C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo
Last weekend I traveled to Chicago for their yearly comic book convention, C2E2, and it was the most fun I’ve had in a while. Now, if you’re following my articles you know that I went to Wizard World Comic Con a few weeks ago in Saint Louis, and enjoyed my time there as well. However, the scale of C2E2 in comparison to Wizard World alone puts WizCon to shame. Our first day there we didn’t even touch half of the show room floor.
Going into a convention like this, it’s usually good to be looking for something. If you’re just wondering around with no real purpose, you may not end up coming out with anything or having much fun in general. Personally, I went in with the plan of finishing off my Ultimate Spider-Man collection once and for all(missing a couple side stories), getting a slew of autographs from artists and writers, and maybe finding the elusive Adventure into Fear #19. I accomplished all of my goals and then some while staying under budget.
Being in the VIP lounge was always a great resting spot, and an awesome addition in general that WizardCon needs to consider. Here we could check our coats, bags, short boxes, whatever for while we walked around the show room. Even if it may have been in a less than desirable location, not as close to the show room as we would’ve liked and a little hard to find, it was a great add on to the experience and one I wouldn’t want to do without. We were even given access to special VIP autograph sessions, where once on Saturday once on Sunday an artist and writer (who was Scott Snyder, current Batman writer) were available to VIPs only.
It was amazing seeing the amount of people who came out for this event. It was also very satisfying coming out on top with all the haggling done throughout the weekend. I was able to finish my Ultimate-Spiderman collection off, crossing a couple graphic novels off my want list, finding Adventure into Fear #19 (first appearance of Howard the Duck) along with Howards first solo story, the first issue to his first series, and his Marvel Treasury Edition. Not only that, but I was able to get so many comics signed. From Ultimate Spider-Man #1 signed by artist Mark Bagley, to Batman #1 signed by writer Scott Snyder, which I had signed by the artist Greg Capullo at WizCon. In the end I felt accomplished on the Mega-Bus ride back from the windy city, holding nothing but anticipation for the next comic convention.
Here is a quick podcast with me talking to two of the guys who accompanied me on the adventure to the convention, Charlie and Sam Pixley.