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C2E2 2014 – Overall Convention Thoughts


The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo hit the Windy City again this past weekend, and ASM once again had a great time!

This is the fifth annual C2E2 show, and we’re proud to have been at every one of them. When the show first started in 2010, it was a much smaller affair, one that we easily could see in a day. But the show showed promise of growth, and boy did it grow.  By 2012, we decided it was large enough to warrant a weekend trip, and our instincts were proven right.  Each year C2E2 has been bigger and better, so would 2014 continue that trend?

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You bet your con badge it would.  Now in the fifth year, the show is the biggest it’s ever been, but unfortunately, we could only attend for a day. That was fine in 2010, but is it possible to see a show of this size in one day? Yes — if you make sacrifices and choose carefully what you want to see. If you want to see panels, that might negate seeing some of the show floor. If you want to get autographs, you might be stuck in line for hours and miss seeing a lot of the costumes.

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We went in there with the mindset that we were going to see as much of the show as we could while still meeting the several celebrities we wanted to.  We would make the choice to skip part of the dealers booths so that we could visit the company displays and artist alley.

And so we did exactly that.  It was rushed, and, like we thought would happen, we didn’t visit at least half the exhibition floor, but we got a great taste of C2E2 2014, and we could see that what the show has become in five years is even more awesome. Read more

C2E2 2014 – The Diamond PREVIEWSworld Booth


The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo hit the Windy City again this past weekend, and ASM once again had a great time!

Diamond PREVIEWSworld was at the show, displaying products that you can order through their magazine.  We took some pictures of things that caught our eyes.

C2E2 2014 – Full Coverage Round Up


The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo hit the Windy City again this past weekend, and ASM once again had a great time!  This sticky will let you find all our coverage in one handy place.

C2E2 2014 – The Anovos Booth


The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo hit the Windy City again this past weekend, and ASM once again had a great time!  One of the booths we spent a lot of time at was that of Anovos.  When we had seen pictures appear that showed they had new Star Wars costumes, we knew we had to have a talk.  You see, here at ASM, we love costuming and we love Star Wars costumes.  We have costumes, we are members of the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion, and we have made many great friends through those organizations.

DSC_1029So, now Anovos is going to make high-end Star Wars costumes.  Could they pass the test of being screen accurate and high quality?  Well, if they’re anything like their Star Trek offerings, we figured they would, but we needed to find out.

Folks, I’ll put this as plainly as possible — these costumes are the real deal.  The Bespin Luke looked spot on, and the clone armor?  Oh my God.  I swear it looks better in some ways than the armor I have.

I had a chance to speak with Joe from Anovos and gleaned a little bit of information from him.

  • First off, pricing and release dates are not set in stone for any of the Star Wars costumes.  Your best bet is to go to and sign up for their newsletter.
  • eFX Collectibles still has the lightsaber replica license from Lucasfilm, but both companies are going to try to work together to release costumes and lightsabers at the same time
  • Based on the booth, though, it looks like some blaster props are now licensed to Anovos
  • The armor will come in two versions – a fully completed kit and a ready-to-assemble kit.  This means if you want to put in the effort to get the armor sized to your measurements, you can, but you can also just get the standard kits so you can suit-up immediately.
  • Future clone colors are coming.
  • They’re not quite sure how they’re going to handle clone boots (which, in my experience, are the hardest thing of clone armor to replicate from the fully-digital world).  They might do a rubber-soled slip-on covering which would give you the look of the boot yet give you the stability of a shoe.
  • They are working with the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion to get these costume details right.

I’m totally impressed.  Anovos, if you can hook us up with a tour of your facility, I’d gladly help model your armor.  That and your DS9/Voyager Star Trek costumes, too – I’d love to see how the O’Brien would look on me.  Hope to see that in person at a future convention.

Thanks for the time at C2E2!

See the gallery after the jump. Read more

C2E2 2014 – The Saturday Costumes


The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo hit the Windy City again this past weekend, and ASM once again had a great time!  We love costuming here at ASM, but unfortunately we didn’t get to see as many costumes as we would have liked, since we were only at the show on Saturday.  Still, we enjoyed what we saw, and we hope to spend more time at the show next year.  Here are some of our favorites from Saturday.

C2E2 2014 – The Valyrian Steel Booth


The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo hit the Windy City again this past weekend, and ASM once again had a great time!

DSC_1000We had no idea Valyrian Steel was going to exhibit at the show, which is odd seeing as we are huge “Game of Thrones” fans and pretty much follow everything they post on Facebook.  However, our lack of foreknowledge proved to give us quite the surprise when we walked past their booth on the way to get lunch and immediately were stopped in our tracks by all the pretties.

DSC_0998On hand were their new Unsullied helm and Loras’ helm as well as their impressively massive helm of The Hound.  They were letting folks lift and try out the Hound’s helmet, which I found to be extremely heavy, as a good replica of it would be.  The helmet for Loras looked quite lovely, which suits the character.



DSC_0982I also got a chance to look longingly at some of the swords on display, including both the novel and TV version of IceLongclaw, the sword of Jon Snow; Robb Stark’s sword; and scabbards to match. In addition, the statues of Tyrion and Jon Snow with Ghost were on hand.

It’s a miracle I didn’t just hand over my credit card to them right then and there.

Pictures may not do these works of art justice, but check out the gallery just the same.  Hopefully we’ll see them back at C2E2 2015. Read more

C2E2 2014 – The Kosart Atelier Booth


One of the more interesting interactive booths we saw was for the Kosart Atelier School for Entertainment Arts .  This school teaches all aspects of effects art, including make-up, mask making and resin bust making.  Their display not only had some examples of their work, but artists were busy sculpting right in front of you.  They even were applying makeup and mask effects to people (although I’m not sure if they were con attendees or other artists.)  Had time allowed I could have stayed at their booth for hours.  Check out the pictures!

C2E2 2014 – The Diamond Select Toys Booth


The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo hit the Windy City again this past weekend, and ASM once again had a great time!  One of the places we made sure to see was Diamond Select Toys.  Although we missed Zach Oat while we were there, we got some great pictures of the display!


On hand were some awesome new Minimates, including the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates, TMNT banks were also on display, as was a battle damaged Ghostbusters Stay Puft Marshmallow Man bank.

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BOOM! Studios Announces C2E2 Booth, Talent, and Exclusives

BoomLogoApril 22,  2014 – Los Angeles, CA - Comic book and graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios announced today it will exhibit at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) in Chicago, Illinois, from April 25-27.

At C2E2, which will be held in the South Building at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, BOOM! Studios can be found at booth number 616. They will host the following creators at the booth all weekend:

  • Jeff Dyer (PEANUTS)
  • Michael Alan Nelson (DAY MEN, 28 DAYS LATER, PROTOCOL: ORPHANS)

In addition, the following signings at the booth are scheduled:

FRIDAY, April 25

4-5 p.m. James Tynion IV (THE WOODS) (Note: This signing takes place after the We Are BOOM! Panel)

SATURDAY, April 26

12-1 p.m. James Tynion IV (THE WOODS)
4-5 p.m. Ben AckerBen Blacker, and Marc Evan Jackson (THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR)

5:15-6:15 p.m. Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, AMORY WARS, KEY OF Z, KILL AUDIO) This is a ticketed signing. Tickets are available while supplies last only at the BOOM! Studios booth starting when the show opens on Saturdaymorning.

SUNDAY, April 27
1-2 p.m. James Tynion IV (THE WOODS)

In addition, the BOOM! Studios booth will host sketch artists all weekend, including:

  • Mad Rupert (REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS)
  • Coleman Engle (STEVEN UNIVERSE)
For $20, fans can request and purchase custom sketches to be drawn on blank ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW Get-A-Sketch covers.
Special C2E2 exclusive variants will be available for purchase for:
  • ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 cover illustrated by Mad Rupert
  • TRANSLUCID #1 cover illustrated by Khary Randolph
  • THE WOODS #1 cover illustrated by Tyler Jenkins

BOOM! will also present the following panel at C2E2:

We Are BOOM!
Fri., April 25, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m., Room S402
Last year was a banner year for BOOM! highlighted by the release of our first feature 2 GUNS (starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined us as a new imprint, we expanded the all-ages KaBOOM! lineup, and launched our newest imprint, BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Studios Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon and VP of Development Stephen Christy as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.

For tickets and information for C2E2, visit

Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios ( generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment ( Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

Dark Horse Announces C2E2 2014 Schedule

DHC2E2FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | MILWAUKIE, OR— Dark Horse Comics is headed to Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2014 in Chicago this weekend!

Join us for free signings by visiting Dark Horse at booth #619 and come see our panels! Details are below!

Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing. There will also be items available for sale. Certain restrictions may apply. Please note that signings will be ticketed or capped as needed. All events are subject to change.

Comics featuring C2E2 exclusive variant covers are available in limited quantities.  All proceeds from the convention variant of The Witcher will benefit Sharon and Stan Sakai.  Read more