The floorspace for Artists Valley at Denver Comic Con was expansive, and positioned between the vendor and publisher areas in the front and the celebrity signing booths and food court at the back. It was almost arranged like a centrepiece, and to judge from the ethos of the con, that was intentional. A wide range of artists were invited and the “valley” was persistently busy, right up through Sunday when I finally managed to spend some time there. I wouldn’t say that my exploration was wide-ranging, but the folks I did speak to had a very affirmative attitude about the con and were busy, busy, busy making sales and doing commissions. They were pleasantly surprised by the way the con had boomed in only its second year, and found the atmosphere and fans celebratory and encouraging.