This past weekend I was in Chicago for the first Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. A number of Canadian professionals attended – from David Finch (Brightest Day), Cameron Stewart (Sin Titulo), Ramon Perez (Kukuburi), Scott Hepburn (The Port), Leo Leibelman (Heavy Metal), Valentine DeLandro (X-Factor), Logan and Lisa Lubera (Hasbro), Craig Yeung (Runaways), Ryan Sohmer & Lar De Souza (Blind Ferret Productions), and Ray Fawkes (the Apocalipstix). I’m sure I’m forgetting some people.
Anyway, a nice start for what is essentially a comic book show. In this day of pop culture festivals, I liked that the focus was clearly on comics. The comic book publishers were front and centre, and the majority of exhibitors at the event were comic book dealers. A huge webcomics section, a great small press area and a HUGE artist alley filled with well laid out placements of professional guests and up and coming creators.
I highly recommend the show and look forward to attending again in 2011. People (fans and pros alike) had lots of great things to say about the upcoming Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (next weekend) and August’s Fan Expo Canada. Quite a few small press and webcomics creators mentioned how much they were looking forward to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) in May, which is the next event on my schedule to attend, followed by a short visit to Detroit for the Motor City con the weekend after that in Mid-May.
The second round of Visions of an Icon: Wolverine pieces finished up on Sunday while I was in Chicago, so I will probably start the third round of auctions tonight or tomorrow night.