NEW NAME, SAME FANTASTIC FEELING: FUN WAS HAD AT DENVER POP CULTURE CON

Denver Pop Culture Con

Edited by Chance Calloway and Christopher Edelen

It’s time for all types of pop culture fans to convene on one location: Denver Pop Culture Con! Sporting a new name, the team DPCC worked really hard at inviting special guests and organizing panels, in hopes that this would be one to remember. I attended all three days of this event last weekend (May 31st to June 2nd, 2019), and am eager to report that it was well worth it.

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Day 1: Friday

With excitement in the air, I arrived at the convention center and entered the second floor. There were different sections to the convention. First was Artist Valley, where numerous artists presented their work for sale. Then there was also Author Alley, where different authors presented their creative written works for those interested in delving deep in the author’s worlds. There were panels on different topics for con-goers to attend, where they might learn about their favorite things from a philosophical perspective. There was a lot to look into on the first day alone.

I met with Serenity Forge, an indie video game development and production company responsible for stunning games, such as The King’s Bird. I played their demos of upcoming games and had a blast. I also attended a panel featuring Tara Strong, who voices characters such as Timmy Turner in The Fairly Odd Parents, Raven from Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go, and Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The day continued with fans discussing their favorite shows, books, and video games. It was a great warm up for a very exciting convention.

Day 2: Saturday

The second day of the con was a doozy! Doors opened at 10 AM and a line formed almost immediately to attend the panel for Critical Role. I personally did not know who Critical Role was, but I looked them up to discover that they are a group of actors and voice actors who play Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) together. By about 10:17 AM, the line was gigantic! The only time I had ever seen a line that big was when Stan Lee appeared as a guest in 2016.

The convention was packed with con-goers, making it difficult to navigate, but that is to be expected on a Saturday when most people are able to come and enjoy DPCC. I attended panels featuring Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Ming Na Wen (Voice of Mulan and actor inAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Dan Fogler ( Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). The panels were fun to attend, and their energy was amazing. The day ended with the Cosplay Celebration, where many of the cosplayers showed off their artistic talents in costume making.

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Day 3: Sunday

On the last day of the con, the crowds were not as big as they had been for the previous two. Still, there was an impressive gathering of con-goers who took advantage of this day to check out all the vendors selling their wares. I took the time to look at the work of various artists, as well as some Harry Potter themed merchandise.

One vender had made candles around their interpretations of how some of our favorite characters might smell. Draco Malfoy smelt surprisingly sweet and spicy, like cinnamon sugar. I attended a few more panels, and saw both Matthew Lewis (from the Harry Potter movies) and Michelle Gomez (Doctor Who and Sabrina the Teenage Witch). My wife and I were even able to get pictures with Zachery Levi (Shazam) and Matthew Lewis before calling it a day!

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Wrap Up:

This year, DPCC was one of the best conventions yet, and did not fail to impress its fans. It felt slightly different due to the fact that Critical Role was one of the biggest attractions. I appreciated that, since tabletop games are still not represented enough in conventions. Though I do not play many tabletop games myself, seeing the fan base for Critical Role has sparked an interest in me. Now that the DPCC itch has been successfully scratched, I look forward to next year’s convention with great anticipation.

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