On the last culminating hours of the Denver Comic Con (DCC), just as artist tables closed shop, a rotten-egg, stink bomb smell permeated through the aisles. The waft hit hard. It could’ve been the work of middle school pranksters…but I like to think it was the body odor of nerdy fanboys and fangirls and whatever people dressed as in cosplay.
Earlier this month, the nerds were out. Our stomping ground was Colorado’s Convention Center. And for only being the second annual DCC, the success was Colossus, er, colossal with over 48,000 attendees—nearly double from last year. You had your Spider-Man’s. Your swarms of Jedi’s. And even a gang of women (and a man) dressed as a fugitive Leeloo from The Fifth Element.
Ingenious cosplay aside, the most refreshing aspect of the Con was meeting local artists and entrepreneurs you might have never known were just next-door. There’s Greeley-based sci-fi/fantasy filmmaker Connor W. Anderson of Broken Record Films; prop man Cal Pierce from Loveland, owner of Far Away Creations; or the family behind Little Spider Creations who builds cartoonish statues found in amusement parks. The slideshow below gives you a chance to meet some of them.
DCC 2013, a set on Flickr.