C2E2 2012: BookNerd recap!
This past weekend, Chicago’s convention center – McCormick Place – was taken over by nerds for the third consecutive year. C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) came to town and brought together fans of all sorts of things for three colorful and lively days of conventioning.
My husband and I went. We’ve gone every year so far. Last year I was pregnant. This year, we brought our son.
For me, C2E2 has always been about the books. This is graphic novel heaven, y’all. Granted, I’ve returned home with bigger hauls the past two years, but this year’s vendors were still stacked with books. I got a lovely hardcover illustrated version of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and a copy of Jim Henson’s “The Tale of Sand.” (“..Sand” came from the Archaia Entertainment booth, where I’ve always found really well-done graphic novels.)
One of my favorite things this year was The Science Fiction Outreach project booth, where people were simply allowed to take free sci-fi books as part of an effort to get this genre into the hands of more people. The folks at the booth were ever so friendly and eager to chat, and I walked away with two books I’m excited to read — though I’m admittedly not really a sci-fi kinda reader girl.
Other book-ish things of interest:
George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire”/”Game of Thrones” was represented all over the place, with some cosplayers and a bunch of merchandise.
John Cusack showed up to sign autographs and to talk about his new role at Edgar Allen Poe in “The Raven.”
Charlaine Harris and Anne Rice were both in attendance.
C2E2 is a blast of an event, and I hope to attend next year as well. Some words of advice… Bring snacks, unless you want to get some pricey food from booths or wait in the long Starbucks line. Wear comfortable shoes – its a huge venue. Many vendors take credit cards, but bring cash for those who don’t. Most of all – have fun. Enjoy all the nerdiness surrounding you. It’s an experience. 🙂