C2E2 Photo Craziness
The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo also known as C2E2 came to town for it’s third year with a bigger and show room and an even bigger crowd.
C2E2 is a 3-day pop culture event at McCormick Place just south of downtown. The main focus is comic books but there was a tattoo festival, daily costume contests, a Quidditch tournament from “Harry Potter,” nerd speed dating and several after parties. According to the New York based company that organizes the show, Reed Pop, more than 30,000 people attended the show over the 3-day event. C2E2 also double the size of artist alley from 200 creators to 400 creators.
Shia LaBeouf of “Transformers” fame made a surprise appearance on Friday and setup shop in artist alley promoting his self-published graphic novels. LaBeouf was very candid and friendly with everyone that stopped by his table. “Every book says made on a Mac,” LaBeouf said to advocate how easy it is to self-publish and to encourage others to do the same.
With the “Avengers” due out in a few weeks Marvel Comics had the biggest display on the showroom floor. On Saturday night there was a giant auction for all the props from “Captain America” and “Thor.” The Captain America costume sold for $240,000 after is was all said and done.
Native Chicagoan John Cusack made an appearance at the show to promote his upcoming film “The Raven” where Cusack plays a mystery solving Edgar Allen Poe.
The event also brings out a who’s who’s of sci-fi entertainment past, present and future and all you have to do is walk through the autograph section of C2E2. Sean Astin from “Lord of the Rings” mingled with fans. Kevin Brown of “Thirty Rock” never broke his Dot Com character for the whole weekend. There were guests that seemed out of place like “Top Chef” Stephanie Izard.
The best part of the event is the cosplay. Where the fans come to the show dressed as their favorite character. For the cosplayers this one weekend is when they can showcase their incredible talents. Some spend all yearlong building or putting together their costume for C2E2. From the girls running around in their underwear to the guy in the giant Voltron costume, for three days there is no judgment except the daily costume contest.