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C2E2 April 24-26th Chicago
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been to this show. I think I’m going on my 4th? Maybe 5th? That just shows you how great of a show it is though. If I was forced to only attend one convention a year, I’d probably pick this one. I’ve talked about it before in numerous posts but it really does have the right mix of comics and entertainment. It’s the prefect size! You can make it into panels. The guests are great. Marvel normally has a booth. It really is a solid convention. I’ll be bringing my USO Hawkeye cosplay with me and hopefully debuting Derby!Widow.
HeroesCon June 19-21st
Deidre and I just booked our hotel and flights for this. Seriously, we talked about it as a “maybe” and then turned around and booked it the same day. It’s always been high on my list but ya know, I only have so much time and money! USO Hawkeye will most likely be in attendance and Derby!Widow for sure.
Baltimore Comic-Con September 25-27th
My local convention! It’s one of my favorites since it’s 99.9% comics. I love wandering around Artist Alley and checking out all the amazing artwork and crafts that are available. The panels they offer are interesting as well, especially since they’ve added more cosplay related panels. The cosplay contest is something that you need to check out too if you ever attend. People always bring their A Game. Plus the kids that enter are adorable.
New York Comic-Con October 8-11th
I have such a love/hate with this convention. The layout of the convention center isn’t the best but I do like the way they have Artist Alley set up in its own wing. Instead of fighting with everyone on the floor to visit artists, you’re just fighting with everyone else in AA! The panels and guests are always great as well. Some panels do fill up quickly though (Women of Marvel as an example) but if you play your cards right, you can normally see everything you want. Last year they started using wrist bands for some of their larger panels and it worked out great I thought! Once again we’re staying on the Jersey side in order to save money. I mean, a $300+ bill is a lot better than $1,000.
Damn, that’s a lot of conventions! But when you have friends to split certain costs with, it’s not that bad. Plus I was able to use some of my Rapid Reward points on my airfare for Heroes. I might even have enough to get my return flight for free but I won’t know for sure until I get my points from my Chicago trip. Whew.