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DINK Expands to McNichols Civic Center Building

Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo (DINK) Expands to McNichols Civic Center Building in 2017

Denver, Co – Aug.  2016: The wildly successful Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo (DINK), will be expanding in 2017 to the beautifully restored McNichols Civic Center BuildingSet to take place on on April 8 & 9 in the heart of Downtown Denver.  The grassroots arts festival was carefully selected as one of the first city-wide events to debut at the new hall developed exclusively by Denver Arts & Venues. DINK exhibitor registration is set to open August 30th, accepting international, national and locally celebrated artists, publishers, designers, graffiti artists, tattoo artists, zine makers and independent graphic novelists of all kinds.

DINK at Sherman Street Events Center in 2016

‘We take great care in the creative direction and crafting of our show, and theMcNichols building provides a fantastic shot of inspiration for 2017. Just as our last venue had charm and artistic inspiration throughout, McNichols will exceed people’s expectations by adding a sophisticated historical appeal for visitors, artists, and vendors alike” stated Charlie La Greca, executive director, and Co-founder of DINK and Denver Comic Con.

Established in 1909, the former Carnegie Library (now home to the McNichols Civic Center Building) stood as a confluence of learning in Denver. Neoclassical in design, it was the first building to be constructed on the Civic Center site. Thirty of the original 35 Carnegie libraries built in Colorado between 1903 – 1911 still stand today working in service as libraries and research centers. With the re-design of the McNichols Civic Center Building, the tradition of higher learning will continue with vibrant events such as DINK, ushering in a new hub of arts and culture downtown.

“DINK is an excellent example of the breadth of arts, culture, and creativity in Denver – it’s the type of creative venture that we are proud to feature and support.”

 -Tariana Navas-Nieves
Director of cultural affairs with Denver Arts & Venues.

“We are excited to host DINK at the McNichols Civic Center Building, and be a part of the festival’s fantastic growth,” said Tariana Navas-Nieves, director of cultural affairs with Denver Arts & Venues. “DINK is an excellent example of the breadth of arts, culture, and creativity in Denver – it’s the type of creative venture that we are proud to feature and support.”

A major win for the Mile High City, DINK and Denver Arts & Venues are committed to a three-year partnership that will accommodate the expansion of the annual event and culture in Denver, while continuing with the vintage allure that put DINK on the map with small press, independent publishers, and guests worldwide. A creative resource for local and nationally celebrated artists to sell and promote their work, the convention is poised to grow its footprint tremendously in the coming years while escorting in a new generation of art enthusiasts, fans, and independent creators to Colorado.

More than just an art show, DINK will kick off its non-profit pilot program for Camp Comic Book this September at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado in partnership with the Denver Zine Library. One part comic and art education and one part outward bound, the annual campout and retreat developed to provide inner city and under-served youth a paid for curriculum in a vibrant, beautiful learning environ.

For many students at Camp Comic Book who might be experiencing the great outdoors for the first time, the not-for-profit retreat will include educational resources and guidance in creating comics from start to finish. The unique programming will also include instruction and confidence building tracks that include backpacking, setting up camp, collecting wild plants, organic growing techniques and more. By first imagining, planning and then making comic interpretations of their experience, participants learn the value of the outdoors, hard work, self-expression, and the thrill of seeing it pay off.

The 2017 Denver Comics and Art Expo (DINK) will kick off Saturday, April 8th – April 9th, bringing with it a new home for independent creators in the Queen City. Exhibitor registration will open August 30th, 2017 with a range of affordable options for exhibitors including booth space, full table, and half table spaces in the medium of comics, small press/micro-publishing,  zines, tattoo, street & urban art.

Registration will also include an open call for new and existing submissions for theDINKy Awards, Colorado’s first and only annual Comic & Art Awards focused on regional, national and international work. For more information about DINK and event registration or participation check out www.dinkdenver.com


DINK Denver – An Artist Showcase

This past weekend We attended the very First DINK – The Denver Independent Comic and Art Expo, at the Sherman Street Event Center in Downtown Denver.

This event had a great turn out for a First year show.  The isles were packed with people speaking to artists, getting pictures and buying their art.  We were told by many people that this show felt like an art show in the artsy areas of New York.  There were 5 floors of amazing art from all different styles and media.

DINK is a different type of show.  They planted a tree for every 10 tickets sold.  They encouraged attendees to bring their own water bottles, as there would be places to refill them.  There was little waste at this show.  Hell, even let people know before their cars got towed away.  It was a very Friendly environment.  One of the Volunteers noticed the Press badges, and offered to get a slice a pizza, if we hadn’t already gotten one.  Everything about this show was very different from other Conventions.  It was a nice change from the hustle that seems to be at most of Comic-Cons or similar shows.

Cant wait to see what next year will bring.

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Denver Comic Con Guest Announcment


Katee Sackhoff to Attend Denver Comic Con 2016
Hotshot pilot from critically acclaimed TV series to meet and greet fans

DENVER – March 11, 2016 – Denver Comic Con (DCC), Denver’s largest consumer convention and a program of education-nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom (PCC), today announced it is bringing Katee Sackhoff to the June 17 – 19, 2016 event at the Colorado Convention Center.

Sackhoff is best known as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace from the critically acclaimed television series, “Battlestar Galactica.” Since then, she has gone on to be involved with many other film, TV and game franchises including “Riddick,” “24,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” and most recently as Victoria Moretti on the A&E hit, “Longmire.”

“Battlestar Galactica is a show that has a huge cult following in the sci-fi community,” said Denver Comic Con director Christina Angel. “We’re thrilled to add Katee Sackhoff to our 2016 guest line up.”

Denver Comic Con has quickly become one of the most attended pop culture conventions in America. The popularity is due in part because of its robust schedule of programming—more than 400 hours of sessions during which artists, creators, celebrities and industry experts talk about their craft and their creations—as well as its family-friendly mission and environment. The largest portion of the show floor, more than 9,000 sq. ft., is dedicated to teens and children with activities designed to engage kids in education through pop culture.

For more information and tickets, please visit www.DenverComicCon.com andwww.PopCultureClassroom.org.

About Pop Culture Classroom
Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) is a charitable organization that educates through alternative approaches to literacy, learning, and character development. PCC creates programs for underserved students, schools and communities via comic books, graphic novels, and related media. PCC is the organizer and producer of Denver Comic Con. For more information, visitwww.popcultureclassroom.org.

About Denver Comic Con
Entering its fifth year, Denver Comic Con is Denver’s premiere pop-culture fan experience, covering the worlds of comic books, film, and related media. It is also an extension of and an awareness builder for its parent organization, Pop Culture Classroom. For the latest news and information, visit www.denvercomiccon.com.

The Denver Comic Con 2016 presented by Bellco Credit Union is sponsored in association with Breckenridge Brewery, Westword, 106.7 KBPI, KTCL 93.3 and Xfinity. Supported by the Hard Rock Cafe and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. With contributions from StylinOnline and 1UP Arcade*Bar.