This year saw C2E2, it’s fourth year in Chicago (we missed the first year) and bigger this year than in years past. The first year we went, year two, it was only half the size of this year, but in the same hall. We didn’t realize it until we had walked around for a bit, but when I saw the upper level above the food court I recognized the hall. This pic to the right is artist’s alley this year, about 1/4 of the hall, and where we lined up the first year to get in. It’s awesome that this great convention has doubled in size in just four years. Some of the other pics, taken by our resident photog (my lovely wife) are over at her site. Take a look when you get time. Hopefully we make a good team, bringing you great pics and commentary for something you might be interested in seeing.
Of course cosplay is a big deal at any convention, and C2E2 is no exception. I saw a lot of amazing costumes, characters, and ideas, but this one stood out. Not only for the perfect attention to detail in the costume, but damn this guy looks like Rick from The Walking Dead. I saw him right away and from every angle it was just uncanny. This is going to have to win our vote for best of the year this time around. I saw a few other Rick’s but one can’t simply throw on a tan shirt and toy cowboy hat and pull it off, especially the guy in jeans and faded white tennis shoes.
We also saw some creative ideas like a female wolverine, the house from Up, and multiple iterations of Deadpool who is always a con favorite. Check out the slide show below for all of the great cosplay pics we ran into this year. Keep an eye out for my buddy that pulled off an amazing Prison Deadpool, and of course all photos by our own photographer.
For those who don’t know, or have never been, C2E2 is basically a convention for all things comic book and entertainment related. If you are a fan of movies, TV, fantasy, science fiction, art, comics, or anime, you will find something at C2E2 for you. There were booths for costumes, authors, and art schools as well as toy vendors, comic sellers, and independent artists. We go mostly for the art, but also to see what’s new in comics and games, the great costumes, and sometimes to meet a celebrity or two. As for the celebrities, names like Kevin Smith, Felicia Day, and Ron Pearlman were just a few of the entertainment guests there. That’s not to downplay the artists, too many to even begin to name.
All in all it was a great time, but I have some frustrations of course. Mostly with fellow attendees. As if the strollers weren’t bad enough, there were double strollers in attendance. Come on people! If your child cannot walk they have no business at something like this, and with people packed in like sardines don’t you realize how rude it is to go in there with a double stroller?! Guys…and some gals…deodorant. USE IT! Yes, I know it’s a cliche stereotype, but it’s also true. You are going to sweat in there, even if you are dressed like it’s 100 degrees outside. Use antiperspirant and baby powder, we will all thank you. Stopping in the middle of the aisle…stop that. If you want to chat with your buddies, pull off to the side, get out of the way, be kind to your fellow convention goers. I don’t know how many times I would be trucking along only to have three people in front of me stop dead in their tracks (my tracks too) to chat about something. These are just a few of the mild irritations that can dampen even the most die hard convention goer’s day.
Anyway, enough of these silly words. It was another great year for C2E2 and confirms my resolve never to attend Comic Con again, this con is so much better. Now, without further ado, a collage of some of the great costumes this year.