Archive for Denver Comic Con

Big Update from the DCC’17 Cosplay Team!

Denver Comic Con has some new and exciting changes to announce for 2017! We have a brand new Cosplay team and lots of improvements to our Cosplay Programming this year. Read on for the some of the biggest updates!  And, now you can either send questions to cosplay@popcultureclassroom.org, or submit them through the new DCC Cosplay Facebook Group we just launched (details below)!

NEW COSPLAY CANYON

First, the cosplay Photo-shoot Gathering Stage, Contest Craftsmanship Judging, and Cosplay Panel Room (previously room #507) will all be consolidated into one new area called Cosplay Canyon. It will be located on the Southwest end of the street level floor. This centralized area will be a hub for the cosplay community to access all main cosplay programming at Denver Comic Con.

INTRODUCING THE “COSPLAY CLASSIC”

The official DCC cosplay contest formerly known as the “Cosplay Shindig” is now the “Cosplay Classic!” Do you have what it takes to join in the Cosplay Classic? You bet you do! Creativity, passion, and a little bit of bravery! Check out our Cosplay Classic guidelines to get all the information you need to bring your best to the stage. Please make sure you carefully review requirements, divisions, and stage rules before registration on April 29th, 2017.

If you would like to enter into the new Cosplay Classic, you may do so starting on Saturday 4/29 at approximately 12 noon MDT, which is when the entry webpage will go live.  Start by going to the DCC website (www.denvercomiccon.com), then click on the “COSPLAY” tab.

COSPLAY PHOTO-SHOOT SIGNUPS AND DETAILS

Cosplay photo-shoot gathering signups are now open! Submissions are open on the DCC website (popcultureclassroom.org/dcc/cosplay/cosplay-photo-shoot/) from April 22nd-April 29th. After collecting the submissions, we will also post a poll on that same page from May 6th-May 13th to vote for the groups and ideas you’d most like to see at DCC! Themes will be scheduled and prioritized according to popular vote. This final schedule will be posted, online and in the DCC Program, after May 20th. The Cosplay Photo-shoot Stage welcomes all cosplayers and photographers to gather at any scheduled theme to network and show off their talent! 

NEW FACEBOOK GROUP DEDICATED TO DCC COSPLAY

There is also a new DCC Cosplay Facebook Group – specially created for the DCC Cosplay Community as a means to network with each other and have one place to go to ask questions and get official answers from the DCC Cosplay Team. This group will be closely monitored and moderated by us, so be sure to read through all the group rules and guidelines before joining. You may find that group here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1826254787635942/

ATTEMPTING THE GUINNESS BOOK WORLD RECORD!

Denver Comic Con is also going to officially attempt to beat the Guinness Book World Record for “Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Comic Book Characters.” Note that this any “comic book characters” count, not just “superheroes!” So, for example, Power Rangers and Pokemon work just as well! We as a unified Cosplay Community can surely beat this world record and invite all costumed comic characters to gather with us on Sunday, July 2, by 3 p.m. MDT at the Bellco Theater to be a part of this world record breaking event! Stay tuned on this one – many more details to come!

Announcing the 2017 Denver Comic Con Ticket Drops!

Pop Culture Classroom is excited to announce that we will be doing a limited number of ticket drops for Denver Comic Con 2017! Denver Comic Con is supported by Pop Culture Classroom, whose goal is to inspire a love of learning, increase literacy, celebrate diversity and build community through the tools of popular culture. As part of this mission, over the next few months we’ll be traveling to locations all across Denver and nearby cities with bags containing two (2) 3-Day Passes to this year’s Denver Comic Con and exclusive DCC’17 swag. General locations will be announced 24 hours in advance of the drops on the Pop Culture Classroom Facebook and Twitter accounts, and when the ticket drop goes live we will post a picture/video of where to find the swag bag in that location. Be sure to stay tuned on those sites and be the first to know where the drop will be. Don’t miss out on your chance attend the hottest event of the summer! Check out this video for more information!


The Official Beer of DCC’17 is “I AM BREWT”!

Breckenridge Brewery and Denver Comic Con proudly announce that “I AM BREWT,” submitted by Rhiana Elizabeth Henry, is the name of the 2017 DCC beer, a Bohemian Pilsner. Thank goodness we have such a lovable and strong Guardian of the Brewery.

Artist Noah Eisenman of Boulder, CO, will be creating the artwork for this year’s DCC I Am Brewt collectible pint glass which will be given away at select events leading up to and during the con. Check out more of Noah’s work at www.noaheisenman.com.

Congratulations to Rhiana who gets free Breck beer for a year and an official DCC tap handle!

Stay tuned for the Beer Launch party announcement coming soon.

Vote for the 2017 Denver Comic Con Official Beer Name!

Click on the button below to cast your vote!

Denver Comic Con and Breckenridge Brewery have carefully selected 4 finalists and now it’s up to you to vote for your favorite! You can vote for as many as you’d like but you can only vote once per name. The winning name will be illustrated by a hand-picked comic book artist. The person who came up with the name will receive a custom prize package from Breckenridge Brewery that includes free beer for a year and a Comic Con beer tap handle!

Name the Denver Comic Con Beer!

The annual “Name the Denver Comic Con Beer” contest starts today! This is the 6th year Breckenridge Brewery has brewed a special beer just for the con.

The 2017 DCC beer is a Bohemian-style Pilsner. It’s delicate and well-balanced, light yet complex. Saaz hops, a classic pilsner ingredient, impart a pleasant, earthy aroma while giving spicy flavor characteristics and a crisp, dry finish. Famously pleasing. A friend to many. But before you know it, it’s gone.

Past winners of our “Name the Comic Con Beer” contest are: The Fantastic Pour, The Caped Brewsader, Brews Wayne, Hulk’s Mash, and Snape-ricot. Now’s your chance for infamy! In the comments section of this post, submit your idea for a name by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday March 23rd.

Check back on Friday March 24th to vote for one of the 4 select entries decided on by Breck and DCC. The winning name will be illustrated by a local comic book artist and featured on this year’s DCC pint glass. The winner receives a custom prize package from Breckenridge Brewery that includes free beer for a year and a Denver Comic Con beer tap handle!

Announcing the 2017 Pop Culture Classroom Educator of the Year Award Winners!

We are excited to announce the 2017 winners of the first-ever Pop Culture Educator of the Year Award! Each of the award-winners below has demonstrated innovative use of pop culture as an educational tool in their classrooms to engage and inspire students, as well as create lasting impacts in their schools and local communities. We are pleased to recognize and honor their wonderful work!

In addition to one of PCC’s own pop culture-based curricula, each award-winner will receive two 3-day passes to Denver Comic Con 2017 (June 30- July 2, 2017), as well as a special DCC’17 prize package.

Thank you to everyone who nominated an educator this year! We were excited to hear about so many excellent educators using pop culture in their classrooms.


ELEMENTARY-LEVEL AWARD

Elementary-Level Awardee – Tracy LeVeaux

Pop Culture Classroom - Tracey LeVeauxTracy LeVeaux teaches 4th grade at Lotus School for Excellence, a public charter school in Aurora. This is his 14th year in education, having taught grades 1 through 6 (minus 2nd).

“I try to incorporate pop culture into my classroom for several reasons. First, it is always an engaging method of introducing a new topic, making an analogy to better understand a current lesson, or to review previous concepts. Another, more important reason, is its usefulness in teaching English Language Learners (ELLs). Comic books are such a visual medium, which allows me to relate to my ELL students. I incorporate storyboards into my writing lessons as well as use graphic novels in my classroom library. It helps students to feel more confident, and ultimately, be more successful, in English Language Arts.”


MIDDLE-LEVEL AWARD

Middle-Level Awardee – “Mollie” (Mary) Kelleher

Pop Culture Classroom - Mollie KelleherAfter teaching in Montana for ten years, Mollie Kelleher joined the St. Vrain Valley School District in 2000 where she has taught English, language arts, and most recently computer science. Kelleher loves all things sci fi and has been a Star Trek fan since the first episode aired in 1966.

“Pop culture provides excellent resources for making abstract concepts accessible to middle and high school students. Did you know that a monologue from Kill Bill provides a perfect model of essay development? Or that The Matrix contains every element of the hero’s journey? Sheldon’s friendship algorithm helps students understand how to program decision trees and avoid infinite loops, and a contagion simulation is so much more interesting when framed as the zombie apocalypse. And what’s cooler programming than a Dr. Who version of PacMan, complete with talking Daleks? Nothing, that’s what.”


HIGH SCHOOL-LEVEL AWARD

High School-Level Awardee – William M. Plumb

Pop Culture Classroom - William PlumbWill Plumb is a Social Studies teacher at Laramie High School in Laramie WY. In addition to teaching, he is the sponsor and co-sponsor for the Pop Culture, Japanese, Key Club, and S.A.L.L.Y. (Safe Area for LHS LGBTQ Youth) clubs. When not at school he can be found relaxing with his family, playing Netrunner, or playing drums for the band Sunnydale High.

“Why do I use Pop Culture in my classes? Comic books, games, and sci-fi have always been part of my life so it has always been part of my classroom. In recent years I began implementing board games and comics to help my students understand tough concepts and practice analyzing the media they are bathed in daily.  Most students are naturally drawn to games, comics, and pop media which gives students a shared schema. That schema gives students practice in decoding their world and lets me create more effective and engaging lessons.”


POST-SECONDARY-LEVEL AWARD

Post-Secondary Awardee – Dr. Cristopher Bell

Pop Culture Classroom - Dr. Cristopher BellDr. Christopher Bell is the Director of Graduate Studies and an Associate Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He specializes in the study of popular culture, focusing on the ways in which race, class and gender intersect in different forms of media, particularly dystopian young adult literature and tween television programming.

“I make extensive use of popular culture to reflect upon the state of race and gender relations in contemporary society. It is one of the most useful tools at our disposal in the development of student consciousness surrounding these issues, because teaching students about race and gender is really, really difficult. Using popular culture to demonstrate the ways in which students are intentionally socially conditioned into particular world views can oftentimes soften the blow and open students up to a new way of thinking about the issues without so much ‘skin in the game.’”

Experience the Comix

Experience the Comix was created through a partnership between Illegal Pete’s and Pop Culture Classroom. Each year, tickets to Denver Comic Con—a program of Pop Culture Classroom—are given to middle and high school students with the goal of helping these students experience pop culture as a fun and engaging educational tool. Experience the Comix also teaches students about the many career paths that pop culture offers. 

When is Experience the Comix?
ETC will take place on Friday, June 30th, 2017 from roughly 10 AM to 5 PM.

Where is Experience the Comix?
It will be held at the Colorado Convention Center (700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202) during the first day of Denver Comic Con 2017. Important note: We cannot provide transportation to and from the event.

Who can come?
Middle and high school students who are unable to afford a day at Denver Comic Con are welcome to attend. Our goal is to provide an inspiring cultural and educational opportunity that will open minds to new, potential career opportunities. We ask that students who have already come to Experience the Comix in previous years please refrain from returning to allow others to enjoy this unique experience.

How can I or my students attend?

Typically, we have an application process for schools and community organizations that want to attend ETC at Denver Comic Con. Since the program is so popular, we have already reached capacity for the 2017 event. While we are thrilled that there are so many people that want to attend, sadly, we don’t have resources for all interested parties. We are sorry if you have not had a chance to come and encourage you to look for application in early 2018.

 

 

Thank you for attending the 2016 Denver Comic Con Art Auction! 

We would like to thank all the volunteers, staff and attendees who made last Saturday’s (Dec 10) annual Denver Comic Con Art Auction a success.
 
Your investment in our mission makes it possible for Pop Culture Classroom to continue to inspire a love of learning, celebrate diversity and build community through our many educational endeavors, which include things like pop culture-based curriculum and workshops, the Colorful History bi-weekly web comic, the LEAD With Comics program and Denver Comic Con. We’ll keep you updated throughout the year on how your donation has helped make our educational work possible.
 
We would also like to extend our gratitude to our community partners who donated items for the auction: Elitch Gardens Theme Park, Colorado Symphony, Sally Centigrade Art Gallery, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver Film Society, The Curtis Hotel, Colorado Rockies and Illegal Pete’s.

 

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Kids’ Comics Contest!

We are excited to announce the winners of the 3rd annual Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Comics Contest! These young comic creators submitted excellent original works displaying the ideas of strength, justice, courage, and unity through exemplary storytelling and art. We are excited to honor their hard work and creativity!

Along with a pair of 3-day passes to Denver Comic Con 2017, contest winners will have their artwork prominently featured in the official Denver Comic Con 2017 souvenir program and admired by thousands of con attendees. Additional prizes include exhibition of artist’s work on the Pop Culture Classroom website and a special meet-and-greet session with a professional comic artist during Denver Comic Con 2017.

Thank you to everyone who submitted. We were thrilled by the responses and loved reading all the submissions. Congratulations to the winners!


K2ND GRADE WINNERS

K2nd Grand Prize:
Michael Cameron Woolsey, The Adventures of Hairy

Michael is a seven-year old boy who loves comic books, video games, and all things from the 1980’s.

Pop Culture Classroom - Kids' Comics Contest Winners


3RD–5TH GRADE WINNERS

3rd5th Grand Prize:
Cameron Suh, Best Friends

My name is Cameron and love Art!!  I am currently a 3rd grader at Willow Creek Elementary School.  In addition to Art, I love playing the Violin and my Electric Guitar!!  Mice are my passion and love everything about them.  They are sooo cute.  I hope you enjoy my cartoon!!

Pop Culture Classroom - Kids' Comics Contest Winners

 

3rd5th Runner Up:
Peyton H. DiPentino, Bolt

Peyton is a Colorado Native who loves the Denver Broncos and Batman!

Pop Culture Classroom - Kids' Comics Contest Winners


6TH–8TH GRADE WINNERS

6th8th Grand Prize:
Amy Jiao (Diurnal Days), Through Blood and Electricity

Diurnal Days is an aspiring artist in Colorado. She enjoys studying storytelling in all forms of media. She hopes that the blue world of her dreams was well-conveyed through this work.

Pop Culture Classroom - Kids' Comics Contest Winners

Pop Culture Classroom - Kids' Comics Contest Winners

 

6th8th Runner Up:
Ian Geddes. The Encephalon

Ian Geddes is a 13 year old who attends the Denver School of the Arts.  He likes to use pencil and pen and marker in his artwork. Ian finds inspiration from Jim Lee.

Pop Culture Classroom - Kids' Comics Contest WinnersPop Culture Classroom - Kids' Comics Contest Winners


9TH–12TH GRADE WINNERS

9th12th Grand Prize:
Amanda Schroeder, Untitled

Amanda has aspirations of a future career as an illustrator after graduating from her senior year of high school.

Pop Culture Classroom - Kids' Comics Contest WinnersPop Culture Classroom - Kids' Comics Contest Winners

 

9th–12th Runner Up:
Grace L. Ruoff, Anada Eclipse

This comic is inspired from Grace’s cosplay group and her love of fantasy and dystopian stories and anime.

Pop Culture Classroom - Kids' Comics Contest Winners


2017 HONORABLE MENTIONS

Honorable Mention:
Gennessee Torres, Untitled

Pop Culture Classroom - Kids' Comics Contest Winners

 

Honorable Mention:
Cheehana Glover, The Tribe

Pop Culture Classroom - Kids' Comics Contest Winners

 

Honorable Mention:
Aspen Congleton, The Unicorn and the Alien

Pop Culture Classroom - Kids' Comics Contest Winners

 

Denver Comic Con Announces Ticket Sales Date for 2017 Event

Denver Comic Con (DCC), the pop culture fan event and program of Pop Culture Classroom, announced today that tickets will go on sale for the 2017 con on Friday, December 2 at 9 a.m. MST. The annual event will take place June 30-July 2, 2017 at the Colorado Convention Center.

Prices are $176.00 for a Speed Pass, $82.50 for a 3-Day Adult ticket, $38.50 for a Friday Adult ticket, $49.50 for a Saturday Adult ticket, $44.00 for a Sunday Adult ticket and $8.25 for a Child 3-Day (ages 2-12) ticket. Prices for the annual event have stayed the same as 2016, except for a slight increase on Saturday Adult tickets. Read more about what’s included in your ticket price here. 

Denver Comic Con will begin announcing guests before the end of the year.

Tickets may be purchased starting Friday, December 2 at 9 a.m. at www.denvercomiccon.com and www.AXS.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the AXS box office at the Denver Coliseum on Saturdays beginning December 3 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tickets purchased at the box office may be purchased without applicable service charges.

 

Child tickets must be purchased with an adult ticket. Ticket prices include the 10% Denver FDA tax and facility fee. AXS fees and mailing charges are not included in these prices and will be added upon purchase.