DENVER - Gamers, Trekkies, Walker Stalkers, Bronies, Cosplayers and other pop culture fans will take over the Colorado Convention Center this weekend for the Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference (DCC).
Despite the name, the three-day event is not just for comic book fans.
Fans of popular sci-fi and fantasy TV shows and movies can meet artists, actors, writers and directors. Some of the celebrity guests include Star Trek stars William Shatner and LeVar Burton, total hottie/action hero Karl Urban, "World War Z" author Max Brooks, Cosplayer Ger Tysk, and Matthew Inman, the artist behind "The Oatmeal" website and webcomics.
Gamers can try their skills on every platform -- video games, board games, card games, miniature games and more.
There are also movie viewings, panel discussions with celebrities and costume contests.
The Merchant Mesa features tons of geek-swag and work by local artists. Some artists are even giving their work away!
Adults can enjoy the official beer of the DCC - a "hoppy, amber ale" by Breckenridge Brewery called Brews Wayne.
After-hours events include concerts, performances, and contests in and around the convention center. Denver Pavilions is hosting a Cosplay (costume contest) at 5 p.m. Saturday. And you don't need a ticket to have drinks and talk about dinosaurs with the Oatmeal at the Best Western Denver Southwest in Lakewood at 7 p.m. Saturday.
If you don't have tickets yet, you can check these local retailers: http://denvercomiccon.com/dcc/authorized-ticket-sellers/
As a last resort, you can try to buy tickets at the door. Only Friday and Sunday badges will be available at the door. Three-day passes and tickets for Saturday were sold out by 4 p.m. Thursday.
"Passes DO NOT include individual Autograph or Photo Op fees for Celebrity Guests," according to the official website.
- Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Sunday: 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
DCC is a program of the Colorado-based nonprofit Comic Book Classroom (CBC).
"Students in our program undergo a six-week instruction in reading, writing stories and eventually creating their own comics, which are then published in a class collection," organizers said. "CBC graduates are subsequently invited to participate in Denver Comic Con as guests to create sketches and/or sell their work."
For more information, visit: www.comicbookclassroom.org