Heroes & Villains Goes To The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo AKA C2E2

No regular comic book ramblings this week! I’m currently in the process of packing for C2E2…The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo!

Now, it’s been a minute since I’ve been to Chicago and even longer since I’ve been to a comic con there. Actually, the big convention I used to attend wasn’t even in Chicago! It was a healthy trip on the Blue Line all the way out to the Rosemont Convention Center. So, I’m pretty excited to be attending a con that’s actually inside the city limits.

This will be my very first C2E2 but I’ve been hearing for years how spectacular it is and how I HAVE to go it. Now’s the time and here’s what I’m looking to do while I’m there!

Collecting

The main appeal for any convention I go to is just looking for…stuff. For as much as I espouse my anti-consumerism and anti-materialism views I sure do have a lot of stuff on my walls and shelves throughout my home. With that in mind, I’ll be looking for any merchandise of the popular cereal mascot Boo-Berry, vintage animation cels, and my current Holy Grail: The DC Direct Starman Badge.

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Often cited as the first DC Direct collectible piece, it came out in 1997 and I’ve never seen one on the secondary market. At the time I had attempted to get my local comic shop to order me one but they ended up ordering me a Starman lapel pin which, while cool, was decidedly not what I was looking for. Honestly, at this point, I’d be happy just to see one to prove that it really exists.

Comics Creators

There are going to be SO MANY great comics creators at this thing! Personally, I travel light so I won’t be bringing any books to be signed. I’m hoping I’ll be able to find some cool prints or maybe even get a sketch or two. Be warned, a lot of the artists that are attending oftentimes have their commissions booked up well in advance of the show. Remember that you’re asking them to do a drawing on the fly which for a professional that spends 8 to 10 hours (on a good day) slaving over a page…so don’t be a dick when they can’t squeeze in your Gwenpool commission.

Celebrities

What does C2E2 have? Well, they’ve got a Hulk! Mark Ruffalo is going to be there which is pretty damn impressive. If you’re an OG Star Trek fan you can say what’s up to William Shatner, George Takei, or Walter Koenig. I’ll actually be looking to say what’s up to local legend Svengoolie.

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Panels

Since I’ll be there low key cosplaying as a mild-mannered reporter for a major metropolitan…pop culture website I’ll be looking to take in some panels. Specifically, the Marvel Comics X-Men panel, the Star Wars books panel, and I was looking forward to DC’s Meet The Publishers, but, well you know…

Panels can be great fun and a good chance to hear the creators share their insights. Not to mention they can be nice places to sit down for a spell after hours on the convention floor. That said, I’m sure Jeph Loeb is still not happy with me for dozing off during his Script Writing For Comics panel about twenty years ago.

That pales in comparison to the time my travelling companion got into an altercation argument polite disagreement with Brian Azzarello over which city was more corrupt, Chicago or Detroit. As a spectator, it was a delight to watch.

Convention Hot Dog

Comic cons can often be gruelling physical tests for even the healthiest person. It’s a good idea to have a hearty breakfast, stay hydrated, and rest often. But the vast majority of attendees may arrive with a substantial sleep deficit, potentially hungover, and then heft a backpack that wouldn’t look out of place if they were attempting to summit Everest. There’s usually a tipping point for me around early afternoon when I will forsake all of the culinary pleasures awaiting me mere blocks away for a shitty $10 convention hot dog. I don’t know what mixture of science or magic they contain but there’s enough of it to keep me going until I can get a proper meal later.

So there you have it! I’ll be posting some updates from the road most likely on Friday and Saturday. If you’re reading this and happen to see me please say “hi” maintain a respectful distance, avoid eye contact, and it’s five American dollars to take my photo. See you out there.

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