I am a British traveller with a love for writing, photography, and fun! Hoping to share some of my experiences with the world. :)
This was the event we were looking for
The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo also known as C2E2 runs yearly in or around April. This year I had the pleasure of attending.
Even though I am into most things nerdy I had never actually been to a comic convention. My boyfriend recommended C2E2 and I brought along two of my friends who were also convention virgins. We were told that C2E2 was a great place to start as it wasn't as pricey as other conventions as it was fairly new (C2E2 has been running since 2010) but not that new that it didn't have good guests and a good following etc.
We discussed over drinks a week prior to the Con that we should dress up and managed to pull together last minute costumes. I am so glad we did! After leaving our apartment feeling a little embarrassed, arriving at the McCormick center (which is where C2E2 was held) we would have felt embarrassed not to have been dressed up.
I didn't know where to look. There were tiny little kids running around as The Flash, quite a few Daredevils, many storm troopers and other weird and wonderful costumes. I was so overwhelmed with everything going on, I could have actually just spent the whole day in one place watching everyone go by.
After stopping people to take photos of them it started happening to us. One person would stop us and ask us for a photo and as we posed other people would join in on photographing us. It was like being famous, and although I found it a little awkward at first, by the end of the day I was loving it.
There was also so much to do. We got a Saturday day ticket but I can understand why people purchased the whole weekend tickets. There was a 'main floor' which housed everything you might possibly want to buy from tattoos, art, comic books, t shirts, wigs, swords, light sabers and autographs and pictures with your favourite stars.
There were also events on throughout the day including panels, cosplay contests, live performances and much more.
This year guests included Finn Jones and Jason Momoa from Game of Thrones, Hayley Atwell of Agent Carter, Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith from Clerks, Sean Austin from The Lord of the Rings and The Goonies, Stan Lee of Marvel Comics plus many many more. Guests were everything and everyone from directors and actors, to artists, writers and costume designers.
To meet with a guest for a photograph and autograph wasn't particularly cheap. These packages averaged around $70 and up, however I have been told it is most definitely worth it for the right person.
Experiencing a panel is free. The line was too big for us to get into the 'Agents of Shield' Panel which we had hoped for but ended up in Max Brooks Panel (Author of World War Z) which turned out to be quite possibly, a lot better.
The whole day was amazing and I did not want to leave to come back to reality. There was such a mix of people, ages and genders. I will most definitely be returning next year, and be stepping up my costume game.