- Posted by Johanna on November 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm
- Category: Comic News
Got a press release from the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) today, and I think the subhead says it all:
GHOST HUNTERS LEADS THE WAY FOR ENTERTAINMENT GUESTS AT CHICAGO COMIC AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPO
This Year’s C2E2 to Move Significantly Beyond Comics … Entertainment and Other Pop Culture Phenomena Will Be Prominently Featured!
Because that’s what we need — another comic convention focusing on TV and movie guests. Sad, too, that they started with shysters who pretend that they can find ghosts and prove paranormal activity.
This year is going to be key for C2E2 — when I went to last year’s show, I had a great time, but many of the exhibitors were disappointed, due to rewards not commensurate with how high costs were. If C2E2 is filling up with entertainment guests to justify their prices, well, their choice, but it doesn’t make for the kind of show I want to travel cross-country to attend. Apparently, though, I’m not their desired audience, since they want the Chicago show to “evolve and grow this year and will take on even more of the characteristics of the New York Comic Con. This includes an ambitious program to expand the entertainment portion of the show.”
More famous people (= TV and movie names) will bring in more ticket-purchasers, and that’s the level Reed seems to want to play on, to compete with San Diego. And it should be easier to convince exhibitors to participate if you can promise more attendees, even if those customers aren’t necessarily interested in buying comics.