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Hello! You signed up for a geek culture / pop culture / Denver Comic Con newsletter from Denverite at some point in the last couple of months — and here it is! 

This is kind of a pop-up newsletter. I'll do a bunch this week, and then the pop culture newsletter will disappear again for a while. It's an experiment! Thanks for being part of it. Tell your friends to sign up right now if they haven't already, because this week is going to go quickly! 

We're launching with a (really cursory!) guide to Colorado geekdom, including things you can do before and after Denver Comic Con, because while DCC is one of the high points in the year for pop culture fans, Denver and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer even outside of the convention. This is meant to be a starting point, and I would love to hear about the things you think I missed. (Just reply to this email — it'll go straight to me.)

For upcoming events — none of which require Denver Comic Con tickets — scroll down. But first ... a word or two from today's Guest Editor!

— Dave
Guest Editor
Today's guest editor is Dailen Ogden, who makes comics here in Denver. She eats a lot of tofu and is probably not a werewolf in a trench-coat. But who's keeping track? Here's what she wanted to share with us:

"Star Trek Cats," by Jenny Parks: In short: it's delightful. Jenny's illustrations (created right here in Colorado, where she lives!) are accurate, adorable, and plain old fun. If you love Star Trek: The Original Series, and cats — or even if you're just lukewarm about one or the other — don't pass this up! It's a sweet, silly take on a classic series that fans are guaranteed to love. If you'd like to purchase a copy and get it signed on the spot, you'll be able to meet Jenny at Denver Comic Con in Artist Valley at table Q-07. (Star Trek Cats: The Next Generation is also slated for release in 2018 — but you didn't hear it from me!)

You should also check out "Finding Meaning in The Book of Henry, the Best Worst Movie of the Year," an article for Esquire by Dave Holmes. This review had me howling with laughter the entire way through, and despite the world's most bizarre movie premise, it actually made me want to see the film. Aside from being a wild ride and an entertaining read, another interesting thing to note is that Colin Trevorrow, director of "The Book of Henry," is also slated to direct "Star Wars: Episode IX." Make of that what you will, but enjoy the review nonetheless!

Today's episode

Denver Comic Con is nearly here, but what do we do until then? And what after? Here's a starter guide to the metro area's nerdy-ish offerings in the next month or so. Reply to this email with events you think people absolutely must know about (and why!) and I'll add 'em to the list and republish it! 

Coming soon


Wed., June 28

Gundam Build Night. Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 S. Broadway, Denver. Monthly Gundam model group build night. No experience necessary. Bring your own kit or buy one at the shop for 10 percent off during the build. 5 p.m.-late.

Nerd Nite Denver: Drugs, Antiheroes and the Meaning of Life. The Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave., Denver. $6 in advance, $9 at the door. 6:30 p.m. Tickets online

Thu., June 29

All-Ages DCC Afterparty, Elitch Gardens access for $19.99 per person, plus $5.99 "processing fee," 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Buy tickets online.

Comic Con Beer Dinner, Marlowe's, 501 16th St., Denver. $50 per person. Four comic-themed courses paired with Breckenridge Brewery beers, including I Am Brewt! with a collectible glass. 6 p.m. Reservations online

Fri., June 30

All-Ages DCC Afterparty, Elitch Gardens access for $19.99 per person, plus $5.99 "processing fee." 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Buy tickets online.

Club Cosplay Denver Afterparty, Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., Denver. $15-$25. DJs, costumes, contests, photo booth and more. 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Buy tickets online.

Denver Comix launch party. Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 S. Broadway. Denver Comix is a publication featuring original comic book creations by Colorado artists. Free magazines at the event. Live podcast at 8 p.m. followed by a live drawing competition at 9 p.m. Event starts at 7 p.m.

DCC Afterparty, Paramount Cafe and the alley next to the Paramount Cafe, 519 16th St., Denver. Music from The Fabulous Boogienauts, The Inactivists, Faded Freakshow and DJ Alf. The DCC-themed beer from Breckenridge Brewery, I Am Brewt!, will be available. 7 p.m.-1 a.m.

The Nerd Roast of Batman, Comedy RoomRoom at El Charrito, 2100 Larimer St., Denver. Featuring Batman, Joker, Harley Quinn, Bane, Riddler, Poison Ivy, Penguin, Catwoman, Batgirl, Robin and Alfred. 7 p.m.

Sat., July 1

All-Ages DCC Afterparty, Elitch Gardens access for $19.99 per person, plus $5.99 "processing fee," 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Buy tickets online.

DCC Afterparty, Hard Rock Cafe, 500 16th St., Denver. Music from Lauren Mayhew, The Goonies, Bolonium, Movie Camp, plus a video game wall. 9 p.m.-midnight.

Sun., July 2

All-Ages DCC Afterparty, Elitch Gardens access for $19.99 per person, plus $5.99 "processing fee," 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Buy tickets online.

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, Rackhouse Pub, 2875 Blake St., Denver. A drawing event with unusual models — this time featuring Denver's Polka Dottie as Minnie Mouse, Daria and Leia the Slayer (with Jabba's head?), hosted by Vivienne VaVoom. First Sunday of the month. 5 p.m.

Thu., July 5

Mario Kart (N64) tournament, Grandma's House, 1710 S. Broadway, Denver. 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Fri., July 7

Denver Nickel and Dime Animation Extravaganza, Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. 30 animated shorts from around the world. Some of them are naughty. 7 p.m. Tickets online.

Lucha Libre and Laughs, The Oriental Theater, W. 44th Ave. Denver. With the Left Coast Guerrillas against the Handicapped Heroes, Royce Isaacs against Darin Corbin and Lonnie Valdez against Caleb Crush. Commentary by Nathan Lund and Sam Tallent. $10. 8 p.m.

Sat., July 8

Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago White Sox — Marvel Super Hero Night. Ticket packages include a Captain America Colorado Rockies T-shirt. 7:10 p.m. Buy tickets online.

Wed., July 12

"The Burning Metronome" comic book release party, Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 S. Broadway, Denver. 7-9 p.m.

Sat., July 15

"The Burning Metronome" comic book release party, Time Warp Comics, 3105 28th St., Boulder. 2-4 p.m.

Sat., July 22

Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates — Star Wars Night. Ticket packages include a Captain America Colorado Rockies T-shirt. 6:10 p.m. Buy tickets online.

Listen to this ...

Song: "DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake" by Art Brut
Why: "DC comics and chocolate milkshake / Some things will always be great." It felt like a fitting, goofy, summery way to kick off this series of newsletters.

Stray thoughts ...

Have you seen this Carrie Fisher poster the DCC folks commissioned for their staff? The Mary Sue sure loved it
Holy moly, you read to the end. If you're going to be at Comic Con, let me know — I'll get you a Denverite sticker. What do you want to appear in this newsletter? I have about half of them done already and about half I'll do live. Just reply to this email and we can chat! 

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