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  • Live From Denver Comic Con! King of the Nerds Reunion Stars Get a Big Surprise!

    DCC-2015-FB-Guest-King-of-NerdsYou just never know what’s going to happen at Denver Comic Con. Not since Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan crashed Bruce Campbell’s panel last year has a guest been as surprised as the King of the Nerds stars were this afternoon when a very special guest dropped in.

    Former King of the Nerds cast members Amanda Liston, Ben Tully, Colby Burnett, Heather Wensler, Jacob Rudin, Jonathan Adler, Kaitlin Spak, Lily Rutledge Ellison, Ori Pearl, Thomas Vollum, and Todd “The Bod” Landree were all on fine form and in great humor as they took the stage to discuss the hugely popular reality show that aired for the past three seasons on TBS. The competition show is based on the cult comedy Revenge of the Nerds.

    Curtis ArmstrongSo the cast got a big surprise at the end of the panel when Revenge of the Nerds star and King of the Nerds co-host Curtis Armstrong came on stage.  Armstrong is well known to lovers of geek culture for his portrayals of “Booger” in the Revenge of the Nerds film franchise as well as great comic turns in Risky Business, Better Off Dead, Dodgeball and more recently in the television show Supernatural. Armstrong said that when he heard the reality show starts were reuniting, he immediately made plans to fly in and surprise them.

    “The show hasn’t been officially renewed yet but there are some unbelievable conversations going on about this next season,” Hanson said. “I just got wind of this event two days ago from our executives. They were telling me some of the ideas that were being kicked around. I’m just letting you know at this stage, there’s nothing really to do until we’re picked up. Keep an eye on the twitter verse and we’ll let you know as soon as we know more.”

  • Live from Denver Comic Con: Stars and More in the Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Lab

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    PCC Kids Lab 2As you probably know, Denver Comic Con is unique in supporting the education and literacy efforts of our partner nonprofit, Pop Culture Classroom. This year, fun and learning are on full display in the Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Lab, where heroes of all ages are learning about art, reading, game development and design, and more.

    This year, the Kids’ Laboratory features lots of special areas including:

    An all ages craft area, where students learn about subjects like chemistry, math and aerodynamics with Galaxy Goo, DIY crafts and more.

    The teen craft area, where older kids can explore advanced model building, stop-motion animation, and explore their enthusiasm for engineering, art and media.

    Barry Allen’s Forensics Lab, where kids are donning their detective hats to figure out which supervillain stole the cakes from the Blue Bear Café!

    The 8-Bit Lounge, where kids can learn about making their own video games, talk with real writers and artists from the comic book world, and learn how real-world creators are making some of the most popular shows on television.

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    You never know who’s going to show up in the Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Lab. Just today, one of our superstar guests, Patrick Warburton, showed up to engage with kids! Patrick is well known to fans for his starring roles in Seinfeld and The Tick, and lots of kids and their parents recognized Patrick’s voice talents from his cartoon work on The Venture Bros., Bee Movie, Kim Possible, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and many more.

    It was a pleasure to hear Patrick put his voice and acting talents to good use in the Kids’ Lab as he partnered with one of our volunteer hosts to read the classic “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss.

    Be sure and make time to visit the Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Lab this weekend for more great surprises!

  • Live from Denver Comic Con: Virtual Ability Helps People in the Real World using Gaming Technology

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    Live from Denver Comic Con: Virtual Ability Helps People in the Real World using Gaming Technology

    It’s not just about comics at Denver Comic Con. Denver’s fandom is unique in supporting the efforts of education, through our associated nonprofit, Pop Culture Classroom, as well our new and unique gaming and development area, the E.D.G.E.

    So, what is the E.D.G.E.? It’s our gaming and development 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.

    Today, I visited the E.D.G.E. and the pleasure of meeting Alice Krueger, the President and founder of Virtual Ability, a nonprofit organization that builds communities of support for people with disabilities within virtual worlds. Within virtual worlds like Second Life, Virtual Ability enables professionals, researchers, caregivers and wounded warriors to explore the world once more. These fascinating virtual environments allow community members to go dancing, take walks in the virtual woods, climb mountains and go skydiving. It’s a pretty amazing application of technology.

    Virtual Ability 2“Virtual Ability is a cross-disability peer support community in Second Life,” explained Kroeger, who roams Second Life as her virtual avatar, GentleHeron. “We provide education and entertainment to our community members and do outreach to the general population in Second Life.“ Most people don’t realize that in virtual environments, one out of every five persons has some kind of disability and that’s a higher percentage than in the general population outside the virtual world.”

    The nonprofit organization partners with institutions around the country including schools of medicine, major universities, the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Army and Department of Defense and the Amputee Coalition of America to conduct leading-edge research in and about virtual world environments like Second Life, InWorldz and OpenSim.

    “We have eight islands in Second Life,” explained Alex Alger, a former intern and new addition to Virtual Ability, Inc. “Our original island is Virtual Ability Island, which has an orientation path that has been used by 40,000 people just in the past few years. We also have Employee Able, which we built in partnership with the University of Hawaii for the purpose of pre-employment training for independent living centers. We have actually provided a variety of employment opportunities for people who are otherwise not allowed to work.”

    Virtual Abilty 4The technology has dramatic real-world applications. Virtual Ability Inc. recently held a focus group for a large group of nursing students who were partnered in a virtual world with parents of autistic children. By using the virtual world to simulate a medical setting, these parents were better able to explain the unique challenges of treating autistic children in a clinic setting and make the nurses better prepared to offer treatment and compassion to autistic children when they have to have complicated procedures like an MRI or a blood test.

    “There were technologies we could access that were originally developed for very different purposes that we were able to adapt to provide accessibility for our community members,” explained Alger. “It allows us to control the environment. In one case, we recreated the block where one of our community members has to look both ways before they cross the road to catch the bus. Before we used this simulation, they  weren’t allowed to leave the house on their own. After crossing the street a couple of hundred times in a virtual reality and everyone feels comfortable, now that person is allowed to travel on their own, which opens up the real world as well.”

    If this all sounds wildly ambitious, it is, but the founder of Virtual Ability doesn’t see it that way.

    “Actually, it wasn’t ambition; it was self-interest,” says Kroeger of her inspiration for creating Virtual Ability, Inc. “I am disabled and as I became more and more disabled, I became more and more isolated. I couldn’t work, I couldn’t be around friends or family, and I was stuck in one room. I had no other outlet so I thought perhaps that a virtual world could help me. It became a window and then a door and then it opened that door for a lot of other people.”

    Visit www.virtualability.org for more great information and resources from Virtual Ability, Inc. and we encourage everyone to come to the 700 halls this weekend to visit more great gaming companies, educational organizations, developers, creators, makers, hackers and more at the DCC E.D.G.E.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Live from Denver Comic Con 2015: Opening Events

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    Over 2,000 fans packed the Mile High Ballroom at Denver Comic Con on Friday night for a special event, the DCC Opening Ceremonies. This special event was free to anyone with a 2015 Denver Comic Con badge and allowed fans to appreciate both Denver Comic Con and its associated nonprofit, Pop Culture Classroom, and celebrate the numerous fandoms that are part of the Denver Comic Con experience.

    Fans were treated to an opening montage of dynamic moments from a wide variety of films and television programs that help fuel Denver Comic Con fandom, including ng crowd-pleasing moments from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Firefly, Animaniacs, the Terminator Franchise, and more.

    The event was kicked off by a very special guest, Stephen “Brer Rabbit” Brackett, the lead singer of Denver-based and internationally acclaimed rock band The Flobots.

    “When you’re buying things out there tonight and this weekend, you’re making it possible for young people to learn In schools, in after-school programs, and giving them the chance to learn how to read,” said the MC. “So, thank you. Give yourself a round of applause. So when you see these guys walking around Denver Comic Con, thank them for what they’re doing. And then thank each other for what you all do for each other.”

    “Brer Rabbit” next brought out Sam Fuqua, the Executive Director of Pop Culture Classroom, to explain what the nonprofit organization does all year in the Denver community.

    “We develop literacy in young people,” Fuqua said. “We ignite imaginations. We engage reluctant readers. We celebrate diversity. We accomplish all of this through the tickets that you bought to be here tonight. We work in classrooms, after-school programs, correctional facilities, community centers, anywhere that people want our help, because we know it works, and you know it works. Not only is there a strong body of evidence that using comic books works in a literacy curriculum but we also know this approach works because it’s our personal experience of reading comics.”

    “So when you’re out there this weekend at Denver Comic Con, I encourage you to take advantage of the more than 400 hours of programming that we have on offer this weekend,” Fuqua continued. “I strongly encourage you to visit the PCC Kids’ Lab right in the middle of the main convention floor. Also, check out the E.D.G.E. Gaming and Development Area, which is new this year.”

    “Everything that we do in the community and here at Denver Comic Con is only possible because of your support. We are one of only two comic cons in the country that is run by a nonprofit organization. We are very proud of that fact. We are homegrown, we are independent, we are volunteer-driven, we are committed to education and that’s how we are going to stay.”

    After a short speech from Denver Mayor Michael Hancock praising Pop Culture Classroom’s work in educating young people in the Denver community, MC Mars launched into a raucous rap-rock set that was heavily geek-themed including his new songs “Dragon Blood,” featuring Daenerys Targaryen from HBO’s Game of Thrones and a tribute to Herman Melville in the track “Ahab.”

    The evening was closed out with a full concert by The Protomen, the mysterious American rock band whose fist-pumping brand of geek rock is heavily inspired by the Mega Man video games.

  • DCC’15 TICKET UPDATE – Saturday No Longer Available

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    Are you having technical issues purchasing tickets online through AXS? Call their Customer Service line: ​1-888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849)

    DCC’15 TICKETING UPDATE!

    eTickets: If you purchased any Denver Comic Con ticket after May 4th, this is past the badge mail out date. So please print out your eTicket, bring it to DCC’15 Registration during the posted hours below and exchange it for a convention badge. Please see below for Registration hours and times.

    DCC’15 Badges: You will not be allowed entry into the DCC’15 Show Floor and other activities without a convention badge. Don’t lose your badge! They should be treated as cash and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Please review additional Terms and Conditions, as well as hours of operation, on the back of the badges.

    Ticket Availability

    Saturday tickets are no longer available! We still have Sunday and Monday but it’s are going fast. Online availability for these days will end the previous night at 11:59PM. Then you will have to visit our DCC’15 Registration to purchase tickets for that day, if available. Remember, we do not hold tickets for onsite, day of event sales.

    There will be a $4.00 Will Call fee added to each online transaction. When you complete your purchase, please print out your eTicket and bring it to DCC’15 Registration to exchange it for a convention badge. Please see below for Registration hours and times.

    Remember, we do not hold tickets for onsite, day of event sales.

    Ticket Prices

    If you want to purchase your tickets online, the prices are as follows:

    SUNDAY ADULT – $35.00
    MONDAY ADULT – $35.00
    1-DAY CHILD – $5.00

    There will be an additional $4.00 Will Call fee added to each online transaction.

    If you want to purchase your tickets the day of the event, the prices will be as follows:

    SUNDAY ADULT – $40.00
    MONDAY ADULT – $40.00
    1-DAY CHILD – $6.00

    All walk up transactions will be subject to additional taxes and fees.

    DCC’15 REGISTRATION DAYS AND HOURS

    You can now pick-up your badges at registration, here are the hours.

    (F) Lobby FRI, 11am-7pm (May 22nd)

    (B) Lobby SAT-MON, 8AM-11AM
    (F) Lobby SAT-MON, 9AM-11AM for SPEED PASS ONLY/ADA ONLY
    (F) SAT-MON, 11AM-6PM
    (F) MON, 11AM-3PM

    (B) AND (F) Lobby Registration includes WILL CALL, ticket purchases (if available) and AXS customer service.

    OPENING CEREMONIES

    Don’t forget, our Denver Comic Con 2015 launch event is tonight starting at 7PM. Bring your DCC’15 badge for entry and get a glimpse of what’s to come during DCC’15 weekend, learn more about our educational endeavors and then enjoy live music performances from Protomen and MC Lars. You will also get dibs on select DCC’15 merchandise, Protomen and MC Lars music and merch, Hard Rock Cafe/DCC’15 limited edition pin sets, plus cool swag and bags from Geek Fuel.

    Doors open at 6:00PM. Seating is first come, first served so don’t wait until the last minute. Lines will be forming outside the Convention Center, on Stout Street.

    Need additional info?

    We are here to help. Please email us at: info@denvercomiccon.com with any questions.

    See you in a few days.

  • DCC’15 TICKET UPDATE – eTickets

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    Are you having technical issues purchasing tickets online through AXS? Call their Customer Service line: ​1-888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849)

    DCC’15 TICKETING UPDATE!

    eTickets: If you purchased any Denver Comic Con ticket after May 4th, this is past the badge mail out date. So please print out your eTicket, bring it to DCC’15 Registration during the posted hours below and exchange it for a convention badge. Please see below for Registration hours and times.

    DCC’15 Badges: You will not be allowed entry into the DCC’15 Show Floor and other activities without a convention badge. Don’t lose your badge! They should be treated as cash and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Please review additional Terms and Conditions, as well as hours of operation, on the back of the badges.

    Ticket Availability

    Saturday tickets are disappearing fast and your last opportunity to purchase these online is this Friday at 11:59PM. There will be a $4.00 Will Call fee added to each online transaction. When you complete your purchase, please print out your eTicket and bring it to DCC’15 Registration to exchange it for a convention badge. Please see below for Registration hours and times.

    We also have Sunday and Monday tickets available. Online availability for these days will end the previous night at 11:59PM. Then you will have to visit our DCC’15 Registration to purchase tickets for that day, if available.

    Remember, we do not hold tickets for onsite, day of event sales.

    A list of available tickets will be posted near the entrance at Denver Comic Con 2015 Registration at the Colorado Convention Center. All tickets are subject to availability. Once a single day ticket is no longer available, you will be given the option to purchase tickets for the next available day.

    Ticket Prices

    If you want to purchase your tickets online, the prices are as follows:

    SATURDAY ADULT – $40.00
    SUNDAY ADULT – $35.00
    MONDAY ADULT – $35.00
    1-DAY CHILD – $5.00

    There will be an additional $4.00 Will Call fee added to each online transaction.

    If you want to purchase your tickets the day of the event, the prices will be as follows:

    SATURDAY ADULT – $45.00
    SUNDAY ADULT – $40.00
    MONDAY ADULT – $40.00
    1-DAY CHILD – $6.00

    All walk up transactions will be subject to additional taxes and fees.

    DCC’15 REGISTRATION DAYS AND HOURS

    (F) Lobby FRI, 11am-7pm (May 22nd)

    (B) Lobby SAT-MON, 8AM-11AM
    (F) Lobby SAT-MON, 9AM-11AM for SPEED PASS ONLY/ADA ONLY
    (F) SAT-MON, 11AM-6PM
    (F) MON, 11AM-3PM

    (B) AND (F) Lobby Registration includes WILL CALL, ticket purchases (if available) and AXS customer service.

    OPENING CEREMONIES

    Don’t forget, our Denver Comic Con 2015 launch event is this Friday starting at 7PM. Bring your DCC’15 badge for entry and get a glimpse of what’s to come during DCC’15 weekend, learn more about our educational endeavors and then enjoy live music performances from Protomen and MC Lars. You will also get dibs on select DCC’15 merchandise, Protomen and MC Lars music and merch, Hard Rock Cafe/DCC’15 limited edition pin sets, plus cool swag and bags from Geek Fuel.

    Doors open at 6:00PM. Seating is first come, first served so don’t wait until the last minute. Lines will be forming outside the Convention Center, on Stout Street.

    Need additional info?

    We are here to help. Please email us at: info@denvercomiccon.com with any questions.

    See you in a few days.

  • DCC’15 TICKET UPDATE – Will Call and Walk-Up Fee

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    Howdy friends! If you purchased your DCC’15 ticket online before May 3rd, please keep an eye on your mailbox for your Denver Comic Con 2015 badges. Badges were sent out via USPS First Class Mail last week.

    Don’t lose your badge!

    They should be treated as cash and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Please review additional Terms and Conditions, as well as hours of operation, on the back of the badges.

    If you have not purchased your tickets, you can still get them online.

    Here are the current availability and prices:

    SATURDAY ADULT – $40.00
    SUNDAY ADULT – $35.00
    MONDAY ADULT – $35.00
    1-DAY CHILD – $5.00

    Three-day Adult and Child tickets and Speed Passes are no longer available.

    All online transactions will be subject to additional taxes and fees, plus a $4.00 Will Call Fee.

    Single day tickets will be available online until 11:59PM for the following day. For example, tickets for Saturday will be available to purchase online until 11:59PM Friday night.

    If you purchase your tickets online now, you will be able to pick-up your badges at Denver Comic Con Registration at the Colorado Convention Center. Please see hours below.

    We will not have early pick-ups at local comic book shops this year.

    If you want to purchase your tickets the day of the event, the prices will be as follows:

    SATURDAY ADULT – $45.00
    SUNDAY ADULT – $40.00
    MONDAY ADULT – $40.00
    1-DAY CHILD – $6.00

    Three-day Adult and Child tickets and Speed Passes are no longer available.

    All transactions will be subject to additional taxes and fees.

    A list of available tickets will be posted near the entrance at Denver Comic Con Registration at the Colorado Convention Center. Please see Registration hours below. All tickets are subject to availability. Once a single day ticket is no longer available, you will be given the option to purchase tickets for the next available day.

    DCC’15 REGISTRATION DAYS AND HOURS

    (F) Lobby FRI, 11am-7pm (May 22nd)

    (B) Lobby SAT-MON, 8AM-11AM
    (F) Lobby SAT-MON, 9AM-11AM for SPEED PASS ONLY/ADA ONLY
    (F) SAT-MON, 11AM-6PM
    (F) MON, 11AM-3PM

    (B) AND (F) Lobby Registration includes WILL CALL, ticket purchases (if available) and AXS customer service.

    WHAT ADDITIONAL FEES? These are taxes associated with using the Colorado Convention Center (FDA TAX) and fees associated with our online ticket provider AXS, which all events at any Denver-owned venue are required to use (please see our website FAQ for additional information about this).

    WHY DO WE ADVERTISE THE BASE PRICE?

    In all of our printed and online advertising, we have always stated that Denver FDA TAX and AXS SERVICE fees will apply to all ticket sales.

    As mentioned when tickets first went on sale, we had the option of including any taxes and fees inside of our prices. But in the need for transparency, we want to show you how much of your money is actually going to our parent organization, Pop Culture Classroom for our educational endeavors. Education is what we’re passionate about, so we want to be absolutely clear about how your ticket money for DCC’15 is used.

    As always, thank you for your time and attention.

  • The PCC Kids’ Laboratory Blasts into 2015

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    Denver Comic Con is less than 2 weeks away, and here at Pop Culture Classroom we’re using every last midichlorian and the occasional Jedi mind trick to make sure that this year’s Con is the best ever. One of the areas we’re most excited about in 2015 is the Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Laboratory, which will showcase the biggest, smartest, and coolest range of educational programming this side of the multiverse.

    Now you might be asking yourself, “What do you mean by coolest?” To which we’d answer, “How about 7 awesome areas, all focused around STEAM and pop culture topics for fans of all ages?” And if that doesn’t convince you, we could also mention the dozens of community organizations, presentations, live demos, workshops, arts & crafts, and interactive activities going on throughout the Con—not to mention a whole team of volunteers dedicated to making your weekend an absolute blast.

    Now, if you’re still on the fence, here are some specifics about the PCC Kids Lab guaranteed to get you even more excited about stopping by this must-see area at DCC 2015.

    DCC-2015-FB-Guest-King-of-NerdsWe’ll start with the PCC Kids Lab’s wonderfully geek-tastic 8-Bit Lounge, where young makers and DIYers will find real-world tools they need to build their very own comics, games, robots, cartoons, and other creative projects from the ground up.

    Among our 8-Bit Lounge exhibitors will be King of the Nerds, who’ll be throwing a “Nerd Off” of epic proportions on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25. We’ll also be geeking out all weekend with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra as they host a hybrid music workshop and teach kids to play instruments. If you’re lucky, you can even hear the Symphony’s DCC 2015 Quartet play some pop culture fan favorites.

    handicapeOther amazing organizations featured in the 8-Bit Lounge include Red Tempest Media, publishers of the graphic novel Handicape—a story about a superhero in a wheelchair—who’ll be speaking to guests about creating diversity in comics.

    constructionJoining them will be Colorado’s own LIFE Under Construction (LUC) Comics and its creators, Scooter Hughes and Lim Tig, who will discuss the ins and outs of independent comic book creation.

     

    But let’s say (perhaps even hypothesize?) that science and technology are more your speed. Good news! At this year’s PCC Kids Lab, you’ll have the chance to talk with game developers, engineers, and scientists from all over the nation about everything from model-building to space travel.

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    At the PCC Kids’ Lab Teen Craft Area, presenters ready to blow your minds (not literally, we hope) include the likes of the Co.M.M.i.E.S. , the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and even N.A.S.A’s Southwest Research Institute, who’ll be showing students how to create their own Playdoh model of the solar system. We’re also bringing in Colorado planetary scientists for a special “Stump the Science Chump” panel, where you can ask all your burning questions about the universe.

    Aspiring science sleuths will feel right at home at the first-ever Barry Allen’s Forensics Lab, where you will dust for fingerprints, measure bite marks, and search for clues scattered throughout the Lab. Stop by the Lab throughout the weekend to serve up a little justice Denver Comic Con style.

    As for the countless budding artists and writers out there: Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you! The PCC Kids’ Lab will feature a wide range of interactive presentations, live demonstrations, and Q&A sessions with authors and comic book artists at the top of their fields. We’re even bringing in the creative hivemind of Lighthouse Writers Workshop to our Community Square, where they’ll join organizations like the Colorado Rockies in showing attendees how pop culture can turn from a hobby into a career.

    croftOther special 2015 PCC Kids Lab speakers include:

    • Star Wars’ Kaela Croft talking about developing characters for one of the most beloved fictional universes
    • Artist Monte M. Moore sharing techniques for creating airbrush artwork
    • Bestselling author Jason Henderson talking about creating fictional worlds in novels
    • Trading card artist Rhiannon Owens sharing her experiences working with some of the biggest players in the industry like Marvel, DC, Star Wars, and Stark Trek.
    • The artistic team of Becker & Bendert discussing what it’s like to collaborate with a creative partner.

    DCC-2015-FB-Guest-Austin-St-JohnPerhaps the most well known speaker on PCC Kids’ Lab’s docket is Original Power Ranger Austin St. John, who will be discussing his personal background, martial arts, acting, and the experiences that lead him to a life in front of the camera. Joining him will be a few more surprise celebrity guests along the way, so make sure you keep your spidey senses tuned to the PCC Kids Lab all weekend (past guests have included William Shatner and Adam West!).

    Younger fans will also love the PCC Kids Lab All Ages Stage, which will feature tons of arts & crafts activities, live demonstrations, music, and even the occasional story-time reading. Afterwards, kids and parents alike can put their experience into action at the All Ages Craft Area, where you can create your own superhero outfit, mix galaxy goo, and build a scale model of Tony Stark’s tower. Where else can an arts & crafts activity leave you feeling like this:

    Last but not least, the Pop Culture Classroom Info Booth is where you can find out about all things PCC, including our brand new curriculum, Storytelling Through Comics, and the many workshops, events, and activities we have going on all throughout the year. We’ll also have the always entertaining Green Screen for visitors to transform into their favorite comic book, sci-fi, and cartoon characters, plus a Face Painting and Balloon Shaping Specialist.

    Whatever you’re seeking at this year’s Denver Comic Con—be it kid-friendly arts & crafts, inspiration for your video game in-progress, or just a break from the bustling crowds—please join us as we jumpstart creativity with activities for fans of all ages at this year’s Pop Culture Classroom Laboratory.

  • DCC’15 Update, 14 Days To Go!

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    You wanted the best, you got the best!

    (Wait, that’s KISS. We meant “badges.” Not “best.” It’s totally “badges.”)

    Guys, we have 14 days to go until Denver Comic Con and things are kicking into high gear around here. We have some important announcements to make sure everything is awesome this year, so let’s all synchronize our watches and let’s make a game plan.

    First of all, we know you have all been waiting “patiently” (not) for your DCC 2015 badges. Badge mailing will start on Monday, May 11. You may all squee quietly for the next thirty seconds, and then we need to move on to more updates.

    If you have not bought your tickets, BUY YOUR TICKETS ALREADY. Three-day passes for adults and children are gone, as well as speed passes. Tickets are still available for Saturday, Sunday and Monday but there will be little to no warning when they disappear. No ticket? That’s totally on you, dude.

    Second of all, keep a close eye on the DCC website starting next week. We have lots of important bulletins coming and programming information is hurtling towards us every day between now and Con. As you know, Denver Comic Con has one of the largest and most diverse programming schedules in the country, so you’ll want to make a plan so you can see as much cool stuff as you can.

    It’s also worth taking a second look at our Con Rules, Cosplay Rules, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and information for Children and ADA Guests. Please remember that these guidelines are designed to protect you and all other guests and generally regulate funkiness around this here Con.

    Con survival preppers are also advised to subscribe to our Facebook and Twitter feeds and subscribe to our newsletter so you can get the latest and greatest news and information on schedule changes, etc. as they happen. We’re also going to be using the iOS and Android app Guidebook again this year to provide real-time updates, so it’s worth your while to download last year’s app and learn how it works. You’ll also want to look at our special events and areas like the DCC E.D.G.E. Gaming and Development area, our Opening Ceremonies on Friday night, the Cosplay Shindig, and all of our other Special Events.

    We also encourage you to watch our survival videos, like this one on Interacting with Cosplayers. And for our sake, everyone is required to watch this instructive video on Con Funk. We have to ride in those elevators, guys. Like, all day long, for a week. No one wants to smell that. Seriously.

    If you have gotten to the end of this blog post, congratulations! You are a smart and attentive guest who makes us feel all warm and fuzzy. As your reward for being awesome, we’ll tell you a secret: guest announcements are not over yet. A super-secret special surprise guest is being announced tomorrow! Keep an eye on the web page and our social media to find out who it is!

    (Actually, I will, too, because it’s so secret that they didn’t tell the volunteer who’s writing this stuff for you guys. See what we put up with around here? Jeez.)

    Stay tuned, true believers, and we’ll see you at Denver Comic Con in just two weeks!

  • Roll for Initiative! DCC E.D.G.E. Brings Tabletop Gaming to Life.

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    Wil & FeliciaHey, you know what’s cool? Tabletop gaming! We’ve been celebrating tabletop gaming for years here at Denver Comic Con. We’ve welcomed past guests like Felicia Day (*we love Geek & Sundry*) and Wil Wheaton, who does a great job hosting the online show TableTop with celebrity guests including past DCC guests Kelly Hu and Troy Baker and this year’s guest Alan Tudyk. (Seriously, would it kill Ashley Burch to come record our outgoing voice mail message as Tiny Tina?)

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    Anyway, tabletop gaming is awesome. We’re talking your straight-up old-school board games. We’re throwing dice and leveling up your RPG action, baby. We’re crushing our tiny enemies and seeing them driven before us in our miniature war games. We’re crushing our games of GO and slapping down our Mahjong tiles like a boss. Lawful good or chaotic evil, we’ve got you covered. We fight among ourselves about the virtues of deterministic games versus stochastic games…oh, alright you caught us. We’re giant gaming nerds and we carry our twenty-siders with pride. We’re totally down with tabletop gaming and we’re welcoming some of the best gaming companies in the business to this year’s E.D.G.E. Gaming & Development area at DCC’15.

    First, what is the E.D.G.E.? It’s our gaming and development 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.

    First of all, we’re proud to welcome MINDzei Games, the brainchild of illustrator and homegrown hero Monte Moore. This independent game developer already has a whole host of cool tabletop games including the motorcycle-themed Boneyard; Grubfist, the game of Gambling Goblins; and Pirates of Gold Cove, a captivating and whimsical game for families.

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    TheWizardsChestOur many thanks to our E.D.G.E. sponsor, The Wizard’s Chest. This 8,000 square-foot superstore in the heart of Denver is a gamer’s dream come true. A hands-on play environment is encouraged throughout the whole store, and it is a rare day if you do not find someone juggling, spinning a Diabolo, or playing a new game with a staff member. Wind-up toys rattle across table tops, one of the in-house magicians astounds a budding Houdini, a young engineer buys her first solar robot kit, and a group of friends conquer an army of orcs in the corner. Visit them now in Cherry Creek and come check out their new location at 451 Broadway soon.

    CORE_cards2DCC is also proud to welcome Zone 2 Games. The indie developer’s two co-founders, Nick Grieco and Cooper Heinrichs, met at music school, where their love of rock and roll and all things geekery forged a lifelong friendship. As two creative behemoths, the two collaborated on homemade Halloween costumes, music, art, and eventually games. Working together for over a year, the two are on the brink of bringing their first game, CORE, to market. Sign up today to test the alpha version of the game and come visit the team in the E.D.G.E. at Denver Comic Con.

    RoarAlso on sale is the new game RoarStack, a range of fun innovative visual creativity storytelling card games where you tell a story based on what you can see in the your cards. This game exercises your creativity, visual recognition, and storytelling plus the innovative and twisty game will have you and your friends roaring with laughter. Visit their website to check out their Kickstarter Pre-Launch and visit them in person at the tabletop gaming expo in the E.D.G.E. Gaming & Development area.

    Alterkine DossierAnother Kickstarter-backed favorite returns to Denver Comic Con with the makers of Alterkine: Dossier. This RPG supplement is suitable for any d20 Modern or Future campaign. Inside you will find hundreds of ways to customize your character in the world in which you are deposited. Develop your Talents and play as a member of the occult or a battle hardened warrior, a wanderer of the wastelands or a raving lunatic. With careful planning, continue on with one of more than a dozen Advanced Classes including: Confidence Artist, Goodfella, Law Dog and Ninja.


     

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    Cheeky DingoSome of these companies are way out there and their games are a ton of fun to play. We’re pleased to welcome Cheeky Dingo Entertainment back to Denver Comic Con and the E.D.G.E. This diverse and imaginative game developer will have their games ElfQuest, Living Starship, HouseBoy, Drag Show, Dog Walker and more, all available to play. You can even meet one of their illustrators, comic artist Stan Yan, at the show.

    Gamers LeagueFinally, Denver Comic Con is pleased to welcome Board Gamer’s League. It’s a league based playing style for board gamers.  Played in a similar fashion as a sports recreation league, where you compete on a weekly basis and have finals.  The overall spirit of the league is to enjoy the community and possible prizes, while having friendly board game match competition. Enjoy league play, prizes along the way and a chance for a free pass to the Denver Comic Con and 10 free board games.

    That’s it for today’s rundown of Tabletop Gaming at Denver Comic Con. Come down to the E.D.G.E. for more tabletop games, video games, 3D-printing, maker culture, and more! There’s a ton to explore and even more to do at E.D.G.E. Gaming and Development at Denver Comic Con. (Plus there’s that whole underground bot-fighting thing. I’d watch your toes if I were you.)

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