C2E2 was a rollicking success! On Friday Jen and I drove down to Chicago. We stayed at the Red Roof Inn, which is a hotel with tiny rooms and crappy plumbing, but it's one of the cheaper downtown options and eh, it's reasonably clean and the service was friendly. We reserved parking through SpotHero.com at a garage a few blocks away. All that went smoothly.
We ate lunch at the convention center. It was a Lenten Friday so we had fish sandwiches at McDonald's. We sat at a large table with a few other guys. One of them had a subtle Spider-Man cosplay going on: a red and blue costume shirt visible underneath a regular button-down, a Daily Bugle name tag, and a camera. So we struck up a conversation with him, and he turned out to be the current artist of the daily newspaper cartoon Sally Forth
We explored the con floor a bit. Jen had a paper to finish so she went back to the hotel in the evening while I went to some panels. I went to one that was on asexual representation, but left after about fifteen minutes because it wasn't a panel but rather one woman giving an extended rant. Then there was a panel on female characters in comics, except the panel barely mentioned comics, instead focusing on TV and movie characters. But still, relatively engaging. Finally I went to one on trigger warnings and disturbing content in comics. Hoo boy, that one was a mixed bag. There was one
panelist who seemed to understand that trigger warnings aren't censorship. He was kind of the saving grace of the panel.
On Saturday Jen and I went to a Supergirl
panel featuring Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers) and Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers). Both women were very funny and insightful, and had great anecdotes. Also, they really, really like each other and appear to have an adorable sibling-like friendship in real life, which was really nice to see. Randomly, the moderator was Clare Kramer, who played Glory on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
. Why not?
We also went to a panel on the representation of black men in comics, which was moderated by a pastor. He had us hold hands at the end and... sort of pray? But it was a great panel and it inspired me to buy some comics from creators of color.
Sunday started with a chat with Fabian Nicieza. He talked about wishing he'd been older and wiser when he'd written Nomad
. Which, considering the issues it tackles... fair enough. Jen brought up Cable & Deadpool
, and Nicieza was very open in his bitterness over its cancellation. Jen and Nicieza then commiserated about the industry while I watched, entertained.
Chris Claremont was sitting at the table next to Nicieza, but his line was super long so I didn't bother trying to talk to him.
And I think those are the highlights, so here, have some cosplay photos:
You can look at all my cosplay photos in my C2E2 2016 Flickr album
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