New Name, Same Great Con
As you’ve probably heard or noticed by now, we made the decision earlier this month to rename Denver Comic Con. It’s now Denver Pop Culture Con (DPCC).
We’ve been considering it for years, for strategic reasons. Most stemmed from us changing the name of our nonprofit to Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) back in 2014, to more accurately reflect the scope and mission of the organization.
It’s important that I say the recent trademark issues over the word “comic-con” (note the hyphenation) did factor into our decision in terms of timing, but no, that wasn’t the biggest or even main reason for the change.
I won’t go into all of those reasons here, since you may have already heard or read about them. If you haven’t, you can read all about them in our official press release HERE.
The Con Format and Content Remains the Same
Most of us are professional educators here at PCC, so we spent a lot of time planning to ensure our communication about the name change was clear and that you knew the reasons behind the change.
A large portion of that planning was devoted to anticipating the many questions we might receive from you, and we crafted an FAQ to answer those questions. You can see the latest version of that FAQ below.
We were a little surprised that a few fans, upon hearing the news, expressed concern we might be changing the convention format along with the name.We are not.
In fact, I’m writing this blog primarily for one reason, and that is to reassure all of you, our fans, whom we cherish, that we will not be changing the format of the convention in any way. It’s a name change. That’s it.
Comics Will Continue to Be a Top Priority
Some of you have also expressed concern that by changing the name, we may be reducing our focus on comics, and I want to set the record straight on that.
We are not reducing our focus on comics and graphic novels in any way.
Yes, over the years we have continued to add new attractions, exhibitors, and content beyond the comics core, but we have also increased our comics and graphic novel content right along with it.
For those of you with a healthy bit of skepticism on this, here are some numbers to prove it. At the 2018 con we had:
- Over 400 comics creators, including many of the biggest names in the industry, including Frank Miller, Kevin Eastman, Greg Capullo, Brian Azzarello, David Finch, Tom King, and Christopher Priest.
- Almost 100 comics related panels
- Dozens of comics-related exhibitors and comics publishers like Valiant, BOOM!, and IDW to name a few.
Add to that we organized and held the first ever Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards ceremony to celebrate and spotlight the best creators and publishers across the industry.
Can we do more? Yes, and we are always looking for ways to increase the value and improve the experience for our comics fans and collectors.
Are we backing away from comics and graphic novels as a core part of the con? Absolutely not.
Keeping Everything You’ve Told Us You Love
Yes, there will still be a huge number of the biggest film, TV, animation and gaming celebrities to meet, get autographs from and pose for photos with.
Yes, there will be hundreds of hours of educational panels, sessions, and programming.
Yes, there will be a nearly 10,000 square feet of space devoted to kids and teens with fun educational activities and events.
Yes, there will still be hundreds of vendors selling some of the most diverse merchandise you can find under one roof.
Yes, there will be even more artists and creators.
Yes, there will be even more top genre and YA authors and booksellers.
Yes, there will be surprises!
So, to sum up, even though we’ve changed the name, it’s the same amazing con. And, just like every year, we’re working hard to make this year’s event even better than last year, for as many fandoms as we can.
But, hey, if you want to keep calling it Denver Comic Con for a while, that’s cool by us. Rest assured though, you can be certain that it is and will continue to be the same con you’ve come to know and love.
And for that, I’d like to give you all a huge and heartfelt thank you. It’s because of you that we are here, that the con continues to thrive, and Pop Culture Classroom is able to continue doing good in our communities.
2019, here we come.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Did you do this because of the San Diego/Salt Lake lawsuit?
The organization’s leadership has been discussing and considering this name change for years, given the growing and inclusive nature of our programming, guests, and exhibitors. While this announcement fits with that news, this move is appropriate now given our expansion to a new market.
What if someone else wants to put on an event called Denver Comic Con?
Pop Culture Classroom still owns the rights to the Denver Comic Con name, and will negotiate in good faith moving forward to protect it from such an occurrence.
Does this mean you’re not about comics anymore?
Not at all. In fact, in 2018 we had more and higher-profile comic guests than in past years, and we plan to build on that success in 2019 and beyond as we celebrate all aspects of pop culture, which absolutely includes the comic book culture upon which we were founded.
What do you mean by “pop culture con”?
Denver Pop Culture Con is more inclusive and more accurately reflects the breadth and depth of the growing event, which absolutely still embraces the comic book culture and artists on which it was built, while acknowledging the authors, celebrities, workshops, cosplay, and all other aspects of pop culture fandom it has grown to encompass since its inception in 2010.