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ComicFest Has Moved to the Marriott

ComicFest Robo Theme
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ComicFest 2018, April 20-22 Marriott DTC, 4900 S Syracuse St, Denver, CO 80237 COMICFEST will be held in the PRIMROSE, IRIS, & LARKSPUR conference rooms. Additional ComicFest events will take place in the Aspen Theater and throughout the convention complex.

Panels – Guests – Art – Comics

This year’s Comic Fest theme is IT’S ROBO TIME! The Banner, T-Shirt, and Badge art will be announced as soon as we have our art winners selected.
REMEMBER: ComicFest is included with your StarFest membership.
It’s About Fun! ComicFest is Denver’s annual celebration of both the local and national comics, cartooning and art industry! ComicFest is the longest running Rocky Mountain Region Comics convention. It has always been our goal to increase the public’s awareness of the comic book medium and showcase talented local talent and publishers to the general public. What we have been surprised to learn is just how many creators there are that live right here in the region. We promise to continue to work at creating a unique convention experience that allows talented comics professionals to network with each other and meet their fans.
It’s Educational! ComicFest features lots of hands on comic book creation panels and demonstrations. If you are looking to break into Comics this is a great weekend to learn from the pro’s.
It’s About Collecting! Don’t worry if drawing stick figures is the extent of your artistic talent, because ComicFest will provide an outlet for what you enjoy about Comics as well. If you are looking for that special back issue or paper-back you’ll have the chance to search it out at one of our dealer tables. There will also be collection supplies available as well so don’t miss out on any of these items from all of our fine retailers.
It’s About Art! Come get custom sketches of your favorite Comic book characters from the area’s most talented comic book artists. The artists have a wide variety of styles and as a whole have worked for virtually every major publisher so you’re sure to find someone that can create that image that you’ve been waiting to display. Schedules will vary so you’ll have to check with the artists throughout the weekend so you won’t miss out on any of the talented people that will be coming by. We have even more artists to check out in 2016, so take your time and spend some time meeting them.
It’s About The Future! There are other exciting features that make ComicFest the convention that fans from the Rocky Mountain Region will enjoy for years to come!

ComicFest Guests

Gordon Purcell

Gordon Purcell

Gordon Purcell  is a comics artist, perhaps best known for his Star Trek work,[2] in particular his realistic renditions of the actors who play that franchise’s characters, as well as those of similarly licensed books, such as The X-Files, Xena: Warrior Princess, Lost in Space, Godzilla,and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. He’s also done a lot of superhero work on titles like JLA, JSA, Avengers, Silver Sable, Flare, Protectors Inc, Robin, Wonder Man and Flash. He’s currently working on STARGATE ATLANTIS for American Mythology and BLACK ENCHANTRESS for Heroic. (Gordon can be found and contacted via FB if you are interested in contacting him about a commission.)

Ron Fortier

Ron is a Comics and pulps writer/editor best known for his work on the Green Hornet comic series and Terminator – Burning Earth with Alex Ross.  He won the Pulp Factory Award for Best Pulp Short Story of 2011 for “Vengeance Is Mine,” which appeared in Moonstone’s The Avenger – Justice Inc. and in 2012 for “The Ghoul,” from the anthology Monster Aces.  He is the Managing Editor of Airship 27 Productions, a New Pulp Fiction publisher and writes the continuing adventures of both his own character, Brother Bones – the Undead Avenger and the classic pulp hero, Captain Hazzard – Champion of Justice.  Feel free to check out Ron’s selection of incredible work at www.airship27.com

Tone Rodriguez

Tone Rodriguez

TONE RODRIGUEZ, is a graphic artist and L.A. native now residing in Phoenix, Arizona. He started drawing comic books in 1999 with Violent Messiahs for Image Comics, other books followed for Cross-Gen, DarkHorse & Platinum Ent; drawing Snake Plisskin, Conan & KISS4K respectively. In 2004, he started being a regular contributor to Bongo Comic’s line of Springfield’s Favorite Family, The Simpson’s with books like Radio-active Man, TreeHouse of Horror, Summer Specials and Futurama comics. In addition to his comic work you can find several examples of Tone’s artwork on television shows like Liv & Maddie, Dog with a Blog and Pair of Kings for Disney, as well as on Showtime’s Dexter where he helped bring The Dark Defender to life and on NBC’s The Office creating the Adventures of Jimmy Halpert comic. He’s currently working on the Vampire book titled Blood and Dust and is crafting his biography currently titled “What the Hell Happened to Me?!?” or “Damn It!” Not sure witch one he will use yet.

Hayden Mears

Hayden Mears

We are very excited to welcome CBR (ComicBookResources) Journalist, HAYDEN MEARS, to ComicFest 2018! Hayden is an award-winning, internationally published entertainment journalist. Formerly a film and television critic for Starburst Magazine, WeGotThisCovered, and PopMatters, Mears now writes features for Comic Book Resources. His work has won him scholarships and accolades aplenty, making him a prominent figure in comic book journalism. Hayden will be joining our programming line-up as a moderator and guest.

Bob Hall

Bob Hall

Bob Hall had a long association with Marvel Comics, where at one time or another he drew most of the major books and characters such as The Champions, Spiderman, Dr. Doom, Conan, Thor, The Fantastic Four, The Submariner, Captain America, PSI Force, The Avengers and The New Mutants. He was the artist for the West Coast Avengers mini-series and was the primary artist on the original Squadron Supreme. He drew movie adaptations of Willow, Dark Man and the notorious first Captain America movie as well as pencils and inks for the graphic novel, Emperor Doom. Bob was an editor at Marvel in 1979. For Valiant he wrote and penciled the monthly series Shadowman, wrote Timewalker and then created Armed and Dangerous, a black and white “comicbook-noir” series. For DC he wrote and drew the Batman graphic novel projects, Batman DOA, I Joker and It’s Jokertime. In 2017, he wrote and drew an educational/fantasy about the measles virus for the University of Nebraska called Carnival of Contagion. He is currently drawing a ten page comic, Phantom Flight  for the rock group, Sound of Thunder and also drawing two variant covers for Valiant. His work can be seen at www.bobhall.com. Commissions and original art are available through www.catskillcomics.com. He can be messaged on Facebook through Bob Hall Comic Artist.

Mike Baron

Mike Baron is the creator of Nexus (with artist Steve Rude) and Badger two of the longest lasting independent superhero comics. Nexus is about a cosmic avenger 500 years in the future. Badger, about a multiple personality one of whom is a costumed crime fighter. First/Devils Due is publishing all new Badger stories. Baron has won two Eisners and an Inkpot award and written The PunisherFlashDeadman and Star Wars among many other titles. Baron has published seven novels, BansheesDomainHelmet Head,Whack Job, Biker, Sons of Privilege and SkorpioBanshees is about a satanic rock band that returns from the dead. Helmet Head is about Nazi biker zombies. Whack Job is about spontaneous human combustion. Biker is hard-boiled crime about a reformed motorcycle hoodlum turned private investigator. Skorpio is about a ghost who only appears under a blazing sun. In 2017, Liberty Island will publish all six Bad Road Rising novels, including Biker, which is available now.

Exhibitor Tables



DEALER SET UP:  Friday – April 20 – 9:00am to 2:00pm.  

 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:  Friday- April 20 – 3PM – 7PM Saturday- April 21– 9PM – 6PM Sunday- April 22 – 10PM –4PM

TABLE COST:  One 6 foot table space is $275. 

You receive 2 memberships to StarFest/ComicFest for each table purchased. Vendor booths are strictly for comic book retailers/vendors. If you are strictly toys/action figures and other merchandise (not comic books) than please be sure to head over to the StarFest vendor page to purchase your tables.

 Electricity is available through the Hotel at a rate of $35 per outlet.

  Purchase tables online at ComicFest Exhibitor Tables

If you have additional questions about the ComicFest Dealers room please email KathE Walker at kathestarfest@gmail.com or (720)261-0570

Artist Alley Tables

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SET UP:  Friday – April 20 – Noon – 2:00pm.  

 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:  Friday- April 20 – 3PM – 7PM Saturday- April 21– 9PM – 6PM Sunday- April 22 – 10PM –4PM

TABLE COST:  One 6 foot table space is $150.00

Your Artist Alley table is a 6′ table with two chairs and a table cloth.

There is overnight storage available, however, you will have to move your stuff each night and before the next day. Setup starts on Friday at 9:00AM. One StarFest membership is included with your Artist Alley table.

These tables are only for comic artists and items featuring the artist’s original art. If you want to sell other items, you need to purchase a table in our regular Dealer’s Room.

The sale of non-comic items like t-shirts and posters is prohibited. Sharing of tables is not allowed without written approval. The determination of allowed items for sale will be at the discretion of Rio, our ComicFest Director.

ComicFest Volunteer

Would you like to be a part of the ComicFest team?

Please fill out the form below and we will contact you about exciting opportunities to help with ComicFest. Giving of your time to help others does have its perks and we’d like to have you join our family. Volunteers receive general admission to all regular StarFest/ComicFest activities, use of the Con Suite, a convention t-shirt,  and attend the staff party. Volunteers are required to donate (because WORK just doesn’t sound like fun) at least 15 hours of time during the weekend and pay a $20 food fee (which stocks the con suite with food and soda for you to enjoy all weekend).

ComicFest Podcasters / Promotional Partners

5280 GEEK will be joining us this year. They will be podcasting live from COMIC FEST.

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