Denver‘s first inaugural Denver Comic Con at the Colorado Convention Center last weekend was an undeniable success. The geeky and the glorious lined up around the block to get into the convention, meet their favorite comic book artists, and find out what’s new in comic books and pop culture.
The exhibit hall was lined with an impressive number of comic book artists, from old guard comic book pioneers like Allen Bellman to the new wave of artists like Rebekah Isaacs. All were friendly, conversational, and willing to sign comics and sketch books while discussing favorite characters and story-lines.
The celebrity guests ranged from “Battlestar Galactica”‘s Aaron Douglas to “True Blood”‘s Kristin Bauer, and of course convention favorite James Marsters of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Torchwood” fame. Unfortunately, Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan of “The Walking Dead” were not able to join their co-star Chandler Riggs in greeting the fans and participating in a panel on the popular zombie TV show, but there were enough zombie-related events going on to keep Denver zombiephiles happy.
Among those zombie-related panels were Denver martial arts trainers Zombie Defense Tactics, doing a demonstration of their patented hand-to-mouth zombie combat. Denver zombiephiles will recognize ZDT from their appearance at the 2011 Denver Zombie Crawl, where they taught would-be survivors to stay cool in the event of zombie combat.
“The Walking Dead” fans also got the treat of a panel discussing the process of taking “The Walking Dead” from comic book to TV show. “I, Zombie” comic book creators Michael and Laura Allred were featured in a panel to celebrate their unique take on zombies in comic books.
While there was enough going on to keep any comic book, video game, TV, or movie enthusiast happy as an arsonist in a fireworks shop on the Fourth of July, one of the highlights of any comic book convention is the cosplay. And Denver Comic Con was no different, with the attendees dressing up in elaborate costumes from Miss Marvel and Power Girl, to Ezio Auditore and Commander Shepard, and plenty of Storm Troopers and Jedi Knights in between. Check out the slideshow for photos of cosplay at the 2012 Denver Comic Con.