On this special edition 3 part episode of “Movers & Shakers Unlimited”, we highlight Comic Book Conventions: C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo). The event started in 2010 by ReedPOP has become one of the largest Comic Con events in the Chicago area.
In the first segment, we meet some of the attendees. This is Anthony Garnett’s first C2E2 event, and he is really excited to show off his costume. He’s spent over 70 hours perfecting the costume but is still not completely finished. He loves all the space at the Chicago convention and it’s already one of the favorite Comic Con event he’s attended. Kaitlen Bogar and Andres Torres have attended several C2E2 events, and they love that it’s local to the Chicago area. They discuss what all goes in to creating their unique costumes.
There are a wide variety of Exhibitors at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. Matt Cornell, Founder of Ink Whiskey LLC came up with the idea of creating drink flasks that resemble Nintendo game cartridges. He started with only 5 different flasks, and now he has many different styles to choose. According to Cornell, business has been good at this year’s C2E2 event. We also meet J. Anthony Kosart, the Founder of Kosart Studios. They offer classes for designing and applying make-up special effects. Kosart says there are many students who attend his classes and then go on to work in the theater and film industry.
In the final segment, we talk with C2E2 Event Director, Mike Armstrong. He says they struggled in the first year, but it’s now one of the premier Chicago events. Last year, over 71,000 people attended and he expects more this year. Armstrong says the reason for the event’s success is the post show research they conduct each year and feedback through social media. It’s important to find out what event-goers and exhibitors want and to make each event a reflection of the city or location it’s being held.
The 2017 C2E2 event is April 21-23 in the South Building at McCormick Place – Chicago, IL. For more information, visit www.c2e2.com.
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