First, C2E2 is worth visiting for the people watching alone. Dressing in costume is not uncommon, whether it be as a zombie, superhero, storm trooper or any other favorite character. Anything goes. And the kids, whether enthralled or petrified of the sights around them, are priceless. (Forgive me now - I carried my camera around and then did nothing with it on the convention floor. Idiot, i know.)
Steve from I Want To Draw A Cat For You. Steve was featured on Shark Tank. His business? You give him money, he send you a picture of a cat he's drawn. This quick video of his pitch is funny on its own:
We're not talking sophisticated art. And yet, he's got a waiting list of 500 cats to be drawn right now. He said after the show, it was at about 1200, but he considers 500 to be manageable. Still looking for that perfect Mother's Day gift? Purrrfect. (Yes, I went there. I'm sorry.)
Victor Carungi from Paper Street Comics. Keep your eye on Victor - He is working on getting his two graphic novels to the big screen, and even as someone who does not generally read comics or graphic novels... within five minutes I was sold. Check out his website for titles and reviews. The content was well done and beyond that, Victor was incredibly engaging and clearly passionate about his projects. I'm rooting for him.
The Artwork of Janet K. Lee. I didn't get a chance to talk to her because she was being interviewed when I went by, but I could spend all day looking at her illustrations. Check her out - they're fascinating. She is the illustrator on The Wonderland Alphabet: Alice's Adventures Through the ABCs and What She Found There, which apparently releases in June. I'm ordering it, and maybe I'll share it with the kids.
Also, for those with kids, make sure you're keeping up with what books are being banned or challenged in schools. I was surprised at some of the books that raised issues last year - and also why some had made the recommended curriculum in the first place. I was also able to snag a list of Great Early Elementary Reads that, along with others is available online.
As one last side note, they weren't there this year, but last year, I discovered Abby's Adventures, a series of kids' books about a six-year-old that my daughter now loves. We have two of the books and plan to get more. They are really well done and have stayed in Abby's stack of favorites for over a year now.
Did you visit C2E2? What were your favorite finds?