If you follow DANIEL J OLSON or his co-writer/wife AJ on Facebook you’ve probably already gotten a pretty good idea of how C2E2 went for us…but here’s some of my pictures and thoughts anyway…

  “MMMMYYYYYYY KIND OF TOWN, CHICAGO IS!”  I immediately began singing that as we entered the downtown Chicago area.  Little did I know in only a matter of hours that would be 100% true.  Man, I totally want to be back there right now.

   Part of the whole appeal of going to C2E2 was that many financially crippling aspects that usually prevent me from attending out-of-state of cons were not applicable–like our hotel.  AJ’s dad is a captain of industry (human trafficking, I believe) and was able to procure for us a FREE hotel–a room on the 34th floor of the ‘AVENUE’ hotel, right off Michigan Ave in the heart of downtown Chicago.  Just look at this view we woke up to every day:

   No, no…not THAT view.  THIS one:

  As lovely as the downtown was to gander at and explore, we eventually had to head over to C2E2 proper.   Lemme just check and make sure I’m ready:

   Ok…check, check and check.  Now let’s get that table set up…

   Once that was done, all the fun began. People walked by.  Several bought plenty o’ SUPER MAXI-PAD GIRL, FALSE WITNESS: THE MICHELE BACHMANN STORY, BIG FUNNY, and sketch cards.  The show was massive–MASSIVE!!!  There were of course plenty of cosplayers (or ‘Costumers’, as my wife likes to say), but this one was by far the hands-down BEST:

   After the show on Friday night my wife and I did our own thing while Dan and AJ did theirs, but Saturday night was all about the traditional “after party fun”.  First off Dan, AJ, my wife and myself were joined by some special guests for dinner:

   Look!  There is famed teen trouble-maker KRISKE with Dan!  Now I wonder who Dan is hiding on his left…?

   SUPRISE!  It’s ZANDER CANNONActually, the ‘After Party’ fun would have been nearly impossible without Zander allowing us to handcuff ourselves to his coat-tails.  For instance:

   Our first stop of the night was CHALLENGER COMICS.  They were holding the IDW party.  While there we met several great people and had a wonderful time chatting it up with some Chicago cartoonists and IDWers.  So much so that were all ready to go with everyone to another bar a few blocks over, however…

   Since a gaggle of drunken cartoonists couldn’t figure out how to make Kriske a fake ID on the spot, he, Zander, Dan, STUART MOORE, and myself headed back to the car to drive back across town to the HYATT where the ‘bar party’ was going on.  For as much fun and laughter we had on the way over, Stuart decided to turn in instead and so we dropped him off first.  Nice guy, that Stuart.  Anyway at the Hyatt we met and chatted with several more cartoonists and industry folk.  When we finally got home about 2:30am Dan and I were more than done with the day.  But there was still one more day of C2E2 to go…

  Why did the Empire lose?  ‘Cause Storm Troopers like to take smoke breaks.

  So…I think that’s about it.  There was so much going on at C2E2 and in Chicago this weekend I barely had time to squeak out these pictures (and about only a hand-full more, most of which were kinda blurry).  Overall it wasn’t the most indy-friendly convention in the world, but it was certainly lots of fun.  I really enjoyed meeting a ton of new people and taking in a town I would move to in a second if I could afford to.  I’d certainly do both the town and the con again, and hope to soon!   Anyway…check back here in a day or so for the worlds coolest con “sketch” ever.  See you then!

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