Colorado Springs Comic-Con returns to the Broadmoor World Arena this weekend to celebrate pop culture in the form of cartoons and related entertainment such as movies, television and video games.
Activities cover all genres and all generations, from superheroes such as Superman and Spider-Man, to “Star Wars” to “The Walking Dead” TV series.
“Roseanne” actor Tom Arnold, “Home Improvement” actor Richard Kern, “The Walking Dead” actor Seth Gilliam, professional wrestlers Ruby Soho and Anna Jay, “Supernatural” actress Emily Celebrities such as Swallow are scheduled to appear. “Cobra Kai” actress Hannah Kepple and “Home Improvement” actress Debbie Dunning.
Susan Soares, the event’s public relations manager, describes Comic-Con as “every Halloween without candy,” and says Colorado Springs has a sizable cosplay (costume play) community. , dress up for the festival at the cosplay competition scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
Over 100 vendors sell comics, trinkets, costumes, photos, dolls and more. According to Soares, one of the most popular collectibles on the market is his Funko POP, featuring Disney and Marvel Comics characters, as well as figures of professional athletes.
Part of the fun of Comic-Con is meeting people who share your passion for this section of pop culture. Storyline spreadsheets are shared, intricate details are discussed in depth, costumes are admired, and you have the freedom to participate in open dialogue.
Getting autographs and photos of celebrity guests is another big part of the three-day event. Autographs are valuable items for collectors. James Spence can be certified using grading and encapsulation services provided by CGC Comics and CBCS Comics.
Other popular opportunities include meeting artists, writers and creators to discuss their work in question and answer sessions.
Over the past six years, Comic-Con has drawn between 20,000 and 30,000 spectators. Attendees enjoy the opportunity to meet heroes, participate in cosplay, add to their collections, and share and grow their knowledge of their favorite comics and related entertainment.