Best Fan Convention (2013)

Denver Comic Con

It takes guts to say you're going to launch a new major comic convention — but even more, it takes faith, the faint promise of funding, and maybe a wing and a prayer. Still, Comic Book Classroom, a non-profit program that teaches literacy to kids through comics, pushed forward with the first annual Denver Comic Con last June, and the results were fantastic. The convention drew thousands of comic fans, cosplayers and wannabe superheroes to the Colorado Convention Center. And there's nowhere to go but up this year: The guests, who include Marvel maven Stan Lee and pop-culture hero George Takei, are still being announced, and they're stellar. It's enough to bring out the man of steel in everyone.


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