Cosplay Update - Denver Comic Con 2017

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, or submit them through the new DCC Cosplay Facebook Group we just launched (details below)!


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.


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 (, then click on the “COSPLAY” tab.


Cosplay photo-shoot gathering signups are now open! Submissions are open on the DCC website ( 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! 


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:


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!

Ticket Drops - Denver Comic Con 2017

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!

I AM BREWT - The Official Beer of Comic Con 2017

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

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 Official 2017 Denver Comic Con Beer

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!

Pop Culture Classroom Educator of the Year Award

Pop Culture Classroom is excited to announce our first-ever Pop Culture Educator of the Year Award! Pop culture is an incredible educational tool and our goal with this award is to recognize and honor educators who use pop culture to engage students, inspire lifelong love of learning, encourage diversity, and increase literacy in their schools and local communities.

If you know an educator who provides innovative and inspiring educational experiences using pop culture, please submit a recommendation! Nominees will be judged based on the following:

  • Innovative use of pop culture as an instructional tool
  • Demonstrated student engagement
  • Significant and lasting impact on their students, as well as within the larger school and local community

In addition to one of PCC’s own pop culture-based curricula, the winners 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.

Who is Eligible?

All K-12 and higher education (college/university) educators are eligible for the award. Parents, students, administrators, and fellow educators may submit applications, and one teacher can receive multiple nominations.

An award will be given out in each of the following categories:

  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Post-secondary Education (college/university)

How to Submit

Submit using the following link:
Deadline to receive submissions is May 1st, 2017. Winners will be announced May 10th, 2017.

Grand Prizes

The Grand Prize winner in each category will receive:

  • 2 (TWO) 3-day passes to Denver Comic Con 2017
  • Free access to 1 (ONE) PCC Curriculum
  • Special DCC’17 Prize Package
  • Spotlight on the PCC/DCC website

Honorable Mentions

An Honorable Mention from each category will be featured on our website.


Can an educator nominate themselves?

Are there any fees?
No, entry is entirely free!

What is the selection process?
After the deadline, all applications will be reviewed by a judging panel, who will select the winners. Ideal candidates should demonstrate a significant and lasting impact on their students, as well as within the larger school and local community, through the use of pop culture.

Winners will be notified via email by May 10th, 2017, and provided further instructions. Please ensure that the email address for the educator is correct upon submission.

What qualifies as “pop culture”?
While we understand that pop culture is an extremely broad category, for the purposes of this award we are looking for teachers who make innovative use of comics, games, television, social/new media, movies, and/or music as instructional tools.

Does it matter if the educator doesn’t live in Colorado?
The nominee can live anywhere; however, the prize is 2 (TWO) passes to Denver Comic Con 2017, and other expenses will not be covered.

Must the winner be present at Denver Comic Con 2017?
No, the winner does not need to attend Denver Comic Con 2017, though we highly encourage them to attend.

Must the educator be notified of a nomination?
No, however we do require a verified email address for the nominee so that we may contact them.

For any other questions and concerns regarding the award, please email us. We look forward to reading your submissions!


No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase chances of winning.

Employees, officers, directors and agents of Pop Culture Classroom and members of the immediate family or persons living in the same household of such individuals, are ineligible to participate. Contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws.

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.




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.


Third Annual Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Comics Contest!

Calling all parents, educators, and comic book fans! Pop Culture Classroom is launching its third annual comic book contest for kids, and we’re asking for your help to spread the word to young comic book creators everywhere. Whether you know a budding graphic novelist, an up-and-coming cartoonist, a comic book aficionado, or all of the above, we’re encouraging young artists from Colorado and beyond to enter our 2017 Kids’ Comics Contest!


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.


About the Contest

Running from December 9, 2016 to May 1st, 2017, the Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Comics Contest is open to all Kindergarten through 12th grade students. Artwork must be in the form of an original comic or graphic text. Students may submit previously created artwork as long as it has not been published elsewhere and is age-appropriate.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Two winners (Grand Prize and Runner Up) will be chosen from each of four different age categories and announced on May 10th, 2017. The age categories are:

  • K-2nd grade
  • 3rd – 5th grade
  • 6th – 8th grade
  • 9th – 12th grade

Submissions will be judged on the following categories:

  • Storytelling. Story arc, character development, setting, and dialogue/captions.
  • Art. Use of comic conventions, character representation, setting, and layout.
  • Adherence to theme. This year, we’re introducing a theme to the contest. Your art and/or storytelling must display    one or all of the following ideas: Strength, Justice, Courage or Unity.


What is the desired length of the comic?

We do not have any specific requirements on length, though we are specifically looking for comics and graphic texts that tell a unique, engaging story through a mixture of text and art. You are welcome to submit a comic of any length that you feel accomplishes this. If the winner’s artwork is more than one page, we will print the first page of the comic in the DCC souvenir program, with the rest located on our PCC website.


Do you have a theme?

Yes! This year, for the first time, we’re introducing a theme to the Kids’ Comics Contest. Either in your art or storytelling, we’d like you to display one (or all) of the following ideas: Strength, Justice, Courage or Unity.


What are your rules in regards to mild violence/gore?

Since we’re a family-friendly con, we ask that you keep it PG-13.


Grand Prize

The Grand Prize winner in each category will have their artwork featured in the official Denver Comic Con 2017 souvenir program, inclusion in a special digital exhibition on the Pop Culture Classroom website, two passes to Denver Comic Con 2017, and a meet-and-greet session with a professional comic artist.


Runner Up Prize

The Runner Up prize winner in each category will be included in a special digital exhibition on the Pop Culture Classroom website and will receive two passes to Denver Comic Con 2017.


How do we submit the project?

Email artwork to (highly preferred). If possible, please scan artwork in color, at 300 dpi, and send as a PDF or JPG or send via “snail mail” to PCC’s offices at

1391 N Speer Blvd, Suite 360
Denver, Colorado 80204

Deadline for contest entry is May 1st @ 5pm (MST).

For any other questions and concerns regarding the contest, please email us. We look forward to reading and enjoying your submissions!


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 and 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.