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  • DCC 2015 Media Team Sign-ups

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    Hey you! Yeah, you with the camera!

    Can you capture action-packed photographs that would make J. Jonah Jameson sing the praises of Peter Parker?

    Do you vlog better than Codex talking about the new Spires of Dragonor expansion?

    Can you figure out the bones of a story faster than Lois Lane on deadline?

    You can get the scoop too when you join the Denver Comic Con Media Team!

    Denver Comic Con is currently accepting applications for professional level photographers, videographers and video editors to join the DCC 2015 Media Team to help capture all the exciting events, spectacular cosplay, incredible celebrity guests and earth-shattering surprises at this year’s Denver Comic Con. Please note that all of these opportunities are VOLUNTEER ONLY, but provide a rare opportunity to gain professional-level experience and grow your portfolio within one of the biggest pop culture conventions in North America.

    Applications will be accepted until April 4th at the form here on the DCC website: http://denvercomiccon.com/media-team/.

    Please note that when you apply to the DCC 2015 Media Team, you are expected to document the equipment, software and other technical equipment that you use. Any other questions can be directed to mediateam@popcultureclassroom.org.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • DCC’15 Cosplay Shindig Sign-ups Start April 4st @ Noon!

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    They’re taller than Firestorm’s hair! Crazier than a room full of Mad Moxies! More terrifying than a closet of Weeping Angels! More obscure than a Loki-Hello Kitty Mashup! Madder than a mad man with a box! And more powerful than the Avengers fighting Galactus and his giant moustache!

    They are as creative, talented, brave and bold as any hero we know. They are the Cosplayers of Denver Comic Con, and we love each and every one of you crazy, beautiful souls.

    Sign-ups for the Cosplay Shindig will go live on the Denver Comic Con website on SATURDAY, APRIL 4th at NOON, Mountain Time. Look for the form under “Sign-ups” in the main menu.

    Also, under the Sign-ups menu are the Shindig Rules! Please read.

    One of the crowning events of Denver’s cosplay community has to be the Fourth Annual Cosplay Shindig at the 2015 Denver Comic Con, and WE HAVE DETAILS! It’s totally like Nerd Prom!

    (What? It’s not? Denver already has a Nerd Prom? That’s a real thing? Huh.)

    Anyway, the Cosplay Shindig is going to be super awesome, and will offer some of the finest and most creative costuming that Colorado has to offer. And we have the skinny…

    **We now interrupt this bulletin for a really important but also repetitive and slightly annoying announcement.**
    • This year’s Cosplay Shindig will be held on SUNDAY, May 24th at 7 p.m. Please remember that’s SUNDAY as in NOT SATURDAY.
    • Pop quiz: What is SUNDAY?
    • A: NOT SATURDAY.
    • When is the Cosplay Shindig? SUNDAY, NOT SATURDAY, sayeth the chorus.

    To recap, the Cosplay Shindig is a family-friendly costume/cosplay competition for cosplayers of all ages and levels. Please note that this is also a friendly and inclusive event that gives Denver Comic Con a chance to celebrate the time, talent and passion of our fantastic cosplayer community. There will be cash and prizes as well as promo items donated by our supporters in the local Colorado business community and other community partners.

    “But where will this glorious event be held?” I hear you ask with breathless anticipation. I’m glad you asked. The final map and schedule for Denver Comic Con ’15 is still being developed. The ultimate location will be featured on our website and in the 2015 Guide. The Cosplay Shindig has traditionally been held on the Main Events Stage, and will likely remain there unless we find a bigger room, or one that is bigger on the inside.

    In the meantime, if you have any other questions about the geeky glory that is the DCC Cosplay Shindig, feel free to hit us up on our official DCC Cosplay Facebook Page or email Team Cosplay through Mandi Johnson, our wickedly talented DCC Team Cosplay Leader at cosplay@popcultureclassroom.org.

  • PCC announces first-ever comic book contest for kids!

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    DENVER, March 22, 2015 – Are you a comic book aficionado or graphic novel guru? Do you spend your free time sketching caped crusaders, alien landscapes, giant robots, otherworldly creatures, and other kinds of super-powered art? Then you’re exactly who we want to submit to the first-ever Pop Culture Classroom Kids Comics Contest, which offers young artists the chance to show off their talents during Denver Comic Con 2015 and beyond!

    Along with a pair of 3-day passes to Denver Comic Con 2015, contest winners will have their artwork prominently featured in the official DCC 2015 souvenir program and admired by thousands of Con attendees. Additional prizes include exhibition of artist’s work on the PCC website and a special meet-and-greet session with a professional kids comics artist.

    About the Contest

    Running from March 24th to April 13th, the PCC Kids Comics contest is open to all ages and students, including those who have been or are currently involved in PCC classes and workshops. Students may submit previous artwork as long as it has not been published elsewhere and is age-appropriate.

    Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Five contest winners will be chosen from all contestants and announced by April 30, 2015. We will also be selecting non-winning entries for inclusion in our PCC yearbook, which will be published at a later date.

    Artwork & Submission Requirements

    • Artwork must be in the form of a comic or graphic text.
    • Submissions can be any length. If the winner’s artwork is more than one page, we will print the first page of the comic in the DCC souvenir program, with the rest located on our PCC website.
    • Email artwork to contest@popcultureclassroom.org (highly preferred). If possible, please scan artwork in color, at 300dpi, and send as a PDF or JPG or Send via “snail mail” to PCC’s offices at 1391 N Speer Blvd, Suite 360, Denver, Colorado 80204.
    • Deadline for contest entry is April 13st @ 12 noon (MT).

    For any other questions and concerns regarding the contest, please email us. We look forward to reading and enjoying your submissions!

     

  • PCC to host a model competition at DCC’s Pop Culture Laboratory

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    DENVER, March 19, 2015 – Calling all builders, tinkerers, designers, and creators! PCC is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking contest in which you can design, build, and show off your very own models at DCC’15 —plus win mind-blowing prizes along the way. Judged by the CoMMiES (Colorado Model Militia Enjoying Sci-Fi) organization, this unique, family-friendly contest is an exciting addition to Denver Comic Con’s all-new Pop Culture Classroom La-Bohr-atory.

    Running from May 23th to May 25nd, the CoMMiES model competition, which combines aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) and pop culture, offers a one-of-a-kind experience for participants. Not only will competitors be in the running for tickets to DCC’16, prize packages with DCC swag, but the four winners will get to have their models on display throughout DCC and featured prominently on the PCC website. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, read onward!

    To enter the contest, please follow this link and fill out the survey form by May 20, 2015. All participants must purchase tickets to one or all three days of DCC’15 by the time of the competition. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis, with submissions capped at 100 participants per day.

    About the Competition

    Whether you’re an origami master, a mechanical genius, or Lego guru, this model competition is for you. The competition is open to all ages and is limited to 2 models per participant.

    Materials used and contest categories are fairly open to interpretation, though we highly encourage you build something that relates in some way to pop culture—whether that be comics, cartoons, games, movies, real-world subjects, or otherwise. Past submissions have included plastic models of the Star Wars spaceships, paper models of DC Superheroes like Batman, and detailed recreations of fantasy worlds from bird’s eye view.

    Suggested categories:

    • Mecha Models: robots power suits featured in Gundam cartoons and movies like Chappie and Pacific Rim.
    • Vehicles: Real-space and science fiction space vehicles, as well as atmospheric, ground, and sea craft. Millennium Falcon, anyone?
    • Creature: Animals, dinosaurs, monsters, and the like.
    • Figure: Human/humanoid beings, including representations of anime characters and cartoons.
    • Dioramas: Settings, alien landscapes, and fantasy worlds. Dioramas will be judged in part by the strength of the theme or story.

    Competition Submission & Rules

    To enter the contest, please follow this link and fill out the survey form by May 20, 2015. All participants must purchase tickets to one or all three days of DCC’15 by the time of the competition. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis, with submissions capped at 100 participants per day.

    Additional rules:

    • Every participant must select one day during DCC’15 (May 23rd -25th) for his or her work to undergo judging.
    • Participants must bring and register models to the Pop Culture Laboratory by 11:00 AM on their chosen judging day. Models will be placed in a secure area to ensure their integrity and safety during judging.
    • Daily contest winners will be announced at the end of each day by 4:30PM.
    • The overall winner will be announced on May 25th by 4:30 PM.
    • All models—excluding winners—MUST be picked up by 5:00 PM of the competitor’s judging day. Winning pieces can either be picked up the last day of DCC’15 or can be picked up at the offices of Pop Culture Classroom after 06/01/2015.

    About the Judges

    According to CoMMiES founders Daniel Holmes, Rob Merrill, and Brad Guy, the club was formed out of a common desire to share in the enjoyment of scale modeling—and, of course, show off what they were building. After meeting on a science fiction modeling forum, these three masters of the small-scale soon began recruiting members and running modeling contests. Since then, they have gained members from all across the world.

    In addition to the contest, the CoMMiES will also be providing free “Make-and-Take” sessions at the PCC Lab in 2015. Novice modelers will be provided materials, tools, and instruction to help builders construct their own model kit from paper or plastic. There will also be demos for older, more seasoned modelers interested in re-sparking their modeling passion.

    In all, the CoMMiES founders consider scale modeling is more than a hobby—it’s an art form that anyone can learn to embrace. According to Brad Guy, “Those who are interested in pop culture in 2015 can find a lot of satisfaction in building a piece of that culture with their own hands.” More than anything, they say, the CoMMiES is about enjoying the craft itself. “We have one rule, and that’s to have fun,” explains Daniel Holmes, though Rob Merrill puts it in even simpler terms: “Largely, we just like gluing things together.”

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE EMAIL US!

     

  • DCC and The Avs Announce the Icy Details of STAR WARS® NIGHT!

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    As previously announced, special tickets are available for the game on Saturday, March 28th, where special guests will get to go down on the ice to hang out with characters from the Star Wars Universe, including the infamous 501st Legion—Mountain Garrison, better known as “Vader’s Fist” as well as space princesses, legendary knights, and other characters who have emerged from their hive of scum and villainy.

    For those of you non-nerf-herders who already purchased your special STAR WARS Night ticket, the doors for the pre-game events on the ice will open at 3:00 p.m. at Pepsi Center. The pre-game events will run from 3:30 to 4:30PM. Then watch The Colorado Avalanche go head-to-head with The Buffalo Sabres at 7 p.m., accompanied by theme music, movie trivia, special appearances, and more.

    If you purchased tickets using our special link, the Avs will be emailing you further details about the game and how to get your commemorative Star Wars Night/Avalanche souvenir puck starting this Friday, March 20th.

    To recap:

    • Special Events on the Ice: Doors Open at 3 p.m.
    • Laugh it up (See that? Another Star Wars pun) with villains and heroes from Star Wars on the ice: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
    • The Avs and the Sabres drop the puck at 7 p.m.

    Don’t forget that every ticket purchased will also include a $5 donation to Denver Comic Con’s parent organization, Pop Culture Classroom.

    As always, we want to see your cool costumes and hear about STAR WARS Night, too! We’ll all be following along on March 28th, so share your pics and tweets with us using the hashtag #AvsStarWarsNight and we might just share your legendary night from a galaxy far, far away.

    May the Force be with you, always.

    TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE!

     

  • Denver Comic Con to Host “Animaniacs” Celebration with Original Cast

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    Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain Performers Featured at the Colorado Convention Center Over Memorial Day Weekend

    DENVER, March 10, 2015 – Denver Comic Con, an educational program of Pop Culture Classroom, will be host to an Animaniacs celebration, including Pinky and the Brain during this year’s convention. Original cast members Jess Harnell, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, Rob Paulson and writer Randy Rogel will be on hand to for celebration activities, including an “unplugged-style” music event.

    “Animaniacs programming is popular for a reason: it’s incredibly high-energy, amazingly fun and captures the nostalgia of a generation that grew up with the show,” said Denver Comic Con convention director Christina Angel. “We’re honored to have so many of these talented voice performers returning to Denver.”

    Animaniacs ran from 1993 to 1998, and was a Warner Brothers animated variety show featuring the sibling characters Yakko, Wakko and Dot Warner. The series blended wit, slapstick, music and pop-culture references in a number of comedic and often educational segments. It also launched another popular series, Pinky and the Brain, which ran from 1995 to 1998.

    Denver Comic Con will be held at the Colorado Convention Center on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25.

    About the Cast

    Jess Harnell voices “Wakko.” He’s the winner of multiple Emmy awards including Best Animated Series and the prestigious Peabody Award, and his voice has been featured on dozens of animated series from “The Simpsons” to “Fairly Odd Parents” to “Phineas & Ferb.” Harnell is also known for his roles in feature films such as “Finding Nemo,” “The Country Bears,” the “Toy Story” franchise and “Up,” as well as being the only voice actor to voice two major characters in the “Transformers.”

    Maurice LaMarche voices “The Brain,” of Animaniacs’ “Pinky and the Brain.” In addition to his work on Animaniacs he’s also known for his earlier voice-acting work as “Chief Quimby” in “Inspector Gadget” and “Egon Spengler” in “The Real Ghostbusters.” More recently, LaMarche won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in Matt Groening’s “Futurama”, where he plays more than seventy regular, frequently-recurring, and one-off characters.

    Tress MacNeille voices “Dot.” In addition to her work on Animaniacs, MacNeille is known for her role as “Agnes Skinner” on “The Simpsons,” “Mom” on “Futurama” and is the current voice for Wilma Flintstone and Daisy Duck. She has more than 200 credits to her name from other programs such as “Tiny Toon Adventures,” “Disney’s House of Mouse,” “Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers,” and “Dave the Barbarian.”

    Rob Paulson voices “Yakko,” “Dr. Scratch ‘n Sniff” and “Pinky.” Paulson is a Daytime Emmy and two-time Annie award-winning voice actor. He voiced “Raphael” in the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series, and coming full-circle, he voices “Donatello” in Nickelodeon’s “TMNT.” He’s also known for his work on “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Danny Phantom” and “Fairly Odd Parents.”

    Randy Rogel wrote most of the songs and many of the scripts for Animaniacs. He began as an original writer on Warner Brothers’ “Batman: the Animated Series,” and has gone on to win three Emmy Awards (nominated for ten), a Peabody Award, two Annie Awards, three Leo Awards, and the Ovation Award. At Disney, Rogel wrote songs and scripts for the animated movies “Peter Pan – Return to Neverland,” “Cinderella,” “Cinderella II,” “Cinderella III,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Around the World in 180 Days,” “The Three Musketeers” and “101 Dalmatians.”
    For more information about Denver Comic Con programming and tickets visit www.DenverComicCon.com.

    About Denver Comic Con

    Entering its fourth 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. 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.

    Denver Comic Con is sponsored in association with Breckenridge Brewery, Colorado Lottery, Colorado’s Own Channel 2, Illegal Pete’s, iHeartMedia’s KBPI & KTCL, Kaiser Permanente, Westword and Xfinity. Supported by Hard Rock Café, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and StylinOline. With contributions from Aleph Objects, Inc, PrintNinja and Rise Above Colorado. The Art Institute of Colorado is an Educational Partner of the Denver Comic Con.

    Press Contact:

    Jason Jansky
    DStreet jjansky@DStreetPR.com
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  • No Time to Argue! Throw Me the Idol, I Throw You the Whip!

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    (Or, An Important Update from Denver Comic Con and DCCEDGE)

    If you recognize that quote, you’re definitely one of us. (Nerd.) And if you’re one of us, you’re not the type of person to just blow off deadlines. Plus there’s that whole thing with the boulder. That’s why we’re going to tell you something really important now.

    We’ll give you a hint first. It’s about the E.D.G.E. at Denver Comic Con 2015. What’s the E.D.G.E. you ask? Oh, we recap like a boss. Here we go. (“Television announcer voice: Last time, on the #DCCEDGE at Denver Comic Con…”)

    What is the E.D.G.E.? It’s our gaming experience expanded and redefined to include a wider variety of entertainment, gaming, creation and educational offerings in an experiential setting. It goes like this:

    E: Entertainment, including videos, podcasts, streaming entertainment and more.

    D: Development and Design, for all makers, DIY-ers, crafters, coders, engineers and developers.

    G: Gamers, from the casual to the hardcore and from PC enthusiasts to console junkies.

    E: Education, for like-minded people who think pop culture, gaming and other media are great platforms for teaching young people about the world.

    It’s our place within Denver Comic Con 2015 for people who make stuff, whether it’s an indie tablet game or 3D-printer-carved ray guns, your podcast about Johnny Sokko and his Giant Robot, or simply helping to forge better-educated, more well-rounded and cooler kids. If your role in this universe is to be a creator, this is the place for you. And now, the big announcement…

    Well, not right this second. But momentarily for sure.

    Okay, you’re wearing us down. Seriously.

    You’re sure you’re ready?

    (I mean, spoilers, right?).

    Okay, give me a minute to limber up. Cardio, you know.

    (Have any of you guys seen my phone?)

    (Yes, I know I could call it but it plays the Doctor Who theme and then Nikki gets all weird).

    Oh, right, the very important thing is…

    OMG YOU GUYS THE DEADINE FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR DCC E.D.G.E. IS SATURDAY, MARCH 21st! THAT’S ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY! IF WE DON’T GET OUR REGISTRATIONS IN SOON WE’RE GOING TO MISS IT!

    (Whoo. No, I’m okay. I know it’s really like 17 days away, but that’s really not very far away. Pull it together, guys.)

    Seriously, the E.D.G.E. is going to be awesome! It’s a realm of wonder within Denver Comic Con where magic and technology clash in a firestorm of creativity, enchantment, DIY ethos and ingenuity whose forces threaten to tear asunder the very fabric of space and time!

    (Dial it back a little? K.)

    The E.D.G.E. is a destination exhibition within Denver Comic Con that combines our PC, console and tabletop gaming festival with a diverse “maker faire,” a film festival, and a “Robotics Expo.” (Please note: underground back-alley robot fights are not sanctioned or sponsored by Denver Comic Con or state or federal authorities. That we know of.)

    Denver Comic Con encourages everyone who is interested to enroll at our E.D.G.E. pre-registration site TODAY to reserve your place at this wildly unique event. We’re looking for teachers, schools, robotics companies, makers, community groups, game developers, DIY-ers, kickstarters, podcasters, crafters, coders and more. Anyone who loves creating amazing objects, products and experiences will definitely find their tribe in the E.D.G.E.

    Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the fastest growing pop culture convention in the nation! To find out more and reserve table space at E.D.G.E., contact Chris Abbey, E.D.G.E. Programming Overlord at DCCEDGE@popcultureclassroom.org and use the hashtag #DCCEDGE to share news and updates and promote DCC E.D.G.E. to the masses.

    “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” –Douglas Adams

    Clay Moore
    Pop Culture Classroom – Writer/Contributor
    www.claywriting.com

  • Denver Comic Con and the Colorado Avalanche Join Forces for STAR WARS® NIGHT!

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    It’s colder than the ice planet Hoth in Colorado, and Denver Comic Con is getting on the ice on March 28th with our friends the Colorado Avalanche for STAR WARS® Night at the Pepsi Center.

    Along with special guests from the STAR WARS® universe, you and your rebel friends will get to watch the Avalanche as it takes on the Buffalo Sabres in a truly unique sporting event that brings together fans of all ages.

    Those who purchase a special Star Wars Night Ticket will earn a very special experience a few hours before the game when they get to go right down on the ice to hang out with the Imperial Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion—Mountain Garrison, also known as “Vader’s Fist.” There will also be photo opportunities with other special guests, so watch out for the Princess on the Zamboni and don’t displease Lord Vader!

    Doors for the general public will open at 6 p.m. and all the hockey action kicks off when the game starts at 7 p.m. Tickets for the lower level are just $65 each (normally $103) and you scruffy-looking nerfherders can watch from the upper level for just $30 each (normally $41). While watching the teams face off, fans will also enjoy music from the Star Wars universe, movie trivia, and other fun surprises.

    Finally, everyone who purchases a Star Wars Night Ticket will also receive a commemorative Avalanche Star Wars Night puck, and every ticket purchased will also include a $5 donation to Denver Comic Con’s parent organization, Pop Culture Classroom.

    Tickets for Star Wars Night will go faster than light speed, so get yours today at www.avstix.com/StarWars. And don’t forget to grab your tickets for this year’s Denver Comic Con, May 23-25 at www.denvercomiccon.com/tickets.

    May the Force be with you!

    Clay Moore
    Pop Culture Classroom – Writer/Contributor
    www.claywriting.com

  • DCC’15 NEWS: There’s a Cure for the Dead!

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    There’s a Cure for the Dead!

    Oh, man, oh, man, do we have a deal for you! Denver Comic Con is teaming up with the Colorado Lottery for a chance for you to get into this year’s event—for FREE—faster than you can shout “CARL!”

    So how can you get down with the sickness? Start playing The Walking Dead Scratch Game from the Colorado lottery and you could win up to $100,000. But here’s the best part: even if you don’t win the lottery, you can still win tickets to Denver Comic Con!

    In the Colorado Lottery’s “There’s a Cure for the Dead” promotion, even your non-winning tickets can make you a winner. By entering your tickets into this second-chance drawing (for five weeks starting February 2) you’ll have a chance to win two VIP passes to the next Denver Comic Con, May 23rd through the 25th.

    What does Denver Comic Con have to do with The Walking Dead, you ask. Oh, I dunno, last year we only had Chandler Riggs, who plays CARL! and featured walker Michael Koske, not to mention Assistant Director Vincent Gonzales and (Dude, who am I forgetting?)… Oh, yeah. We also welcomed Michael Rooker, who played both regular flavor Merle Dixon and zombified Merle and later appeared in a small independent film directed by James Gunn.

    You know what’s even better than getting into Denver Comic Con for free? If you win the Colorado Lottery’s “Cure for the Dead” contest, you will also get two Speed Passes that will allow you to jump ahead of all those walkers in line for the Main Events. With announced guests like Scott Wilson (Hershel Greene) from The Walking Dead, Alan Tudyk from Firefly and Nichelle Nichols from Star Trek, who knows what greatness awaits at this year’s Denver Comic Con?

    The “Cure for the Dead” contest ends March 15, so don’t delay. Scratch your itch for all things Walking Dead and get your tickets today. You can’t win if you don’t play!

    Clay Moore
    Pop Culture Classroom – Writer/Contributor
    www.claywriting.com

  • Wanted: Mad Scientists to Live on the E.D.G.E. at Denver Comic Con 2015

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    We attract all types of people here at Denver Comic Con: celebrities, writers, artists, cosplayers, fanboys and fangirls and an army of volunteers dedicated to making sure that everybody has as much fun as possible during the upcoming convention May 23 to 25. But for our next trick, we’re looking for someone…different. Are you the kind of person who likes to live on the E.D.G.E.?

    See, you’re not here to serve, or consume, or sit idly by while other people are bringing fantasy to reality. You’re a creator. A maker. A builder. You bring to life things that are truly sensational and you’re passionate about sharing them with others and helping to teach them how they can do the same.

    What is the E.D.G.E.? It’s our gaming experience expanded and redefined to include a wider variety of entertainment, gaming, creation and educational offerings in an experiential setting. It goes like this:

    E: Entertainment, including videos, podcasts, streaming entertainment and more.

    D: Development and Design, for all makers, DIY-ers, crafters, coders, engineers and developers.

    G: Gamers, from the casual to the hardcore and from PC enthusiasts to console junkies.

    E: Education, for like-minded people who think pop culture, gaming and other media are great platforms for teaching young people about the world.

    Gaming is still a big part of this dedicated festival within Denver Comic Con, but it’s going to be so much more this year. The idea is to have publishers, creators, makers, distributors, retailers, developers and more not only showing off their creations but engaging with guests in a meaningful and interactive way. We can’t yet say which wiz-bang companies are coming to the E.D.G.E. yet but have faith that some of the biggest names in Cool Stuff will be elbow-to-elbow in our creative space when the Con comes around.

    General call for makers and developers to participate. Please fill out the following form to be considered for placement in the EDGE Programming section of Denver Comic Con 2015.

    http://denvercomiccon.com/edge-gaming-and-development/

    Maybe you’re a dreamer, a mad scientist and a hardcore gamer, all trapped in the same body like Firestorm. Maybe you’re a sculptor with the spirit of Da Vinci whose brilliance is imbued inside the works of a 3D printer. Perhaps you’re on the tipping point of launching a podcast empire with the depth and breadth to make Chris Hardwick tremble at its awesomeness. On the blasted fields of tabletop gaming, you’re a life taker and a heartbreaker ready to claim the spoils of war. You’re writing game narratives that make Telltale’s The Walking Dead look like a Little Golden Book. Maybe you’re the amateur filmmaker ready to give Neil Blomkamp (Chappie) a run for his money on your way to becoming the next Ridley Scott. Perhaps you’re on the verge of an advancement in robotics that leads to the development of a fully enabled artificial intelligence system that achieves consciousness on…wait, that last bit is freaking us out a bit. Maybe dial it back down to, say, Big Hero 6-style back alley robot fights for now. That timey-wimey stuff in the Terminator: Genisys trailer totally weirds us out.

    Anyway, the point is this: you make stuff. And Denver Comic Con wants to give you a showcase to show it off. And that’s why we want you to bring your stuff to the E.D.G.E.

    To that end, we have doubled the space dedicated to our game development area, created dedicated arenas for makers, robotics fans and media creators, and moved tabletop gaming to a large, open-air space in one of the enormous lobbies of the Colorado Convention Center. The E.D.G.E. is guaranteed to be a destination feature of Denver Comic Con that brings a combined maker faire, film festival, bot-fighting arena (Okay, “Robotics Expo.” I wish you guys would just let me call it bot-fighting already. Jeez.) and gaming festival right to the middle of Denver Comic Con. You can think of us as the secret fringe festival that lives within the Con. Are you in? There’s no password or secret handshake or anything.

    (I lie. There’s totally a secret handshake. But you have to come with us to learn it.)

    Everyone is welcome to be a part of the E.D.G.E., and we encourage everyone who is interested to get in touch with us. We’re looking for teachers, schools, robotics companies, makers, community groups, game developers, DIY-ers, kickstarters, podcasters, crafters, coders and more. Anyone who loves creating amazing objects, products and experiences will definitely find their tribe in the E.D.G.E.

    So don’t miss your chance to be a part of the fastest growing pop culture convention in the nation! To find out more and reserve table space at E.D.G.E., contact Chris Abbey, our groovy and only slightly off-kilter Manager of E.D.G.E. Programming at DCCEDGE@popcultureclassroom.org and use the hashtag #DCCEDGE to share news and updates and promote DCC E.D.G.E. to the masses. (Also: secret locations of underground bot fights. Shh.)

    Clay Moore
    Pop Culture Classroom – Writer/Contributor
    www.claywriting.com

     

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