Cosplay grabbed everyone’s attention at this year’s Denver Comic Con this past Memorial Day Weekend May 23-25, 2015. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters and everyone in between channeled their creativity to create some amazing costumes. Of course the CW hit show ‘Supernatural’ was well represented in the cosplay department. There were trench coated Castiels and flannel wearing Winchesters around plenty of corners. One group of teens put it all together well with Sam, Dean, Castiel, and Abaddon. There were “Doctor Who” fans galore sporting their fourth, 10th, and 11th Doctors, Amy Ponds, Daleks, and a most incredibly crafted Madame Vastra. “Game of Thrones” enthusiasts had it going on with Margarey and Olenna Tyrell, Cersei, and the perfect Arya Stark. No comic con would be complete with ‘Star Wars’, “Star Trek” and “Firefly” characters walking around. Yet it was the unique costumes such as two absolutely lovely ‘Mary Poppins’ cosplay gliding across the main hall and this adorably somber Lydia from “Beetlejuice” carrying a “Book of the Recently Deceased” in her hands. Other pop culture characters were shown with mother-daughter Flo’s from the Progressive Insurance commercials, and even a dead-on likeness of Juice from “Sons of Anarchy.” The amount of love and passion that went in to creating these cosplay masterpieces was impressive.
In its fourth year Denver Comic Con raised funds for the nonprofit organization Pop Culture Classroom with incredible ticket sales from 101,500 attendees. As with the past three events, the number of attendees has grown each year and kids young and old count down the days until the next year comes. No doubt the adults had soaked it up all, but it was the kids that walked around with wide eyes that made it all worth it. These children had what is called the Kid’s Lab area where they enjoyed 9,000 square feet of activities. Alan Tudyk stopped by to treat the kids by reading “The Book with No Pictures” by B.J. Novak. The adults had their fun with the jaw dropping stars in Celebrity Summit and breaking the bank at the dealer’s room.
Scoring big with the stellar celebrity list, Denver welcomed some of the shiniest stars in showbiz. One of the highlights of the weekend will be the big “Weird Science” Reunion actors Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Kelly LeBrock made for a big Saturday night event. Sunday morning opened with a packed room full of Whedonverse fans to soak up the Women of Whedonverse with Jewel Staite, Amy Acker, Emma Caulfied, and who proved to be the best moderator of the weekend, Clare Kramer. ‘Doctor Who’ and “The Walking Dead” fans freaked out over Karen Gillan and David Morrissey. Other big celebs include Sean Astin, Mitch Pileggi, Gwendoline Christie, Patrick Warburton, Michael Hogan, Rebecca Mader, Sean Maguire, Lou Ferrigno, Manu Bennett, Nichelle Nichols, Lindsay Wagner, Brian Cummings, and Austin St. John. There was never any downtime for geeks as they reveled in their happy place for three straight days. What will next year bring?