600+ Hours of Panels and Programming – All Included in Your Ticket

by | Mar 11, 2019

One of our missions at Denver Pop Culture Con is to provide all our fans with as much value as possible for the price of admission.

It’s not just about the geeky purchases you make from any of our hundreds of vendors and artists, and signatures from our celebrity, author, and comics guests.

No matter your interests, we want you to be able to walk in the door every morning and have a full day of fun and interesting things to do — until your friends and family drag you out, or we have to close the doors on Sunday evening at the end of con.

“Programming” encompasses all of those experiences you can see and participate in — such as panels, demonstrations, performances, and meetups.

And at DPCC there is always a LOT of Programming, with the panel schedule alone providing you with hundreds of hours of experiences and entertainment options.

With so much to do, we thought it would be helpful to provide an introduction and high-level overview of the major areas of Programming you can expect at the con in 2019, so let’s get to it.

Something for Everyone – By Design 

The key phrase here is, “no matter your interests.” Here’s a sampling of the types of Programming you can expect:

Celebrity Q&As

See your favorite actors from the hottest movies and TV shows in their solo and team-up question and answer sessions on the Main Stages. Since all panels and Q&As are included in your ticket price, this is how you can see the guests even if you’re not an autograph hunter. (Or if you’re on a budget!)

Reel Heroes Filmmaker Panels 

Want to know what happens on the other side of the camera of your favorite films and TV shows? Check out the Reel Heroes Filmmaker Series of presentations, where independent film directors and writers, stunt people, YouTubers and animators walk you through what happens between script and screen.

Artist Panels and Demos 

DPCC will also host scores of artists and writers — from local and independent talent — to the hottest names from the biggest comics, past and present.

You can meet comics guests at their tables in Artist Valley and you can see them brought together in one of our panel rooms where they will talk about their craft and their part in the last 80 years of comics history.

We also present hours of art demonstrations and workshops, where the pros will demo their craft while helping you perfect your own skills.

PCC Kids’ Lab Stages 

Programming also applies to the Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) Kids’ Lab. The Lab is a giant, dedicated space on the main show floor, devoted to fans from the younger-set through teenagers.

The Lab includes two stages that will feature ongoing programming throughout the con weekend, along with the nonstop activities and demos going on throughout the space.

The All Age Stage is where celebrities like William Shatner and Alan Tudyk have read aloud to the little ones, voice actors portray and pro artists draw with your kids.

The 8Bit Stage is a more intimate space where pros from all areas of pop culture talk with teens about issues that concern them. Every year, comics pros, actors, authors, NASA scientists – and more – sit and discuss topics like how your teens can overcome bias to break into their industry, or how they’ve dealt with gender identification or body shaming while turning their pop culture passions into film, writing or teaching careers.

Author Appearances, Panels and Literary Conference 

Meanwhile, the most popular authors will sign your books for free in Author Alley, then team up on dozens of panels with their fellow writers to talk about the literary genre, their techniques, and provide advice to amateur writers of all ages.

Another “lit” track of programming is our own academic literary conference, where scholarly writers present papers about the most topical elements of modern pop culture. This three-day event is always open to any attendee who wants a more scholarly take on this year’s pop culture issues.

Plus, there are also hundreds of panels about sci-fi and fantasy TV and movies, like Doctor Who and Star Wars, science and technology, and cosplay.

Educational Programming

Since Pop Culture Classroom – the organization that puts on the party known as Denver Pop Culture Con – is a kids’ literacy nonprofit, we are most proud of what we call our “Educational” programming. These are the sessions aimed at parents, students (kids and adults alike), and educators, which deal with topics like:

  • The best new books and graphic novels for teens, so teachers and librarians know what to use in their classrooms and libraries.
  • How teachers can use game development or technology to inspire their students, and what inspires young adult readers who are dealing with issues about their own families, body-image, and gender and sexual orientations.

As with all DPCC panels, all these sessions are open to any con attendee – and remember, it’s all about pop culture so the “learning” is actually fun!

Performances, Events and Surprises 

Programming is not just about panels, workshops and celeb Q&As in the panel rooms or Main Events theaters. There are always events during the day and at night – all included with your admission.

From our traditional Opening Night event Friday that features comedy, music and special guests to our Saturday night open-to-all Cosplay Celebration, there is always something going on for you to do, see and experience.

So, remember: After you’ve bought your admission, you can be in your personal Wonderland for three solid days without spending another dime! You’ll meet and talk with guests, be entertained non-stop with panels and events from all areas of popular culture, and you might even learn something. Above all, have fun!

And as always, if you have any ideas or questions, please subscribe or ‘friend’ us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or send them to info@popcultureclassroom.org.

Live Long and Prosper,
Bruce MacIntosh
Programming Director


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