C2E2 2014 FRIDAY RECAP

The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo has come and gone again.  I was at C2E2 2014 and it was pretty great.  I want to take a moment to apologize for how late this article is.  Some technical issues arose and it took all weekend to resolve them so I was not able to bring you my usual daily recaps this year.

I will start with some of the panels I attended on Friday.

The first panel I attended was about publishing deal contracts.  I was only there for the end but it still had a lot of useful information.  Basically ‘get things in writing’ is not just a saying, it is something you have to do for pretty much everything.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Frederic Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent and there was a presentation on it.  Speaker Carol L. Tilley talked about the history of Wertham’s crusade to censor comic books and the formation of the Comics Code Authority.  In recent years it has come to light that Wertham fabricated many of the ‘facts’ he discovered about comic books leading to juvenile delinquency.

Later on I attended the Creator Connection panel which had the hosts Buddy Scalera and Dirk Manning split the room into writers and artists and then introduce them and let them talk to each other.  I met a few nice artists there and I may correspond with some of them in the future.  There are a lot of panels about making comics but this one was by far the most proactive I have ever been encouraging writers and artists to actually talk to each other.

Then I attended a panel on How to be a Nerd for a Living but by that point in the day I was getting tired and to be honest I almost fell asleep during the panel.  The parts of it that I heard were very interesting.  Its a good thing I remembered that I had some Starburst in my jacket pocket.

 

Finally I went to a panel on diversity in comics and I actually have a picture from that one.

A lot of different subjects came up and the panelists had such a great discussion that there was no time for questions at the end.  I kind of wish I had been taking notes so I could give that panel its own article.  Hopefully someone else there was and we will see it talked about elsewhere on the internet.

Before the day ended I went by the Big Dog Ink booth and met one of the writers of Shahrazad, a comic book I have talked about in Comic Book Storytelling.

Now onto everyone’s favorite part of any convention coverage article, the cosplay pictures.

All photos were taken by me.

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