It’s the time of year where costumed adults and children flood downtown Denver, and I’m not talking about Halloween. I’m talking about Denver Comic Con. Held at the Colorado Convention Center, this year’s Comic Con featured film celebrities such as Bonnie Wright (who played Ginny Weasley in the popular Harry Potter franchise) and Pom Klementieff (who played Mantis in “Guardians of the Galaxy 2”), and authors such as Christopher Paolini (author of the Inheritance Cycle) and Tamora Pierce (author of many books including Mastiff and Tempests and Slaughter).
Every year, Comic Con also includes a plethora of independent artists selling their wares. These products range from sketches, paintings, and woodwork to comic books, sculptures, and stuffed animals. In the face of such accomplished artists, it may seem that anything you might do on the side will never measure up. However, it is important to remember that these people had to start somewhere too.
Some of these artists have been drawing comics since high school, like C. Major of Delphinity Comics, although she began drawing other forms of art since she could pick up a pencil. Likewise, Will Terry, who has been a children’s book illustrator for the past 20 years, began drawing in elementary school. If you’re already an adult, no need to give up. Artists such as Jane Zei of the Pigeon Gazette and Orion Sperelman, creator of “Save the Sperels,” both started drawing as adults. No matter where you start, though, there is one thing they all agree on: if you want to make a career out of drawing, you need to practice.
Denver Comic Con is a place for people to unashamedly show their fanaticism for a variety of fandoms from movies, books, TV shows, and comic books. People from many backgrounds and all ages dress up like their favorite characters and swarm the Colorado Convention Center. Each handmade costume is unique, many are extremely detailed, and all are the product of extensive research and hard work. As such, Comic Con is a way to celebrate fandom in and of itself: sharing your love of something like Doctor Who or Star Wars with people who understand and appreciate the depth of your passion.