Another amazing C2E2 has come and gone. This is the marquee comic convention event in the Chicagoland area and that’s saying something, because the “Region” has become filled with comic events in recent years. C2E2 continues to be the standard bearer for all comic and comic book entertainment in the area. The Infinite Hollywood crew was once again on the scene, with our ace photographer Beth Tague and of course Jake there as well. This year saw a lot of new vendors pop up with tons of goodies. I was most impressed with the artist’s alley this year and the entire section dedicated to independent toy companies in “The Block”. It’s really a testament to how good C2E2 is when they continue to shine a spotlight on smaller talents, many from the area.
As always there was a ton of really cool cosplay on hand. I suspect the real winner was the giant dragon that took several people to operate and assemble. It was really cool to see it moving around McCormick place doing it’s thing. I also quite liked the Angel Spawn and the rather incredible Princess Peach. There was just so many great cosplayers over the several day event that I plan to make another post just highlighting all the various outfits and perhaps even ranking. I am really hoping in 2015 to do more of our web series interviewing various cosplayers who make it out to C2E2 every year. Some come from all over the country (if not world) to be a part of the show.
Diamond Select along with several other toy companies were on hand. While the “toy” presence has diminished some thanks to places like Mattel skipping out on the event, it is great to see DST doing so much there. They had some incredible Minimates on hand, revealing the Ninja Turtles and Godzilla Mini Mates in epic fashion. They have a ton of TMNT products coming out, but you can expect to see some of the Ninja Turtles Minimates reviewed here when they hit shelves in 2015. Zach Oat even said there could possibly be vehicles down the line. YES!
I really enjoyed the various panels I sat in on and was surprised to see some unique ones like the Chicago Ghosthunters and various other local troops. While this is definitely an event that appeals to crowds from all over, it’s always great to see local involvement and shows ReedPOP know their audience when it comes to pop culture coming to Chicago. This doesn’t feel like a traveling circus coming through town, but rather a part of the Region culture, with all of the great aspects of comics, movies and overall “geeky” entertainment. Can we even call it geek entertainment anymore, as everything has gotten so mainstream?
That’s the other great thing about C2E2, is that it brings both kinds of people together. Nerd and jocks, cats and dogs living in harmony, mass hysteria! Seriously though, this convention is ran so smoothly that everyone feels at home and no one feels left out. Whether you’ve been working on your costume all year long, or simply just has a passing interest in Iron Man and Deadpool, you’ll like this con. C2E2 is truly a one of a kind event.