Denver Comic Con announces 2013 dates and confirmed guest Stan Lee

This year's Denver Comic Con was too good to be true: Drawing more than 27,000 comix gawkers to the Colorado Convention Center over three days in June, the inaugural expo exceeded all expectations, proving once again that Denver is one lovably geeky city. We can dress up like Wonder Woman and the Hulk with the best of 'em, and more super-powers to us!

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Comic Book Classroom, the children's literacy nonprofit organization behind DCC, is so confident that it can repeat and surpass this year's performance that it's already hard at work on the 2013 convention, and the dates for next year's expo were announced this week. The con will return a little earlier in 2013 -- May 31 through June 2 -- and it's already put out the big tease: Marvel maven Stan Lee has been confirmed as the fest's big guest, sending a clear message that Denver Comic Con has arrived.

Discounted early-bird ticket deals and more tidbits of programming information will be released in the coming weeks at the Denver Comic Con website and Facebook page.

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