I love C2E2 - I've gone every year since its inception, and it's always a good time. It's the con where 27 was picked up back in the day, it's the con where Strange Attractors was announced (last year) and it's the con where it will debut (this year). I have at least one additional big announcement coming this show too. Aside from comics, Chicago's a really quick flight, the food's fantastic, and I look forward to going for a run along the waterfront every year. From Grant Park over to Millenium Park and then to Navy Pier and back - hard to beat it. As seems to be the case every year, C2E2 changes for me based on what's happening with my writing. I'm not tabling this year, but I still have one of the busiest schedules I've ever had at a con, between panels and signings. That's due in large part to the release of Strange Attractors, my beautiful new hardcover OGN, published by Archaia. I've posted about it before - there's a tag on the blog if you want to see those posts, which include art and so on. You can also read the whole thing digitally here: http://www.comixology.com/Strange-Attractors/comics-series/9685, and if you want the hardcover, you can get it at the Archaia booth at C2E2 this weekend or at finer retailers near you very shortly - I think either May 1, 8 or 15, depending on the vagaries of international shipping.
I should also say that I was truly touched by the support people showed for my first Swamp Thing issue (#19), which came out about three weeks back. If you scroll down, you'll see that I was a bit nervous about it, but many of you seemed to connect with it, and that's all I can ask. We have some incredible stuff coming as the run continues - next issue's out next week, in fact - and I think that if you liked 19 you're going to love where we go from there.
Now, here's my C2E2 schedule:
Friday, April 26
12:30- 2 PM - STRANGE ATTRACTORS SIGNING (Archaia, Booth 1019) - I'll be signing as many copies of Strange Attractors as you can shove at me.
4:30-5:30 - DC ALL ACCESS PANEL (Room W474) -
6:00-7:00 - STRANGE ATTRACTORS SIGNING (Archaia, Booth 1019) - As before, signing away.
Saturday, April 27
12:45-1:45 PM - DC NEW 52 PANEL (Room W474) - If there's anything you didn't ask me on Friday at the DC panel, here's your second chance!
2:00-3:00 PM - STRANGE ATTRACTORS SIGNING (Archaia, Booth 1019) - by now I'm sure you get the drill.
3:15-4:15 PM - POP & COMICS PANEL (Room W475b) - I'm on this panel with a bunch of other creators who have worked on music-related comics. I've done this before at a number of cons, and it's always a really interesting, compelling discussion. If you like music OR comics, very much worth your time.
4:30-5:30 PM - MARVEL FROM NOW! TO INFINITY (Room W474) - I'll be talking about Thunderbolts and how it ties into Marvel's upcoming Infinity crossover. Should be fun.
6:00-7:00 PM - STRANGE ATTRACTORS SIGNING (Archaia, Booth 1019)
Sunday, April 28
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - STRANGE ATTRACTORS SIGNING (Archaia, Booth 1019)
It'll be a pretty packed con, but I hope I get to see each and every one of you. Viva Chicago!