Denver Comic Con
|Denver Pop Culture Con|
|Venue||Colorado Convention Center|
|Inaugurated||June 15, 2012|
|Attendance||114,500 in 2016|
|Organized by||Pop Culture Classroom|
Denver Pop Culture Con (DPCC) (previously Denver Comic Con)  is a 3-day speculative fiction fan convention held annually in Denver, Colorado, in the United States. The inaugural convention was held June 15–17, 2012, and was created as a program for the non-profit educational organization Comic Book Classroom. In 2013, Denver Comic Con was held May 31-June 2. The 2014 event was first held June 13–15, 2014 at the Colorado Convention Center and the latest event is June 15-17, 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center; tickets are available fall 2017.
With to its association to Pop Culture Classroom, Denver Pop Culture Con embraces a host of popular arts including comic books, tabletop and video games, anime, manga, cosplay, horror and science fiction, webcomics, movies, television and literature.
Overview and history
Comic Book Classroom was founded in 2010, a Colorado charitable organization focused on enhancing and improving student’s learning experience through the use of comic book media by Charlie LaGreca, Frank Romero, David Vinson, and Kevin Vinson. Between 2010 and 2012, the original founders were joined by educators Illya Kowalchuk and Christina Angel, and event organizers Michael Newman and Bruce Macintosh, who became an integral part of organizational development as the foundations of both Comic Book Classroom and Denver Comic Con educational programs were developed simultaneously.
The Classroom program debuted the first version of its “Storytelling Through Comics” curriculum to Denver area schools, and with the help of hundreds of volunteers and donations, the first Denver Comic Con event was held on Father’s Day weekend, June 15, 2012. The 2013 and 2014 Denver Comic Con’s built on that success. Proceeds from Denver Comic Con fund the staffing, supplies and infrastructure of The Classroom program that promotes literacy through the medium of sequential art and storytelling. “Storytelling Through Comics” is a graphic literature creation program that is offered free of charge to schools, teachers and community organizations. The program currently offers students an educational experience that includes instruction in reading & vocabulary, writing stories, and eventually the creation of the students’ own comics. Completed entries are then published in a class collection.
In 2014, the Comic Book Classroom Board of Directors removed both co-founders Charlie LaGreca and Frank Romero, then voted to change the name to Pop Culture Classroom (PCC). The name change reflects the board’s broader vision for the organization to go beyond comic books. 
In 2014, Denver Comic Con’s Comic Book Corral (CBC) and 8-Bit Lounge gave more than 9,000 students the chance to meet artists, create comic book-themed crafts, and get hands-on experience with everything from stop-motion animated shorts to professional makeup jobs. At Denver Comic Con’s 2015, the Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Laboratory (PCC Kids’ Lab) continued building on this success. Along with the usual mix of artist discussions, arts activities and exhibits, the PCC Lab featured activities focused around S.T.E.A.M. subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and pop culture topics beyond comic books. They also expanded the 8-Bit Lounge to connect even more artists, educators and professionals with students ages 12–19.
The convention includes celebrity panels, seminars with professional creators, actors, and artists, workshops with comic book professionals, and the DCC's Reel Heroes Independent Filmmakers Series. DCC's programming and guest line-ups promote the convention's twin missions of Community and Diversity. Among the distinct tracks of programming, for instance, the convention focused on comics and media featuring or produced by Colorado-area comics creators, women, minorities and the LGBTQ Community. Elements of the Con floor in Denver include celebrity autographs, large areas like "Artist Valley" and "Celebrity Summit", comic book dealers and collectibles merchants, as well as fan-based organizations like the 501st Legion. Cosplayers are featured during the annual Cosplay Classic (formerly known as the "DCC Cosplay Shindig"), the Opening Ceremonies with acts and other surprises, and associated events have included the Four Color Mixer and a genre-themed concert traditionally held at the Hard Rock Cafe Denver.
Dates, attendance, and guests
Since the inaugural 2012 Denver Comic Con, Breckenridge Brewery has collaborated with the Denver Comic Con to brew and sell a specialty beer, with the name chosen by a fan contest. The 2012 beer, an American wheat ale, was named, “The Fantastic Pour.” The 2013 beer, a Belgian Wit brewed with Buddha’s Hand fruit, was dubbed "The Caped Brewsader. The 2014 beer, an amber ale, was named "Brews Wayne." In 2015, “Hulk’s Mash”, a pale ale brewed with mosaic hops and mango puree, was debuted. "Snape-ricot”, an Apricot American Lager, was voted 2016's beer name, in honor of the late Alan Rickman.
Aurora Rise, a non-profit group founded to provide financial support to victims of the 2012 Aurora shooting, appeared at the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Denver Comic Cons. In 2016, Denver Pridefest was partnered with Denver Comic Con and there was LGBT related content at DCC.
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