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Denver Comic Con Education Wrap-Up (Part 2)

Educator’s Day 2017 Offers Exciting Opportunities for Teachers

Over the past four years, Educator’s Day has given over 1,000 teachers, librarians, administrators and other educators the opportunity to receive a free Friday pass to Denver Comic Con. The goal of Educator’s Day is to help these educators incorporate the power of pop culture in a classroom as a way to engage and inspire students.

In 2017, Denver Comic Con featured over 200 hours of panels and programs geared toward educators from all different backgrounds and grade levels. Panels ranged from using comic books in the classroom to LGBTQ issues to Drawing 101 workshops, and everything in between.

As Bruce MacIntosh says, the programs at DCC’17 were “well attended by both educators and students. We are encouraged to expand beyond this year’s 220 education focused panels for next year!”

By giving educators the opportunity to attend DCC and select from the wide variety of educational panels offered, they learned about new and exciting ways to connect with students inside and outside of the classroom.

Illya Kowalchuk says Denver Comic Con “from year one, has always been about supporting and empowering educators….It’s also about giving them this unique space to share these amazing ideas and resources and tools that they can then bring back to their students and schools to show just how transformative pop culture-based education can be.”

2017 Kids’ Comics Contest Winners Meet with the Pros

Our annual Kids’ Comic Contest is PCC’s way of encouraging young artists to continue in their work and be inspired to pursue a career doing what they love.

In 2017, we selected 4 talented grand-prize winners from elementary through high school. As part of their prize for their outstanding art and creativity, the winners attended Denver Comic Con on Sunday to have a special lunch with talented professional comic artists Franco and Ty Templeton.

Congratulations to the winners for their wonderful artwork, and another thank you to the amazing artists for donating their time to chat! You can see the winners’ winning comic entries here.

The 2018 Kids’ Comics Contest submissions will open later this year, so stay tuned!

First-Ever Educator of the Year Award Winners Visit DCC!

Our first-ever Pop Culture Educator of the Year Award Winners attended Denver Comic Con this year! Awarded for the exceptional work they have put into bringing pop culture into their classrooms and communities, these four educators were recognized before and during DCC’17 for their ability to innovate, engage and inspire their students.

We are pleased to recognize and honor their hard work! To learn about each of the award-winners, you can read more here.

And if you have someone you’d like to nominate, don’t worry – submissions for the 2018 Educator of the Year Awards will open later this year!

From the Bottom of Our Heart, Thank You!

Our utmost thanks to all the fans, exhibitors, artists, creators, cosplayers, educators, families and so many others who made Denver Comic Con and our educational programming a success this year!

It’s your incredible support of this event that makes these opportunities and PCC’s year-round educational programming possible. Be sure to join us for Denver Comic Con 2018 for even more fun and inspiring programming!

Denver Comic Con 2017 Education Wrap-Up! (Part 1)

At this year’s Denver Comic Con, Pop Culture Classroom celebrated diversity, fun and education through a variety of exciting and unique programming. Our guests, volunteers, students, teachers and programmers created and participated in a fantastic line up of education-focused activities and programs all throughout the weekend.

Here are some of our favorite highlights from the educational programming at this year’s Denver Comic Con. Enjoy!

The Expanded Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Lab Blasts into 2017

This year’s Pop Culture Classroom’s Kids’ Laboratory, our all-ages area on the show floor 100% dedicated to kids and teens, returned in 2017 with more space and activities than ever before!

As Director of Programming, Bruce MacIntosh explains, “The changes to the Kids Lab this year were a smashing success, as we added even more space to make it 10,000 square feet of events, panel and activities just for kids, including two large stages for guest speakers, the all-ages stage and the 8-Bit stage.”

Among the interactive activities this year were edible water bottles, pizza gardens and hand-made paper jewelry, helping engage kids with their community and the environment.

According to PCC Kids’ Lab Manager, Becky Franks-Cassidy, “This year, the focus of the Lab shifted to provide educational experiences that would empower tends and children to make a difference and think about how they can be super heroes in their own worlds…. And as always, almost all of our activities in the Lab fell under 2 letters of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math).”

As a bonus, the 8-Bit Stage and the All-Ages Stage brought kids face-to-face with professional creators, artists and scholars throughout the weekend, including everyone from NASA scientists to celebrity voice actors, allowing youths to be inspired in a more intimate venue and learn about careers in the sciences and arts.

A big thank you to all the guests who spent time speaking to kids and encouraging the next generation of creators!

Experience the Comix Brings in Most Kids Ever – For Free!

Experience the CoMix (ETC), sponsored by Illegal Pete’s, is Pop Culture Classroom’s annual program that provides middle and high school students from local schools and community organizations the opportunity to experience a day at Denver Comic Con – and all for free! For DCC’17, we were able to offer ETC passes to more students than ever before, with over 300 students attending.

This groundbreaking program provided these students time to interact with artists, authors, and other creators, attend panels, and learn first-hand what a career in pop culture might be like.

Students are also tasked with completing a scavenger hunt during the day, fueling their curiosity and encouraging them to visit areas of DCC they might otherwise miss. As a bonus, those who completed this “hunt” were rewarded with 3-day passes to let the fun continue through the weekend!

PCC’s Education Program Manager, Adam Kullberg, says that the ETC program “provides students from all different backgrounds the chance to really learn about what makes Denver Comic Con unique, and to engage one-on-one with these amazing artists and creators from all over the world.”

“Our ultimate hope for ETC is that the students return home with this realization that they really can take their hobbies, their talents and their natural creativity and turn them into something powerful that helps change their schools and communities for the better.”

PCC Announces All-New Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards

Announced at a special ceremony during DCC’17, the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards will launch in 2018 and aims to celebrate the best in fiction and non-fiction graphic novels, honoring the creators, publishers and educators using graphic literature to ignite a love of learning in classrooms worldwide.

“More than four years ago, we set out to establish a new class of awards that recognizes the best in graphic novel publishing, but that also supports and encourages the increasing use of graphic novels in the educational market,” says Illya Kowalchuk, director of education for Pop Culture Classroom.

“To do that, one of our biggest goals is to create a program that ultimately benefits educators, librarians and retailers, by shining a spotlight on the use of graphic literature to inspire students at every reading level,” adds Kowalchuk. “We are honored to have some of the greatest minds in the public library and school library systems contributing as advisors and judges, along with academic educators, K-12 specialists, and industry luminaries.”

Award categories for the inaugural year are planned to include Book of the Year, Best in Educational Comics, Best New Voice, Innovator Award, Diversity Award and more!

To be continued…

Congratulations to the 2017 Con4aCause Sweepstakes Winners!

Because of your support of Denver Comic Con, we at Pop Culture Classroom are able to impact, inspire and educate children through our year-round educational programs and events. To thank you, our 2017 #Con4aCause sweepstakes gave those who entered a chance to WIN TWO ,THREE-DAY PASSES TO DCC FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS!

We were honored to receive thousands of entries across the Con4aCause website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, but alas we could only pick three lucky winners. Please watch Illya’s latest video below, congratulating the Grand Prize winners and giving a HUGE thank you to everyone who submitted entries this year – you are all superheroes!

We plan to be back with a new sweepstakes in 2018, so please keep a close eye on the Denver Comic Con and Pop Culture Classroom social channels as we approach next year’s con! 


THE 2017 CON4ACAUSE GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

Hannah G. (Instagram)

Con4aCause Winner - Hannah G.

Toby H. (Facebook)

Con4aCause Winners - Tony H

Annaliese R. (Twitter)

Con4aCause Winnner - Annaliese R.

 

 


Introducing #Con4aCause – Thank You For Being Awesome

Surprise! You’re a Superhero!

Thanks to your support of Denver Comic Con, we are able to impact, inspire and educate children through our year-round educational programs and events. To thank you, we’re offering you a chance to WIN FREE DCC PASSES FOR FIVE YEARS!

Watch the video below to learn all about it, then visit www.con4acause.com and enter to win! And remember, you’re also entered each time you include #Con4aCause in a social post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!


Full Lineup of Education Panels at DCC’17 Available!

Denver Comic Con 2017 is just around the corner! This year we have over 250 hours of education-based panels focusing on everything from teaching with cosplay to using board games in your classroom to engaging students with independent films, and so much more! These panels are all part of our overall nonprofit educational mission: to use pop culture to educate, inspire and engage students and teachers everywhere! 

To help you keep track of these exciting opportunities, we have compiled a full list of these education panels at the Con at the link below. 

www.popcultureclassroom.org/dcc/education

But wait, there’s more! At this link, and to further help you plan your DCC weekend, we have also created a list of interest tracks, which divide the education panels into seven categories:

  • Art, Diversity/Gender Issues
  • Film/Television
  • Gaming/Technology, Science
  • Teaching/Pedagogy
  • Writing/Literature

We have also included a Panel Tracking sheet, which is designed to help you easily keep track of all the educational panels you attended in a simple, organized way.

For easy access to these panels leading up to and during the event, we also encourage you to download the all-new Pop Culture Classroom app. You can use this to create a schedule of panels to attend and receive advance reminders about events and activities, as well as stay updated on any scheduling changes that may occur, as all panel times and locations are subject to change.

Finally, we offer ALL educators the chance to receive a certificate for panel hours attended at DCC. All you need to do is send a scanned version of your completed Panel Tracking Sheet into education@popcultureclassroom.org by July 7th, 2017. We will send you a certificate that you can provide to your schools and/or program for recertification/professional development hours.

Our unique approach to supporting educators and innovating education is part of what makes Denver Comic Con special each year. We can’t wait to celebrate another stellar year with you, and we hope these panels


The 2017 PCC Kids’ Lab Welcomes Community Orgs to the Floor!

What’s the coolest place at Denver Comic Con 2017 for families? The 10,000 square foot Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Laboratory of course!

This year the PCC Kids’ Lab is back, each day bringing a full slate of fun, interactive and engaging activities for kiddos of all ages and interests to the show floor. This year’s theme is You Can Make a Difference, and we’re welcoming even more local community organizations and artists to help us inspire children to make a difference in their community.

These organizations and artists volunteer their time to be a part of the great cause of using pop culture as a tool in education, from promoting illustration in comic books to providing technology to empower kids to make their own media.

Take a look at all the awesome organizations offering fun, interactive activities and be sure to stop by and visit them at the Kids’ Lab during this year’s Con!


Community Organizations to Visit at the 2017 Kids’ Lab

DCC'17 Kids Lab - Pop Culture ClassroomRed Team Go

This is Red Team Go’s second year in the lab. They are a collective of local artists focusing on the comic book, anime and illustration and will be hanging out and providing sketches, zombie makeup, as well as contributing to some great panels. 


DCC'17 Kids Lab - Pop Culture Classroom

Jackman Brothers Productions

Jackman Brothers have been bringing smiles to families’ faces since year 1 of DCC. They bring their A-game with balloon twisting, face painting and the friendliest personalities in the state of Colorado. Not only do they donate their time, but they donate their tips to Pop Culture Classroom to support out initiatives.


DCC'17 Kids Lab - Pop Culture Classroom

The CoMMiES

The Colorado Modeling Militia Enjoying Sci-Fi (CoMMiES) will be back for their fourth year! They will be bringing paper make-and-take models for attendees to engineer. After you are done creating, you can take it to our local ASIFA to do some stop motion animation.


DCC'17 Kids Lab - Pop Culture ClassroomColorado Symphony Orchestra

Once again, our friends at the CSO will be joining us at a table all weekend. They bring funky instruments, fun activities and professional musicians to wow attendees with musical nerdy fun.


DCC'17 Kids Lab - Pop Culture ClassroomDenver Open Media

This year we would like to welcome Denver Open Media, who throughout the year works with PCC to offer educational programming for local youth. They are dedicated to putting the power of the media in the hands of the community and providing technology resources. This year, they will have a spot in the Lab to teach attendees how to be a media maker!


Don’t Miss Out on the Best Kids’ Lab Yet! 

All of these great organizations and artists plus many more will be making the Lab a fantastic part of your Comic Con weekend. We feel that being a part of the community is how we can make change, and we are thankful for the support of everyone. Stop by the Lab with your family for some nerdy and educational fun!

If you haven’t bought tickets yet visit here to be a part of the hottest event of the summer!


DCC’17 PSA: 5 Reasons to Buy Your Tickets Online Instead of at the Door

Yes, you can buy tickets at the door, but why go through all the extra time, hassle and cost? Even if you buy your tickets the same day you plan to arrive, it will still be easier, faster and cheaper than buying at the door.

1. It’s Cheaper

No matter when you buy them, even if it’s the same day as you plan to attend, tickets cost $10 less online than at the door.  Why not save a few dollars?

2. Save Time When You Arrive

Typically the lines to buy tickets onsite are much longer than the lines to exchange your pre-purchased e-ticket for a badge. Get in faster by purchasing online and printing your e-ticket before you arrive. You can even exchange your e-ticket starting on Thursday before the con so you can arrive on your day, ready to go!

3. Avoid a Sellout

We do NOT hold/reserve tickets for onsite purchase. Meaning, if tickets sell out online before the day you arrive, you will NOT be able to purchase tickets at the door for that day. Speed Passes and 3-days are already gone. Saturday tickets are moving fast.

4. Added Convenience

It might go without saying, but buying tickets online is usually more convenient since you can purchase when you choose, plan your arrival time more carefully, and have confidence there will be fewer surprises when you get onsite.

5. If You Have an Issue, You’re Already in the System

If for some reason you need to make adjustments to the number in your party of have any other issues with your ticket, ordering online allows you to get the help you need faster because you’ll already be in the system and have an order number.

DCC’17 PSA: 6 Ways to Have a Great time at DCC with Your Kids

Wondering if you should bring the kids to DCC? The answer is definitely yes! What sets DCC apart from almost every other con is that we are produced by an educational non-profit Pop Culture Classroom.

That means we make a huge effort every year to keep your costs down and offer an enormous amount of programming geared specifically for kids and students. If you do bring the kids, here’s 6 things you don’t want to miss, and a few tips to make your con experience the best is can be.

UPDATE: We now have an entry map to help you find where to go when you arrive! Click the button below to view and download:

1. The HUGE Kids’ Learning Lab

Our 10,000 square foot Kids’ Learning Lab features dozens of cool hands on activities and exhibitors, all focused on promoting the S.T.E.A.M learning curriculum.  We’ll also have two stages with presentations and performances for kids by voice actors and comic pros, demonstrations by pop culture experts, and discussions for teens about the topics and issues they care about.  All programming is always included in the price of admission.

2. Kid/Teen Focused Educational Panels

We’ve planned over a hundred hours of educational panels designed exclusively for kids and teens.  Watch our website and social channels for an announcement of the full programming schedule soon.  Friday (June 30, 2017) is particularly eventful to the under-19 crowd, because that is “Educators Day” at DCC. More on that HERE

3. Bring the Smallest Stroller You Can

Need to bring a stroller? Strollers are allowed on the show floor, but we recommend you bring the smallest one you can. Keep in mind that the con floor can get super crowded, so pushing a stroller through the sea of people can be very challenging at times. Best to be prepared that you may have to collapse your stroller and carry it occasionally.

(Note, in an earlier version of this post we said that there would be designated areas for stroller parking, and this was incorrect.  We will NOT have stroller parking available. Apologies for any confusion this might have caused!)

4. Bring Snacks and Water Bottles

There is a LOT to do and see at the con, and your kiddos may have a hard time pausing amidst all the action, so plan on keeping them hydrated and fed on the go! Bring water bottles or sippy cups and refill them at any one of the many water fill stations and fountains throughout the convention center. Bring light snacks, too, because you’ll be burning some calories will all the walking — and remember that summer in Colorado is hot and dry.

5. Have a Plan for Breaks

Just like going to a large theme park, it’s important to plan for breaks appropriate to the age(s) of your children. The con can be overwhelming at its peak moments.

6. Remember: Child Badges Cost Less

Planning to buy tickets for the kids but wondering about prices? Con attendees 12 and under tickets are only $8.25 (includes fees, but not sales taxes) – and that covers all three days of the con!

 

DCC’17 PSA: 5 Tips to Get In Without Channeling Your Inner Hulk

As you may have read in our recent blog post, we will be doing bag and prop checks this year to ensure the safety of all attendees. Yes, inevitably this means things will go slower at entry time, so here are 5 tips that may reduce your stress (and avoid bringing out the Big Green Guy) when you get to the entrance lines.

And, we now have an entry map to help you find where to go when you arrive! Click the button below to view and download:

1. Arrive About An Hour After the Official Opening Time

If you don’t really have to be on the con floor right at the start of the day, come about an hour after the official opening time. There will likely be thousands of people lining up first thing in the morning, and the reality is — even with multiple bag and prop check stations — security can only go so fast. So, unless you have your heart set on being among the first into the con, just wait a little while before arriving, and you’ll likely get in a lot faster.

2. Pick Up Your Badge on Thursday (Con Starts Friday)

If you need to exchange your ticket for your badge, do it on Thursday, the day before the con starts. The lines will be much shorter, if there are lines at all. Have a friend swing you by the B Lobby on the Welton side so you don’t have to park, then have them pick you up after you’ve got your badge. No friend available?  Try using Lyft – New Lyft users click HERE for $5 off 3 rides and existing Lyft users enter the promo code DCC20OFF  for 20% off one ride to/from the Con. And remember to bring a printout of your ticket and your I.D. Hours: Thursday, 9am-6pm and each day of the con starting at 8 am in the same Bat-Location of B Lobby.  

3. Read the Cosplay and Prop Guidelines BEFORE You Come

Cosplaying or bringing in props?  Be sure to read and adhere to the 2017 guidelines HERE before you arrive.  Knowing what can and cannot be brought into the con can save you time and headaches onsite.

4. Buy Tickets in Advance (Less Risk, Less Cost)

If you don’t have tickets yet, now is the time! Saturday badges are nearly gone and you don’t want to miss out. If tickets are still available by the time the show opens, we will sell them “at the door” but know that this is more expensive! Tickets are $10 higher at the door, so plan to get yours online ahead of time and save that extra cash.

5. Drink Water … Seriously, Drink a Lot of Water

Lines are inevitable (see item #1) with this many people in one place, so plan to hydrate! Bring a water bottle and refill it at any one of the many fill stations at water fountains throughout the convention center. Bring a light snack with you, too, and remember that summer in Colorado is hot and dry.

DCC’17 PSA: New Entry Location, Single Registration Location, and Bag/Prop Checks for 2017

Hey DCCers, we have three big changes involving entry this year, so please read this post carefully! You can send questions to info@popcultureclassroom.org.

UPDATE: We now have an entry map to help you find where to go when you arrive! Click the button below to view and download:

1. The Main Entrance for the Con Has Changed This Year

The main entrance for single-day and three-day badge holders will be at the “Bellco Theater Entrance” on the SPEER BOULEVARD side of the Convention Center.

2.  There Will Be Only One Registration Location This Year

This is where you go to exchange your tickets for badges or to buy new tickets onsite. If you’re wondering where “Will Call” is, this is it. The single Registration area will be in the Lower B Lobby on the Welton Street side of the Convention Center. Note that we’ve had a Registration area in this location each year of the con.

3. Our Security Team Will Be Doing Bag and Prop Checks This Year for Everyone’s Safety

We will begin the entry process earlier than in past years because of the increased time required for checks. There will be two entry lines, one for people who have bags or props, and one for those who don’t. There will be multiple bag check lines. Full disclosure: The line for bag and prop check will be much slower than the other line, so if you want to get in as fast as possible, leave your bags and props at home if you can. More on that in another recent blog post HERE

Also, remember to read our cosplay and prop policy for 2017 HERE