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FAN EXPO Denver – nerd’s paradise taking on the chores of congressional organizing where Denver Comic Con and Pop Culture Con left off – is set to debut in Mile High City October 29-31 with a spooky special edition the size the traditionally massive experience from the last few years as well as what the organizers are planning for 2022, but that still leaves plenty of room for welcome fan community awesomeness after the pandemic.
“We’ve all stayed inside, supported our healthcare heroes and done our part to keep our communities safe, and now we’re excited to finally get back together, stronger than ever,” writes Adam Kullberg, interim executive director of the pop culture classroom. “FAN EXPO Denver: SPECIAL EDITION will give our community the opportunity to come together and celebrate creativity and pop culture in ways we haven’t been able to for a while. We are overjoyed to bring this link back to Denver in October. “
FAN EXPO is the largest Comic-Con producer in North America and hosts annual conventions in Canada and the USA, from Boston to Orlando to Dallas. During the 2020 downtime, it partnered with Pop Culture Classroom to work on bringing the Denver convention back better and ultimately bigger than ever.
We caught up with Andrew Moyes, Vice President of Fan Expo HQ, to ask what fans can expect at the Colorado Convention Center this upcoming Halloween – aside from the double excuse of dressing up in costume.
Westword: What was the idea behind a smaller version of the traditional convention as this is FAN EXPO’s first foray into the Denver fan base?
Andrew Moyes: FAN EXPO Denver: SPECIAL EDITION fulfills a promise we made to fans to look for every opportunity to produce something in 2021 before fully returning to our regular schedule in 2022 and beyond. We are delighted that this has happened; It would not have been possible without the input and support of the local fan community and our local partners. Fandom is finally returning to Denver. We can hardly wait.
Art and things for all ages.
Fan Expo HQ
What differences will the fans see on the floor itself, both because of the downsizing and because of the FAN EXPO?
Fans can expect everything they know and love about the show, just a little smaller. Hopefully they will see the benefit of both working with the local Denver team – and the scope of our national partnerships – to put together an exciting list of guests and exhibitors.
Speaking of guests, any headliners you’d like to announce for this October?
Our first guest has just been unveiled: William Shatner, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Who better to lead us out of the abyss than the captain himself? And we couldn’t miss supporting him in celebrating this milestone year.
What can we expect from the event that takes place on Halloween weekend?
Hopefully Halloween weekend makes what is already a burst of creativity even more exciting. Personally, I’m excited to see new cosplay trends – so many great new shows and characters have been revealed in 2020 and 2021. And maybe this hiatus gave cosplayers an opportunity to expand their creations. Our fans keep blowing me with their creativity and I’m so excited to see what Denver will bring!
Okay, this might be the droid you’re looking for.
Fan Expo HQ
How much do tickets cost and which packages are offered for the Halloween event?
Tickets are available on June 29th with early bird discounts until July 30th. Tickets start at just $ 30, with great weekend packages.
Tickets for FAN EXPO Denver: SPECIAL EDITION will go on sale Tuesday, June 29th at 10am. Tickets and more information can be found on the FAN EXPO website.
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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist, and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the 2007 Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction; In 2014 his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success was published. His new flash fiction collection Flatland is available now.