• cddiede

    Yes, it’s true that due to an accounting error, Katsucon had it’s
    tax exempt status automatically revoked by the IRS. This revocation
    occurred during a senior leadership changeover. Once current leadership
    became aware of the situation, we immediately began efforts to restore
    our status.

    Based on our legal counsel’s assurance that the process would be successful and that we will likely be able to back-date our status to not having lapsed, we elected not to update the information on our website. As with many legal processes, the situation has taken longer to resolve than we had hoped.

    While working on this issue, as well as having to continue conducting the business of the organization, we simply missed making the change when the process was
    extended. Our current leadership has not made these decisions to mislead or maliciously misrepresent our organization and has been acting in good faith to return to compliance and regain our status.

    I want to thank NPQ for bringing this oversight on our website to our
    attention. We’ve contacted our web team to update it with our
    current status as quickly as possible.

  • Becki Shawver

    I find it sad that the value of this organization as a non-profit is even a question that some feel should be addressed. Yes, people make money at the conference (as do other corporate sponsors at every nonprofit conference/convention I’ve ever attended). But the value of comic books and anime are real.

    Note that I’m not a fan, but two of my adult children are. This type of literature helped them become avid readers as young people. They helped develop their creative sides and to better understand a wide range of social issues. They even had comic book bibles to read. As a result, they now love a wide range of literature and have college degrees – but they continue to love comic books and anime.

    So who is to judge what types of organizations should be deemed non-profits? I personally am not into marathons or little leagues, but they serve a community-wide benefit because they help children form the habit of exercising. A good thing for certain – but not better or worse than reading. So I’m a supporter of Comic-Con as a non-profit organization whose mission may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but that’s fine because they serve a real and value purpose for thousands of other people..

  • Daisy Thomas

    I have been serving the nonprofit sector for over 35 years and am currently the director of a nonprofit that aims to increase self-sufficiency in households living in poverty and provides basic needs assistance. I also LOVE to cosplay and am devoted to Comic-Con. The legal definition of a nonprofit is, “A corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive.” I am very disappointed to hear that Comic-Con has nonprofit status. According to Comic-Con San Diego’s IRS Form 990, the “nonprofit 501(c)3” had a 4 million dollar profit for 2014. I agree that Comic-Con increases the knowledge and interest in culture and arts. My life would be so boring without Comic-Con, cosplay, and the wonderful things that come with all of that. I LOVE attending Panels. Is the focus of Comic-Con truly without a profit motive? The Agency I work with provides financial assistance for rent, utilities, back to work required items, offers/requires self-sufficiency classes and one-on-one work between Client and staff, prescription assistance, food deliveries for seniors, a technology lab for people to look for work and take classes online, educational opportunities and so much more. As a nonprofit administrator working in the nonprofit world and feeling the sting of the cuts in funding available in this country, it is difficult to digest that the Agency I have devoted my life to shares the same status with Comic-Con. I will always remain open minded. I am not stating I am right. This opinion comes from someone who is completely devoted to both sides of the spectrum.

  • Sam Fuqua

    Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) is the 501©3 nonprofit that produces Denver Comic Con, as part
    of our mission to use pop culture to promote literacy and the arts. Our total attendance for the 2015 Denver Comic Con was 101,500–the third largest attendance of any Comic Con in the US
    (after San Diego and New York). We offered over 400 hours of educational panels and workshops and dedicated 9000 sq. ft. in the middle of our show floor to a kids and teens area (The PCC Lab)
    that offered age-appropriate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities throughout the weekend.

    Denver Comic Con is an important program of PCC, but we also work year-round in classrooms,
    after school programs, community centers and detention facilities. We developed “Storytelling Through Comics”, a 15-day unit of study aligned with literacy curriculum and Common Core standards
    for 4th-7th graders. Earlier this year, we started our LEAD With Comics program in county
    jails. LEAD stands for Literacy Education in Adult Detention. We created the program in response to compelling research linking increased literacy with reduced recidivism.

    We have seven paid staff and hundreds of dedicated, incredible volunteers. It is never easy, but in just a few years we have created one of the largest and most family-friendly Comic Cons in the
    nation as well as reaching over 2500 kids and young adults through our community programs.

    As not-for-profit Comic Cons and other fan conventions work to define, or re-define, their
    mission and service to the community, there is a successful model in Denver producing a first-class event and making a difference year-round. If you’re ever in town, let us know—we’d be happy to show you more.

    Sam Fuqua

    Executive Director

    Pop Culture Classroom

    • EdSadowski

      The Salt Lake Comic Con claims over 125,000 attendance for 2015, which would make Denver the fourth largest for that year.

  • NonCon

    I decided to look closer at the Denver Comic Con because of some drama about their prop policy recently and after reading their literature and responses to people, I would never attend or support this con.

    The DCC, while proporting to be a “comic con” is nothing but political operatives using the popularity of conventions to push radical politics on young people. You can tell from the types of panels that they do that they are obsessed with forcing geekdom to swill divisive narratives about race and gender and their obsessive prop policy shows how they are more interested in posturing over gun politics than using common sense. The DCC will never let a leftist talking point go to waste – that’s what they exist for – to politicize comic books and fandom because political hacks can’t stand for anything to not be about their divisive politics.

    I’ve seen the comics produced by Pop Culture Classroom and it’s typical obnoxious social justice pandering – like a comic about leftist fringe Chicano activism in the 1960s. Cause nothing is more fun than taking a medium of superheros and making it about worshiping dead political agitators. Why should people who like comics support radical fringe racial politics? Pop Culture Classroom is just a way for them to push more social justice narratives on little kids. Just because people are geeks doesn’t mean they need to support radical politics.

    I won’t ever attend the DCC because it’s not for cosplayers or comic geeks, it’s for little kids and their progressive parents who don’t know anything about comics but like to bathe in social justice smug while eating memberberries and the proceeds go to support fringe politics pushed on kids in the form of comic books. It’s a con, literally.