C2E2 – Geek Heaven

April BarkleyWCB Event WriterJohn Barrowman at C2E2Hey geeks of Chicago! C2E2 weekend is over but Windy City Banner has some great coverage to report. So, if you weren’t there, look no further and read all about it! It was like Christmas morning as the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo dazzled geeks of the Chicagoland area. I attended every day.

Jim Lee’s Cover Art for The Tower Chronicles Revealed

Legendary Entertainment Courtesy of Legendary EntertainmentWhen Legendary Entertainament launched its comics division last year, it was for the opportunity to release stories like the upcoming THE TOWER CHRONICLES. With a lead character created by Legendary founder Thomas Tull, Executive Producer of 300 & The Dark Knight, and developed by Tull and Matt Wagner (Grendel, Mage), THE TOWER CHRONICLES creates a new mythology on familiar worlds through a unique take on the bounty hunter storyline. The all-new IP sets the standard for future releases from Legendary.At C2E2 this past weekend, Bob Schreck, Editor-in-Chief of Legendary Comics, revealed the cover art for the first book of the trilogy (art is attached). Created by Jim Lee the cover showcases the supernatural bounty hunter in a menacing pose following the annihilation of one of his foes. Lee is the first in a line of world famous artists who have created covers for the series, which hits stories this September.Be on the lookout at for more information on THE TOWER CHRONICLES at San Diego Comic-Con.

C2E2 Roaring Along!

Tom WrayWCB EditorC2E2 is going strong with its second day finished. Panels took place all day today after a relatively quiet first day on Friday. However, we only got to one panel – John Barrowman, star of the BBC and now Starz series Torchwood. No repeat of the last time I met stars from the show (i.e., no squeeing loud enough to wake dogs in Schaumburg) but the weekend is still young. The big fun of any con are the exhibitors, vendors and especially the fans.

Get The Walking Dead Vol. 1 FREE at the ComiXology Booth #522 @ C2E2

Via press releaseThis weekend, comiXology — the world’s largest digital comics platform available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web with over 60 million comic and graphic novel downloads to date — returns to McCormick Place, Chicago for the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo 2012 (C2E2) giving away free digital comic codes for The Walking Dead Vol. 1 at their booth (#522) during this year’s C2E2 taking place from April 13th – 15th. Following the wildly popular promotional giveaways at WonderCon ‘12 and Emerald City Comicon ‘12 last month, comiXology is teaming up once again with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s Skybound, to make C2E2 ’12 unforgettable for comic fans by giving them a free “taste” of the first graphic novel — regularly $8.99 for 140 pages — that the hit The Walking Dead TV show is based on. The first 2,500 C2E2 ‘12 attendees to come by comiXology’s booth (#522) will receive a limited edition promotional postcard imprinted with a unique download code redeemable for The Walking Dead Vol. 1 exclusively on comiXology.com in exchange for an email sign up.

Claudio Sanchez Comes to C2E2 this Weekend

Evil Ink ComicsTony Moore (THE WALKING DEAD) incentive coverWriter, creator and Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez will make a guest appearance at Chicago’s Comic and Entertainment Expo April 13-15, where his publishing company, Evil Ink Comics, returns after a very successful visit in 2011.“Last year was our first time doing C2E2 and it was such a great experience all around,” notes Sanchez, “Chicago is one of my favorite cities; the people are very passionate and know what they want. They make us feel totally at home and I can’t wait to be back.”In addition to Evil Ink fan favorite titles The Amory Wars and Kill Audio, copies of the acclaimed Key of Z series have been collected in Trade Paperback, arriving just in time for C2E2!  Created and written by Sanchez and Chondra Echert (Kill Audio) with interior art from The Amory Wars’ Aaron Kuder,  Key of Z is the story of Nick Ewing, an executive security guard trying to survive in a post-zombie-apocalyptic New York City while seeking revenge on the warring gangs responsible for the death of his family. “The positive response for Key of Z has been inspiring.  Fans seem to really gravitate and identify with Ewing, the protagonist and his journaled struggle to come to terms with the enormous life changes that’ve been forced upon him,” Echert explained,  “so with the collected series, we wanted to give them some extra content from his perspective.”From BOOM! Studios, the 128-page TPB features all four issues of the series, extra artwork, scripts, bonus pages from Ewing’s journal and a gallery featuring covers from Nathan Fox (Fluorescent Black, DMZ) Declan Shalvey (28 Days Later) and Tony Moore (The Walking Dead.) Sanchez, Echert and Kuder have scheduled signings at 5PM, Friday and Saturday, at Evil Ink Booth #335. Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is a pop culture event held at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.  Tickets for C2E2 can be purchased in advance at their website, www.c2e2.com. 

Sean Astin To Appear At C2E2

C2E2Sean AstinShow organizers at C2E2, which is set take place this coming weekend, April 13 – 15 at McComick Place in Chicago, have announced that Sean Astin will appear as a guest at the show. In addition to featuring top artists and creators from the world of comics, C2E2 is a showcase for celebrities from all corners of the entertainment universe including film, TV, books and music. Sean Astin is well remembered for his role as loyal Samwise Gamgee in the universally acclaimed Lord of the Rings; his role as Mikey in the 1980’s classic The Goonies; and his title role as the American working class hero in Rudy. He joins other entertainment celebrities at C2E2 including: John Barrowman * Nicholas Brendan * Ryan Buell * Lauren Cohan * John Cusack * Anthony Daniels * Josh Gates * Chris Hardwick * Charlaine Harris * Stephanie Izard * Val Kilmer * Tom Morello * Chad Michael Murray * Stephen Rannazzisi * Anne Rice * Shane West * Steven YeunSean Astin will be signing in the autographing area at C2E2 for all three days of the show beginning Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15. For further information about guests and other activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com.

Threadless’ Comics-On Tees Series Launches “Space-Time” at C2E2

Via press releaseThreadless, Chicago’s beloved international online community-based design company, has partnered with four comic artist icons in collaboration for their fifth series of the Comics-On Tees collection. Written and designed by Jeffrey Brown with artwork across a series of shirts by Jeff Lemire, Anders Nilsen, and Paul Hornschemeier, will be sold exclusively through Threadless either individually or as a set. Threadless will offer a sneak peek of the fifth series of Comic-On Tees at their booth at this year’s C2E2. The Comics-On Tees were created in 2010 as an effort to continue Threadless’s mission to inspire awesomeness as well as support their artist community. Threadless launched the Comics-On Tees line to continue to empower artists to get their work out in new ways by translating a comic book onto a series of tees.  “Space-Time!”

Stephen Rannazzisi To Take The Stage At C2E2 For Night Of Comedy

C2E2Photo courtesy of ReedPOPStephen RannazzisiStephen Rannazzisi will headline an evening of entertainment at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) on Saturday, April 14 in the IGN Theater at McCormick Place. Rannazzisi, who got his first taste of television success for his role on MTV’s Punk’d, is more recently recognized for his part as “Kevin”, the League Commissioner on FX’s hit show The League, a semi-improvised comedy which is set in Chicago about the members of a fantasy football league and their everyday lives. Mr. Rannazzisi’s show at C2E2 is part of his You’re Either In or You’re Out tour which has been selling out venues across the country. He will perform free for all C2E2 Weekend, Saturday or VIP badge-holders. The festivities begin at 7:30pm with an opening act by comedian Kevin “Dot Com” Brown who plays the bodyguard, best friend and right hand man to Tracy Morgan in NBC TV’s huge hit series 30 Rock.Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, a pop culture event which is organized by the creators of New York Comic Con (NYCC) will be held April 13 – 15 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill..