Over Memorial Day Weekend my husband and I decided to share our first Comic Con experience with our two kids. The Denver Comic Con seemed like the perfect Con to attend with the whole family as it is very kid-friendly. In fact, all of the proceeds of Denver Comic Con fund Pop Culture Classroom, a year round educational program bringing comic books into the classroom in Denver.
Because we had two young ones, we focused on the kid's craft areas and the booths. While I would have loved to have seen Gwendoline Christie in person, my kids were not in mood to wait in a line or sit still. So panels and autographs will have to wait until next year.
What did we do? We took a lot of fun photos.
The kids loved to see so many people dressed up. Especially when they recognized the characters. This group from Guardians of the Galaxy was a big hit.
A Stormtrooper chatted with my delighted son over an intercom-like device and even got down one one knee for a photo. Overall the people in costume were ridiculously friendly with both adults and kids who asked for photos.
The whole family enjoyed looking at fan art work and talking with the artists. One young comic artist (whose name I unfortunately never got) asked my son who his favorite super hero was and drew this for him on the spot (for a mere $5).
We also bought a few prints - almost all of them were signed by the artist at the time of purchase. This is one of my favorites.
Overall the day was a huge success. The crowds were big but not too overwhelming. The food choices were practically non-existent for someone recently diagnosed with celiac disease (me, unfortunately), but that was my only real problem with the event. Although I will say my daughter and I would love to see more female-focused fan art (more Princess Leia and Agent Carter please!)
Next year one day will be for the kids and two more for the adults to catch some panels and be able to meet more artists and special guests. Perhaps a bit of family cosplay will be in order as well. Looking forward to Denver Comic Con 2016 already!