Denver is a great place to be a cosplayer. Nearly a dozen geeky conventions come through the Mile High City every year, from last weekend's Nan Desu Kan to the brony-themed Running of the Leaves, so fans have plenty of chances to dress up as their favorite characters. Even the Denver County Fair got ... More >>
Another side of cosplay was explored Sunday night at the Church, where cat-eared Neko slave girls and big-eyed, pink-haired lasses in skimpy maid costumes mingled on the floor with leather-clad anime he-boys. Photographer Aaron Thackeray brought back these images and more from the decadent evening. ... More >>
Step inside the Nan Desu Kan anime convention, the region's largest, and you walk into a magical universe of gaming, screenings, fan panels, concerts and detailed costumery created in allegiance to favorite characters from the far-fetched world of anime. There's nothing else like it, as these images ... More >>
Nan Desu Kan 2014's greatest cosplay moment -- the annual costume contest -- unfolded onstage at the Denver Marriott Tech Center on Saturday night, with anime-inspired wings and weapons galore. Photographer Marissa Shevins recorded the action with these images and more. See also: Photos: The Cospla ... More >>
School's back in session -- bad news for the young, great news for parents -- and fall is almost here. The end of summer is always a little heartbreaking, but even as the weather cools, the geek scene is just heating up. September is full of great geeky things for Denverites to do, from classic geek ... More >>
Conventions -- or cons, in nerd speak -- are one of the best things about being a geek. A con is like a rock concert, a film festival and a super store all rolled into one. Only for nerds: Hundreds or thousands or even tens of thousands of us gather together, many of us in crazy-ass costumes and han ... More >>
When Nan Desu Kan staff member Becca Cressler collapsed on stage during the Cosplay contest at this year's anime convention, everyone in the building stepped in to help. After two grand mal seizures and an extended hospital stay, the uninsured Cressler was left with mounting medical bills -- but aga ... More >>
For a newbie, the myriad characters portrayed by cosplayers at the anime convention Nan Desu Kan are far more esoteric than those you'll see at a regular comic convention: Anime and manga -- Japanese cartoons and serial comics -- form a subset all their own, and their fans seem just a little bit mor ... More >>
Celebrating seventeen years as Colorado's premiere anime convention, Nan Desu Kan opens its doors today, taking over the Marriott DTC for a cosplay-packed weekend of fun. With voice-actor guest speakers, educational panels on the industry, cosplay contests and late-night dance parties, NDK has packe ... More >>
September is here and school is back in session. Okay, now that you're all bummed out, here's the good news: September is also chock full of great geek events. As summer fades into autumn, Denver's geeks get to enjoy two great cons, lots of fantastic genre film and even a little geek-themed improv. ... More >>
Dana Cain has been involved in fandom since she first came to Denver, so it's no surprise that in her capacity as director of the Denver County Fair, she went geeky. Last year, she launched the Geek Pavilion, making Denver's fair "the only county fair in the world with a Geek Pavilion," as she bragg ... More >>
In just its second year, Denver Comic Con is poised to take the pole position among the region's many fandom conventions. Sporting a stellar lineup of geek-culture icons, including Wil Wheaton, George Takei, Colin Baker, Chris Ware and last-minute guest William Shatner, as well as hundreds of panels ... More >>
Motovo, the same website that said Denver was the tenth nerdiest city in America, recently declared Colorado Springs to be the second-worst-dressed city, behind only...well, the complete list is below. Really, Motovo? We think you're being unfair to our brothers and sisters to the south -- and to p ... More >>
Denver recently finished tenth in Motovo's list of the ten nerdiest American cities; see the complete roster below. And while that's quite an accomplishment, we have a feeling the Mile High City's number will rise thanks to a couple of big upcoming events: Denver Comic Con 2013, which starts May 31, ... More >>
The first-ever North American summit on anime -- an invite-only event -- will be held in Colorado on Saturday. Working in partnership with the Consulate-General of Japan, the Rocky Mountain Anime Association (parent company of Nan Desu Kan, Colorado's massively successful yearly anime convention) wi ... More >>
This past weekend, Animeland Wasabi turned the Doubletree Hotel into a veritable fashion week for wannabe manga characters, video-game stars and anime legends. And this is not kidstuff, as you will see: The most serious cosplayers spend months and big bucks preparing for their closeups. Our photogra ... More >>
It's a common tradition to dress up on New Year's Eve, but the hundreds of Nan Desu Kan fans who visited the Denver Renaissance Hotel on the final night of 2012 took that to another level. The anime and science-fiction enthuiasts dressed up as their favorite characters -- heroes, villains and furrie ... More >>
Denver, you've got it going on. This year, I was lucky enough to be a part of many incredibly cool events involving local and national artists, musicians and performers. Combing through the past year of Westword stories, I compiled this list of the best (and strangest) arts- and culture-related expe ... More >>
Since Hasbro's Easy-Bake Oven is finally getting a makeover so that little boy cooks won't have to use pink and purple models, Jenn Wohletz thinks it's past time to update other girl-centric toys to reflect reflect American society's changing views on stereotypical gender roles. Toys like My Little ... More >>
People are still talking about the 2012 Nan Desu Kan convention that filled the Marriott at the Denver Tech Center with camaraderie and costumes earlier this month. Bree Davies was there for the entire weekend of anime and gaming of all eras, tropes and worldly origins -- where she heard conventione ... More >>
Nan Desu Kan is a world unto itself, and the culture of that world sucks you in. It's something akin to jumping headlong into a manga book, and you begin to see things in terms of that skewed universe: Pink and blue locks, tails, huge eyes and supernaturally spiky hair are the norm, not the anomaly, ... More >>
Call it a stampede. This weekend, the Marriott Hotel in the Denver Tech Center was taken over by Colorado's largest anime convention, Nan Desu Kan 2012, and the fantasy enthusiasts who both populate and propel it. In our full slide show of the weekend's costumes, you'll notice well-dressed fans of a ... More >>
I am in no position to call anyone a "nerd." Coming from me -- a mere observer/outsider at this past weekend's Nan Desu Kan Sweet 16th annual Anime convention -- that word wound be derogatory...and wrong. Sure, anyone could snag a ticket (or a three-day pass, as I did) to the gathering celebrating a ... More >>
Nan Desu Kan, Colorado's annual anime convention, took the Marriott Hotel in the Denver Tech Center by storm (and in costume) this past weekend as fans from across the state flocked there to to live out their fantasies. Dreamers representing all walks of fiction made the three-day fest a circus of s ... More >>
Fear not, geeks (and geek-curious): The Geek Pavilion at the second annual Denver County Fair, which runs from Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12 at the National Western Complex, is in excellent hands. That's because Dana Cain, the Denver County Fair's director, is passionate about nerd lif ... More >>
It's still more than seven months away, but if you're a fan of anime and cosplay in general, you're already looking forward to the sixteenth -- "sweet sixteen," in the words of organizer A. Jinnie McManus -- edition of Nan Desu Kan.
I think that's a pillow.My theory about life is, whatever you do, go hard. If you're into fantasy football or Phish or being Irish, by all means, tell the world. This weekend's installment of the fifteenth annual Nan Desu Kan anime convention experience was just that, an exemplary parade of a ... More >>
The scene was fantastical this weekend at the Marriott Denver Tech Center thanks to Nan Desu Kan, touted as the area's premier anime convention. Westword's Kate Levy captured a slideshow of the anime action -- and it's just one of several new photo galleries. Also check out the fifty best cos ... More >>
Nan Desu Kan brings the best of anime alive.
"Monday ain't a fun day/Tuesday's a goof day/Wednesdays are frenzy/Thursday's the worst day/Friday is great/'Cause I can hardly wait until the weekend." Brit rocker Dave Edmunds surely had the working class pegged when he wrote those words back in the ´70s, and it hasn't much changed. So pop those ... More >>
The regions biggest and best anime convention is back.
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