Stars of the comic and entertainment world are aligning in Chicago this weekend for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. Better known as C2E2, the annual Chicago Pop Culture Event hosts fans of cosplay, comic books, graphic novels, movies, television shows, and more.
The three day event will host thousands representing multiple fandoms during its run Friday, April 21st through Sunday, April 23rd at McCormick Place in the Windy City. No stranger to the convention scene, ReedPOP has been organizing the event in Chicago since 2010, which assembles exhibitors, artists, cosplayers, and special guests for a weekend where guests can meet their favorite artists and stars, participate in panels, sample products, and purchase merchandise all tied to their interests. Long gone are the days where letting your fan flag fly was discouraged or mocked. Conventions like C2E2, Emerald City Comic Con, New York Comic Con, and the Penny Arcade Expo (other ReedPOP events across the Nation) are big business and annual highlights for fans who are looking to gather with like minded people to celebrate their love of pop culture without judgement.
A major draw for attendees of these fan conventions is the opportunity to connect with their idols in person, whether watching interviews or participating their on stage Q & A sessions, or purchasing autograph or photograph opportunities (PRO TIP: Cash is King. Unless you pre-purchase autographs and photo ops, star interactions are cash only at the conventions). C2E2 is hosting a wide range of special guests all weekend, including Super18: the CW star Danielle Panabaker (Dr. Caitlin Snow aka Killer Frost) from The Flash.
Fans of My24 primetime hit Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can meet the beloved dynamic duo of Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge (Dr. Leo Fitz & Dr. Jemma Simmons aka Fitz-Simmons). All three stars will be attending Saturday and Sunday, signing autographs, taking photographs, and taking part in main stage panels.
Other guest highlights include actors Zachary Levi (Chuck, Tangled, Heroes Reborn), Vincent D'Onofrio (Daredevil, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Men in Black), and Wil Weaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory); comic kings Stan Lee and Frank Miller; and Professional Wrestling Icons Mean Gene Okerlund, CM Punk & AJ Mendez Brooks, and Rey Mysterio.
Not looking to meet special guests? No problem! C2E2 has events, panels, screenings, activities, and plenty of artist and vendor booths to peruse all weekend. Chicago's Comic & Entertainment Expo has something for all ages and is family friendly. The event floor runs Friday, April 21 (10a-7p), Saturday, April 22 (10a-7p) and Sunday, April 23 (10a-5p).
All new episodes of The Flash return Tuesday, April 25th at 7p on Super18: the CW.
See Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., from the beginning, Wednesdays at 7 & 8p on Milwaukee's My24.