C2E2 is the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, and it is slowly becoming a yearly ritual for us; Andrew’s first time going was in 2014, when he heard about the event through one of the podcasts he listens to, and we both went in 2015, the day after we got engaged. We have two friends whom we go with, and this year was no different.
We’re just starting out in our lives together, and Andrew and I have very little to decorate the walls of our apartment. In 2014, Andrew bought a Deadpool print designed by Skottie Young, and last year we bought a few prints from Chris Uminga, so we’re now making it a tradition to stop by a new artist every year and pick up a favorite print or two so that we can continue to decorate our apartment with beautiful, nerdy art. This year was Zac Atkinson’s turn.
The Mountain Dew truck continues to be a regular stop for us; when you go up, you choose whichever flavor you want (you can pick more than one!) and get a bit of a sugar rush. It’s a nice way to break up the day, and it was fun daring Andrew to drink the terrible Kickstarter drinks, which we all agreed were not at all enjoyable. Andrew and I go for the Volt Mountain Dew, because you really can’t find that very much anymore.
Andrew: This isn’t really a thing. It’s on the edge of the convention floor and every year, I bully my friends into visiting it. It fits into my overall attitude towards the convention: I’m simultaneously really excited and really sarcastic about everything going on around me.
There was a transformer dude on the level above us kind of messing around as we waited for the Battlestar Galactica panel. It was at once very cool and a little terrifying.
Last year, we all went to a Geek quiz show type of thing where four authors competed for the title of “Best Geek,” or something like that. It was a lot of fun, and we were all sad to see that there wasn’t anything like that this year on Saturday, except for a Geektastic Cage Match that started way too late for us. This year, however, there was a Battlestar Galactica panel with Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell. (AH!)
Battlestar Galactica was the first show we watched together as a couple, and it holds a special place in our hearts, besides being an amazing show (except for the ending). The panel was lovely. Ed and Mary had so much energy and were absolutely hilarious throughout. We had so much fun at this panel, and felt that it really made the money we spent on C2E2 tickets worthwhile.
Andrew: Last year, I also went to the Orphan Black panel with one of the friends we go with. Ed and Mary chose not to have a moderator, which was a really cool choice. Whereas the Orphan Black panel was very focused, the format of just letting fans ask questions generally worked. I wish there were more follow up for some questions, but it was nice to see them interact as friends and hear how thoughtful each of them was about not just the show but life in general.
At the end of the day, we don’t go to a ton of panels or spend a ton of money at C2E2. We love just walking around, talking to vendors, seeing people cosplay, or being really opinionated about nerdy stuff (House Martell, Best House!). It’s also nice to go with the same people every year and revisit inside jokes made from previous years. The best part is having the the nerd/geek community band together to hang out for a couple of days and celebrate the nerdy things we love.