Archive for the ‘Conventions’ Category

Natalia “Bat Girl” Avilez, NBC Chicago Street Team

If you were one of the many comic book fans who either missed out on, were disappointed in, or simply crave more Comic-Con; this is your chance.  On Saturday, September 19th, Chicagoans  are getting a second chance to indulge in Chicago’s finest Comic Book Convention — the Windy City Comicon(WCC) . Now in its second year in the running, Windy City has lined up a fantastic array of local comic book creators, artists, writers, and publishing companies for your viewing pleasure. But wait there’s more! Not only will you be able to  meet industry guests  but will also get a chance to  get great deals on comics, attend  panels, indulge in games and receive a gift pack.

“It’s organized by Chicagoans and many of the 85 creator guests are either hometown products or now call Chicago home,” co-promoter Christopher Neseman said.

Guests include  artists Jenny FrisonTim Seeley, Skottie Young,  Mike Norton and Sal Abbinanti. Publishing companies include: Moonstone, Olympian, Topshelf and Shortpants

“Chicago has one of the richest and most vibrant comic book communities in the country, and Windy City Comicon is a showcase of that,” Neseman said.

Challengers, Comics + Converstationwill be kicking off the event with the official Windy City Comicon preview party on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets for the show are $10 and can be purchased either at the door or on the WWC site. The Convention will be held at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, between the hours of 10 a.m.-6 p.m. WCC is offering the first 500 guests a gift pack, so be sure to arrive early.

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Damaris Woodbury, NBC Chicago Street Team

This is just the coolest thing ever and something every up and coming Artist with big dreams yearn for!

Whatever your media: Oral, digital, paint, film, performance, music, photography, etc., this expo is for you! The only one of its kind in the entire nation, Chicago is hosting the Creative Chicago Expo on Saturday, April 4th from 10am – 4pm at the Chicago Cultural Center. This one-day, free event that is open to the public is intended to connect business, space, housing, and cultural resources with individuals and organizations in all artistic disciplines, including music, film, fashion, theater, dance, visual arts, design and new media.

In its 6th year, the Expo adds new exhibitors and additional workshops to its line-up. In 2009, the Expo introduces “Consult-a-thon,” a unique opportunity for artists to schedule appointments for one-on-one consulting offering Career coaching,and industry specific experts offering advise. The one-on-one consultations are $10 for 20-25 minutes with an expert in your field. The complete list of consultants and a link to make appointments are posted on www.chicagoartistsresource.org. Check it out! The link has been posted since March 16th so get your spot now!

They have free 45 minute “how to” workshops ranging from “Art Festival How-To” to “Building a Board of Directors” to “Time Management for Artists.” Click here for a list of “Ask the City” representatives that will be available to answer your questions as well as the latest list of exhibitors.

This is a network opportunity like no other! Get out there, network and be on your way to making your artistic dreams a reality!!!

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Natalia Avilez, NBC Street Team

That’s what Geoff Johns told me the night I began to write about my experience at Wizard World Chicago 2008, and after attending the convention I have to agree. Being a female and walking into the modern age of comics a little late into the game, I thought my brain was going to overload with information. I didn’t know where to start, what to expect, or what I would see.
Natalia's Slideshow - Image From Nikola Ranguelov
As I stepped foot onto the convention center floor, looked over the abyss of comics, and into the sea of fan boys and girls, I was greeted by a 7-foot-tall Incredible Hulk, swept off my feet by Spider-Man, teased by devilish pin-up girls, and surrounded by a bunch of Jokers. I felt like it was Halloween and my little bag of goodies was being bombarded with free materials including comics, stickers, and toys. I raced around to the different vendors, publishing companies, and panels, trying to soak up as much information as I could. I was tugged at from every corner by artists, fans, creators and celebrities, including Lou Ferrigno, the Iron Sheik, Cousin Itt, and special effects master Robert Kurtzman, who caught me off guard for an on camera interview.

Slideshow: Wizard World 2008

For myself, all the magic happened at night, when I was able to learn more about the industry and mingle with the faces behind the comics, such as Top Cow’s Marc Silverstri, DC’s Geoff Johns, Jim Valentino , Batman Gotham Knight’s ,Brian Azzarello, and Greg Rucka, The Heroe Initiative’s Jim McLauchlin, and special guest and artist Dennis Calero. Those creative minds, such as myself, who landed into the comic world either on purpose or by accident, who followed their dreams, and made a name for themselves. As I immersed myself into the modern age of comics, I felt the excitement and energy seep from the hearts and eyes of fans realizing that this was more than just toys and comics.

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Natalia Avilez, NBC Street Team

If you where left wondering what to do between the hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, I highly recommend Wizard World at the Donald E.Stephens Convention Center. For the last three days I have been fighting my way through fan boys and girls, meeting new

interesting people such as Green Lantern, Super-Man and R2-D2, playing free games ,and getting tons of comics from companies such as Marvel ,DC, Top Cow, Devils Due , and Legion Studios.

Today is the final day of the convention and your chance to see an encore presentation of Batman Gotham Knight ,enter the kids costume contest , or play a friendly game of Guitar Hero or Rockband. As you make your through the aisles of comics, toys, and vendors,you will find an alley of artist who are waiting to sketch you a tiny titan, or whatever your heart desires. So come on down and make your way through a Dungeon of Dragons or an array of vendors where you can get a Hero action figure or your very own Tecnhics vs Marvel T-shirt.

For those of you who are not able to make it to the convention, (kids 10 and under are free), I will post a video and show you my favorite highlights of the con, including a cameo appearance from Lou Ferrigno himself! Until then stay tuned, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.

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Jim Grillo, NBC5 Street Team

Located within miles of O’Hare international airport, along the Schaumburg Woodfield corridor in one of Chicago land’s most sought after business and commercial districts, The Meadows Club is the ideal venue for your upcoming convention.  

The exceptional quality of this facility is evident in its technologically advanced design, tasteful interiors and personalized service. The spacious banquet foyer has several plasma screens and wireless accessibility in the lobby areas. In addition to the main foyer, the pre-function foyer is perfect for all your reception and registration needs. The majesty of the main banquet halls is reinforced by the soaring 22’ ceilings with four domes lit by luxurious crystal chandeliers and the uninterrupted column-free expanse. Strategically located, drop-down screens along with the 14’ wide screen on-stage ensure that your staged event gets complete coverage. The specialty lighting and rigging over the 40’ wide stage is designed to meet any of your staging requirements. The state of the art audio-video system, combined with the fully integrated dimming system, wireless accessibility with dedicated T1 lines and complete teleconferencing and video conferencing facilities will make your event memorable. The three luxurious VIP suites with attached bathrooms will undoubtedly be appreciated by your special guests, while the luxurious interiors and outstanding service will make each of your guests feel special.

Hear all about the features of The Meadows Club Conference Center in this podcast conducted at the anniversary event with Swapna Sathyan, V.P. of Project Development and Marketing.

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