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Ten Surprises on Day One of Denver Comic Con

Are you telling me that you still don't have accommodations for bears of size?
Are you telling me that you still don't have accommodations for bears of size? Teague Bohlen
The geek have once again inherited the earth….or at least downtown Denver. The Denver Comic Con has invaded the Colorado Convention Center for the seventh year in a row, and if the crowds at opening day on Friday, June 16, were any indication (the event continues through the weekend), 2018 will be another record-setting year for attendance.

We’ve already talked about the things you shouldn’t miss at DCC, and the things you can specifically do with your dad over Father’s Day weekend, and offered up interviews with some of the special guests (Darryl DMC McDaniels, Christopher Priest and Ross Marquand). But like prior incarnations, Denver Comic Con 2018 is proving to be full of surprises. DCC always finds new ways to amaze. Here are our ten favorites this year.

click to enlarge This is why deodorant is important. - TEAGUE BOHLEN
This is why deodorant is important.
Teague Bohlen
Yes, the Lines...and the Excitement...Are Real
It's just a reality of an undertaking as huge as Denver Comic Con: crowds (and the significant lines caused by them) are gonna happen. This was the crowd that had gathered just minutes before they opened the floor around 10 a.m.; it snaked around this room, down some stairs, and out into the Colorado Convention Center lobby. "It's not my favorite part of the day," said one attendee (who was either dressed as a de-clawed Wolverine or was just wearing a white sleeveless undershirt). "I just think of it as the prelude to the awesomeness." Way to be, almost-Logan. Way to be.

click to enlarge If you're out of powdered sugar, you have failed this city. - TEAGUE BOHLEN
If you're out of powdered sugar, you have failed this city.
Teague Bohlen
Green Arrow Really Likes Doughnuts
Protecting the city is hungry work, you know, and you can burn a surprising number of calories ziplining and parkouring around all night. And if you think about it, patience is one of the hallmarks of super-heroism, so...doughnut line? No challenge, Superfriend.

click to enlarge You don't have to work in journalism for this to excite you, but it helps. - TEAGUE BOHLEN
You don't have to work in journalism for this to excite you, but it helps.
Teague Bohlen
You Can Still Find Amazing Stuff
This is a screen-used prop from the first episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, from back in 1993, now owned by John Hernandez, from Home of Heroes and Collectibles in Colorado Springs. For those of who remember that year of Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You and Bill Clinton taking office and Unforgiven winning Best Picture, we have some bad news for you: it was a quarter-century ago. Luckily, we can collect seriously cool things like this to make us feel better in our old age.

click to enlarge Notice that there's no Ego/Starlord shirt, because that shit's just depressing. - TEAGUE BOHLEN
Notice that there's no Ego/Starlord shirt, because that shit's just depressing.
Teague Bohlen
Father's Day Stuff Is Back
Last year, DCC had to move off of Father's Day weekend because of scheduling conflicts with other events that had already reserved the center; that meant fewer examples of Dad-related merchandise from which to choose. Fortunately, DCC is back on Dad's day, which means that nerd-Dads all over Denver not only have something to do, but will be getting much better gifts.

click to enlarge That sign could just say, "You Didn't Plan Ahead: $1." - TEAGUE BOHLEN
That sign could just say, "You Didn't Plan Ahead: $1."
Teague Bohlen
Photo Sleeves: a Convention Gold Mine
Considering how many people are spending a few twenties (or more) on autographs and signed photos from their favorite celebrities, it's curious how few of them arrange for protective sleeves to keep their prizes secure and safely un-bent and un-smeared.  So good for those merchants who recognize the opportunity and will save your photo-treasure butts for only a buck (and make a good profit besides). Scrooge McDuck is giving a feathery thumbs-up from his money vault.

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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