I attended the C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) convention this past weekend and it was awesome!
The whole thing kicked off when my pal Toby Greenwalt from Skokie Public Library graciously invited me to talk on his panel concerning the relationship between Libraries and Comic Book Stores. The panel was titled “Wonder Twin Powers, Activate: The Library-Retailer Partnership” and it was a lot of fun! I talked about how my library at the AANM works with Green Brain Comics down the road from us. Lots of great information from the other panelist, Jim Mortensen who owns Comix Revolution in the Chicago area. The slides from that panel are below:
It was super awesome to connect with the Chicagoland librarians! Toby and my friend Sarah
arranged to have all the Twitter Frenz in the area meet up at a karaoke bar on that Friday night. IT WAS AWESOME! Good times were had, to be blunt. There are several pictures floating around the internet of that magical night but this one of Valerie
, Myself and Julie
belting out “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley is one of my faves. Pic taken by Lisa Rabey
I also had the chance to talk to Geoff Johns
, Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics while I was at the Con. Johns is a Lebanese American and a Detroit native, needless to say Green Brain & I were conspiring a while back on how to get him to do a thing with us in Dearborn. I especially wanted to make a connection with him so we could get something of his in the museum, specifically the Making An Impact
exhibit. I chatted with him a bit about it, talked about Green Lantern and I gave him my card. He seemed receptive to the idea of getting something of his in the museum, at the very least I’d like to try and get all of the comics he has written into the library. I’ll try and contact him again soon to see if we can’t make a connection in Dearborn.
Other highlights of C2E2 were less work related and more nerd related. I saw Chris Hardwick, John Barrowman, Anne Rice and lots of other awesome celebrities. I got sketches from Questionable Content
‘s Jeph Jacques and Hijinks Ensue
‘s Joel Watson, both owls! See below!
All in all, C2E2 was pretty awesome. I’d probably go back again next year and I look forward to ALA Annual being in Chicago in 2013 because almost all the best librarians are in the Chicago area!
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