Downtown Denver is almost always a busy place, but it’s only during the weekend of Denver Comic Con that one will see Superman, a storm trooper and Harry Potter crossing the busy 16th Street Mall. …
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Downtown Denver is almost always a busy place, but it’s only during the weekend of Denver Comic Con that one will see Superman, a storm trooper and Harry Potter crossing the busy 16th Street Mall. More than 100,000 guests made the trip to the Colorado Convention Center for the annual event on June 15, 16 and 17 to celebrate all things nerdy – everything from films, television shows, video games, fantasy and science fiction and, of course, comic books. “I’ve always wanted to come and see what the con is like,” said Jeff Libby, booth expert with MiHi Photo Booth, which ran an interactive, slow motion film booth at the event. “What better way is there to be here than with some really fun stuff?”
MORE: Comic Con survival guideThe proceeds benefit Pop Culture Classroom, a Denver non-profit focused on education and literacy. More than 200 celebrity guests, like Doctor Who’s David Tennant, stopped by the con to join artists and authors in more than 600 hours of panels and programming. There was also a Kid’s Lab, where children and teens explore pop culture through projects and talks from industry luminaries.The con featured cosplaying and shopping for all ages and levels of interest. A newbie to the world of comic culture and a veteran collector were both spoiled for choice for ways to spend their time. “This is my kid’s first time to the con, and I’m showing them all the fun there’s to be had while their mom is at a cosplaying class,” said Englewood resident Justin Baca, who was dressed as Gandalf with his two children, Marcus and Eric, dressed as hobbits. The costumes were made by the children’s mother. “I love the community here, and all the things going on we get to gather to celebrate.”
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