Living in Colorado comes with a number of perks: amazing weather, fantastic outdoor activities, low unemployment, affordable housi… um, fantastic outdoor activities. As a dad, though, there’s nothing better than the opportunity to spend Father’s Day weekend with my boys at the Denver Comic Con. If you’re near Denver this weekend, here are just a few suggested substitutions for the stereotypical Father’s Day gift list.
Aqua Velva or Aquaman
The implication of buying someone a gift that says, “Here, I want you to have this. It will make you smell better,” aside, rather than adding another bottle to the the already packed medicine cabinet of Father’s Day flotsam, give dad the gift of a photo with Aquaman (and Khal Drogo) himself, Jason Momoa. Once Dad sees that glorious beard up close, he’ll never shave again, anyway.
If Mr. Momoa isn’t your cup of fermented mare’s milk, there are dozens of other film and TV stars to see including Molly Ringwald, Ron Perlman, David Tennant, Alan Tudyk, Billie Piper, Bonnie Wright, John Barrowman, Ray Park, Val Kilmer, and more.
The New Standard Father’s Day Book
Okay, so, we’re gonna need a new go-to Father’s Day book gift. How about a hand-crafted, leather-bound copy of The Silmarillion or The Red Book (the Lord of the Rings trilogy) from Geekify? They’re just one of the many merchants whose wares will be on display this weekend. From artisan leather products to mass produced plastic toys and everything in-between (not to mention more t-shirts than you can count), there is no shortage of gift ideas in Merchant Mesa.
When Kids Are Happy, Dad Is Happy
All the gifts in the world can’t take the place of the one thing that dad wants above all else: sitting on a kitchen table with Molly Ringwald and a birthday cake.
No, but seriously, nothing makes dad happier than peace and harmony. Watching his kids have fun is better than all the books and ties and razors in the world, and if there’s one thing that the Denver Comic Con excels at, it’s the Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Lab.
This year’s theme is “Be the Hero,” and will include arts and crafts, STEM, music, and photo ops. Both the All Ages Stage and the 8-Bit Stage (for teens) will have events all day long. Keep an eye out for celebrity drop-ins as well. Having John Barrowman or Alan Tudyk read a book to your little ones or Greg Guler showing them how to draw Doofenshmirtz is better than a trip to Chuck E. Cheese any day.
Art That Is Not Created by Hallmark and Purchased from Walmart
I love getting Father’s Day cards from my kids, but it’s unlikely any of them will be adorning the walls of our game room.
However, down Artists Alley, you can pick up some amazing prints and even commission artists to create custom pieces just for your dad. Want a picture of The Boulder riding Appa or Deadpool sneaking past Smaug? Visit your favorite artists early on Friday and request a commission. Prices will vary by artist.
There’s even more to experience at the Denver Comic Con including incredible cosplay, informative and entertaining panels, art demonstrations, and Q&A sessions with celebrities. Check out the Denver Comic Con website for more details and to purchase tickets, but do it quickly. They’re already selling out fast.