Tons of fantastical fandoms will be on full-fledged display in the Mile High City with the newest installment of Pop Culture Classroom's annual Denver Comic Con flying through the Colorado Convention Center, June 15-17.
Don't let the name fool you, Denver Comic Con is more than comics. The annual convention is a celebration of various mediums and entertainments. Book lovers, movie fanatics, cartoon consumers, anime adorers, cosplay creators and fans of...pretty much anything, are all welcome to attend and share their passion.
DCC has grown into a nerdy force to be reckoned with over the years and this year's con is set to be a monster. Tons of people will be flocking to the city to get jiggy with their geeky selves. The three-day event will be packed with attractions, events, panels and other various programming to ensure there's a little something for everyone.
It might all seem a little overwhelming, especially if it's your first time, but don't worry geeky fam, we've got you covered. Here's a bunch of super important stuff you should know before you go:
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
June 15 - 17, 2018
Friday: 10 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
If you haven’t already created your Flash Seats account, be sure to do so and use the same email address you used for your AXS account when you first purchased your tickets. Once your account is created, you can use the app for entry or use your photo ID or the credit card you used to buy the tickets to get in and pick-up your physical badge.
Early badge pick-up will be available June 14 from 10 am - 6 pm in Lobby B for those attendees who've already purchased their tickets and would like to snag their badges before the big day. Otherwise, normal badge pick-up will be available starting on Friday, June 15. More info on regular badge pick-up, including location and time, will be available soon.
GUEST LIST, AUTOGRAPHS & CELEBRITIES PHOTO OPS
When they're not in a panel or taking a break, celebrities will often be available for meet and greets at their respective booth in the Celebrity Summit. Each celebrity will have their own schedule, so be sure to plan out your meet and greets in advance to make sure you have plenty of time to see all your heroes. Check out the full list of attending guests and their schedules here.
PANELS & PROGRAMMING
This year, DCC is offering nearly 750 hours of Q&As, panels, workshops and demos. Attendees are encouraged to download the official Denver Comic Con app to stay informed and updated on all the cool happenings taking place throughout the weekend. The app even allows you to build your own personal schedule. Download it for iPhone or Android. A PDF version of the program is also available here.
The Colorado Convention Center has onsite, covered parking available between the Convention Center and Denver Performing Art's Complex with an entrance on the corner of Speer Blvd and Champ St. There are a variety of other lots and garages within walking distance of the Center; be mindful of any signs and time restrictions. Additional information on parking can be found here.
There are plenty of eating options inside the Colorado Convention Center for anyone looking for a bite between panels and activities Outside the Convention Center, the city offers plenty of eateries and options for those with a rumble in their tummy. During peak lunch time, there's no such thing as a "quick" bite to eat so be sure to give yourself plenty of time for proper refueling. Check out more eating options here.
Stay hydrated. Consider bringing in a reusable water bottle to fill up at various water fountains throughout the day. Conventions involve a lot of walking, so make sure you take care of yourself.
COSPLAY & PHOTO SHOOTS
For those in costume, a special Photo Op Stage will be set up in the Cosplay Canyon area. The current schedule for team meetups can be found in the slideshow above.
Denver Comic Con is a PG-rated, family-friendly event and there will be many children present. As such, the con asks attendees to keep their costumes and their actions kid-friendly. Attendees are asked that they wear sports bra-like coverage on top with leotard-type coverage on the bottom — no bare chests, singlets, butt cheeks, thongs or "plumber’s butt.” Coverage should exist no matter the position, so be should use proper tape, glue and adhesive to hold everything in place when standing, sitting, moving or posing. Check out the full list of Cosplay Rules and Prop Policy at Denver Comic Con's official site.
PROP RULES & PROHIBITED ITEMS
All props must be inspected by DCC staff. Be sure to find a staff member before you enter the event. Prohibited items include:
•Anything resembling a firearm (ie. BB guns, cap guns, paintball, airsoft guns, sci-fi blasters, etc.)
•Bladed metal or wooden weapons (ie. axes, daggers, hatchets, knives, swords, etc.)
•Projectile weapons of any kind (ie. Nerf, water gun, etc.)
•Explosives and chemical weapons (ie, firecrackers, pepper spray, etc.)
•Blunt weapons (ie. wooden or metal bats, clubs, brass knuckles, whips, golf clubs, etc.)
•Nudity or the illusion of nudity (if flesh colored garments are not easily identifiable from 10 feet away as garments, they are prohibited)
•Rollerblades, rollerskates, wheelies and other shoes with wheels
•Emblems of genocide
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW
Here's some other bits of knowledge taken from the Denver Comic Con's FAQ page:
•Backpacks are allowed but will be search upon entry
•There are ATMs throughout the Convention Center
•A lost and found is available at the security desk in the Lower B Lobby
•You can bring snack and non-alcoholic drinks, but nothing in large groups (don't order food to be delivered at the convention)
•Children under 12 cannot be left unattended. You're also advised not to leave any children unattended or alone at the convention.
•Strollers and wagons are allowed for children (keep in mind there will be thousands of attendees at the event, so you're encouraged to leave your larger strollers and wagons at