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C2E2 Chicago Comic Con Survival Guide

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5 tips to make the most out of C2E2 Comic Con this weekend at McCormick Place in Chicago

CHICAGO - March 19, 2019 - EntSun -- Chicagoans Assemble! C2E2, Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo is almost here and so are special guests: Paul Rudd (Ant-Man and The Wasp), Ralph Macchio, the original Karate Kid and last but not least, the Blue Power Ranger. With so much happening it's easy to overlook crucial prep that could potentially result in your C2E2 experience being the - Worst. Convention. Ever.

Keep these 5 tips in mind before putting on your Stormtrooper gear:

Bring Cash – While vendors accept credit cards you have a far better chance of bargaining for the best deal on that Jurassic Park, T-Rex tooth necklace with cash-in-hand. Stop at your bank's ATM before you get to the convention center to avoid high fees and a long line. There's nothing worse than being stuck for 20 minutes behind the guy dressed as Godzilla with a mechanical, lashing tail.

Protect Your Stash –  Imagine you just purchased a valuable comic and suddenly an announcement alerts everyone that the Blue Power Ranger is signing autographs. Chaos ensues as thousands of fans surge toward the celebrity signing area. To ensure the safety of your comics, pick up a Stor-Folio by BCW that securely fits up to 15 comics in a protective case. You can buy one at the convention from a number of supply vendors and if you get tired of holding it, just kick it around while you walk. Yes, it's that tough. No, we don't recommend you test it out this way.

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Stay Charged – Cosplayers only pull punches when they're engaged in fake battle but when it comes to their costumes, they go full power so take their lead. Bring along a portable charger and a charging cord to make certain you don't run out of juice while at the convention. There will be thousands of fanboys-and-girls packed into McCormick Place this weekend meaning your phone battery will struggle for reception harder than the four guys dressed in full Ghostbuster gear struggled to fit into their Uber. A dead phone means sitting out on the social media spectacular of the year.

Stay Charged II – This time we're talking about you. Convention centers are not known for inexpensive food and water options so bring your own. Recharge throughout the day with a couple bags of trail mix and other portable snacks. Also, bring along a bottle of water to fill up at the drinking fountain. Follow this suggestion and you won't be forced to choose between an $8 refreshment and that box of Alf trading cards that lured you to the convention in the first place.

Be Resourceful – The first standard comic book ever published was Famous Funnies #1 in 1934. Since then, over one-million comics have followed so you'll need a guide to help you identify which issues you want to collect. For example, let's say you want to find the first comic book appearance of Arm Fall-Off Boy, the hero who has the "power" to remove his arm and use it to bludgeon villains (as opposed to keeping it on and doing the same thing). Simply download Key Collector Comics free mobile app:

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Free Download on Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/key-collector-comics-app/id1189623811?mt=8
Free Download on Google: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.keycollectorcomics.keycollector&hl=en_US phones

Type in any character's name to see which comic they first appeared in. Or search by a comic book title to be able to identify the valuable issues that are often overlooked and can be found in bargain boxes. It will really come in handy to help you find that Arm Fall-Off Boy comic. Get it? Arm Fall-Off Boy? Handy?

Worst. Joke. Ever.


The Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is a convention for fans of pop culture held at The McCormick Place in Chicago March 22-25. A limited amount of tickets are still available at www.c2e2.com

Nick Coglianese is the owner of Key Collector Comics. Key Collector Comics is a free mobile app that helps new and experienced collectors easily identify which comic books are valuable and why. The database and price guide is comprised of over 12,000 first appearances, famous storylines, iconic covers and many other milestone moments throughout the history of comics. Key Collector Comics has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5.0 stars in over 2,000 reviews on Apple and Google. It has also been in the New York Times and featured on a segment of ABC 7 Windy City Live. Visit keycollectorcomics.com or download the free app on Apple and Google phones.

Nick Coglianese, Key Collector Comics

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