Denver is getting its very own acronymed CAF now: DINK (Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo); it’s organized by artist/podcaster/Denver Comic Con co-founder Charlie LaGreca. This year’s show will be held March 25-26 at the Sherman Street Event Center.. There’s some more information about the show if you scroll down, but they’ve also kicked things off with The DINKie Awards. Now you will be able to say “I won a DINKie!”
Nominees are below:
Best Work – Self Published
Best Work – Small Press
Best Work – Mid/Large Press
Outstanding Work – Diversity
Best Zine or Mini
Outstanding Work from Colorado
Outstanding Web Comic
Another fine list of comics! Nominees and winners are selected by a panel.
As for the show itself, the show’s press materials indicate a strong emphasis on staying green, including a ban on selling plastic water bottles at the show. The show is also planting a tree for every 10 tickets sold, working in conjunction with a local organization, Trees, Water & People.
Because it’s in Denver, there will also be a Cannabis and Comics track.
“Fan and Art conventions are a fantastic place to celebrate artists, creators and taste makers of this industry, however due to the volume of consumers, and the paper product it takes to serve them, there is a terrible amount of waste that can be generated from a single weekend event,” says LaGreca in a statement. “I remember looking out on the heaps of waste on the floor of the Denver Comic Con after it closed that first year, and while I was in wonder of what we had accomplished as a community I was thinking to myself, ‘this is not sustainable or responsible’ – it really had a profound effect on me”.
The show will feature over 100 artists including tattoo and graffiti artists, small print exhibitors, producers, writers and artisans. Guests include Denis Kitchen, Nate Powell, Simon Hanselmann, Sammy Harkham and Julia Wertz.
More art and venue images. Looks fancy!!!
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