As C2E2 began to wrap up on Sunday, we took to the floor to ask reps and personalities from some of the big entities present to give us their thoughts on the inaugural show. Pros readily remarked on the great building (which featured windows all the way around the convention hall) and the vibe, as well as the fact that this show is in the city, as opposed to the outer reaches of Rosemont. This is a sampling of what we learned.
Nick Barrucci (Dynamite Entertainment): This was a very well run, incredibly professional show. It’s the example for what a comic show can be, with extra media attached. Reed should be commended. Even with all of the shows that they have, they treated this as if it were their most important show.
James Lucas Jones (Oni Press): Reed puts on a great show . . . well organized. Attendance maybe hasn’t been as high, but maybe that’s [expectations after] Emerald City and WonderCon. The facilities have been great.
Mark Waid (Boom! Studios): My first Chicago show was 25 years ago this summer, and this brings back the same sense of excitement. I would come back here next year if I had to buy a ticket.
Dirk Wood (Dark Horse Comics): My feelings are pretty positive. It’s the first year, so it always takes a little time to grow. Reed’s done a great job. Love the setting, love the city.
Mike Pellerito (Archie Comics): I love Chicago! This was my first time [in the city]. Everyone seems to like [the show]. Everyone’s been friendly, from the pros and fans to just the people in the city. You ask where something is, and three people turn around to tell you. It’s great.
Paul Levitz (Writer of Legion of Super-Heroes at DC Comics): I love the daylight streaming in. It’s much more fun to be in the city. Chicago’s a lovely town.
Betsy Gomez (Image Comics): It’s a good first year show. The hall is beautiful. I think that this is going to be the show that Chicago deserves.
Arune Singh (Marvel Comics): [This has been] a lot of fun. We had a really enthusiastic crowd. I’m sure it was a huge success.
Ralph Tedesco (Zenescope Comics): It’s a good, well-run event, and looks great. We have a hardcore following in Chicago, and it’s cool seeing the fans come out.
Tiffany Kelly (Quirk Books, publishers of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, among others): It’s my first time at a comics show. It’s overwhelming. [laughs] We’ve had a lot of enthusiastic response. People have been really excited about our books, and the authors did a panel. It’s been a good time.