Hundreds of panels will take place over the three-day event, ranging from fan-run and fan-led conversations, demonstrations, interactive workshops, and special presentations to C2R2-exclusive gatherings. Professional panels with featured guests will allow congoers to interact with their favorite entertainers and creators while having those pressing questions answered. C2E2's return comes along with a panel for show attendees from every corner of pop culture. While there are too many to list, there are a few stand-outs to make sure to look out for.
The C2E2 Drink and Draw benefits the Hero Initiative, a foundation that creates a financial safety net for comic artists who may be in need of monetary support. Those who are interested in participating are asked to contribute $35.00 USD, and will then receive a drink coaster that is designed to be sketched upon. Drink and Draw participants will be assigned to a random artist who will then draw on the coaster. Each piece is unique, and collected proceeds are contributed to those who need it most. The Drink and Draw commences on Thursday, December 9th, at 8:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Recency Hotel Bar.
Anti-Hero presents the Sketch and Sip at The Yard on the Show Floor, hosted by Melissa from Salsa Sharks. The guided art demonstration will walk those who choose to participate how to draw the Anti-Hero on complimentary 5x7 Revolution Brewing sketchbooks. All levels of experience are welcome, and those looking for a drink are invited to visit Revolution Brewing on-site. The Sketch and Sip begins at 11:30 a.m. and will run until 12:30 p.m. on Friday, December 10th. Additional times include Saturday, December 11th from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., and Sunday, December 12th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Members of the voice cast from the popular anime My Hero Academia are coming to C2E2, and they're ready to hear from the fans. Join Justin Briner (Izuku Midorya), Clifford Chapin (Katsuki Bakugo), David Matranga (Shoto Todoroki), Eric Vale (Tomura Shiguraki), Trina Nishimura (Kyoka Jiro), Ricco Fajardo (Mirio Togata), and Kristen McGuire (Tatami Makagame) as they answer the most pressing questions from fans at this must-see panel for anime fans. Class 1-A meets on the Main Stage S406 on Friday, December 10th from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
C2E2 2021 doesn't limit its inclusion of anime just to My Hero Academia The Genshin Impact cast will host a question-and-answer of their own featuring Zach Aguilar (Aether) and Cristina Vee (Bennet, Xingqiu), who will address fans who would like to ask about Genshin Impact, voice acting, and the anime industry. The panel runs from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 11th in Room S404. The Attack on Titan cast is eager to hear from fans as well. Trina Nishimura (Mikasa Ackermann), Clifford Chapin (Conny Springer), and David Matranga (Bertholdt Hoover) will talk Attack on Titan in Room S401 on Sunday, December 12th, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Cast reunites at C2E2 2021 to discuss the cultural phenomenon around the Power Rangers franchise and to take questions from fans. Join Walter Jones (Zack Talyor), Karan Ashley (Aisha Campbell), Jason Narvy (Skull), and Paul Schrier (Bulk) in Room S404 on Friday, December 10th from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. as they share their experiences of working on the show.
For comics fans who want their comics content, Rob Liefeld is celebrating 30 years of Deadpool and the X-Force. Liefeld found extreme success through the Merc with a Mouth and made Marvel history with one of the best-selling single issues in 1991. Liefeld will share stories and artwork during his panel on Saturday, December 10th, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in Room S401. Chris Claremont, the creator of countless X-Men characters, will host a featured spotlight of his own on Friday, December 10th at 2:45 p.m. in Room S404.
Snake? Snake! Voice cast members from Metal Gear Solid David Hayter (Solid Snake) and Christopher Randolph (Otacon) team up to look back on their time working on the iconic video game series, and respond to questions from those who attend the panel. The pair will hold their conversation in Room S404 on Saturday, December 11th, starting at 3:30 p.m.
The Tenth Annual C2E2 Charity Auction will take place between 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in Room S403 on Saturday, December 11th. All collected bids will be forwarded to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in order to support the lifesaving research programs provided to those in the hospital's care. Those interested in bidding are eligible to win original art from featured creators. In 2020, C2E2 raised $100,876 USD, which contributes to their cumulative total of $710,019.67 USD.
C2E2 doesn't strictly limit itself to panels alone: the Exhibitor Hall, Artist Alley, and other exciting show floor features mean that there is more to see and do outside of attending panels. C2E2 After Dark keeps the show going after the floor closes for the day and continues to bring fans together into the evening. C2E2 2021 kicks off on Friday, December 10th, and runs until Sunday, December 12th at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. A variety of badges for admission into C2E2 2021 can be explored and purchased here.