Without further ado, here is the second half of my best of 2013 list. If there’s a title you didn’t see on either list that you think I should’ve included, leave a comment below!
Coffin Hill by Caitlin Kittredge & Inaki Miranda
HONORABLE MENTION: Harley Quinn by Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner – Harley Quinn gets an honorable mention because at the time I wrote this post, issue #0 is the only book to have been released.
There’s really no other way to accurately describe C2E2, than to say it was an unreal whirlwind of a weekend. It was full of comics, cosplay, artwork, a panel, plenty of drinks, and most importantly, my best friends. One of the highlights of the weekend was when Chris, who had tricked me into thinking he wasn’t going to be able to attend (after convincing me last year that I had to!) began kicking my chair from behind in the Comix Chix panel. I was SO excited but I had to control myself for the next half hour until I could properly freak out and hug him! I also was able to see my friend Eric who works for Quirk Books, and he gave me an advance copy of the new book, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, to review for my site! Mel and I visited him all three days and he posted a photo of us each time we went to his booth. We were kind of like the Quirk Books meme of C2E2.
Days 1 and 2 of the convention were all about cosplay. On Friday I cosplayed as my favorite mutant, the daughter of Magneto, Scarlet Witch. Melissa was Snake Plissen, and Jill was the most adorable 20’s style Twilight Sparkle. It was nearly impossible to walk more than 3 steps in any direction without getting asked for photos. Miraculously, we managed to make our way down the floor to Artist Alley, and made a few quick stops to say hi to Tim Seeley (who gave me all four of his beautiful prints! I had been coveting the Batman one since he released the image online earlier in the year), Joe Eisma (the extremely talented artist behind Morning Glories, who also gave me an amazing print featuring all of the Glories), our friend Agnes Garbowska, and of course, Skottie Young because I HAD to have his baby Spider-Man print (and thank goodness I made it a priority because it was sold out by Saturday). Afterwards, we headed back to our hotel to change and try some of Chicago’s infamous deep dish pizza. I thought it was really delicious! Very different from New York style pizza, but I wasn’t as biased as I thought I would be. Then we went to the place everyone congregates after the con, the Hyatt bar. We were so exhausted that we almost didn’t make it out, but since we were only there for three days, Mel and I forced ourselves, and we’re really happy we did. We got to catch up with Jen who lives in LA so it’s rare that we’re ever on the same coast, as well as some other Californians like Mel, Kyle Higgins, and many many more. We called it an early night because we had to wake up the next morning for the Comix Chix panel which both Jill and Jen were speakers on.
After the panel concluded Melissa, Jill, Chris, and I caught up with Ashely Eckstein for a bit and chatted about her upcoming products. She has some really exciting pieces debuting in the next few months, and I know I’m going to end up buying them all. Next, we found a secluded bathroom and changed into our cosplay (I was a mod lady version of Thanos, Melissa was a female Doctor Strange, and Jill was Batgirl). Saturday was full of tons more photos and attempting to walk around the floor. We even had professional photos taken by Chanh Tang! Next we went back to our hotels and changed quickly (although not as quickly as Chris wanted us to), for the big family dinner Ali planned for us all at Portillo’s. Then it was straight to the Threadless/CBLDF party in the Threadless warehouse which had an awesome giant robot, Mario Kart, a DJ and of course free alcohol. We danced and chatted for a few hours before heading back to the Hyatt again to meet up with everyone else. Saturday night at the Hyatt was one of my favorite parts of the whole convention. There were so many people we met and an incredible amount of events and conversations that I can’t write about. Right before we left we met Lee Arenberg who is currently on Once Upon a Time, and was previously in Pirates of the Caribbean. Overall, it was a wonderful evening.
The next morning was a little slow moving for us all after the festivities of the night before, but we were excited to get an early start since Sunday would be the day we dressed as ourselves and were able to buy things. After a morning that seemed like a Twilight Zone episode (Melissa accidentally tripped one of her favorite artists, and a girl opened her hotel door as we walked by and asked us for cosplay help), we left our suitcases in Jill and Brad’s hotel room, and dashed to artist alley and made our way through each row. My two favorite prints I purchased were Silk Spectre by Amanda Connor and a Gwen Stacy/Spider-Man (obviously) print by J. Scott Campbell. Once we finished making our way through artist alley, I snuck away to the Hyatt bar to meet a few friends until it was time to hop in a cab and head to the airport.
Overall, I was extremely impressed with C2E2. I’m so thankful that everything worked out and I was able to attend. Each convention that I’ve been to has a specific aspect that sets it apart from every other con and part of the reason C2E2 holds such a high place on my list is because of the amount of people I was able to see and hang out with. Chicago is also a beautiful city. It’s like a quieter, cleaner version of New York, so I felt very much like I was at home during the three days I was there. Next year (yes, I am definitely headed back!), I’m definitely planning on flying in on Thursday night so I can avoid some of the exhaustion I felt on Friday. I’m also hoping that I’ll eventually learn my lesson and take the day after a convention off from work. I always think it’ll be no problem while I’m booking my trip and then when I get to work on Monday morning, I’m zombielike. Here are some of my favorite photos from the convention!