Warning: this post contains graphic novel content and a ton of geeking out. Proceed at your own risk.
This past weekend, which seems an eternity ago thanks to a persistent and exceedingly unpleasant sinus infection, I attended C2E2 (Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo) for the third time.
I admit that the first time I went, I was a little embarrassed. I was a new librarian and hadn't fully embraced my geekery. I still wanted to be "cool." And then, after I went, and I saw people of all shapes and sizes and colors being themselves, doing what they love, and having fun, I was like, "I'm in." Sign me up for the Geek Brigade. I mean, look, it's not like my geekiness was any secret: I was named Madame Curie in the Senior Dumb Awards (I'm just amazed that my classmates knew who I was, as I took great pains to be invisible in high school). But it was always something that I was embarrassed about, like, "Yeah, I love reading, but I just can't help it." Now I'm all, "HECK YEAH READING! YOU! YOU THERE! READ THIS BOOK AND THEN LET US SQUEE!"
I blame Twitter and Tumblr for a lot of this. But also just ... growing up and figuring out who I am and being willing to stand up for who I am.
I apologize for the copious amounts of schmaltzy introspection, so let's talk pictures and what I did! Unfortunately, I didn't make it to any panels this year. It's a complicated story, so let's leave it at that. Also, I apologize for any shaky photos. I either needed more caffeine or had had too much, as is my normal oscillation.
|You do not want to mess with this Wookie Warrior. No.|
He'll pull your arms off.
Let the Wookie win.
|Stealth photo of Art Baltazar signing! The man must be a machine, because every time I went through Artist's Alley, he was there.|
|Matt Kindt! If you aren't already reading Mind MGMT, stop. Go buy or borrow it. Read it. Get back to me.|
|Me and Cap! I could probably do a Peggy Carter cosplay ... hmm.|
|Even Thor needs to find a bathroom. All that coffee, you know.|
|Wampa attack! Me and my little brother!|
|The most intricate cosplay I saw.|
|These guys were hilarious. Love ya, Stormtroopers!|
|"Will somebody get this giant walking carpet out of my way?"|
|Single issues of Princess Ugg signed by Ted Naifeh!|
Then I nipped by another booth displaying one of my favorite comics this year, Princess Ugg, and saw a rather dapper man sitting there quietly. He wore a suit jacket and a bow tie. Okay, look: I always imagined Ted Naifeh in guyliner and piercings and a general emo/goth look. I mean, have you seen the hilariously goth-cute Courtney Crumrin? Mr. Naifeh was so lovely to speak to.
Saturday, I rushed Quirk Books' booth to have Ian Doescher sign my copy of Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope. I'm obsessed with these.
Alas, for the second year in a row I got to the lines for Pat Rothfuss and Scott Snyder right after they were cut.
I love just cruising Artist's Alley to take in all of the different talent out there in comiclandia. I especially like watching artists just ... create while in between fans. It makes my scalp prickle to watch an artist, with a few careful strokes of a pen or marker, create a piece of art.
People watching is another huge draw for me at cons. One thing I noticed the very first time I went to C2E2 was this sense of geek camaraderie. No one really cared if you were fat and you were cosplaying, or if you were cross-playing, or anything. It's a very "you be you" atmosphere. I had no compunctions about talking with perfect strangers about their t-shirts or their cosplays or favorite authors. However, I'm not naive, and I know that people do have less-than-stellar experiences at cons, which was why I was so happy to see this sign proudly and prominently displayed:
Bottom line: I am totally going back next year. And probably to the Wizard World Con in Rosemont later this summer.