Denver Pop Culture Convention (DPCC 2019)


Ries and I messed up big in 2016. We decided to fly to Seattle and check out the city before driving down to Oregon to visit my family. When we were in the elevator going down to pick up our rental car, some young guys asked, “Are you guys here for Pax West?” We had no idea what they were talking about and responded, maybe a little rudely, “No.”

When I went to the bathroom I Googled “Pax West.” For those of you who don’t know, it’s one of the biggest events of the year for movies, gaming, television shows, and pop culture in general. In short, we should have had our nerd licenses revoked 1) For not knowing what Pax West was. 2) For flying to Seattle the weekend of the convention and not having tickets. I tried to buy us tickets, but it was too late. They were sold out.

Last weekend, Ries was scrolling through Instagram. “What?!” he exclaimed.


“Pierce Brown was in Denver today.”

“Wow that’s crazy. What was he there for?”

“I don’t know, but he was signing books.”

I did some Googling and checking out this Pierce guy’s Twitter. I know who Pierce Brown is, but if you don’t…he’s probably Ries’ favorite living writer, who is around our age, and known for writing the Red Rising Saga, which to be honest is probably the next popular sci-fi book series to be made into a major television show. I don’t think that’s a thing yet, but I’m calling it.

“He’s here for Denver Pop Con.”

“I can’t believe we missed it.”

”We didn’t,” I corrected him. “It happening this weekend, so check and see if he’s signing books for the rest of the weekend.”

And he was. So we bought Ries and I tickets to Denver’s Pop Culture Con, drove to a train station on the north side of Denver, took the train in to Union Station, a bus down 16th, and walked ourselves into the Colorado Convention Center. Because we weren’t going to make the same mistake twice.

Ries got to meet one of his idols, and while I haven’t yet jumped on the Red Rising fan bus (I’m a lousy reader) it was so cool to be a part of that experience.