I’m not especially versed in conventions. I’ve always been interested in going to conventions but for one reason or another I’ve only made it to a handful. So even though I don’t have a lot of other events to use as a reference, I can still say that Denver Comic Con 2015 was something entirely apart from conventions I’ve been to in the past.
When you hear Comic Con you probably think of the San Diego Comic Con, which is understandable considering it is the largest even of its kind. Because of the popularity of the San Diego event, the name Comic Con conveys an image of massive amounts of people coming together to enjoy the things and culture that all in attendance love. This was the way I imagined the event before going at least but I didn’t want to jump to conclusions beforehand. But I found that my assumption wasn’t far off.
This was by far the biggest event I’ve ever been to. After the weekend was over, I heard that the total amount of people in attendance number over a hundred thousand (though that was by word of mouth so it may not be 100% accurate). It was absolutely insane. Fortunately, the event was hosted in the appropriately sized and named Denver Convention Center. So while it was absolutely packed with people it was never uncomfortable for me.
We spent a lot of time on the show floor and for good reason; there was just so damn much to see. I feared for the well being of my bank account when I got a look at the ridiculous amount of comics, art and merch on the floor. I walked away with burning a triple digit hole in my wallet but it could have been a lot worse had I acted on my impulses. So many booth had so much to offer. Additionally, I ate a ton of food at the convention and I’d like to give a shout out to Boar’s Head for the awesome panini booth.
It should be noted that the show floor had a lot more to offer than just merch. The arcade bar, One Up, was in attendance and brought a bit of a demo of the establishment. Who could walk away from a free arcade next to the tap of the Comic Con brew “Hulk’s Mash”? There was a scale model of a turret from Star Wars with the sound effects from the movie and I just might have waited in line with a bunch of children to have my turn at firing it. One last thing that was big for me was being able to meet Vic Mignogna, the talented voice actor behind Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist. Very cool guy and easy to approach. Go see him if your ever at an event that he’s attending.
Another important part of any convention is the panels so naturally I need to touch on what we saw at Denver Comic Con. To be entirely honest, we spent most of our time roaming the convention center so we didn’t get to attend as many panels as I would have liked but those we did see were fantastic. I can’t talk about them all so I’ll go with my favorite; Patrick Warburton, the actor behind Joe from Family Guy, Brock Samson from the Venture Brothers, The Tick, Kronk from The Emperor’s New Groove and David Puddy from Seinfeld. Patrick was an incredibly lively presence on stage considering it was only the third convention he’s ever attended. Patrick hit on a wide range of topics, from his disapproving parents and how he’s still scolded at age fifty, to what it’s like to attend Seth MacFarlane’s birthday party. I hope to also join the small number of people who’ve drank off of an ice sculpture made of ice from Antarctica.
While everything the convention had to offer was amazing, my favorite part of it all might have been interacting with all the people in attendance. We met so many new people over the course of the weekend and heard a lot of interesting stories. People traveled across the country to attend this event, which made me feel lazy for never leaving town for an event. Props to all you truly devoted fans out there.
What caught me off guard was how many people we actually knew that we ran into at Comic Con. People we had known from high school, college and work were all in attendance. It really made it clear to me that Denver Comic Con offers a chance to bring everyone with a share interest together to enjoy the things we love. To everyone we ran into at the event; it was a pleasure and thanks for hanging out with us.
To wrap things up, I’ll just say that I had a blast at Denver Comic Con 2015 and regret that I’ve missed the event for the past few years. Everything about the experience was positive for me and I definitely plan to go back in the future. I’m grateful we were given the opportunity to attend the event and want to thank everyone that took the time to speak to us.Tweet