Photos by Isreal Reza
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) was back at the McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lakeshore Dr., for its fifth time on April 25-27. Hundreds of fans from all over Chicagoland and out of state came to see and meet the comic artists and entertainment guests invited. Some of the most popular guests were Stan Lee, Hulk Hogan, Tyler Posey, Chandler Riggs and Mick Foley. Others in attendance were wrestling legends and actors from current and past television shows and films like “Power Rangers,” “Ghostbusters” and “Candyman.”
Fans attending C2E2 had the opportunity to enjoy comics, play video games, participate in sci-fi speed dating, attend panels, shop and take pictures with other fans dressed up as characters, known as cosplay.
The ticket prices for C2E2 varied from $25 to $45 for a one-day single pass, $60 for a 3-day pass and $175 for VIP passes. Autographs and pictures with entertainment guests were also priced, ranging from $20 to $90.
Some fans were willing to pay for autographs and pictures like German Bravo who stated, “[I paid] $60 for an autograph and two pictures with [Steve Cardenas, Rocky, from the “Power Rangers” because] he’s freaking Rocky! [I think] people pay because they’re so excited about meeting that certain someone that they get caught up in the moment. [I would pay to get] Daryl and Maggie from the “Walking Dead autographs.”
Others like Alejandra Torres were not willing to pay. “I would love for them to be free. [The prices are] ridiculous. You are already paying to come in.”
Colorado fan and cosplay model Tara Mathews, who was dressed up as Harley Quinn, also agreed that the autographs were overpriced. “[It’s a business model.] It’s kind of the way of the world. Money talks and all of these people are actually willing to pay, [which] kind of shows their dedication.”
C2E2 will be returning next year on the weekend of April 24-26. For more information, visit c2e2.com