CO Springs Comic Con 2017
Aug 29, 2017 07:28PM ● Published by Randy Robinson
Altered Reality Entertainment, the company behind the convention, didn't just move the event to a new spot—they bought the new venue, rebranded it as the Altered Reality Event Center, and expanded the convention two-fold. With double the area for booths, vendors, activities, and panels, they also doubled the attendance, with an estimated 20,000 people showing up last weekend.
When I reviewed the previous year's Comic Con in Colorado Springs, I noted that the three-day event's niche-power was its smaller size. Whereas Denver and San Diego's Comic Cons easily clock in over 100,000 attendees, last year's con in the Springs brought in just 10,000. However, smaller conventions make for intimate gatherings, and attendees get more one-on-one time with their favorite artists, writers, and actors. The Altered Reality Event Center, in this sense, hits the Goldilocks Zone: not too big, not too small, with enough frills for the average con-goer but not so much walking that you need a golf cart.
And I could go on and on about the celebrities who were there, like Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead), Billie Dee Williams (Star Wars, Batman), or James Marsters (Buffy, Smallville). Or I could fanboy over the comic legends, such as Neal Adams of DC fame, Rob Guillory of Chew, or Ashley Witter, who's been handling cover art for heavy-hitters like Harley Quinn and Spider Gwen.
I could. But, nah, I won't.
How about we just jump into what you're really here for: the cosplay photos. See you next year!
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