C2E2 2011 Highlights

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Well, C2E2 has come and gone, and if you're like me, you're still getting over that nasty cold you caught from one of the thousands of strangers you came into contact with. (We call it "con-crud")

Overall I had a great time at the convention. The comic heavyweights made their presence known with their massive booths.

Marvel had a nice stage, where costumers could walk up and showcase their costumes. They even had a couple of S.H.E.I.L.D. agents there with their official S.H.E.I.L.D. vehicle (which apparently is an Acura). Fans could sign up to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and get a photo I.D. printed right there at the convention, all for free.

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I'm officially a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent now

While Marvel was heavily promoting Thor, the folks at DC were all about Green Lantern. As a fan of super powered people in costumes, I'm looking forward to the comic book movies this summer. A couple of friends and I got a chance to touch the movie battery. I'm not the biggest Lantern fan, but I love how alien this battery looks.

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Yes, I can wielding magic and superpowers all at the same time (Courtesy: Aaron Heminger)

The comic booth I probably had the most fun at, was the Archaia Comics booth. I'll be honest, I hadn't read any of their books before C2E2. What interested me about the company was their joint projects with the Jim Henson company. I attended a panel about their next big Henson project, and afterward I wandered over to their booth.

Archaia was have an awesome sale on their books (buy 1 get 1 free, or buy 2 get 3 free), so I couldn't leave without buying something. Someone suggested Mouse Guard. So I picked up the first book, and got their Fraggle Rock graphic novel for free!

The writer/artist of Mouse Guard David Petersen, and artist Gene Ha were at the booth signing Mouse Guard books. Since I was there, I figured, why not!? They were just a couple of the coolest guys.

Since I was in my Hogwarts costume, they both did these awesome Harry Potter mice sketches in my book. For that reason alone, I'm now a huge fan of these guys, and I can't wait to read the Mouse Guard series.

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Gene Ha and David Petersen drew a mouse Harry Potter, and mouse Death Eater

Another highlight of the convention for me was getting to be apart of a Josie and the Pussycats group. Believe it or not, Archie comics are actually the only ones I collect. Sure, I've read some X-Men, Superman, and Batman comics, but I watched all the cartoons more than I read their comics. Archie comics, however, I've been reading since I was a little girl.

When I heard Dan Parent was going to be at C2E2, I wanted to get a picture with him in my costume. He wrote one of my favorite Archie story lines, when Archie and Valerie from the Pussycats start dating.

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My copies of Archie #608 & #609

Our Melody had to change costumes, so it was just Josie and I when we met him. Dan was such a nice guy. I got him to sign my comic, and he asked to get a picture with us for his Facebook!

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Archie Comics writer/artist Dan Parent and the Pussycats. This is now his Facebook profile picture. That makes me happy (Courtesy: Aaron Heminger)

Of course, we wanted pictures with him too. He also gave us free prints of a Josie drawing he had with him at his booth. I love it when artists/writers are genuinely excited to meet fans. It totally made the hassle of getting those costumes together, worth it.

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Our Josie (Jessi) and her Josie print! We love Dan Parent!

Since I was press again this year, I got a chance to attend the Vampire Diaries press panel. Which also happened to be the day I was wearing my 80s Team Rocket costume. I felt a little ridiculous, but Michael Trevino said, "You look great. I ain't mad at you." Getting a compliment from a sexy werewolf is awesome!

Trevino and Candice Accola who play Tyler and Caroline on Vampire Diaries talked about their experiences on set. Not too many spoilers were leaked, except the fact that Michael Trevino was on set the day before his C2E2 appearance. Which means we can safely assume Tyler is returning before the season's end (which I think all of us sort of knew already).

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Michael Trevino, Julie Plec (Executive Producer), and Candice Accola at the Vampire Diaries Press Panel

Another favorite thing about the con was The Enthusiasts. I'm so glad they came to C2E2. The Enthusiasts are a group of photographers who love cosplay (a good number of their photographers are cosplayers themselves).

I would love to see these guys at all the major local cons. You can get awesome professional photographs of your costume for free, and they post them on their website and Facebook page. If you want to buy prints of any of your photos you can get them right there at the con. I love their work, and I always end up buying prints of my costume photos.

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My favorite costume pics from The Enthusiasts. I love that they had two different backdrops.

The coolest part about C2E2 has to be the Rock Band stage. Con goers were rocking out even after the convention closed for the day. I've only played Rock Band a handful of times, so I am on "easy" mode for everything. You would think that I wouldn't want to embarrass myself on a stage where people are literally watching me play Rock Band. But put me and a couple of friends in costumes, and this new found confidence just appears.

Since we were down a Pussycat, Josie and I teamed up with none other than Skeletor, and a tiny Boba Fett. We were hence named Skeletor and the Pussycats. I don't know who that Skeletor was, but he totally rocked the mic, and I want to thank him for saving our band.

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Skeletor and the Pussycats! There's a kid Boba Fett on drums.

The only draw back to the convention was the smaller isle space around all the vendor booths and the blindingly red carpet.

I didn't get a chance to see an actual Quidditch match, but I did catch some kids playing after the official demo of the game. It's pretty wild seeing the game played without magic.

Overall, I had a freaking awesome time. I debuted two new costumes, got
to meet some amazing artists and creators, made some new friends, and I
spent the whole weekend with my geeky friends.

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All gallery photos were taken by photographer Rich Johannsen

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  • Cooooolll! It's the first time I've even seen someone portray a few of these characters, like Darkseid or Black Adam! O_O

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