So, we had John Barrowman and Anne Rice both at C2E2 this weekend. Turns out, both are fans of each other's work. Here's a little behind-the-scenes video of them meeting, as shot by Anne's assistant.
Monday, April 16, 2012
A huge thank you to everyone who made C2E2 2012 a success. To our fans. To our guests. To our exhibitors. To our press. To our professionals. To our partners. To the folks at McCormick and the Hyatt. To our staff. And, pictured here, to our awesome, incredible, fantastic crew! Huzzah, kudos, and bravo!
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Sunday, April 15, 2012
And here they are in one of C2E2's fine traditions... The Art and Franco Draw Off. It's a battle of wits, markers, and dirty tricks. And really only teaches kids you win by cheating.
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In other updates, all of John Cusack's autograph tickets have been distributed. There are no more. However, John is speaking in the IGN Theater (Ballroom, Level One) at 11:30. There's no additional ticket needed to see an hour of Cusack later this AM. Just check out the queue for the theater at 9 and 10.
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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Come for the shield, stay for Bri and I getting in a bidding war over it.
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When talking with the Info Desk on Level 4, I noticed something. When not fielding questions, Our Info Deskateers are reading a little George R.R. Martin.
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Walking Dead tickets. 8 AM. Separate line in the queue hall.
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Friday, April 13, 2012
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And the grand prize tonight and tomorrow? Just some Stan Lee-signed comics from our friends at Marvel.
Don't have a costume? You've got only a few hours left to make your duct tape Iron Man out of whatever you can find in McCormick Place's Fed Ex.
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And while Pimp Daddy D could have been the high point of the move in, it was the group of rowdy youths simply chanting "loud noises" as others were cheering. Clever, clever kids.
Anywho, we're open tonight until 7 PM. Come out and get nerdy with us.
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If you're at C2E2 this weekend, come out to the CBR Bar. It's in the Hyatt, and it's something we can't do in New York. NYCC's location makes any post-show gatherings too disparate -- but, in Chicago, we have a common watering hole, and for the next three nights, the nexus of the comics universe will be gathered here in between sliders and Cebrewskis.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012
For more on the exhibit, hit up...
And, if you're going out to the Art Institute (and you should), here's their C2E2-themed mini-tour...
Posted by Peter Tatara at 8:10 PM
Stay on the beaten path, kiddies.
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The fine folks at the Hyatt McCormick had asked me if there was anything I wanted in my room for my stay. I told em I wouldn't have time to down a bottle of wine to devour a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries. Instead, really, if they could get me some waters, juices, and teas, it's be darling.
And now I've got a mound of Tazo Tea, water bottles, OJ, and Red Bulls for me. It's far too much, actually, so I'll be sharing the gift of Red Bull with fans in need.
And then there's the BBC. I got this fantastic stack of Torchwood Blu-rays and DVDs from BBC Amercia. C2E2 will be giving them away during John Barrowman's panel on Saturday. And, spoilers, maybe over Twitter as well.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
We've got an assortment of burgers, steaks, deep-fried cheese curds, and beers. Plus one order of tea.
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Once we get done with this, if we've got time, we'll discuss who makes the best deep dish pie in Chicago. And, possibly, the New World Order.
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What you see here is one of the items in the bag -- the C2E2 Survival Kit. What's inside? Hand sanitizer, tissues, mints, and advil. Seriously. While it may seem silly or gimmicky at first, it'll start looking essential by the twilight hours of Day One.
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I hope one of the first boxes we open is munchies.
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My offer to send them back caviar and petit fours has been met with angry stares, and I'm now afraid there'll be an insurrection somewhere in the skies over Lake Michigan.
Clearly, I'll need to make a pre-emptive strike. Time to fashion my copy of SkyMall into a crude bow-and-arrow.
Posted by Peter Tatara at 11:03 AM
Thankfully, I'm still stupidly early, so even though I've been on a street corner for the past ten minutes, I've got probably an hour until I get into trouble. I could go back home and maybe grab breakfast. No, then, I'd be missing out on LaGuardia's famous and fantastic eats. I should actually go back and fold all the clothes I dumped out on the bed, as the girlfriend won't be too happy to find that tonight.
Oh, hey, a taxi!
Posted by Peter Tatara at 10:09 AM
Of course, this meant I didn't pack until this morning. I'll be out in Chicago for roughly five days, and the bulk of my suitcase is utilitarian -- five pairs of pants, five shirts, seventeen socks. Yup. While I've got all the standards, there are a few oddities to my packing, tricks (or compulsions) I've picked up in my time in the convention business...
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Monday, April 9, 2012
We'll have different content coming out through all three channels before and during the convention, ranging from essential, on-the-spot updates on Twitter, to photo galleries on Facebook, to my accounts of the staff's slowly waning sanity (and sobriety) here on the blog.
And while C2E2 officially starts Friday, I'm going to be excited to start seeing fans on Thursday night, as this year, C2E2 and the Art Institute of Chicago are presenting Comic Art and Fine Art, a panel with Neal Adams, Ivan Brunetti, Geofrey Darrow, and J.J. Sedelmaier discussing the history and future of pop art. Richard Holland, co-founder of the Bad at Sports podcast, will moderate this event, which is held in advance of the Art Institute's Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective.
Coming out to C2E2? We encourage you to spend your Thursday at the Art Institute with Neal Adams, Ivan Brunetti, Geofrey Darrow, and J.J. Sedelmaier (and me). The event is from 6 to 7 PM and free with admission into the museum.
Further, while you're there, check out this special Comic Art and Fine Art mini-tour, which connects the dots between the styles and influences of 16th Century painters and 21st Century pop artists. Presuming there are no fires (figurative of literal), I'll be taking in the mini-tour before the panel on Thursday night.
See you there!
Saturday, April 7, 2012
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Monday, April 2, 2012
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C2E2's Mighty Mike Negin returns with the most historic of events! Today, we're proud to present the very first podcast crossover the internet has ever seen (expect for all the others). Fanboys and fangirls, it's The Aw Yeah / ReedPOP Podcast crossover featuring Art Baltazar and Franco! In today's interview, Art Baltazar and Franco talk about their sentimental farewell to Tiny Titans, the return of Fuzzy the Krypto mouse in Superman Family Adventures, Jimmy the Muscle and the Aw Yeah Mafia, why there should be a warning label on a box of crayons, the C2E2 Kids Day Drawing Competition (Hopefully Franco won't cheat this time), and how C2E2 (really) revolves around them! Aw yeah, listen here!
Photo (From Left To Right): Franco, Mighty Mike Negin, Jimmy The Muscle, and Art Baltazar