This year over 114,000 people went to the Denver Comic Convention, (Comic Con) a three-day family friendly event that displays the best of pop culture, whether it is Super Man the comic series or the TV show Firefly. Maxwell Jaynes who came for the first time this year says, “Being able to go and be a part of a community, talking and relating about costumes and stuff is really great!” The event first started in 2012 and has only grown since. There are so many aspects at this event anyone can enjoy.
One cool thing about Comic Con is the elaborate costumes people wear, also known as cosplay. People come in full costumes and show them off at Comic Con. Some great examples of this are clone troopers from Star Wars or a full metal Dalek from Dr. Who.
If you aren’t too interested in cosplay, you can also buy a lot of incredible merchandise there. There is the Tower of Shirts, which is exactly what it sounds like. You can buy clothing with references to your favorite comics, movies, or shows. Other merchandise includes the sword shop. You can buy real metal swords from video games or TV shows like the Master Sword from Legend of Zelda or an energy sword from Halo.
Artwork is another huge part of Comic Con; this includes artist and comic strip writers. One example of art is Finnegan’s Field, a new comic strip by Drew Litton. Litton is a local artist who draws sport comic strips for ESPN and the former Rocky Mountain News. He is starting a new comic strip called Finnegan’s Field about a boy and his dog. “My readers have always meant the world to me. I’m so glad you continue to follow my cartoons in print, online and on social media.” Litton says. He was featuring some of his comics and art at his booth during Comic Con.
Dustin Resch is another artist showing off his skills at Comic Con. Resch draws different characters from pop culture, such as Captain Hammer from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog or Black Widow from The Avengers. Some artists that are a part of the Pop Culture Classroom, which is based out of Denver, taught kids how to make comics. One dad there named Todd comes every year to Comic Con with his son. He says sometimes it’s hard to find something they are both interested in, but they together love learning fun things from Pop Culture Classroom.
A big part of Comic Con is Celebrity Summit, where many famous names come and sign autographs and get their pictures taken. A few celebrity sightings included Stan Lee, the creator of Marvel Comics, Karl Urban who is Bones from Star Trek, and John Rhys-Davies, Gimli from Lord of the Rings. Other celebrities are authors showing off their new books. One of these authors was Matthew Wolf, the writer of the Ronin Saga; he was selling the first two books of his series. I’m halfway through the first one and give it two thumbs up.
The 2016 Comic Convention was a blast and a mixture of wonderful pop culture. I encourage all to go to it, to meet the friendly authors and celebrities, buy cool toys and clothes, and see beautiful artwork and cosplay.