03 June, 2013

Denver Comic Con and the Comic Book Classroom: A Success Story

I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph the Denver Comic Con this past weekend, which supports the Colorado based non-profit Comic Book Classroom, which provides free comic book based curriculum to improve literacy and art skills, increasing student achievement and develops personal awareness. What I like most about it this particular event is that not just the over 48,000 fans in attendance recognized the focus of support, but the special guests recognized and encouraged it as well. Actors Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day not only spoke in regards to being creative, innovating, and pursuing your goals, but also spoke on personal awareness and acceptance, imagination and innovation, and how your passions can bring families together.

Screen legends Peter Mayhew and William Shatner even took the time to read to kids in attendance in the educational center of Comic Con: The Kids Corral.

The Kids Corral itself educated kids on art, making, building, and writing through the help of convention guests like ASIFA Colorado who taught animation workshops and artist Katie Cook who led drawing classes, along with other notable guests.

And the engagement was not limited to the Kids Corral as guests such as Eddie McClintok made it a point to talk to kids during his panels about being creative and daring and doing their best.

So at the end of the day, Denver Comic Con is not just about fans and pop culture, but it's about teaching people of all ages to follow their passions no matter what and to never give up on ourselves.

The only sad thing is that we have to wait a whole year for the next Denver Comic Con.

But that doesn't mean we have to wait to continue the Comic Book Classroom's mission. So go out true believer, read, create, make art and ecourage others to do the same!

Also: Felicia Day: Swoon.

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