Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead(pool)

Image courtesy: Pat Loika (CC:BY)
Image courtesy: Pat Loika (CC:BY)

You know that amazing cosplay idea you had last year at Denver Comic Con? The one with all the leather bits, welded accouterments, and authentic period buttons and stitching that was going to make women gasp and strong men weep?

You have two weeks to finish it.

Don’t worry; you’re not alone. Last year I had these grand plans to outfit the entire family as characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was going to be both a nod to my favorite animated series, as well as a subtle dig at M. Night’s atrocity as our entire family is incredibly white. Now, I’m sitting here in my office googling “last minute cosplay” and “bald comic book characters”.

(Hey, writers! What’s up with all the bald guys being villains? Kingpin, Lex Luthor, Dr. Evil, Ironmonger, Red Skull, Ming the Merciless, Voldemort, Walter White… the list goes on and on. If anyone has any good bald guy cosplay ideas that aren’t Professor X, please let me know in the comments. Right now I’m leaning towards Powder; everyone loves ’90s movie references, right?)

However, if you are one of the dedicated that stuck with it, or you’re just good at improvising on short notice, this year’s Denver Comic Con has plenty to offer to the cosplay community. Cosplay panels and demonstrations will be held in Room 301 all weekend long, and there is a special stage for cosplay photography in the atrium by the big blue bear. This is a great opportunity to make some new geeky friends; as you walk the convention floor, look for others who are dressed as complementary characters and set up a time to meet for a group photo. Avengers, X-Men, and Lord of the Rings group photos are all fun, but don’t forget to look for the less-than-obvious relationships–e.g. “The Doctors” (Who, Evil, Strange, Doom, Doofenshmirtz), “The Captains” (Mal, Picard, America, Jack Sparrow), etc.

Saturday, May 23 — Official DCC 2015 After Party, presented by Sonicboombox

Hard Rock Cafe

9pm – 2am

For those of you going to the Con sans enfants, when the convention doors close, the party is just beginning. Join your fellow cosplayers at the Hard Rock Cafe from 9pm – 2am for an evening of music, dancing, drink specials, giveaways, and more. Highlights include:

  • Videogames provided by Strike First CO, including Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10, Super Smash Brothers 4, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Injustice , Ultra Street Fighter 4, Puzzle Fighter, and more!
  • Costume contest sponsored by Tentacle Kitty.
  • Finalists will be chosen by local cosplayers Bindi Smalls & Sox Cosplay and Props, and Becka Noel Studio & Dhareza Cosplayza.
  • All finalists will be called on stage at 1am and one grand prize winner will win a limited edition Golden Tentacle Kitty!
  • Music by DJ StarPhox and DJ Pariah

Must be 21+. Cosplay encouraged but not required. Admission is $10, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to Pop Culture Classroom.

Sunday, May 24 — Cosplay Shindig

DCC Main Events Room

7pm to ??

Experience this world-class cosplay contest featuring the creative talents of local and national cosplayers. The judging intermission will feature the band Facing West. Visit the DCC cosplay page for Shindig rules and general cosplay guidelines.

Monday, May 25 — Denver Comic Con Wedding!

DCC Main Events Room


Come watch Batman marry Daenerys as Denver Comic Con hosts its first official wedding ceremony. Ushers will also be in costume, and DCC anticipates that there will be a number of surprise guests in store for the happy couple.

More information regarding cosplay rules and events can be found on the DCC website. I’ll be doing the media thing all weekend, so if you see a guy who looks like he’s cosplaying Michael Stipe, Moby, or [insert generic bald white dude here], be sure to say hi. My kids will also be joining me on Saturday, doing their best Jimmy Olsen and Peter Parker.

Be respectful, have fun, and I’ll see you all there!

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