Conventions have earned their appeal by offering a space for specific niche communities to celebrate a common interest or cause, and over the years, comic conventions have understood the flexibility in pop culture among its followers. The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo has embraced the culture around comics, though has since expanded to the reaches of film, television, video gaming, cosplay, and anime. There has been a shift towards fan-forward and congoer-centric mindfulness as fan gatherings and individually constructed programs have become larger in recent years. While C2E2 has presented official panels and show features of its own, ReedPop invites its guests to diversify and elevate its attractions.
Panel submissions for C2E2 2023 are now open. Traditionally, a panel is hosted by one or more parties who present in front of an audience or crowd. Some prime examples of panels most popularly found at conventions may be question-and-answer sessions, discussions, or the occasion, a game show focused around a singular topic. Those interested in submitting an application for a C2E2 2023 panel must fill out the online form by Friday, January 20, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. CT. Panel submissions from any fan-based background are welcome to take multiple forms; lectures, workshops or demonstrations, live performances, or game shows. All panel applicants will hear back from C2E2 with a status confirming or denying their panel's acceptance into the convention. Any questions, comments, or concerns specific to panels can be directed to the C2E2 Content Team at email@example.com.
Show Floor Features operate as spaces for fandom to become even more intimate and personal with convention attendees. Interested parties looking to exhibit as a community group or organization are welcome to apply, joining previously established Show Floor Features C2E2 After Dark, Cosplay Central, Family HQ, the Gaming Zone, Pop Asia, the Pride Lounge, The Yard, and Writer's Block. All applying parties are asked to select a Show Floor Feature category that best aligns with their organization's mission, and all applications must be filed by January 20, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. CT. Applicants will hear back from C2E2's team by Monday, February 6, 2023. Any comments, questions, or concerns regarding Show Floor Features applications or programming needs may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
C2E2 2023 will return on Friday, March 31st, and conclude on Sunday, April 2nd, 2023 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. VIP Tickets, 3-Day Tickets Single-Day Tickets, Kids Tickets, Virtual Tickets, and Family Tickets are now available for purchase.