From its advance announcement and competitive market presence to its location and guest list, Reed Exhibition's first annual Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (or C2E2) has been a buzzed about event beyond the bounds of other regional comic book shows. But now that the con is in the comics community's rear-view mirror, plenty of questions still remain as to how the show was pulled off and whether Reed's Pop Culture group delivered the major "event" show at McCormick Place they'd hoped to.
To that end, CBR News spent Sunday afternoon walking to floor of the convention and talking to some of the biggest exhibitors in attendance from marquee publishers like DC, Dark Horse, Marvel and Image to new media players to retailers. Each offered their take on what the show was like from attendance and energy to sales and space issues.
And for more information on the show, be sure to check out all the news out of C2E2 including publishing announcements, video interviews, panel reports and an incoming interview with show organizer Lance Fensterman – not to mention plenty of first-person reporting and reactions from Robot 6.
FILIP SABLIK, TOP COW PUBLISHER
"I think it was good first year show. I think Reed really knows how to do a really ambitious, beautiful show. The venue is really awesome. Looking around, everybody in the industry was represented publisher wise, and artist's alley was really huge. There was a lot of great press coverage from various news sites. I think it's off to a good start, but like any first year show, you're going to have hiccups and things that need work. But we're pretty confident that Reed knows how to do that."
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