C2E2 has come. For those not in the know, that would be the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. I was fortunate enough to attend this year so you can expect coverage from the event.
Now first and foremost, even though this is a “comic” convention, there’s still plenty of gaming to go around. However, as the resident comic artist of the site I knew I had to indulge myself in some comic book love. The first day off any convention is always interesting because every one is still trying to set up. I had the luck to chat with quite a few artists before the public entered. It was quite a thrill to rub elbows with some of the industry’s top talents. Now that’s not to say it was only big names. Quite a few smaller and independent comics were on display.
The convention is set up with the big BIG names, DC and Marvel, at the fore front. From there you step down rows of exhibitions. These range from comic shops setting up…well shops to smaller publishers getting their names out. You could buy DVDs, corsets, plush anime characters, and mustaches on chains. You read that correctly. A “Mustache Emporium” sold mustaches on chains to wear like monocles. Beyond the exhibitors comes a series of aisles with artists lined to draw sketches, share stories, and sell artwork dubbed “Artists Alley.”
There wasn’t too much in the way of game news today. Everyone was getting things all set up after all. Crusing around the Marvel area they had some info on the PSVita version of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and the downloadable Marvel Pinball titles. However it seemed like most of Marvel’s attention was spent on something else…
Between the two big booths sat a small section devoted to those lovely playful Minimates. Already well known for their license to produce figured based of Marvel vs Capcom 3, the kind gentleman in charge was happy to point to a new set that includes MODOK, Thor, and Amaterasu. However things with Capcom have gone so well they’ve branched out and soon a whole new line of minimates from Street Fighter X Tekken can be yours to own. This comes in addition to a brand new Lara Croft.
After finding my way around, snapping plenty more pictures, and talking with a few artists like Gene Ha, Amanda Conner, and Jeph Jacques, I found my way to the final panel of the night. If you’re a Pokemon fan, and who isn’t really, you may have heard of “It’s Super Effective.” The most popular Pokemon podcast on iTunes held a special panel. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Maybe a behind the scenes look? Maybe some personal stories about playing the games? As it turns out, the audience got the special treat of being present for a recording of the show. While I personally am not sure when the episode will air I can definitely say it should be something to look into. The hosts have a playful dynamic and make talking about Pokemon fun for new fans and old veterans who may have stopped playing the series. You’ll be able to find the episode here. Make sure to listen carefully for a familiar voice that asks about potentially new Pokemon genres.
All in all the first day of C2E2 was a great success. Look forward to some more in depth coverage as more gaming programs pop up. Also, be sure to look out for a gallery of cosplayers from the show. While I don’t want to spoil any of the fun I will share what was easily my favorite costume of the day.
Yes. That’s a Hipster Fi.
C2E2 is amazing.