Colorado Springs Comic Con came roaring into their second year with a brand new location and the numbers to fill it! While official numbers are yet to be released, if we’re judging by the long lines and foot traffic, it would be safe to say that attendance is up from last year.
As such, their debut year was highly successful, indicative by their newly purchased location. Formerly known as the Colorado Springs Event Center, it is now known as the Altered Reality Events Center. The ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead) this past Friday, August 25th.
What is the secret of success for this new and upcoming convention? As all things nerdy are now mainstream, the population of southern Colorado no longer has to haul their way up to Denver bask in a geeky glow. However it appears that this Comic Con draws from beyond even this state, as during panels attendees were quoted coming from across the globe.
Let’s explore some of the highlights that is making this convention a delight to visit.
Expansion! New Vendors and Artists!
The convention made no qualms that they heard their patrons pleas for a bigger convention space. While understandable for their first year, con-goers were still frustrated by the layout. The whole floor could be walked in a matter of minutes, not allowing for many booths to purchase and peruse from .
For 2017 and with their new facility, they’ve easily tripled or quadrupled in size. This allowed for many new artists and vendors, such as Wynot Productions who produce some spectacular quality puppets. When I first ventured into their booth, I was curious if these puppets were from Jim Henson’s Studio. I came to learn that these are all hand-made by a local artist, Cory Moosman. He purchases the material for the puppets from the same warehouse that supplies Jim Henson Studios. Here’s a fun fact, all that material is white and has to be hand-dyed!
A Rich and Unique Guest List!
This convention boasts a unique line-up of celebrities that appeals to a broad span of fandoms. From Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers) and Sam Jones (Flash Gordon) to an 80’s nostalgia heavy crew of Judge Reinhold (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Santa Clause) Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Ke Huy Quan (Temple of Doom, Goonies), a Star Wars icon, Billy Dee Williams, to current mainstream with Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & 2), Jon Bernthal (Daredevil, The Punisher), alongside WWE legends, Amy Dumas and Sting. Believe it or not, this is just a taste of their full show roster.
To view their full list, clicky the link www.cscomiccon.com
If you didn’t attend, the regret may take on a whole new level as you see a missed opportunity to meet an old crush or new favorite star.
Fun Energetic Panels!
Huge props to the staff that runs the majority of their panels at MOVIECAMP . This team was apt at stretching for time when a celebrity was running late to a Q & A and keeping the crowd in good spirits. They also had questions at the ready for guests when a panel would stall due to bashful con-goers.
While currently limited to one panel room, the silver lining is that attendees need not worry about choosing one panel over another.
Here are some fun facts I learned from the various panels. They were new to me and hopefully fun to you.
– Yondu’s blue tongue in Guardians of the Galaxy was achieved by Michael Rooker eating a Ring-Pop. Cosplayer tip.
– According to James Marsters (Buffy, Angel, Smallville) Tom Welling (Smallville) asked to not know what was happening in upcoming scripts and was shocked to learn that Marsters was a villain.
-Billy Dee Williams is an accomplished painter and the Smithsonian has one of his pieces. If Lando had a lightsaber, he’d wield a rainbow blade as he’d want as many colors as possible. Lando would be incredibly sad to hear about Han Solo….but he’d like the Falcon back.
– Zach Galligan (Gremlins) once signed a Gremlins lunchbox for Marilyn Manson while out for cocktails. Surprisingly as never met the voice of Gizmo, Howie Mandel.
– For Spencer Wilding (Star Wars: Rogue One) it takes one hour to get into the Darth Vader gear.
All About Cosplay
The Cosplay world has exploded to unprecedented levels with its own list of celebrities and continual innovation. Colorado Springs showed real spark with remarkable creativity. I have included a few of my favorites, my biggest ‘fanboy moment’ was definitely for the Parks and Rec cosplay. That one truly made my day.
Can Not Wait For Next Year!
Colorado Springs Comic Con has come out swinging for their first two shows. It is exciting to think about what they will have in store for next year. For those in the Denver Metro Area, it is more than worth your while to keep your eyes on them. That hour or so drive to the Springs isn’t all that bad, especially to meet one of your favorite actors or childhood heroes. If anything else can be said about this convention and the people running it, is that they seem to take feedback from their patrons to heart. Adjustments can be seen to make the experience better and better as they grow.
In short, I hope you lend your support to this show. Colorado Springs has started off strong and it’s only going to get better from here.