I haven’t been to C2E2 in Chicago since 2013, the last time the Diamond Retailer summit was held there, but the summit is back…and so is the Beat! Yeehaw! Can’t wait to have some authentic Chicago dogs.
Tireless Torsten Adair has yet to post his “How to Get Around” notes for 2017, but here’s the 2016 version which is probably mostly still accurate. I’ll be curious to see if the area around the cavernous McCormack place is still a wasteland of reeds and ruins. Maybe I’ll walk four miles through Grant Park from my hotel to the convention center again and find out.
I’ll be curious to see how the show has changed in four years; the addition of the retailer summit means that some companies that don’t usually exhibit – IDW and Dark Horse – will be there.
And of course, the Diamond summit itself will doubtless see some real talk about diversity and rough patches and surges and variants and all that.
Media guests include the Stranger Things crew, and the comics list is pretty strong, including Stan Lee, Frank MIller, Nick Spencer, Kate Leth and many many more.
I’ll be on the scene to cover it AS ONLY THE BEAT CAN™ – as long as my allergy pills hold out. If you see me, say hi. If you have a hot tip, email me.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.