C2E2 in Chicago

BY: Jess Ryno

I took the train up to Chicago for the weekend and made my annual pilgrimage to C2E2. For those of you that don’t know C2E2 stands for Comic Convention & Entertainment Expo. It is the perfect blend of all things pop/ geek culture.

Aside from perusing the venders and artist alley, taking in all the cosplay, and getting my picture taken with Luna Lovegood, there has been a big push in actually books. YA books! Epic Reads and Fierce Reads both had booths set up and sponsored panels and meet ups.

I basically lived at the Fierce Reads’ booth. They had a scratch and win lottery ticket every morning. Arc and swag give a ways through out the day.  I won copies of Rebel Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino, Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn, two copies of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and an arc of Thornhill by Pam Smy. They even had authors signing at the booth. I picked up a copy of Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller and got it signed.

There wasn’t much going on at the Epic Reads table. They had books for sale.(20% off the cover) But they hosted a Meet Up. This was so much fun. There were several tables (6-8 people at a table). Authors came in and sat at the tables. They spent about 10 mins at each table. They pitched their books and we got to ask questions and just talk.  Heidi Heilig (The Ship Beyond Time) Amy Tintera (Ruined) Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die) Colleen Oakes (Queen of Hearts) and Megan Whalen Turner (Queen’s Thief)

FullSizeRender - CopyPanel: Mean Tweets:YA Authors Talk Books and Social  Media with Heidi Heilig (The Ship Beyond Time) Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die) Jilly Gagnon (#Famous) Kaite Cotugno (Fireworks) Kimberly McCreight (The Outliers)

The ladies discussed the positive and negative aspects of social media in relation to their careers. They were all in agreement that a presences online is necessary for authors. Unfortunately, like many things in life, it comes at a price. They love interacting with fans and answering questions but then there are the… others. The people that just want to cut you down. Most of them were in agreement that they try to avoid reading reviews. Which brought up a question I have seen on line several times, Why do people feel the need to tag authors in bad reviews? Why is that? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but there is no need to shove it in the author’s face. Just be kind ya’ll.


FullSizeRenderPanel: Teen Fiction & Fandoms with Amy Tintera (Ruined) Megan Whalen Turner (Queen’s Thief) Brittany Cavallaro (A Study in Charlotte) Lexa Hillyer (Spindle Fire) Colleen Oakes (Queen of Hearts)

This panel was less a panel and more of a geekfest. Of course they talked about Alice in Wonderland and Sherlock but they also covered nearly every other fandom. They talked about what inspires them and what they just love.



IMG_3471Panel: Tale as Old as Time: Rebooting Classic Fairytales with Ashley Poston (Geekerella) Brittany Cavallaro (A Study in Charlotte) Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die) Christina Henry (Lost Boy) Gene Ha (Mae) Tricia Levenseller (Daughter of the Pirate King)

The ladies and gentleman discussed retellings and how to keep true to the story or the world while putting a new fresh spin on it. They mentioned some of their favorite retellings. Marissa Meyer’s Cinder was mentioned a few times. As well as Sarah Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses. Then someone mentioned the movie Ever After and everyone nearly melted.

Side note: I don’t like contemporary but I am highly tempted to pick up a copy Of Geekeralla. It sound like a lot of fun.


My haul for the weekend…IMG_3483

Maybe when we get some followers we will have to do a give a way. 🙂


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