What To Do This Weekend: C2E2 – Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
Sniffle. That’s right folks. The very first story I broke here for you ComicMix fans was the announcement for Chicago’s new convention, C2E2. Founded by the same company that does the popular NY Comic Con, C2E2 has been prepping to hit the Lake Shore side of the famed McCormick Place in downtown Chicago since last February.
The show itself is chock full of features, including an auction for actual Iron Man movie props, a Star Wars celebration featuring Carrie Fischer, a special screening of the new Doctor Who, and a CBLDF Benefit showcase starring Hugo Nominee superscribe Neil Gaiman. In addition to that, stars from Kick-Ass will be on hand for their windy city premiere, as well as a gaggle of special guests from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, and yes… even a few Comic Mix folks!
Ok, you twisted my arm gentle readers, let me extrapolate on who from Comic Mix you might catch while on the con floor. First and foremost, you’ll want to check out Brainiac on Banjo’s Mike Gold as he leads his panel “Chicago Vintage Comic Fandom” including a discussion about the late Joe Sarno. If you make your way down artist alley, you’ll be glad you did… as you get to meet Comic Mix’s Andrew Pepoy, or friend of the ‘Mix… Mr. Peter David! Or if you so choose, meet your favorite bearded rabble-rouser…. me. That’s right, look for those cool hip smiley faces and meet Unshaven Comics (that’s Me, Matt Wright, and Kyle Gnepper)! Sure there are other artists who’ll be there too… but face it, you want to come meet us first right?
So, you’ve bid on Iron Man’s Repulsor Gauntlet. You got signatures from Andrew Pepoy and Peter David. You got to tell me how horrible my April Fool’s Day joke was. You even got to see the new Doctor. But what else can you do over the weekend? C2E2 is just to big for us to list out everything here, so, do yourself a favor and check out their site. With plenty of local retailers still selling tickets, now’s your chance to plan a wild weekend in the windy city!
And for you first timers to the city, here are some tips: