Denver Comic Con has brought in some big names in its short history, but for year five it’s going straight for the top shelf. Comics legend Stan Lee was already on the roster for the June event when the announcement came late last week of the addition of a member of geek royalty: Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia Organa herself.
“I’m personally really excited about [Carrie Fisher]. The original Star Wars was the first movie I saw in a theater, and I really loved her,” says Christina Angel, director of Denver Comic Con. “It was exciting seeing [The Force Awakens] and hearing people cheer just as loud to see her appear as they did for Harrison Ford or Chewbacca or anyone else.”
While Fisher and Lee are unquestionably the biggest names on the lineup, there's no shortage of beloved geek celebrities from every type of fandom, including comics, film, TV and more.
“There’s a lot of crossover, and our goal is to have a little bit of something for everyone, no matter the age or interest,” Angel adds. “We really strive to have a guest list that reflects that, too. We have a wide variety of people, from voice actors to huge movie franchises to smaller, popular niche shows. We try to hit as many fan bases as we can, in all the areas.”
Those celebrities won’t be segregated in Popemobile-style glass cages, either. The vast majority of them, including the big headliners, will make themselves available for a variety of fan interactions throughout the weekend.
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“All of the guests, currently, will appear at least one day if not all three,” Angel promises. “They’ll do at least one panel, if not a couple. They’ll be available for photographs and autographs at the minimum, and some of them will choose to do a couple of extra surprise things.”
That means that if you’ve got a kickass Kylo Ren cosplay perfected and want to get a picture with “Mom” for your scrapbook, this is probably the best chance you’re ever going to get. If, on the other hand, you’re not that into either Star Wars or Marvel, there will be plenty of representation of everything from The Karate Kid to Doctor Who. An up-to-date list is available on the Denver Comic Con website, and Angel promises that the con is far from finished with big, splashy guest announcements.
“No, not even close,” she says. “I have a couple of potential announcements coming next week depending on when I get contracts back, but I have a lot of exciting stuff still in the hopper.”
Denver Comic Con, one of the largest pop-culture conventions in the U.S., will take place from June 17 to June 19 at the Colorado Convention Center. For more information and tickets, as well as future guest announcements, visit the Denver Comic Con website.