About Denver Comic Con
    Entering its fifth year, Denver Comic Con is Denver’s premiere pop-culture fan experience, covering the worlds of comic books, film, and related media. It is also an extension of and an awareness builder for its parent organization, Pop Culture Classroom. For the latest news and information, visit www.denvercomiccon.com.

    The Denver Comic Con 2016 presented by Bellco Credit Union is sponsored in association with Breckenridge Brewery, Westword, 106.7 KBPI, KTCL 93.3 and Xfinity. Supported by the Hard Rock Cafe and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. With contributions from StylinOnline and 1UP Arcade*Bar.

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    Media Contact:
    Jason Jansky
    DStreet
    jjansky@DStreetPR.com

  • Stan Lee Coming to 2016 Denver Comic Con

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    Iconic Creator of Marvel Super Heroes to Appear at Denver’s Premier Pop Culture Celebration in June

    DENVER – January 26, 2015 – Denver Comic Con (DCC), Denver’s largest consumer convention and a program of education-nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom (PCC), today announced Stan Lee will be appearing at the June 17 – 19 event at the Colorado Convention Center. The iconic Lee is the co-creator of many of Marvel Comics marquee characters, including the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, and the X-Men, among many others.

    “It all started with Stan Lee. He’s the creator of the Marvel universe—a universe that’s inspired comic-book geeks for generations and recently captured the Hollywood spotlight with blockbusters like The Avengers and X-Men,” said Christina Angel, Denver Comic Con director. “His genius has reached all corners of pop culture. It’s a true honor to be able to bring him to Denver Comic Con.”

    Lee will be signing autographs Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19 and will have a panel in the Main Events room on Saturday, June 18.

    Denver Comic Con has quickly become one of the most attended pop culture conventions in America. The popularity is due in part because of its robust schedule of programming—more than 300 hours of sessions during which artists, creators, celebrities and industry experts talk about their craft and their creations—as well as its family-friendly mission and environment. The largest portion of the show floor, more than 9,000 sq. ft., is dedicated to teens and children with activities designed to engage kids in education through pop culture.

    Lee was booked for Denver Comic Con in 2013, but was unable to attend due to other obligations.

    For more information and tickets, please visit www.DenverComicCon.com and www.PopCultureClassroom.org.

    About Pop Culture Classroom

    Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) is a charitable organization that educates through alternative approaches to literacy, learning, and character development. PCC creates programs for underserved students, schools and communities via comic books, graphic novels, and related media. PCC is the organizer and producer of Denver Comic Con. For more information, visit www.popcultureclassroom.org.

    About Denver Comic Con

    Entering its fifth year, Denver Comic Con is Denver’s premiere pop-culture fan experience,

    covering the worlds of comic books, film, and related media. It is also an extension of and an awareness builder for its parent organization, Pop Culture Classroom. For the latest news and information, visit www.denvercomiccon.com.

    The Denver Comic Con 2016 presented by Bellco Credit Union is sponsored in association with Breckenridge Brewery, Westword, 106.7 KBPI, KTCL 93.3 and Xfinity. Supported by the Hard Rock Cafe and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. With contributions from StylinOnline and 1UP Arcade*Bar.

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    Media Contact:
    Jason Jansky
    DStreet jjansky@DStreetPR.com

  • Denver Comic Con Announces Artist Valley Lottery

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    New, up-and-coming artists to be showcased at annual event

    DENVER – January 22, 2016 – Denver Comic Con (DCC), the multimedia pop culture fan event and program of Pop Culture Classroom announced today the launch of the 2016 Artist Valley Lottery.

    The Artist Valley Lottery is a way to provide up-and-coming artists the opportunity to display at Denver Comic Con, June 17 -19, 2016, at the Colorado Convention Center. Eligible lottery applicants will be allowed to skip the waitlist and purchase Artist Valley table space at the event.

    “We’re pleased to be able to offer this chance to showcase the best up-and-coming artists out there,” said Joshua Andrews, Exhibitor Services Manager. “It’s just one more fantastic addition to this fun, family friendly event and a great way to celebrate talented, lesser known artists.”

    Interested artists may apply at http://denvercomiccon.com/artist-valley-lottery/ from January 22 through February 21, 2016.  From the list of all eligible lottery applicants, artists will be randomly selected. The winners will be notified on February 22, 2016.

    For more information about Pop Culture Classroom, Denver Comic Con or ticket information, visit www.PopCultureClassroom.org or www.DenverComicCon.com.

    About Pop Culture Classroom
    Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that develops classroom training tools that uses comic books, graphic novels and related pop culture media to create educational engagement with students and places them on the path to lifelong learning. PCC is the organizer and producer for the DCC. www.PopCultureClassroom.org

    About Denver Comic Con
    Denver Comic Con (DCC) is a 3-day, family-friendly pop culture fan extravaganza, featuring the best in pop culture entertainment. DCC is a program of the Colorado nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom, whose mission is to inspire a love of learning, to increase literacy, celebrate diversity and build community through pop culture education. www.DenverComicCon.com

    The Denver Comic Con 2016 presented by Bellco Credit Union is sponsored in association with Breckenridge Brewery, Westword, 106.7 KBPI, KTCL 93.3 and Xfinity. Supported by the Hard Rock Cafe and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. With contributions from StylinOnline and 1UP Arcade*Bar.

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    Media Contact:
    Tara Hubner
    Marketing and Communications Manager
    Pop Culture Classroom / Denver Comic Con
    t.hubner@popcultureclassroom.org

     

     

  • Robin Lord Taylor at DCC’16!

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    Actor who plays Oswald Cobblepot from Fox’s “Gotham” added to guest roster

    DENVER – December 15, 2015 – Denver Comic Con (DCC), the multi-media pop culture fan event and program of Pop Culture Classroom designed to help promote literacy through pop culture, today announced the latest addition to their 2016 event line-up: Robin Lord Taylor.

    The film and television actor and director currently stars in the Fox hit television series “Gotham” as Oswald Cobblepot. The crime-drama details the lives of the fictional city’s inhabitants before Batman, which includes Cobblepot’s transition from a low level thug into a main adversary the Penguin.

    Taylor’s other television appearances include The Walking Dead, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife and Person of Interest. His film work includes the role of Abernathy Darwin Dunlap in Accepted as well as independent films Would You Rather, Cold Comes the Night, and Another Earth.

    Taylor joins “Gotham” series co-star Morena Baccarin (Dr. Leslie Thompkins) in the event’s 2016 guest line-up that also include actors John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones; Lord of the Rings) and John de Lancie (Star Trek: Next Generation; My Little Pony), writer Peter David and guest celebrity panel moderators Garrett Wang (Star Trek: Voyager) and Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

    DCC continues to add guests to its 2016 roster. The event will take place June 17-19 at the Colorado Convention Center.

    For more information about Pop Culture Classroom, Denver Comic Con or ticket information, visit www.PopCultureClassroom.org or www.DenverComicCon.com.

    About Pop Culture Classroom
    Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that develops classroom training tools that uses comic books, graphic novels and related pop culture media to create educational engagement with students and places them on the path to lifelong learning. PCC is the organizer and producer for the DCC. www.PopCultureClassroom.org

    About Denver Comic Con
    Denver Comic Con (DCC) is a 3-day, family-friendly pop culture fan extravaganza, featuring the best in pop culture entertainment. DCC is a program of the Colorado nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom, whose mission is to inspire a love of learning, to increase literacy, celebrate diversity and build community through pop culture education. www.DenverComicCon.com

    The Denver Comic Con 2016 is sponsored in association with Breckenridge Brewery, Westword, KBPI, KTCL and Xfinity. With contributions from StylinOnline and 1UP. And supported by Hard Rock Café.
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    Media Contact:
    Tone Ellis de Jesus
    Marketing Communications Manager
    Pop Culture Classroom / Denver Comic Con
    tone@popcultureclassroom.org

  • DCC’16 Tickets On Sale Nov 6th!

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    Denver Comic Con is pleased to announce that tickets to DCC 2016 go on sale Friday, 6 November at 10:00 a.m. MST!

    Here’s some information you need to know before you purchase.

    1. As you may already know, the City of Denver is contracted with a ticketing company called AXS, which we must use to sell tickets for this event.

    2. We want you to know how your money is distributed in the prices you pay:

    a. The stated ticket price is the base price PLUS the Denver FDA tax (this is why the prices seem to have gone up significantly but they have not – the City requires us to include this tax inside the ticket price). You can learn more about this 10% tax on all tickets here.

    b. Other charges that will be added to the stated ticket price are fees charged by AXS, which are also out of our control, as well as any add-on features, such as badge mailing.

    c. The base price on all tickets go directly to supporting Pop Culture Classroom and its mission.

    3. Here are the different ticket types and prices; please note that these prices are the base ticket plus the 10% FDA tax and do not include additional fees to be charged by AXS:

    a. 3-Day Badge – $82.50

    b. Friday Badge – $38.50

    c. Saturday Badge – $44.00

    d. Sunday Badge – $44.00

    e. Child Badge – $8.25

    i. New this year! Child badges are universal; can be used one, two or all three days, can only be used for children ages 3-11 (2 and under are free), and all children in this age group must be attended by parent or guardian at all times.

    f. Speed Pass – $176.00

    i. Speed Pass grants the holder exclusive, first-access line to the convention each day, a dedicated, first-served line for Main Events (does not include other panel rooms), and front-of-line access for autographs. It does not include photo ops, as this is a third-party vendor.

    4. Box office and badge mailing options:

    a. Another NEW option this year is that AXS has created a box office option for the purchase of tickets, where you can avoid some fees and/or pay for tickets with cash rather than a card.

    i. This occurs at Denver Coliseum on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., starting the Saturday after tickets go on sale up to the Saturday prior to the event.

    b. Badge mailing is an option up to the cutoff point that will happen approximately six weeks out from the event. We strongly suggest you choose this option, as it will allow you to receive your badges by mail and avoid having to stand in line twice on the day of the event. AXS will charge $4.25 for this service.

    5. We’re open all day on Friday and an hour later on Sunday this year! Hours for DCC 2016 are as follows: Friday 10-7, Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 10-6.

    Guest announcements, hotel info and details about Opening Ceremonies are coming soon!

    Denver Comic Con 2016 will be JUNE 17-19 @ THE COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER.

    If you have additional questions not answered here or in our FAQ on the Denver Comic Con website, please write to us at ticketing@popcultureclassroom.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

     

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  • DCC’s Silent Auction 2015

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    Like the true geeks we are, we collect things like original and signed art, autographed photos, plus other amazing items. We’re putting it all up for auction, with all proceeds benefiting our parent organization, Pop Culture Classroom.

    Just to sweeten the pot, we are offering free snacks from our sponsors Illegal Pete’s and one free drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) from Breckenridge Brewery.

    RSVP: To participate in this event, you must REGISTER through our Eventbrite webpage. Registration is FREE.

    PRIZES: Also, because we are just nice guys, we are giving away (2) 3-day passes to the 2016 Denver Comic Con and (6) single day passes in a raffle.

    MORE PRIZES: Our Community Partners Denver Print Company, The AVS, Rockies and others will also be present for prize giveaways.

    AND SURPRISES: We will be debuting new Denver Comic Con merchandise, gear and more!

    Everyone who has RSVP’ed and registered when you arrive will be automatically included in all the auction and winning prizes fun.  But you got to be present to win! Sweet eh?  Go ahead and RSVP here so we know how many of our awesome PCC/DCC faithful folk we will be expecting.

    Thanks to our DCC’16 sponsors Breckenridge Brewery and Illegal Pete’s for making this possible!”


    Here are some of the geek treats we’ll have up for auction with more to be added soon.

    (1) Star Wars “Storm Trooper” Colorado Mammoth Jersey

    • Signed by the 2014 team
    • Black and White
    • Framed

    (1) framed Star Wars Storm Trooper Colorado Mammoth jersey signed by the 2014 team (black and white)

    (1) Star Wars “Rebels” Colorado Mammoth Jersey

    • Signed by the 2014 team
    • Orange and White
    • Framed

    (1) framed Star Wars Colorado Mammoth jersey signed by the 2014 team (orange and white)

    (1) Matt Duchene signed collectible hockey stick from the Colorado Avalanche

    (1) Matt Duchene signed collectible hockey stick from the Colorado Avalanche

    (1) Colorado Lottery Walking Dead cardboard cutout

    (1) Colorado Lottery Walking Dead cardboard cutout

    (1) Steve Lieber signed original “Underground” Issue 2, Page 19, Size: 11″ x 17″

    (1) Steve Lieber signed original

    Saber toothed cat signed art card Sarah Morgan 5″ x 7″

    Triceratops signed art card Sarah Morgan 9″ x 12″

    Tyrannosaurus signed art card Sarah Morgan 9″ x 12″

    1 Original painting 24″ 19.5″ approx size. Spiderman themed

    1 Original painting 24″ x 19.5″ approx size Boba Fett themed

    Kit Seaton hand draw and signed harlequin art 11″ x 17″

    Fringe cast autograph

    Allen Bellman signed original art 14″ x 11″

    Batman day 2015 DC Comic promotional print 11″ x 17″

    Nidhi Chanani hand drawn signed art 11″ x 17″

    David Baron hand drawn and signed Walking Dead proof card 3.5″ x 2.5″

    Andy Kuhn hand drawn and signed art 11″ x 17″

    Below are Celebrity Summitt Banners

    • Signed by the Guest

    • Each banner is 92″ x 35″

    Amy Acker

    Anthony Michael-Hall

    Austin St. John

    David Morrissey

    Emma Caulfield

    Garrett Wang

    Jess Harnell

    Jewel Staite

    Kelly LeBrock

    Lindsay Wagner

    Lou Ferrigno

    Vic Mignogna

    Tress MacNeille

    Sean Maguire

    Sean Astin

    Rob Paulsen

    Manu Bennett

    Maurice LaMarche

    Michael Hogan

    Nichelle Nichols

    Randy Rogel

    Rebecca Mader

    Scott Wilson

    Mitch Pileggi

    Iian Mithcell-Smith

  • Star Wars Night Pepsi Center 2015

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    Denver Comic Con and the Colorado Avalanche Join Forces for the 2nd annual Star Wars Night!

    If your family celebrations of Wookie Life Day are wearing thin and the mood has become colder than the surface of Hoth, come down and celebrate the 2nd annual Star Wars Night at Pepsi Center with Denver Comic Con and The Colorado Avalanche on December 27th.  Along with special guests arriving from the Star Wars universe, you and your rebel friends will get to watch the Avalanche take on the Phoenix Coyotes in a fun and unique sporting event that is good for the entire family and fans of all ages.

    Those who purchase a special Star Wars ticket will get to participate in a very special experience before the game when they get to step out on the ice and hang out with the Imperial Guard from the 501st Legion- Mountain Garrison, which is also affectionately known as “Vader’s Fist” starting at 3:30pm. There will also be photo opportunities with other special guests, so be on the lookout for Sith and Jedi alike.

    Doors for the general public will open at 5 pm and all the hockey action kicks off when the game starts at 6pm.  Tickets for the scruffy looking nerfherders among you in lower level are just $30 (normally $41), and the upper and club levels are just $65 (normally $103).  While watching the teams face off, fans will also enjoy music from the Star Wars Universe, character interactions and other fun surprises.

    Everyone who purchases a special Star Wars Night Ticket will also get a limited edition, commemorative, Avalanche Star Wars Night puck, and each ticket includes a $5 donation to Denver Comic Con’s parent organization, Pop Culture Classroom.

    Tickets for Star Wars Night will go faster than a pod race on Tattooine, so get yours at:

    www.avstix.com/starwars1516

    May the force be with you!

    UPDATED 10-19-2015 / A NOTE TO ALL AVS SEASON TICKET HOLDERS:  We are currently working on a solution with the AVS that will get all season ticket holders who would like a puck, a puck. Stay tuned.

    Download Event Flyer [PDF]

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  • DCC’15 Regarding the “Women in Comics” panel

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    Dear DCC’15 Attendee,

    Saturday afternoon’s “Women in Comics” panel was presented by respected comics historian and college instructor, Kevin Robinette.  It was a last-minute addition (not even in our printed schedule) because Kevin offered to present an abridged version of his college course on the History of female comics characters and creators, and we wanted to add another panel with an educational focus on the history of comics.  The college course, which he asserted he has taught hundreds of times and presented in its summary form at dozens of comic conventions, is called “Women in Comics – Creators and Characters” and therefore so was the panel.

    The session was never intended to be a staging of current female comics creators, and the panel description clearly indicated that it was a scholarly presentation, in the same vein as our “Page 23” Literary Conference, or our “Education” tracks being held in neighboring rooms:  “With the female interest in comics increasing lately, this panel discusses many of the popular female characters from the beginning of the superhero mid 1930s comics. Also a focus on some of the women that were able to break in the mostly all male club of creating comics during that time. Includes an introduction to many of the female illustrators/creators attending the convention.”  We at DCC realize that a quick read of the title could be misinterpreted to indicate that it might have women creators on the panel, but the description or sitting in the panel room for five minutes would clearly indicate that Mr. Robinette’s intention was not to presume to speak for the perspective of current women creators, but to present an historical retrospective.  It is also not the policy of DCC to either re-write the content of the scholars’ content, nor refuse a male presenter’s presentation on female comic characters and creators; any more than we would presume to stifle a woman historian’s perspectives on male creators, censor a white creator’s opinions on African-American’s characters, or a LGBT creator’s thoughts on particular straight creator.

    It is important to stress that Denver Comic Con is the only comic convention with a Diversity Mission for Programming, which we implemented now three convention cycles previously.  (http://denverconvention.com/about-us/media-center/press-releases/denver-comic-con-announces-diversity-intention-guests) Since it’s inception, DCC has pro-actively striven to bring out to Denver and feature prominently guests of color, women and those from the LGBT Community.  This is not lip-service, but a concerted effort to create a community that is inclusive of all comic fans regardless of gender, race or orientation.  To assert that we are not sensitive to the views and contributions of women in pop culture does a disservice not only to DCC’s programming efforts, but minimizes the contribution of the dozens of women, LGBT and minority creators whom we have hosted and hundreds of hours of diversity-focused programming we have created.

    To specifically address the female creators we did host at DCC 2015 and the dozens of hours of programming aimed specifically at current women creators and characters, here is a small sample of some of the content we specifically created to this end.  (This does not include the highest-quality programming submitted and presented by our active fan community.)  We brought out respected comics creator Trina Robbins and comics industry editor and historian Jackie Estrada, specifically to speak to the perspective of women historically and currently; they both appeared in the documentary film She Makes Comics, which DCC obtained the rights to screen this weekend, followed by Q&A with the two women.  We highly recommend that fans of all genders watch this film and we hope to soon post the commentary from the two comics’ professionals on the website of our non-profit literacy foundation Pop Culture Classroom (www.popcultureclassroom.org).

    Among many other female pop culture professionals, DCC also hosted playwright Crystal Skillman (King Kirby)Crystal appeared on Monday afternoon’s panel, “Is There Discrimination in Pop Culture?” with an African-American rapper and teacher, a Latino TV Director, the aforementioned veteran comics’ creator Trina Robbins, and moderated by a transgender animator and teacher.  Upon hearing of the controversy generated by one woman’s complaint that no women were on a comics’ panel about women, Ms. Skillman herself pulled together a flash-mob-style panel of just some of the many female comics creators that Denver Comic Con brought out for the 2015 event.  The panel – entitled “Women in Comics – NOW!” did discuss some of the issues facing female creators today, but was more a lively celebration of the creators on the panel as well as an analysis of the progress that has been made due to activists like Trina Robbins and enjoyed by fellow comics professionals on the panel.  The extra-long panel was well attended by men and women alike, and featured Robbins, Amanda Connor, Marguerite Bennett, Joelle Jones, Meghan Hetrick and Hannah Means-Shannon.

    Denver Comic Con invites and hosts dozens of female comics’ creators and pop culture professionals every year, and we strive to place them on as many panels as they will consent to attend.  We hope that the support that we received from Crystal Skillman and the panelists she brought together on the last day of DCC 2015, will serve as inspiration for more women creative professionals to come to Denver in 2016 and beyond, and speak on panels about the issues that interest them and their fans.

    Many thanks for your continued support.

    Denver Comic Con 2015

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