MTV Geek is reporting that Denver Comic Con, held May 31st to June 2nd in Denver Colorado, this year, was attended by 61,000 people, up from 27,700 in 2012. We're attributing the boost in attendance to the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in the state of Colorado, which was recently signed into law after being voted on last fall. Apparently, stoners were attracted to the event by loud noises, colorful costumes, and shiny objects like 3D hologram comic book covers.
"Whoah," said one local stoner when asked what brought him to the convention. "I'm at a convention?"
"This is, like, so crazy," said the stoner. "I thought I was, like, totally tripping out, man. Haha."
The success of Denver Comic Con is inspirational to comic book publishers, who are looking at ways to turn that success into an increase in comic book sales.
"December will be 420 Month at DC Comics, dude!" shouted an exhuberant Dan Didio, Co-publisher of DC Comics. "Every cover will foldout into a bong!"
Didio then began rumaging through our refrigerator, looking for munchies.
"I'm so hungry," the executive complained.
Denver Comic Con is run by Comic Book Classroom, a children's literacy non-profit. The highlight of the convention for many was during an Image Comics panel when Happy writer Grant Morrison descended from the ceiling on a cloud of ganja smoke and played a thirty-five minute drum solo.
"What were we talking about again?" asked a befuddled Didio, clearly bugging out.