Panels & Programming

Our 2018 lineup of events and activities is going to be bigger than ever with a diverse range of topics for all ages and pop culture and literary interests. 2 Main Events stages, 25 session rooms, with almost 600 hours of panels, workshops and demos!

Now Accepting Submissions

Learn More and Submit Your 2018 Panel Sessions Below!

For Denver Comic Con 2018 (DCC’18), we want to give YOU the opportunity to present your own session.

This is a chance for you to share your wisdom and knowledge with your fellow pop culture enthusiasts. We’re looking for great panels covering comics, sci-fi, fantasy, games, cosplay, literature, film making, art demonstrations and much, much more!

We can’t give everyone a chance at this opportunity because we just don’t have enough time to squeeze all those panels into the 3-day event SO make sure you impress us with your submission! Please develop, research and plan your idea carefully and professionally.


Submissions will be accepted through February 28, 2018.

Remember that DCC is a 3-day, family friendly, annual event that brings together a diverse community of pop culture fans. In 2017 alone, we offered over 600 hours of programming- all of which, supported our mission as stated here:

Denver Comic Con is about education and community. We seek to educate children and the general public through comics and cartooning, and bring together the diverse people and interests of our community regardless of age, race, gender or background. By focusing on education and providing guests, programming and events that encourage diversity, we strive to promote tolerance and empower the members of our community.


What do you mean by "panel / session"?
A panel or session is a presentation that is about 45-50 minutes in length that focuses on a specific pop culture topic. We look for submissions that provide innovative, timely and practical applications of pop culture as a means to empower our attendees, as well as how pop culture can promote positive change in communities, homes and our lives.
What kind of topics are you looking for at DCC'18?

For 2018, we’re looking for panels aimed at the following topics:

  • Comics
  • Art Demos
  • Sci-fi and Fantasy
  • Costumes and Cosplay
  • Diversity/Gender Issues
  • Film/Television
  • Gaming and Technology
  • Science
  • Teaching/Pedagogy
  • Writing/Literature
Do you recommend a certain format for these sessions?

Yes, we encourage you to submit sessions in one of the following formats:

  • Panels (3-5 speakers on a specific or broad topic)
  • Hands-On Workshops/Demos (practical applications for learning)
  • Roundtable Discussions (interactive discussions with increased audience participation)
  • Lectures (1-2 speakers focusing on a specific topic or opportunity)
When will a submitter know if their panel was accepted?
Since our submissions do not close until Feb. 28, 2018, and not knowing the amount of submissions we will receive during this time, we are unable to provide a specific date. Currently, notifications will be sent sometime during April 2018. If this information should change, we will post it here. If there are any questions or adjustments needed to be addressed on a specific submission, please email
Rules and Restrictions

Please read the following very carefully and make sure your submission is the best it can be. Space is limited.

  1. All Panels/Sessions should be 50 minutes in length. No exceptions. We have a strict schedule and rooms need to be readied for the next presenters.
  2. All Panel/Session rooms are equipped with a table, microphones, digital projector and screens. We should have universal connectors yet to be safe bring your own.
  3. DCC Programming can not provide computers or laptops. For AV presentations, we recommend that the file be saved to your own computer and backed up on a flash drive. It is also recommended that another presenter bring a laptop to use the flash drive if needed. There is no guarantee of WiFi or Internet, so streaming your presentation is not recommended.
  4. DCC Programming does not encourage the use of VCRs, 16mm projectors, Xbox, PlayStations or Commodore 64s to use for your panel presentation. So don’t try. (If some of you don’t know what these items are, then there shouldn’t be a problem.)
  5. DCC Programming cannot guarantee day and time of your panel/s. Please be available for the entire convention. However, we can try to assist our education partners in specific scheduling needs on a case by case basis. So email us early, and we’ll do our best.
  6. DCC Programming reserves the right to adjust time and location of your panel at any time to best fit with our schedule of events. We will notify you of any changes in the schedule.
  7. A submission is not a guarantee of a presentation at Denver Comic Con. We strive to give our attendees the best programming possible thus we will ensure quality of your panel/session content. So take some time, do some research, prepare and impress us with your submission.
  8. Videotaping or digital filming is prohibited in any panel by any attendee or panel participant, without advance written permission from Convention Management.
  9. DCC Programming does not pay speaking fees or appearance fees. Nor does it cover travel, lodging or meals of any panelist or presenter. Please don’t ask us to cover the expenses of Todd McFarlane because he’s going to sit on your panel about Spider-Man.
  10. DCC Programming can not place a DCC Guest on your panel/submission. Nor will we allow or grant a submission that are interview sessions for any of our Guests. I know you want Cary Elwes to sit on your panel, but we just can’t make it happen. Sorry. Attempts to contact our guests or ask for their participation in your panel(s) without DCC’s prior approval will be grounds for immediate disqualification and cancellation of our panel.
  11. Approved panels will be granted a complimentary 1-day pass for the day of the panel only, for no more than 6 panelists, including the moderator(s). Only panelists who participate will be granted a pass, and all panelists must participate extensively in the session. No additional passes will be granted for any reason. Because of space limitations, a maximum of 6 participants will be allowed on any panel/session. Panelists can pick up their complimentary pass on the day of the panel/session. Panelists appearing on additional days and sessions must pick up their pass each day at the Programming Services Booth. Passes can not be provided earlier. Additional passes may be purchased through the DCC website.
  12. Panelists must check in 2 hours before their scheduled panel/session. Programming Services is open from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM each day. Complimentary passes will only be available during this time.
  13. Denver Comic Con is a family friendly convention. We will not approve any “adult content”; “after-dark” or “explicit.” So please keep it to PG-13.
  14. Panelists should arrive to their presentation room 20 minutes early and check in with the Room Coordinator.
  15. Proposals that are largely self-promotional will be strictly scrutinized and are unlikely to be approved, as they do not comply with our requirements that programming submissions must be primarily educational in focus.
  16. DCC Programming is unable to provide any equipment outside of the standard room setup. We can not provide wireless microphones, additional sound equipment or modify the stage or dais.
  17. DCC Programming can not allow for any rearrangement, including but not limited to, moving chairs or equipment of the panel rooms.
  18. DCC Programming can not allow for panelists/moderators to adjust or modify the equipment in the room. If you need assistance with the equipment, DCC Programming does have qualified A/V support team near each room.
    Any questions about the process, please feel free to email the Denver Comic Con Programming Department:

Statement Of Agreement And Understanding Of Panel Rules And Restrictions
By submitting a panel, you agree that you have read the Rules and Guidelines of panel / session submission. You (the submitter) also understand that this submission does not guarantee a panel / session at Denver Comic Con, and only registers your panel / session request to the Programming Department of Denver Comic Con. Denver Comic Con has sole right to approve or modify panels to comply with the convention’s mission and programming department’s objectives and requirements. You (the submitter) also understand that, if accepted, Denver Comic Con reserves the sole right to determine the time and location of your session. Also, this submission confirms that all panelists/participants have consented to be on your panel and your session will be filmed for archival and/or publicity purposes.