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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.


Changes to DCC Prop Policy for 2017

We’ve heard your concerns about safety, and we are taking a number of measures to make the con as safe and as family-friendly as possible. 

We’re following in the footsteps of other cons such as Florida Supercon, Baltimore Comic Con and New York Comic Con and amending DCC’s cosplay prop-weapons policy for 2017. You can find the full cosplay and prop-weapons policy here. The focus of the policy change is that no realistic firearms of any kind, regardless of material (metal, plastic, rubber, resin, wood, etc..) will be permitted.

We understand (and sympathize—we geek out on Deadpool and the Punisher, too) that this will impact some popular costumes.

We can hear your first question already: will this really make anyone safer? We believe it will. This change in policy will make the jobs of police and our private security officers easier—any realistic weapon will be identified as a potential threat—and as a result, make you safer. The change in policy isn’t because we think our cosplayers are prone to violence, it’s because a hall full of prop firearms makes it difficult to discern threats from targets in the event of an actual shooting.

We’re letting you know as early as possible for a couple of reasons: so there is no confusion about what you’re purchasing when tickets go on sale, and so you don’t get too far down the road of a cosplay decision that you feel relies too heavily on firearm props. Other props, such as bats, swords, hammers and shields made from foam or plastic are still encouraged provided they fall within the existing polices.

We know props are fun, but we feel that these changes are a necessary step.

Thank you in advance for understanding.

If you have any cosplay related questions, please feel free to email

Opening Ceremonies 2016


Denver Comic Con Opening Ceremonies is taking place Friday night after the main floor closes in the Bellco Theater Main Events hall. The event will open with guest speakers and special videos produced just for the occasion, featuring celebrity guests and special 2016 anniversary celebrations for Star Trek, Wonder Woman and Comic Superstars of the 70s, 80s & 90s!

Then, courtesy of the Alamo Drafthouse, the humorists from Mile High Sci Fi will provide commentary on the 1984 film, The Karate Kid, MST3K-style. If you’ve never seen it, you’ll want to check out why this cult classic made Denver Comic Con guest Ralph Macchio a teen heartthrob and embedded him into the American lexicon with such unforgettable phrases like, “Wax on, wax off” and “Sweep the Leg!” If you do remember it from way back when, you’ll see it in a whole new light as MHSF provides well-timed gags and commentary during the film. The event will be appropriate for all-ages and is free to anyone with a 3-day or Friday badge. 

Plus, we’ll even have a few surprises. Guest Manu Intiraymi (Star Trek: Voyager) will announce his latest project, “The Circuit” and how you could be a part of the filming next year at DCC 2017!

Don’t miss this year’s Opening Ceremonies with Karate Kid or, as DCC Guests Martin Kove and William Zabka would say, we’ll show you “No Mercy!”

Art Demos and Workshops for Artists and Teachers Presented by Copic Markers

Imagination International, Inc. & Copic Markers presents several panels for the aspiring artist, the experienced artist exploring Copic Markers, and educators wanting to bring Copic Markers into their classrooms. Designed around audiences for all ages, join Terryl Whitlatch, creature and concept designer whose work includes Industrial Light and Magic, Lucasfilm Ltd., Pixar, Walt Disney Feature Animation, PDI, Entertainment Arts, LucasArts, Chronicle Books, and various zoos and natural history museums, as she instructs attendees with hands-on instruction and techniques. Copic will teach you basics of the art process and provide live demonstrations of their artist preferred markers. And Marianne Walker gives Teachers hands-on demos and instructional guidance to best introduce these great markers to your students!

Having your own supplies is encouraged, yet we will provide pencils and paper while supplies last. So bring your pencils and your imagination and arrive early as participation is limited. 


Art Demos and Workshops


Creating a Creature Mash-Up with Terryl Whitlatch & Copic Markers
Friday, June 17, 1:00 PM 1:45 PM, Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Lab, All Ages Stage

Creature Draw-Along Workshop w/ Copic Markers
Friday, June 17, 2:15 PM 3:05 PM, Room 402

Developing the Artist Process Workshop w/ Copic & Terryl
Saturday, June 18 3:30 PM 4:20 PM, Room 402

Copic Markers in the Classroom – for any teacher!
Sunday, June 19, 11:00 AM 11:50 AM, Room 303

Let’s Draw! Workshop w/ Terryl & Copic
Sunday, June 19, 1:00 PM 1:50 PM, Room 402

Let’s Draw Manga! with Copic Markers
Sunday, June 19, 1:00 PM 1:45 PM, Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Lab, 8-Bit Stage

Valiant Comics 101

If you’re not familiar with Valiant Comics, DCC ’16 is a great place to dive in. Valiant has been steadily gaining in popularity since the company re-booted in 2012, and two of their comics (BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER) are heading to the silver screen starting in 2017. Valiant’s characters may not have the name recognition of Superman or Captain America, but they are just as engaging, and don’t have the baggage of decades of storylines to dig through.

Valiant’s shared universe has something for everyone and is incredibly diverse. Looking for a female superhero who isn’t a size 2? Check out Faith Herbert. Looking for racially diverse characters and comic book creators? Then look no further than SHADOWMAN, THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE, and DIVINITY (to just name a few). The storylines of Valiant Comics are also incredibly diverse. Different Valiant Comics have political themes, comedy, time travellers, and run-ins with the supernatural, to just name a few story elements.

In the end, Valiant Comics are worth checking out because they aren’t trying to be the new Marvel or the DC, they are striking out on their own and making themselves a magnet for comic book creators and fans looking for something new.


Don’t miss the Valiant Comics panels!


Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here!
Saturday, June 18, 11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Room 401

Valiant Comics: Summer of 4001 A.D.
Sunday, June 19, 11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Room 401



Amy Richau is a Boulder-based freelance writer who writes about Star Wars on FANGirl Blog.


Denver Comic Con would like to thank Georges Jeanty for donating his time to provide us with a playful spin on our mascot, Captain Colorado. His wonderful art can be seen in our advertisements and will be featured on DCC’16 exclusive t-shirts, bags, posters and other collectables. Be sure to purchase these items at the DCC’16 Main Merch Booth and visit him at Artist Valley table AV062 to have these items signed.

Jeanty also supplied art for our souvenir program cover (with color by Monte Moore) and worked with Hard Rock Cafe Denver in designing a DCC’16 Limited Edition pin set, available exclusively at Hard Rock Cafe. 

We recently spoke with the Buffy the Vampire and Firefly/Serenity artist to get an update on what other things he’s been working on since his DCC’14 appearance.


Your work on Buffy and Serenity comics has made you a noted “Whedonverse” artist. Will you be revisiting that universe anytime soon?

I will! Joss announced a new Serenity mini-series at last year’s San Diego con, and I will be drawing it. The first issue comes out in October.

Before “Buffy” you were a regular Marvel X-Men artist, but more on the “outer fringes” with Bishop, Deadpool, Gambit and Weapon X. What was it like working on the “Merc with the Mouth,” Deadpool?

Yeah. It’s weird. I never drew one of the X-books, but I was all over the perimeter with the single mutants. Deadpool was a book that I didn’t think I would like when I got the assignment, but I quickly understood the character and treated the book as a black comedy. So most of my focus on the book was setting up the “jokes” and seeing how I could draw a particular scene for laughs. It’s funny how much stuff I drew back then that has found its way into the movies.

You were in Denver last year for a “Think Tank” project. Could you tell us more about that?

That was a surreal experience. I was asked to join a focus group who invited some of the great thinkers of the past few years to sit in a literal tank that they constructed in Downtown Denver. It had glass walls on all four sides so you could look inside at everyone thinking for a few straight hours, with the goal of discussing what will Denver look like in the coming future. I was tagged to illustrate some of their visions. It was a very unique evening.

What was THE comic book or comic book character that inspired you to draw comics?

There really was no one defining book or character. I fell in love with the Fantastic Four as a kid and embraced them totally. I think I would have drawn comics regardless. Drawing was always like an itch that I had to scratch as a kid, and thank god to this day I still feel itchy!

In your past interviews you mentioned your experience in acting. Do you rely on these skills when drawing comics?

I do! l treat a comic script as I would a movie script. You have your scene and your characters in that scene. You think about what they’re doing, even if they’re not the focus of that panel. I try and treat my characters as actors, because when you’re in drama you’re taught to stay in character even if your character is not the focus. So you can imagine how tough it is when I’m doing a book like Serenity where often there are 8 characters in the scene talking or just sitting around. Easy, it ain’t!

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Beware of Fraudulent Ticket Sellers

As Denver Comic Con gets closer and ticket availability becomes less and less, we’d just like to remind everyone to make sure to buy your DCC’16 tickets through reputable websites. AXS is the official ticketing service of Denver Comic Con, and all third party websites (such as eBay or Craigslist) do have the potential to sell you invalid tickets.

If you are looking to avoid some of the fees (between $6-$8), you may buy your tickets at the box office located at the Denver Coliseum. It is open 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday, and you can purchase tickets there up to the Saturday before the con. The address is:

Denver Coliseum
4600 Humboldt St
Denver, CO 80216


Lena Headey to Attend Denver Comic Con 2016

Denver Comic Con (DCC), Denver’s largest consumer convention and a program of education nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom (PCC), today announced it is bringing Lena Headey to the June 17 – 19, 2016 event at the Colorado Convention Center.

Headey, best known for her role as Cersei Lannister in HBO’s hugely popular television series, “Game of Thrones,” based on George R.R. Martin’s book series “A Song of Ice and Fire.” The series recently launched its sixth season.

“In Game of Thrones, Headey brings to life a powerful and polarizing character that, whether you hate or love her, keeps us wanting more every week,” said Christina Angel, Denver Comic Con director.

In addition to her role as Cersei, Headey stared as Queen Gorgo, a heroic Spartan woman in the period film, “300” (2006), by director Zack Snyder. Headey has also appeared as Sarah Connor in FOX’s television series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (2008), a TV spin-off of the popular “Terminator” film franchise.

Headey joins previously announced guests in the 2016 Denver Comic Con lineup including Stan Lee (Marvel Comics), Clark Gregg (Marvel Universe), Hayley Atwell (Captain America), and the cast and crews of Gotham, Shannara, and the Vampire Diaries, among many other comic book creators and pop culture celebrities.

Denver Comic Con has quickly become one of the most attended pop culture conventions in America. The popularity is due in part because of its robust schedule of programming—more than 400 hours of sessions during which artists, creators, celebrities and industry experts talk about their craft and their creations—as well as its family-friendly mission and environment. The largest portion of the show floor, more than 9,000 sq. ft., is dedicated to teens and children with activities designed to engage kids in education through pop culture.

For more information and tickets, please visit and

DCC’16 Stan Lee VIP Packages

Stan Lee’s VIP PACKAGES  and autographs are ON SALE NOW.  Regular photo-ops will go on sale at a later point.  All the information you will need to know before making a purchase is listed below, so please read carefully.

Stan Lee VIP Packages

Stan Lee will be offering VIP LEVEL PACKAGES that are good for ONE DAY ONLY, meaning that you get one day of VIP benefits listed below. VIP benefits will be fulfilled at Stan’s booth in Celebrity Summit for the day (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) applicable.

$375, plus other fees, includes:

  • 1 t-shirt
  • 2 randomly selected comic book variants from the Stan Lee Collection
  • 1 lithograph, autographed
  • 1 regular autograph ticket
  • 1 regular photo op ticket
  • A copy of “It’s All About the Love: The Stan Lee Family”
  • VIP access to Stan’s autograph line, 10-11 a.m. for that day only
  • Everyone who purchases a Stan Lee VIP ticket will be entered into a drawing for a special meet and greet with Stan Lee (10 names drawn daily with the meet and greet time TBA)

Please remember…

  • Stan Lee VIP Packages are NOT to be confused with regular Denver Comic Con 2016 tickets; a regular DCC’16 badge (valid for that day) is still required to enter the Denver Comic Con.
  • Stan Lee VIPs Packages are completely separate from the Denver Comic Con Speed Pass.
  • Autograph purchases are nonrefundable, non-exchangeable and non-transferable, unless the guest cancels. * Problems or questions? Write to us at


VIP Packages are purchased on site at the Stan Lee Booth in Celebrity Summit


Single Stan Lee Autograph

Autograph: $100  – Purchased on site at the Stan Lee Booth in Celebrity Summit

Single Stan Lee Photograph

Photograph: $100 (Provided by Epic Photo Ops) – these will go on sale at a later time


DCC’16 Autograph Pre-Sales


Autograph pre-sales are opening for DCC 2016, on Monday, 18 April at 10:00 am MDT!

Here are the details:

  • Please note that not all celebrity guests have pre-sales available and some have not yet been added.
  • There is a $1 per autograph service fee for using the service and this is for credit/debit card only. You will also have an opportunity to purchase autographs onsite with cash.
  • You will get a unique QR code with your purchase, which you can redeem onsite in Celebrity Summit for your autograph ticket.
  • This is for AUTOGRAPHS ONLY. Epic Photo Ops will put professional photo ops up for sale in the next few weeks (we’ll announce this).
  • Use the following link to our GrowTix page to purchase autographs that are currently available.
  • Purchase of autograph online does not guarantee a place in line, and you must have a valid show badge for the appropriate autograph, so please check which days guests are appearing before purchase.
  • Autograph purchases are nonrefundable, non-exchangeable and non-transferable, unless the guest cancels.
  • Problems or questions? Write to us at