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!
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.
Masterchef Is Back! For Halo Season 2
A quick recap – Halo is set in a war-torn 26th century, where humanity led by the United Nations Space Command or UNSC and their supersoldiers known as Spartans, fights against the onslaught of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The full dust-up of Halo Season 1, can be found here. Onward into the introduction of Halo Season 2!
It’s been six months since the forced separation of Spartan Masterchief John (Pablo Schreiber) and Cortana (Jen Taylor), and the Silver Team has been sent on a mission to evacuate residents of the planet Sanctuary before the Covenant glasses the whole thing. This comes with its own set of challenges, given the resistance of the planet’s inhabitants, and it doesn’t help that Masterchef starts seeing things right in the middle of trying to save some marines. Or is he? Those energy swords the squad of Elites were carrying looked worryingly real.
Back on Reach, the Silver Team is entirely dismayed to learn they have a brand new Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) representative come in as the new boss, to finally replace the traitorous Halsey, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan). And of course, Ackerson manages to immediately get under Masterchief’s skin, by not only expressing far too much interest in John’s relationship with Cortana but also apparently disbelieving of John’s report of his encounters on Sanctuary. That just means Masterchief has to go around, if not entirely over, Ackerson’s head.
Elsewhere, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine) is trolling the slave markets in his boredom, only to stumble across a soon-to-be indentured servant who claims he knows the whereabouts of the UNSC’s most hunted human, Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone). That should bring a huge bounty, but really, Soren should’ve known better by now.
Halo Season 2 premieres Thursday, February 8th, 2024, and will continue to air every Thursday, only on Paramount+!
Reborn as a Vending Machine I Now Wander the Dungeon’: I look forward to your next use!
If the title of this delightful little isekai anime entry didn’t give it all away, our nameless protagonist is a vending machine fanatic who, after being killed by a vending machine, gets reincarnated in another fantasy-style world as one!
Japan has a tendency to give birth to all sorts of crazed fads that can last for decades, and no one does better when it comes to the vending machine industry, too. These days there are vending machines that will serve you sushi you can actually eat, hot pizza in the box, wagyu steaks, freshly popped popcorn, and a whole mind-boggling array of tasty treats, and other non-edible but still useful items! Umbrellas! Condoms! Oxygen masks, sterile bandages, shoes, and emergency clothing! Actually, far more things that we use on an everyday basis, could be considered as technically a vending machine, and the anime explores that beautifully. Into the world of vending machine fanaticism, we dive!
So our poor protagonist never gave a name, and inevitably when he’s discovered by his first official friend the starving hunter Lammis, she dubs him “Boxxo”. Like many isekai that seem to take inspiration from video games and RPGs, Boxxo discovers he ways he can communicate, level up his existence, and even evince magic-like powers and attack and defend against monsters and enemies. Though in the beginning, and as an underlying theme throughout the show, Boxxo is primarily concerned with providing unique never-before-tasted-in-this-world food and drink to the amazed folk, human and otherwise.
Boxxo’s prices are entirely reasonable and hey, he can even choose to give out his wares for free on occasion, so his popularity immediately skyrockets. Lammis with her awkward charm and prodigious strength blessing, introduces Boxxo to other friends of Clearflow Lake Village and associates along the way – Director Bear, an actual bear-monster who’s the head of the Hunters Association; Lammis’ friend Hulemy, the insane genius magic item engineer; the Bearcats Suco, Pell, Short and Mikenne, cheerful hunters with astronomic appetites; even suspicious Kerioyl, leader of the Menagerie of Fools party.
The show approaches the practicality and versatility of the true vending machine with amusement, but also with the love true fans display for things they’re passionate about. Certainly, things like a brothel needing a condom vending machine exist in our world, but to toss them into a potentially more innocent other-world isekai is a welcome and often hilarious treat. The show celebrates the cheerful idiocy and devotion of the fans to their chosen fandom, in this case, yes vending machines, but also the spirit of the lonely otaku finally finding their Tribe!
Pay your coins to watch ‘Reborn as a Vending Machine’ on Crunchyroll now!