Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference kicks-off this weekend and is boasting an impressive array of panelists and guests, giving a preview of where this year’s conventions are going to take fans. We’ve picked the Top Three Cons for fans to attend across the country this year, starting with Denver this weekend. As we’re fans ourselves (check my avatar if you’re in doubt), we’re as excited as you about the array of fandoms represented at this year’s best Cons.
Denver Comic Con
Though younger and less well-known than some other Cons, Denver Comic Con’s mission statement pretty much says it all: Educating children and the general public through comic books and other forms of pop culture, and bringing together the diverse people and interests of our community regardless of age, race, gender or background. The convention is family-friendly, unlike many other Cons that increasingly skew more adult, and features educator outreach on how to bring pop culture phenomena into the classroom. Still true to a Con, though, the event encourages Cosplay, asking nicely that all participants “cover your bits” and highlights that shoes are required, noting “[w]e know a lot of characters like to run around barefoot, but since they are fictional, they don’t have to worry about tetanus.”
San Diego Comic-Con is one of the biggest events to happen over the summer. Aside from the quirky costumes and the fact that it's not unusual for giant robots to stomp around on the grounds (see video at right), SDCC has largely become a Hollywood event rather than a nerds-only comic convention. Which means everyone wants in.
This year, tickets to the con sold out in just an hour, so there were a lot of sad people out there who couldn't go. In case you among the unlucky (like me), fret not: here's an overview of what happened this weekend in TV and movies.