Superheroes for Aurora

It’s no surprise that comics fans would band together in the wake of the Aurora shootings, considering that the movie premiere that night focused on Batman, one of the most enduring and beloved of all superheroes. And in true superhero style, a number of local groups, including the folks behind Denver Comic Con and Mother Mind Studios, are hosting Remember Aurora, a week of fundraisers for shooting-related charities.

The action begins tonight with Rise! An Aurora Theater Shooting Benefit at 3 Kings Tavern, 60 South Broadway. With music by Little Fyodor & Babushka, Mr. Pacman, Barstool Messiah, the Limbs and Glass Homes, the party will also play up its comics connection by including a cosplay costume contest and photo booth, as well as an exhibition of works by Comic Con artists. “Metaphorically, Batman represents self-improvement and the idea of making the world a better place for your fellow person,” says Rise! co-organizer Daniel Crosier. “And by not having super powers, that makes it seem more doable. A lot of people use that icon to promote healing in the community and in terms of personal growth, and that makes it endearing and encouraging.” Check in at 8 p.m. for a night of 21+ fun. Admission is $8 to $10, and photo shots are $20. For more info, go to

Tomorrow and Sunday, hit C’s Collectibles, 1250 South Abilene Street in Aurora, for ongoing in-store comic signings with Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Matt Fraction (Casanova, Uncanny X-men), Moritat (All Star Western) and other industry celebrities, as well as local luminaries; call 303-751-6882 for details. And tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m., head to Embassy Suites, 4444 Havana Street, for an Aurora Rise silent auction featuring artwork by a who’s-who of comic artists who will make the night seem like a mini-Comic Con all over again. Events are free unless otherwise noted; for additional information, visit
Fri., Aug. 24, 8 p.m., 2012