The mission of Comic Con has always been to give fans a feeling of acceptance and inclusion. Whether you are black, yellow, orange, white, green, covered in spots, or spikes Denver’s Comic Con opens its doors in welcome. It is the meeting place of many that have felt like outcasts and weirdoes, but Comic Con is a celebration of passions and has been growing exponentially since its beginning. In this arena we are accepted, encouraged, embraced. This theme of welcoming has attracted a slew of prevalent public figures. They are coming to share their brilliance and the line-up of amazing individuals coming to speak is growing. We shall soon be graced with the powerful words of some pretty fantastic people.
“We know that our fans—and fans of pop culture—come from all races and beliefs, and any sexual orientation. Denver Comic Con guests and programming are deliberately geared towards informing and entertaining the fanboy and fangirl in all of us!” said Bruce MacIntosh, chairman and president of Comic Book Classroom and the director of programming for Denver Comic Con. “Being inclusive of the entire community—both the communities of Denver and the pop-culture community as a whole—has been a focus of DCC since its inception.(Jansky)”
“Denver Comic Con’s diversity mission is about educating children and the general public through pop culture, comics and cartooning, and bringing together the diverse people and interests of the community regardless of age, race, gender or background. By focusing on education and providing guests, programming and events that encourage diversity, CBC/DCC “strives to promote tolerance and empower the members of our community.(Jansky)”
Joining the lineup of celebrities is a man who is a legend, and its alter ego, Adam West. Mr. West is iconic in his role as Batman almost 40 years ago. He is almost as well known for his recurring role as the notorious Mayor West from Family Guy. Adam West continues to act on a multitude of shows, is a writer, and a fantastic entertainer. He even does personalized e-cards and ringtones with his iconic voice that gives you chills. Immortalized through his legacy of work complete with his very own comic, he still remains a hero.
Adam West will also be joined by the boy wonder, Burt Ward will also be coming to the con. Burt Ward is well known for his philanthropy and charity since his time as Robin. The line up would not be complete without the lovely and seductively dangerous Catwoman, Ms Julie Newmar will also be coming to the con. Julie Newmar has had a long and successful career as a talented actress and vixen.
The panel of impressive guests will also be graced with the presence of none other than the champion against the undead himself. He fight off demons, zombies, evil clones, soul sucking mummies wielding not much more than a chain-saw, a walker, and sense of humor. Author of If Chins Could Kill, Bruce Campbell.
Shane Bitney Crone, human rights activist and filmmaker of the powerful documentary “Bridegroom” will be honoring our fair city with his campaign for GLBTQ rights. Fair warning, his beautiful and ultimately painful story will bring you to tears. His story of love and loss snaps strings inside your heart and highlights the feigned equality we supposedly have.
Two wonderful glass ceiling breakers and all around badass female icons Joan Hilty and Kathryn Immonen will also be coming to our lovely state. Joan Hilty is known for being a senior editor at the DC Comics/Vertigo imprint and for her syndicated comic/ tragicomic strip comic highlighting the ups and downs of life, love relationships, the tricky sides of dating and everything beyond. She is truly an inspiration for women breaking into the world of comics
Kathryn Immonen collaborates with her husband Stuart, producing comics for Marvel. She is known for writing for both Marvel and DC. She is a creative and intelligent writer known for many of her titles such as her long running work on Journey Into Mystery, telling the stories of Lady Sif and her miniseries Patsy Walker: Hellcat. There is only more to come. Along with her husdband they “… live in a castle in the sky in London, Ontario with their very tall son and their very bad dog.( http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog/kathryn-and-stuart-immonen)”
Peter Davidson, established actor and fifth Dr. Who will also be joining our phenomenal line up, along with Walter Koenig (Pavel Checkov from Star Trek), Micheal Rooker and Chandler Riggs from The Walking Dead, Jason David Frank and Walter Jones from Power Rangers, Nicholas Brendon from Buffy and many more exciting guests will also be present at the Con. They are all coming to support the awesome cause of literacy for children and teens, and we should welcome them with our freak flags held high. At Comic Con this emphasis on diversity demonstrates that we are all indeed special little snowflakes, and though many of us have been limited, controlled, ridiculed, and harassed, DCC is truly is a safe place where we can meet and engage in good natured debate about our heroes and inspirations.