It's been an exciting weekend full of panels, signings, and low priced loot. If you follow my twitter you were probably overwhelmed with the amount of updates that came in this weekend. It was an awesome weekend and I'd like to thank everyone involved from Reed Exhibitions, to the exhibitors, vendors, industry professionals, and anyone else who showed up.
Friday was a pretty casual day. This was my first time ever at this convention hall, but it was a pleasant experience. The night before my accomplices and me went to the midnight release of Kick-Ass. The movie was great, no complaints here. Over the top fun. To make things even better though Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz were doing a signing at the convention early Friday afternoon for the first 100 people to get a free ticket. My girlfriend managed to get a ticket and nab three awesome movie posters and get them to sing my hardcover of Kick-Ass.
The next few hours were spent criss-crossing the convention floor. Purchased a couple books from the Image booth, where Richard Starkings was generous enough to sign and sketch inside of each book. After exploring the web comics section and a few vendors, we made our way to the Mondo Marvel Panel.
The stage was crowded with Marvel talent, and they hinted and teased at the many fun things to come such as the Heroic Age and Shadowland. There was a lot of fun questions, but it felt like a fun introduction to the many Marvel panels held over the weekend. After the panel we explored artist alley thoroughly, and headed home to make plans for the rest of the weekend.
Saturday morning started off with 4 hours of different lines for signings. It was a great time getting to meet the Breitweisers, Khoi Pham, Adam Kubert, Joe Quesada, Peter David, Stuart Moore, the Dodsons, and the other creators signing around the Marvel booth. While hanging around I was able to watch Marvel Charades, and interesting game show style prize give away. I finally pulled myself away from the booth for my first panel, another Marvel event.
The Marvel Animation panel proved to be quite interesting, where Joe Q and Josh Fine showed bits of the many awesome things to come. The most exciting had to be the announcement of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, a cartoon coming this fall to DisneyXD. Also announced was an Ultimate Spider-man cartoon in the works, as well as a Marvel Knights series, and a second season of Super Hero Squad.
After a quick meal, it was back to the panel room for Cup O' Joe, which was full of excitement. Joe Q spilled a lot of neat stuff on the upcoming Secret Avengers, the return of Scarlet Witch in Children Crusaders, Quesada returning to Amazing Spider-Man concerning the events of One More Day, a few Icon announcements and some other news. You would think that'd be everything they'd have to offer, but even more fun came out in the questions, and there was still news for the next day of panels.
The night continued with more signings and purchases on the convention floor. I managed to catch the Marvel giveaway hour toward the end of the day, and it was an entertaining time. I managed to get a couple neat books to top off the end of a fun day.
After the show we took a cab to Three Happiness, an awesome restaurant in China town. I would recommend it to anyone near the McCormick Place. The fatigue of convention joy was setting in, so I called it a night early, eager for the next day.
Sunday started off fairly casual. Took advantage of the price cuts many of the vendors start on the last day. Met a lot of neat artists down in artist alley, got some signings, then made my way to the Hulk Smash Panel. It was a surprisingly awesome panel, but I've been knee deep in the Hulk series for awhile. The Intelligencia consisted of Jeph Loeb, Pelletier, Van Lente, Pak, and editor Nate Cosby. There were fun videos which can be seen at BannerKnows.com This summer will provide answers to all your Rulk questions, and smash up the status quo of the Hulk titles.
Hours later was the X-men panel, features x-perts Marjorie Liu, Peter David, Jeanine Schaefer and Dark Wolverine artist Camuncoli. Peter David stole the show, coming in with a Bishop style 'M' painted on his face. He then showed off his mutant ability to start and stop the applause of the audience. There was exciting images of what's to come, but Second Coming seemed to be in the way of showing off much more.
The day finished with some shopping, and a few more signings in artist alley. I felt reluctant leaving the convention hall, but I was more than satisfied, if not surprised by how fun the weekend had been. Since Sunday ended earlier than the previous nights, we met friends for a cook out, and shared our geeky stories of the weekend. Overall it was an amazing weekend and I can't wait for next year.
I hope this update doesn't seem too jumbled. I've been fairly tired due to the constant fun this weekend. Want other news on these events? I'd check out C2E2.com, Marvel.com, and the many tweets from con goers. Tired Fanboy, over and out.