C2E2 returns to McCormick Place in Chicago this year kicking off the summer season with a bang. The pop culture event spans three days and brings together some of the world’s biggest names in fandom from celebrities to cosplay icons. Though there are a lot of comic book festivals make no mistake, C2E2 is one of the best.
If you plan on attending this year here are a few key events you don’t want to miss out on.
The Iron Giant: Making of a Modern Masterpiece
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
C2E2 Live Stage – Booth 2033
Iron Giant supervising animator Stephan Franck shares his first-hand account on making the beloved animation classic.
She’s The Doctor: Regenerating a Time Lord—And a Science Fiction Franchise
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
After 54 years, Doctor Who has its most radical regeneration from Peter Capaldi to Jodie Whittaker. But what does this mean not only for the long-running science fiction show…but for representation of women people of color, and other marginalized groups in media? Have past efforts to diversify Doctor Who reflected well on the program? Join several Doctor Who fans for a conversation about how a female Time Lord will impact the long-running science fiction franchise…and geek/nerd culture.
Mark Millar Spotlight
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
Main Stage S406
From Kick-Ass to Kingman, Civil War to Wanted, Superman: Red Son to Old Man Logan, few comic writers in history boast a body of work as prolific as Mark Millar. In a rare convention appearance, join this iconic writer on the C2E2 Main Stage for a discussion of his lengthy career and his brand new comic series from Netflix comics – “The Magic Order”, featuring art by Olivier Coipel.
Let’s Get Lit! Basics of Electronics in Lighting and Cosplay
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Cosplay Central Stage
This panel will go over the basics of basic electronics and components, from soldering, to resistors, LED’s and other light sources, switches, power sources and more advanced techniques like adding smoke effects, blinking and fading LED’s, and some basic Arduino and light array work. We’ll then go over best practices on implementing these in to your props and costumes.
Legends of Tomorrow with Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh & Dominic Purcell
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Main Stage S406
It may not be the Waverider, but the Main Stage at C2E2 is your one way ticket through time with the cast of DC’s hit series Legends of Tomorrow. Join Dominic Purcell (Heatwave), Caity Lotz (White Canary) and Brandon Routh (The Atom) as they talk bringing these iconic super heroes to life.
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
Location: Room S403
Svengoolie, the premier horror show icon of Chicago returns to C2E2! Svengoolie is taking a break from bringing you classic horror films to talk about his career and answer your ghoulish questions, so don’t miss it! Svengoolie airs nationally Saturdays at 8PM/7C on MeTV.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Room S405b
The Age of the Geeks Presents: Building & Making Cosplay Props/Costumes
The Age of the Geeks has multiple members that are well known in the cosplay community for their prowess with prop/costume building & making. These creative talents have allowed some of them to compete in such events as the Crown Championships of Cosplay among others. This panel will give a brief insight into their backgrounds as cosplay crafters. They will each bring a prop/costume/something of their design and will briefly share how their talents got them to their final goal.
Designing the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Ryan Meinerding
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Location: Room S403
Join Ryan Meinerding (Head of Visual Development for Marvel Studios) as he discusses designing your favorite super heroes and taking them from the page to the silver screen!