The Rocky Mountain Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels (ROMOCOCO) is a literary conference and companion event to Denver Comic Con, and is dedicated to exploring and furthering the most innovative and cutting edge comics scholarship and pedagogy.
The conference and comic convention are presented by Comic Book Classroom (CBC), a Colorado nonprofit organization that provides free comic book based curriculum which improves literacy and art skills, increases student achievement and develops personal awareness.
ROMOCOCO held its inaugural meeting in June 2012 in Denver, Colorado, and featured Scott McCloud as keynote speaker, as well as well-renowned scholars and artists from across the country. The 2013 conference will be held at the Auraria Campus in Downtown Denver, May 28-30, and guest announcements will be made in the coming weeks.
Director Christina Angel, PhD, is a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver where she teaches writing and literature. She is also the Director of Denver Comic Con and serves on the Board of Directors for CBC.
Assistant Director Tracy Bealer, PhD, is a writing instructor at Colorado State University.
COMIC BOOK CLASSROOM (also known as CBC) is a non-profit literacy and arts after-school program currently designed for children in grades 5-8. As a state standards-based curriculum, the program offers students not only a fun activity to do but solid educational engagement in their after-school time.
Students in our program undergo a six-week instruction in reading, writing stories and eventually creating their own comics, which are then published in a class collection. CBC graduates are subsequently invited to participate in Denver Comic Con as guests to create sketches and/or sell their work.
Currently, everyone in DCC and CBC – from Con Organizers to Curriculum Developers – are all volunteers and proceeds from Denver Comic Con go to the funding of Comic Book Classroom and the furthering of our educational goals. The massive success of Denver Comic Con 2012 earned enough money to allow CBC to greatly expand its mission.
For more information, please visit: www.comicbookclassroom.org