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Local Fannish Resources

John
jcfiala
Group Organizer
Denver, CO
Post #: 8
Hi folks. My wife and I have been in Denver for a number of years, so we're quite familiar with a number of different groups and stores in the area. Here's a rundown on things that may be interesting - not all are anime, but I figure SF and RPGs are likely interests for this group anyway.

Anime:

You undoubtedly already know about Nan Desu Kan, the local anime convention. Their website, naturally, is here: http://www.ndk.cc/...­

There's a local yahoo group for people attending ndk to chat about the con - it doesn't get a lot of traffic, but may prove interesting. You can subscribe at ndk2-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or go to http://groups.yahoo.c...­.

Science Fiction/Fantasy:

Mile Hi Con, the yearly SF convention for Denver, is coming up this weekend at the Denver Sheridan Four Points at Hampden & I-25. They're website is at http://www.milehicon....­.

There's also OpusCon, a recent fantasy & sf art convention that's been a lot of fun. It's at the same hotel at a different time of year, and can be checked out at http://www.opusfest.c...­.

And then if you're interested in small meetings throughout the year there's both a Science Fiction & Fantasy Meetup Group and DASFA - the Denver Area Science Fiction Association. They're web site is at http://www.dasfa.org/...­, and they have a mailing list at dasfa-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or http://groups.yahoo.c...­. They also have a paper newsletter that goes out each month, produced by my lovely wife with assistance from myself. Want to contribute some art? :)

Gaming/RPGS:

First, the stores.
The two really big RPG gaming stores in Denver are Attactix, http://www.attactix.c...­ (in se denver), and Valhallas, http://www.valhallas....­ (in ne denver). They both have large amounts of gaming space, and Valhallas also has a small computer network set up where people can play competitive games together.

There are, god help us, three gaming conventions each year in Denver. GenghisCon is the largest and runs in February, but the same group also runs Tacticon in September (http://www.denvergame...­. Then there's BenCon, a gaming convention run to raise money for charity each year (http://bengames.org/)...­.

If you want to get in touch with other gamers in the area, there's a Dungeons & Dragons meetup, but there's also the House of Dragons, a loose club of roleplayers here in Denver. They have a mailing list (houseofdragons-subscribe@yahoogroups.co­m or http://games.groups.y...­) which is a good way to keep track of games that are coming up. You can also find via there groups for all the various living campaigns which are currently popular in Denver. For a lower-noise pure-info list, you can also subscribe to denvergamersinfo-subscribe@yahoogroups.c­om or http://games.groups.y...­ .

Well, if anything else comes to mind, or if any of you have some resources to bring up, feel free to post in reply to this!

See you around!

John
A former member
Post #: 55
In addition, there is the Opus, Starfest and Gengis conventions in the spring, Bencon in the summer and Tacticon in the fall.

There are two exclusive anime stores, Buy Me Anime and Gimme Anime. There is Animaniacs, but I think everyone knows my feelings about them.

Up to the north, I recommend Black and Read, a great store I'd never take my kid to.

DB

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John
jcfiala
Group Organizer
Denver, CO
Post #: 9
In addition, there is the Opus, Starfest and Gengis conventions in the spring, Bencon in the summer and Tacticon in the fall.

I did mention Opus, Genghis, Bencon, and Tacticon, but I forgot Starcon. (I never have gone - always seems overpriced to me.)


There are two exclusive anime stores, Buy Me Anime and Gimme Anime. There is Animaniacs, but I think everyone knows my feelings about them.

Up to the north, I recommend Black and Read, a great store I'd never take my kid to.
DB

Ah! Black and Read - I forgot about that. Around 80th & Wadsworth, lots of used dvds, books, manga, and rpgs. Good store, but it's a place I spend far too much time at. As for the anime stores - there's none near me, and I can often get the anime cheaper on line, so I usually do, or pick it up at Best Buy. I suspect as Anime moves further into the teen mainstream, actual anime specialty stores may die out.

John
Al S.
Zarabadoo
North Reading, MA
Post #: 47
As for the anime stores - there's none near me, and I can often get the anime cheaper on line, so I usually do, or pick it up at Best Buy. I suspect as Anime moves further into the teen mainstream, actual anime specialty stores may die out.

I hear you there. of course, if there was one nearer to me, i probably would go to it more often. for some reason they are all on the east side of Denver for the most part. we need one in Lakewood or something.
A former member
Post #: 35
I suspect as Anime moves further into the teen mainstream, actual anime specialty stores may die out.

John

Iffy, I think. Retail outlets might not carry old-school titles in favor of the newest thing appearing on cable TV, while the specialty stores depend on a large selection to maintain a fanbase to keep them in business.

As a somewhat-related aside, I heard that the Finding Nemo DVD did better in its first year of release than the entire anime industry during the same time period.
A former member
Post #: 4
Sorry...don't have anime but my retail store in Denver does carry super unique items from Asia...my husband and I travel over to different areas of Asia and bring back loads of great unique Asian pop culture goods ....the store is located at 445 South Saulsbury Street, Space E in Belmar. Right now we are open Fri, Sat and Sun noon to 7p and we are having a HUGE BLOWOUT SALE FOR THE MONTH OF SEPT WHERE EVERYTHING IS 15% OFF. Please come visit and check out all the great stuff that you will never find anywhere else!!!

Also, I posted that we are looking for a business partner that would like to share the retail space and operations. We would really like to get an Anime partner in but would be open to other stuff as well. Please contact me to discuss....
A former member
Post #: 10
FNFF.net, Denver's Premier LAN event and tournament! http://www.FNFF.net!...­ YEAH! Owned and operated by ME!
dmgice
dmgice
Aurora, CO
Post #: 1
Sorry that I haven't been to a meeting since the first one I went to. :-( I've been running around busy. >_< Actually, VERY busy. In fact, I'm opening my store by the end of April or within the first week of May. It's an Animation store, so we carry everything. However, I do hope to hold events at the store in the future. Actually just picked up a ridiculous TV for the whole purpose of doing that. (Also for running during store hours in the background from time to time.) Going to get our occupancy rating before we open and everyone I met at the meet up I went to seemed nice, mature, and you are all welcome to any event at the store. Also let me know if you would like to do anything like costume shoots/classes/meet-ups at the store. The store front is about 1,300 SQFT, and all of the major fixtures are on casters specifically so I can roll them into the back of the store for security during events. Anyhow, please consider adding www.animationisart.com to your list of "fannish resources." You can also get to it by typing coloradoanime.com or coloradoanime.info

Also looking for some people to appear in roundtable discussions. Basic idea is that we get together one night and watch an animated movie or episodes of a show, than we record a discussion about it for an internet radio show that shows up on the site. (You know how they discuss stuff in Genshiken after an episode? Kinda like that...)

So, um yeah.
dmgice
dmgice
Aurora, CO
Post #: 2
As a somewhat-related aside, I heard that the Finding Nemo DVD did better in its first year of release than the entire anime industry during the same time period.


THIS is kind of the reason why Animation is Art doesn't specialize in only Anime. Still true today and you bet your shorts we're falling all over ourselves to carry Finding Nemo on Blu Ray when it comes out.
A former member
Post #: 1
I can't believe that I don't see it already. For an online anime source go to www.RightStuf.com
If you have a little bit of patience, they have 40% off DVD/Bluray and 33% off books, rotating regularly. Their Funimation sale just ended, but it will be back.
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