Exclusive Interview: The Rise of Denver Comic Con & Comic Book Classroom, Part 2 “Expansion”

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Denver Comic Con has made the record books for the fastest growing con in American history and is now one of the largest cons in the country after staging its second year. The con is closely affiliated with the educational charity Comic Book Classroom bringing school curriculum and after school programs to the Denver community, […]

On the Scene: Denver Comic Con 2013, Pioneering Souls in Artists Valley

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The floorspace for Artists Valley at Denver Comic Con was expansive, and positioned between the vendor and publisher areas in the front and the celebrity signing booths and food court at the back. It was almost arranged like a centrepiece, and to judge from the ethos of the con, that was intentional. A wide range […]

On the Scene: Denver Comic Con 2013, Jimenez, Perez, Fradon, Kelly Find Wonder Woman ‘Problematic’

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Sunday morning a crowd of die-hard fans gathered to hear some Wonder Woman artists discuss their favorite character, her appeal, and why her translation into other media has been so “problematic” over time. Phil Jimenez, George Perez, Ramona Fradon, and Joe Kelly weighed in on the subject, with Kelly moderating. Each explained how they initially […]

On the Scene: Denver Comic Con Bounces Back and Cosplay Abounds

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As reported previously, Saturday posed some serious challenges to both the Denver Comic Con attendees and the staff trying to handle unprecedented numbers seeking entrance to the convention center and the show floor. Luckily, as the afternoon progressed, the strategy was clearly updated to handle some of these problems. At noon, problems were at their […]

On the Scene: Denver Comic Con 2013, Too Much+Too Fast=Too Slow

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The good news is that Denver Comic Con has sold out for its Saturday access, in the sense that the numbers (50,000) are here. The bad news is that things are breaking down pretty rapidly into impossible access when it comes to getting to panels on time or getting onto the floor in a reasonable […]

On the Scene: Denver Comic Con 2013, Life as a Moving Picture in Chris Ware’s Keynote

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William Kuskin, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado, Boulder, introduced Denver Comic Con’s keynote speaker, cartoonist Chris Ware, as a man who presents “honesty” as an “antidote to the emptiness we see in culture now, countered by art, even if he evokes a nightmare through that honesty”. Ware guided the audience at DCC through the […]

On the Scene: Denver Comic Con 2013, Then and Now

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Denver Comic Con is one year old. When it opened in 2012, the con directors hoped for a total of 12,000 attending to make the grand effort worthwhile, but might have been content with less. Instead, they clocked in at roughly 26,000, leaving plenty of room for astonishment and a critique of exactly what had […]