The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo ( C2E2 ) packed the showroom of McCormick Place in Chicago March 18-20. While not heavy on the celebrities, the convention instead focused on the fans and their experience.
Since last year things have continued to evolve such as newly instated gender-neutral bathrooms and a panel discussion on gender in comic books. Bullying is not tolerated on the showroom floor and safety was strengthened with more security.
Three-dimensional printing was used in several booths, and looks to be something that will continue to grow in the future.
Cinema seemed to have a strong noticeable influence, with several Deadpools strolling around as well as Batmen and Supermen.
Television has grown in popularity with massive advertisements for the new Netflix Daredevil series and Supergirl herselfactress Melissa Benoistsigned autographs for some attendees.
A huge costume contest awarded someone dressed as Julieta Necromancer the top spot on Saturday. For the first time cosplay champions were featured from around the world via video.
Revolution Brewing kept the older crowd quenched and junk food fed them in the food court. Ribs and Hulk makeup were definitely not a good mix, though.
This important but sometimes awkward crowd once again shows an influence on all things related to pop culture. It just took a while for Hollywood and society to appreciate the superpower of a nerd.
C2E2 moves to April 21-23 next year. Visit www.c2e2.com for more information.
Photos and text by Jerry Nunn