The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is returning to Chicago on April 13-15 for its third year, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Think pop culture: artists, actors, chefs (like culinary master Stephanie Izard), creators, authors, tatoo artists. Really cool stuff! And if you’re up for it, you can dress up. Think of this is an opportunity to show off your inner superhero.
Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite events and appearances:
- C2E2 and the Art Institute of Chicago will host a joint panel on comic and fine art. The panel will take place on the eve of this year’s C2E2 and also presages the Art Institute’s major summer exhibition, Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective (May 16 – September 3, 2012 in Regenstein Hall). Comic Art and Fine Art will be presented April 12, 6:00pm – 7:00 pm in the Rubloff Auditorium at the Art Institute of Chicago and is free with museum admission.
- Legendary Chicago actor, John Cusack will be participating in a Q&A session and show a trailer for his new Edgar Allen Poe thriller The Raven on Sunday, April 15. The independent period movie, which will be released on April 27th, is directed by James McTiegue and tells the fictionalized account of the last days of Poe’s life in which the poet teams up with a young Baltimore detective to hunt down a serial killer who uses Poe’s works as the basis for his murders.
- Here’s where things get awesomely geeky. Sci-Fi Speed Dating is back! The event is filled with good music, great company and the thrilling potential to meet your own super hero or shinobi! Speed Dating’s blind dates last three minutes, but if sparks fly, you’re set for a lifetime of love. Five sessions will be held at C2E2 and they’re free for C2E2 attendees
- WHO ELSE IS COMING?
-The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun
-Seventy-plus-year comic book veteran Joe Kubert
-John Barrowman from Doctor Who
-Charlaine Harris, New York Times best-selling author and author of the Sookie Stackhouse series
-Actor Nicholas Brendon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
-Television personality, author and self-proclaimed nerd Chris Hardwick of Nerdist and AMC’s The Talking Dead
-The one and only Neal Adams, comic book artist who has had legendary “runs” on Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern – Green Arrow and Deadman
-Cast members from the Emmy-nominated Nikita
-Veronica Roth, author of New York Times best-selling author of Divergent
-and many, many more
There’s so much to see and do at C2e2! For more information and tickets visit http://www.c2e2.com/