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It’s that time of year where we go to the Chicago area’s biggest pop-culture and comic convention, C2E2. Come listen to the Gorehound, the Kiwi, and Nick as they discuss a weekend-long of complete and utter nonsense! Also, Mike Colter is one sexy man.
Check out some of the local artists discussed in this podcast!
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After a week off, the Gorehound and Nick are back discussing the biggest pop-culture gathering in Chicago, C2E2! They both went and are extremely exhausted from the experience (and also saw a lot of Harley Quinns and Deadpools). Come listen as they talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of this year’s Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo!
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The Culture Cast crew are no strangers to comic book conventions. Between the three of us, we have attended multiple conventions over several years. Yes, we realize that might be a bit sad, but we accept the lives we lead. With the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) coming up and becoming more and more popular, I thought it would be a good idea to look at this convention and provide some tips for new comers. Eventually, a permanent link will be provided for this post and it will be updated as seen fit.
The tips here are specific for C2E2, but can be applied to other mid-to-larger sized conventions.
These are just some things to consider when going to C2E2 or a similar convention. Not everything will apply to you. We also welcome new suggestions and other tips! Please feel free to contact us via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
I’d like to give a thank you to Kelson Vibber of SpeedForce.org. He previously wrote a “Tips for Comic Con” article detailing how to survive the San Diego Comic Convention. His article inspired me to write this one, and he graciously allowed me to use a similar format.
Be sure to check out some of our other convention coverage over the years centering around the Chicago-based conventions of C2E2 and Wizard World.
This past weekend, I attended C2E2. Happening at McCormick place in Chicago, it is probably the leading comic book convention of the Chicagoland area. This is the second year I have gone to this event, and I had high hopes given how much fun I had the previous year. Were they met? Eh…yes and no. How ‘bout I recall the experience?
Last week, my friend Brian and I had the opportunity to see A Klingon Christmas Carol at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago. It was fantastic. Basically, it was a retelling of the Charles Dickens classic through the lens of the fictional antagonists from the Star Trek franchise.
Did I mention that the whole play was largely done in the Klingon language? Don’t worry – there were subtitles.
I have to hand it to the Klingon actors as they are basically preforming in a completely made-up language. That cannot be an easy task to do. Acting with a foreign language is hard enough, but at least there one can have some prior exposure to it. While the Klingonese has become a fully functional language, who uses it (save for some really hard-core Trekkies)?
What I liked about this production is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. While they stay surprisingly close to the novel, all the Klingon elements are done largely tongue-in-cheek, but without going into a pure parody. I also appreciated the use of Star Trek lore within the production. It would have been easy for the playwrights to simply adapt it to Klingon and be done with it. Instead, they dropped several key Star Trek references.
For example, the line “Old Marley was dead as a doornail” was adapted into “Old Marley was dead as a red shirt.” If you are not a Star Trek fan, you’ll likely not understand. However, if you are a fan, it is hilarious. Without spoiling anything, the hands-down best use of Star Trek lore was easily their interpretation of the Ghost of Christmas Past.
In closing, I recommend this production. Fans of Star Trek will love it. Non-fans, I think, will still be wildly entertained. The show has been running during the Christmas season for the past six years. I have little doubt it will return again (where, however, is another question). If you have the opportunity, check it out.
*Note: Photo caption courtesy of Travis Probst.