Denver Comic Con celebrated its sixth year at the Colorado Convention Center this past weekend, June 30-July 2, with close to 120,000 people in attendance. Colorado's biggest pop culture party was teaming with superheroes and fandoms of all ages. Joining the crowds were tons of celebrities from films, TV stars, well-known authors, comic book artists and even parody song masters who met and greeted fans throughout the weekend.
As in year's past, Denver Comic Con was the place to meet those favorite celebrities up close and even snag autographs and photo ops and ask them questions during live panels.
"Firefly" and "Castle" star Nathan Fillion entertained to a completely packed room both Saturday and Sunday morning. At the request of a fan dressed as Zoe from "Firefly" Fillion even tried calling co-star (and Zoe's husband) Alan Tudyk and quickly needed to sit on his phone as the voice mail read back his number. He also teased an appearance in season two of the Netflix show "A Series of Unfortunate Events" with fellow "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" star Neil Patrick Harris. Fillion also chatted about "Halo" and "Destiny" and how he was literally living the dream.
Weasley twins Oliver and James Phelps chatted about shenanigans on set and how their lives had changed since their iconic roles in the "Harry Potter" series. The child actors from “Stranger Things” — Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin — had giant lines of excited fans waiting to hear their stories. "Sons of Anarchy" star Ryan Hurst swapped motorcycle stories and discussed life on the set to an avid audience (check out our exclusive interview with Hurst right here).
"Doctor Who" companion Catherine Tate presented hands down one of the most entertaining panels of the weekend and even called attendees up on stage to hang out with her. Even 80's heartthrob John Cusack stopped by on Friday to meet his fans. The ever charming Felicia Day charmed, Marvel's Finn Jones and Mike Colter turned heads, "Weird Al" Yankovic hung out, and actors Khary Payton, Greg Grunberg, Jon Heder and so many more entertained and delighted the attendees of this year's con. Highlights and videos are available on the Denver Comic Con YouTube page.
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The fan-led panels were presented by experts who were as passionate about the topics as the attendees. Discussions like the "Sounds of Star Wars," chats on NASA, cosplay, and writing were popular. Many of these mini-conferences tackled topics such as fan charities, bullying, and the value of art and comics in education. One of the biggest hits was "Supernatural- 12 Years and the Fun Just Keeps Coming" where a room of 600 people enjoyed trivia and costume contests, show clips, and incredible prizes.
Saturday night belonged to the Cosplay Classic costume contest. This annual event dropped jaws with a parade of amazing costume makers, many of whom put on a show with skits, dancing, and even stunt fighting. As with every year, the night did not disappoint.
The best part about Denver Comic Con was the all of this fun was for a very good cause. The three-day event raised funds for the Colorado charity Pop Culture Classroom. PCC is an organization that offers programs to educate children in underserved communities by sparking their interest in creating comic books and graphic novels. The convention itself boasted over 9,000 square feet dedicated to teens and children with activities.