Last weekend the Geeks OUT team ventured to the midwest for the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and I spent the entire* three day weekend running around taking pictures of cosplayers. While the queer factor was milder than last year (I only saw a handful of people crossplaying), the passion and love for the characters people were representing is rivaled only by the New York and San Diego Comic Cons.
Also, I was overwhelmed by the number and diversity of young people, particularly girls and boys of color, that were participating in the festivities. It could just be my biological clock ticking, but gosh darn it, those kids are so cute in their costumes!
And speaking of diversity, there seemed to be a palpable thirst for more characters beyond the typical straight white male. In addition to the number of panels focusing on how mixed the general audience for pop culture is, I had the pleasure of speaking with a young woman at a Marvel panel on Sunday morning. Christina spoke passionately about selecting comics based on their representation of strong female characters, particularly titles like the new Ms. Marvel.
Enjoy and come back soon for more C2E2-related stuff!