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Get your costumes ready for the premiere pop-culture fan experience in The Mile High City.

 FAN EXPO Denver: SPECIAL EDITION will take place this fall, Oct. 29–30, 2021!

FAN EXPO Denver: SPECIAL EDITION is a three-day, family-friendly fan convention that takes place at the Colorado Convention Center. The event features the best in comics, along with popular sci-fi and fantasy TV shows, movies, Japanese animation, cosplay (fan-created costumes and costumed skits), toys, gaming and celebrity panel presentations. For more information, visit FAN EXPO Denver's website

STAR-STUDDED LINEUP

So far, the celebrity lineup includes the likes of Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper (from Dr. Who), James Marsters (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jennifer Morrison (from Once Upon a Time and House), William Shatner and Zachary Quinto (from Star Trek) and Michael Rooker (from Guardians of the Galaxy and The Walking Dead)! Stay tuned for more guests, from cosplayers and gamers to voice actors, comic creators and authors. 

IT'S HULKING HUGE

In 2012, FAN EXPO Denver's inaugural year (called Denver Comic Con at the time), attendance reached 27,700. The following year attendance jumped to 61,000, and earned Best Fan Convention by Westword. By 2017, a record 115,000 attendees made it to the event, many dressed for the occasion.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, tickets to this year's Special Edition will be limited, and the event will be 75% of the size planned for next year's FAN EXPO Denver 2022. Although it will be slightly smaller, get ready for everything you love about the event, from celebrity guests to workshops to shopping madness (and everything in between).

WHAT TO SEE, WHAT TO DO

Stop by Celebrity Summit to catch in-person celebrity interviews — and maybe even nab an autograph or professional photo op with your favorite star. Artist Valley is where you can meet over 400 artists, inkers, colorists and comic creators. Similarly, Author Alley gives fans access to favorite authors and publishers. Of course, cosplay is a huge part of the experience. Each year, there's a costume contest and a non-competitive Cosplay Catwalk to watch. You'll want to join the fun and dress up as your favorite superhero or video game, TV, movie or anime character. And if you're bringing the whole family, know that DPCC is ready for your kiddos, with activities like designing shields and masks to face painting to an all-ages stage with art lessons and entertainment.

YOU CAN LITERALLY TASTE IT

Denver knows beer, so it's fitting that FAN EXPO Denver has its own brew. Each year, Breckenridge Brewery crafts a beer specifically for DPCC and asks the public to help choose the name. Last year's was "Bocks Machina," a play on the adventure group Vox Machina from the web series "Critical Role." Past editions of the DPCC beer have included "I am Brewt" (2017), "Severus Snapricot" (2016), "The Fantastic Pour" (2012), "The Caped Brewsader" (2013), "Brews Wayne" (2014), "Razznarok" (2019) and "Hulk's Mash" (2015). Stay tuned for this year's beer, which will also be available for a limited time at select breweries around town. 

A FUN WAY TO LEARN

FAN EXPO Denver is a program under the Colorado non-profit Pop Culture Classroom, whose mission is to inspire a love of learning, increase literacy and celebrate diversity. Each year, DPCC hosts a literary conference, offers more than 400 hours of educational programming and provides hundreds of family-friendly activities.

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