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During the Fourth of July weekend, every nerd in Colorado knew the time had come, and waited with great anticipation for a specific event. Not a fireworks show, not a cook-out, but the amazing DENVER COMIC CON! Though many may belief that tourists come from afar for the sports and the scenery, this happens to be one of the biggest events in The Centennial State.

2017 provided plenty of celebrity guests, tons of artist, both local and out of state, amazing merchants selling, but best of all, a friendly environment great for everyone in the family to participate. Attendees have the chance to see panels, meet the actors of their favored fandoms, and get their memorabilia signed.

Many may not be aware that the proceeds from a pass purchase go towards a program called Pop Culture Classroom. This nonprofit provides educators with the materials needed to teach their classes about the power of pop culture, cultivating their reading and creativity.

Denver Comic Con (DCC) is only six years old and it is growing strong. My wife and I have attended DCC for the past five years, and every turnout comes with a new experience. This year provided us with changes that turned into challenges. One major change, which led to a rough first day, was the location of the entrances, which threw off regulars who had attend every year.

My wife and I learned that there were different accesses for different pass holders, causing a lot of confusion. The map DCC provided did not help at all and it took 15 minutes to find the correct entryway. It didn’t help that volunteers were nowhere in sight to provide assistance to us confused con-goers. Another change, coupled with the challenges of getting inside the convention, was the dreaded bag check. Though this was new, I understood the reasoning behind it due to what happened at Phoenix Comicon.

There was so much to take in once we finally entered the main floor. As the event’s popularity grows, so did the variety of artist, merchants, book authors, and comic book creators that graced their presence with their work. Truly, the sight was awe inspiring. Unfortunately, I did not have much time to explore the main floor since I had a panel to attend to.

I made my way to my first panel of the day, featuring Khary Payton, and like all comic book conventions, there were lines. Personally, I didn’t mind because, unlike some conventions, I obtained a speed pass, allowing me to get in line quicker and find good seats. Also, the organization of the panels were done really well. This was a common  theme throughout the weekend. Once a panel was completed, the volunteers guided the crowd through the easiest way out, to set up for the next panel.

Like every year, I jam packed my time with different panels. However, on my last day, I went to possibly the best panel I have ever gone to. DCC had a Justice League Reunion panel where a majority of the voice actors from the animated show, Justice League, assembled (get it?) to perform a live read for the audience. Watching the real voice actors recreate the drama of the show marks this as a panel I will never forget.

After each panel, during my down time, I would explore the floor. I checked out some of the work different artists had for sale, as well as checked out t-shirt stalls to see if they had anything of interest. My wife and I would also cosplay-watch, geeking-out over the intricate to the simple. Honestly my favorite was an Auriel cosplay from Diablo 3.

My most cherished memories were created on the main floor with the celebrity summit. The celebrity summit is where all the stars gather to meet their fans, take pictures, and signing autographs. Some of the celebrities would even do simple meet and greets giving the public a chance to get to know them. Throughout the weekend, I met Khary Payton, Phil Lamar, Finn Jones, Mike Colter, and Greg Grunberg. They were all awesome, down to Earth people, and extremely fun to talk to.

At the end of our last day, everything was coming to a close. Having satisfyingly scratched my comic con itch, I would say that this year was one of the best yet! I already cannot wait for next year, especially knowing that the show continues to grow.


Watch the full Justice League Animated Reunion panel for DCC'17: