First Time C2E2 Fan!

What to See and Do at C2E2 2020

Welcome to the C2E2 family! For a first-timer, a convention can be an overwhelming experience. There’s so much to see and do; where do you even start? That’s where we come in. We here at C2E2 want to help you navigate our show so you have the best first experience ever!

Here’s a list of awesome activities to check out while you’re here so you don’t miss any of the exciting content going on all C2E2 weekend long.

1. Enjoy yourself!

First and foremost, C2E2 is about you—the fans. There’s plenty to see and do, so choose what you love and enjoy the Show. Find your fandom at C2E2.


2. Chill in The Yard

The Yard is a new show feature at C2E2 with some of our favorite things: beer, live music, and trivia! Sponsored by Chicago’s own Revolution Brewing, The Yard is C2E2’s beer garden located right on the show floor.

The Yard is the place where you can take a break from the hustle & bustle of C2E2 and relax with a cold brew. While there you can also show off your trivia skills in topics ranging from anime to wrestling, play yard games, and rock out to nerdy music! The Yard is a 21 & over show feature. No one under the age of 21 will be permitted.

See what’s happening at The Yard


3. Play Dungeons and Dragons in Room S501

Roll for initiative, adventurers! We’ve got a whole room this year dedicated to D&D thanks to our friends over at Chicagoland Games. Round up your squad or roll solo because there will be Adventurers League campaigns happening all weekend as well as on demand, gauntlet-style battles for your whole party to enjoy. Don’t know how to play? Don’t sweat it! Stop by the tabletop area on the show floor for a learn-to-play session and help making your very own D&D character.

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4. Pop Asia

Pop Asia is a new Show Feature at C2E2 -- entirely dedicated to anime, manga, k-pop and more! Grab yourself a bubble tea, eat some sushi, and hang out with your fellow otaku with areas dedicated to hands on activities as well as interactive experiences, gaming, exhibitors, community groups, and more! Tokyo Attack is the largest and oldest provider of Japanese arcade machines in America and they are coming to Pop Asia! Get ready for some DDR and Taiko no Tatsujin. Pop Asia features great exhibitors like Boomslank, Noms Design, Tasty Peach, local organizations, fun games to play, and more.

Check out Pop Asia


4. Shop Comics, Show Exclusives, and Merch

As you walk C2E2’s Show Floor you’ll see plenty of our awesome exhibitors. At their booths, you can add more comics to your collection, pick up a shirt featuring your favorite fandom, or snag some exclusive C2E2 merch at the Official C2E2 Store, located by the entrance! Discover something new or grab a gift for a friend. Our Show Floor has it all!


4. Meet Guests Across Your Favorite Fandoms

Do you geek out over Batman comics or are you counting down the days until Locke and Key is out? Are you constantly binging your latest TV addiction? Then we’ve got a guest or two for you! Meet the people who create comics, voice game and anime characters, act in your favorite TV shows, movies, and more. Check out who’s coming from the world of anime, comic, entertainment, gaming, and literature! You can see them in the Official C2E2 App.


5. Commission an Artist

There are plenty of goodies to take home and cherish after C2E2 is over, but nothing is more unique than an original illustration from one of our artists in Artist Alley.  Love The Boys and My Hero Academia? Have an artist draw Homelander and Momo Yaoyorozu hanging out! Or better yet, commission them to draw you hanging out with them! The possibilities are endless!
Artist Alley is Presented By Webtoon and Supported By Hot Flips.

See our Artist Alley list


7. Check out Cosplay Central

Do you love to cosplay or are you interested in learning what goes into making some of the great cosplays you see all weekend? Maybe you just need to make a quick repair! Cosplay Central is the perfect home to any and all things cosplay at C2E2.

All weekend long you can stop by the dedicated Cosplay Central Stage for workshops and panels that are geared towards newbie cosplayers as well seasoned veterans. You’ll also have the chance to meet and mingle with some talented cosplayers! There will be a cosplay triage set up in Cosplay Central, armed with scissors, glue guns, tape, and much more to ensure your cosplay stays in tip top shape!

Make sure to stop by and get some awesome photos in your cosplay in front of our Photo Op sets. Share them on social and hashtag them with #C2E2 and you may just find yourself featured on our page.

Cosplay Central’s Supporting Sponsor: OLFA

Check out Cosplay Central


8. Visit Family HQ

Looking for some family friendly activities? Then Family HQ is the place to be! Family HQ is on the Show Floor and we’re packing it full of hands-on workshops, arts & crafts, and more. Does your family love Star Wars?! We do too! The 501st Midwest Garrison and Droid Builders will be bringing out-of-this-world Star Wars Photo Ops and Star Wars characters for your entire family to hang out with. Ready to catch the Golden Snitch in Quidditch? Grab your broomstick because Lumos Quidditch is teaching all young witches and wizards how to play.  Don’t let your kids have all the fun! Join them in the LEGO Freeplay Area, brought by ChiLUG. Get your creative juices flowing with amazing artists like Princess Etch and Mark Kistler at our Drawing Demos. Laugh, learn, and create all weekend long!

Find out more about Family HQ


9. Get Your Game On

Are you never bored with board games? Are you a button mashing master? Then it’s time to level up your fun in the Gaming Zone! Whether you’re hardcore or casual, digital or analog – we have something for you. Featuring organized play, tournaments and free play for all the hottest new games, retro favorites and can’t-miss classics, the Gaming Zone is the perfect place to take a short rest at C2E2. Grab your friends and head on over because we’re ready to play!

Did we mention D&D Epic is coming to C2E2? Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience. A D&D Epic is a multi-table event where participants cooperate in a “mass raid” of truly EPIC proportions as all tables work towards a common goal, while individual tables accomplish unique and different tasks!

Check out the Gaming Zone


10. C2E2 After Dark

Want to keep the party going all night long? There’s a ton to do after the lights go down at C2E2. Don’t miss fun late night events like Late Night Karaoke, movies in the C2E2 Cinema, Drink & Draw featuring hangs and drinks with awesome comic artists, late night tabletop gaming, Cosplay After Dark, and more.

See What’s Happening After Dark


11. C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay

The C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay is the biggest and most prestigious costume contest in the world and the final stop in Reedpop’s 2020 “Quest for the Crown” global cosplay competition circuit. The C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay will feature regional cosplay champions from around the world. Countries represented include the United States, Australia, China, Austria, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Korea, and France. Cosplayers will battle it out for over $10,000 in cash prizes as well as the title of Global Champion of Cosplay. Fans will witness the spectacle and pageantry of a fun-filled competition on Saturday, February 29 at 7:30 PM on the Main Stage.

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16. Get Tatted at C2E2

Make a memory that will literally last a lifetime. Marc Draven’s Ink Fusion Tattoo Empire is the original and leading Tattoo program for entertainment shows and comics conventions worldwide. Marc Draven is the first tattoo artist in history to be licensed by Lucasfilm LTD and endorsed by comic book legend Stan Lee. Ink Fusion Tattoo Empire are professional, licensed and Board of Health approved for every convention they’ve attended as well as every artist on staff being certified in Blood Born Pathogens, CPR, and First Aid. Ink Fusion Tattoo empire works with hundreds of award-winning artists.

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16. See our Panels and Programming

C2E2 panels are a huge weekend highlight. Fans with common interests gather together to listen to featured guests talk about their experiences and answer your questions! Some panels teach you skills—like how to make foam cosplay props or write across different mediums. Others feature the cast and crew of a hit TV show or movie where they share behind-the-scenes sneak peeks. Panels are also a great way to sit and relax after walking the Show Floor all day without missing out on the fun. Stop by rooms S401-S406, S502-S504, or the stages at Cosplay Central, Family HQ, and The Yard to sit in on a panel or two.

See our Panel List


17. Download the C2E2 App

Make sure to download the C2E2 App. The C2E2 App is your best friend as it helps you navigate your way around C2E2; create a custom schedule of your favorite panels, guests, autographs, artists and exhibitors, and more! The C2E2 App is also where we have the most updated information in case of any schedule or content changes.

Download the C2E2 App

Looking for more first time advice? Join our Facebook group and introduce yourself to other C2E2 fans. They are more than happy to help out a first timer with their own tips and tricks.

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