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!

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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 April 15, 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 April 29, 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 contest@popcultureclassroom.org (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 April 15th @ 5 p.m. (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 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.

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 cosplay@popcultureclassroom.org

The Mighty T

Jake has always been a comic book guy. He worked for Dark Horse Comics in college, and has just never really let the passion die. Years later, a firefighter with a family of his own, Jake found out that Denver had its very own comic convention. He decided to go, but he made it a family affair by bringing his kids, including his youngest daughter, Taylor.

“She was 4 years old and she loved it. We dressed her like Supergirl,” said Jake. “She was just blown away by the spectacle of it all.”

Soon, Taylor was a full-fledged comic lover just like her dad. Owly, Spider-Man, Tiny Titans—she loved them all. But her favorite heroes were Batgirl, Supergirl and Thor. Denver Comic Con quickly became an annual event for Jake and his family. And 2016 was a year like any other—they had purchased their tickets and were getting excited for June. Then, out of nowhere, Taylor got sick.

“On June 13, Taylor was diagnosed with leukemia,” Jake said. “She had to be hospitalized for two weeks.”

While in the hospital, Taylor realized something. She wouldn’t be able to go to Denver Comic Con.

Heartbroken for his daughter, Jake mentioned Taylor’s crushing realization on Facebook. And that’s when the geek community came to the rescue. Immediately, friends started to share Taylor’s story to try to figure out a way to bring Denver Comic Con to her, even creating the hashtag #SendTaylorHeroes to get the word out far and wide. Soon, they had recruited two cosplayers to come and visit Taylor in the hospital.

On Saturday afternoon when Thor—her favorite super hero—walked into the room, Taylor was stunned. He was larger than life, fully decked out in a flowing red cape, with a massive hammer and huge smile. The two hit it off right away. They talked about the “Ironman technology” she was wearing and he even wrote a note in her secret journal using her invisible ink pen that has an attached black light to read the messages with.

Then as he began to leave, Thor handed her his hammer.

“Taylor, this is Mjolnir,” he said. “Only the worthy can lift it. Because you are mighty and because you are brave, I wish for you to have it.”

Taylor was amazed. And her family was over the moon with gratitude.

Later that day, Taylor had another surprise visitor—Ms. Marvel. Before long, the two were discussing costume design, colors, superpowers and how cool it would be to fly. Taylor decided that not only did she need wings, but ice powers and the ability to make rainbows. Before leaving, Ms. Marvel had Taylor get up and show off some fighting poses with her—then she offered her the handmade mask she was wearing for Taylor to fight crime with.

“While Thor and Ms. Marvel were in her room, Taylor did not hurt. She did not feel sick or tired.” Jake said. “The geek community stepped up and had our back. The fact that there are selfless people out there, folks who will go out of their way to help someone they don’t even know, it’s truly inspirational.”


Gamers Giving is hosting a 24-hour gaming marathon on October 8-9, 2016 at Total Escape Games in Broomfield, CO to benefit the Burgess family while their daughter Taylor (age 7) fights leukemia. If you are interested in playing, you can pre-register for your seats at www.warhorn.net/events/thanksgaming-2016

If you don’t want to participate in the gaming marathon, you may also donate here: https://www.crowdrise.com/thanksgaming-for-the-mighty-taylor-vs-cancer/fundraiser/gamersgivinginc

 

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Denver Comic Con Announces 2017 Event Dates

Denver Comic Con (DCC), Denver’s largest consumer convention and program of education-nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom (PCC), announces the dates for the 2017 convention as June 30 – July 2, 2017 at the Colorado Convention Center. Tickets will go on sale this fall.

In 2016—the 5th year anniversary of the event—Denver Comic Con saw attendance of over 114,900, making it one of the largest comic conventions in the nation. Guests like comic book legend Stan Lee, Game of Thrones star Lena Headey and 80s icon Ralph Macchio, helped Denver Comic Con become one of the most attended pop culture conventions in America.

“2016 was a blast, and of course the growth of the event is exciting. It’s an honor to be able to bring such popular guests, comic artists and programs to the Denver community. We’re already working to make the 2017 line-up the best yet,” said Christina Angel, Convention Director.

Denver Comic Con’s popularity is also due in part to its robust schedule of programming—more than 300 hours of panels 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.

LEAD With Comics at Sterling Correctional Facility

LEAD (Literacy Education in Adult Detention) With Comics is Pop Culture Classroom’s ongoing project in jail systems and detention centers across Colorado. It’s a six week course for incarcerated adults, with the goal of helping to improve their literacy and art skills using comics and graphic novels. Current research shows that inmates who receive literacy education have a 16% recidivism rate, while those that don’t are over four times more likely to end up in jail again. LEAD was developed as a creative way to reach struggling readers and help them find a positive way forward.

In May, Pop Culture Classroom began a partnership with Sterling Correctional Facility to bring the LEAD With Comics program to their library as an opportunity for the inmates in the “incentive unit.” The course includes reading materials, interactive activities and comics-based literacy and art lessons designed to help students investigate storytelling and the creation of story. Erin Boyington, Library Supervisor at Sterling, was the lead teacher in the course, and was joined by Renae Kubitz and Brett Hodgins. Dion Harris, an art instructor provided by Pop Culture Classroom, also taught art workshops as part of the program.

“I loved getting a chance to talk about graphic novels, literature, and let the participants engage with books in a way that they might not be familiar with,” Boyington said. “My favorite part was discussing the books, asking questions and getting sometimes surprising answers.”

All instruction is designed to ensure that everyone in the class, from pop culture fanatics to first-time comic readers, can be engaged and find new ways to express themselves. After discussing how art and words work together to tell a story, students are given the chance to create comics of their own.

“It was rewarding to see how much work they put into a class that wasn’t even graded or part of a parole plan,” Boyington said. “Many of the final projects were 20+ pages of closely drawn art.”

On July 8, Sterling had its first graduating class, with 14 out of 15 students completing the course. All of them produced comic books that were incredibly ambitious in scope, and received a certificate of completion.

“Many of the students have stopped by to thank me,” Boyington said. “Men in prison don’t always have a way to get constructive criticism of their creative endeavors, so LEAD is a unique opportunity. They got to show off their hard work and artistic ability, even the ones who started out thinking they didn’t have any!”

Click here to learn more about LEAD With Comics.

Opening Ceremonies 2016

DENVER COMIC CON OPENING CEREMONIES – FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016 – 7:00 PM, MAIN EVENTS/BELLCO THEATER

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