Marvel Returns To C2E2 with Signings, Panels & More

April 6, 2018 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

Press Release:

MARVEL RETURNS TO C2E2 WITH SIGNINGS, PANELS AND MORE!

“This weekend, Marvel is taking Chicago by storm! And you won’t want to miss what we’ve got in-store for fans as we’re packing this year’s convention with wall-to-wall fan service including signings, panels, stage events and more! Heading to the show? Make sure to stop by the Marvel Booth (Booth #327) to get in on the action and excitement all weekend long.

Want to get the inside scoop on all of the can’t-miss Marvel news? What about the lowdown on some of the summer’s most anticipated upcoming books like INFINITY WARS and EXTERMINATION? Then you won’t want to miss this year’s panel lineup, chock full of breaking news and unforgettable moments! Bring a camera, you never know who might show up! Plus, don’t miss all the exciting events happening at the Marvel Booth all weekend long including signings, giveaways (while supplies last), costume contests and more!

That’s not all! This year’s show features appearances from the celebrated artists of Marvel’s 2018 Young Guns program, including Aaron Kuder, Javier Garron, Marco Checchetto, Mike Del Mundo and Pepe Larraz. Learn more about what it takes to be a Young Gun at the Marvel: Young Guns panel, and don’t miss their Marvel booth signing where attendees will be able to snag an exclusive litho!

Plus, don’t miss an all-star line-up of some your favorite Marvel creators! Swing by the Marvel booth for scheduled appearances by Jay Anacleto, Rachelle Rosenberg, Christina Strain, Tana Ford, Stacey Lee, Joe Quinones, Robbie Thompson, Marc Laming, Alitha E. Martinez, Humberto Ramos, Brian Level, Mark Waid, Ashley Witter, Khary Randolph, Ryan Stegman, Jason Aaron, Jorge Molina, Marcus To, Mark Brooks, Annie Wu, Christopher Priest and Jim Zub! Check Marvel’s signing schedule for details on their signing times.”

SIGNING SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH

  • 1pm – 2pm: JAY ANACLETO / RACHELLE ROSENBERG / CHRISTINA STRAIN
  • 2pm – 3pm: TANA FORD / STACEY LEE / JOE QUINONES / ROBBIE THOMPSON
  • 4pm – 5pm: MARVEL YOUNG GUNS 2018 SIGNING (MARCO CHECCHETTO / MIKE DEL MUNDO / JAVIER GARRÓN / AARON KUDER / PEPE LARRAZ)

SATURDAY, APRIL 7TH

  • 12pm – 1pm: MARC LAMING / ALITHA E. MARTINEZ / HUMBERTO RAMOS
  • 1pm – 2pm: MARCO CHECCHETTO / BRIAN LEVEL / MARK WAID / ASHLEY WITTER
  • 2pm – 3pm: MIKE DEL MUNDO / KHARY RANDOLPH / RYAN STEGMAN
  • 4pm– 5pm: JASON AARON / AARON KUDER / JORGE MOLINA / MARCUS TO

SUNDAY, APRIL 8TH

  • 12pm – 1pm: MARK BROOKS / ANNIE WU
  • 1pm – 2pm: JASON AARON / JAVIER GARRÓN / RYAN STEGMAN
  • 2pm – 3pm: PEPE LARRAZ / CHRISTOPHER PRIEST / JIM ZUB

Schedule is tentative and subject to change without notice.

BOOTH SCHEDULE: BOOTH #327

FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH

  • 11am – 11:30am: “HUNT FOR WOLVERINE” COSPLAY MEET-UP AND CONTEST WITH CHARLES SOULE
  • 1pm – 3pm: MARVEL COSPLAY PHOTO OP
  • 4pm – 5pm: MARVEL UNLIMITED MEMBERS GIVEAWAY
  • 6pm – 7pm: MARVEL SUPER HERO HAPPY GIVEAWAY HOUR

SATURDAY, APRIL 7TH

  • 3pm – 4pm: MARVEL COSTUME CONTEST – See Marvel.com/C2E2costumecontest for full terms and conditions
  • 4pm – 5pm: MARVEL UNLIMITED MEMBERS GIVEAWAY
  • 6pm – 7pm: MARVEL SUPER HERO HAPPY GIVEAWAY HOUR

SUNDAY, APRIL 8TH

  • 10am – 11am: MARVEL UNLIMITED MEMBERS GIVEAWAY
  • 11:30am – 11:45am: NEW BEGINNINGS with E.I.C. C.B. CEBULSKI
  • 4pm – 5pm: MARVEL SUPER HERO HAPPY GIVEAWAY HOUR

Schedule is tentative and subject to change without notice. Giveaways available while supplies last.

PANEL SCHEDULE

FRIDAY APRIL 6TH

  • MARVEL: BREAKING INTO COMICS THE MARVEL WAY (11am – 12pm, Room S401)
  • MARVEL: NEXT BIG THING (1:30pm – 2:30pm, Room S401)

SATURDAY APRIL 7TH

  • MARVEL: HOUSE OF IDEAS (11am – 12pm, Room S401)
  • MARVEL: MEET THE NEW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF with C.B. CEBULSKI (2:45pm– 3:45pm, Room S401)
  • MARVEL: YOUNG GUNS PANEL (4pm – 5pm, Room S401)

SUNDAY APRIL 8TH

  • MARVEL: TRUE BELIEVERS PANEL** (12:15pm – 1:15pm, Room S401)

NOTE: This panel requires Marvel Mastercard or Marvel Mastercard invitation, current Marvel Unlimited Plus membership or emailed RSVP confirmation for entry.

  • MARVEL: WOMEN OF MARVEL (1:30pm – 2:30pm, Room S404)

Viz Media Presents Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure at C2E2 2018

Press Release:

VIZ Media heads to the midwest to participate in Chicago’s premier pop culture and comics convention, Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). C2E2 takes place April 6 th to April 8 th in the South Building at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago. This year, VIZ Media will host several panels and welcomes English voice actors from the hit anime series JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE – STARDUST CRUSADERS as special guests. Catch Matthew Mercer (Jotaro Kujo) and Richard Epcar (Joseph Joestar) for an exciting JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE panel discussion and an in-person autograph session during the convention.

VIZ Media C2E2 Panels & Special Events Include:

Saturday, April 7th

1:30 – 2:30 PM
JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Panel (Room S401)

Join VIZ Media and cast members Matthew Mercer and Richard Epcar to celebrate JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE – STARDUST CRUSADERS! We’ll have news, updates, all your best questions and more. All attendees will receive a special premium art card while supplies last.

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE – STARDUST CRUSADERS Voice Cast Autograph Sessions at 2:45pm

Catch Richard Epcar (Joseph Joestar) for a special meet & greet and autograph session.

4:15 – 5:00 PM

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Live Stage (Booth #2033)

Catch an interview with JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE cast member Richard Epcar (Joseph Joestar) and hear all about the fan-favorite anime series!

Sunday, April 8th

12:15 – 1:15 PM

VIZ Media Official Panel (Room S404)

Join us as we celebrate a wide range of fan favorite titles such as NARUTO, ONE-PUNCH MAN, TOKYO GHOUL and SAILOR MOON. Be among the first to hear about Publishing and Animation acquisition news and stick around for prizes!

2:1005 – 2:30 PM

Live Stage Interview with Charlene Ingram (Booth #2033)

Catch an interview with VIZ Media’s Director of Animation Marketing and learn the latest on the company’s anime news and forthcoming new titles!

 

Valiant Heads To C2E2 2018 with Panels, Exclusives & More Surprises

March 29, 2018 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

Press Release:

Chicago’s biggest pop culture convention of the year is right around the corner, and Valiant will be there with a spectacular slate of panels, signings, exclusives, apparel, merchandise, graphic novels, and even a HARBINGER WARS 2-themed beer!

From Friday, April 6th through Sunday, April 8th, join Valiant inside Chicago’s McCormick Place at Booth #317 for a complete selection of trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers from the largest independent superhero universe in comics today, with critically acclaimed and award-winning titles including X-O MANOWAR, SECRET WEAPONS, BLOODSHOT SALVATION, BRITANNIA, DIVINITY, FAITH, QUANTUM AND WOODY, and many more!

Also, be sure not to miss the SHADOWMAN (2018) #1 C2E2 Exclusive Variant, featuring a stunning limited-edition cover by high-octane artist Stephen Segovia (Action Comics)! In the epic tradition of X-O MANOWAR and BLOODSHOT REBORN, a staggering new beginning for Valiant’s supernatural icon starts here with PART ONE of “FEAR OF THE DARK” – a tense and gripping three-issue introduction pushing Jack Boniface to the farthest edge of fear itself…and into a startling, adrenaline-fueled fight for survival as Shadowman takes command of the birthright he was born to uphold!

Plus: Get ready for the all-star talent charging into the Valiant booth for signings and free sketches, including Stephen Segovia (SHADOWMAN) and New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT)!

Next: Valiant has partnered once again with Pipeworks Brewing Co. for the LIVEWIRE RASPBERRY IPA WITH LIME, a new limited-edition brew created to celebrate the upcoming HARBINGER WARS 2 – Valiant’s seismic six-part crossover event combining the talents of X-O MANOWAR creative team Matt Kindt and Tomás Giorello with SECRET WEAPONS creative team Eric Heisserer, Raúl Allén, and Patricia Martín! A portion of the proceeds from all sales of the LIVEWIRE RASPBERRY IPA WITH LIME will benefit Hope for the Day (HFTD.ORG), a Chicago-based proactive suicide prevention and mental health education non-profit.

Pipeworks Brewing Co.’s LIVEWIRE RASPBERRY IPA WITH LIME is a limited release and will be available in select Illinois and New York bottle shops. Find participating retailers and distributors via Pipeworks’ location page, or visit them directly Thursday through Saturday at the Pipeworks Brewing Co. Bottle Shop (3912 W Mclean Ave., Chicago, IL 60647).

Then, head to Room S405a on Friday, April 6th at 5:30 pm for the Valiant Presents: Harbinger Wars 2 and Beyond panel presentation! This summer, HARBINGER WARS 2 – Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and most impactful comic book event of all time – is about to erupt in full force! The Valiant Universe will never be the same as X-O Manowar, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, Secret Weapons, and a cast of thousands draw their battle lines in HARBINGER WARS 2! Valiant’s next major leap forward starts here with exclusive announcements and artwork, first at C2E2 2018! Plus: SHADOWMAN, BLOODSHOT SALVATION, NINJA-K, QUANTUM AND WOODY!, and much, much more!

The excitement continues on Saturday, April 7th at 5:15 pm in Room S405b for Valiant Presents: Shadowman Spotlight! This March, Shadowman – more powerful, more terrifying, and more relentless than ever before – storms to the forefront of the Valiant Universe in an adrenaline-fueled ongoing series from superstar writer Andy Diggle and high-octane artist Stephen Segovia! Now, with a staggering new beginning for New Orleans’ supernatural guardian just around the corner, find out what the future holds for one of 2018’s most anticipated new series as Valiant assembles an all-star panel of staff and creators to reveal never-before-seen news and artwork, first at C2E2!

Finally, join us on Sunday, April 8th at 12:15 pm in Room S405b for Valiant: The Craft of Comics! Join some of the talented creators and staff behind Valiant’s slate of critically acclaimed comic series for a candid, behind-the-scenes panel discussion! Find out just what it takes to put together a compelling story from start to finish, how to make your series stand apart, and how the editorial process functions at the highest levels – from the award-winning industry veterans behind the Valiant Universe’s greatest hits and a host of fan-favorite titles, including X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT SALVATION, DIVINITY, and more!

Image Announces C2E2 2018 Exclusives & Schedule

Press Release:

Image Comics will return to Chicago this year for C2E2 on Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8th. Please note: updates to the schedule may appear online during the show. Please refer to the www.imagecomics.com post for the most up-to-date information.

LIMITED* C2E2 VARIANTS SOLD AT THE IMAGE BOOTH (#513):

* Quantities will be limited by customer and per day on a first come, first served basis. Please ask at the Image booth about availability.

  • ANALOG #1 by Gerry Duggan & David O’Sullivan, art by O’Sullivan, $10 (+tax)
  • ISOLA #1 by Brenden Fletcher & Karl Kerschl, art by Kerschl, $10 (+tax)

CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES:

  • AD: AFTER DEATH hardcover by Jeff Lemire & Scott Snyder, $40 (+tax)
  • GOD COUNTRY hardcover by Donny Cates & Geoff Shaw, $35 (+tax)
  • KILL OR BE KILLED, VOL. 1 hardcover by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips & Elizabeth Breitweiser, $35 (+tax)
  • MONSTRESS, VOL. 2 hardcover by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, $35 (+tax)
  • SEVEN TO ETERNITY, VOL. 1 hardcover by Rick Remender & Jerome Opena, $35 (+tax)

MERCHANDISE:

* Limited quantity available for sale at the Image booth.

  • BLACK SCIENCE statue, $150 (+tax)*
  • “I Believe in Comics” T-shirt, sm-xxxl, $25.00 (+tax)
  • “I Believe in Comics” tote bag, $12.00 (+tax)
  • Image Comics RCCC lapel pins, $10 (+tax)

PANELS HOSTED BY IMAGE COMICS:

Friday, April 6, 2018 @ 5:30 – 6:30 PM in Room S403                       

Image Comics: We Believe In Character

Comic artists don’t just translate scripts: they build characters. From choreographing the most subtle facial tics and body language to designing entire wardrobes, illustrators are master actors of ink on page. Giving shape to entire casts, they carve new souls on a monthly basis. The creators on this panel specialize in character design, from Leila del Duca’s medieval romanticism on SLEEPLESS to Jeremy Haun’s rugged post-apocalyptic fantasy chic in THE REALM, and Tula Lotay’s fashion-forward covers. Come see these shapers discuss their process, including Annie Wu and Jen Bartel as they preview their upcoming Image projects, DEAD GUY FAN CLUB and BLACKBIRD.

Sunday, April 8, 2018 @ 10:45 – 11:45 AM in Room S403

Image Comics: We Believe In Drama

Writers channel the crises we face everyday through layers of fiction, allowing readers to dissect universal struggles through a vibrant, askew lens. Though comics may catalyze new worlds overflowing with imagination, creators ground that surrealism in drama and catharsis. Join a panel of stellar scribes including Kyle Higgins (THE DEAD HAND), Gerry Duggan (ANALOG), Tee Franklin (BINGO LOVE), Tini Howard (HACK/SLASH: RESURRECTION) and some very special guests as they discuss the friction that gave way to their latest works.

SIGNINGS* HOSTED AT IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#513):

FRIDAY, APRIL 6

12:00 – 12:45 PM Daniel Warren Johnson (Skybound)
1:00 – 1:45 PM Tee Franklin
2:00 – 2:45 PM John Layman & Nick Pitarra
3:00 – 3:45 PM Rob Guillory

SATURDAY, APRIL 7

12:00 – 12:45 PM Caitlin Yarsky & Tee Franklin
1:00 – 1:45 PM Andrew MacLean & Kyle Starks
2:00 – 2:45 PM Jeremy Haun
3:00 – 3:45 PM Gerry Duggan, Justin Jordan & Nikki Ryan

SUNDAY, APRIL 8

1:00 – 1:45 PM Tim Seeley & Tini Howard
2:00 – 2:45 PM Jason Aaron

*wristbands will be available for fans to pick as soon as doors open, first come, first served, at the Image booth on the day of the desired ticketed signing.

IMAGE CREATORS IN ARTIST ALLEY:

Aaron, Jason H17
Bivens, John U15
Browne, Ryan U4
Bunn, Cullen M12
del Duca, Leila M14
Duggan, Gerry M17
Franklin, Tee V1
Greenwood, Justin G6
Gunter, Miles
Haun, Jeremy J10
Higgins, Kyle A15
Howard, Tini R12
Janson, Klaus B16
Jordan, Justin U16
Kaplan, Zack O9
Lotay, Tula T8
MacLean, Andrew G8
Mahfood, Jim N14
Norton, Mike U2
Seeley, Tim U1
Starks, Kyle S11
Towe, Jim A5
Wilson, Matt R14
Wu, Annie B10
Young, Skottie X17
Zub, Jim N17

Dark Horse Announces C2E2 2018 Exclusives & Schedule

Press Release: 

Dark Horse is proud to announce its selection of exclusive merchandise available at C2E2! We have two new gorgeous convention exclusive variant covers set to debut: Black Hammer: Age of Doom #1 and Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #1.

All exclusive merchandise will be available at the Dark Horse booth (#619) for all of C2E2 2018. Please note, there will be a fixed number of exclusives set aside for each day of the convention.

Check out the full roster of Dark Horse’s convention exclusives, along with quantity and price, below!

Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #1 Convention Exclusive (Frank Miller) Gold Foil 

The Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #1 Convention Exclusive’s cover is made of thick cover stock with metallic gold foil stamping highlights.

$15.00
Limited Print Run of 1,000
Limit of 5 per person per day

  

Black Hammer: Age of Doom #1 Convention Exclusive (James Stokoe)

$10.00
Limited Print Run of 1,000
Limit of 5 per person per day

Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 Convention Exclusive (Rafael Albuquerque)

$5.00
Limited Print Run of 1,000

Limit of 5 per person per day

  

American Gods: Shadows #1 C2E2 Exclusive (Scott Hampton)

$5.00
Limited Print Run of 1,000
Limit of 5 per person per day

American Gods: My Ainsel #1 Convention Exclusive (Christian Ward)

$10.00
Limited Print Run of 1,000
Limit of 5 per person per day

  

American Gods: Shadows #1 Convention Exclusive (Skottie Young)

$10.00
Limited Print Run of 1,400
Limit of 5 per person per day 

Black Hammer #1 Convention Exclusive (Fábio Moon)

$10.00
Limited Print Run of 1,400
Limit of 5 per person per day

  

Henchgirl Convention Exclusive Hardcover (Kristen Gudsnuk)

$25.00
Limited Print Run of 250
Limit of 1 per person per day

Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil #1 Convention Exclusive (Daniel Warren Johnson)

$10.00
Limited Print Run of 750
Limit of 5 per person per day

SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6

1:00 – 1:45 PM: ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

2:00 – 2:45 PM: HENCHGIRL, MODERN FANTASY: Kristen Gudsnuk

3:00 – 3:45 PM: ETHER, DEPT. H, MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS, PISTOLWHIP: Matt Kindt
DEPT. H: Sharlene Kindt

4:00 – 4:45 PM: THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS: Amy Chu, Tini Howard

5:00 – 5:45 PM: AMERICAN GODS, KABUKI, FIGHT CLUB 2: David Mack

6:00 – 6:45 PM: LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones

SATURDAY, APRIL 7

11:00 – 11:45 AM: SPACE MULLET!: Daniel Warren Johnson

12:00 – 12:45 PM: LIFE BETWEEN PANELS, BATTLES OF BRIDGET LEE: Ethan Young

1:00 – 1:45 PM: HARROW COUNTY: Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook

2:00 – 2:45 PM: APOCALYPTIGIRL: AN ARIA FOR THE END TIMES: Andrew MacLean

3:00 – 3:45 PM: THE SHAOLIN COWBOY, THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT, HARD BOILED: Geof Darrow

4:00 – 4:45 PM: BATTLEPUG: Mike Norton

5:00 – 5:45 PM: MISFITS OF AVALON, BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS: Kel McDonald

SUNDAY, APRIL 8

11:00 – 11:45 AM: SCARY GODMOTHER, BEASTS OF BURDEN: Jill Thompson

12:00 – 12:45 PM: CHIMICHANGA, THE GOON: Eric Powell

1:00 – 1:45 PM: ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

2:00 – 2:45 PM: HARROW COUNTY: Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook

PANEL SCHEDULE

Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visit http://www.c2e2.com/Events/Panels-And-Screenings/Panels/# for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators and guidelines for attending panels.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7

4:15-5:15 PM: When the Haints Speak: A Conversation with Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook
(Location: Room S405a)

Harrow County has captivated fans and critics alike since 2015. Created by Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun) and Tyler Crook (B.P.R.D.), Harrow County follows the story of 18-year-old Emmy as she realizes that the ghosts, ghouls and goblins that surround Harrow County are all too real. After the townsfolk realize that Emmy has a connection with the creatures that lurk in the shadows, they put her on the run for her life. Join Bunn and Crook to reflect on this haunting southern gothic fairy tale before this award-winning series’ epic conclusion in 2018.

5:15-6:15 PM: Artists Who Write: The Creation of Comics
(Location: Room S503)

Whether it’s the adventures of a villain with a heart of gold, an underwater murder mystery, the life of a cartoonist, or anything in between, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), Ethan Young (Life Between Panels), and Matt Kindt (Dept. H) as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8

12:00-1:00 PM: ElfQuest: 40 Years of Pointed Ears
(Location: Room S403)

February 2018 wraps up 40 years of ElfQuest with the biggest bang ever. Celebrate the longest-running indie fantasy comic with Wendy and Richard Pini, co-creators, writers and artist. Learn behind-the-scenes secrets that have been hidden since 1978. The newest – and final – issue of the Final Quest series is out now, before C2E2 opens, so you’ll be able to bombard Wendy and Richard with all the questions you’ve been saving up for years!

Visit Aftershock Comics at C2E2 2018

March 8, 2018 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

Press Release:

Come see the AfterShock Team at Booth 712 during C2E2 on April 6-8, 2018 for comic book deals, exclusives, and more! We will be happy to chat with you about our comics, creators, and upcoming projects.

AfterShock’s Publisher Joe Pruett, Brand/SVP Mike Zagari, and Retailer/Fan Relations Lisa Y. Wu will be present all weekend. Make sure you stop and say hello.

Also, we have many of our creators at the show in Artist Alley who you can get your comics signed including:

  • Cullen Bunn (DARK ARK, BROTHERS DRACUL, UNHOLY GRAIL)
  • Paul Allor (MONSTRO MECHANICA)
  • Tim Seeley (BRILLIANT TRASH)
  • John Layman (ELEANOR & THE EGRET)
  • Ben Templesmith (BACKWAYS Variant Cover Artist)
  • Mark Waid (CAPTAIN KID)
  • Ray Fawkes (JACKPOT!)
  • Dave Dorman (cover artist for the C2E2 SHOCK variant/exclusive cover)

RSVP on Facebook!

For further details check the website: aftershockcomics.com

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.

 

Marvel Announces Signings & Panels for C2E2 2017

April 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

Marvel has announced their signings at booth #327 and panel schedule for this weekend’s C2E2!

FRIDAY APRIL 21st

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Marc Guggenheim, Jody Houser
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Jason Aaron, Chris Sprouse
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Jordie Bellaire, Jenny Frison, Brian Level, Declan Shalvey
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM: Rod Reis, Brent Schoonover, Nick Spencer
  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Jonathan Hickman, Luke Ross

SATURDAY APRIL 22nd

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Michael Garland, Margaret Stohl, Ramon Villalobos, Michael Walsh
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Mike Perkins, Khary Randolph
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Nick Spencer, Ryan Stegman
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Marc Guggenheim, Ken Lashley 
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM: Jordie Bellaire, Matt Horak, Declan Shalvey

SUNDAY APRIL 23rd

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Marc Guggenheim, Ken Lashley 
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Jason Aaron, Mike McKone
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Alex Maleev, Todd Nauck
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Tana Ford, Marc Laming, Matthew Rosenberg, Robbie Thompson

*Schedule is subject to change

Valiant Heads to C2E2 with Parties, Panels, and Exclusives

Press Release:

From Friday, April 21st through Sunday, April 23rd, Valiant is bringing its cross-country convention road show to Chicago, IL for C2E2 2017 – and we’re unleashing a non-stop line-up of exclusives, programming, panels, and parties to celebrate!

All weekend long, join Valiant inside Chicago’s McCormick Place at Booth #317 to find out why Valiant is forging the 21st century’s most acclaimed superhero universe with a complete selection of paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for critically acclaimed and award-winning titles including BLOODSHOT REBORN, BRITANNIA, FAITH, HARBINGER RENEGADE, QUANTUM & WOODY, SAVAGE and many more! And don’t miss the convention debut of brand-new finely sculpted ceramic mugs from Surreal Entertainment, featuring two of the Valiant Universe’s biggest icons, X-O Manowar and Bloodshot! [$40 per set]

Then: explore the future of Valiant’s leading icon on Friday, April 21st at 5:30 p.m. CT in room S405A for the VALIANT: 25 YEARS OF X-O MANOWAR panel presentation! This spring, Valiant marks 25 years of its most enduring comic book icon as best-selling writer Matt Kindt and a rotating cast of powerhouse interior artists launch a stunning new beginning in the all-new X-O MANOWAR #1! Now, right here at C2E2, join a blockbuster roundtable of Valiant staff and creators for an in-depth discussion of X-O Manowar’s landmark place in comics history…and a special look forward at what awaits the must-read new series of 2017!

Next: the Valiant Universe leaps off of the comics page and onto the cutting edge of superhero storytelling on Saturday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. CT in room S405B for the VALIANT DIGITAL: NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE AND BEYOND panel presentation! Join star Jason David Frank and Valiant’s own Josh Johns and Dinesh Shamdasani as they collide MI-6’s deadly assassin against a gauntlet of Valiant’s most formidable heroes with new footage from NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE – the bone-shattering, live-action series coming in 2017 – and more news and announcements about all-new VALIANT DIGITAL projects! And stick around for a free exclusive print at the end of the panel!

Finally: the road to Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and most impactful comic book event of all time starts right here at C2E2 with a superstar cast of Valiant creators and staff on Sunday, April 23rd at 12:15 p.m. in room S405B at the VALIANT: THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 panel presentation! Jump on board here to find out what the future holds for HARBINGER RENEGADE, X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, FAITH, DIVINITY, NINJAK, and the rest of Valiant’s most powerful heroes…and how the coming of HARBINGER WARS 2 will soon be felt across the entire Valiant Universe with never-before-seen artwork and announcements!

Plus: don you strongest armor and blast into the biggest party of the weekend on Friday, April 21st as Valiant and Pipeworks Brewing Co. kick off the C2E2 2017: X-O MANOWAR GALACTIC GOLDEN ALE RELEASE PARTY! From 7 pm CT onward at Chicago’s Cobra Lounge (235 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607), Valiant is celebrating its all-new collaboration with Chicago’s own Pipeworks Brewing Co. – a new limited-edition brew created in honor of the all-new X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1, the sold-out, epic new ongoing series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and Valiant-exclusive rising star Tomas Giorello!

Co-sponsored by Valiant Entertainment, Pipeworks Brewing Co., and Hope for the Day, the first 75 party-goers will receive a strictly limited X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 cover flat – a rare, unbound comic cover pulled directly from the printing press and signed by Valiant staff and creators! Portions of the proceeds from the party’s $5 door charge and all pints of X-O MANOWAR GALACTIC GOLDEN ALE poured will be donated to Hope for the Day, supporting their suicide prevention outreach and mental health education projects. RSVP online at Facebook or Eventbrite.

We’ll see you in the Windy City! And don’t miss a moment of the excitement as Valiant’s one-of-a-kind convention road show marches on through Los Angeles, Kansas City, Houston, and more throughout the spring!

Friday, April 21st – Sunday, April 23rd
C2E2
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

Saturday, April 22nd – Sunday, April 23rd
L.A. Times Festival of Books
University of Southern California Campus
Los Angeles, CA

Friday, April 28th – Sunday, April 30th
Planet Comic Con
Bartle Hall
Kansas City, MO

Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th
Comicpalooza
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

Saturday, May 13th – Sunday, May 14th
Tidewater Comicon
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Virginia Beach, VA

Saturday, May 20th – Sunday, May 21st
Five Points Festival
Pier 36
New York, NY

Thursday, May 25th – Sunday, May 28th
Phoenix Comicon
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, AZ

Saturday, June 24th – Sunday, June 25th
ID10T Music Festival and Comic Conival
Shoreline Amphitheater
San Francisco, CA

Friday, June 30th – Sunday, July 2nd
Denver Comic Con
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

* Stay tuned for more dates to be announced all year long!*

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblr, Instagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

AfterShock Comics Schedule for C2E2 2017

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

Press Release:

Headed to the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) this year? AfterShock Comics will be there in full force to celebrate the comic book and pop culture convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and videogames.

Convention Days/Hours:
• Friday, April 21: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
• Saturday, April 22: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
• Sunday, April 23: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Our Booth: 417

Our C2E2 Exclusives (available at our booth):
Eleanor & Egret #1 (C2E2 exclusive cover)
World Reader #1 (C2E2 exclusive cover)
Jimmy’s Bastards poster – Dave Johnson art (Series written by Garth Ennis with interiors by Russ Braun)
Babyteeth poster – Garry Brown art (Signed by creator + writer Donny Cates)

Signings (at our booth):
• Marguerite Bennett – Friday, April 21: 2:30-3:30 PM
• Donny Cates – Sunday, April 23: 1:00-2:00 PM

Our Panel:
• Sunday, April 23: 10:45am
• Room: S403
• Description: Join Donny Cates (BABYTEETH), Adam Glass (ROUGH RIDERS, THE NORMALS), Brian Azzarello (AMERICAN MONSTER), Phil Hester (SHIPWRECK, BLOOD BLISTER), Justin Jordan (STRAYER), Joe Pruett (AfterShock Publisher/CCO & BLACK-EYED KIDS), Mike Zagari (Aftershock SVP Digital/Creative) and more of the AfterShock Comics creative team as they discuss their current titles and future plans! (NOTE: Guests are subject to change)

Our Creators & Staff at the Show:
• Brian Azzarello (AMERICAN MONSTER)
• Marguerite Bennett (ANIMOSITY, INSEXTS)
• Donny Cates (BABYTEETH)
• Adam Glass (ROUGH RIDERS, THE NORMALS)
• Phil Hester (SHIPWRECK, BLOOD BLISTER)
• Justin Jordan (STRAYER)
• Lee Kramer (AfterShock President)
• Stephan Nilson (AfterShock Publishing Operations Manager)
• Joe Pruett (AfterShock Publisher/CCO & BLACK-EYED KIDS)
• Lisa Wu (AfterShock Retailers/Fan Relations Manager)
• Mike Zagari (Aftershock SVP Digital/Creative)
• + more!
*Note: Guests are subject to change

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