My Sunday at C2E2!
My husband and I have been attending C2E2 – Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – for every year it’s been a thing, and we’ve watched this weekend of fun blossom into a true mecca for all sorts of fandoms and nerds. This past weekend, I headed down to (the inconveniently located) McCormick Place for the show for a Sunday afternoon of panels and browsing – and had a great time.
The first thing I did was attend a panel on “Raising a Reader”, or how to use graphic novels/comics/graphic texts to bring kids into reading. In this increasingly visual world we live in, we need to be able to process information as quickly as possible, and the lessons learned from reading these kinds of texts will help young people make valuable connections, as well as help them fall in love with reading prose. It was a super-informative panel, and I left with a list of texts and links to help with the future homeschooling of my toddler.
One of the best things about shows like C2E2 is the cosplay – and this year didn’t disappoint.
One of the best showings of the day, as far as books were concerned, was the gang from Quirk Books. They came out in full force with a booth stocked with their clever titles – which include the “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies” trilogy, as well as their featured title – Ian Doescher’s “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars”.
I attended the Ian Doescher panel, and it was a blast. He read scenes and monologues from his book – with guest readers from the audience (some of whom were surprisingly good on-the-spot Shakespearean actors) and it was a lovely way to spend an hour.
C2E2 was a lovely time, and we’ll absolutely return next year! In the meantime, I now have a stack of free books to read!