Mile High Comics has been a staple in Colorado for over fifty years. The owner, Chuck Rozanski, started in his parent’s house in 1969, and opened his first brick and mortar store in 1974. In 1993, Rozanski opened his first mega-store. In 2003 he was awarded the Defender of Liberty Award by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Chuck is also an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ Community. A year ago he created the monthly re-occurring Drag For All Ages Show, held at Mile High Comics and hosted by Jessica L’Whor. The Parasol Patrol protects and safely escorts all participants and guests into the venue. Hamburger Mary’s provides light nosh for the event. And Rain Frog Interpreters provide American Sign Language for the event.
A year ago was also the birth of the Drag Queen Betty Page. Betty walks the line outside of Mile High Comics and thanks all of the Parasol Patrol members personally. Then when the show begins, she is the first to perform and open the evening. She graciously walks the room, encourages the other performers, and adds a sense of trust, safety, and inclusion to the environment.
Drag For All Ages is full of fun, self-expression, inclusion, visibility, dancing, costumes, amazing makeup, and joy. It is a chance for performers of all ages to strut, lip-sync, sing, and to be seen in a loving and safe environment. An environment that Rozanski created and continues to nurture.
Below are highlights from the event.