Panels and Screenings for Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2013

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo - C2E2 - Panels and Screenings - HeaderC2E2 2013 - Day Separator - Friday April 26Hunger Games Costume Tour Exhibit
10:00 am – 7:00 pm — Booth #1209
You don’t have to volunteer as tribute this year to get close to the Hunger Games. Get a glimpse at the garb from District 12 and the extravagance hailing from The Capital in the Hunger Games Costumes Exhibit! The exhibition tour will be making its rounds through the nation’s districts with a special stop at C2E2. Fans will have the opportunity to see original movie costumes worn by Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland and more! The exhibit will be located in Booth #1209 and is brought to you by Blacksparrow Productions. Don’t miss your chance to see a piece of Hollywood magic and “may the odds be ever in your favor”!

Creating Your Own Library Mini-Con
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — W476
Conventions have become an important part of the comics experience, allowing fans to gather together and immerse themselves in their passions. Libraries looking for programming can tap into this excitement and utilize their graphic novel collections by creating their own mini-cons. Diamond BookShelf editor Mark Banaszak leads a panel offering tips for librarians looking to create an comic book or anime-themed event, offering tips and advice from previous successful mini-cons, as well as resources for finding guests, exhibitors, and attendees.

Into the Wild: The Adult Reading Round Table Tackles Comics
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — W474
The Adult Reading Round Table is an organization of readers’ advisory and collection development
librarians from all across Chicagoland. For their annual genre study this year, they chose to examine graphic novels – a format many in the group had never spent time with before. Come hear about the genre study and learn new strategies for supporting graphic novels library-wide.

Making Comics Work in the Classroom
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — W470b
Two great organizations that work great together! Reading with Pictures (RWP) joins forces with the Comics Association of Professionals & Educators (CAPE) to provide hands-on teacher training and materials for comics classroom applications. Learn how to benefit from and contribute to our national database of research papers and lesson plans as well as how to earn credits toward Professional Development Continuing Education certification and . Presented by Josh Elder (iVerse Media), Dr. David Rapp (Northwestern University), Christina Blanch, MA (Ball State University), and Jeff Barbanell, MEd (Arizona State University).

Puppet Meltdown
1:30 am – 12:30 pm — Variant Stage
FRIDAY! FRIDAY!! FRIDAY!!! Puppets of all shapes and sizes are ready to crush your jalopy with 8,000 pounds of awesome. Bring you brother, bring your mother, bring that dog! Join us for a collection of short works, geared toward adults, showcasing puppet films and live performances from innovative artists, both local and from across the country. Curated by the talented folks at Sea Beast Puppet Company this show will aim to prove that puppets aren’t just for kids anymore!

U Cre-8 Comics: United Superheroes of America
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Complete the research information page and create a hero from the state’s characteristics (song, bird, flower, motto, etc.) to join the ranks of a national hero initiative!

ComicsPRO Retailer Programming: New Product Lines
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — W470a
Comics book retailers: are you looking to diversify your product selection? ComicsPRO is a trade association of retailers from around the world. Join us as we discuss new product lines to enhance your store. Get contact lists for vendors and distributors you may not be working with yet!

Showing vs. Telling: It’s All About Visual Literacy, Graphic Novels and the Stories their Images Tell – Learn How Its Done.
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — W476
Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men) and Meryl Jaffe, PhD (Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning) discuss how graphic novels can be used to teach visual literacy and promote communication while inspiring students and budding graphic artists. What feelings and associations does RED or GREEN evoke? Why are some panels organized neatly on one page and are totally outrageous on others? How do evoke the image of “dream”? With growing internet use and technology, scholars believe we’re witnessing a great communication revolution (Kist, 2004, 2010; Dress, 2003; Jaffe & Monnin, 2012). Sales and consumption of graphic novels continues to grow, and newspapers, websites, educators, retailers, and bloggers all rely heavily on graphics and images to communicate, convince, inform, and teach. Visual literacy is integral to our lives and is required content for Common Core Curricula across the country as Governors mandate teaching students to create, read, and comprehend visual images along with classic and non-fiction texts. Creators and consumers of messages must understand how color, font, and images relay information, and how to compose and comprehend visual messages. Graphic novels offer a perfectmotivating format for teaching visual literacy and effective communication. Panelists give an interactive presentation relating how artists, teachers, and learners of all ages can use color, fonts, page/panel formatting, and image to create powerful messages and stories. We relay how graphic novels are outstanding educational tools, and what constitutes ‘bloc-buster’ graphics and graphic novels. There will be time for audience questions, give-aways, and handouts.

Bam! Pow! Drawing Superheroes 101
2:45 pm – 1:45 pm — Family Room W375a
Should my superhero have a cape? Should my superhero breathe fire? Should my superhero have more than one power? Creating superheroes can be hard work! But the best way to learn to create one is to learn some tips and tricks from a superhero expert! Learn to Draw Superheroes the Agnes Garbowska (MyMisiu Gazette, Girl Comics) way. Join in on this fun superhero drawing lesson and be off drawing cute superheroes in no time!

Integrating Comics into the Common Core
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — W470b
Reading With Pictures presents a practical guide for integrating comics and graphic novels into the Common Core and McREL standards. Our panel of experts – including Prof. David Rapp of Northwestern University, Asst. Prof. Carol Tilley of the University of Illinois and veteran high school teacher and comic creator Jim McClain – will share tips and resources on how to get the most from comics in your classroom as well provide rationales to help convince the naysaying administrators, colleagues and parents.

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — Variant Stage
The Pineapple-Shaped Lamps comedy troupe will be performing a live shadowcast of Joss Whedon’s hit musical episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, “Once More With Feeling!” Enjoy this spectacular moment in pre-Glee television history in all it’s Whedon-y glory! The viewing of the episode will be accompanied by live reenactments, singing, and dancing! So come join in on all the vampy, undead action and slay the night away with Pineapple-Shaped Lamps! Grrr! Argh!

The Silver Age of Comics in Libraries: Programming, Best Practices, And More
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — W474
The shelves are just the beginning when you’re dealing with comics in libraries. From cosplay to author events, from art exhibitions to software demonstrations, there’s a whole world of programming opportunities geared toward pop-culture fans. Librarians Lisa Rabey (academic library), Kristin LaLonde (public library), and Andrew McBride (special library) will present on the type of comics and graphic novels they collect, why they collect for their libraries, how their library collections differ, and how they use programming to expand their audiences.

Adding Character to your Character
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Do you find it difficult to “Role Play” in your Role Playing Games? Do you struggle with creating believable and interesting characters in your games, stories, and other creations? Do you want to add more “Play” to your COSPLAY? Explore the basics of character development with hands-on exercises and improvisational games. Taught by Shane Hill, author and developer of the interactive aming performance: RenQuest™. RenQuest™ currently runs at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Los Angeles and the New York Renaissance Faire.

Art as Business Online: Branding & Marketing for Webcomics, Etsy Crafters & More
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W476
A panel of professional marketers, indie crafters, & web comic artists and writers provide helpful tips on creating an online brand for your art. This panel is intended to provide artists of various skill levels and mediums an overview of the principles of protecting and promoting your art online. The panel will examine how to get your small business started online, how to grow your audience, legal considerations for your business, and how to market yourself in the digital space. Social media platforms (including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter), eCommerce options (including Etsy, BigCommerce), SEO and paid advertising will be involved in this hour-long discussion.

CSC-1: Kickstarting Your Comics
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W473
Sun Bros. Studio and Brothers Wesley and Brad Sun (Sun Bros. Studio) and political scientist Chris Deis (DePaul University) discuss their Kickstarter success with Chinatown and Apocalypse Man.

DC COMICS 101
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W471
New to DC Comics? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Come by for a tutorial on the essentials of what make DC Comics one of the leading comic book publishers!

So You Wanna be a Comic Book Retailer, Now What?
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W470a
Whether you want to open a comic book store, you’re just starting out in retail, or you just have questions, we’re here to help! Meet with members of ComicsPRO, a retail trade organization for comic book retailers, to talk about your upcoming plans.

Thunderfeet Reading
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm — Family Room W375a
Imagination is the GREATEST superpower! Join children’s author DJ Corchin and nationally syndicated Chicago radio personality Special K from 103.5 Kiss FM for a reading of DJ’s newest book THUNDERFEET! Come join the fun as they read the digital version which includes what every superhero needs, superhero intro music! Afterwards, stop by Artist Alley to pick up a print version signed by both DJ and Illustrator Dan Dougherty.

Silver Age Trivia Challenge!
:00 pm – 3:00 pm — Variant Stage
Writer and Trivia Geek Mark Waid takes on a team of Fans to see who knows more useless information about Marvel and DC Silver Age comics. Join moderator Craig Shutt, writer of the Ask Mr. Silver Age column for the late, lamented Comics Buyer’s Guide, to match your own brain cells against some of the fastest and knowledgeable trivia geeks in fandom!

Wikia Qwizards
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — W470b
What is the top speed of the Millenium Falcon? Who was the final boss of the original Mega Man? What space opera game did Mark Hamill appear in? If you’re the type of person who has the answers to these kinds of questions, you’ll love Wikia Qwizards — a geek culture quiz show where the contestants write questions for each other. This year at C2E2, Wikia will be staging a live-action version of Qwizards and pulling aspiring geek alpha dogs straight from the show floor. The theme for the quiz is science fiction, encompassing games, movies, TV shows, and (of course) books.  Prepare yourself for two days (a semi-final and final round) of game show action!

Speed Dating
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm — W183a
Looking for love in all the wrong Cantinas? Back again by popular demand is C2E2 Speed Dating, brought to you by our friends at Sci-Fi Speed Dating. Come join us for a round filled with good music, great company and the thrilling potential to meet your own super hero or shinobi! Speed Dating’s blind dates last three minutes, but if sparks fly, you’re set for a lifetime of live. Five sessions will be held at C2E2 and they’re all free for C2E2 fans. Visit room W183a to register onsite. Note this event is only for C2E2 Fans 18 and older.

Superhero Fitness Hula Hooping Challenge
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
The Superhero Fitness Hula Hoop Challenge is here to show you that fitness can be FUN! Cynthia Narcisi, Sketch Card Artist and certified Hoopnotica Fit instructor, will lead you through a fun and engaging class teaching you how to use a hula hoop to get an excellent workout. Hoops are provided. No experience necessary. Ages 15 and up.

CSC-2: The Future of Comic Publication and the Academy
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W473
Stanford Carpenter (Institute for Comics Studies) moderates a discussion on how the funding, production, and distribution of comics is changing with John Jennings (University of Buffalo) on exhibiting comics, Rising Star Award winner Spike Trotman (Templar, Arizona)on Kickstarter, Jiba Anderson (Illinois Institute of Art) on print on demand technology.

New Frontiers in Digital Comics
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W476
iVerse and ComicsPlus host an engaging and entertaining dialogue on what the future holds for digital comics, especially as it relates to creators, publishers, retailers, librarians, and, most of all, readers. Comics legend and digital impresario Mark Waid joins iVerse CEO Michael Murphey, independent comic creator Michael Moreci (Hoax Hunters), webcomics superstar Jen Brazas (Mystic Revolution) and school/library expert Josh Elder (Reading with Pictures) to discuss and debate what’s just over the digital horizon…and the opportunities for everyone who has a stake in the industry. Moderated by iVerse director of business development Steve May.

The Cyanide & Happiness panel
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W470a
Kris Wilson and Dave McElfatrick of hit webcomic (and animation show) Cyanide & Happiness will be answering any and all of your questions, from anything about their upcoming projects to how they keep their hair so nice.

The Making of Defiance, a Living Transmedia World
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W471
In April of 2013, the largest, most ambitious transmedia project in history comes to life when Defiance debuts on television and launches its online game component. In Defiance, what happens in the online game affects the show on Syfy channel, and vice versa on a future-Earth where once-recognizable iconic American cities have been drastically transformed after a long alien and human war. Humans and aliens are now desperately trying to co-exist and rebuild a civilization together as the show and game depict dramatic events in both St. Louis and San Francisco. Five years in the making, this will be one of television and interactive gaming’s greatest events.

Kill Shakespeare: Dramatic Stage Reading
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — Variant Stage
A comic book comes to life in this unique theatre production of the acclaimed IDW series Kill Shakespeare. The stage show tells the story of this mash-up adventure using projections of the images from the comic combined with actors reading out the dialogue, creating sound effects and the music live. Now touring worldwide to packed crowds, this show is being presented by Chicago’s award-winning Strawdog Theatre Company.

MARVEL: House of Ideas
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — W474
Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology while bringing you fans what you’ve come to love? Well this panel is for you True Believer! Get exciting news about Marvel’s Infinite Comics, as well as what’s anel is for you True Believer! Get exciting news about Marvel’s Infinite Comics, as well as what’s happening on the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited and more in this can’t-miss panel hosted by Arune Singh, Ryan Penagos, and other Mighty Marvel Guests!

Playing a Hero in MMO’s
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — W470b
Matt Miller, former lead designer for City of Heroes, aka “Positron” will present a panel discussing what it means to play a hero in MMORPGs like World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Matt will give tips on how to make your gameplay more engaging and what games cater better towards role-playing and evoking your inner hero. Citing examples used in City of Heroes, Matt will explain how game designers attempt to elevate the player to “hero status” in a genre where every character is expected to do the same quests and missions. Matt will take questions at the end of the panel, answering what he can about designing MMOs.

U Cre-8 Comics: United Superheroes of America
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Complete the research information page and create a hero from the state’s characteristics (song, bird, flower, motto, etc.) to join the ranks of a national hero initiative!

CSC-3: White Scripts, Black Supermen: Comics and Identity
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W473
Director Jonathan Gayles (Georgia State University) shows excerpts from his documentary White Scripts, Black Supermen and with commentators featured in the film–Stanford Carpenter (Institute for Comics Studies) and John Jennings (University of Buffalo) discusses the the degree to which early Black superheroes generally adhered to common stereotypes about Black men as well as other issues of identity in comics.

Graphic Novel Ideation with Brian Haberlin & Renee Witterstaetter: From Start to Finish
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W470a
Join industry veterans, Renee Witterstaetter and Brian Haberlin, as they explain the real world, “brass tacks” considerations and workflows of bringing the idea in your mind to a finished, published book. Includes case studies that also cover recent technological innovations (e.g. augmented reality) in the medium.

Making Comics the Avatar Way
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W471
Join creator Mike Wolfer (Lady Death, Stitched, Crossed) and Vice President of Publishing, Jim Kuhoric, in a discussion on Avatar Press newest announcements! What new project is Mike Wolfer working on? What favorite industry creators are bringing their personal projects to Avatar Press? orking on? What favorite industry creators are bringing their personal projects to Avatar Press? These questions and more will be answered at the Avatar Press / Boundless C2E2 Panel, where die-hard Avatar Press and Boundless fans will hear first!

The Cliff Dwellers and Palette & Chisel
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W476
Join Artist/Designer/Animator and die-hard Chicagoan J.J. Sedelmaier as he moderates a presentation on two of Chicago’s historic artists’ organizations, The Cliff Dwellers and the Palette & Chisel Academy. Joining Sedelmaier will be archivists Stuart Fullerton of the Palette & Chisel and Leslie Recht of The Cliff Dwellers. The presentation will consist of Powerpoint presentation, discussion and Q&A.

Building Your First Video Game
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm — W470b
Have you ever wanted to build your own video game? Have you ever wanted to leanr what the first steps are? C2E2 is happy to get together some of the top game designers in Chicago to talk about what it takes to build a game from the ground up. Whether you are looking an independent or major game developer this panel will give you the tools to really know where to begin. We will be taking questions from the audience on game design, concept, and developing for the mobile market.

DC Entertainment – ALL ACCESS
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm — W474
A lot can happen in a year! Come by for unfiltered access to DC Comics as we talk all things DC!  Find out what we have to share from behind-the-scenes at your favorite and most talked about comic Publisher! Joining the All-Access party will be some of the industry’s top talents!

Stand Up Stand Up
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm — Variant Stage
Stand Up Stand Up is a unique, hip weekly comedy showcase featuring both local and national stand up comedians and musical acts. Our goal is to provide quality, intelligent, creative, artistic, and diverse entertainment to Chicago’s nightlife scene. We are located in the Wicker Park neighborhood at The Crocodile (1540 N Milwaukee Ave), and you can see us every Thursday night at 9pm. 21+. Come to laugh. http://fb.com/STANDUPStandUp

Fight like a hero (OR VILLAIN!)
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Tae Kwon Do, Jiu Jitsu, Hapkido,Judo, Muay Thai, Silat, Eskrima, Bu Kyuku Ryu, Karate, Wing Chun, any many more styles will be taught here! Ever wonder just how Batman can take on so many guys at once? Or how Black Widow takes down men twice her weight class? Here’s your chance to uys at once? Or how Black Widow takes down men twice her weight class? Here’s your chance to learn their moves! Any questions about the history of any of the aforementioned styles will also be addressed. Stick around for the debate between who are the best fighters between comic heroes and villains!

Speed Dating
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm — W183a
Looking for love in all the wrong Cantinas? Back again by popular demand is C2E2 Speed Dating, brought to you by our friends at Sci-Fi Speed Dating. Come join us for a round filled with good music, great company and the thrilling potential to meet your own super hero or shinobi! Speed Dating’s blind dates last three minutes, but if sparks fly, you’re set for a lifetime of live. Five sessions will be held at C2E2 and they’re all free for C2E2 fans.

Let’s Make a Character
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm — W476
Join Comfort Love and Adam Withers, the three-time Harvey Award nominated creators of the upcoming How-To book, The Complete DIY Guide for Comics Self-Publishing, who will not only talk about how to make a great character, but will create a new character on the spot with the audience’s help. The seminar will be broken into two halves: first, Comfort and Adam will take you through the concepts of what it takes to make an awesome character. In the second, they will invite audience participation in creating a new character which will be concepted and drawn on the spot.

MARVEL: Breaking In
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm — W471
Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking “I could do that…if I knew how!” Well, here’s your chance! Join superstar writers and artists inculding Ryan Stegman (Superior Spider-Man), Shawn Crystal (Deadpool), Declan Shalvey (Venom), Jordie Bellaire (Journey into Mystery), and Ramón Pérez (Wolverine & the X-Men), as well as Marvel’s talent scout C.B. Cebulski to find out the answers on how to get your foot in the door and make your job MARVEL!

Raven Girl: Audrey Niffenegger on Her New Illustrated Novella
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm — W470a
Audrey Niffenegger, internationally best selling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, discusses her forthcoming illustrated novella, Raven Girl. Niffenegger’s third illustrated novel is a dark modern fairy tail about an extraordinary raven girl trapped in a human body. The raven girl feels imprisoned by her arms and legs and covets wings and the ability to fly. She reluctantly grows into a young woman, until one day she meets an unorthodox doctor who is willing to change her. Complete with Audrey Niffenegger’s bewitching etchings, Raven Girl explores the bounds of transformation and possibility. Niffenegger will discuss her new book and the creative journey that led her to create Raven Girl, including the book’s connection with a new ballet of the same name, debuting at the oyal Ballet in London in spring of 2013.

The Rose of Versailles Screening
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm — W473
General Jarjayes – so desperate for a son to preserve the family name and noble standing – names his newborn daughter “Oscar” and chooses to raise her as a boy. Fourteen years later, Oscar is a masterful duelist, marksman, and the newly appointed Commander of the French Royal Guards. Her first task: to protect Marie Antoinette, who is engaged to the French prince and future king, Louis-Auguste. But even though the planned marriage should provide both countries with some much needed peace and prosperity, the French court is a dangerous place – and Marie’s youthful naïveté makes her an easy target for those who wish to see the monarchy overthrown. Oscar soon finds herself both defending Marie’s reputation from those that seek to discredit her and protecting her life from those that wish to kill her.

Costume Contest
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm — Variant Stage
C2E2 is presenting three costume contests for fans to get up on stage, show off, and maybe take home a prize or two. NEW THIS YEAR: PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED! We will be providing more information on registration soon.

How do I get my Comic Book Character into a Video Game?
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm — W470b
Bringing together the best in Comic Books and Video Games this year at C2E2 we wanted to host a panel about getting your comic book characters into a video game. From design ideas, to buidlign games, to ways to talk with developers and publisher, this panel hopes to offer some guidance for game designers and comic book developers alike. The panelists are proven veterans from the game market who have worked on titles about superheores. We hope you walk away with some great ideas for games as well as new directions for your comic book characters!

JMS New Series Panel
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm — W474
J. Michael Straczynski speaks! (Despite our requests to the contrary.) HEAR the latest news from Studio JMS in comics, TV and film! SEE terrifying glimpses of projects yet to come!  EXPERIENCE the awe and wonder of…of…okay, fine, look, he’s gonna talk about stuff you might be interested in, so swing on by, it’ll be fun. Would we like about a thing like that?

SUPERHERO FITNESS
6:15 pm – 7:15 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Hey Superfans, do you have the body of a Brainiac but would rather have the physique of a Superman? Do you feel more like the Blob than the Hulk? Then this is the ONE panel you won’t want to miss! Morph Personal Training will give you tips to make you look and feel like the Superhero of your dreams! Morph Personal Training is comprised of THE premiere health and fitness gurus–2002 Mr. Natural Australia, Marcus Warren and Fitness Model and Competitor, Joey Thurman creators of the revolutionary ProCycle12 fitness program. Their esteemed clientele will share their real life success stories.. 2012 “Geek Fitness Challenge” Winner Garrett Gray will share how a comic book geek got from fat to fit with Marcus and Joey’s guidance and lost 52 pounds in 4 months. Mr. Brent Berger will reveal the benefits of his “can’t miss” workouts with Morph Personal Training that has him in the best shape of his life. Nicole Paprosky will disclose how a girl who LOVES to eat would otherwise be in “BIG” trouble without the excellent shape obtained from her workouts with Marcus and Joey. No super powers are needed to transform this panel’s expert advice into your physical reality. Beautiful “Super” Model Maria Thurman will emcee this fun “must see” event. Panelists will dress up as their favorite Superheroes to show off their Superhero shape! Free giveaways are in store! The power is in your hands! Attend this fun panel and start your super fit journey today!

Beer & Comics
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm — W470a
Join representatives from Revolution, 3 Floyds, Aracde, Goose Island Breweries, and the Comic Industries as they discuss the simulatries of making some of the world’s best beer and world’s best comics.

Digital First Comics: The new trend
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm — W476
Digital first comic releases have electrified fans by breaking print publishing conventions and pushing the boundaries of comic storytelling. Now you can join the major players in the Digital First movement – Thrillbent’s Mark Waid, and comiXology co-founder John D. Roberts to hear all about the future of the medium. Special surprise guest too!

Felicia Day Q&A
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm — W471
The 6th season of The Guild has ended, but we have plenty more to share! Join the show’s creator, writer and star Felicia Day in this Q&A.

Revolutionary Girl Utena Screening
6:45 pm – 8:00 pm — W473
“Never lose that strength or nobility, even when you grow up.” When Utena was just a child and in the depths of sorrow, she found salvation in those words. They were the words of a prince, who wrapped her in his rose-scented embrace and bestowed upon her both a ring and the promise that it would lead her to him again. She never forgot the encounter. In fact, she was so impressed that she aspired to be like the prince and also help those in need. Now a spirited teenager, Utena attends the prestigious Ohtori Academy. However, her strong sense of chivalry soon places her at odds with the school’s student council and thrusts her into a series of mysterious and dangerous duels against its members.

Costuming in the Star Wars Galaxy
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm — W475b
Join members of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion for a forum discussion on costume construction and the two largest Star Wars costuming organizations on the planet! Get expert knowledge on what it takes to recreate film-accurate uniforms from some of the world’s most respected costumers, and learn about the exciting lives they lead and charitable missions they undertake! Join us… Together, we can rule the costuming galaxy!

Future of Gaming from Consoles to Online
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm — W470b
C2E2 is bringing some of the top professionals in games to talk about the ever changing game market. From the switch to new consoles, to the rise in mobile gaming, these experts will outline what we will all be playing in the next decade. Also, the panel will focus on buying game vs. free to play and other changes coming to the market.

Spotlight on Nick Spencer
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm — W474
From Image Comics mind-bending best-seller “Morning Glories” to Marvel Comics latest launch of “Secret Avengers,” writer Nick Spencer is one of the brightest young talents in comic books. Come see him discuss his work including his latest creator-owned hit “Bedlam,” fan favorite runs on “T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents” and “Cloak an Dagger” and more of his cutting-edge comics as moderated by Comic Book Resources News Editor Kiel Phegley.

DREDD and beyond: the whole wide world of 2000 AD’
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm — W471

HEAD SMASH reveals a new cover design by Tim Bradstreet
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm — W476
Join Vlad Yudin, creator of HEAD SMASH as he unveils the incredible new cover art by Tim Bradstreet. Tim Bradstreet’s work can be found in the pages of Marvel’s Punisher and Blade series, as well as Clive Barker’s Age of Desire and Dark Horse’s Hard Looks and Another Chance to Get It Right. Tim Bradstreet himself may even make an appearance to talk about working on the project with Vlad Yudin and his take on the lead character, SMASH! Vlad will also lead a talk and take questions on the upcoming release of his graphic novel, HEAD SMASH

C2E2 2013 - Day Separator - Saturday April 27Hunger Games Costume Tour Exhibit
10:00 am – 7:00 pm — Booth #1209
You don’t have to volunteer as tribute this year to get close to the Hunger Games. Get a glimpse at the garb from District 12 and the extravagance hailing from The Capital in the Hunger Games Costumes Exhibit! The exhibition tour will be making its rounds through the nation’s districts with a special stop at C2E2. Fans will have the opportunity to see original movie costumes worn by Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland and more! The exhibit will be located in Booth #1209 and is brought to you by Blacksparrow Productions. Don’t miss your chance to see a piece of Hollywood magic and “may the odds be ever in your favor”!

Comix Chix with Kate Kotler – LIVE
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — W473
A live version of the weekly podcast hosted on GeekNation, Kate Kotler gathers some of the most awesome female comic creators, journalists and uber-fans to discuss events, past and present that shape women’s experiences in the comics industry.

Grimm Fairy Tales Animated
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — W476
Come check out the horrific re-imagining of the Grimm Fairy Tales from Zenescope Entertainment and Titmouse Inc. The full pilot episode will be shown to the public for the first time ever in the U.S.!!! The gory and sexy style that is synonymous with the Zenescope brand will be on display.  Find out how the project came to fruition, and what big names have gotten involved in the project.

How to Play Quidditch 101
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Have you ever wished YOU could play quidditch? Now you can! Join the International Quidditch Association at C2E2 on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 for some excitement and fun! The IQA will be leading demonstration matches between two official Quidditch teams on both days. After each demo match, the IQA will open up the pitch for pick-up games! Fans can join in and play with each other for a one hour period. This is something you don’t want to miss! Come see quidditch in full-action and find out why it’s the sport everyone’s talking about!

MARVEL: Age of Ultron
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — W471
Witness the dawning of the Age of Ultron! Ultron has defeated the heroes of the Marvel Universe and conquered the world! You’ve got questions & these people have answers! Creators Rick and conquered the world! You’ve got questions & these people have answers! Creators Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers), Brandon Peterson (Age of Ultron) and more are on hand to lay out what’s going on with the epic battle between Ultron and Marvel’s mightiest heroes!

Writing for Television
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — W470a
TV writer-producer and Chicago native Steve Kriozere will present an overview and discussion of working in the field of scripted television. Kriozere is an Executive Producer, co-creator and director of Femme Fatales, the Cinemax television series which Entertainment Weekly hailed as a “badass chick anthology.” His other credits as writer-producer include USA Network’s Necessary Roughness, N.C.I.S, Castle, V.I.P., Sliders, MTV’s Animated Spider-Man and the SyFy Channel original movie “Dead and Deader.” Kriozere also dipped his toe in the world of comic books, writing the original graphic novel “Elvis Van Helsing,” published by AiT/PlanetLar, and contributed stories to the upcoming “New Adventures of the Human Fly” graphic novel.

Speed Dating (GLBT Session Only)
11:00 am – 1:00 pm — W183a
Looking for love in all the wrong Cantinas? Back again by popular demand is C2E2 Speed Dating, brought to you by our friends at Sci-Fi Speed Dating. Come join us for a round filled with good music, great company and the thrilling potential to meet your own super hero or shinobi! Speed Dating’s blind dates last three minutes, but if sparks fly, you’re set for a lifetime of live. Five sessions will be held at C2E2 and they’re all free for C2E2 fans. GLBT Session Only!

Alphabet City Live Reading
11:30 am – 12:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Enter Thomas Finley’s world of Alphapet City! Thomas will unleash 26 amazing animals and read out loud. These colorful characters entertain creatures of all ages!

Creating Comics The ComiXology Way
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — W475b
Everyone is talking about the digital only Atomic Robo comic made exclusive with and for comiXology! From early experiments like Box 13 and Valentine to more recent efforts like Power Play and Marvel’s Infinite Comics, comiXology’s Guided View has ushered in a new era in comic book creation! Now, you can find out what it takes to create amazing Guided View comics straight from comiXology co-founder John D. Roberts and comiXology’s PR and marketing maven Chip Mosher. Also both will field questions about comiXology’s new self-publishing portal, comiXology Submit.

ItsJustSomeRandomGuy
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — Variant Stage
The YouTube sensation (and creator of the “Hi, I’m a Marvel…and I’m a DC” Mac/PC parody videos) is back at New York Comic Con! In previous years, RandomGuy has premiered new episodes of the parody series “Marvel/DC: Happy Hour” and “Marvel/DC: Zero Hour.” What new videos will he premiere this time? Come find out! Plus Q&A and more!

The Future of Graphic Novels and Motion Comics: A look at the not-so-distant-future of interactive graphic storytelling
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — W470b
Storytelling is a human activity that dates back to our earliest ancestors. It is in our nature to tell stories, share experiences and express what goes on in our imaginations to others. Over time, imaginative storytelling has evolved on a massive scale. What was once spread through word-of-mouth stories, paperback novels and black and white comic books can now be found in breathtaking graphic novels and motion comics that come to life on your screen. Comics and graphic novels have their own unique form of story telling. From X-Men and Spiderman to The Walking Dead and Sin City, there has been a clear evolution in the comic industry from simple narratives to complex sagas. From paper comics to a touchscreen interactive experience, the next step in the comic industry is on the horizon. Comic creation tools are improving, providing an increasing quality of paper comics and the ability to directly interact with the product of your imagination is spreading among popular devices. Join comic industry experts from a variety of backgrounds and industry levels as they discuss what’s next in the evolution of comics, the technology behind it and what it means for the future of the industry.

Travel Channel’s “Toy Hunter” – This is not your ordinary child’s play!
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — W474
This is not your ordinary child’s play! Travel Channel reveals the big business of buying and selling toys and collectibles in the original series “Toy Hunter.” This series follows acclaimed toy dealer and expert Jordan Hembrough, owner of Hollywood Heroes, a New Jersey-based vintage and modern collectibles company, as he travels across the country hunting for the most sought-after pieces. The second season of “Toy Hunter,” scheduled to premiere in 2013, follows Hembrough as he continues his quest to convince reluctant sellers, stay under budget, and avoid the unforeseen roadblocks as he tracks down the holy grail of vintage toys and collectibles. For this toy hunter, poking through cramped attics and rummaging around dirty garages to score vintage items is all in a day’s work! Come listen to “Toy Hunter” host Jordan Hembrough and Travel Channel executives speak about the network’s popular series, and get insight on how these vintages toys are found and the stories behind them!

Caricature Drawings!
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Thomas Finley will draw free caricatures, sure to energize everyone’s inner hero!

Spotlight on Brian Wood
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — W471
Creator Brian Wood has established himself as a writer who can both build worlds and destroy them, without the confines of genre. With books ranging from the politically conscious (DMZ, The Massive) to the fantastical (Northlanders, Conan the Barbarian), his voice is truly unique and cuts through the noise every time. Join us as we discuss past, present and future projects, including the smash hit series, Star Wars. from Dark Horse.

Ten Years of Marvel Minimates! 50 Series of Awesomeness!
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — W470a
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Marvel Minimates line, some of the team behind the popular mini-figure brand are here to talk about their plans for Iron Man 3, The Wolverine, Thor: The Dark World and the fan-choice Series 50! Diamond Select Toys Director Chuck Terceira and Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat will also share info about the other Minimates lines, including Tomb Raider, The Walking Dead and Battle Beasts, as well as submit to a Q&A session and debut the next stop-motion animated Battle Beasts episode! Plus, there’ll be a Minimates prize drawing at the end of the panel!

WildClaw Presents: Deathscribe! Writing and Producing Horror Radio Plays
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — W473
WildClaw Theatre, Chicago’s Horror Theatre Company, brings you a small taste of its Annual Deathscribe Horror Radio Play Festival! Our panel of Chicago actors, playwrights, foley artists, and artists will discuss the challenges of writing and producing audio dramas with a focus on creation, execution, foley work, voice acting, and finding your audience. Then watch and listen as we perform a spooky radio play complete with foley work!

Star Wars Academy
12:15 pm – 2:15 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Put on a helmet, take up a blaster, and enlist in the Star Wars Academy! Join members of the 501st Legion’s Midwest Garrison and the Rebel Legion’s Nar Shaddaa Base in this interactive experience that lets kids play the role of Stormtrooper cadets! Get trained in marksmanship, navigate an obstacle course, recover the stolen Death Star plans, and engage in a laser shoot-out to the finish! For ages 6 to 12 only. Starting every 5 minutes in this time slot. Nerf blasters provided. Donations to charity are gladly accepted!

Behind the Graphics: A Video Game Industry Round Table
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — W470b
Join members of Chicago’s Game Development community as they take you behind the scenes of the video game industry for a moderated panel discussion and Q&A session.

DC COMICS – THE NEW 52
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — W474
DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 is one of the most exciting events in the industry’s history! And we’re not done making news by a long shot! Come by and be a part of history as we discuss what’s coming next in this exciting time for DC Entertainment!

Imaginative Sci-Fi Authors of C2E2!
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — W475b
Join authors E.B. Hudspeth (The Ressurectionist, Quirk), Jeffrey Brown (Vador and Son, Top Shelf) and more as they talk about their imaginative Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels (and selves!)

Nerd Trivia
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — Variant Stage
A trivia challange based on some of your favorite nerd themes! Project 891 Theatre Co’s Nerd Trivia takes your favorite nerd subjects (such as Doctor Who, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Battlestar Galactica, Harry Potter, Buffy and many more) and presents trivia challanges that are 3 rounds of 10 questions each on each theme. Nerd-tastic prizes for the winning team!

Chicago Ghosts presented by Ghostbusters: Chicago Division
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W473
Presented by Ghostbusters: Chicago Division, your troop outside da loop, this panel will cover some of the best stories of this haunted city. Wondered about the Iroquois Theatre Fire? Puzzled about which mummy at the Field likes to walk? Come listen to these tales and more! Visit our website at http://ghostbusterschicago.com to learn more about our team!

IDW Publishing Presents: The Greatest Panel In History
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W470a
IDW Publishing Presents: The Greatest Panel In History New creator-owned books? Ever-larger licensed titles? All-new creators, and even some major crossover events? How about prizes just for attending? Yep, we’ve got all that and more, in THE GREATEST PANEL IN HISTORY. Join IDW CEO & Publisher Ted Adams, VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, and Doctor Who writer Andy Diggle, along with a host of other great guests, as we blow the door open on upcoming projects for 2013. Be there! Room 470A

Injustice: Gods Among Us
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W471
Get the inside scoop on the highly-anticipated video game Injustice: Gods Among Us, from NetherRealm Studios, creators of the definitive fighting game Mortal Kombat. Get a behind-the-scenes look from Ed Boon, creative director at NetherRealm Studios and co-creator of Mortal Kombat. He will be joined by other members from the development team to discuss the story, characters and art direction of this bold new videogame franchise.

The State of Play in Tabletop Roleplaying Gaming
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W476
From bold indie sensations like FIASCO and HILLFOLK to the rumblings of D&D NEXT (5th Edition), this panel brings you up to speed on the ever-wider world of tabletop roleplaying games. A panel of professional RPG designers (Matt Forbeck, Ken Hite, and Will Hindmarch) discusses the state of RPG play, design, and the industry, and looks as far into the future as they can. They’ll spotlight great games you might have missed and highlight designers to watch.

POW! Kids Storytelling
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Performing teacher Anya Clingman turns audience
Captain Anya. Best for ages 3 to 8.

Batman Q&A
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — IGN Theater
Come join Burt Ward, Adam West and Julie Newmar, a trifecta of Batman alum, for a special Q&A!

CBLDF presents A HISTORY OF CENSORSHIP IN COMICS
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — W475b

FANTASTICAL WORLDS: Magical & Mythological Delights
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — W470b
From swords and sorcery to magic and monsters, these authors interweave fantastical elements and mythology into their books to create genre-bending page-turners. Authors discuss the fantasy elements in each of their adventures. Find out what draws readers into the fascinating worlds they’ve created!

MARVEL: Superior Spider-Man
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — W474
Doctor Octopus has taken over Spider-Man’s body and vowed to become a SUPERIOR Spider-Man! But what lies in store for the web-slinger? Find out the details right here! That’s right, True Believers! Creators Josh Fialkov (Alpha), Ryan Stegman (Superior Spider-Man), Chris Samnee (Daredevil) Declan Shalvey (Venom), and more will be taking any and all questions from YOU the fans! This is one panel that no Spidey fan can miss!

PoP! Double Dare – Presented by PanelsOnPages.com
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — Variant Stage
On your mark. Get set. GO! The most ridiculous game show from your childhood comes to C2E2 with a distinctively nerdy flair brought to you by the crew from PanelsOnPages.com. There’s trivia, physical challenges, plenty of surprises and even an obstacle course specially catered to the PoP!ulation at C2E2. Come sign up at the PoP! booth or email popcast@panelsonpages.com for your chance to win sweet prizes and fifteen minutes (or about an hour) of fame.

Speed Dating
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm — W183a
Looking for love in all the wrong Cantinas? Back again by popular demand is C2E2 Speed Dating, brought to you by our friends at Sci-Fi Speed Dating. Come join us for a round filled with good music, great company and the thrilling potential to meet your own super hero or shinobi! Speed Dating’s blind dates last three minutes, but if sparks fly, you’re set for a lifetime of live. Five sessions will be held at C2E2 and they’re all free for C2E2 fans.

POW! Kids SuperHero Training Drills
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Superheroes never know where their superwork will take them, so they must be physically prepared for any number of challenges and terrains. Join us as we direct your energetic, hero-to-be through key SUPER activities to enhance their coordination and fitness level. POW!Kids will assist their new recruits in performing a myriad of physical challenges. Best for ages 5 to 9.

How to Play Quidditch 101
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Have you ever wished YOU could play quidditch? Now you can! Join the International Quidditch Association at C2E2 on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 for some excitement and fun! The IQA will be leading demonstration matches between two official Quidditch teams on both days.  After each demo match, the IQA will open up the pitch for pick-up games! Fans can join in and play with each other for a one hour period. This is something you don’t want to miss! Come see quidditch in full-action and find out why it’s the sport everyone’s talking about!

DC Comics: Superman 101
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W471
The Last Son of Krypton is one of the most recognized pop culture icons of all time, and this year, Superman is set to soar to new heights! Come by for a panel on what makes The Man of Steel the hero that he is with the talent that bring him to life!

I have no sewing machine, but I must Cosplay!
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W473
Be it helping internet new sites get hits or upsetting the internet at large, Cosplay has grown in popularity over the years and you probably want in on the action by now. But not everyone can sew, so what do you newbie, WHAT DO YOU DO? Join our panelists as they throw out several vague suggestion at you at the hopes that sound good! Marvel as they point out how who not to throw your money at on the internet! Shrug as they suggest what soon-to-be irrelevant social media platform to use to show off your “work”. Laugh because you feel bad for them and their frail egos need the attention. Warning- may contain humor, and a less than serious look at some aspects of the hobby.

Mystery Authors of C2E2
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W476
Join authors Gregory Lamberson (Medallion), Ben H. Winters (The Last Polieceman, Quirk), Brandon Easton (Lion Forge), Joelle Sellneras (Lion Forge) and more as they talk about their different writing experiences and novels within the Mystery Genre!

Comics And Pop Music
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — W475b
Comic Books and pop music started out as disposable forms delivered in small doses. Both forms became emblematic of youth culture and rebellion in the mid 20th century, faced endless censorship attempts, and have suffered critical reception from dismissive to derisive. Here, Patrick Reed (editor of Depth Of Field magazine) brings together a panel of artists and publishers to discuss the ties between music and graphic storytelling, their common inspirations, the creative and commercial potential in combining the two media, and the history of pop comics– from the Beatlemania tie-ins of the 60s to today’s fan-favorite titles.

JMS Spotlight
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — W474
Joe’s Comics, the imprint that brought you Midnight Nation and Rising Stars, is pleased to debut its first new offering here at C2E2: Ten Grand, written by JMS and drawn by Ben Templesmith. A special C2E2 convention-only variant cover will be distributed at the panel, which will also discuss some of the other titles coming your way from Joe’s Comics, by way of Image.

The Big Quiz Thing
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — Variant Stage
Hey, you, comics geek…want a real challenge? The ultimate trivia spectacular is coming to C2E2, and it wants to see how smart you really are. The Big Quiz Thing, Chicago’s favorite live quiz show, presents four rounds of the world’s greatest multimedia team trivia, on comics, movies, sci fi, TV and all that other stuff you know so well, for big prizes and big glory. Hosted by quizmaster Noah Tarnow. For more on the Big Quiz Thing, visit bigquizthing.com.

Q&A with Chandler Riggs
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm — IGN Theater
Actor Chandler Riggs, most commonly known for his role as the pint-sized zombie killer Carl Grimes on AMC’s The Walking Dead, comes to C2E2! Join him for a Q&A on his previous, current and upcoming work.

Legal Cos Play
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W473
This panel will be an unscripted conversation between the attorneys at Saper Law Offices, LLC, a Chicago-based intellectual property firm, and members of the audience. We will rely on audience participation to raise intellectual property, rights of publicity, and corporate issues as they relate to the comic book industry. Other attendees will learn through this hour-long dialogue. Preference will be given to audience members dressed in costume!

Star Wars Origami
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W476
Master folder Chris Alexander, author of STAR WARS ORIGAMI, will demonstrate and teach the master folding techniques to make Star Wars origami figures. Attendees will fold an exclusive model along with art from the movies. Materials included!

The CHEW Panel
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W470a
John Layman and Rob Guillory, the creators of the multi-Eisner and Harvey Award-winning, New York Times Best-selling and much-beloved CHEW sit down for an all-encompassing panel that will no doubt run off the rails and degrade into fart jokes. Learn the origins of this strange comic and what lies ahead! Marvel at Layman’s utter cynicism! Behold Rob’s unnatural love of pie! YOU WILL LOVE IT

VALIANT 2013: HARBINGER WARS AND BEYOND
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W471
Everything you need to know about the Valiant Universe in 2013 will be revealed right here! With HARBINGER WARS just getting started, what surprises lay in wait for the brutal first collision of BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER? Can X-O MANOWAR conquer the forces of PLANET DEATH? Where — and when — are ARCHER & ARMSTRONG headed next? And what surprise heroes will SHADOWMAN draft into his battle against the Deadside? Join Valiant CCO Dinesh Shamdasani, Executive Editor Warren Simons, and a slew of surprise to guests to find out the answers to what the future holds. Plus no fan will want to miss an exclusive round of announcements that will rock 2013! The future of the Valiant Universe starts right here, only at C2E2!

Crafts & Coloring with Wooby & Peep
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm — Family Room W375a
Meet the characters of the new children’s picture book WOOBY & PEEP through fun crafts and coloring activities. Work out your creative passions through crayons, glue-stick your way to giddiness, and construct a character to take home. Plus fun giveaways, autographed by the author herself.

FUTURTISTIC FRIGHT: Science-Fiction Novelists Imagine Far-Future Worlds
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm — W475b
Get your fill of Telepaths, Tech Wars, space odysseys and alien forces on this science fiction panel.  What happens when technology takes over, aliens invade, and civilizations are on the brink of destruction? Authors discuss the technological catastrophes, supernatural occurrences, and galaxy quests in the pages of their science-fiction.

J Scott Campbell Q&A
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm — W470b
Best known for the co-creation of the comic book series Gen, Danger Girl, and Wildsiderz, along with his work as an artist on the Spider-Man series, J Scott Campbell is here to discuss his impressive career within the comic book industry.

The Nerdologues
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm — Variant Stage
The Nerdologues is a comedy show created by a group of comedians from Chicago. The Nerdologues explore and lampoon Nerd and pop culture through hilarious sketches, viral videos (on the internet!) and personal stories. The Nerdologues have performed at San Fran Sketchfest, Chicago Sketchfest, Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Second City’s Donny’s Skybox, iO Chicago, C2E2, and the New York City Comic Con. They ask the important questions, like: “Why don’t the doors on the Death Star fail open?” That’s an egregious engineering error. nerdologues.com ; @nerdologues

Comedy Mutant with Brian Posehn, Myq Kaplan and Mike Drucker
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm — IGN Theater
C2E2 is bringing you a side-splittingly funny FREE comedy event! C2E2’s Comedy Show will feature Comedy Mutant comedians Brian Poshen (The WB’s Mission Hill, Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program), Myq Kaplan (Last Comic Standing) and Mike Drucker (Saturday Night Live). Don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy this knee-slapping stand-up performance!

Modern Swordplay Demo
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
See what medieval swordsman ship really looked like! The Chicago Swordplay Guild is going to demonstrate their skill and shed some light on what the martial arts of the medieval world looked like. Movies and myths imply that that swordsman ship in Europe was crude, thuggish, and untrained. We’ll show you that is was fast, elegant, and mercilessly efficient with entertaining displays with the long sword, rapier and dagger, sword and buckler, and combat in full medieval armor. There will be time for Q&A, and show and tell of actual swords, armor and training gear. If you ever wanted to see the real thing up close, here’s your chance!

Speed Dating
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm — W183a
Looking for love in all the wrong Cantinas? Back again by popular demand is C2E2 Speed Dating, brought to you by our friends at Sci-Fi Speed Dating. Come join us for a round filled with good music, great company and the thrilling potential to meet your own super hero or shinobi! Speed Dating’s blind dates last three minutes, but if sparks fly, you’re set for a lifetime of live. Five sessions will be held at C2E2 and they’re all free for C2E2 fans.

Advanced Digital Inking Techniques with Brian Haberlin
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm — W476
Learn how to digitally ink and take all your black-and-white artwork to the next level. Comics artist Brian Haberlin will delve into Photoshop’s treasure trove of features old and new, that not only enhance comic applications but make possible countless creative pen and ink opportunities rarely seen before. If you’re serious about your black-and-white artwork, this session is a must.

Dark Horse Spring Fever!
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm — W471
Join Dark Horse Comics director of public relations, Jeremy Atkins, and editor-in-chief Scott Allie for exclusive announcements, information on upcoming titles, and even a surprise guest or two!  Whether you’re daydreaming of a galaxy far far away, spending your nights fighting vampires, or trying to unlock the secrets of an organization bent on controlling people’s minds, this is one panel you won’t wanna miss!

VIZ Media Panel
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm — W470a
Get the latest updates & exciting news from VIZ Media staff on your favorite manga and anime!  You’ll also get the scoop on upcoming releases & projects from VIZ Manga, WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP, kids publishing, Neon Alley channel, and more! Plus, be the first to hear about an exclusive collector’s item, available only during C2E2!

American Ghost Hunter Film Screening
5:15 pm – 7:00 pm — W473
Executive-produced by Ryan Buell (star of A&E’s “Paranormal State”) and Chad Calek (also from “State”), “American Ghost Hunter” is a no-holds-barred documentary film about an Iowa family torn apart by alleged paranormal activity. Legendary writer/director Frank Miller (director of “Sin City” and creator of “300”) praised the documentary, calling it a “convincing” film. The film is slated to be released in the fall, but attendees of C2E2 will be one of the first audiences to see this “fantastic, sad and beautiful film” (author Stefan Petrucha, “The X-Files”).

Marvel Heroes: Get Ready for Action
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm — W470b
The Marvel MMO you’ve been waiting for is almost here! Get the inside scoop on the next big thing in Marvel gaming from Gazillion Entertainment. Find out new details about this groundbreaking action RPG MMO, including a first sneak peek at future post-launch content! Pick up a unique giveaway, exclusive to C2E2 and only at this panel!

Supernatural Fan Panel
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm — W475b
Join the coordinators of the Chicago-based Supernatural fan convention WinchestMidwest for an open discussion on the hit CW show, “Supernatural”. Filled with video clips from all 8 seasons, this panel will entertain and inform both new and old fans. So gas up the 1967 Impala and take a ride with us into the world of Sam and Dean Winchester for an hour of Supernatural spoilers and speculation! There will also be a display of art department props from the last eight seasons in the room. And as a special treat, the first 100 panel attendees will receive a goodie bag filled with C2E2 Exclusive Supernatural swag.

Vertigo: A View from the Cutting Edge of Comics
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm — W474
Join the writers and artists behind the acclaimed and award-winning brand for a panel about the weird, the wild and the always unexpected with all-star talent!

Wikia Cosplay Contest
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm — Variant Stage
Wikia’s Lifestyle vertical matches its user’s passion for pop culture topics like comic books, video games, movies, and TV shows with the lifestyle motifs that are a large part of those worlds. So when it came to planning a Lifestyle track for Wikia’s C2E2 participation, we thought the best way to extend that mission would be through fashion and pop culture. Translation: cosplay! Specifically, Wikia will be working with C2E2 to sponsor a cosplay contest focusing on the theme of “heroes” and “villains.” Come to the event as your favorite from any existing media (comics, anime, film, television, etc.) or create a good guy/bad guy of your own. The choice is yours! You’ll just have to impress our panel of expert judges (distinguished members of the Wikia community) for the chance to win big prizes!

Taste of Medieval Swordplay
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Learn From the Midwest’s finest Western Martial Arts instructors. a one hour session on the basics of the Medieval Long Sword, or the elegant Rapier of the Italian renascence. Either way, you will get lesson on how to use it and basic theory that drives medieval fighting schools. If have ever wanted to fight like a knight, or a duelist, this is your chance to try it for free! Don’t miss this opportunity! All needed gear will be provided, just bring your self. Spectators welcome.

Bruce Boxleitner’s LANTERN CITY
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm — W471
LANTERN CITY is a new steampunk inspired television series in development by Executive Producers and Co-Creators, Bruce Boxleitner (TRON, BABYLON 5) and Trevor Crafts. LANTERN CITY will provide a rich world for both fans of steampunk and epic series television enthusiasts and ask the viewer the pivotal questions: “How far would you go to be with the person you love?”, and “What lengths would you go to in order to survive?”. Bruce, Trevor and series writer Matthew Daley will be at C2E2 to providing information and answer questions on the series, and show the current trailer and series concept art. Additionally as a C2E2 exclusive, cast member Mira Furlan (BABYLON 5, LOST) will be joining the panel to discuss her role as Martha Ellen Gray. Definitely not a panel to miss! For more information on this exciting steampunk series and the producers, and cast, please check out the Lantern City website at http://www.lanterncitytv.com, FB: Facebook/lanterncitytv.com, and Twitter: #lanterncitytv.

Comicpreneurs: Secrets of Successful Pop Culture Start-ups
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm — W476
Get a rare look behind the scenes as leading pop culture entrepreneurs share their secrets of building successful pop culture businesses! Join author and futurist Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture), comiXology co-founder John Roberts, Ted Adams of IDW Publishing and Dinesh Shamdasani of Valiant for a unique view of the business side of pop culture.

Nerd City
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm — W470a
The boys are back. Hosting their FOURTH C2e2 panel, Nerd City brings their signature dose of mayhem to the con festivities yet again. Infamous for troublemaking and their twisted sense of humor, this year’s panel, as always, features special guests, booze-fueled insanity, and prizes! Prizes, I say! Be there or regret it for the rest of your Nerdy life.

Chicago Comics From The Chicago Scene
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm — W470b
Ever wonder how Chicago’s best-known comic creators teamed up to make the Windy City’s scene soar? Learn all about Chi-Town’s four-color community in a special panel featuring “Hack/Slash” and “Revival” creator Tim Seeley and his Four Star Studio mates, indie icons like “Incredible Change-Bots” artist Jeffrey Brown, “Cry Yourself To Sleep” cartoonist Jeremy Tinder, “Life With Mr. Dangerous” cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier and many more local artists. Moderated by Comic Book Resources News Editor Kiel Phegley.

Peter Davison Q&A and Doctor Who Screening
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — W474
The Doctor time travels to C2E2! Join the discussion with the actor who played the lead role in Doctor Who as he discusses his high-profile career. After the Q&A there will be a special screening of the last episode starring Peter Davison, “Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani”, brought to C2E2 by THE ULTIMATE-TV.

ZETMAN Screening
7:15 pm – 8:15 pm — W473
Don’t miss this intense dark action anime, presented by VIZ Media, with characters designed by creator Masakazu Katsura (VIDEO GIRL AI, TIGER & BUNNY and more)! “ZET,” the one who is entrusted with the future of mankind. “ALPHAS,” the one who is searching for the meaning of true justice. They will be the ones who will change the world. Is it coincidence or fate that brings these two heroes together? Soon, the two will learn what fate has in mind for them…

C2E2 Charity Auction
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm — W475b
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Please join us for the 2nd Annual Charity Art Auction at C2E2! Come on down and bid with other art enthusiasts for the chance to own a piece of original art from some of your favorite creators including Olivier Coipel, Geof Darrow, Ethan Van Sciver, Katie Cook, Joe Prado, Chris Samnee, Tim Seeley, Agnes Garbowska, Chris Giarrusso, David Petersen, Mico Suayan & Joe Staton. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and your participation in this event will help support lifesaving research and treatment for the children of St. Jude. HAVE FUN. GET ART. SAVE LIVES.

An Evening with Kevin Smith
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm — IGN Theater
SOLD OUT. Fans must have previously purchased a ticket to this event. Both a C2E2 Badge and “An Evening with Kevin Smith” ticket are required to enter this event. Join us for “An Evening with Kevin Smith” in the Main Events Hall at C2E2. Spend some time with the legendary filmmaker, actor and writer Kevin Smith! Most known for the world he created in Clerks, and since expanded in Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks II, has also written, directed, and produced projects including Cop Out and Red State. In the comics world, he’s penned stories for heroes including Spider-Man, Daredevil, Green Arrow, Batman, and Green Hornet. Online, he is behind the SModcast podcast and SModcast Internet Radio channel featuring regular weekly podcasts from Smith and over 20 of his contemporaries and collaborators. On television, he stars in his own reality television series, Comic Book Men on AMC. *Please note: this is a separate ticketed event and is currently sold out. Check back for ticket pick-up instructions.

Husbands: Television and Beyond
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm — W471
Brad Bell and Jane Espenson created Husbands, a marriage equality sitcom with the simple hope of giving life to a show they believed in. Two years later, the show is a critical smash, a popular success, and now a comic book hard cover collection. With moderator Mathew Aaron, Bell and Espenson discuss the future of Husbands and the studio-free creative process. Includes a screening.

Keep Your Pants On 2: Electric Boogalloo
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm — W476
The smash-hit geek dating panel from C2E2 2011 is back! Join BleedingCool.com dating columnists Kate Kotle & Elliott Serrano, along with some surprise, for an evening of fun and hijinx as they talk about “dating for geeks, nerds and the like.”

My Journey Into The Unknown: “Paranormal State’s” Ryan Buell Panel Lecture/Discussion
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm — W470a
Ryan Buell, star of the hit TV series “Paranormal State” will share some of his most terrifying encounters at C2E2, including his time working with the Catholic Church to assess cases of demonic possession, alien encounters and spirits from beyond. Buell will also unveil details about his upcoming book and new TV show project.

Wikia Expert Showcase
8:15 pm – 9:15 pm — W470b
The Wikia Expert Showcase is an ongoing video series where members from Wikia.com’s most active and robust communities join in a rapid-fire, moderated discussion on fun pop culture topics. Entire episodes are dedicated to the likes of “Star Wars v2.0,” “The ongoing depiction of Iron Man on the big screen,” “The *new* Final Frontier and where Paramount plans to Trek in it,” etc.  Wikia will be hosting a “live” version of the series at C2E2, focusing on the convention’s largest studio panel. Join us as key members of the Wikia community (as well as a surprise celebrity guest or two) dissect C2E2’s most popular presentation — lending an “expert” voice to the true fans.  Program specifics and panel guests will be announced soon!

BERSERK THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING Screening
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm — W473
VIZ Media brings the arms and armor action of BERSERK to C2E2! Produced by the acclaimed Studio 4C, the first installment in the movie trilogy follows Guts, a lone mercenary, as he travels a land where a hundred-year-old war is taking place. His ferocity and ability to kill enemies attracts the attention of Griffith, leader of the mercenary group “The Band of the Hawk,” and Guts is recruited to the unit. Thanks to their continued victories on the battlefield, the bond between Guts and Griffith deepens, but despite all their success, Guts begins to question his reasons for fighting for Griffith’s dream. Unknown to Guts, this unyielding dream is about to bestow a horrible fate on them both!

C2E2 2013 - Day Separator - Sunday April 28Hunger Games Costume Tour Exhibit
10:00 am – 5:00 pm — Booth #1209
You don’t have to volunteer as tribute this year to get close to the Hunger Games. Get a glimpse at the garb from District 12 and the extravagance hailing from The Capital in the Hunger Games Costumes Exhibit! The exhibition tour will be making its rounds through the nation’s districts with a special stop at C2E2. Fans will have the opportunity to see original movie costumes worn by Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland and more! The exhibit will be located in Booth #1209 and is brought to you by Blacksparrow Productions. Don’t miss your chance to see a piece of Hollywood magic and “may the odds be ever in your favor”!

Ben’s Bubble Show
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — Variant Stage
Ben’s bubble Show is a unique form of entertainment that combines art and science with a touch of magic. Ben uses his bare hands and a few simple tools to create beautiful, humorous, and mind boggling soap bubble sculptures. He even puts people inside bubbles! Outdoors, he creates giant bubbles-some as big as a car. He also makes bubble blizzards… hundreds of softball sized bubbles in just a few seconds. Add some humor and audience participation and you get one of a kind entertainment that’s sure to please young and old alike.

Crowdsourcing: Kickstarting Your Way to Success
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — W470a
The emergence of Kickstarter and other crowdsourcing services has revolutionized and reinvigorated the marketplace for creator-owned projects. Creators are finding an entirely new audience for their works, and crowdsourcing is breaking down the barriers in comics, prose, gaming, technology and design. Join us as Jason Wood – co-host of the 11 O’Clock Comics podcast and backer of several dozen Kickstarter campaigns, moderates an all-star panel (Stegman, Browne, Forbeck, Hite & WIndmarch) of creators who have successfully funded projects that have far exceeded their goals. Learn the Dos and Don’ts of a successful project, from inception to delivery, from people that have done it many times over.

Derf Backderf on My Friend Dahmer
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — W473
Derf Backderf is the author of critically acclaimed, original graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer. Backderf, a high school classmate Jeffery Dahmer’s, gives a unique perspective on the notorious serial killer. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Backderf, he was “Jeff,” a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways and car rides. Using a combination of his own memories and journals, conversations with old friends, and Dahmer’s interviews and transcripts, writer-artist Backderf unveils a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man–a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a misfit who never quite fit in with his classmates–struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche.

Superhero Obstacle Course
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Little Beans Cafe is an imaginative playspace and cafe geared towards children ages 6 months-6 years . Join us and let your little superhero’s imaginations run wild as they blast through our mini obstacle course.

U Cre-8 Comics Presents: Character Crafters
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Are you the next GREAT comic creator?! Take the Raconteur’s challenge and design your own character from start to finish! Establish powers, design costume ideas, create an origin story and more with U Cre-8 Comics — the PERFECT jumpstart to YOUR comic universe!

Kidditch – Quidditch Training for Kids
11:00 am – 1:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Are you a Harry Potter fan? Or do you like to run around and have fun? Join the International Quidditch Association and play “Kidditch” (Kids Quidditch)! We’ll be introducing this sport to kids of all ages by explaining the rules and teaching them how to play. Kids will be able to run around with brooms, toss around the quaffle, throw bludgers or chase the snitch in a designated “training” area. They will also participate in mini games to give quidditch a try. Most importantly, we want everyone to make friends and have a great time! Brooms up!

Vintage Toys & Pop Culture Auction
11:00 am – 3:00 pm — W476
Presented by Blacksparrow Auctions, the Vintage Toys & Pop Culture Auction features one of the largest collection of original Kenner Star Wars action figures, each graded by AFA. The auction also includes original artwork used for vintage coloring books and jigsaw puzzles that showcase the Pink Panther, Bugs Bunny, Jonny Quest, The Flintstones, Masters of the Universe, Popeye, and much more. Original mint in box Star Trek action figures from the 1960s will be in this auction, as well as Silver Age CGC-graded comics, such as Amazing Spider-Man #1 and Fantastic Four #1. The highlight item is an exceptional rare 1978 Kenner hand-painted hardcopy prototype 15″ scale figure of Darth Vader. This is the ultimate Star Wars collectible. Blacksparrow Auctions is honored to work with ReedPop to bring this live auction to C2E2.

Creative Dramatics
11:30 am – 12:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Join Lil Buds Theater for a basic introduction to the dramatic arts, concentrating on imagination and collaborative work. They will be using children’s literature as a basis for dramatic creations. Best for ages 3 to 6.

Getting Ready for Action – Captain Action in 2013
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — W475b
Captain Action, the original superhero action figure, returned to toy shelves last year to overwhelming collector enthusiasm. But the world’s “Original Action Figure” is only getting started.  Join toy company Round 2, Animation House G7 and Dynamite Comics for a peek behind-the-curtain look at the exciting 2013 Action Plans. Panelists include Mike Murphy (Chief Designer, Round 2 Toys), Nick Barrucci (Publisher, Dynamite Comics), Tom Tataronowicz (G7 Animation), J. C. Vaughn (Publisher, Gemstone). Moderated by Ed Catto (Retropreneur, Captain Action).

The Business of Making Comics with Michael Golden
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — W470b
Long considered one of the best storytellers in sequential art, come to this one on one session with the legendary artist of “The ‘Nam,” “G.I. Joe,” “Dr. Strange,” “The Micronauts,” “Batman Family,” and much, much more! Plenty in insider tips from Michael on the business, notes on storytellling and a chance to have your questions answered by the renowned illustrator and storyteller.

VALIANT 2013: THE CRAFT OF COMICS WITH WARREN SIMONS
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — W474
Ever wonder how your favorite Valiant comics are made? Now’s your chance to find out as Valiant Executive Editor and Marvel veteran Warren Simons goes behind the scenes of his favorite titles past and present. In this candid discussion between Simons and some of the industry’s top talent, find out what it takes to put together a compelling story from start to finish, how to make your series stand apart, and just how the editorial process functions at the highest levels. Plus, watch and wait for a few Valiant secrets that might just come spilling through the cracks.

Talk Like a Pirate (& Leave with Treasure!)
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm — Family Room W375a
So you want to sail the seven seas and hunt for treasure? Learn the super-secret pirate salute, help the captain aboard the ship and take home the lost treasure of Misty Island! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

Kids Costume Parade
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm — Variant Stage
Come join us at high noon for a kids only costume showdown! Open to attendees 12 and under, C2E2 will be hosting this special contest just for our future costumers and cosplayers. NEW THIS YEAR: PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. More information to come soon on registration.

Theater Games
12:15 pm – 12:45 pm — Family Room W375a
Through acting games and exercises, students will hone basic acting and theatre skills such as vocal production and character creation, and will master the art of creative collaboration. Brought to you by Lil Buds Theater. Best for ages 7+.

Exorcising the Spectre of the Fake Geek Girl: Discussing geek culture, gate-keeping and sexism
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — W473
This moderated panel will demystify the spectre of the “fake geek girl” that’s been haunting geek culture. Do “fake geek girls” really exist? If so, does it even really matter? Why is there the perception that they are invading geek spaces? Is it really about keeping geek culture “authentic” or about keeping certain people out? And who gets to define what makes one a “real geek” anyway? Six diverse and very opinionated Chicago panelists will tackle these questions and more by discussing some of the blog posts and videos that sparked debate over this topic last year, and sharing their experience of what it’s really like to be geeky women navigating their way through the gates of geek culture. A Q&A session will follow discussion with the panelists. The panel is sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.

FUNimation Channel – The C2E2 Channel Panel
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — W470a
FUNimation Channel, the only channel in the United States airing anime programming 24/7 on TV in HD, is hosting its debut panel at C2E2. Find out what’s hot, what’s new and what’s coming to the channel.

We Are BOOM!
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — W471
BOOM! Vice President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik and Editor Shannon Watters reintroduce BOOM! Studios to the world of comics. This won’t be your average publisher panel droning on and on through a series of press releases and stale cover images. Find out what makes BOOM! Studios different than every other comic publisher in the market and why 2013 will be a transformative year for us. Come Innovate With Us.

Become a Knight
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Queen Elizabeth I is looking for new knights and ladies for her court. Test your mettle and might against the Code of Chivalry and you could be knighted! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

POW! Gadget Making
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Superheroes often build machines that make their jobs easier, whether it be a supercomputer, a walkie-talkie, or a honing device. In honor of Earth Day, POW!Kids will use recycled materials to construct their very own gadgets to aid them in the search and capture of evil doers in Chicago and abroad. Best for ages 3 to 9.

Aw Yeah Comics Drawing Competition and Hullabaloo with Art Baltazar & Franco
12:45 pm – 1:15 pm — Variant Stage
Art Baltazar and Franco, the fan-favorite creators behind Tiny Titans and Superman Family Adventures, take the stage for an old fashioned showdown! Learn from the pros as they sketch your favorite comic book characters in a contest against the audience and each other! Who will win this challenge of the super friends? Come on down to find out!

Hobbit Headlines from The OneRing.net
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — W475b
The Hobbit is here! For more than a decade TheOneRing.net (TORn) has brought fans world-wide the latest happenings on the world of J.R.R. Tolkien in books, live events and film. After a great start, Tolkien fans are eagerly awaiting the next two installments of The Hobbit, and TORn is in the middle of the action! Peter Jackson, a long-time friend to TORn, is back in the director’s chair and TORn’s reporters have been working overtime to find out the latest news and scoops. Expect to be informed, surprised and thrilled about the rumors and developments for the next two movies during this one hour panel.

MARVEL: X-Men
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — W474
As new mutants emerge around the world, the mutant race may just be able to bounce back! Or at least it COULD, without the looming threats of Apocalypse, the Sentinels, and Cyclops himself!  Join us for an all-star panel featuring Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers), Brian Wood (X-Men), Ramón Pérez (Wolverine & the X-Men), and more to get all the details about what’s coming next for Marvel’s mutant heroes!

Writing for Comics
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — W470b
Join top comic writers Justin Jordan (Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Deathstroke), Josh Fialkov (I, Vampire, Echoes) and Andy Schmidtfor a discussion and instructive tips on the art of writing for comics. Writers and editors speak about the process of writing and how the game is played. Want to know how stories come about and learn how to do it yourself—this is the place to start! Presented by Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt.

Danger Dolphin & Entertaining Elephant Live Reading
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Dive into danger and embrace excitement as Thomas Finley orates the adventures of Danger Dolphin and Entertaining Elephant!

Reading with Pictures – Live Reading
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm — Variant Stage
Come learn about how getting comics in the classroom can be fun and educational. There will be live read-alongs of our favorite stories from the Harvey-Award nominated anthology, and the latest news about how you can help get comics into schools and libraries near you! Hosted by Reading with Pictures Marketing Director Trevor Mueller. Come join us for this engaging panel that’s fun for all ages!

POW! Story Telling
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Family Room W375a
Performing teacher Anya Clingman turns audience suggestions into one-of-a-kind superhero stories inspired by the classics tales of the DC and Marvel universes. All POW!Kids are invited to blast off to a world of singing, dancing, and imagination with Captain Anya. Best for ages 3 to 8.

Archaia Entertainment Presents: Comics Storytelling and the Lost Art of 3D
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W471
Join creators with a special perspective on 3D storytelling in comics for an uncensored discussion of the medium’s benefits and drawbacks, as well as a wide-ranging survey of the highs and lows of 60 years of 3D comics, only at C2E2 2013! Pioneered by a cabal of industrious creators in the early 1950s, anaglyph 3D comics experienced a boom at roughly the same mid-century moment as 3D movies first appeared in cinemas nationwide. 60 years later, 2012 saw the passing of two of the field’s pioneers: comics legend Joe Kubert, one of the format’s credited inventors, and Ray Zone, the famed conversion artist on the most notable 3D comics of the last 30 years. To pay tribute to these lost giants and celebrate the 2013 release of their ambitious, all-3D graphic novel THE JOYNERS IN 3D from Archaia, writer R.J. Ryan (Syndrome) and New York Times Bestselling illustrator David Marquez (All-New X-Men, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man) have invited a panel of creatives from across comics to dig deep into the medium’s checkered history of using 3D as a storytelling tool. The multimedia presentation will include big-screen glimpses of comics’ most famous—and most forgettable—3D projects, as well as a brief, exclusive sneak peek at Ryan & Marquez’s epic 3D melodrama, THE JOYNERS IN 3D. Moderated by Word Balloon podcast host John Siuntres.

Face Painting
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Unlock your animal spirit or super hero with Thomas Finley’s free face painting!

FOES, FANGS & FUR: A Look Inside Urban Fantasy Novels:
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W470a
Vampires have staked their claim on readers and werewolves have certainly taken a bite out of pop-fiction. But these paranormal creatures aren’t the only ones that run havoc in the pages of urban fantasy novels. Authors discuss the villains, vixens, magic, and mayhem in their novels —from witches to gargoyles to zombies and beyond!

Misfit Heights Screening
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm — W473
A zombie puppet musical! Misfit Heights is a film about an apartment building populated by puppets. When a mad scientist’s plan to rule the world with an army of undead goes wrong, it’s up to the last few survivors to fight their way into his secret lab. They try to put an end to his evil plan before they become zombies, or the buildings superintendent returns from vacation and evicts them

Star Wars Academy
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Put on a helmet, take up a blaster, and enlist in the Star Wars Academy! Join members of the 501st Legion’s Midwest Garrison and the Rebel Legion’s Nar Shaddaa Base in this interactive experience that lets kids play the role of stormtrooper cadets! Get trained in marksmanship, navigate an obstacle course, recover the stolen Death Star plans, and engage in a laser shoot-out to the finish! For ages 6 to 12 only. Starting every 5 minutes in this time slot. Nerf blasters provided. Donations to charity are gladly accepted!

ART MASTERS: DRAWING DC
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — W474
What does it take to remake a universe? Immensely talented artists! Join DC Comics artists for a unique peek into their visual approach in shaping DC Comics!

FIRST COMICS
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — W475b
Chicago’s own FIRST COMICS continues its re-launch roll-out with exclusive sneak previews of the FIRST wave of titles, and a special limited edition ashcan for all panel attendees! Panel guests include: Matt Sturges (Jack of Fables), The Fillbach Bros. (Clone Wars), Steve Stern (Frickin’ Butt Kickin’ Zombie Ants), Dan Cote (Zen), Joe Staton (E-Man), Dave Justus (Public Relations), and Omaha Perez (Holmes). Special Guests Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Connor and “The Terror Twins” Directors Sylvia and Jen Soska also join! With First Comics Art Director Alex Wald and Publisher Ken F. Levin.

Meet R.L. Stine who has been Giving Us Goosebumps for 20 Years!
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — W470b
In July 1992, Scholastic introduced a monthly book series by R.L. Stine called Goosebumps: Welcome to the Dead House. Twenty years later, Goosebumps is now one of the best-selling children’s series of all-time—with more than 300 million books sold in 32 languages. The Goosebumps series made R.L. Stine a worldwide publishing celebrity (and Jeopardy answer), and Goosebumps was named the world’s bestselling book series of all time in the 2003 Guinness Book of World Records. Aimed at kids ages 8–12, Goosebumps was a phenomenon. Goosebumps Most Wanted is the latest line of Goosebumps books by author R.L. Stine, described as “a brand new take on terror” features the return of several of the series’ most infamous villains! Attend this Q&A author session for a fun, bone-chilling interview with the man behind the scare. If you dare! Book signing to follow program.

POW! Kids Interactive Mission
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Hey Super-Kids! The Joker has stolen the Crystals of Atlantis and is planning to use them to tear the world apart. On this mission, POW!Kids will create a plan and work as a team using their chosen superpowers to stop The Joker from carrying out his plot of destruction. Since The Joker’s keen skills are calibrated to humans over 18 years old, it will require the youthful, energetic minds of kids to out-do, out-smart and out-think, this green haired villain. Best for ages 4 to 8.

Dinosaurs Alive! by Brookfield Zoo
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm — Variant Stage
Journey back millions of years with Brookfield Zoo as they take you on a unique pre-historic experience. Learn how dinosaurs are still the coolest extinct animals that continue to influence pop culture. There will be some dinosaur trivia, games and prizes. Then head over to the Family Room for a sneak peek of Brookfield Zoo’s new exhibit “Dinosaurs Alive!” which is opening April 6.

Star Wars Origami for Kids
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Master folder Chris Alexander, author of STAR WARS ORIGAMI, will demonstrate and teach the master folding techniques to make Star Wars origami figures. Attendees will fold an exclusive model along with art from the movies. Materials included!

Story Time Adventures
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Take a break from all the crowds and chaos of the convention floor for a moment of whimsy and fun. Join Agnes Garbowska (MyMisiu Gazette, Girl Comics) as she reads out loud her exciting all-ages fantasy adventure story, “Boo Bear and Flo”, illustrated by herself and written by Jack Briglio (Growing Up Enchanted, Scooby Doo)! She’ll need your help as the characters in her stories need voices of their own! Children and adults are encouraged to join in on this story time since it’s bound to get the room bouncing!

MARVEL: Next Big Thing
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W471
From New York City to the edge of the Milky Way and everywhere in between, we’ve got the top talent on hand to talk about all of your favorite heroes and villains as well as make a few surprise announcements! Panelists include Kieron Gillen (Iron Man), Tony Moore (Deadpool), and more as they take on all questions!

Super-Fly Podcast: Live at C2E2
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W470a
For two years and 130+ shows, The “gentlemen” that run Super-Fly Comics and Games have been podcasting about all aspects of the comic business, giving their fractured and hilarious take on the podcasting about all aspects of the comic business, giving their fractured and hilarious take on the goings on of the funny little thing called comics. In that short time, the hosts of the Super-Fly Podcast (on the PanelsOnPages.com PoP!Cast Network) have lent their years of experience in comic retailing to the show and are bringing the funny to Chicago. A Q+A will make sure that you can hold your favorite Super-Fly host accountable for the things they’ve said over the years. Look for possible special guests and a great time. Viva la Moon!

*Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon Screening
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm — W473
This brand new animated/puppet show adventure, available now on DVD, plumbs the depths of Cartoon Lagoon in search of the best and the worst cartoons ever made. (“I didn’t expect to laugh as much as I did. In short, Cartoon Lagoon is a laugh riot.” – TheOtherView.com) Join Wet Willy Jones and Axel Rodd McGee on their undersea quest aboard the MANTA RAY, a cartoon-retrieving vessel commanded by Captain Cornelius Cartoon.

Comic Art–How to make a living doing it!
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — W470b
Join artists Robert Atkins and Rob Anderson for a discussion with former Marvel and IDW Comics editor Andy Schmidt on how to make a living as an artist. From how to get work, how to interview and network, all the way up to how to just draw some kick ass material that will get you noticed!  Presented by Comics Experience!

It’s Super Effective – a Pokémon Panel
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — W475b
It’s Super Effective is the most popular Pokémon Podcast on the web. With over 250 5-Star reviews on iTunes, and the winner of two Shorty-Awards for “Best Podcast on Twitter”, PKMNcast knows how to move a crowd! With that being said, we are happy to keep you entertained with all the Pokémon needs you have in your life. If your a serious Pokémon Trainer, you don’t want to miss this show! From Pokémon news to video games, from TCG to Anime, and from the movie to the toys…  PKMNcast is not shy to cover it all.

Wikia Qwizards
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — W474
What is the top speed of the Millenium Falcon? Who was the final boss of the original Mega Man? What space opera game did Mark Hamill appear in? If you’re the type of person who has the answers to these kinds of questions, you’ll love Wikia Qwizards — a geek culture quiz show where the contestants write questions for each other. This year at C2E2, Wikia will be staging a live-action version of Qwizards and pulling aspiring geek alpha dogs straight from the show floor. The theme for the quiz is science fiction, encompassing games, movies, TV shows, and (of course) books.  Prepare yourself for two days (a semi-final and final round) of game show action!

Brookfield Zoo Crafts & Activities
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm — Family Room W375a

How to Play Quidditch 101
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Have you ever wished YOU could play quidditch? Now you can! Join the International Quidditch Association at C2E2 on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 for some excitement and fun! The IQA will be leading demonstration matches between two official Quidditch teams on both days.  After each demo match, the IQA will open up the pitch for pick-up games! Fans can join in and play with each other for a one hour period. This is something you don’t want to miss! Come see quidditch in full-action and find out why it’s the sport everyone’s talking about!

Songs of Dragons and the Dungeons in Which They Dwell
3:45 pm – 4:15 pm — Variant Stage
Spend time with Dan the Bard and his own compositions about rangers and wizards, bards and barbarians, manticores…and owlbears! The music of Dan the Bard is a combination of original and period pieces, heavily influenced by folk music and the humor of filk music. Dan is the music director at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and has been performing since 1995. He has also performed at GENCON in Indiana, CODCON in Glen Ellyn, and GARYCON in Lake Geneva. Hear what happened this one time… at Bard Camp…

C2E2 Team Panel Q&A
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W473
We hope you had the best time at C2E2 and that your experience was epic. The C2E2 Team will be sitting down with Fans to hear what you thought of the show, what you’d like to see more of and let you help build C2E2 2014!

Wooby and Peep Stage Reading
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Bring the kiddos to an engaging reading from the picture book WOOBY AND PEEP and see what happens when an unlikely friendship forms between a pensive bear who has a passion for petunias and a peppy bird who has a knack for creating disasters with just a touch of her wingtip.

Writing for Video Games
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W470a
David Rodriguez, Narrative Designer on the upcoming Skylanders: SWAP Force game, will give an overview of what it means to be a Designer and Writer within the game industry. We will review the sorts of specialties that exist within the discipline and then delve into the process of game creation within a corporate structure, focusing on the different levels of collaboration required to create a successful product. Lastly, we will talk about what you can do if you are looking for a career in the industry and then move into Q & A.

Storytime with the Ghost Busters: Chicago Division
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm — Variant Stage

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Programming for Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2012

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Library
10:30AM – 11:30AM Location: N426a
What do you get when you mix adults, teenagers, children, babies, seniors, professionals, parents, teachers, students, homeschoolers, and the homeless? That very funniest of places, your local public library. In this hilarious whirlwind tour behind the reference desk you’ll meet the instantly recognizable staff and patrons of the fictional Mallville Public Library, and learn what really makes librarians tick. Find out why Jennifer Holm (Babymouse) says “Unshelved puts the Graphic in Libraries”. Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes are co-creators of Unshelved, the world’s only daily comic strip set in a public library.

Reading With Pictures: The Future of Comics in the Classroom
10:45AM – 11:45AM Location: N426b
Find out how YOU can help get comics into schools and get schools into comics in this informational seminar hosted by some of the biggest names in the world of comics and education. Join Josh Elder of Reading With Pictures and several educational professionals as they unveil their plans for 2012 and beyond.

Learning Illustrated: How Comics Are Used In The Classroom
11:45AM – 12:45PM Location: N426a
All over the U.S., educators are using comics to teach their students. Whether students are learning history, science, or sentence structure, comics are engaging students in ways text alone cannot. Come to this session if you would like to learn more about how and why comics are being used at all levels of education.

ComicsPRO: a Retail Trade Association
12:00PM – 1:00PM Location: N426b
Do you own a comic book store? If so, there are many ways that ComicsPRO can help your business! Non-member retailers and ComicsPRO members are invited to an informal panel for updates on the association and free giveaways!

Wonder Twin Powers, Activate: The Library-Retailer Partnership
1:00PM – 2:00PM Location: N426a
Libraries and local comics shops share a common goal: leveraging their strong bodies of knowledge in order to cultivate a passionate local community. In this panel, members of the library and retail environments will share their strategies for building a mutually beneficial relationship.

DC Entertainment: Talent Search Orientation
1:00PM – 2:00PM Location: N426c
Join DCE’s VP – Art Direction and Design, Mark Chiarello, for an informative orientation session that will explain how DCE’s Talent Search works and discuss the different needs of the DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD Magazine brands. If you want to learn what DCE looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional, then this is the panel for you! In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.)

Branching Out: Growing your Graphic Novel Collection Beyond the Core Titles
1:15PM – 2:15PM Location: N426b
Branching Out is aimed at teachers and librarians looking to grow their graphic novel and manga collection beyond traditional subject matter. It will look at the growth of non-traditional comic books and manga, specifically focusing on graphic novels for kids, graphic non-fiction, adaptations of classic literature, and the rise of comic books and manga that aren’t strictly focused on super-heroes or ninjas. We will discuss the complications that these books have in finding an audience, and the different methods of discovering and collecting non-traditional graphic novels.

Modern Dragon Lore: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey
2:00PM – 3:00PM Location: N427bc
Dragons are powerful. They are exotic. They are unreachable. And they are one of the hottest trends in science fiction, fantasy, and now paranormal romance. And, in a special event just for C2E2, three celebrated authors join to discuss modern dragon lore, discussing these iconic beasts, their origin myths, evolution, and, most importantly, to come together and celebrate the memory of the late Anne McCaffrey, whose canon lays at the very heart of the modern literary dragon hoard. Featured authors: Yasmine Galenorn, Robin Hobb and Sophie Jordan.

Living the Dream: Making a Living as a Kickstarter and Freelancer
2:30PM – 3:30PM Location: N426a
Learn how to make a living as a writer, both by writing for publishers and by self-publishing your own work with new funding models like Kickstarter. Join multi-industry veterans Matt Forbeck, Kenneth Hite, and Will Hindmarch for this nuts & bolts chat.

The Legal Aspects of Becoming Famous: How to Protect Yourself and Your Creations
2:30PM – 3:30PM Location: N426c
You have created your own comic book hero, he or she can protect the world but only you can protect your rights. If you are an artist, author, software or mobile phone application creator, this panel will show you how to protect yourself and your creations. In this seminar, you’ll learn what you need to do to protect your intellectual property, how not to infringe upon other people’s work, and the legal nuances of landing a publishing deal or becoming famous. Topics will include: forming a corporation; website creation; work for hire agreements; an overview of copyrights, trademarks, and fair use; what to do if someone is improperly using your works; and how to avoid improperly using someone else’s works. Michael Lee, Esq. of the law firm Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty, LLP moderates this exciting and educational panel that is followed by a question and answer session.

DC Direct
2:30PM – 3:30PM Location: S402ab
DC Direct is one of the most creative companies that produce the highest quality collectibles for the direct market. Come join creative services director Jim Fletcher and the amazing talent behind the figures as they discuss their line of current projects, and the future plans involving the DC Comics – The New 52!

Comics Experience: Comic Art and Storytelling
2:45PM – 3:45PM Location: N426b
The greatest Comic book minds of our time divulge the greatest secrets of all time. Join us for the top tips for telling a clear and great story in comics. How, as an artist, do you approach great looking art and telling a story? How’s it different from illustration work? What is the process used by most working professionals? These insights are not to be missed. Presented by Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt.

Archaia Presents: Coming Soon from Archaia Entertainment…
2:45PM – 3:45PM Location: S401abc
The publisher behind Mouse Guard, The Killer, Return of the Dapper Men, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, and other great titles is gearing up for another spectacular year, and here’s where you get to hear all about it! Get the inside scoop on upcoming titles, new projects, and exclusive announcements as Archaia sets its sights on the rest of 2012 and beyond. Join Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy, David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Khang Le (Hawken), Andrew E. C. Gaska (Space: 1999), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Royden Lepp (Rust), Nate Cosby (Cow Boy), Sean Rubin (Bolivar), and other guests as they give you a sneak peek of what’s to come!

The Nerdologues
3:30PM – 4:30PM Location: Variant Stage
The Nerdologues is a sketch comedy show written and performed by a group of comedians from the iO and The Second City training programs who revel in all things nerdy. Through the use of sketch and solo material, the show weaves an entertaining experience that cannot be seen anywhere else. The focus of their show is centered around true stories from the Nerds’ lives. The show also features comedic sketches that focus on what it is like living as a nerd. Namely, a lot of comic book and gaming humor. The show was created by Nerds for Nerds. The Nerdologues combine true tales of geekery with nerd themed sketch comedy. They like to ask the important questions, like: “Why don’t the doors on the Death Star fail open?” Called “inspired” by the Chicago Tribune, they also called us “self aware, self-deprecating” and said the show “earns its title.” Well, yeah. The Nerdologues have performed at San Fran Sketchfest, Chicago Sketchfest, Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Second City’s Donny’s Skybox, iO Chicago, and New York Comic Con. Find them online at http://www.nerdologues.com. Tweet @nerdologues

Writing for Television
3:45PM – 4:45PM Location: N426a
TV writer-producer and Chicago native Steve Kriozere will present an overview and discussion of working in the field of scripted television. Kriozere is the Executive Producer and co-creator of Femme Fatales, the surprise summer hit on Cinemax which Entertainment Weekly hailed as a “badass chick anthology.” He also worked as a writer-producer on the first season of USA Network’s Necessary Roughness. His past credits include N.C.I.S, Castle, V.I.P., Sliders, MTV’s Animated Spider-Man and the SyFy Channel original movie “Dead and Deader.” Kriozere also wrote the original graphic novel “Elvis Van Helsing” published by AiT/PlanetLar.

Comics Experience: Building Your Art Portfolio
3:45PM – 4:45PM Location: N426c
The most useful panel you’ll ever attend as an artist. Let’s cut through everything else and get right to getting you work! How to prepare your portfolio: What to include, where to get good scripts to draw from, what NOT to include, and how to handle a portfolio review in a professional manner (in other words, how to turn a negative into a positive!).

Dark Horse Spring Fever!
3:45PM – 4:45PM Location: N427bc
Join Dark Horse Director of Public Relations, Jeremy Atkins, for a look at all that the publisher has on tap for the coming year. Show up for exclusive news on all of the fresh spring titles like The Massive, B.P.R.D.- Hell On Earth, and Alabaster, as well as a sneak peek at the publisher’s hot new summer line!

Food and Comics
3:45PM – 4:45PM Location: S402ab
Join Stephanie Izard, C.B. Cebulski, Jill Thompson, Brian Azzarello, Kevin Pang, and Ron Richards as they share the stage for an hour talking about the new horizons in foodie culture and comics culture and where they often and appetizingly interconnect.

Join the 2D Digital Revolution
4:00PM – 5:00PM Location: N426b
Doug Hills (Dixon’s Notch, Manga Studio for Dummies), Lar DeSouza (Least I Could Do, Blind Ferret Entertainment), Reilly Brown (Cable/Deadpool, Amazing Spider-Man, Power Play), Joe Eisma (Morning Glories), Ray Frenden and Fahim Niaz (Smith Micro Software Productivity & Graphics Group) will discuss the tools and trends leading to the explosive growth in digital comics and manga creation. This all-star cast will offer tips and tricks available to any artist for getting and building a global fanbase by using digital technologies!

MARVEL: House of Ideas
4:00PM – 5:00PM Location: S401abc
Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology while bringing you fans what you’ve come to love? Well this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news on what’s happening on the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited and more in this can’t miss panel.

Nerdist Industries Live!
4:15PM – 5:15PM Location: IGN Theater
Chris Hardwick, host of AMC’s Talking Dead and BBC America’s The Nerdist, will host a lively discussion of Nerdist Industries’ newest venture: the all-new Nerdist Channel on YouTube. Other topics will include The Nerdist News daily email newsletter and the expanding network of podcasts. Special guests will include Bob Schreck, Editor-in-Chief of Legendary Comics, Nerdist Channel contributors like Alison Haislip and other podcasts celebrities. Join Chris and friends for some no-holds barred conversation and exciting announcements.

CSC-1: Comics and the Cold War: Constructions of Morality and Gender
4:15PM – 5:30PM Location: S401d
Samantha Doerge (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) looks at how Cold War questions about moral and civic duty from the 1960s contributed to the development of Marvel Comics and the Marvel antihero. Christina L. Blanch (Ball State University) examines how Mort Weisinger used Lois Lane as a vehicle to express his own often-disturbing personal anxieties and fears about women, love, and the budding feminist movement. Adriana Estrada (University of Houston) uses moral panic theory and labeling theory to investigate how the crusade against comic books of the 1940s and 1950s was a major setback for the progression of the medium—a set back that the medium is still recovering from today.

It’s Alive! Alive! The Monster Mash-up of Creativity and Collaboration in Chicago’s Vital Horror Community
4:45PM – 5:45PM Location: Variant Stage
Collaborative art forms like Comics, Theatre, and Film require many artists coming together to bring a beast to life. Once the monster lives, it needs an audience to feed on in order to thrive. WildClaw Theatre’s mission is to bring the world of Horror to the Chicago Stage. In our five years, we have made some wonderful friends who share our love for all the things that go bump in the night. Learn from our collective successes and mistakes as a panel of professionals from comics, retail, film, theatre, and journalism discuss the creative collaborative process, marketing, and that special something that makes the horror community of Chicago a killer force that just won’t die.

The State of Play in Tabletop Roleplaying Gaming
5:00PM – 6:00PM Location: N426a
From bold indie sensations like FIASCO and TECHNOIR to the rumblings of D&D 5th Edition, this panel brings you up to speed on the ever-wider world of tabletop roleplaying games. A panel of professional RPG designers discusses the state of RPG play, design, and the industry, and looks as far into the future as they can. They’ll spotlight great games you might have missed, and highlight designers to watch.

Silver Age Trivia Challenge
5:00PM – 6:00PM Location: N426c
Mark Waid takes on a panel of trivia geeks to see who knows more useless information about Marvel and DC comics from the Silver Age! Join moderator Craig Shutt, writer of the Ask Mr. Silver Age column for the Comics Buyer’s Guide and match your own brain cells against some of the fastest and knowledgeable trivia geeks in fandom!

Young Adult Paranormal Panel
5:00PM – 6:00PM Location: N427bc
As if being a teenager isn’t hard enough, these authors add vampires, shape-shifters, deadly assassins, and ruthless government agents into the mix! Rachel Caine’s protagonist, Claire Danvers, finds herself in the small college town of Morganville which is completely run by vampires. Veronica Wolff sends Drew to an island where girls fight to the death in order to survive, while Kelley Armstrong’s Maya lives in a small medical-research town with its share of skeletons in the closet. David Macinnis Gill pens the adventures of seventeen year old Durango, who has gone from being Mars’ most notorious mercenary to its most notorious outlaw. Kiera Cass pits the reluctant America Singer against 34 other girls in a competition of a lifetime to win Prince Maxon’s heart. On this panel, Young Adult authors explore teen drama with the added dimension of violent rebel attacks, vampire invasion, or snarky artificial intelligence implants in the brain.

DC All Access
5:00PM – 6:00PM Location: S402ab
A lot can happen in a year! Come by for unfiltered access to DC Comic’s top Editors as they talk all things DC! Find out what’s going on behind the scenes at DC Comics! Joining the All-Access party will be some of the industry’s top talent including David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Kevin Maguire (Worlds’ Finest) and Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing), so don’t miss out!

ComiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital!
5:15PM – 6:15PM Location: N426b
Digital comics are the hottest topic and fastest growing segment of the comic industry – with comic fans, retailers and publishers embracing this new distribution and retail model. From self–publishing to same day as print releases, Digital Retailer Storefronts, and more, comiXology is the undisputed leader in this the digital charge. Join CEO and co-founder of comiXology David Steinberger along with some special guests as we have an open discussion on…everything digital. All topics are game!

Jhonen Vasquez Q&A
5:15PM – 6:15PM Location: S401abc
Meet Invader Zim and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac creator, Jhonen Vasquez, for a unique Q&A experience that will stimulate all the happy parts of your brain.

CSC-2: Constructions of Race, Gender, and Childhood
5:30PM – 6:45PM Location: S401d
Mark Heimermann (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) explores the post-apocalyptic construction of childhood at odds with more traditional, contemporary notions of children as innocent in The Walking Dead as a nostalgic notion that may need to be abandoned and in Sweet Tooth in which children may be sacrificed for the good of the adults. Chris Deis (Depaul University) focuses on how the well intended, racially inclusive and multicultural blockbusters X-Men: First Class and Captain America: The First Avenger ironically misrepresent history and reinforce a very pernicious and problematic type of colorblind racism. David John Mitchell (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) explores the archetype of the femme/butch duo in Love & Rockets, Strangers in Paradise, and Wapsi Square to break down what is appealing and compelling about the femme/butch archetype and why it consistently reappears in the rare female-led titles.

Costume Contest
6:00PM – 7:00PM Location: Variant Stage
C2E2 is presenting three costume contests for fans to get up on stage, show off, and maybe take home a prize or two. There’s no pre-registration necessary for C2E2’s Costume Contests. Instead, simply come by a half hour before each contest to register. We’ll be signing up fans first come, first served, with the first 30 fans taking the stage for each showcase.

Chicago Cartoons – The Windy City Animation Of J.J. Sedelmaier Productions
6:15PM – 7:15PM Location: N426a
For over two decades J.J. Sedelmaier has produced over 500 animated projects, and many of these have been for services and clients in his hometown of Chicago ! Sedelmaier has put together a select compilation of animated commercials and films especially for 2012 C2E2 ! Come see spots for Northern Trust, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Alka-Seltzer, and many more ! J.J. Sedelmaier will be in attendance for a short Q&A session following the screening !

Cyanide & Happiness
6:15PM – 7:15PM Location: N426c
The creators of the hit comic Cyanide & Happiness show animated clips and shorts and take questions from the audience.

Tom Morello Q&A
6:15PM – 7:15PM Location: N427bc
Want to meet the lead guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Street Sweeper Social Club as well as the acoustic solo act The Nightwatchman? Well all-star guitarist Tom Morello will be having a Q&A session just for you!

Hollywood Treasure
6:15PM – 7:15PM Location: S402ab
Hollywood Treasure is a documentary-reality series that delves into the fascinating world of collecting showbiz and pop culture memorabilia, including science fiction and fantasy props and costumes. The series follows Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History and the world’s largest auctioneer of original movie, television and pop culture collectibles. Each episode follows Joe and his crew as they travel the globe searching for the most compelling, rare, and sought-after Hollywood memorabilia. Sometimes combing through basements and attics to uncover lost Hollywood treasure, and other times meeting with celebrities to view their personal keepsakes, Joe tracks leads and does whatever it takes to seal the deal for a piece of Hollywood history. Each episode, Joe presides over world-class auctions, where the collectibles are sold to fans and collectors from around the world. Hollywood Treasure season two premieres on Tuesday, May 22 at 10PM on SyFy. Profiles in History next auction will be Captain America: The First Avenger on Saturday, April 14 at 6pm at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2).

Comics And Pop Music
6:30PM – 7:30PM Location: N426b
Comic Books and pop music started out as disposable forms delivered in small doses. Both forms became emblematic of youth culture and rebellion in the mid 20th century, faced endless censorship attempts, and have suffered critical reception from dismissive to derisive. Here, Patrick Reed (editor of Depth Of Field magazine) brings together a panel of artists and publishers to discuss the ties between music and graphic storytelling, their common inspirations, the creative and commercial potential in combining the two media, and the history of pop comics– from the Beatlemania tie-ins of the 60s to today’s fan-favorite titles.

MARVEL: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
6:30PM – 7:30PM Location: S401abc
Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking “I could do that…if I knew how!” Well, here’s your chance! Join C.B. Cebulski, Marvel’s Senior Vice President, Creator & Content Development, and a whole host of special guests to find out the answers on how to get your foot in the door at every level in the creative process and how to make your job MARVEL.

CSC-3: Black Comix Lounge
6:45PM – 7:45PM Location: S401d
In recent years there has been an increase in awareness around diversity in the comics industry and medium. As a result, there have been a number of very well articulated depictions of “blackness” in diverse manifestations. Stanford Carpenter (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) John Jennings (University of Buffalo), Ytasha Womack (Post Black) will discuss some of the standout publications both mainstream and independent that have sought to redefine the comics medium through representation of the African American subject. During the weekend, Ytasha Womack is hosting the Sci-Fi Spacetastic Ball, a celebration of the intersection of comics, pop futurism, and Afro-futurism. Come to Black Comix Lounge to get the 411 on this party event.

Superheroes: The Four Origin Groups
7:30PM – 8:30PM Location: N426a
There is a hierarchy among superheroes, a four-tiered caste system of mythical beings. Superman led the first wave of supreme gods, followed by Sub-Mariner and Wonder Woman. Next are gods as powerful as those above them, but unable to claim divinity by birth: demi-gods such as Captain Marvel mentored by metaphysical masters; or, like Flash, created by super science. Humans like Batman, gifted with special athletic and mental abilities, but still mortal and vulnerable, occupy the lowest level. Hosts J.J. Sedelmaier and Michael Bonesteel, along with panelists Sal Abbinanti and Eric Thornton discuss historical and contemporary ramifications of this system.

ItsJustSomeRandomGuy
7:30PM – 8:30PM Location: N426c
The YouTube sensation (and creator of the “Hi, I’m a Marvel…and I’m a DC” Mac/PC parody videos), ItsJustSomeRandomGuy is back at C2E2! In previous years, RandomGuy has premiered new episodes of the parody series “Marvel/DC: Happy Hour” and “Marvel/DC: Zero Hour.” What new videos will he premiere this time? Come find out! Plus Q&A and more!

The Geek Girl and the Artist: Women’s Perspectives on Geek Culture, Gender Identity and Art/Media
7:30PM – 8:30PM Location: N427bc
This panel highlights the experiences of six diverse female Chicago-based artists and communicators, ranging from professionals to hobbyists, who share a love of all things geek. The panelists will discuss how geek culture and interests have influenced their development as artists and communicators, and shaped their understanding of gender identity. By examining the panelists’ professional and personal experiences, this panel will explore the ways in which geek culture and gender identity intersect with art and media on a larger scale. A Q&A session will follow discussion with the panelists. This panel will be sponsored by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.

Paranormal TV Talk and Q&A with Ryan Buell, star of A&E’s Paranormal State
7:30PM – 8:30PM Location: S402ab
The man behind the hit A&E TV series, bestselling book, and founder of The Paranormal Society – Ryan Buell – will take fans behind the scenes of the most intense cases on his show and reveal the never-before-told paranormal events that led to the founding of the Society. Fans will hear how Ryan and PRS have evolved, both from the beginning and through the advent of the show. A stone cold investigator of the supernatural and seeker of the unknown, Ryan Buell has dedicated his life to working beside countless amounts of families who seem to suffer from the effects of paranormal experiences. Ryan will recount intriguing mysteries surrounding each case and as he faces difficult decisions in the field and struggles with the role of faith (his or those he’s helping). Ryan Buell is the host and Co-Executive Producer of A&E’s hit show PARANORMAL STATE, which follows the paranormal investigation group he founded in 2001. He is also a freelance journalist and hikes with his dog, Xander. He lives in State College, PA.

It’s Super Effective: A Pokémon Panel
7:45PM – 8:45PM Location: N426b
It’s Super Effective is the most popular Pokémon Podcast on the web today. With over 200 five star reviews in iTunes, It’s Super Effective is funny, informative, and something you’ll want to come back to weekly. The team, also known as PKMNcast, was created by SBJ to fill the lack of people openly talking about their love of Pokémon. This panel will cover current Pokémon news, strategies, and end with a Q & A.

Mark Waid’s Digital Comics
7:45PM – 8:45PM Location: S401abc
Join comics writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come) and artist Peter Krause (Irredeemable) for a series of big announcements as Waid unveils his new Digital Comics site launching next month! Waid and Krause will debut their new, online-only series with exclusive art and giveaways and talk about their plans for a digital future!

CSC-4: Storytelling and the Artistic Process
7:45PM – 9:00PM Location: S401d
Through close formal analysis of the DC Comics all-star team books featuring the JSA and the JLA, Mark Minett (University of Wisconsin–Madison) develops an account of the core features of this subgenre both in terms of storytelling practice and industrial strategies. Doutorando Fabio Mourilhe (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) counterpoints the view of manga by Osamu Tezuka as popular and easily accessible art and the legitimating process of museums exhibitions, which confronts those who do not consider manga an artistic manifestation. Bradley Schauer (University of Arizona) uses a historical poetics approach examines the narrative complexity Jonathan Hickman’s work on Secret Warriors and The Fantastic Four as a kind of modernist formal play that creates an aesthetic distance between reader and author that is atypical in mainstream superhero comics.

DC Entertainment: Talent Search Orientation
10:00AM – 11:00AM Location: N426b
Join DCE’s VP – Art Direction and Design, Mark Chiarello, for an informative orientation session that will explain how DCE’s Talent Search works and discuss the different needs of the DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD Magazine brands. If you want to learn what DCE looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional, then this is the panel for you! In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.)

+2 Comedy
10:30AM – 11:30AM Location: Variant Stage
Don’t you wish there was a group of stand-up comedians that way just for nerds. Comics that talk about Anime, Comics, Video Games, D&D and all things geek. Then, wouldn’t it be great if they also did a Q&A where they settled all nerd debates like who would win in a fight Boba Fett or Batman? Well you are wasting your time wishing because they exist! They are +2 Comedy and they are here at the con! Come see the “bad boys” of nerd comedy, Noah Houlihan, Will Liam and TJ Del Reno as they act funny for you! First 100 people get double EXP!

The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2012
11:00AM – 12:00PM Location: N426a
Join Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, Joe Benitez, J.T. Krul and more surprise guests as they announce new upcoming Aspen titles and projects and reveal never-before-seen artwork and more. Fans will also be able to ask their favorite Aspen creators questions directly in a Q&A session.

SMBC Comics and SMBC Theater
11:00AM – 12:00PM Location: N426c
Please join Zach Weiner and James Ashby for a panel discussion. We will be talking about webcomics, new projects, doing a Q&A, and watching favorite videos.

The Ladies of Womanthology
11:00AM – 12:00PM Location: N427bc
The ladies of this groundbreaking anthology will talk about their experiences working on the book.

MARVEL: Amazing Spider-Man
11:00AM – 12:00PM Location: S402ab
The adventures of Spider-Man are taking readers to the Ends of The Earth! The Sinister Six, led by the vengeful Doctor Octopus, is back and they’re looking for revenge! Find out all the details right here! That’s right, True Believers, creators Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man) & Ryan Stegman (Scarlet Spider), along with Marvel’s Editor in Chief, Axel Alonso, will be taking any and all questions from YOU the fans! With earth-shattering announcements that will change the life of Peter Parker forever, this is one panel that no Spidey fan can miss!

Kubert School Spotlight and Art Demo with Joe Kubert
11:00AM – 12:30PM Location: S401abc
The Kubert School has been fostering the next generation of talent for the last 35 years. In this spotlight, Joe Kubert (Sgt. Rock, Hawkman), answers all of your questions about the school. During this session, Joe Kubert will also demonstrate his drawing techniques in a live demo where he will create a piece of art based off of an audience suggestion. The piece he creates in the demo will be auctioned off at the panel with the proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

L5
11:00PM – 11:30PM Location: S401d
The crew aboard the spaceship Argo has just awoken from hypersleep to a nightmare. Having spent the last twenty years searching for a new home to salvage humanity from a dying earth they return home and find something has gone terribly wrong. They have been mysteriously impelled 200 years into the future and find not a trace of any human life. The Argo’s Commander, Dr. Richard Adams is determined to find some answers and aided by the ship’s surgeon, Rod Lewis and A.I., Clarke, decides to explore the one clue to humanity’s disappearance: the massive floating O’Neill colony named L5. After an exploratory skiff goes missing inside the colony, Adams and Lewis venture inside themselves to find the answers they seek, though nothing can prepare them for what they are about to find. L5 is a completely crowed-funded production, through the generosity of donors from sites such as kickstarter and indiegogo, the creative team of L5 has spent a year bringing the story to life. They are happy to finally share their work and experience at C2E2.

The Future Of Superheroes
11:15AM – 12:15PM Location: N426b
A panel of A.V. Club critics discuss the future of superheroes: on the page, on the screen, and on television. It’s been 12 years since X-Men kicked off a new wave of superhero movies and the trend shows no sign of slowing down. But just because superheroes are bigger than ever, does that mean they’re better? We talk about the general health of superhero storytelling, whether on the big screen or comics page. Is the genre evolving or heading for a dead end?

John Barrowman Q&A
11:30AM – 12:30PM Location: IGN Theater
Captain Jack Harkness himself, John Barrowman, star of Doctor Who and Torchwood will be entertaining fans in a very special Q&A! Bring your sonic screwdriver!

Never-Ending Battle PBS Documentary Sneak Peek
11:45AM – 12:45PM Location: S401d
Be among the first to screen portions of the first episode of Superheroes! A Never-Ending Battle, a new documentary series on the history of comic book superheroes produced by the filmmakers behind the award-winning Make ‘Em Laugh and Broadway: The American Musical, scheduled nationally on PBS for the 2013 season. This insightful, entertaining documentary includes new interviews with legends such as Joe Simon, Stan Lee, Jim Steranko, Jerry Robinson, Michael Chabon, Jules Feiffer and many more, along with rare footage. Bonfire Agency’s Steve Rotterdam will introduce the episode and also lead a discussion with filmmaker Laurence Maslon and other guests.

Chicago Ghosts presented by the Ghostbusters: Chicago Division
11:45AM – 12:45PM Location: Variant Stage
Come join the Ghostbusters for some spooky tales! Chicagoland is full of ghost stories, and we’ll be sharing some of the best! From historic haunts to spooky cemeteries, be prepared to be scared! If you are interested in the real life inspiration behind the Ghostbusters movies, this is the panel for you!

Roman Dirge Q&A
12:15PM – 1:15PM Location: N426a
Join artist, magician, and creator of the Lenore comic book series, Roman Dirge, in a special Q&A session.

Inside Avatar Press
12:15PM – 1:15PM Location: N426c
Here’s your chance to peak inside the inner workings of Avatar Press, the industry’s most ground-breaking, risk-taking publisher! Want insight into the hottest titles from such industry luminaries as David Lapham, Garth Ennis, and Alan Moore? Can’t get enough STITCHED, FERALS, or CROSSED: BADLANDS? Want to hear breaking news on upcoming projects? Find out what new terrors and triumphs this rogue publisher will unleash in the months ahead, and get your questions answered!

Nicholas Brendon Q&A
12:15PM – 1:15PM Location: N427bc
Nicholas Brendon discusses his work as Xander Harris on the cult favorite “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and Kevin Lynch in the CBS drama “Criminal Minds.”

MARVEL: Avengers vs. X-Men
12:15PM – 1:15PM Location: S402ab
Following It’s Coming — this April the War Is Here in Avengers vs. X-Men! All your favorite super heroes enter — and only one team will emerge victorious! You’ve got questions & these people have answers! Writers Jason Aaron (Wolverine), Matt Fraction (Invincible Iron Man), Rick Remender (Secret Avengers), Editor in Chief Axel Alonso and more are on hand to lay out what’s going on with the epic battle between The Avengers & The X-Men!

Captain Action Toy Line Returns
12:30PM – 1:30PM Location: N426b
Get ready for action with the return of the original super-hero action figure, CAPTAIN ACTION®! Join the retropreneurs of Captain Action Enterprises and the toy company Round 2 as they reveal the secrets of the new toy line and the Spider-Man, Capt. America, Thor and other Avengers costume sets. Don’t miss the special sneak peek of the return of the original Dr. Evil…and his diabolic improvements. And brace yourself for a special surprise announcement. LET JUSTICE BE DONE!

DC Comics – The New 52
12:45PM – 1:45PM Location: S401abc
DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 is the most talked about event of the last year, and we’re not done making news! Come by and be a part of history as DCE Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras and Executive Editor Eddie Berganza are joined by your favorite top-notch talent such as Chris Burnham (Batman, Incorporated), Patrick Gleason (Batman and Robin), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), and Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing) to discuss the books that are shaping this new era!

Nikita Special Video Presentation and Q&A
1:00PM – 2:00PM Location: IGN Theater
Nikita makes its debut at C2E2 with series star Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible 3) and creator/executive producer Craig Silverstein sharing insider secrets about what to expect in the final action-packed episodes of season two! From Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Nikita airs Fridays at 8/7c on The CW. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nikita and follow The CW on Twitter @CW_network.

Bringing Video Games to Life: The Men Behind the Motion
1:00PM – 2:00PM Location: Variant Stage
Don Hyun K is a gold medalist for the US Chinese Martial Arts Team (World Games 2008), and formerly trained at the legendary Shaolin Temple in China. His abilities in martial arts has lead him into the entertainment field. He is the man behind the moves of several franchise video games. For example, he was part of the motion capture team for the latest installment of Mortal Kombat. In Hong Kong he was one of Donnie Yen’s Elite K-Stars. He will discuss gaming and martial arts, and give a short performance.

Going Cardboard: A Board Game Documentary
1:00PM – 2:30PM Location: S401d
Going Cardboard takes you into the world of “designer” board gaming, from the community of enthusiastic fans to the publishers and self-publishers, and of course, the designers. Witness the spectacle of the SPIEL show in Essen, Germany, where over 150,000 people from all over the world come together… for board games. http://www.boardgamemovie.com

How to Create and Market Your Indie Comic
1:30PM – 2:30PM Location: N426a
This entertaining workshop will find Kill Shakespeare (IDW Publishing) co-creators and Harvey Award (Best New Series, 2011) nominees Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery dissect the process of getting your indie comic off the ground. Using their own successes (and some mistakes, naturally…) as examples, they will discuss how to court publishers, get a publishing deal, raise financing, marketing your idea and get it into the hands of retailers and readers, allowing you to turn your creative idea into a creative business.

Art of Frank Cho
1:30PM – 2:30PM Location: N426c
Frank Cho will demonstrate how to draw and master the human form, especially the female figure. He will highlight his talk with his famous covers and pin-ups from his past including recent ones. Due to the graphic nature of the art demo, parental guidance is recommended.

Minimates Turn 10: Small Toys, Big Plans!
1:30PM – 2:30PM Location: N427bc
Some of the team behind the popular Minimates line are here to unveil new products and answer your questions about the 2-inch, fully articulated mini-figures! From Marvel’s Avengers to the Walking Dead to Battle Beasts, Diamond Select Toys Director Chuck Terceira and Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat will share insider info about all of their upcoming lines, as well as submit to a Q&A session and debut the next stop-motion animated Pirate Raiders movie! Plus, there’ll be a Minimates prize drawing at the end of the panel!

The Big IDW Panel
1:30PM – 2:30PM Location: S402ab
Join Marketing Director Dirk Wood and some special guests for announcements, previews of upcoming IDW projects, prizes, and… magic?

The First Comics Panel ( 30 year Anniversary )
1:45PM – 2:45PM Location: N426b
Chicago’s own FIRST COMICS is back! See what is coming in 2012 from the first great independent comics company! With guests, surprises, and home-town giveaways! Legendary 80s independent publishing powerhouse First Comics is back with what it always brought you: great entertainment from great creators packed into the best looking books in the industry. Celebrate their 30th year anniversary and see what you missed the first time around or come re-live more of what you loved the first time!

DC All Access – Special Edition: Before Watchmen
2:00PM – 3:00PM Location: S401abc
It’s not the end of the world. It’s the beginning! Don’t miss this panel about the most talked about comic book series of 2012! Join DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, VP – Art Direction and Design Mark Chiarello, Senior Editor Will Dennis, Brian Azzarello (Before Watchmen: Rorschach), Lee Bermejo (Before Watchmen: Rorschach), Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre), Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan), Len Wein (Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, Curse of the Crimson Corsair) and J. Michael Straczynski (Before Watchmen: Nite Owl, Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan and Superman: Earth One) as they talk about this game-changing event! Hurm!

The $100,000* PoP! Pyramid
2:15PM – 3:15PM Location: Variant Stage
You know how it works. Banshee, Nightcrawler, Jean Grey – Dead X-Men. Cable, Doctor Who, That guy from Quantum Leap – Time travelers! PoP!’s resident Dick, Dan Mahoney, hosts the classic game show with a geeky twist. Members of the audience compete with the crew from PanelsOnPages.com and the hosts of the PoP!-Cast for a chance to win fabulous prizes in this high-speed game of wits and trivia. To the victor go the spoils; to the loser, only shame… and a consolation prize. *Actual prize is valued at significantly less than $100,000

Anthony Daniels Q&A
2:30PM – 3:30PM Location: IGN Theater
Q&A with the only actor to work on the set of all six Star Wars films.

Truth Is Stranger than Fiction
2:45PM – 3:45PM Location: N426a
Global geological meltdown. Bio-engineered killer plants. Devices sent through the time/space continuum with the power to change the course of history. Unbelievable, fearsome beasts created through genetic engineering, meant to be used as weapons of mass destruction. Deadly viral strains that threaten to mutate the human race. The U.S. government tracking our every move via our very own handheld devices. This stuff can only happen in fiction, right? Wrong. Thriller authors who publish mega bestsellers know that truth is stranger than fiction…and they get their best ideas from reading newspapers, scientific journals, and intensive, in-the-field (Indiana Jones-style) research. It’s storytelling hour at its scariest best as four master authors tell tales so frightening, so unbelievable…so real! Featured authors: Jamie Freveletti, Patrick Lee, James Rollins, F. Paul Wilson.

Dynamite Entertainment
2:45PM – 3:45PM Location: N426c
Join Editor Joe Rybandt along with special guests Phil (Bionic Man) Hester, Ande (Lone Ranger) Parks, Elliott (Army of Darkness) Serrano, Dennis (Kirbyverse) Calero, Johnny (Kirbyverse) D, Robert (Fall of Barsoom) Napton, and more for a lively hour of all things Dynamite!

Behind the Graphics: a Video Game Industry Round Table
2:45PM – 3:45PM Location: N427bc
Join members of Chicago’s Game Development community as they take you behind the scenes of the video game industry for a moderated panel discussion and Q&A session.

Marvel Television Presents
2:45PM – 3:45PM Location: S402ab
Go inside THE TV destination for your favorite Super Heroes, Marvel Universe on Disney XD, with Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb! Get a sneak peek at never-before-seen episodes of Ultimate Spider-Man and The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes season 2. Plus, you’ll get the latest inside scoop on animated and live-action series in development, and more surprises from Marvel TV.

TRUE BLOODTHIRST
2:45PM – 4:15PM Location: S401d
Get a sneak peek at a work-in-progress Syfy Original Movie! Bucharest, Romania: the not-too-distant future, but an entirely different city. The human population is dwindling. The vampire population, meanwhile, is exploding. Having emerged from the shadows a decade earlier, vampires now walk openly amongst the human population, as a precarious peace exists between the two. A peace made possible by the introduction of a synthetic blood substitute, dispensed by the Romanian government, making traditional vampire feeding, and preying on humans, no longer necessary. But even so, it’s not a peace that everyone is entirely comfortable with… True Bloodthirst stars Andrew Lee Potts (Primeval; Alice), Neil Jackson (Upstairs Downstairs; Make It or Break It; FlashForward), Roark Critchlow (V; Pretty Little Liars; Days of Our Lives; Afterworld), Claudia Bassols, Ben Lambert, and Heida Reed. Directed by Todor Chapkanov (Monsterwolf; Miami Magma; Weather Wars). A production of UFO International. A Syfy Channel world premiere original movie. Airing on the Syfy Channel in Summer 2012.

Steampunk as a Culture
3:00PM – 4:00PM Location: N426b
Interested in if your city, town or region has a local steampunk scene? Interested in starting one? Want to know more about this vibrant sub-culture that merges music, fashion and lifestyle into a world of brass and gears? The members of Steampunk Chicago talk to and answer your questions about the burgeoning steampunk scene, and give their insight into everything from the philosophy and music to conventions and cosplay.

Puppet Meltdown
3:30PM – 4:30PM Location: Variant Stage
Hey! Do you like puppets? What’s that you say? You have one at home from when you were little! That is so cute. But leave it in your closet, ’cause our booze pounding, steroid pumping, puppy kicking maniacs are revved up and crave the taste of you happy childhood. Sea Beast Puppet Company is looking to take all your fluffy dreams of cuddly puppets and twist them into a new vision of what puppetry can be. That’s right, the puppets are taking off the kid gloves and cutting loose at “Puppet Meltdown”, a collection of puppet shorts for mature audiences. Ranging from the hilarious and satirical to the dramatic and poignant this show will feature performances by some of the countries top performing puppet artists and promises to prove that puppets aren’t just for kids anymore!

The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun
4:00PM – 5:00PM Location: IGN Theater
The second season of The Walking Dead is over, but C2E2 has more! Join The Walking Dead’s Glen, actor Steven Yeun in this Q&A.

Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne: Kinetic Action Comedy Series Created By Production I.G. Features An Arsenal Of Robots Designed By Nissan Eps 1-2
4:00PM – 5:00PM Location: N426a
Madoka Kyono is the proud, and only, member of the Kamogawa Girls High School Jersey Club, always helping people in need. But Madoka’s life is turned upside-down when she is asked “Can you pilot a robot?” Rated TVMA for mature audiences only.

Webcomics Roundtable With Blind Ferret and Explosm!
4:00PM – 5:00PM Location: N426c
Join the professional Internet picture makers from Least I Could Do, Looking For Group, The Gutters, HijiNKS ENSUE and Cyanide and Happiness for an hour long Q and A as they reveal their deepest, darkest webcomicing secrets. Thrill at their unbridled shenanigans! Fear their brutal honesty! Recoil in terror as they don’t really answer any of the questions and just make fun of each other onstage for an hour!

Occupy Comics
4:00PM – 5:00PM Location: N427bc
Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, Occupy Comics is a unique collaboration of more than 50 comics pros coming together to create a time capsule of the movement while simultaneously raising funds to support the protesters. The coalition includes a broad range of creators including Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Joshua Hale Fialkov (I, Vampire), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League), Brea Grant (Suicide Girls), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), Molly Crabapple (Dr. Sketchy’s), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Joe Keatinge (Glory), Ben Templesmith (Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse), and V For Vendetta’s David Lloyd and Alan Moore. Organized by Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller) the project earned nearly three times its funding goal on Kickstarter (with all money beyond hard costs being donated to protesters) and raised the bar for activism in comics.

Chad Michael Murray Q&A
4:00PM – 5:00PM Location: S402ab
American dreamboat Chad Michael Murray, the star of numerous films and upcoming novelist who is best known as Lucas Scott on One Tree Hill will be having a public Q&A session!

Valiant Comics: Inside the New #1’s
4:15PM – 5:15PM Location: N426b
The most anticipated return of the decade is here. The Valiant Universe is back and it all starts right here, only at C2E2! Get a sneak peek at what the coming year holds for X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Shadowman, Ninjak, and more at the new Valiant’s first-ever panel appearance! Join Valiant X-O Manowar writer Robert Venditti, Executive Editor Warren Simons, Publisher Fred Pierce and a slew of surprise guests to find out the behind-the-scenes story behind Valiant’s return and what the future looks like for the most requested universe in comics.

Vertigo: New Blood
4:30PM – 5:30PM Location: S401abc
They come from the cutting edge of comics … and Vertigo has never been edgier, with thought-provoking titles from some of comics’ most acclaimed creators. Join Senior Editor Will Dennis and all-star talents Sean Murphy (American Vampire) and Scott Snyder (American Vampire) on this must-see panel featuring the latest news on all your favorite Vertigo series plus details about the new, upcoming wave of Vertigo titles!

King of Chinatown
4:30PM – 6:00PM Location: S401d
King Of Chinatown takes an in-depth look at the culture of video games, an industry that has evolved into a worldwide, multi-billion dollar phenomenon. Filmmaker Calvin Theobald follows Justin Wong, a video-game prodigy sharpening his skills as he battles challengers in the cutthroat competitive world of Street Fighter IV. But as Justin fights his way through the ranks, he finds himself up against a formidable off-screen challenge — his allegiance to The Empire, a video-gaming collective run by the charismatic and potentially destructive leader Triforce. Culminating in an epic battle at EVO, the largest video-gaming competition in the world, King of Chinatown shows us the entertaining on-the-ground trials of a Street Fighter IV sensation.

The Wednesday Heroes
4:45PM – 5:45PM Location: Variant Stage
The Midwest’s premier comic book rock band is back with brand NEW SONGS. Wednesday Heroes plays music built to rock you to your geeky core. Whether playing a comic book convention or an outdoor festival, inciting a crowd to chant nerdy lyrics or crafting one of their famous Audio Sketches, when you listen to Wednesday Heroes, you are going to have a good time.

Expand – a – Brand
5:15PM – 6:15PM Location: N426a
President of Zenescope Entertainment Joe Brusha, along with Marketing Manager Stephen Haberman discuss how comic book companies can find ways to expand their brand beyond publishing, and into new ventures, and new audiences. Joe will discuss what it took to get into movie talks, launching their toy line with CS Moore Studios, building partnerships with other companies, and re-engaging the fan base with new ideas.

Supernatural Fan Panel
5:15PM – 6:15PM Location: N426c
Join the coordinators of the Chicago-based Supernatural fan convention WinchestMidwest for an hour of Supernatural Season Seven speculation, spoilers and surprises. This is an open discussion so come prepared to share your thoughts and theories! The room will also be set up with a display of art department props from the last seven seasons. And as a special treat, the first 100 panel attendees will receive a goodie bag filled with C2E2 Exclusive Supernatural swag.

WE’RE NO ANGELS: The Leading Ladies of Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
5:15PM – 6:15PM Location: N427bc
Be they fanged, furred, infernal, seraphic, or fey…beware the women of paranormal fiction…and their kick-ass heroines. Danger just might be these girls’ middle names. But no amount of bad guys can keep these ladies from doing what’s right. Whether standing up for friends and family, or just plain kicking some ass, these girls don’t shy away from a fight. Featured authors: Karina Cooper, Jeaniene Frost, Charlaine Harris, Christina Henry, Chloe Neill, Pamela Palmer, Kerrelyn Sparks.

MARVEL: Cup O’ Joe
5:15PM – 6:15PM Location: S402ab
This is it, Mighty Marvel fans the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full of surprises panel you wait all year for, and it’s here! Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements, and keeps you guessing with surprise guests. You never know who will show up, but you better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about!

Keep Your Pants On: Dating Advice for Geeks, Nerds and the Like
5:30PM – 6:30PM Location: N426b
Join Kate Kotler and Elliott Serrano – co-authors of BleedingCool.com’s dating and relationship column “Keep Yours Pants On” – for an hour of fun and funny discussion on the perils of dating for geek & nerds. Whether you are a fanboy who struggles to speak with gals at your local comic shop, or a female cosplayer who can’t find a guy who can sew a decent cowl, Kate, Elliott and friends will be on hand to give advice and answer questions. Don’t miss this chance to experience “Keep Your Pants On” Live and In Person!

Josh Gates Q&A
5:45PM – 6:45PM Location: S401abc
Sit down with world adventurer Josh Gates from Syfy’s hit show Destination Truth and Ghost Hunters Live. From a quest for the Yeti in the high Himalayas, to a night alone in King Tut’s tomb, to the abandoned research stations of Antarctica – Josh has traveled to nearly 100 countries investigating the world’s strangest mysteries. He’ll discuss some of his most harrowing exploits as well as preview the upcoming 5th season of Destination Truth. Whether you’re thirsty for adventure or just want to make a list of the worst vacation destinations on earth (spoiler: Chernobyl), join Josh Gates for a globe-spanning and hilarious Q & A.

Costume Contest
6:00PM – 7:00PM Location: Variant Stage
C2E2 is presenting three costume contests for fans to get up on stage, show off, and maybe take home a prize or two. There’s no pre-registration necessary for C2E2’s Costume Contests. Instead, simply come by a half hour before each contest to register. We’ll be signing up fans first come, first served, with the first 30 fans taking the stage for each showcase.

AW YEAH PODCAST with Art and Franco
6:30PM – 7:30PM Location: N426a
Come join Art Baltazar and Franco as they record one of their famous Aw Yeah Podcasts! Art and Franco will be talking about their farewell to Tiny Titans, the new Superman Family Adventures, and all of their adventures both in and out of the comic book industry! They will be taking questions from the audience, so come down and be part on the Aw Yeah podcast recorded LIVE at C2E2!

Booze, Idiocy, and Dumb Luck: Nerd City’s Guide to Becoming a Media Super Star
6:30PM – 7:30PM Location: N426c
In an act of pure selflessness, the boys at Nerd City finally open up and reveal their secrets for total global domination. Featuring special guests, buffoonery and prizes, this panel is guaranteed to change your life (most likely for the worse). Become a Nerd Citizen today!

Val Kilmer Spotlight
6:30PM – 7:30PM Location: N427bc
Join leading man Val Kilmer in this spotlight Q&A about his work and what’s next!

Top Cow: We Create… Rebirth
6:30PM – 7:30PM Location: S402ab
2012 is the best time EVER to jump into the Top Cow Universe with REBIRTH. Get the scoop on what’s changed, what remains the same, and where things are headed for the rest of the year from Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri, Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik, Tim Seeley (Witchblade), and Jeremy Haun (The Darkness). Get behind-the-scenes information on the making of The Darkness II video game and be the first to hear about what exciting new projects Top Cow has lined up for their 20th anniversary! Plus special surprise guests and an exclusive free giveaway for every attendee. Moo!

Video Game Characters Reborn! NAMCO BANDAI Games’ ShiftyLook
6:45PM – 7:45PM Location: N426b
NAMCO BANDAI Games is re-imagining gaming classics like Xevious, Sky Kid, and Bravoman through new multimedia project ShiftyLook. Join ShiftyLook Producer & Editor-in-Chief Rob Pereyda as he introduces some of the talent behind the project’s webcomics, including appearances by Alien Confidential: Black & White artist Andrew Pepoy (Monica Moon); Xevious writer Mike Costa (Transformers) and artist Mike Norton (Runaways); writer of upcoming ShiftyLook title Ben McCool (Choker); and a special appearance by Jimmy Palmiotti (21 Down) to personally announce a new title. ShiftyLook service updates and free swag await!

Jane Espenson and Brad Bell – Beyond Buffy and Battlestar
7:00PM – 8:00PM Location: S401abc
Jane Espenson discusses her 20-year television career and her recent foray into the world of web content with her groundbreaking series Husbands. She has written episodes for shows including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Dinosaurs, Ellen, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, The O.C., Gilmore Girls, Tru Calling, Andy Barker PI, Jake in Progress, Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Game of Thrones, Torchwood: Miracle Day, and ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Joining Jane for part of the event will be Brad Bell, her co-writer, co-creator and star of Husbands.

C2E2 Charity Auction
7:15PM – 9:15PM Location: S401d
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Please join us 1st Annual Charity Art Auction at C2E2! Come on down and bid with other art enthusiasts for the chance to own a piece of original art from some of your favorite creators including Joe Quesada, Tim Sale, Joe Kubert, Bill Sienkiewicz, Tony Moore, Olivier Coipel, Shane Davis, Gene Ha, Todd Nauck, Stephane Roux, Geof Darrow, Matteo Scalera, Art Baltazar, Franco, Mark Brooks, Eric Canete, Billy Tucci and Skottie Young. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and your participation in this event will help support lifesaving research and treatment for the children of St. Jude. HAVE FUN. GET ART. SAVE LIVES.

Love TV, Make TV: An Insider’s Guide to Independent Television Presented by the New York Television Festival
7:45PM – 8:45PM Location: N426c
Join NYTVF organizers for a lively discussion of the creation and development of independent television, outlets for creators, and exclusive New York Television Festival opportunities for showcasing, deal-making, networking and more. For fans and artists alike, this panel will bring together performers, executives, experts and producers to shed light on the television development process, provide advice for creators on a budget, and share insider tips on “tricks of the (production) trade” – as well as details on current Festival opportunities for sci-fi and comedy creators and guaranteed development deals from partners Syfy, IFC, MTV, FOX and many more!

StarKid
7:45PM – 8:45PM Location: N427bc
StarKid will do a panel on being a modern pop-culture entertainment company, focusing on themes such as adapting a work (good ideas and bad ideas), what to do with a fanbase, and creatively navigating through the waters of the do-it-yourself era.

Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne: Kinetic Action Comedy Series Created By Production I.G. Features An Arsenal Of Robots Designed By Nissan Eps. 1-5
7:45PM – 9:45PM Location: N426a
Madoka Kyono is the proud, and only, member of the Kamogawa Girls High School Jersey Club, always helping people in need. Madoka’s life is turned upside-down when the astonishing request to pilot a robot leads to something more, much more. Rated TVMA for mature audiences only.
Ben’s Bubble Show
10:15AM – 11:00AM Location: Variant Stage
Ben’s Bubble Show is a unique form of entertainment that blends art and science with a touch of magic. Ben Jimenez uses a few simple tools and his bare hands to create beautiful soap bubble sculptures. Bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, spinning belt bubbles, and bubble cubes are part of the show. He also creates giant sized bubbles, whose transient and delicate beauty invoke an awe inspiring sense of wonder. They have been called “silent fireworks.” Ben can even put a person inside a bubble! Throw in some humor and a little audience participation, and you get one of a kind entertainment that’s sure to please young and old alike. Words don’t fully describe it. You’ve gotta see the show!

Carl Macek’s Robotech Universe
10:30AM – 11:15AM Location: S401d
Directed and narrated by independent filmmaker Keith Maxwell, the documentary features interviews with the cast and crew involved with the groundbreaking Robotech franchise that debuted in 1985. A collection of private photos and stories portray the herculean effort by Carl Macek and his crew to create a dynamic anime series that influenced an entire industry that is still going strong today.

CBLDF: The History (and Future) of Comics Censorship
10:45AM – 11:45AM Location: N426a
Learn the shocking history of comics censorship and how even today comics and the people who make, sell and read them are still threatened. CBLDF Executive Director tells the sordid tale, from the public book burnings and Senate hearings that led to the Comics Code Authority in the 1950s through the attacks on retailers in the 1980s, artists in the 1990s, and readers today that the CBLDF is working to combat!

Ban ‘em, Burn ‘em, Steal ‘em! A Fan’s Guide to Graphic Novel Censorship
10:45AM – 11:45AM Location: N426c
Comics and graphic novels have long been targets of the censor. Come learn about the history of comics censorship, contemporary campaigns to keep graphic novels out of the hands of youth, and find out what you can do to fight comics censorship in your community.

Archaia Presents: How to Tell a Better Story Through World-Building
10:45AM – 11:45AM Location: N427bc
Are you an aspiring storyteller? Want to know the keys to world-building and telling a good story? David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), and Sean Rubin (Redwall, the upcoming Bolivar), three accomplished storytellers that have published or are publishing books through Archaia, present an informative, entertaining panel to see how world-building can help you write and/or draw a better story.

Neal Adams Q&A
10:45AM – 11:45AM Location: S402ab
Join legendary artist Neal Adams for a Q&A session for the ages, cataloging his successes in the industry and time spent creating some of the most iconic modern images of your favorite Marvel and DC characters!

Inking 101
11:00AM – 12:00PM Location: N426b
Inking 101 will teach out how to initially set a page for inking and tools and tricks when it comes to traditional inking and digitial inking.

MARVEL: Ultimate Comics Universe
11:00AM – 12:00PM Location: S401abc
Peter Parker is dead, Reed Richards is the ultimate villain and the X-Men are in concentration camps! How can the Ultimate Universe get any worse? Find out here as the creators behind the Ultimate Comics Universe answer your questions and let you in on what happens next! Join writer Sam Humphries (Ultimate Comics Ultimates), Editor in Chief Axel Alonso, and more as they shed some light on the future of the Ultimate Comics Universe!

Star Wars Imperial Academy
11:00AM – 12:30PM Location: Kids Room N427a
Put on a helmet, take up a blaster, and enlist in the Imperial Academy! Join members of the 501st Legion, the world’s largest Star Wars costuming organization, in this interactive experience that lets kids play the role of stormtrooper cadets! Get trained in marksmanship, navigate an obstacle course, recover the stolen Death Star plans, and engage in a laser shoot-out to the finish! Presented by the 501st Legion’s Midwest Garrison. For ages 6 to 12. Starting every 5 to 10 minutes in this time slot. Helmets and Nerf blasters provided. Donations accepted to benefit Autism Speaks.

Reading with Pictures – Live Reading
11:15AM – 11:45AM Location: Variant Stage
Come learn about how getting comics in the classroom can be fun and educational. There will be live read-alongs of our favorite stories from the Harvey-Award nominated anthology, sessions teaching kids how to draw their favorite characters, and much more! Hosted by Reading with Pictures Marketing Director Trevor Mueller, and Eisner-Award winning contributor Gabriel Bautisa. Come join us for this engaging panel that’s fun for all ages!

Hollywood and Hammer
11:30AM – 12:15PM Location: S401d
A short film about the God of Thunder in Los Angeles.

John Cusack Spotlight
11:30AM – 12:30PM Location: IGN Theater
John Cusack broke onto the scene as the ultimate teen heart throb and has since become one of the most dynamic actors in Hollywood! John’s upcoming movie, The Raven, will be premiering on April 27 where he portrays the infamous Edgar Allen Poe. He is a very versatile actor who never seems to disappoint audiences with his character choices. Join John as he hosts this Q&A just for C2E2 fans.

Chicks Dig Comics
12:00PM – 1:00PM Location: N426a
Girls and women have loved and read comics for as long as there have been comics. We’ve decided to throw a loud party to celebrate! Join us for the official launch panel of the next book of feminine squee from Mad Norwegian Press, featuring the editors (Hugo Award-winning Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis) and multiple contributors (Hugo Award-winner Tara O’Shea, Eisner Award-winner Jill Thompson, Eisner Nominee Amanda Conner, Eisner Nominee Jennifer Van Meter and Fantastic Fangirls Jennifer Smith and Caroline Pruett). Join us to talk about the titles, writers, and artists that make us comics lovers.

WRITE OR WRONG — A Writer’s Guide to Creating Comics
12:00PM – 1:00PM Location: N426c
Dirk Manning, the writer of the inspirational/”how–to” column WRITE OR WRONG for http://www.Newsarama.com (whose writing credits also include NIGHTMARE WORLD and TALES OF MR. RHEE for Image Comics/Shadowline, FARSEEKER for ACT–I–VATE and an upcoming episode of the horror film series BLACKBOX TV) will be hosting a “live edition” of his long-running advice column in which he discusses tips for writers who have questions about meeting artists and/or the comic–creating process in general. If you’re a WRITER interested in the nuts and bolts of getting started in the comic, DON’T MISS THIS PANEL!

Voltron Force Secret C2E2 Sneak Peek!
12:00PM – 1:00PM Location: N427bc
Join the producers of the Nicktoons animated series Voltron Force as they share an exclusive full-length episode “Deceive and Conquer” before it hits TV screens plus special Voltron giveaways and prizes!

DC Comics for Kids!
12:00PM – 1:00PM Location: S402ab
They may be young – but they’re still heroes! Come join the Eisner Award winning team of Art Baltazar and Franco (Tiny Titans) as they bring their one-of-kind energy and humor to discuss the upcoming, action-packed, awesomeness that is Superman Family Adventures as well as other DC Comics for kids! Don’t miss this all-ages panel!

Kids Costume Contest
12:00PM – 12:30PM Location: Variant Stage
Come join us at high noon for a kids only costume showdown! Open to attendees 12 and under, C2E2 will be hosting this special contest just for our future costumers and cosplayers. The first 30 costumed kids will be accepted, and all will receive a certificate of participation.

Cosplay: What You Didn’t Want to Know and Didn’t Quite Ask
12:15PM – 1:15PM Location: N426b
Cosplay is the art of dressing up as fictional characters from manga, anime and video games and taking up Hallspace with large poofy dresses and/or large wooden props, in addition to screaming meme and dancing like idiots This panel is an “in-dept” (insert laughter here) look at the hobby, discussing the rise of the hobby, and the type of people that take part of it. In addition, we’ll discuss the media’s relation with cosplay, and how it’s changed with the advent of the internet. Join award winning cosplayers Carrie Wink, Kenneth Pingad and Christopher Troy, as they poke some fun at a hobby that’s always “SERIOUS BIZ-NESS”!

J. Micheal Straczynski Spotlight
12:15PM – 1:15PM Location: S401abc
Join the discussion with writer and TV producer J. Michael Straczynski as he discusses his prolific career.

The Lost 1979 Comics Documentary
12:30PM – 1:30PM Location: S401d
In 1979 a Canadian television company produced an episode of the series Behind The Scene focusing on the Comic Book Business. Comedian Jonathan Winters narrated this inside look at the 2 big publishers DC and Marvel but also showed examples of comic book conventions and the fan base. You’ll see Stan Lee and Archie Goodwin discussing the creation of Marvel’s new hero The Human Fly , DC Comics editor Julie Schwartz, artist Neal Adams and writer Denny O’Neill brainstorming action scenes for the Superman vs Muhhamad Ali Comic, Jim Steranko talks about his original graphic novel Chandler-Red Tide , plus scenes from the 1979 Chicago Comic Con, including dealer tables and the Costume Contest. Word Balloon Podcast host John Siuntres will present this 20 minute film, and give more background details of the subjects covered with help from former DC and First Comics editor Mike Gold (who worked in DC’s Public Relations department when this film was shot) writer John Ostrander (Star Wars, Batman, Suicide Squad) and cover artist Douglas Klauba (The Phantom & Project Superpowers). This film is a great time capsule look at the comic book business and fandom during the Bronze Age.

Xtreme Bugs by Brookfield Zoo
12:45PM – 1:45PM Location: Variant Stage
Yes, bugs have superpowers! Our friends from Brookfield Zoo will show us the Xtreme abilities that these little creatures posses. Plus, receive coupons from Brookfield Zoo and see their new exhibit “Xtreme Bugs” which opens on May 19.

Learn to Play Kidditch (Kids Quidditch)
1:00PM – 2:30PM Location: Kids Room N427a
Join the International Quidditch Association and play “Kidditch” (Kids Quidditch)! We’ll be introducing this sport to kids of all ages by explaining the rules and teaching them how to play. Kids will be able to run around or toss around the Quaffle in a designated “training” area. They can also participate in mini games to give Quidditch a try. Most importantly, we want everyone to have fun! Brooms up!

So You Wanna be a Comic Book Retailer, Now What?
1:15PM – 2:15PM Location: N426a
Whether you want to open a comic book store, you’re just starting out in retail, or you just have questions, we’re here to help! Meet with members of ComicsPRO, a retail trade organization for comic book retailers, to talk about your upcoming plans.

Chicago Exists! The Games Industry in Chicago
1:15PM – 2:15PM Location: N426c
The Chicago games industry is a microcosm for the kind of changes taking place within the game industry across the world. With new business models transforming how companies operate, and independent game companies on the rise, Chicago is adapting by creating a community where information sharing and collaboration are central. Join Chicago developers Chip Sineni (Phosphor Games – Kinect Adventures, The Dark Meadow), Christian Arca (IGDA Chicago, Toy Studio – Squishy’s Revenge), Jay Margalus (IGDA Chicago, Lunar Giant – Delve Deeper), Phil Tibitoski (Young Horses – Octodad), Ryan Wiemeyer (The Hats – Organ Trail), George Hufnagl (My Escape – Da Num Nums), and Dave Lang (Iron Galaxy Studios – Scribblenauts Remix, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Online) as they discuss the past, present, and future of the Chicago games industry… and how Chicago plans on changing the way games are made.

The Hobbit Headlines from TheOneRing.net
1:15PM – 2:15PM Location: N427bc
After years of waiting, hoping, speculating and reporting obstacles, the two-part film adaptation of “The Hobbit” is finally moving forward. For more than a decade TheOneRing.net has brought fans world-wide the latest happenings on the world of J.R.R. Tolkien in books, live events and film. Now the site takes a long look at all that is happening, and will happen, in New Zealand before the films hit theaters in 2012 and 2013. Peter Jackson, a long-time friend to TORn, is back in the director’s chair and TORn’s reporters have been working overtime to find out the latest. Expect to be informed, surprised and let your voice be heard on rumors and developments during this one hour panel.

Anne Rice Spotlight
1:15PM – 2:15PM Location: S402ab
Her books have sold millions of copies and she’s not done yet! Come find out what’s new and what’s next for this best-selling author.

Westwood College Presents: EPIC JOURNEY – Story Development for Comics and Games
1:30PM – 2:30PM Location: N426b
A discussion on the monomyth story pattern and it’s potential for character development applied to comic books, film, and games. The presentation will follow a protagonist through the twelve stages of the journey and focus on character archetypes, relationships, and changes.

MARVEL: Next Big Thing
1:30PM – 2:30PM Location: S401abc
From the Marvel U to the Ultimate U and everything in between, we’ve got the top talent on hand to talk about all of your favorite heroes and villains as well as make a few surprise announcements! Panelists include Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force), Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), Dennis Hopeless (X-Men Season One), Kelly Sue Deconick (Castle: Storm Season), with Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso and more as they take on all questions!

Superman Family Adventures/Tiny Titans Drawing Competition and Hullabaloo with Art & Franco
1:45PM – 2:15PM Location: Variant Stage
Comic creators Art Baltazar and Franco take the stage for an old fashioned showdown! Learn from the pros as they sketch your favorite DC Comics characters in a contest against the audience and each other! Who will win this challenge of the super friends? Come on down to find out!

The Open Age of Comics: A New Revolution in Comic Art Creation
1:45PM – 3:45PM Location: S401d
Seven years in private development, the world’s First “Open Age Magazine” Blueprint Saints Magazine is a new revolution in the comic Arts. The magazine has a primary focus of engaging talent in a free publication at 10,000 issues a month in one region. The members of Comic Creators Live comprise the largest team of comic creators in history that are working toward one singular goal -creating a print magazine unlike anything ever seen, and the tools necessary to free artists in a way that has never been accomplished. “The Open Age of Comics” is the single largest comic movement since the birth of the underground and is funded by The Comic Arts Partnership. Its goal it to help artists be seen in one region by 300,000 people in a physical magazine on the street and to replicate this possibility world-wide with tools called Open ComicWare. The Comic Arts Partnership is part of leading this magazine and vision forward with the Open Age of Comics providing the world’s first open source print environment for comic creators. Welcome to a revolution in comics. Welcome to “The Open Age of Comics”. Founders Benjamin Kuchera, Anthony Jones, Joe Lewis, Benjamin Rossi, Nicholas Floyd, Cheyenne Gordon and a slew of others (including the board of Blueprint Saints Magazine and the team leads of The Comic Arts Partnership) will be on hand to show proof of these concepts, prototypes, and materials that clarify that this it not a “one hit wonder”, a “too good to be true”, or a “fly-by-night” team. This team has championed artists rights in a digital world, and so far, come forward with the only solution print and sustaining the physical feel of comics in an increasingly digital world.

Voltron Force: How to Make a Giant Robot Cartoon!
2:15PM – 3:15PM Location: Variant Stage
Join Voltron Force producers Bob Koplar and Jeremy Corray as they give a live kid-friendly demonstration on the steps to creating a cartoon! From writing the story, to designing the Lions, to animating the show, Bob and Jeremy will take kids through the process using actual materials from the Voltron Force series on Nicktoons. Special Voltron prizes will be given out for audience participation!

The 501st Legion: Costuming in the Star Wars Galaxy
2:30PM – 3:30PM Location: N426a
Loyal! Hard-working! Fully-expendable! The 501st Legion is the Galactic Empire’s most elite corps of soldiers, and also the world’s largest Star Wars costuming organization. Travel to a galaxy far, far away with the “bad guys who do good!” Meet members of the 501st Legion’s Midwest Garrison, and learn about the alternate lives they lead and missions they undertake as some of the world’s most respected costumers. Find out how to enlist the services of the Empire’s Finest, and get inside knowledge on what it takes to become a proud member of the group known as Vader’s Fist!

Disability in Comics
2:30PM – 3:30PM Location: N426c
Iron Man, Daredevil, Hulk, and Popeye. What do they all have in common? They all are extraordinary characters with disabilities living amazing lives that we love to read about. What do 1 in 5 Americans have in common? Disability. Come to this inspiring 60-minute presentation celebrating the history of lead characters with disabilities in comics. Based on Chiappetta’s award-winning book, “The Back Pain Avenger,” come to a slideshow that exposes myths and stereotypes about comics characters with disabilities spanning over 200 years. Discover the intricate connection between comics and disability. Free comics will be given to select attendees. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Art Masters – Drawing DC
2:30PM – 3:30PM Location: S402ab
What does it take to remake a universe? Immensely talented artists! Join VP – Art Direction and Design Mark Chiarello and DC Comics top artists David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Patrick Gleason (Batman and Robin), and Kevin Maguire (Worlds’ Finest) for a unique peek into their visual approach in shaping DC Comics!

Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker Screening and Q&A
2:30PM – 5:00PM Location: N427bc
In a land where battles are fought with swords and magic, a young heroine rises to glory as Templars, mages, and dragons clash. Cassandra, a brash and beautiful warrior, must stop a conspiracy that threatens the realm’s most powerful religious order. Accused of treasonous crimes and hunted by friend and foe, Cassandra must clear her name and overcome her rage in order to save the day and take her place in legend. When the fantasy is over and the lights come on, you don’t have to leave. Stick around because voice actors Colleen Clinkenbeard, Mike McFarland, and Michael Tatum will be discussing the film and answering your questions! Screening Rating: TVMA for scenes of graphic violence.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with David Newell
2:45PM – 3:45PM Location: N426b
David Newell, best known for his portrayal of Mister McFeely on Mister Rogers Neighborhood shares his memories of life in the Neighborhood. David will share his stories of working with Fred Rogers, seldom seen clips and behind the scenes stories. Relive childhood memories in this first ever convention appearance by a children’s Television legend. When David Newell appears on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he plays Mr.McFeely, the elderly Neighbor who runs a speedy delivery service. Even though Mr. McFeely’s busy schedule may include a delivery by kayak or returning a llama to the zoo, he always has time for his familiar “Speedy Delivery” greeting!

Chicago Creators’ Spotlight
2:45PM – 3:45PM Location: S401abc
THIS is the panel that puts the “C2″ in “C2E2″! The Windy City is home to some of the top talents in comics and the Chicago Creators’ Spotlight Panel is your chance to get acquainted with them. Come see Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, Beasts of Burden), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Colt Noble), Mike Norton (Young Justice, Battlepug) and Jenny Frison (Angel, House of Night),as they discuss the challenges of working in the industry while living in the Midwest. Moderated by the Chicago Redeye’s Elliott Serrano (“Geek To Me”).

Superhero Training
3:00PM – 4:30PM Location: Kids Room N427a
We all know the trademarked heroes in capes that spring to mind at the mention of being Super. Many of us have donned a cape at one point in our life. POW! Kids ( POWKidsChicago.com) encourages kids to experience and explore Superhero Training. Normally this program is an 6-8 week curriculum that leads children from the ages of 3 to 10 through various stages of developing super athletic skills and a super kind character. This program will be tailored for the SUPER kids attending the C2E2 event. POW! Kids has created a series of fun exercises for your children. Join them for this exclusive event.

Tenderized Tales by Cutlass Cooking
3:30PM – 4:00PM Location: Variant Stage
What do you get when you take Goldilocks, some pigs, a dash of Rapunzel, three magic beans, a girl in a red cape, and some really angry birds? Everyone knows how the classic stories are told. Everyone, that is, except for the Hawser family. Join the Hawsers onstage while they set out to tell a story or two, often at the same time.

Getting the Most out of Graphic Novels in Your Classroom Library
3:45PM – 4:45PM Location: N426a
Josh Elder, Founder and President of Reading With Pictures, leads a panel of experienced educators and librarians in presenting a series of best practices for getting the most out of the graphic novels in your classroom or library. The expert panel will be sharing their proven strategies and answering audience questions and concerns.

The Great Space Coaster – Get on Board!
3:45PM – 4:45PM Location: N426c
Relive your childhood memories by watching this screening of one of the original The Great Space Coaster episodes from the 1980s with Jim Martin, the performer behind Gary Gnu, MT Promises, Edison the Elephant, and Baffel. Jim will share his story about the evolution of Gary Gnu’s character and unveil the facts about the show’s future.

C2E2 Team Q&A
3:45PM – 4:45PM Location: S402ab
We hope you had the best time at C2E2 and your experience was epic. The C2E2 Team will be sitting down with Fans to hear what you thought of the show, what you’d like to see more of and let you help build C2E2 2013!

Storytime with the Ghostbusters: Chicago Division
4:00PM – 4:30PM Location: Variant Stage
A Kid’s Day special – storytime with the members of the Ghostbusters: Chicago Division! Join us as we read some spooky tales to the younger set. These stories will be geared toward children ages 3 to 7, but children of all ages are welcome!

Hayfamzone.com Springs to Life!
4:00PM – 5:00PM Location: N426b
The beloved Hayfamzone comicblog will jump from virtual reality to three dimensions for this C2E2 Special Presentation. Watch as Brian Hayes, both the caretaker and an inmate of the Hayfamzone, will delve more deeply into topics that have been broached over on http://www.hayfamzone.com . Can it be true that the Secret Origin of the Hayfamzone will be revealed at long last?

So Funny, It’s Scary: FEARnet TV’s HOLLISTON
4:00PM – 5:00PM Location: S401abc
Join AIN’T IT COOL NEWS’ Steve Prokopy (“Capone”) as he hosts an in-depth look at FEARnet television’s first original series, the horror/comedy sit-com HOLLISTON with series creator and star Adam Green (HATCHET, FROZEN), co-star and executive producer Joe Lynch (WRONG TURN 2, KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM), and series producer Sarah Elbert (HATCHET, HATCHET 2). The filmmakers will discuss the trials and tribulations of bringing this off-beat show to television and also show some hilarious clips including both footage from the actual show and behind the scenes clips from the casting process. This may be one of the funniest panels you’ll see all weekend, so don’t miss it!

InSpectres Test Screening and Q&A
4:00PM – 5:00PM Location: S401d
This is a test screening of the first 40 minutes of InSpectres feature length film directly followed by a Q&A with some of the cast and crew. If you fill out our survey on the first 40 minutes we will offer you a special thanks credit in the final film and post it IMDB!

U Cre-8 Comics
4:30PM – 5:00PM Location: Variant Stage
The U Cre-8 Comics line is an innovative approach to combining comics and the classroom. With a mix of both literary and visual arts instruction, the U Cre-8 line builds an appreciation for creative expression as well as an interest in reading. The Character Crafter Workbook has students use an application process to make their own comic creations from the ground up, much in the same characters are created in the comic book industry.

DC Entertainment to Bring Top Talent to Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo 2012 (C2E2)

DC Entertainment has revealed that it will bring an extensive line up of top talent and creators to Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2).  The renowned comic book publisher is slated to participate in nine panels providing thousands of fans the opportunity to hear from some of the most famous artists and creators in the DC universe.  Many of these creators, as well as executives from the company, will also be on hand to meet with fans in the DC Entertainment booth, which will occupy 2500 square feet in a central location on the convention floor. The talent that is (so far) scheduled to appear at C2E2 includes: Franco Aureliani, Art Baltazar, Chris Burnham, David Finch, Patrick Gleason, Kevin Maguire, Sean Murphy, Jimmy Palmiotti, Gail Simone and Scott Snyder.  This does not include a number of top creators that DC will be bringing to the convention for BEFORE WATCHMEN, which has been announced in a separate release.

This year’s C2E2, which is produced by the organizers of New York Comic Con (NYCC), is expected to attract thousands of loyal fans making this convention the largest pop culture extravaganza in the Midwest.  It will take place April 13 – 15, 2012 in the North Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

“DC Entertainment has been a tremendous supporter of C2E2 ever since we launched the show in 2010,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2.  “We are honored that they bring such high caliber talent to our convention and this year is no exception.  I think their participation is a strong statement about how much they believe in our event, and how much they believe in Chicago and the Midwest as a center for pop culture activity and commerce.  DC is a pre-eminent publisher and they elevate dialogue and entertainment simply by being present and being involved.  We are pleased that they have elected to be so present and involved in C2E2.”

FRANCO AURELIANI has been drawing comics since he could hold a crayon in his little fingers. His credits for DC Comics include the Eisner Award-winning TINY TITANS, YOUNG JUSTICE and the upcoming SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES. In 1995, he founded Blindwolf Studios, an independent art studio where he and fellow creators like his superstar cartoonist buddy Art Baltazar create wonderful comics for all the kids. Franco is also the creator, artist and writer of WEIRDSVILLE, LIL CREEPS and EAGLE ALL STAR and the co-creator and writer of PATRICK THE WOLF BOY. Franco is also very tall.

ART BALTAZAR is a super-cartoonist from Chicago! His credits for DC Comics include the Eisner Award-winning TINY TITANS, YOUNG JUSTICE and the upcoming SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES. Additional credits include GORILLA GORILLA comics for Disney Adventures and PATRICK THE WOLF BOY comics from BlindWolf Studios. Aw Yeah Man!

CHRIS BURNHAM derives from Chicago. His credits include BATMAN INCORPORATED and BATMAN AND ROBIN for DC Comics, X-MEN: DIVIDED WE STAND and X-MEN: MANIFEST DESTINY for Marvel Comics, FEAR AGENT for Dark Horse, THE ELEPHANTMENT, NIXON’S PALS and OFFICER DOWNE for Image Comics, and much more.

DAVID FINCH launched his comics career on Top Cow Productions’ Cyberforce, where he started out assisting creator Marc Silvestri before graduating to full-time penciller in 1996. After co-creating the title Ascension and pencilling the first four issues of Aphrodite IX for Image, Finch went on to illustrate acclaimed runs on Ultimate X-MenThe New AvengersMoon Knight and Ultimatum for Marvel before being lured to DC by its siren Bat-song. A contributor to BATMAN #700 and penciller for the one-shot BATMAN: THE RETURN, Finch is currently writing and drawing the ongoing series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT as well as crafting exquisite cover art for a host of DC titles. A proud Canadian, he makes his home on the snowy steppes of Ontario.

PATRICK GLEASON loves to create fantastic characters and the worlds they inhabit. His focus on character development and powerful storytelling can be found within the stories of many iconic characters including DC’s Batman and Robin, Green Lantern Corps, Aquaman, The Jusctie League, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, and The JSA. His ground-laying work, alongside Geoff Johns, and Dave Gibbons on Green Lantern Corps mini-series RECHARGE made way for the acclaimed ongoing series. The Sinestro Corps War followed, and then culminated in the explosive Blackest Night with Peter J Tomasi. Along with DC Comics’ wildly successful New 52, Patrick continues to lend his artistic vision and work to the Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin.

KEVIN MAGUIRE resents being known as the guy who draws “funny faces.” He draws expressive faces (thank you very much) on titles such as the various Justice League books of the 1980s, The Adventures of Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty, TEAM TITANS, Strike Back!, JLA: CREATED EQUAL, X-Men Forever, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE, and The Defenders. OK… he draws funny faces too.

After breaking into the industry at a young age, SEAN MURPHY made a name for himself in the world of indie comics before joining up with DC for such titles as BATMAN/SCARECROW: YEAR ONE, TEEN TITANS, HELLBLAZER and the miniseries AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. He also wrote and illustrated the original graphic novel Off Road.

JIMMY PALMIOTTI is a multi-award-winning creator and co-founder of Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights, and Paperfilms, where he currently partners with Amanda Conner and Justin Gray. Together they have created and co-created: The New West, MONOLITH, 21 DOWN, THE RESISTANCE, The ProGatecrasherBeautiful KillerAshCloudburstTrigger Girl 6SplattermanThrill SeekerTrailblazer,Ballerina, THE TWILIGHT EXPERIMENT and the TV series, Painkiller Jane.

He has worked on POWERGIRL and JONAH HEX for DC COMICS, The Last Resort for IDW, Back to Brooklyn for Image Comics, Spartacusfor Devils Due, and Time Bomb for Radical Comics. He is currently writing ALL-STAR WESTERN and THE RAY for DC COMICS the New 52.

GAIL SIMONE first caught the attention of the comics world on the world wide web, where her popular humor column “You’ll All Be Sorry!” was featured on Comic Book Resources.  It wasn’t long before she was tapped to write The Simpsons for Bongo Comics, which led to working in the mainstream for Marvel Comics as the writer on Deadpool.

Following her Marvel work, Simone began working for DC, where she is most known for her much-beloved run on BIRDS OF PREY.  She has continued to write for DC and its many imprints on titles that include ROSE AND THORN, ACTION COMICS, TEEN TITANS, SECRET SIX, THE LEGION, VILLAINS UNITED, JLA CLASSIFIED, THE ALL-NEW ATOM, GEN13, and her creator-owned title WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY. Simone is currently writing BATGIRL in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.

SCOTT SNYDER has written comics for both DC and Marvel, including the bestselling series AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS and SWAMP THING, and is the author of the story collection Voodoo Heart (The Dial Press). He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYC and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett. He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.

For further information about guests and activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com.  For more information about DC Entertainment and their guests please contact ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­David Hyde at david.hyde@dccomics.com.

ABOUT REEDPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena.  ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration VI, Fantasy Football Fest, and UFC Fan Expo.  The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion.  ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
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via DC Entertainment Press Release

John Cusack to Appear at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2)

John Cusack, a Chicago native and one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and respected actors of his generation, will appear at this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2).  Mr. Cusack will participate in a Q&A session on Sunday, April 15th and show a trailer for The Raven, his new movie from Relativity starring Mr. Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe. The independent period thriller, which will be released on April 27th, is directed by James McTiegue and tells the fictionalized account of the last days of Poe’s life in which the poet teams up with a young Baltimore detective to hunt down a serial killer who uses Poe’s works as the basis for his murders. Mr. Cusack will also do a limited signing for 100 fans at C2E2.

“I am enormously pleased to share this news about John Cusack’s appearance at C2E2,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “I count myself as a major fan and the fact that he is now coming to C2E2 where he will meet and greet thousands of fans, many of whom share my enthusiasm and admiration for his films, is a perfect highlight. His participation at C2E2 reinforces how great our event has become and I know his appearance will be a huge attraction.”

Some other guests who will be participating in signings or panels at C2E2 include: Neal Adams, Axel Alonso, John Barrowman, Anthony Daniels, Chris Hardwick, Charlaine Harris, Adam Hughes, Stephanie Izard, Tom Morello, and Joe Quesada, to name just a few!

C2E2 will take place April 13 – 15, 2012 in the North Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center. For further information about other guests and activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com.

ABOUT JOHN CUSACK
With an impressive body of work spanning the course of two decades, John Cusack has evolved into one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and respected actors of his generation, garnering both critical acclaim as well as prestigious accolades for his dramatic and comedic roles.
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Cusack first gained the attention of audiences by starring in a number of 1980s film classics such as The Sure ThingSay Anything and Sixteen Candles. Following these roles, Cusack successfully shed his teen-heartthrob image by demonstrating his ability to expand his film repertoire by starring in a wide range of dramas, thrillers and comedies including The GriftersEight Men Out, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank.
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This fall, we will see Cusack in Lee Daniels’ highly anticipated drama, The Paperboy. Cusack will star opposite Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey as Hillary Van Wetter, an inmate on death row.
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Most recently, Cusack reunited with Nicolas Cage to film psychological thriller, Frozen Ground, which is scheduled to release in December 2012. In this film, which is based on true events, Cusack takes on the role of serial killer, Robert Hansen.
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On April 27th, Cusack will be seen in the independent thriller The Raven where he portrays the infamous author, Edgar Allen Poe. The film, directed by James McTiegue and produced by Marc D. Evans, tells fictionalized account of the last days of Poe’s life, in which the poet is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer’s stories.
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Cusack divides his time between Los Angeles and Chicago.
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ABOUT REEDPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena.  ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration VI, Fantasy Football Fest, and UFC Fan Expo.  The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion.  ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
via C2E2 Press Release

John Barrowman from TORCHWOOD and DOCTOR WHO to Appear at C2E2

Captain Jack Harkness From Doctor Who And Torchwood Coming To Chicago

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) has announced actor John Barrowman — best known as Captain Jack Harkness in the BBC’s Torchwood and Doctor Who – will be appearing at this year’s event as a Spotlight Guest.  C2E2, from the creators of New York Comic Con, is April 13-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.  The event is a popular culture convention spanning the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga, and games, and John Barrowman is the latest addition to the show’s roster of guests.  Previously announced comic talent appearing at C2E2 include Adam Hughes, Joe Kubert, Marc Silvestri, Rick Remender, and Scott Snyder.  Previously announced entertainment names include Anthony Daniels, Chad Michael Murray, Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, Chris Hardwick, and Josh Gates.

Barrowman’s body of work spans both the UK and US, appearing on British series including HustleHotel Babylon, and his entertainment show,Tonight’s The Night, and in the US on programs ranging from Desperate Housewives to Central Park West.  He is most known — and has become a pop culture icon — for his portrayal of Captain Jack Harkness.  First appearing in 2005 in Doctor Who, Harkness was a rogue anti-hero both equal and opposite Who‘s altruistic Doctor.  Captain Jack proved extremely popular with fans and critics alike, leading to further adventures with The Doctor in subsequent years and the starring role in Doctor Who‘s adult-oriented spin-off, Torchwood.  Torchwood‘s fourth season, Miracle Day, was a UK and US co-production, airing this past summer on Starz in the USA.

“We’re very excited to welcome John Barrowman this year to C2E2,” Show Organizer Lance Fensterman said.  “Doctor Who has grown into a global phenomenon, and John Barrowman is an actor with a following on both sides of the Atlantic.  There’s tremendous excitement from the fanboys and fangirls within C2E2′s own office, and we know our audience in Chicago will be overjoyed to meet him.”

“I’m so excited about C2E2 because it involves two of my favorite things — my US fans and the city of Chicago. We’re going to have a great time!” Barrowman said.  ”C2E2 will be a special kind of homecoming for me. I’m thrilled to be back in one of my favorite cities in the world, and I’m so happy at long last to be able to spend some time with my US fans.”

John Barrowman will be appearing at C2E2 on Saturday and Sunday.  He’ll be signing autographs and be participating in a panel discussion.  For more on John Barrowman, please visit www.johnbarrowman.com.  Tickets to C2E2 are available now.  For tickets and further show guests and information, visit www.C2E2.com.  For the latest news, follow @C2E2 on Twitter.

ABOUT REEDPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena.  ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration VI, Fantasy Football Fest, and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
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via C2E2 Press Release

Profiles in History and Marvel to Hold Captain America Auction

Profiles in History is proud to announce its association with Marvel Entertainment to hold the Captain America: The First Avenger Auction at this year’s C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60616 at 6PM Central Time on April 14, 2012.

The auction consists of over 220 lots including the incredible costumes, props and vehicles from the 2011 film. “Rarely does a collector have the opportunity to acquire items of this importance from a contemporary film,” says Profiles in History President and CEO Joe Maddalena.

Among the key items to be sold:

The Captain America hero costume worn in the ultimate incarnation of Captain America. It is a three-piece custom suit made of ballistic nylon with rubberized backing. The three individual costume pieces consist of long pants with elastic boot stirrups, a short, elastic-bottomed, midriff-length undershirt and distinctive red, white and blue sculpted upper body armor with built-in bracers, shoulder pads and patriotic star insignia on the chest. Includes brown leather gloves, ammo belt, holster (with rubber Colt .45 pistol), high brown boots and comes paired with the appropriate form-fitted, leather mask-helmet stenciled with the letter “A” on the front and abstract wings on both sides. The costume exhibits discrete battle distress, and is accompanied by an iconic, round Vibranium shield made of resin. This hero suit is the culmination of all other evolving versions seen on screen and is the hero suit seen in all scenes from the “invasion montage” onward. The suit is also used in most graphic advertising and promotional materials for the film. Pictured above, estimated to fetch $20,000 – $30,000.

Johann Schmidt’s hero Cube setup costume.  Worn during the scene when the Cosmic Cube power is first exploited and harnessed in Dr. Zola’s lab.  The 2-piece suit is custom made of forest green Polyester with jodhpur-style riding pants and built in suspenders.  The jacket features a sewn-in matrix of straps with pops of bright crimson piping, and finished with a Hydra icon patch on the left shoulder.  The costume is completed with knee-high patent leather boots, gloves, and black leather belt with Hydra logo buckle.  Estimated to fetch $6,000 – $8,000.

Hugo Weaving screen-worn Red Skull prosthetic makeup appliance constructed of red pigmented, encapsulated silicone and consisting of seven individual pieces, pre-painted overlaid and then final makeup applied on actor Hugo Weaving.  The appliances covered Weaving’s entire head, ears, neck, and partial chest and features dot markers for digital tracking.  Measures approx. 14 in. tall.  Expected to fetch $3,000 – $5,000.

“Decoy” Cosmic Cube constructed of cloudy blue resin and measuring 3 ¾ in. sq.  Johann Schmidt rips the “decoy” cube from the hands of the corpse in the sarcophagus in the Norwegian church.  Pictured below, expected to fetch $1,000 – $1,500.

Also included will be a wide array of Hydra and Allied prop weaponry and equipment, Johann Schmidt/Red Skull costumes, plus several Hydra motorcycles and a full-scale steel-plated Hydra “Fastrac” tank built on a four wheel drive tractor chassis!

Other Marvel Entertainment gems will also be included in the auction, such as, an original full-scale screen-used Mark II “Autopsy” suit from Iron Man 2. This Mark II “Autopsy” suit was appropriated from the military by James “Rhodey” Rhodes, played by Don Cheadle, who proceeded to disassemble it (performing an “autopsy”) for examination of the technology in order to construct War Machine. Constructed by the visionary artists of Legacy Effects, this 75 in. tall figure is handcrafted of fiberglass resin with an incredibly detailed metalized finish resembling brushed stainless steel alloy. It features intricate wire loom, metal hoses and cables, and discrete electronics detailing as well as faux actuators, pistons, and other suspension devices in the exposed joints and limbs. The figure was designed to lie down for the autopsy scene and has a number of armor plates removed to expose the suit’s inner circuitry. The removed sections include two leg greaves, right hip plate, right bicep plate, right shoulder plate, head plate, and most notably a removable main breastplate that reveals the inner cavity and bracing elements. An impressive and iconic figure from this groundbreaking film. This is the only complete Iron Man suit ever offered at public auction. Special shipping arrangements will apply. Expected to fetch $60,000 – $80,000.

From Thor you can bid on the stunt Mjölnir war hammer. This is Thor’s distinctive large, square-headed war hammer, with foam rubber head realistically painted to resemble ancient forged metal. It is entwined with Nordic design and Runes, with a stout handle wrapped in brown leather with lanyard. Head measures 8 ½ in. x 5 ¼ in. x 5 in., 17 in. long overall. Expected to fetch $4,000 – $6,000.

Stay tuned for additional announcements that include more exciting items from the Captain America: The First Avenger auction.

ABOUT PROFILES IN HISTORY
Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation’s leading dealer in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts.  Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph “Joe” Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Needing to support himself, Joe turned to his hobby of buying and selling historical documents as a potential way to earn revenue. On weekends he scoured old Hollywood bookstores for letters and rare books. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. A lifetime member of the Manuscript Society, Joe is widely recognized as the nation’s leading authority on entertainment memorabilia and historical documents. Profiles in History has established itself as the world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood memorabilia, having held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and owning virtually every Guinness Book record prices for original screen-used memorabilia. With an extensive network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, Profiles in History is proud to play an important role in the preservation of motion picture history. Prior Profiles in History Hollywood auctions highlights include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz($805,000); Steve McQueen’s “Michael Delaney” racing suit from Le Mans ($960,000); a full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($488,750); Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds” dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($356,500); Luke Skywalker’s light saber fromStar Wars ($240,000); Margaret Hamilton’s “Wicked Witch” hat from The Wizard Of Oz ($230,000); and The Invisible Man 1933 one-sheet movie poster ($230,000). Most recently from the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe “Subway” Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M, the Marilyn Monroe signature red-sequined showgirl gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for $1.44M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of SyFy’s hit show, Hollywood Treasure. With already 24 episodes aired, Hollywood Treasure is gearing up for an exciting return in 2012.

Charlaine Harris will be the Spotlight Guest at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2012 Among Other Featured Guests

#1 Bestselling Novelist Provides Literary Luster at Annual Pop Culture Event

Charlaine Harris, the #1 New York Times bestselling author best known for her Southern Vampire Mysteries featuring Sookie Stackhouse, will be a Spotlight Guest at this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2).  Ms. Harris’s enormously popular series is also the basis of True Blood, the HBO series produced by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and starring Golden Globe winner Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie.  Providing literary luster at a convention that is brimming with artists, creators and other talent from all segments of the pop culture universe, Ms. Harris will be joined by other Featured Guest writers appearing at C2E2 including: Rachel Caine, Christina Henry, Mari Mancusi, Chloe Neill, and Veronica Wolff.  All of these authors, including Charlaine Harris, will be participating in panels and will do a signing at C2E2 where they will meet and greet thousands of fans.

C2E2 will take place April 13 – 15, 2012 in the North Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center.  For further information about guests and activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com.

“Charlaine Harris and all these literary guests are a fantastic addition to our developing list of major talent who will be appearing at C2E2,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2.  “Their participation is further evidence that the pop culture world cuts across all entertainment boundaries and includes artists from every walk of life.  I know these writers will be well-received at our show and will find legions of fans anxious to hear them speak and meet them in person.”

ABOUT SPOTLIGHT GUEST CHARLAINE HARRIS
#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for thirty years. Charlaine began writing mystery series—the Aurora Teagarden series and the much darker Lily Bard series—but then went on to write Dead Until Dark which broke genre boundaries to appeal to a wide audience of people who just enjoy a good adventure. Each subsequent book about Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic barmaid and friend to vampires, werewolves, and various other odd creatures, has drawn more readers.The Southern Vampire books are published in twenty languages. They are also the basis of True Blood, the HBO series produced by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and starring Golden Globe winner Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie.  Charlaine also writes the Harper Connelly series.

ABOUT LITERARY FEATURED GUESTS:

RACHEL CAINE is The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires, Weather Warden, and Outcast Seasonnovels, among many others. She grew up in the badlands outside of El Paso, Texas. General Sheridan famously said, “If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell.” Rachel’s trying her best, with the Morganville series, to prove him right. (But still, she does lives in Fort Worth, Texas. Not Hell.)

CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the Black Wings series and enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with subtitles in her spare time. Henry used to work in a comic book store and as a result, has boxes of bagged and boarded comics in her attic.  She lives in Chicago with her husband and son, and can be found on the web at www.christinahenry.net.

MARI MANCUSI used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession—journalism—instead. Today she writes books for teens and adults. When not writing about creatures of the night, Mari enjoys traveling, cooking, goth clubbing, watching cheesy horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure—videogames. A graduate of Boston University and a two time Emmy Award winner, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon and dog Mesquite. You can find Mari online at www.bloodcovenvampires.com.

CHLOE NEILL was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. Chloe is the author of the fan-favorite and The New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series. She watches entirely too much television, roots for her favorite college football team, and believes, however unlikely, that she’ll one day finish a half-marathon. You can learn about Chloe Neill and Chicago’s vampires at www.chloeneill.com.

VERONICA WOLFF, once an aspiring art historian, is an award-winning, bestselling author with a soft spot for kilts and vampires. Known for her Scottish historical romances, she now writes a young adult series called The Watchers as well as an adult contemporary romance series called Sierra Falls. She has lived everywhere from Texas, to Hawaii, to India, finally settling in Northern California where she lives with her husband, two kids, and a houseful of pets.  Her unmarketable skills include snowboarding, speaking Hindi, gardening, and knowing an alarming amount of pop-culture trivia.

ABOUT REEDPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena.  ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration VI, Fantasy Football Fest, and UFC Fan Expo.  The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion.  ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
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via C2E2 Press Release

Marvel Entertainment Reveals Plans for Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)

Many top writers and creators will be joining Marvel Entertainment at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) as the renowned comic books and media entertainment company announces plans for the annual pop culture gathering which will take place April 13 – 15, 2012 in the North Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center.  Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment, and Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, will be joined by other notable Marvel creators including Jason Aaron, Rick Remender and Dan Slott.

In addition to bringing these leading guests and talent to C2E2, Marvel has also provided original artwork by Olivier Coipel for this year’s official C2E2 poster which will feature The Avengers and X-Men in battle at Buckingham Fountain, a Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park. This April, The Avengers and the X-Men go to war in a landmark 12-issue pop culture publishing event, Avengers VS X-Men, which will bring together the world’s greatest super heroes  including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Magneto and more.  To learn more about Avengers VS X-Men go to www.marvel.com/avx.  The specially created poster will figure prominently in C2E2’s advertising and promotion and will be featured at the convention as well as in Chicago area retailers and other areas throughout Chicago leading up to the show.  Marvel will have a massive booth presence at C2E2 where it will occupy 2500 square feet in a central location on the convention floor where fans will be able to meet top Marvel talent as well as learn about the latest Marvel products, promotions and recent news.  Once again, ReedPOP will also entertain 12 fans at a dinner which will include selected executives and creators from the Marvel team.  This year the exclusive dinner will take place at the award-winning Chicago restaurant Girl & the Goat.  Further details about the dinner will be announced soon and will be posted on the C2E2 website.

“Marvel always brings tremendous energy and excitement to our show and this year is certainly no exception,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2.  “The Marvel presence is felt on so many levels, not just at their booth and with all the talented guests they bring, but also through the poster, the dinner that ReedPOP is hosting, the panels and all the other Marvel activity which involves thousands of our fans and which is so fully integrated with our show.  We are grateful to Marvel for their energy and commitment to C2E2 and we look forward to making this a great show!”

For further information about guests and activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com.

JOE QUESADA
Joe Quesada wears many creative hats, as both an acclaimed writer-artist and the Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment – the world’s largest and most dynamic comics publisher. In this role, Joe is steward of such legendary characters as Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor.

His tenure as Editor-in-Chief recently drew to a close after 10 successful years – the longest term since Stan Lee himself. Under Quesada’s guidance, Marvel underwent a creative boom and became home to the comic industry’s greatest talents, which continues to hold true today. He brings this same vision to his role in the whole of Marvel Entertainment across the worlds of publishing, film, and television.
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AXEL ALONSO
A 17-year comics industry veteran, Axel Alonso got his start at DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, where he edited such seminal series such as Preacher, Hellblazer and 100 Bullets, before leaping to Marvel Comics in 2001.   Since that time, he has overseen many of the publisher’s biggest franchises – including Spider-Man, Hulk and the X-Men – and edited some of its most talked-about series – including Truth,Rawhide Kid and X-Statix.  In 2011 Axel was promoted to Editor In Chief, a tenure during which he has overseen major events such as the Death of Ultimate Spider-Man and the chart-topping Fear Itself.  Besides comics, Alonso’s passions include basketball, hip-hop, 8-year-old shooting guard Tito “Mr. T” Alonso, Asian food and preparing for the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse.
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JASON AARON
Jason Aaron is an Eisner and Harvey Award nominated comic book writer whose work includes the critically acclaimed crime series Scalped for Vertigo and stints on Black Panther, Ghost Rider and Wolverine: Weapon X for Marvel. Current and upcoming projects includeWolverine, Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine, PunisherMAX X-Men Schism and Wolverine & the X-Men, all for Marvel. He was born in Alabama but currently resides in Kansas City.
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RICK REMENDER
Rick Remender is the writer/creator of comics such as Fear Agent, The End League, Strange Girl, Black Heart Billy, Last Days of American Crime, Sea of Red, Sorrow, Night Mary, XXXombies and Doll and Creature. He is also the writer of Marvel’s Uncanny X-Force, Secret Avengers, and Venom.

Outside of comics he has served as lead writer on EA/EPIC/PCF’s Bulletstorm game and was a writer on the Electronic Arts hit game Dead Space . Prior to this, Remender served as an animator on films such as The Iron Giant, Anastasia, Titan A.E., and Rocky and Bullwinkle.

During his time wrist grinding as an artist Rick penciled books such as The Last Christmas, Bruce Campbell’s Man with the Screaming Brain and numerous issues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while also inking books such as The Avengers and The Terminator . He has provided album covers and art for bands such as NOFX, 3 Inches of Blood, Lagwagon and No Use for a Name. He also taught storyboarding, animation and comic art at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University for many years. He and his tea-sipping wife, Danni, currently reside in California with their two kids, and a monster known only as Lester Magoo.
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DAN SLOTT
Dan is someone who isn’t comfortable typing up his own bio and/or talking about himself in the third person. That said, I hear he is extremely modest and would never mention the multiple times he swam the English Channel, piloted clandestine moon missions, or wrestled nuclear-powered mastodons. He is a riddle wrapped in an enigma… and then dipped in a tangy chipotle sauce. You might know him from his work as a writer on Amazing Spider-Man, Mighty Avengers, Avengers: The Initiative, She-Hulk, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, Batman Adventures, Looney Tunes, or Ren & Stimpy.  Or if comics ain’t your bag, he’s the guy who wrote the Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions game for XBox 360, PS3, and PC. Don’t worry about bringing too many comics for him to sign. He’ll sign all of ‘em. Because, well, it’s really no trouble, he has a monosyllabic name, and, seriously, it’s the least he can do– when you bought all that stuff, you paid his rent.
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ABOUT REEDPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena.  ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration VI, Fantasy Football Fest, and UFC Fan Expo.  The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion.  ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
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via Marvel Press Release