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Gamer Reaction at C2E2 2011

There’s something about attending a convention with a bunch of like minded (see: nerdy) folks, and knowing we’re all there for a set of reasons that any comic book nerd/gamer/artist would be proud of. C2E2 was no exception to the “cons bring awesome people together” rule, and over the weekend I got to experience one of the most fun/exciting times of my life.

For those of you unfamiliar with the con, C2E2 is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. From a show floor packed with hundreds of exhibitors, to panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, to screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen, C2E2 brings the best of popular culture to downtown Chicago.

I was quite surprised by the presence video games had at a predominantly comic book based convention. There were previews for the Thor game, Battlefield 3, and an entire IGN sponsored gaming pavilion/stage. As the weekend continued, I began to spot a ton of video game cosplayers as well. It was refreshing to see our mediums of choice intermixing without any sort of disconnect. That being said, I hope as this convention grows; more developers will showcase upcoming games/products.

On the comic side of things, C2E2 was a literal mecca for all things print based, with a special spot for indie and web based comics as well. You had everything from Marvel and DC to publishers no one had ever heard of, and yet everyone was treated as equals. Beyond the actual comics themselves, the amount of merchandise for sale was jaw-droppingly huge! You name it, and you could probably buy it, or meet someone who sells it online.

Probably one of the COOLEST comic related things I experienced at C2E2 was the Evil Ink booth, which was conveniently staffed by their lead talent Claudio Sanchez (lead singer of Coheed and Cambria) and Chondra Echert. For those unfamiliar, Evil Ink produces the Amory Wars which is the comic-book portion of the Coheed and Cambria saga, and another cult hit Kill Audio which Sanchez and his wife Echert work on together. I was lucky enough to snag an interview with Claudio, Chondra, and the new Amory Wars artist Aaron Kuder. Look for a transcript and pictures of the interview in an  upcoming post!

C2E2 was definitely a great time, and I encourage any of you who can make the trip to attend next year; it really is a spectacle to witness in person! That being said, for all of you who didn’t make it, feast your eyes on the C2E2 picture gallery (photos taken by James Kamrowski) and get a glimpse of just how awesome C2E2 was! And again, stay glued to Gamer Reaction for the exclusive Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert, and Aaron Kuder interview coming soon!

C2E2 (photos taken by James Kamrowski)

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