If it wasn't already obvious, I will be at C2E2 all weekend. I wasn't excited about the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo until this afternoon. It's... actually an incredible (and short) story.
As of this morning, I was still unemployed. I had put a spending freeze on cosplay, and had no financial wiggle room. C2E2 wasn't going to be much fun. I had been getting envious of other people's cosplay, parties, and plans.
Well, I got a new job today- and so did SIX OF MY FRIENDS. Now, I don't believe in deities, fate, or even luck, but I'm weirded out. It is honestly the biggest coincidence I've seen in my life. Am I missing something? Is there some fiscal year ending, or a seasonal quota that must be met? I am SO PROUD of everyone. The more of these announcements I hear, though, the more I'm sure I'm dreaming. It's so good, and so strange.
Anyway, now that I will have a salary again (YAY,) I'm feeling more laid back about C2E2. I'm ready to have a great time- during and after the con. Who wants to party??
I had been assembling this list of C2E2 2015 after parties, even before the good news. Here's the lot:
FRIDAY, APRIL 24th, 2015:
After (Tea)Party - The annual C2E2 gathering by Adagio Teas is a great option for sober geeks, youngsters, and quieter fans. I love Adagio's fandom teas! Artists Cara McGee and Meg Daunting will be attending. Tea samples, snacks, and pizza will be offered. Don't miss the Limited Edition blends, mmm~ (Friday, April 24th, 2015. 7PM. Adagio Teas, 617 N. State St. FREE. Facebook)
Glitter Guild's After-Con, Off-Kilter Cosplay Carousal - This sexy shindig will have beer, burlesque, costumes, and audience participation games. Attendees may indulge in Strip Trivia, or join the Insta-Cosplay Contest. Acrobatica Infiniti will be performing circus art- totally relevant to recent GGC content! Ahem- NOT kid-friendly. (Friday, April 24th, 2015. 8-10 PM. She-Nannigan's House of Beer, 16 W. Division. $15, $10 with an Artists' Alley C2E2 badge. Buy tickets HERE. Facebook)
Battlepug Release at Geek Bar Beta - Arcade Brewery and Mike Norton are celebrating C2E2 with a hoppy brown ale- Battlepug. This beverage collab will be launching at Geek Bar Beta tomorrow. The after party overlaps with Geek Bar's Lounge Friday. So, cosplay AND pajamas will both be welcomed. ...Also your normal clothes. Those will be fine, too. Now, shhh- don't spoil Interstellar for me! (Friday, April 24th, 2015. 8-11 PM. Geek Bar Beta, 1941 North Ave. FREE, RSVP HERE.)
Gay of Thrones w/ Geeks Out and Sugar Gamers - Drag! Burlesque! Cosplay runway! Comedy! The evening's host will be Jonathan Van Ness, but Berlin's big draw is its prizes. Over $1,500 in goodies will be given away for cosplayers and raffle winners. I'm particularly excited about the Logitech gaming keyboard, and the sketch by Tim Seeley. The last time I saw the Sugar Gamers, they gave me a Borderlands backpack. So sweet! Don't forget to use the hashtag #AllGeeks. (Friday, April 24th, 2015. 10PM. Berlin Nightclub, 954 W. Belmont. $8, buy tickets HERE.)
SATURDAY, APRIL 25th, 2015:
Superheroes/Villains Charity Bar Crawl - I've previously done some ticket giveaways with CrawlNightLong. They're cool, and their annual bar crawl during C2E2 benefits Reading with Pictures. This year, participants will be hitting up four locations, each with themed drink specials. Here's the map! Of course, the winner in Heroes vs. Villains will basically be the team that drinks the most. This event is 21+. (Saturday, April 25th, 2015. 6PM-3AM. Multiple locations. $10, buy tickets HERE.)
SONICBOOMBOX @ Threadless - This party promises to be a big one, with DJs, dancing, giveaways, console gaming (courtesy of I Play Games), and more. Pizza Pals will be playing music, with ADDITIONAL sound from the Red Bull firetruck. Threadless and Loot Crate will be giving away free stuff. There's a cover charge, but it comes with drink samples. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. I just heard of the organization tonight, and I'm into it. First Amendment Rights for comic creators, baby! This event is 21+. (Saturday, April 25th, 2015. 7:30PM-12AM. Threadless HQ, 1260 W. Madison. $10. Facebook.)
...Is that all of them? I doubt it. Post below if you know of any other C2E2 after parties. Alternatively, just tell me which one you'll be visiting! <3
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