Sunday, April 27, 2014

C2E2 2014 - Instant Classic Con Report

High light: This was the first year where I felt like I made some good connections at c2e2. The previous years I got a lot of people telling me I needed an artist to draw pages to put into people hands. This year, by wandering around Artist's Alley, I got a lot of cards from potential collaborators. 

Low light: The lines for the big names I wanted to meet were huge. So I must continue to merely chat them up on Twitter.

Best experience: Driving down with Ben and Brad and getting some good conversation with best friends both days.

Worst experience: A damned sinus cold that sent me back home before seeing Thrilling Adventure Hour.

Best bargain (had to buy it, no freebies): The first three Punisher Essentials for the price of one.

Best Freebie: The Jonah Hex sketch that Jimmy Palmiotti did on the trade he signed for me. He drew something in two minutes that looks better than anything I could do in a year. 

Most welcome surprise: Running into the Ms. Marvel cosplayer whose picture I showed to Ms. Marvel's author and passing on well wishes.

Most unwelcome surprise: I as all set to spend a ton of money at the WeLoveFine booth, but they had a very limited selection. I always get compliments on my stark Industries polo and they didn't have any other polo shirts on site.

Best costume: A spot-on Chewbacca, complete with the slightly loping walk.

Best costume try: My friend Suzanne made a good Scully but everything really clicked when she got an ID badge from a nearby booth.

Most amusing costume: The guy dressed as weapon X in little more than boxer briefs and a helmet. Glad to see some beefcake on the floor.

Coolest booth and why: One of the 50% comic shops where the owner told an amusing story about how wearing a LexCorp Security polo let him help a little boy find his lost parents.

Strangest moment: Realizing an artist in Artist Alley did commissioned character sketches for my first ever Shadowrun characters some twenty odd years ago. His reaction? "Burn them. Burn them immediately."

Favorite item available in the Exhibit Hall: There were a ton of 50% off trades booths, which always make the trip worthwhile.

Stuff bought:
Cat lady art
Jonah Hex trades
Rat Queens
Punisher Essentials
Wonder Woman

Stuff got for free:
Iron Man mask

Stuff that was wanted that was unavailable:
Atomic Robo Vol. 8
Atomic Robo Real Science Adventures 2

Hawkeye trades

Best Quote:
"If it's a flock of seagulls, what do you call a group of Castiels?"
"A confusion."