Anime and Cosplay

Pros and Cons of Denver Comic Con 2017

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Can you tell me what this line is for? Danielle Lirette

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click to enlarge Excuse me, Deadpool.  Trying to get a photo here. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Excuse me, Deadpool. Trying to get a photo here.
Danielle Lirette
4. Prop Storage
For an event so dependent on cosplay and associated props, not to mention one riddled with new policies regarding those props, the location for prop storage seemed terrible: On the Stout Street side, far from the new entrance. This was frustrating for attendees, to be sure — but another side effect of the space limitations imposed by the center's schedule. “It was the only access point externally not occupied by something else,” Hubner explains. “It was our only option.” Con organizers are already working on plans for next year, when the space will change, to make the Con a little more user- (and prop-) friendly.

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Peace bonding: It's a thing.
Danielle Lirette
5. New — and Sudden — Rules
There were plenty of surprises on Comic Con’s opening day, but Saturday morning offered up the biggest surprise, especially for cosplayers. Right before the convention opened, DCC changed its weapons policy for the second time, specifically banning guns or anything that resembled a gun. This was a major change from the rule employed just the previous day, when there was a narrow and specific guideline for which gun-related props were still allowed under the rules: no projectiles of any kind, no realistic-looking firearms, etc. As Hubner explains the quick shift: “In order to better provide a safe environment for all those attending DCC, it was necessary to amend the prop policy related to replica guns. We had issues with security staff interpreting the policy in different ways on Friday, so in order to remedy that for the rest of the weekend, we made the change.”

And there will be more changes in the months to come, all with the goal of improving Denver Comic Con in 2018.  “Keep on the lookout for our policies,” Hubner advises. "We will be looking at all of that over the summer.”

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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
Contact: Teague Bohlen