DCC’16 Tickets On Sale Nov 6th!
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 email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
DCC’s Silent Auction 2015
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.
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
(1) Star Wars “Rebels” Colorado Mammoth Jersey
- Signed by the 2014 team
- Orange and White
(1) Matt Duchene signed collectible hockey stick from the Colorado Avalanche
(1) Colorado Lottery Walking Dead cardboard cutout
(1) Steve Lieber signed original “Underground” Issue 2, Page 19, Size: 11″ x 17″
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″
Austin St. John
- Signed by the 2014 team
Star Wars Night Pepsi Center 2015
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:
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.
DCC’15 Regarding the “Women in Comics” panel
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
DCC’15 Thank you, Umbrella Corp Denver!
Denver Comic Con and Pop Culture Classroom are very pleased and excited to announce and acknowledge that Umbrella Corp Denver (https://www.facebook.com/umbrellacorp.denver) donated proceeds of their booth at the convention this weekend to Pop Culture Classroom. They, through convention attendees, raised $1185.
It was very humbling to count out the huge bag of money they brought to us to be counted at the end of the convention. As I sorted through the dollar bills, quarters, nickels, dimes and even pennies, I could just imagine the thoughtfulness and pride that each bill or coin represented. I had visions of the people standing in line, waiting to be photographed in Umbrella Corp’s zombie containment cage and handing over their crumpled dollars and all of the change in their pockets, knowing it was going to support PCC’s literacy programming.
Umbrella Corp members work tirelessly throughout the con, manning their booth, showing their amazing costuming and attention to detail – all for the benefit of Pop Culture Classroom. I salute their many hours of dedication and am proud and honored to know that this organization is out there, raising money through the pop culture media they love. Thank you!
Pop Culture Classroom
Live from DCC’15: Artist Extraordinaire Ben Templesmith
“Welcome to Denver Comic Con? Is that where I’m at?”
Ben Templesmith is kidding. This is his fourth year at Denver Comic Con and he’s been an extraordinary supporter of this organization from the very beginning. This writer still has one of the artist’s prints on his walls after Ben gifted him with a portrait of Doctor Who after discovering that I went so far as to contact Warren Ellis in his fortress in England for a comment on Ben’s work.
“They are really nice to me here and they’ve always been incredibly supportive of me and my work,” said Templesmith of his experience with Denver Comic Con.
Given his relatively young age, the Australian native is a legendary figure in the comics world with multiple Eisner awards and collaborations with some of the most fascinating creators in the business, as well as his own independent streak. Templesmith broke out with Hellspawn from Image Comics in 2002 and went on to create the groundbreaking vampire saga 30 Days of Night with writer Steve Niles and the horror gothic Fell with Warren Ellis. In recent years, the artist has broken into crowdfunding with his ambitious horror graphic novel The Squidder and has launched another Kickstarter to adapt a story, “Dagon,” by cult favorite H.P. Lovecraft
“San Diego is no longer a convention for comic people,” Templesmith explained of his relationship with local cons like Denver. “It’s too expensive for any grassroots people to set up anymore. It’s just not friendly to artists. I don’t even talk about cons like this one as ‘regional cons’ anymore. San Diego is just not relevant anymore. Denver is a show where I got in on the ground floor. They got double the numbers of people they were expecting the first year and they got double the numbers the next year, and they’ve been doing great ever since. It’s a show that does care about the artists. It’s just great. I’m not really here to sell people on my stuff. I’m here to meet people who are into my work.”
Templesmith has done a deep-dive into crowdfunding with his Squidder project and his lucrative and creative graphic novel project had enabled him to establish a more meaningful relationship with fans as well.
“With crowdfunding, you’re basically selling direct to the consumer,” he explained. “It removes the whole Previews, pre-ordering system for you because usually you have to wait for those orders to come in to create something. It also removes the need for the publisher to pay you, and I don’t give up my rights. I’m my own boss. As long as you can deal with the printer and you know how to ship books, you can conquer the world.”
The artist also indulges his own interest in geek culture with his regular outings into pop culture, creating fan art in his own wildly unique style celebrating Batman, Aliens, Breaking Bad and other cult classics.
“I’m a fan of things, yeah,” Templesmith said. “Thanks for point that out. I once had a girlfriend who said I wasn’t geeky enough and I wasn’t really part of the comic con crowd. If I’m a fan of something, of course I’ll do some fan art for it. Mad Max was the most recent thing I did because I was waiting for that film for 30 years. That franchise is my religion. It’s my Star Wars, really. Because I’m Australian, I’m excited that it brings Australian culture into the world. I only really do things to which I feel a connection.”
Asked if his subjects seem to fall in line with his bold artistic style, Templesmith is prototypically honest in his assessment.
“If anything, my art style could be considered [expletive deleted]. Please don’t edit that out.”
DCC’15 Ticket Update
DCC’15 TICKETING UPDATE:
Sunday tickets are no longer available! We still have Monday but it’s going fast. Online availability for Monday will end tonight 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 our website for Registration hours and times. Remember, we do not hold tickets for onsite, day of event sales.
Live from DCC’15: Stars & More in the PCC Kids’ Lab Sunday
There’s more fun to be had today in the Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Laboratory at Denver Comic Con this weekend. It’s another awesome day and we just had a visit from another fantastic celebrity guest, Alan Tudyk! Alan graciously stopped by at mid-day to read The Book with No Pictures by film and television star B.J. Novak. The actor used his fantastic acting, comic timing and talent for voice-over and cartoon work to bring the funny to hordes of kids and parents.
Alan of course is famous for his role as Hoban “Wash” Washburne in the cult television series Firefly as well as star turns in A Knight’s Tale with Heath Ledger, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, and more recently 42. Kids and adults alike recognized his voice talents today from his recent voice performance as King Candy in the Disney hit Wreck-It-Ralph and the Marvel/Disney collaboration Big Hero 6, where Tudyk played the villain Alistair Krei. ,
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.
You never know who’s going to show up in the Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Lab. Later today, voice actor Brian Cummings will bring his comedic voice-over talents to the 8-Bit Lounge, sharing with kids the secret to voicing roles in cartoons, video games and more.
Be sure and make time to visit the Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Lab this weekend for more great surprises!
Live from DCC’15: The Once in a Lifetime Weird Science Reunion!
Children of the eighties got a great big dose of nostalgia Saturday night at Denver Comic Con when the stars of the classic movie Weird Science came together for a very rare reunion. Actors Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith and actress Kelly LeBrock came together for the 30th anniversary of the cult film about two social outcasts in the fictional Shermer, Illinois who use their computer, some inspiration from Frankenstein and some paranormal energies to create Lisa (LeBrock), the perfect dream girl who also happens to wreak havoc on their lives. With supporting turns from actors Bill Paxton and Robert Downney, Jr., the film quickly became a cable staple and a goofy favorite of fans around the globe.
After a dynamic introductory film that cherry-picked the film’s funniest moments, MC Angie Wood, in full cosplay mode as her alter ego Taffeta Darling, introduced the cast to thunderous applause.
One consistent theme of the evening was the cast’s obvious and earnest affection for the film’s late writer and director, John Hughes, who died of an unexpected heart attack in 2009.
“He was a great collaborator,” said actor Anthony Michael Hall of the Hughes, who directed Hall in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Weird Science. “He was such a cool guy and he was very down-to-earth. He would sit right there with us behind the camera and it was like he was our first audience. “
“He was like one of the kids,” said actress Kelly LeBrock. “He wasn’t just the director. He was a friend and a mentor and he had this tremendous talent that he wanted to share.”
Hall, who became one of the director’s favorite actors, remembered the film shoot in Chicago as being fun and filled with laughter, as opposed to the intensity of The Breakfast Club, which he likened to shooting a play.
“He came to me and said you’re going to be in this movie and he already had like the first thirty pages of script,” Hall said. “We were right in the middle of shooting The Breakfast Club and I was like, ‘What the hell is this now?’ and then I was in Chicago shooting the film. John had clout so he was able to shoot in Chicago, which was his hometown, which was always cool.”
But it wasn’t always serious. LeBrock recalled getting the part very suddenly when she was still living in France, only to be transplanted to suburban Illinois and be expected to shoot that famous shower scene with two teenaged boys.
“I could have killed you guys a couple of times,” said Kelly Lebrock.
Asked by a fan what the difference was between teen films of the 1980s and now, LeBrock immediately responded, “John Hughes. You know, people had more time back then to spend with each other and go to the movies. The eighties were great. It was really a magical time. I don’t think the Hollywood of today is the Hollywood of yesterday. I think there are some Hollywood stars who are still around but the old Hollywood film studios are really gone.”
Hall also recalled a few other films roles including a supporting part in The Dark Knight Returns, during which he worked with the late Heath Ledger. Asked if there were any memories that stick with him about the range of films he called, “the puberty years,” Hall said that working with Hughes was always about laughter.
“There’s a consistent theme to John’s films where the people in them end up just a little bit better than they were before,” Hall said. “Without getting too heady, I think redemption is a very key theme in films. One of the brilliant things about John’s writing and one of the reasons he was such a genius was that he was never precious about his writing. He was always encouraging us and kind of egging us on. It’s taken me years to reflect on it, but there is this incredible quality to his writing and direction that really made him unique. “
Live From DCC’15: King of the Nerds Reunion Stars Get a Big Surprise!
You 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.
So 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.”