DPL @ Denver Comic Con

Activate Your Super Powers

June 13 - 15, 2014

The Denver Public Library is proud to announce that we will be returning to Denver Comic Con in 2014! This exciting, family-friendly event hosts comics artists and writers, film and television celebrities and thousands of costumed fans. We are so happy to once again be a part of your Comic Con experience.

Stop By and See Us!

This year, you’ll find DPL in many places throughout the Colorado Convention Center: making crafts in the Kids Corral, introducing teens to our ideaLAB digital media center and showing off DPL Connect, our tricked-out book trike. And keep your eyes open for some impromptu storytimes — you never know where we might pop up!

DPL Programs

Explore all aspects of geekdom with DPL staff in these panels and workshops. Schedule to be determined — we’ll post details here as they become available.

History of Censorship in American Comic Books
Sunday, 2:15-3:05 p.m. — Room 103
Denver Public Library hosts a panel on censorship in comics, including a look at how censorship has impacted the history of the American comic book industry and what bearing it has on the medium today.

How to Raise a Geek
Saturday, 3:30-4:20 p.m. — Room 103
Join staff from Denver Public Library and Cory Casciato, Westword's Geek Columnist, as we discuss the necessary steps to ensure your children become just as geeky as you are. We'll explore ideas, tips and resources you can use to inspire and support your kids on their fantastic adventures into the world of geekiness. Bring along your geek-to-be! A fun craft project will be offered while we grown-ups conspire against them.

Bruce Campbell vs. Bruce Campbell*
Sunday, 1-1:50 p.m. — Room 103
*Bruce Campbell does not appear on this panel.
No one can play a character quite like Bruce Campbell. From Ash Williams to Elvis Presley to Sam Axe, Campbell has portrayed some of the most memorable characters in history. Join fans from Arapahoe Library District and Denver Public Library for a panel in which we'll pit these characters against each other and YOU get to vote for your favorites!

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Miss-Understood? The Villainesses of Disney
Friday, 1-1:50 p.m. — Room 103
They are iconic and have permeated pop culture, but what is it about Disney's villainesses that keeps us coming back for more? Join us for an interactive discussion about our favorite female baddies. In the end, you might see them in a whole new light!

Other Worlds, Other People: Cultural Diversity in Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Sunday, 3:30-4:20 p.m. — Room 103
The universe is infinite and diverse. Your sci-fi and fantasy reading should be, too! Let us introduce you to some characters and authors who fit that bill.

A Reader’s Guide to Fantasy
Friday, 6:45-7:35 p.m. — Room 103
(Joint program with Arapahoe Library District)
Even if you’ve never read fantasy fiction, you’ve no doubt been exposed to the genre. Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have made nearly 5 billion dollars worldwide. Game of Thrones averaged over 14 million viewers per episode last season. And it was big news when Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling made it into the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records as the first billionaire author. If you’ve never read fantasy before and are looking for a place to start, join us for a discussion about where best to begin your adventure!

Speed Zine Workshop
Friday, 1:30-2:20 p.m. — Room 108
(Joint program with Denver Zine Library)
Take a walk on the zine side! Join staff from the Denver Zine Library and Denver Public Library to explore the artistic and topical varieties found in zines. Learn about zine history while creating your own mini-zine. Limited to 50 participants.

Star Wars: Exploring the Expanded Universe
Saturday, 11:45 a.m.-12:35 p.m. — Room 103
(Joint program with Rocky Mountain Fan Force)
The Star Wars Universe is vast, consisting not only of the famous movies, but also countless books, comics, video games and television shows. Now, with the recent acquisition by Disney and the announcement of new films, the Star Wars Universe has arguably never been in a more dynamic state of flux. Join lifelong Star Wars fans from Denver Public Library and Jonathan Thornton of Rocky Mountain Fan Force as we delve into the Expanded Universe in all of its myriad forms. We'll share reading and viewing suggestions and ruminate on things to come.

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Teen Roundtable of Awesome
Friday, 2:15-3:05 p.m. — Room 103
Have you ever wanted to share what you're excited about with other people your age? Now's your chance! This is a roundtable by teens, for teens. Join participants from the Denver Public Library to discuss what you're reading, watching, or playing. Feel free to just listen or to jump in and share your own feelings on what's hot and what's not. You're guaranteed to discover something new, and maybe you'll even meet people to share your epic adventures.


10% More Awesome: LGBTQ Teen Reads
Sunday, 10:30-11:20 a.m. — Room 103
Reading List
While the prevalence of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) characters in realistic teen fiction has seen growth in the past decade, comics/graphic novels and genre fiction are slow to catch up. Join DPL librarians who are passionate about diversity and teen lit for a discussion of what’s out there now, barriers, and intersections between LGBTQ representations and other types of diversity. Leave with a list of books and other resources to check out and the hope for a better future.

Why Our Stories Matter
Saturday, 2:15-3:05 p.m. — Room 103
Many of the biggest superheroes have been going strong for over 70 years. Doctor Who just celebrated its 50th anniversary. The works of J.R.R. Tolkien have sold over 45 million copies in the U.S. alone. Fantasy and science fiction stories share many of the same central themes. They have the same heart. But why do these stories matter so much to us? Join us for a discussion about why we love so fiercely the stories that bring us all together.

Why Should Kids Have All the Fun?! Illustrated Novels for Grown-Ups
Saturday, 10:30-11:20 a.m. — Room 103
Come explore an overlooked literary niche: the Illustrated Novel. Books by some of our favorite writers, including Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll, were originally published with illustrations. We'll discuss some reasons this publishing trend faded and look for signs of its reemergence. We'll also show you some beautiful examples of illustrated novels, past and present.

Special Event at the Central Library

Swamp Thing Cover by Yanick Paquette

An Afternoon with Yanick Paquette
Monday, June 16, 1 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Canadian artist Yanick Paquette has worked in the comics industry for over 20 years, collaborating with such writers as Grant Morrison and Scott Snyder. Join us to hear Yanick share his passion for self-visualization and imagination in reading. The all-ages talk will be followed by an art share and critique for teens, ages 12-18.

About Denver Comic Con

Please note that tickets are required for admittance to Denver Comic Con. Visit the Denver Comic Con ticket page for details.

Denver Comic Con is a program of Comic Book Classroom, a Colorado-based nonprofit organization fighting for literacy and arts. All proceeds benefit Comic Book Classroom’s educational endeavors.

Thanks to Our Partners

Denver Comic Con Del Rey Publishing
Arapahoe Library District Rocky Mountain Fan Force
Denver Zine Library