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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


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!