C2E2 | Sea Bear & Grizzly Shark, BOOM!, smells like Witchblade and more

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C2E2, the new Chicago convention brought to you by the makers of the New York Comic Con, will hold its inaugural convention this weekend at the Lakeside Center at McCormick Place. If you’re exhibiting at the show, debuting a new comic or just have some exciting plans for attendees you’d like to share, drop me an email and I’ll run it in one of the many round-ups we’ll be doing between now and Friday.

Also, I probably wouldn’t get anything good for Boss’s Day this year if I don’t mention that Robot 6’s own Brigid Alverson will be on a panel Friday night, titled “Old Media, New Media, Comics Media.” It’s moderated by Heidi MacDonald of the Beat and features several other comics media/blogging folks. So go say hi to Brigid at 7:45 p.m.

Michael May will also be at the show, and both he and Brigid should have some reports to file from it over the weekend. So be sure to check back for those if you aren’t in Chicago yourself. And if you are attending the show, here’s some stuff to check out …


Artist Ryan Ottley will have some cool stickers at the show to promote the upcoming Sea Bear & Grizzly Shark: They Got Mixed Up! one-shot he’s doing with Jason Howard. Choose your side:


BOOM! sent over their booth schedule, which you can also find on their website. Click over there to see all the variant edition comics they’ve created for C2E2, as well as the Irredeemable art card that’ll be available at Friday’s panel.


Friday, April 16, 2010 – Booth #359
All Day – Signing with Keith R.A. DeCandido, David Alan Mack, Amy Mebberson(signing & sketching), Michael Alan Nelson, Declan Shalvey, Will Sliney, Jesse Blaze Snider, Johanna Stokes at BOOM! Booth.
12:00 – 1:00pm – Mark Waid signing at BOOM! Booth.
3:00 – 4:00pm – Mark Waid signing at BOOM! Booth.
4:30 – 5:30pm– Mark Waid Takes On The Trivia Fans (Variant Stage)
6:30 – 7:30pm– BOOM!’s IRREDEEMABLE One Year Anniversary Panel (E350)
8:00pm – 12:00am– The IRREDEEMABLE 1st Birthday Party w/ Mark Waid
Where: Challengers Comics + Conversation located at 1845 N. Western Ave. 2R Chicago, IL 60647 (PH: 773.278.0155 /

Saturday, April 17, 2010 – Booth #359
All Day – Signing with Keith R.A. DeCandido, David Alan Mack, Amy Mebberson(signing & sketching), Michael Alan Nelson, Declan Shalvey, Will Sliney, Jesse Blaze Snider, Johanna Stokes at BOOM! Booth.
10:00 – 10:50am – Mark Waid signing at BOOM! Booth.
11:00 – 12:00pm – BOOM! Studios & BOOM Kids! Panel. (E350)
1:45 – 2:45pm – Jeff Smith Spotlight with Moderator Mark Waid. (E353)
3:00 – 4:00pm – Lance Briggs: Comic Fanboy Dream Come True w/ Mark Waid and more (E353)
5:00 – 6:00pm – Mark Waid signing at BOOM! Booth.

Sunday, April 18, 2010 – Booth #359
All Day – Signing with Keith R.A. DeCandido, David Alan Mack, Amy Mebberson(signing & sketching), Michael Alan Nelson, Declan Shalvey, Will Sliney, Jesse Blaze Snider, Johanna Stokes at BOOM! Booth.
10:00 – 11:00am – Mark Waid signing at BOOM! Booth.
1:15 – 2:15pm – Indie Is In with Moderator, Mark Waid. (E450)
3:00 – 4:00pm – Mark Waid signing at BOOM! Booth.


The Hero Initiative, which I mentioned in yesterday’s update, sent out a press release yesterday that details all their events for C2E2. In addition to the tattoos and after-hours events mentioned yesterday, they’ll also have a raffle for Adam Kubert sketches, the release of a new Witchblade scent from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and much more. Here’s the complete release:

C2E2 – short for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – is the latest convention spanning the greatest in the worlds of comics and pop entertainment. Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization raising money for comic creators in hard times, will be joining in the fun April 16-18 at the Lakeside Center McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Action-packed weekend festivities include artists such as Adam Kubert sketching for fans, parties at nearby Reggie’s Rock Club, auctioning off a custom tattoo, and premiering new fragrances. And it all happens in the middle of the best gathering of popular culture in downtown Chicago!

The most generous and talented Adam Kubert will sketch four—only four!—drawings the whole weekend at C2E2, and will do these exclusively for Hero. Raffle tickets to purchase these coveted gems will be available at the booth Friday and Saturday morning for $1 each. Winning tickets will be picked at 2:30 pm on Saturday. Each sketch will be $250. All proceeds will go directly to Hero Initiative.

We’ll try just about anything to raise money, and so will Ink Fusion tattoo artist Brian Stringer! You can also purchase $5 raffle tickets to get a tat from Brian designed by Marvel Comics all-star artist Ron Garney! Tickets will be available all day Friday and until 12:45 on Saturday at both the Hero and Ink Fusion booths. Drawing takes place at the Hero booth Saturday at 1 PM. Ron will be signing at the Hero Initiative booth from 1-3 PM on Saturday, and will draw the winning ticket himself and create the winner’s design. The raffle winner will get his (or her) tattoo from Brian Stringer at 11 AM on Sunday. For full details, see:

Enjoy the con during the day, but make sure you spend your evenings at Reggie’s Rock Club, 2109 S. State St.! It’s only about four blocks from the convention center, but FREE shuttle buses decked out with demons and skulls will be running between the con and Reggie’s! Events include:

Saturday night, 7:00 PM, KIRBY KRACKLE and THE FUGLEES! Kirby Krackle features comic store owner and convention promoter Jim Demonakos, while the Fuglees are fronted by artist Andy Kuhn! $5 cover at the door for this event. The party continues following the show with live art, music played by various DJs and dancing SHOJO SHOWGIRLS. The parties don’t stop ’til 3 AM!

In addition all day Sunday at Reggie’s, the Custom PopCult Art Show features the work of SHAWNIMALS, JIM MAHFOOD, JOSH BLAYLOCK, STEVE SEELEY, JOEY POTTS, MIKE HUDDLESTON and a host of others, all doing their own custom versions of Drippy, the PopCult mascot. 25% of the money goes to Hero, and the rest to the hard-working artists. In Addition, everyone’s favorite parody news source, THE ONION will be on hand with their Pop Culture trivia, and harvesting photos of volunteers for use in their articles. Yes, YOU could be “Area Nerd” in a future The Onion piece.

Also at Reggie’s on Sunday form Noon to 2:00pm, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will hold a “Meet-’n’-Sniff”! The scent-makers at BPAL will be debuting a NEW Witchblade scent at C2E2, and even if you can’t make the scene at the con, swing by to meet up with other Black Phoenix fans and sniff and trade scents!

Hero Initiative’s booth schedule at the con as follows:

FRI, 16 APR.

1230-230: Gordon Purcell

SAT, 17 APR:
100-300:Ron Garney
230-430: Adam Kubert, 4 head sketches only, $1 raffle, $250

SUN, 18 APR:
1030-1230: Chris Samnee
130-230: Jimmy Cheung
230-330: Bill Reinhold


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