Dearest readers, you may not know me on this blog as a contributing writer, but hopefully you know me on the podcast as Vincent’s (underpaid) co-host and producer. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned on the podcast that I’m a comic book convention loving geek and nothing gets my blood pumping more than naked ladies and/or comic book conventions. I could describe, at length, just what is so great about naked ladies, but Vincent has castrated this blog post to be JUST about my adventures at C2E2. Specifically my Cosplay Adventures at C2E2. Even more specifically, myMAGICAL Cosplay Adventures.
- Behold the magic…
If you’re wondering what C2E2 is, I’ll assume you’ve suffered a head injury and maybe haven’t been paying attention to the midwest territory geek news because of all the rehab you’ve been working through. For those of you with the head bandages: C2E2 is the official acronym for Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. This year’s C2E2 convention was the third annual in what I hope to be at least a century’s worth of geek related conventions. These guys know how to do it right.
A little side tangent, but for about fifteen years I’ve been attending comic book shows in the greater Chicagoland area. Wizard World had been the only show in town for quite a long time, and back in the day it used to actually be quite an awesome show. I documented a few of those previous adventures. But, as the years went by I noticed that the Wizard World show was changing quite a bit. Every year, fewer big names were making appearances, and after a while some major publishers stopped having booths there. It turned into more of a vendor expo than anything, which for some is great, because you can’t deny the allure of fat ladies shouting “HALF PRICE TRADES!!” for three days straight. But some of us crave more. We want some sizzle. We want stars. We want screenings, and panels, and an experience you can’t get by simply ordering cheap books through an online discount comic book retailer.
The folks that put this show on know what they’re doing. They’re the geniuses behind the New York ComicCon, which is a widely renowned and respected show, and they brought that same type of experience to the Windy City…which for we folk in the Midwest has turned out to be a Cromsend. This show has everything I love about a great comicon. There’s an enormous lineup of talent from all over comic books and entertainment, and most are accessible to buy their wares or gush about how much you love them. There’s just something so satisfying about being able to hand a creator your money directly and walking away with (usually) a personalized piece of pop culture, which is exactly what Artist’s Alley is all about. Publishers are actually there, and they have an EIC or Submissions Director doing portfolio reviews and taking submissions (you bet your ass I submitted…enjoy this year’s submission “No Sale”). There is enormous archive of original comic book art for sale (not in my lifetime) or perusal. There are panels, Q&A’s, demonstrations, live DJ’s, nerd speed dating, movie screenings, celebrities….I could go on and on. But of course, they also have COSPLAY.
As you can deduce from my maturity level, or if you explored those ancient webpages I made about my comicon experiences, the cosplay element of these shows is one of my favorite things. This first series of pics is just a tiny sampling of the overall cosplay experience. I unfortunately missed out on the cosplay contest they had, but there was plenty to be seen on the show floor. Enjoy part one of a three part series of pictures I took at this year’s C2E2.
And so ends this installment of the Magical Cosplay Adventure. Stay tuned for the next installment, where you’ll get to see me interacting with the cosplayers. This usually means I’m pointing to my wiener or being punched!
Disclaimer: The crew at Robot’s Pajamas don’t know any of the people in the pictures nor do they care to, so if they make fun of you and it upsets you, we’re really sorry.