Next weekend the Colorado Convention Center will once again be taken over by superheroes, video game characters, zombies and thousands of fans of all things pop culture as Denver Comic Con begins. This is only the third year of the event, but it seems that this year’s event is poised to be the biggest yet. The 3-day celebration is the fifth largest comic convention in North America and 4th largest in the United States only being beaten out by Seattle’s Emerald City Con by 3,000 attendees according to 2013 attendance numbers.
Past conventions connected fans with stars such as George Takei, William Shatner, Peter Mayhew, and countless comic book writers and artists. This year’s guest list will give fans plenty for fans to be excited about. Some of the biggest anticipated names include: horror and “B-movie” icon Bruce Campbell, Karl Urban (Star Trek; Dredd), Walter Koenig (Star Trek), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), stars from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, and 1960’s Batman TV show stars Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar will all be in attendance this year. In addition, several stars from Star Trek: The Next Generation will reunite in a special panel hosted by William Shatner which will be held in the Bellco Theater on Saturday night. In addition to the celebrity guests several literary and comic guests are also expected such as Max Brooks (World War Z, The Zombie Survival Handbook) and Matthew Inman (theoatmeal.com) will be joining some of the writers and artists of many beloved comic books over the weekend.
The exhibit floor will offer plenty for fans as well with an expanded “Hall of Games” gaming area featuring video games and board games alike. In addition to unique merchants, comic book bins and other fun goodies, there will also be some exciting special displays on the floor: The Comic Book Classroom Corral is an 8,000 square foot kid-centered area focusing on Comic Book Classroom’s mission to spread childhood literacy. In addition, Colorado Movie Cars, a statewide auto club with movie car replicas will once again be on exhibit, Contestants from Syfy channel’s hit show Face-Off will have a prosthetics display, and Weta Workshop, best known for their work on Lord of the Rings, Avatar and The Hobbit will have a special exhibit to show off some of their props.
In addition to the guests and exhibits, there will be several hours worth of panels ranging from breaking into comics and publishing to cosplay seminars to Ask a Pony to zombie survival. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of Batman and several panels including comic book artists and writers as well as animated film stars have been dedicated to celebrating the caped crusader’s milestone birthday.
Tickets to the event are rapidly dwindling down as both 3-day passes and Saturday-only tickets are now sold-out online (those tickets are still available at some retailers as listed on the website). The event kicks off at 10am on Friday with a pre-party Thursday night at Mile High Comic’s mega-store at 4600 Jason Street. For more information on Denver Comic Con or if you’d like to know more about Comic Book Classroom please visit their official site at www.denvercomiccon.com