Update: Sad news, everyone. Stan Lee announced this morning that he will not be returning to Denver for this year's Comic Con, due to a scheduling conflict with one of his forthcoming cameos. Check out the Denver Post's full story for more information.
Original post, April 17: Our Spidey senses have been tingling with news about this year's Denver Comic Con for days now, and today that news is finally out: The godfather of comics himself, Stan Lee, will be stopping by Denver Comic Con on Sunday, June 2, for his first visit to the Mile High City in more than two decades -- and you can get tickets to meet him. Fewer than 300 tickets will be released online at the Denver Comic Con website starting next Wednesday, April 24, at noon. So now's the time to add that deadline to your calendar and get ready to Hulk-smash your online competition for the tickets. Continue reading for more details.
Here's an excerpt from the convention's press release:
Arguably the most well-recognized figure in comic book history, legendary writer Stan Lee is famous for creating the iconic superheroes Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk and The X-Men. Often sporting tinted glasses and a trademark grin, Lee is a larger-than-life figurehead with a personality as colorful as his characters. Though only a mainstream name in his later years, thanks to the blockbuster films Spider-Man and X-Men, long-time comic fans knew him for decades as the granddaddy of that world who, in the backs of Marvel Comics in his monthly column "Stan's Soapbox," dispensed news of coming attractions, as well as his own musings on events of the day.
Not unlike Walt Disney, Lee forged a personal connection to his creations and his fans. With a deft sense of humor and a keen eye for melodrama that worked its way into his scripts, he pioneered the "Marvel style" of writing: first creating a plot with the artist, then letting the artist illustrate the story, after which Lee would add dialogue to the finished pages. His singular talent for hyperbole and self-promotion allowed him to peek out from the pages of his comics and emerge as a personality that became as well-known as his own heroic creations and equally beloved by his readers.
With over 100 featured guests and artists expected to appear at the 2013 Denver Comic Con, the pop-culture convention will play host to a star-studded roster of talent including three generations of Star Trek actors (George Takei, Wil Wheaton & Anthony Montgomery), Star Wars Legend - Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), fan favorites from The Guild (Felicia Day, Robin Thorsen, Sandeep Parikh) as well as TV and cable TV Stars Nelsan Ellis, Raphael Sbarge and Eddie McClintock. From the world of animation the Denver Comic Con will also feature Dee Bradley Baker, voice actor and Colorado's own from "American Dad" (Klaus the goldfish), Lucas Animation's Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Capt. Rex and the clones), and Disney Television's smash hit Phineas and Ferb (Perry the platypus). (Dee is generously donating all his proceeds to Comic Book Classroom). For a complete lineup of 2013 talent, check out the official Denver Comic Con website.
Tickets are on sale now for Denver Comic Con 2013 with Stan Lee packages expected to go on sale Wednesday April 24th at noon. General ticketing prices will increase on the day of the show, so get your tickets now!
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