(Taking a quick break from London related posts to bring you my C2E2 fun, before I forget what happened)
Once I returned from London, I quickly handled my laundry and repacked in order to head off to Chicago for C2E2. It’s become my favorite convention and I wasn’t going to miss it due to jet lag. Once again we stayed at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place which was fantastic. We lucked out with a pretty amazing suite that had a great view of Chicago. They even set us up cookies and milk! I seriously can’t recommend the hotel enough. Once we checked it, we headed off to the floor and checked out Artist Alley. It’s always my first stop at this show as it’s filled with some amazing talent and friends.
Our first stop was Chip Zdarsky. We knew he’d be popular during the show and he had a few panels going on during the weekend as well. We didn’t want to possibly miss out on meeting this magical unicorn, so we waited. And waited some more. He was doing quick water color sketches for just $30. I went with a Black Widow!
Isn’t she great? I had him sign my Howard the Duck Funko Pop as well. He said it was the first time he had seen one in person! I think that earns me a Gold Star. I love that he signs “Love, Chip.” If you ever have the chance to meet him at a con or signing, do it. You won’t be disappointed.
Now, not sure it’s because of jet lag, or just because I have a lot going on in my head between this post and my OperationMAIL posts, but everything is a bit of a blur after Chip. So first, let me share some more of the sketches I had done over the weekend.
The first is an adorable Pizza Dog and Hawkeye by Katie Cook. The best part? It was only $10! What a steal for such a great piece! She had a pretty steady line all weekend but it wasn’t too bad as far as the wait. I’ve seen worse for her honestly! Then we have Matt Murdock with Black Widow. This was done by Locoduck Studios AKA Michael Duron. We always make sure to stop by his table. He does some adorable sketches for a really fair price. If he’s at a show near you be sure to check him out! You won’t be sorry! Then, we have Hawkeye Bunny by Steph Mided. I randomly came across her table in Artist Alley. I saw that she had a book out that featured a Bunny Rogue and I knew right away I needed a Hawkeye. When she asked if I wanted a lady bunny or actual Clint Bunny, I HAD to go with Clint. I mean, look at those legs! And those arms! All in all, it was a pretty good con for sketches! I managed to add two to each of my books. I have one book that’s just Hawkeye (I know, surprise) and another that’s a free for all.
As far as panels go, I only attended two. The first featured Ming-Na Wen and Hayley Atwell. I had spoken to Agent M of Marvel at the booth earlier in the day and he told me that he was actually going to be moderating! He wanted to make sure they were asked some good questions. I told him I’d take care of it. And that is the story of how after attending a ton of conventions, I finally asked my first question at a panel. To say I was nervous would be an understatement. It’s Hayley and Ming! I spent some time thinking of a question. I wanted something a little different and I knew I wanted it to be for Hayley. In the end I ended up asking her how she thought Peggy would react to finding out what happened to Bucky Barnes. She said she’d be happy to know he was alive, but obviously devastated at what happened to him, hoping that inside Bucky was still there. *grabs tissues* The ladies were actually asked a lot of great questions. It was nice to be a panel where I didn’t hear anyone ramble on about being an actor too or wanting advice on writing. Here are a few photos from the panel!
The 2nd panel was the Marvel Unlimited Plus panel. I can’t talk too much about it but the panels for that are always fun. We get to see never before released artwork and teases for new comics. Plus we saw some footage from a few of the cartoons and Agents Of SHIELD. Oddly enough, I didn’t take any photos of the con floor or of cosplay. I know, it’s weird. Normally I’m taking a shit load of photos but this time I was just too busy with friends and having a good time. That’s always the best part of C2E2. I got to see SO many friends. It was great! It was nice to sit down and have dinner with people I only see once or twice a year. Hell, even Katy followed me to the convention! I swear, I can’t shake her. Of course there were tons of people I didn’t get to see, which always sucks. But next time!
I did do two paid photo ops this time around. When I saw Hayley was going to be there I knew I needed a photo with her. I bought one for Stan Lee as well because let’s face it. He’s not getting any younger. During my photo with Hayley she told me I looked fantastic and I almost died. Then when I was leaving Stan Lee and thanked him again he said “That a girl.” What a cute little old man. One nice thing that happened during the photos happened to someone I was behind while waiting to pick up our prints. The staff informed the two ladies that they had blinked in their photo and that they wanted to do a retake for them! I’ve never seen something like that during a photo op. Kudos to the company running them for caring how a photo turns out.
As you can see, I did take my USO Hawkeye with me! I didn’t get many photos but here’s one by Kirkules Photography. He took a ton of photos during C2E2, be sure to check them out!
I love wearing this costume. I feel super confident and fun in it! I’ll probably be taking it to HeroesCon. You might notice that Derby!Widow didn’t happen. We packed all our stuff for the costumes but just ran out of time to wear them. #ConProblems But we WILL be taking them to Heroes next month!
And that’s my C2E2 report! Did any of you attend?