It was Comic Con’s third year in Denver at the Convention Center and I went to the very first one. I have to say, this thing is blowing up in popularity.
There were so many people and so much to see, it was exhausting. The first DCC was small and pretty disorganized. They didn’t have that many guests and their panel selection was limited. Not to mention, the artist alley/dealer room was very limited. This year however, the amount of venders and artists was second to none in Colorado.
I have been to a few cons here and I have not seen a bigger selection of stuff to buy and get signed. I was only able to cover a small amount of the convention due to technical issues with the camera, but I did however come across some really great stuff.
First off, the panels were great. There was plenty of guest panels with celebrities like Bruce Campbell and Stephen Amell. Outside of the guest driven ones, there was plenty of comic book related panels on how to draw them, how to write them, and how to submit them for publication. The amount of information was great and the energy was intense. Even when there was slight scheduling issues with the panels it was handled in a manner that was easy to adjust to. The staff was also great. They were kind to people (like me) asking a bunch of questions and were able to direct me to where I needed to go.
The layout of the convention floor was confusing at first, but after you grasped the concept of it, finding your favorite comic book write or artist was easy to find. I could have used a better map though for some of the other guests, it took me an oddly large amount of time to find Max Brooks’ table along with some of the other people.
The costumes were great as well. Some stood out more than others. Remember those awesome bombshell covers that DC did earlier this month? Well there was a group of talented cosplayers that brought five of them to life here is a picture taken by WeNeals Photography and Retouching. (Cosplayers Stargirl – Doodle Dot Cosplay Hawkgirl – Kathyrine Morgan Harley Quinn – StephBot Cosplay Supergirl – Ifria Arisa – Rebecca Rose Tope Mera – Kitty Nester) [Source]
The other cosplay was one I have never seen before, it was Agitha from Twilight Princess. Fitting considering it was just announced that she will be playable in Nintendo’s new Zelda game, Hyrule Warriors. The cosplayer is known as “Spiral Goddess” and you can see all of her cosplays on her Facebook page. The outfit was created by Addict Outfitters Cosplay (yes they do commissions!)
Even just going to look at the costumes would have been a great experience. It seems like Denver Comic Con is here to stay. The turnout was fantastic. My complaints about the map were just personal gripes. Picking up my badge was incredibly easy and despite the lines being crazy long, it was all handled in a concise manner. Outside of panels and costume watching there were events outside of the convention like the “Celebrity Summit” where the cast of Star Trek TGN all gathered. DCC had plenty to do, and if you left exhausted, you did it some justice.
I was surprised with how smoothly everything ran. Needless to say, I will be attending again next year. I suggest you do too, it can only get better from now.