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C2E2 Saturday

Driving in to the convention on Saturday afternoon, Ommus and I saw a wide open parking lot on the north side of the convention center and worried the con was a bust. The first few hallways we walked down were likewise empty, and the line for tickets was only ten or fifteen people long. If you pre-ordered a ticket, there was no line and there were five bored staffers waiting to help you out. Not a good sign.

We went upstairs, though, and our fears were alleviated some. We immediately fell in love with the wide aisles and easy travel, but it looked like there were several fans and cosplayers browsing the exhibitor booths and artists alley. We ran into friends almost immediately, and that set the trend for what proved to be a fairly intimate day despite the crowd. In fact, I spent most of the day talking to friends, meeting some guys I’ve only spoken to online, and generally standing around and shooting the breeze.

I heard varying reports on the con’s success level. Most of the creators seemed happy, but a number of the dealers and exhibitors sounded a bit disappointed with sales. I thought the exhibitors’ layouts looked great, though, and though there were only about half as many dealers as usually show up for Wizard World, there were several presses I haven’t seen in Chicago before such as Oni Press.

I would like to have seen more of the exhibitor booths, but just didn’t have the time. A consistent favorite, however, was the Archaia booth. They set up a reading lounge complete with comfy chairs, coffee tables, and some little tchotchkes to play with, then flanked it with bookshelves loaded with hardcover books and dropped an island in the center for the cashier. People lingered there, and it was better than just walking by and staring at posters. I walked away with The Killer and Okko hardcovers and some free Mouse Guard floppies for my rugrats (Robotika should have been right up my alley, but it just didn’t grab me when I flipped through it).

That, of course, is my limited perspective. You can get a broader picture of the con all across the blogosphere, including the showrunner’s wrap-up here and some insight from several exhibitors here. I do look forward to hitting C2E2 again next year, and if the Evileye catalog is beefy enough by then, maybe I’ll be able to park my ass behind a table for a while.

If you’re a comics fan and skipped it this year for whatever reason, I think you should make a point to get out there next year. I don’t think it’s going to replace Wizard World so much as supplement it. Visit Wizard World for the shopping and celebrities, but visit C2E2 for comics culture.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

C2E2

Due to some home events I’m only going to make it to the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo on Saturday the 17th this year, but that should be enough time to get a feel for this renewed Chicago comic convention and to meet up with a few people.

Though it’s only one day, I’m excited to see how the convention plays out. This one’s in Chicago proper, it’s at a larger venue (McCormick Place), and the reports from the other Reed-run shows like the New York Comic Con are always very good, so I imagine it will be a fun con.

I was hoping to bring my son to his first show at this one, but with only one day there it’s going to be all business. Evileye Books and I still need to recruit some artists, and I’ll also be speaking to my editor about future plans for The Pack, so chances are once we do that and meet up with a few other folks, it will be a packed day.

I’ve updated the Appearances page accordingly. It’s looking sparse right now, but I’ve got some things in the works for late summer or early fall out East. And yes, we still need to nail down something for Chicago, we just haven’t been getting much love from Chicago retailers yet. Hope to have news there soon.

Meanwhile, I need to keep plugging away at Book 2. Hope to run into some of you at C2E2!

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Con Season Approaches

It may not feel like it, but spring is about to do its thing and convention season will be upon us before we know it. I’ve just updated my Appearances page with the two conventions I know for certain I’ll be attending, Wizard World Chicago and Archon 32.

I’ll be missing yet another World Horror Convention, which a number of my friends will be hitting at the end of the month. This is five years straight that I’ve missed WHC following five years straight attending. Which makes me realize I’ve been at this writing crap for 10 years already. Yikes.

I’ve got a few friends asking me to come back to Hypericon this summer. Unfortunately it conflicts with Wizard World Chicago this year, so I’m not going to be able to make it. That kind of bums me out because Joe R. Lansdale is their guest of honor and I like his work. It might have been cool to chat him up about his Shen Chuan martial science, too.

Necon 2008 sold out, so that’s out of the picture. Next year I’ll have to buy my tickets early if I really want to go. The Cape Girardeau Comic Con was pretty cool last year, but with nothing new to sell I may have already saturated their audience.

Beyond that, I’m not sure. I’m still trying to get a handle on what is and isn’t coming out this year, and then I’ll be able to make a better decision on where to travel. I’m always open to recommendations.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.