At this point on Sunday Denver ComicCon has wrapped up, bringing to an end a very, VERY successful convention.
I’ve mentioned a few times that the con is a benefit for Comic Book Classroom, but I don’t think I’ve stressed how many kids were running all over the floor. It’s a great thing to see, kids coming up in comicdom, after so many years of comics being stuck in the lowbrow end of the entertainment spectrum. And to that end it’s been such a family-friendly show, deliberately so.
The other interesting thing about DCC is not only is it extremely comic-focused, it’s very CREATOR-focused. As expected there were dealers about, and I managed to find some great bargains, but it wasn’t wall-to-wall back issues. I’d say a good 40-50% of the floor space was filled with comic creators. That leads to a much different vibe, because with less retailers I think there were more people TALKING about comics than other shows where we all slide from longbox to longbox with our pull lists, hardly taking time to speak to the people around us other than comparing scores.
It’s a strange thing to say, since I spend roughly 40% of my waking hours thinking about comics, but I still left the convention center each night even MORE enthusiastic about comics. (It doesn’t hurt that the Cellar Door anthology that FotB Andrew and I contributed to was out and available at the show, but it’s not even the main reason.)
With a little more time to let it sink in, I’m sure I’ve got some suggestions for how to make DCC better for next year, but it’s worth noting that the Denver Post is reporting that attendance could hit 20,000 for the weekend, making it the second-largest opening for a convention either. (They also did the legwork and found out the floorspace is 100,000 square feet, so thanks to them for taking that off my plate.) And as the con was wrapping up, the DCC organizers made the announcement that will keep guests talking about the Denver’s con throughout the next year: Stan Lee has been confirmed as a guest for 2013.
I’ve got to say I’m exhausted, and all I’ve done is work a couple 4-hour shifts and wandering the floor for three days. The organizers, who have been living and breathing this con for the past 3 years must be ready to collapse. But I hope the exhilaration of pulling of such a massive undertaking keeps them going long enough to grab a pint of Fantastic Pour and rest on their laurels for a bit. But just for a little while, because we’re going to do this all over again in 12 months. See you there.