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Fan Expo Denver made its first official Halloween weekend with a special edition event

Fan Expo Denver, formerly Pop Culture Con, made its official debut last Halloween weekend. From 29 to 31 October the convention hosted a special Fan Expo Denver event as a little taste of what’s to come before its full Fan Expo Denver event slated for next year.

The event was planned and created after Pop Culture Classroom made the decision to partner with Fan Expo and officially change its name from Denver Pop Culture Con to Fan Expo Denver. Even though Pop Culture Classroom has taken a step back from the event’s foreground, the organization continues to play an important role in the convention with children’s workshops and non-profit educational programs. A portion of the proceeds from the convention also continue to go to Pop Culture Classroom programs to help young people access education through fun pop culture and comedy exhibit.

The convention hit the town with celebrity appearances, panels, workshops, vendors, and cosplay galore – perfect for the fancy dress vacation.

Panels

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Fan Expo Denver started the weekend off with some quirk with a panel “Denver Intl ‘Airport: Terminal of Weirdness,” moderated by Aaron Sagers of Paranormal photographed. The panel explored the Denver International Airport plots, the artwork on display in its terminals and, of course, Blucifer, with help from Denver Post reporter John Wenzel and Senior Vice President Stacey Stegman. communications, marketing and customer service at Denver International. Airport.

Throughout the convention, attendees were able to listen to a myriad of panels such as a “Nasa Small Body Missions – Lucy You’ve Got Some ‘Splaining To Do” panel hosted by a scientist from the Southwest Research Institute, a “Queer, Weird and Not ‘All’ There: Diversity In Entertainment Industry »Panel with Pitiful Smile Media and even a “Does your Quija painting ghost you?” panel with Aaron Sagers for the perfect Halloween mood.

Fan Expo Denver Special Edition also hosted a number of Celebrity Q&A held at the Bellco Theater. Convention attendees flocked to the theater at every Q&A to hear their favorite celebrity talk about their acting experience, favorite roles and upcoming projects.

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On the first day of conventions, Felicia Day, known for her roles in Supernatural, Eureka and The guild spoke about the struggles of fitting into the Hollywood mold, the hilarity of choosing Halloween costumes with her child, and the anxieties of building an image and brand while balancing acting. Day also spoke about his Discord platform and the creation of his own cryptocurrency coin.

“I like to do different things. I like to do things that people have never done before. And I also like portraying these things so that people come into that space earlier, especially women, people of color, and diverse people – just showing people that there is something cool and new here. , so let’s come in here and try to play creatively because for me technology always makes me creative. So the idea that I could do a whole bunch of shows and like introducing people to the DnD or the table folks or the nerdy or the nerdy stuff, LARPING, like all that, is very underground and very niche. And so my love is using technology to do things not niches, ”Day explained.

Ray fisher

Ray Fisher, who plays Cyborg in DC Universe Justice League, made an appearance at the convention giving weekend fans a chance to meet the superhero in the flesh. Fisher spoke about POC’s portrayal in the media, taking time out on social media for sanity and love of the DC Universe and comic book fans.

Fisher praised fans and conventioneers alike, saying, “My favorite thing is being able to chat with people about things that I also know, like Justice League and these characters. I love to share this with people and just have a good time. “

Tim Rozon. Photo by Manfred Baumann

Tim Rozon, known for his roles as Mutt Schitt in Schitt’s Creek and Doc Holliday in Wynonna Earp, also stopped by the Fan Expo Denver Special Edition event. Rozon praised the fandoms of Schitt’s Creek and Wynonna Earp as a community of support.

“I am very fortunate to be part of two of the most incredible fandoms in the world. And they always show up at fan shows and they blow my mind and warm my heart and make me feel good about life. They just recharge my soul, to be honest. I’m not joking or being cliché. These people are amazing, it’s super fun. And I just spent a weekend with some great people. So I’m excited, ”Rozon said.

Photo courtesy of FAN EXPO Denver on Facebook

William Shatner, legend and now self-proclaimed “half-astronaut,” graced the stage at the Bellco Theater for the final day of the convention, giving fans an extra burst of excitement to end the weekend. Shatner started talking about stuntmen and leaving wild scenes that might harm the stuntmen but not himself, using the phrase “stuntmen are the ones who get hurt” with a sharp smile and a nod.

Shatner went on to tell stories about scuba diving with sharks, but alas, no stuntmen. And then, as the crowd buzzed more and more with excitement, Shatner began to delve into his latest experience of being launched into space – again, without a stuntman. He relayed his struggles with a five-point harness, the thrill of the g-force, and then explained the scene he saw looking at earth and space. He explained the blue of the planet, the beauty of Gaia which gives life, then the black and the emptiness of death in space. He ended the session with a dark message about the life and destruction of our planet.

Shatner said, “I feel such empathy for what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and what we’re trying not to do. It is so important. I come back with this message.

Sellers

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Vendors from across Colorado and across the country have come to the Colorado Convention Center to sell their artwork, candy, books and more. in the Merchant Mesa. The hall held a The artists’ alley with a chance to purchase works of art created by local and national artists in all kinds of genres. You can also explore a Author’s alley with authors presenting their novels, offering dedications and a chance to get a whole new exposure of literature.

Of course, the Merchant Mesa wouldn’t be complete without its Comic Pro section.. A comic book convention would never really be a comic book convention without a wide array of comic book publishers, comic book boxes to sort out, and new comic book creators to meet.

This year you can shop at kiosks such as Koko Kuma of Conroe, TX, which featured handcrafted and hand-crafted clothing and accessories. Colorado-based dice maker Ben of Summit dice offered 3D printed and cast metal for those who wanted to elevate their D&D experience. And Kids Cap – the non-profit organization that helps raise funds for families with children undergoing cancer treatment – has once again made its mark on the con.

Cosplay

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This year, cosplayers brought their best to the Fan Expo Special Edition. After a year without conventions, many cosplayers had a lot more free time to perfect their cosplay, which led to even better and bigger costumes for the Fan Expo Denver Cosplay Craftmanship Cup. Many cosplayers had even planned several cosplays for the weekend for an even wilder experience.

Pop Culture Classroom

Photo by Hilal Bahcetepe

Pop Culture Classroom continued its educational and fun program in a workshop area of ​​the convention. The organization has offered a range of workshops for all ages, from children to adults, and all genres of pop culture media. Con-goers could learn more about film production or play with props and take on the role of stuntmen to live out their wildest action hero dreams.

Overall, Fan Expo Denver Special Edition has made its mark on the Mile High City. Comic book fans, cosplayers and congoers are excited to see what Fan Expo Denver has planned for its official event in July 2022.

Photograph by Charla Harvey and Hilal Bahcetepe.

Cory E. Barnes

The author Cory E. Barnes

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