Koelbel Con attracts fandoms

Free event brings out the inner-character in participants

Posted 8/2/17

Participants went all-out at Koelbel Con, a pop culture extravaganza that took place at the Koelbel Library in Centennial on July 30.

Koelbel Con is much like the popular event, Comic Con, which takes place in Denver during the summer. People are …

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Koelbel Con attracts fandoms

Free event brings out the inner-character in participants

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Participants went all-out at Koelbel Con, a pop culture extravaganza that took place at the Koelbel Library in Centennial on July 30.

Koelbel Con is much like the popular event, Comic Con, which takes place in Denver during the summer. People are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from movies, television shows, books or games.

“It is hard to find people who might have the same interests as you,” said Sarah Jung, a volunteer at the event. “It is hard to express what you like because other people might not like the same things and you might be shy.”

The event featured actor Dante Basco, who is known for his part in the Steven Spielberg film “Hook.” Basco is also known for his voice acting in in a Disney animation series, “American Dragon: Jake Long,” and the Nickelodeon series, “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”

The event also included a hero and villain creation workshop hosted by Pop Culture Classroom, Fandom Fitness yoga and Fandoms Unite Trivia hosted by Grey Havens Group, a costume contest, a meet and greet with local young adult authors, kids games and activities and a vendor marketplace.

“For a lot of people, it really boosts their confidence to put on a costume,” said Emily Munch, a cosplayer at the event who dressed up as Raven from the show “Teen Titans Go!”

“Suddenly, you are not Emily, you are Raven. You can talk to people knowing they are having just as much fun as you are dressing up. It is a safer space for people to show a part of themselves that they might not get to show anywhere else.”

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