Sunday, May 4, 2014

C2E2 Recap: Day 3

The third and final day of C2E2 was the perfect ending to a fantastic weekend. We arrived early to get in line for the Stan Lee panel. It was a surprisingly smooth process, and we grabbed seats fairly close to the front. There was an announcement that no photography was allowed after the first 5 minutes, so I was able to snap a quick photo when Stan Lee took the stage.

To be in the same room as such a geek culture legend was surreal. I suppose it's nothing for regular con goers, but for this first-timer, I was completely star struck. Mr. Lee had some great stories about the industry and his humble beginnings. He was incredibly humorous and light hearted about his difficulty hearing and short term memory loss when asked a question. And the most hilarious part was when he was in danger of breaching contract (SPOILERS!!!! He is going to have a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy! And what is the mysterious project for which he shaved his moustache?) and his PR person would start creeping toward the stage waving his hands and saying "you can't say that." It was also amazing that the last question was asked by a young boy doing a school project and requested a sound bite for his PowerPoint presentation. Stan was confused, but enthusiastic to participate :) So awesome.

Next, we attended Ian Doescher's panel. He is the author of William Shakespeare's Star Wars, The Empire Striketh Back, and the soon to be released The Jedi Doth Return. He did several readings from the books and talked about his process of translating the beloved film script to the Shakespearian style. It was super entertaining and also interesting to learn about the challenges he faced. How does one make Yoda when he already has an old Shakespeare-ish sound to his syntax? Read the book and find out <(-_)>

I forgot to post these cosplay pics I took from the 2nd day, so here there are. I really should've taken more, but there was just so much hustle and bustle, and I'd always forget to take my phone out to snap a pic. Next year I'll get more!

Matt found the TARDIS!! He almost stepped in for an adventure!
To close out our first convention experience, we attended an improv panel held by the guys behind The Thrilling Adventure Hour. Again, it was just really interesting to hear about the craft of improvisational acting and their stories of how they got their start and how they survive in the industry.

Hopefully we'll make C2E2 a yearly thing! It's so close, Nate lives in Chicago so we'd have free housing ;), and the whole event had something for all of us to enjoy. Maybe next year we'll even cosplay...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

C2E2 Recap: Day 2

On Saturday, we arrived around noon. Matt, Manika, and Nate went to see the "Rotten Tomatoes: Fan vs. Critic" panel (which sounded like a lot of fun!) while I roamed the floor a bit until it was time to meet up with some of the ladies of the IGGPPC! I stopped by Artist Alley and chatted with Yale Stewart for a bit (probably sounding like a rabid fangirl squee-fest) and promised I'd be back to buy some of his prints. As I walked toward the food court area, I spotted a San (Princess Mononoke) cosplayer posing for a photo and remembered that Summer mentioned she'd be dressed up. We were shortly joined by Erika and Noxy (but sadly we couldn't connect with Katy) and had a lovely time chatting.

I headed up to the panel rooms to meet up with my family, where we attended a really interesting panel discussion about the history of animation and it's impact on culture and entertainment. The moderator and one of the panelists were academics and the other panelist was the owner of a cartoon museum, so it was a robust conversation. Shout-outs to Batman: The Animated Series and Disney!

We then wandered around the show floor and Artist Alley where I bought a few goodies: Portal earrings, a dragon pet (who still needs a name!), and a Barry print from Yale Stewart's JL8 (Bruce is my favorite character, obvi, but Barry is a close second, and I thought his print was cuter...that sandwich! :-D)

The 24 Reunion panel was next, and it was...interesting. The three stars, Carlos Bernard (Tony), James Morrison (Bill), and Louis Lombardi (Edgar), all had an interesting sense of humor (very dry and sarcastic) which I don't think the moderator caught onto right away. So it was a bit awkward, and I'm pretty sure they were drunk as well...which made for much hilarity. 24 was one of my favorite shows (it's what brought Matt and I together!) so it was fun to hear some of their stories and insights on the television business.

To close out the evening, we watched the Champions of Cosplay competition. I was completely stunned by some of those costumes! It made me want to learn more about the craft (what the heck is vacuum forming?!) and I was truly inspired by their passion for detail. I wasn't able to take super great photos, but here are a few of my favorites:

(to be continued...)

C2E2 Recap: Day 1

This past weekend, my siblings (Manika and Nathan), my husband (Matt), and I attended our first convention, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). It was an overwhelmingly awesome experience! Hopefully, it becomes a yearly tradition.


On Friday, we arrived in the early afternoon and picked up our 3-day badges and planned out what panels we wanted to see. Unfortunately, the first panel/presentation we saw was an epic failure. What was expected to be an interesting discussion about the multiverse theory in comic books and sci-fi turned out to be and random unorganized rambling of an over enthusiastic cosplayer who diverged into all kinds of non-sensical rambling about game theory. Bummer. So we left early and hit the floor to meet up with a friend from college and do some browsing.

After checking out some of the exhibitor booths, we headed to the Main Stage to line up for the Game of Thrones panel. They let us in early so we caught the end of Eve Myles' panel. I wasn't familiar with her work (Torchwood), but she was hilarious! The GoT panel featured Natalia Tena (Osha) and Kristian Niarn (Hodor) and they were great, despite having a moderator who asked awful questions and made pointless remarks. And we got to learn a lot about Hodor's "hodor"...

Following the GoT panel was the Thrilling Adventure Hour, a hilarious comedy improv show. The guest improv actors included Tim Ormundson, Janet Varney, and Molly Quinn. Funny story: before the show, Manika and I went to use the restroom and two girls rushed ahead of us saying "excuse us...she needs to use the restroom really quick!" At first I was annoyed that these people were skipping us, but then a guy passing by said, "I love you on Castle" and the girl turned was Molly Quinn! Her escort did a great job rushing her past us unnoticed :)

My one regret from the first day was not attending the "Why Geek Culture Matters" panel. It featured 8 academics discussing the impact of geek culture, and I love that kind of stuff! I heard from some friends that it was a great panel, so I'm still kicking myself in the head for not suggesting we stay for that one....

(to be continued...)