Chicago's own amazing Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo has officially kicked off and what a great first day it was! Here's what Professional Geek Podcast got to see today.
Today was my first comic con! Blaire, Mark, and I started our day with a simple floor walk to get the lay of the land. We visited past guest of Professional Geek, Wesley Sun at his Sun Brothers booth. I talked to Ryan Sohmer and Lar De Souza from the webcomic Least I Could Do. I bought science officer Star Trek socks! Mark wandered around in an overstimulated haze. Blaire was floored by the number of board game vendors this year. And I walked around the floor conducting interviews for an upcoming episode of Professional Geek! Look for the C2E2 special to come!
Everone's cosplay game blew me away today! There were a lot of superhero costumes that essentially matched movie quality. I also saw SO many Walking Dead's Negan's; VERY SCARY! But my absolute favorite outfits I saw was a group where a pair of women dressed up as The Simpsons Patty and Selma, and a guy dressed up as Frank Grimes, the man who Homer unintentionally drives to his death.
Our Professional Geek Podcast was a resounding success! Once 5:15pm hit, our panel room was filled with either current or soon-to-be professional geeks! Our expert panelists answered our questions, in addition to questions from the audience. We discussed everything from the notion of graceful failure, to trying everything in order to find out what your true passion is. It's so awesome that we can help the next generation of professional geeks through our podcast and it was so great to see you all in person today!
New and Old Friends
The best thing about cons is meeting likeminded people in a safe environment. Since this was my first comic convention, I was overwhelmed by the number of awesome people I got to talk to about our shared interests. I also ran into a lot of people that I hadn't seen in a while! I love all you cool, cool geeks!
Day 1 of my first comic convention was incredible. I can't wait to see what days 2 and 3 bring! Lets see you out there in your Saturday best cosplay! But what kind of swag did you get? Did you grab your oversized swag bag? What panels were your favorite? Reach out to us on Twitter @ProGeekPodcast!