We're gonna take a break from politics and travel for a little bit. Along with being liberal and gay, the publisher happens to be a bit of a geek. Okay, he was lucky to keep in the squees as he attended the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo today at Chicago's McCormick Center. As a perk, this was the first time I've actually attended a sci fi con.
I've been to conventions before, at the same location. However, then I was working for a trade magazine and trying to learn about new meat processing technologies. It's a bit different. One, I could actually wear sneakers and no tie. Two, there seemed to be a lot more Imperial Troopers around.
It's by no means the only con in the Chicago area (Chicago Tardis for Dr. Who fans is later this year), but it is probably the most broadly based. There were comics, gaming, webcomics, screenings, panels, cosplay (people come as their favorite characters) and on and on. I had a special goal to come since two of my favorite webcomic artists were going to be here: Joel Watson of HijinksEnsue and Danielle Corsetto of Girls With Slingshots. Considering they hail from Dallas and Maryland respectively, I'm appreciative of the effort.
|Joel was actually in a much better|
mood than he seems in this photo.
They, along with a panel with Sam Trammel (Sam Merlotte), Kristen Bauer (Pam) and Britt Morgan (Debbie Pelt) from HBO's TrueBlood were definitely the highlights of the day, but the whole event was fun. After being directed by my friend Ethan, I was also able to find Prism Comics, an organization for LGBT comic writers, illustrators and readers and has a pretty sizable stable of artists in the Chicago area.
More photos below the fold.
Cool Links To Check Out
Zorphbert and Fred
Girls With Slingshots
|Because Jayne hats just rock (Ask a |
Browncoat for an explanation).
|Who doesn't love Kaylee?|
|The cool crowd at Prism Comics.|
|Well, you do have to keep an eye on those zombies.|
|The very helpful Dawn Griffin, creator of Zorphbert and Fred, a very cool webcomic.|
|Sam Trammel, Kristen Bauer and Britt Morgan. They're actually hotter in real life than on TV, which is seriously saying something.|
|Mixing sci fi denominations can be a treat.|
|Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Gotham|
could be in serious trouble.