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Subcultures and Identities

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2014

    Least Affordable Cities for Middle Class and Millennial Home Buyers -- Including Denver

    Denver's typically on plenty of positive city lists -- but this one's not among them. Trulia has put together a report entitled "Where Is Homeownership Within Reach of the Middle Class and Millennials?," and according to data compiled by the site, Denver's among the least affordable in the country. ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014

    Every Day is Halloween: A Guide for Those Who Can't Let Go

    Halloween is over. Boo! And not "boo" like a ghost says, but "booo" like when your team gets buried by an avalanche of scoring from the other team (goddamn Patriots...). Still, just because the calendar says the spooky time of year is over is no reason you have to listen. Not when you have crazy peo ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    Six Things You Should Know About Cosplay

    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 >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Photos: The Cosplayers of Nan Desu Kan 2014

    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 >>

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    July 10, 2014
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    June 30, 2014

    The ten best geek events in Denver in July

    If Fourth of July picnics and World Cup hysteria aren't doing it for you, July has plenty of geek entertainment to offer -- whether you're looking to get your game on, enjoy Star Wars in the traditional Shakespearean form or just sit in the blessedly cool, air-conditioned embrace of a movie theater ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    Video: Meet the cosplayers of Denver Comic Con 2014

    Where can you find Link, The Joker, Spiderman, and half a dozen flavors of stormtroopers in one place? Denver Comic Con. We visited the convention, where cosplayers told us about the inspiration behind their getups, and the work that went into making them. See also: Photos: The costumes of Denver C ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    The five best things about Denver Comic Con 2014

    A Doctor Who chats with the Queen of Dragons while Finn from Adventure Time peruses the art on the table behind them. This is Denver Comic Con 2014. This ever growing convention just keeps getting better. So what made this year so great? Here are the five best things about the 2014 Denver Comic Con. ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014
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    June 12, 2014
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    April 21, 2014

    Photos: Ten best U.S. neighborhoods for millennials -- and the Denver area on the list

    Niche.com has compiled a wide-ranging list of the best American cities and neighborhoods for millennials. It's a wide-ranging roster encompassing major communities across the country -- and one Denver residential area landed in the top ten. Continue to count down the Niche's photo-illustrated picks ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    A glossary of geek, from nerdrage to fandom

    Like any subculture, geek culture has its own terminology. A lot of it is self-explanatory, but some of it requires some foreknowledge or insight to really understand. Naturally, most geeks reading this will have that terminology on lockdown, but for the merely geek-curious, it can all be a bit conf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Reader: I can eat hipster-healthy at City, O' City and still kick your ass

    On Tuesday we offered up our list of Denver's ten best hipster restaurant, and the comments have been flying ever since. Some took issue with the restaurants on the list, others took issue with the concept of the list itself. "Leave the hipster thing alone. It's as annoying as having to piss at 4am, ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    What just passed Denver as the number one cool city for millennials?

    We're now number two! It was big, big news in November 2011 when the Denver metro area suddenly topped the list of the country's "cool cities."That was according to William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution, who studied the numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Halloween: Geekdom's official holiday

    Everyone has their holiday. Romantics love Valentine's Day. For Christians and capitalists, nothing satisfies like Christmas. And geeks? For us, Halloween is as good as it gets. If there was an official holiday of geek culture, Halloween would definitely be it. See also: How Stephen King scared me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    The top ten geek events in Denver in November

    The leaves have turned and the weather's gone cold, but we geeks aren't concerned -- all of our favorite activities take place indoors, anyway. And this November will give Denver geeks plenty to be thankful for between now and Thanksgiving. In addition to the usual buffet of turkey and pumpkin pie, ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013
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    October 17, 2013

    Cabaret Otaku and the NDK anime con community join forces to help one of their own

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    Photos: Millennials get in touch with Denver during Fall Dinner at Civic Center Park

    Most people don't venture into Civic Center Park at night, let alone have dinner there. But Sunday night, CityBuild, a Downtown Denver Partnership initiative, did just that. Nearly 150 people enjoyed a fall dinner under strings of lights with a bar, a DJ and two long dinner tables in the middle of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Five best sci-fi/horror films to help a non-horror geek survive October

    Geek culture is not a monolithic entity -- far from it. Underneath the big tent of geekdom, you'll find factions big and small, for every possible slice of nerd life. Few of us embrace only one slice of geek life, but even fewer of us are true polynerds, embracing any and everything labeled "geek." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    10 things to do and see at this weekend's Nan Desu Kan anime convention

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Penny Arcade's dickwolves problem is part of a bigger issue: misogyny

    Geekdom has a dickwolf problem. Now, most of you -- even perhaps some of the geekiest among you -- are asking, "What the fuck is a dickwolf, and what kind of problem is it having?" The dickwolf got its start as a throwaway line in a comic strip from the immensely popular -- and influential -- webco ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Shoot rocks, watch Rock Jocks at Alamo Sunday

    There's no better way to celebrate a geek movie about shooting asteroids out of the sky than getting a bunch of geeks on stage to show off their skills doing that exact thing. No surprise, then ,that the Alamo Drafthouse's Action Pack team will be doing exactly that Sunday, Jun 30, at a special scre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Denver Comic Con founder Charlie La Greca on what makes this con special

    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 >>

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    May 30, 2013
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    April 4, 2013

    Marijuana poll: Majority of Americans support legalization, oppose federal interference

    It's been nearly a month since Attorney General Eric Holder said a decision about a federal response to Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of marijuana, would be coming soon. And the longer he waits, the harder it may be to sell a full-bore cra ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Twenty best costumes at Animeland Wasabi 2013

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Nan Desu Kan 2012: Next level anime convention awesomeness

    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 >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    January 26, 2012
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    January 25, 2012

    Nan Desu Kan 2012 dates announced: September 14 to 16, 2012

    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.

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    September 12, 2011

    A n00b's first Nan Desu Kan anime convention experience

    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 >>

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    June 9, 2011
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    April 19, 2011

    Comment of the day: Watch your back, Neustifter

    Neustifter got lucky.​Contrary to popular cultural belief, not all cosplayers are mouth-breathing weirdos with no social skills -- in fact, the vast majority of them are just normal folks who like to represent their fanhood by dressing up, and what's so strange about that? That's the gist of T ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Camel's appeal to hipsters is ironic, but not in a good way

    ​Keeping in line with Camel's historically "urbane" branding strategy, the tobacco company has for the last few months been pushing a series of specially branded cigarette packs commemorating select cities known for their cool: Austin and Seattle, for example, have been highlighted. And while ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Hipsters versus cowboys: When fashion worlds collide

    Hipster or cowboy? You decide.​When Westword staff writer Melanie Asmar called out the announcer and rodeo clown at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo yesterday for using Brokeback Mountain references to make gay jokes (personally, I'm more offended they haven't updated their material since ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009
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    January 15, 2009

    Q&A with Jonathan Coulton

    Geek icon and Internet rock star Jonathan Coulton is set to make his first appearance in Denver on January 17, at the Soiled Dove. In anticipation of his first concert in the Mile High city, Coulton was kind enough to sit down with us to talk about his beginnings as a code monkey, his inspirations f ... More >>

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    July 12, 2007
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