It was only four years ago when Lance, Peter, Larry, Mark, and I all sat in the kitchen of our Norwalk office with a goal... bring a con to Chicago. Since then, this team of five has turned to 25, and C2E2, just an idea being pitched to the big cheeses at our company, has become the biggest show in the Midwest. But way back then, ReedPOP didn’t exist, and we had yet to meet the majority of the people who have since joined us to make killer events. It was just us. In a kitchen. Talking about what we were going to call the thing.
We wanted something unique, original, and distinct, and we had a healthy (and drunken) debate. Below, for the first time, I'm able to reveal what we didn't call C2E2. Some were good. A lot of them were bad. All of them, though, are part of C2E2's hidden history which I'm proud (but should be ashamed) to debut...
- Midwest Con
- Windy City Comic Con
- Second City Comic Con
- Comic Con Midwest
- Great American Comic Con
- Great American Pop Culture Festival
- Middle America Pop Culture Convention
- Midwest Annual Convention of Comics and Pop Culture (MACCPOP)
- Chicago Convention of Comics and Pop Culture (CCCP)
- Chicago Entertainment Expo (CEX)
CCCP could have been cool. I mean, everyone loves Cold War Russia, right? And, for a brief, shining moment, we all thought CEX was the most brilliant name ever. Thankfully, the UK electronics store CeX put a swift end to that.
And that, boys and girls, led us to C2E2, not to be confused with R2D2. What do you think? Did we make the right choice?
About The Author:
Kim is the Content and Talent Director for NYCC and C2E2. She believes that a good Cabernet Sauvignon goes best with episodes of Mad Men, True Blood, and Real Housewives of New Jersey, and she is actively trying to convince Lance that she should be allowed to expense wine. Growing up, she expected to be the voice of a Disney Princess.