If social media is any indication, the amount of excitement over this year’s C2E2—the big ReedPOP comics/entertainment expo in Chicago—is quite high. After a bumpy start, I think this con may have actually gotten on the local radar in a big way. Certainly everyone I know is excited about the show and getting to eat some of those pickle-laden Chicago Dogs.
There will be some notable absences, however. Adam West had to cancel his appearance due to an injury to his back, as he explained in a note.
“I am sad to say that I cannot come to Chicago. My painful excuse is a fractured vertebrae. The doctor said to leave the stunts to the younger guys. Tough on the ego after all these years. And I’m only 39…Have a great time at the show and Batwishes always.”
In reality West is 84 years old, and we should treasure his good humor and energy in making so many appearances.
More amazingly, DC Comics will not have a booth at the show, as confirmed on their blog. They will have a full slate of programming, and a bunch of creators, including Brian Azzarello, Tony Daniel and Chris Burnham, Peter J. Tomasi, James Tynion IV, Justin Jordan, Pat Gleason, John Layman, Doug Mahnke, Jimmy Palmiotti, Joe Prado, Ray Fawkes, Freddie Williams II, Art Baltazar, and Franco, but no booth.
Why? How? Asked about the move, DC has no comment. As we pointed out last year, McCormick Place is hella expensive to set up in, and a lot of publishers were dubious about the costs. Although all the major publishers will be at the Diamond Retailer summit the day before, only a few are set up on the show floor, including Archaia and…Marvel? We never thought we’d live to see the day Marvel set up at a show and DC didn’t, but there you go.
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.