IL – Octopus Pie/Secret Coders Signing

Cartoonist Meredith Gran and Mike Holmes appear at Challengers Comics from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Friday, July 28th.

Meredith Gran has ended her long-running, award-winning and groundbreaking webcomic Octopus Pie! To celebrate the print debut of the final volume from Image Comics, she’s touring the country this July. She’ll be in Chicago – so come out to meet her, get some books signed, and help say goodbye to this beloved comic strip. You can also tell her how much you liked her Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens series, too.

Also appearing is Mike Holmes, artist on the popular Secret Coders graphic novel series, and whose work includes Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, Animal Crackers: Circus Mayhem and many more!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

 

IL – Wonder Woman #26 Signing

Writer Shea Fontana (DC Super Hero Girls) appears at Graham Crackers Comics’ Loop location on Thursday July 20th from noon till 3:00 PM!

Shea Fontana takes over writing duties on Wonder Woman beginning with issue #26 and she’ll be signing and talking comics with you and fellow fans!

ABOUT SHEA FONTANA:
Shea Fontana is a writer for film, television and graphic novels. Her credits include DC Super Hero Girls animated shorts, TV specials and movies, Justice League #22, Doc McStuffins, The 7D, Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets, Disney on Ice, and the feature film, Crowning Jules. She is currently writing an upcoming five issue arc for the Wonder Woman Rebirth comic.

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Graham Crackers Comics – CHICAGO LOOP
77 E. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602
312-629-1810

Chicago Land Comic Con (July 2017)

Mighty Con

Convention Name
Chicago Land Comic Con
Convention Website Address
https://geekinccomics.com/convention/chicago-land
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
07/15/2017
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
07/16/2017
About This Convention
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That’s right fans, Mighty Con is bringing an all new, all gigantic, and all affordable weekend long comic convention to Chicago! This July 15th and 16th, it’s time to bring the whole family out to the Chicago Land Comic Con! With an incredible 40,000 square feet of geeky goodness, the Chicago Land Comic Con will feature over 300 tables of artists, vendors, and special guests. But we’re also bringing cash prize cosplay contests, video and table top gaming tournaments, and a whole weekend of fun!When Is The Comic Book Show?
Mighty Con takes place Saturday July 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and July 16th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where is the Comic Book Show?
Mighty Con’s Chicago Land Comic Con takes place at the Max, located at 4750 Vernon St, McCook, IL 60525

How much is the Comic Book Show?
Adults are just $8 for a single day, or $12 for a weekend pass, and kids 12 and under are FREE. But you don’t just get admission for that. Every person who attends Mighty Con gets a free comic book at the door to get their day started off right.

Venue Name and Address
The Max McCook
4750 Vernon St,
McCook, IL 60525
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
300
Projected Attendance
3,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Anime
Additional Categories
  • Comic Books

Chicago Land

IL – Worlds Collide Signing

Actor/author Chris Colfer, star of Glee, appears on Tuesday July 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM to present WORLDS COLLIDE, the latest novel in his Land of Stories series! Tickets available from Anderson’s Bookshop

Press Release:

The epic conclusion to Chris Colfer’s #1 New York Times bestselling series The Land of Stories. In the highly anticipated conclusion to the Land of Stories series, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the Land of Stories fairy tale characters–heroes and villains–are no longer confined within their world

With mayhem brewing in the Big Apple, Conner and Alex will have to win their biggest battle yet. Can the twins restore order between the human and fairy tale world?

Breathtaking action mixed with laugh out loud moments and lots of heart will make this a gripping conclusion for many fans! The interactive presentation with Chris includes audience Q&A, TLOS Trivia, a costume contest, and prizes. He will pre-sign copies of Book 6, “The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide,” and your ticket secures you one of these pre-signed books.

EVENT DETAILS
This is an interactive presentation event with audience Q&A, TLOS trivia, a costume contest a prizes. Books will be pre-signed and there will be no line for live signing or photos.

Tickets are required for this event. Purchase Land of Stories 6: Worlds Collide to receive a ticket for the event. Companion tickets are also available and include a copy of any of the previous Land of Stories books.

You will also be able to purchase multiple copies of the book at the event and each copy of any of the books in the series also secures fans a chance to win a door prize which includes an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet immediately following the event. Chris will choose five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) who will get to meet him after the event, take photos, and have their books personalized.

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Wentz Concert Hall
171 E Chicago Ave, Naperville, Illinois 60540
(630) 637-7469

IL – Terms and Conditions Signing

Cartoonist R. Sikoryak signs at Quimby’s Bookstore on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

For his newest project, R. Sikoryak tackles the monstrously and infamously dense legal document, iTunes Terms and Conditions, the contract everyone agrees to but no one reads. In a word for word 94-page adaptation, Sikoryak hilariously turns the agreement on its head. Adapting the legalese of the iTunes Terms and Conditions into another medium seems like an unfathomable undertaking, yet Sikoryak creates a surprisingly readable document, far different from its original, purely textual incarnation and thus proving the accessibility and flexibility of comics.

AUTHOR BIO
Cartoonist R. Sikoryak is the author of Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly). His comics and illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, The Onion, GQ, MAD, SpongeBob Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine, as well as on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Sikoryak is in the speakers program of the New York Council of the Humanities, and he teaches in the illustration department at Parsons The New School for Design and at The Center for Cartoon Studies. Since 1997, he’s presented his live cartoon slide show series, Carousel, around the United States and Canada. He lives in New York City with his wife, Kriota Willberg.

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Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
773-342-0910

IL – The Chronicles of Fortune Launch Party

Press Release:

Challengers is excited to host four noted graphic novelists in a narrative panel discussion on Friday, June 30th at 6:00 PM, in celebration of Coco Picard’s “The Chronicles of Fortune” graphic novel. Fortuna. Allegedly “the greatest superhero in the world” she suffers from a bad case of ennui and as such is more or less ineffective.

Please join us as moderator NEIL BRIDEAU (Radiator Comics) talks with COCO PICARD (“The Chronicles of Fortune”), ANYA DAVIDSON (“Band for Life”), JESSICA CAMPBELL (“Hot or Not”) and MARNIE GALLOWAY (“In the Sounds and Seas”) on the narrative of comics, followed by a Q&A and signings. This event starts at 6:00pm on Friday, June 30th.

Coco Picard is the pen name of Caroline Picard an, artist, publisher and curator. Coco’s work has appeared in such publications as Tender Journal, Projecttile, Diner Journal, Everyday Genius, and Bicycle Review, and she has contributed multiple graphic adaptations to the The Graphic Canon project (Seven Stories Press). Coco’s alter-ego, Caroline is the Executive Director of The Green Lantern Press, a nonprofit publishing house, and Co-Director of Sector 2337, a hybrid artspace/bar/bookstore in Chicago, IL.

Marnie Galloway is a cartoonist & illustrator working in Chicago, Illinois. She was born in Austin, Texas and studied philosophy & logic at Smith College. Her debut graphic novel In the Sounds and Seas was published in 2016 by One Peace Books, a collection of the Xeric Award winning self-published series. It made the Notable Comics list in Best American Comics, and was mentioned in the Best Comics of 2016 round-up by the AV Club. Other comics of note include Particle/Wave, published by So What? Press, and Burrow, self-published with support from the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

Jessica Campbell was raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and currently resides in Chicago, IL. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Concordia University (Montreal, QC). Campbell has recently exhibited solo and two-person exhibitions at The Sub-Mission (Chicago, IL); Roots & Culture (Chicago, IL); Trunk Show (Chicago, IL); Laroche/Joncas (Montreal, QC, Canada); and recent group exhibitions include Monique Meloche (Chicago, IL); The Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB, Canada); and the Onassis Cultural Center (Athens, Greece). She is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute and DePaul University, and one of the organizers of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE). Her most recent book, Hot or Not: 20th Century Male Artists, was released in September, 2016.

Anya Davidson is an artist, printmaker and musician living in Chicago. She’s the author of three graphic novels, including Band for Life from Fantagraphics Books.

Neil Brideau runs Radiator Comics, a distributor of hand-made and self-published comics. Radiator Comics recently published its first graphic novel, Coco Picard’s The Chronicles of Fortune. Neil worked for six years at Quimby’s Bookstore, and co-founded the Chicago Zine Fest, and the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. When he can, he draws kid-friendly comics, including his ongoing serialized coming-of-age adventure, The Plot!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Street Angel Signing

Jim Rugg, the creator of STREET ANGEL, is signing at Challengers! Jim will be at Challengers from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, June 23rd. He’ll be signing copies of his work, and everyone who buys one of his books during the event will get a free STREET ANGEL GANG print! Don’t miss out!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Curse Words Van Tour Kickoff Party

Writer Charles Soule (Daredevil, Letter 44) and artist Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts) appear at Challengers Comics on Friday, July 21st at 6:00 PM! Team CURSE WORDS will be travelling the United States during the Summer of ’17 in a decked out Wizard Van and Challengers is the Chicago stop– and the kickoff to the whole tour! They will also have an EXCLUSIVE hardcover collection from Image Comics.

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2017 Report!

Chicago. I had been there before. It was 2014, and the occasion was Wizard World. April 2017 was my second trip to the city that the poet Carl Sandburg called “Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, / Stacker of Wheat, / Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; / Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders.” Railroads are no longer America’s arteries, and big shoulders are now an 80s fashion relic, but I, like Sandburg, “have seen painted women / under the gas lamps / luring the farm boys.”

   

Such women in Chi-Town can mean only one thing: the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2. I went with my convention buddy John, whom you will remember from Spooky Empire, Minneapolis Wizard World, and Florida Supercon. We stayed at the Congress Plaza Hotel. Opened in 1893 in anticipation of the World’s Columbian Exposition–i.e., the Chicago World’s Fair–the place was a blend of grand and shabby. John likened it to “the Stanley Hotel meets Super 8.”

We grabbed some dinner and walked around downtown, which was eerily empty for a Thursday evening. I saw a few people with the telltale Pokémon shirts, beanies, and/or Barbossa beads and thought: convention goers. Things would heat up the next day and be full-bore by Saturday. John was looking forward to panel discussions and stellar cosplays. I had my usual assortment of books to be signed.

One thing going to conventions with John has taught me is the value of the convention app (if there is one). I still like the printed program of course–great for signatures. But John always downloads the app because it is (1) updated in real time, (2) doesn’t require him to keep up with something else, and (3) makes him feel tech wizard-y. And the C2E2 app is sweet! It has autograph schedules, prices, and locations for every celebrity. The prices were an especially nice feature. Most conventions don’t post these in advance, which makes budgeting for the weekend Mulvaney-esque.

Another innovation was getting my badge in the mail. If you read my first DragonCon report, then you know my acrimony regarding registration lines. John agrees: “Just charge an extra 40 cents and mail everyone’s badge.” How satisfying it was to open an envelope in February, slide out my shiny badge, and reflect on at least one queue not in my future.

Of course, it is impossible to avoid lines altogether. It is an axiom that, no matter which line I choose–supermarket, toll road, ATM, wherever–it will the line with problems: a technical malfunction, say, or a non-English-speaking customer, or an employee who skipped training. At conventions, I am similarly thwarted. Steve Blum was scheduled to sign at 11:00am on Friday, which was great. Fridays are the least crowded days, making them best for autographs–except this Friday. All around me, guests were meeting fans, posing for pictures, translating Celtic texts, building additions onto homes. Meanwhile, I waited. And waited. Blum’s line grew longer than the Santa Fe Trail, and still I waited. The con staff began setting up his booth at 11:50, suggesting he would arrive at 12:00 rather than the advertised 11:00. In fact, it was almost 1:00 when he got there.

Autograph lines. Look closely, and you’ll see me with a floor-length beard.

Rob Liefeld was also late, though not as egregiously. His line would have been long anyway–everbody loves Robert–but there was a new thing complicating it: VIP clients. For $125 in advance ($160 on-site), you would get two signed exclusive comics, one signed Deadpool print, one autograph ticket for your own item, and a picture with Liefeld. He is a quick signer, and friendly without being effusive, which moves the line along. But it is a gut punch to get aaaaaaalmost to the table and be superseded by a group of VIPs. I said there should be VIP signing times and non-VIP signing times, but John argued that would dilute the perks of being a VIP, one of which is the freedom not to have to visit the booth at a specific time.

Those who eschewed the VIP ticket could choose from Liefeld’s a la carte menu.

The growing practice of comic creators charging for autographs has been discussed a lot lately. I don’t mind a blanket charge because, as Dan Seitz argues, “sign your name a hundred times in a row. It’s simple work, but it’s work. You pay people for work.” I do mind creators charging more for a CGC-witnessed signature. Is it more work to write your name when a third party is watching? And charging more to sign a more valuable book like New Mutants #98 is merely a money grab. After all, a number of market forces affect secondary value that have little to do with the quality of the product.

But I care less about cost than about time, the latter of which is more precious and fleeting at a convention. Memo, then, to all creators and celebrities: don’t be late to your signings! The convention is your job for a particular weekend. Do your job. I cannot conceive of any legitimate reason for a guest who is in a city where they have no other business and is staying at a hotel across the street to be unable to make an 11:00am appointment. I am at this convention to meet you, be enthralled by you, and then carry your name across the land. Hard to do that when you’re a no-show Jones.

As for the rest of the convention, it was a delight. C2E2 is big–70,000+ attendees–but the open floor plan gives plenty of space, so I never felt pinioned. The dealer room had all the comics dealers together, all the anime dealers together, all the T-shirt dealers together, etc., which made shopping go smoother. The family area had games, a play space, chairs for adults to rest, and circus performers. The selection of comic creators was spectacular–Stan Lee, Frank Miller (too bad he was there Saturday only and sold-out), Greg Rucka, Rob Liefeld, Matt Wagner, and some who don’t do many conventions anymore, like Dan Jurgens. There were fewer actors than I expected, but this reinforces the focus of C2E2–comic and entertainment, not the other way around. John said there weren’t enough panels and seminars for a convention this size, but the ones he attended were good. His favorite dealt with using comics to boost literacy and teach science. Finally, there was a larger selection of (over-priced) food vendors than I find at most conventions.

If you’ve never been to Chicago, go. And if you’ve never been to C2E2, go. Most conventions are run by small nonprofits, who are exposed as amateurs in a number of ways, but the power of ReedPOP ups the professionalism. Despite three different volunteers being unable to tell me where Frank Miller’s autograph sessions would be held, I found C2E2 to be well-managed, well-marketed, and an all-around pleasure.

Want to see more images from C2E2? Here you go!

“Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse / and strong and cunning.”

 

Must. Catch. Train.

 

I always wanted to be an Ivy League graduate.

 

Look at that chicken . . . and the two cosplayers beside him.

 

At least I didn’t have to queue to see Q.

 

Strangely enough, John lost his voice after this picture with the Sea Witch.

 

“Wait’ll they get a load of me.”

 

“Sure, honey, I’ll go get your purse from the car. Be right back.”

 

Some people put a lot of thought into their cosplays. Others just wing it.

 

Two big reasons to go to C2E2 are . . . um . . .

 

C2E2 just goes on . . .

 

and on . . .

 

and on.

 

Cosplay Central: the heroes behind the heroes

 

Chicago is cold enough without this guy being in town.

 

IL – The Baker Street Four Signing

David Etien appears at Third Coast Comics on Thursday June 22nd from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. David will be here signing his all ages graphic novel The Baker Street Four.

About the artist: David was born in the suburbs of Paris, where he still lives. After studying in Parisian art schools, he returned to Les Gobelins in 2002, where his training allowed him to work on animated feature films such as Persepolis and Lucky Luke. It is with The Baker Street Four, written by Olivier Legrand and Djian, that David has had the opportunity to share his passion and talent for comics with the world!

Third Coast Comics
6443 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, Illinois 60626
(847) 863-7450

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