Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo C2E2

This year’s Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo (C2E2) was a bucket list worthy event for me. It was an experience 20 years in the making and I’ll explain that in detail below. But I cannot do this expo justice without talking about the elaborate cosplay too.

I received a complimentary press pass in order to facilitate this post but all thoughts and opinions shared here are based solely on my experience. Affiliate links are included.

Meredith and Shelley holding a Captain America shield.
Meredith and I are clearly on different sides for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie. I’m #TeamIronMan all the way!

Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo – The Costumes

Some attend C2E2 for the comics, to meet celebrities, or to check out the latest nerdy games. Others go to strut they’re incredible costumes. Many go for the sole purpose of people watching.

I can officially report that all of these are worthy reasons to attend. The Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo met the expectations in all categories.

Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo C2E2.
C2E2 2016 – Cosplay Friday Floor

I was only able to attend the event on Friday and for a short bit on Saturday. The cosplayers were definitely more abundant on Saturday but check out these phenomenal photos of the winners of ReedPOP’s Cosplay Competition!

Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo C2E2 Cosplay.
C2E2 2016 – Cosplay Friday Floor

I couldn’t believe how outrageous and spectacular these costumes were! It’s so fun to be around people in their element. The passion is contagious.

Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo C2E2 2nd place check.
C2E2 2016 – Cosplay Friday Floor
Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo C2E2 3rd place cosplay.
C2E2 2016 – Cosplay Friday Floor
Shelley and a storm trooper.
This was one of the best Storm Trooper costumes on the floor. And, yeah, my Tetris leggings are pretty sweet too. 😉

All these costumes wouldn’t be possible without the creators and writers of famed characters. Which brings me to my main mission of the Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo: meet Chris Claremont.

It all started 20 years ago…

I was in the fourth grade. It was a beautiful day and we were enjoying recess outside. My friends and I, per usual, were playing as our favorite X-Men characters. I was Rogue. I had stolen Storm’s powers and was summoning the wind to attack another student who was playing as my enemy.

I had him “pinned” on the ground when another boy playing as Beast plowed into me successfully breaking both bones in my wrist and shattering my growth plate. I had to wear a cast up to my armpit for a month!

Shelley meets X-Men Writer, Chris Claremont at Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo C2E2.

When I heard we were going to have the opportunity to interview Chris Claremont, (THE FREAKING CREATOR OF MY FAVORITE X-MEN CHARACTERS!) I dug through the house and found my old–oddly still stinky–cast.

He did me the great honor of signing it with the message:

Even with great power you still have to watch your back. –Chris Claremont

A huge thank you to Meredith for capturing this spectacularly geeky moment of my life.

Chris Claremont signing Shelley's childhood cast.

Chris Claremont

He’s a comic super hero GOD. Literally. He created many of my favorite characters such as: Rogue, Psylocke, Wolverine, Cable, and Mystique. I’m not sure how accurate this list is, it seems to be missing a few. But you get the idea. He’s a badass.

He was responsible for turning X-Men into the empire that it is today. Before he started writing for them, their sales were pathetic. Shortly after he started on the team… well, you know how far that comic has gone!

Chris Claremont introduced some of the first super powered female characters. In a time when women’s rights were just becoming acknowledged, his progressive ideas for female leads that could easily overpower male heroes gave women and little girls everywhere the ability to release their own inner potential.

Shelley meets X-Men Writer, Chris Claremont at Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo C2E2.

When I asked him where he got the ideas for these characters he simply said, “I just wrote about real life people.”

His aunt and his mom were incredible women that were fighting real life battles. He said he listened on live radio to the sounds of his aunt speaking to them while bombs were going off in the background. It’s no wonder he wanted to create invincible women.

I asked him who his favorite character was to write, to which he responded: “The one I haven’t written yet.” Well played.

I wondered where Wolverine’s “Hey, Bub”, came from, and Chris said it’s from being in Canada and listening to people talk.

I asked how he feels regarding digital comics and he said: “It’s not quite ‘there’ yet. It’s so dependent on screen size and unless you’re carrying a 17″ screen around with you, you’re just not going to get the full effect. But that’s where the world is heading, so something is going to have to change. Maybe they’ll have a frame-by-frame style format for digital comics…”

During our interview there was a lengthy line of fans patiently waiting to meet Chris and have him sign their comics and collectibles. We were lucky to be able to sneak in and ask him our questions. I’d like to send a huge shout out to all those fans who didn’t even flinch at our longer-than-average time spent with Chris.

Look into Culinary Fight Club for another fun event in the city.

Have you ever been to the Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo?

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  1. I haven’t been there yet, but one of my daughters goes every year. She cosplayed different characters every day, including dressing up with one of her best friends as the sisters from Frozen on Sunday for Children’s Day. One of these days I’ll go, but I will be at ACEN (Anime Central) in Rosemont in May, and then the very next weekend we’ll be driving to Raleigh, NC for Animazement.

    1. Hi Linda!
      Oh wow those events sound like a blast! I hadn’t even known about ACEN in Rosemont! I’m going to look into that one. Maybe I’ll see you there! (I went as Elsa to the D23 Expo! How fun! :D)

  2. It looks like you had a ton of fun! I’ve never been on comic con, my son as been a few times though and really enjoyed it.

  3. I have never been to this show. I enjoyed seeing it through your words and photos. It seems like a lot of fun.

  4. I wish I could have been able to go to this but when I learned about it it was sadly too late to make plans. One of my good friends ended up going with a group of her friends though and the pictures looked AWESOME! I can’t believe you got to meet one of your childhood idols; I’m not sure what I would have done if given that opportunity. LOL

  5. wow, i never been to a comic event but i am sjure i will love it. its amazing to meet people with similar similarties that enjoy the same stuff as you. this was a great article and thanks for sharing.

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