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Six Awesome Things Happening at C2E2 2019

On March 22 to March 24, 2019, Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) celebrates its tenth anniversary in style. This is going to be my fourth year at C2E2, and one thing that I love about the show is its merging of different strains of pop culture into a fun experience. For example, you can get an autograph from the ageless actor/Ant-Man Paul Rudd, then hurry over to Artist’s Alley and meet a comics legend like Chris Claremont or George Perez or your favorite webcomic artist, and then wrap up things up with a beer at the Revolution tent. Whether you’re into comics, cosplay, films, TV shows, or all kinds of gaming, C2E2 really has it all.

Here are six fun things to do at C2E2 during the three days of the show at McCormick Place.

6. Try Out Some Escape Rooms (Friday-Sunday)

Unfortunately, there’s no “Escape from Being Crushed by Quarter Bins with Unsold, Polybagged Copies of Death of Superman”, but C2E2 does offer two fun Escape Room experiences if you want to get away from the hustle, bustle, and lines of the con and solve some puzzles in a mindbending environment. There are two Escape Rooms at C2E2: one is “Detention: Escape from the Cursed High School”, and the other is “Secret Aboard Starship Atraeus”. Each room has multiple endings, a 45 minute time limit, and mysterious elements like ghostly spirits and potential freaky aliens. Spots are filling up so book your escape room ASAP!

5. C2E2 Cinema (Friday-Saturday)

Sponsored by The Logan Theatre, C2E2 Cinema offers free movie screenings for anyone with a convention badge on both Friday and Saturday night. Friday’s movies are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) and the timeless classic Princess Bride followed by Wayne’s World and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. As if that wasn’t enough, Saturday’s movie is Clueless, and there’s also a 1990s themed pre-party with a costume contest. You can go from dropping the big bucks on Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Breckin Meyer, and Donald Faison’s autographs and attending their Saturday reunion panel to watching them in their heyday on the big screen.

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4. Clueless Reunion Panel (Saturday)

Clueless is one of the greatest Jane Austen adaptations of all time and really encapsulated the various looks and attitudes of the mid-1990s. (Full disclosure: I watched it on my 21st birthday intoxicated with a British grocery store cake in my lap.) Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Breckin Meyer, and Donald Faison are all attending C2E2, and if you can’t get their autograph, this panel is opportunity to soak in some 90s nostalgia and not harass Mr. Rudd with questions about Avengers: Endgame. Also, this panel is secretly a partial reunion of the late, great boy band DuJour fromJosie and the Pussycats.

3. Marvel Next Big Thing Panel (Saturday)

So, some rumors/house ads have been going on around that Jonathan Hickman is making his triumphant return to Marvel Comics for his first new series after 2015’s Secret Wars. Hickman is a master of the long form epic/event with his work on titles like Secret Warriors, Fantastic Four, and New Avengers, and I’m excited to learn what his next saga will be. (I hope Leonardo da Vinci is involved.) You can find out more information about his work and fellow writer, Jason Aaron (Thor) at Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel. Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski will also be there so you know they mean business, and there will be some announcements about the House of Ideas’ summer slate of books.

2. AMC’s NOS4A2 Screening (Saturday)

Some of the best TV shows of all time, like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and the criminally underrated Halt and Catch Fire, have aired on AMC, and the supernatural horror drama NOS4A2 might be their next big hit. It’s based on a novel by Joe Hill and is about an artist named Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings), who has the power to track a mysterious immortal named Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto). Manx is up to no good and feeds on children whose souls he places in a messed up world called Christmasland, where every day is Christmas. Fans at C2E2 will have the opportunity to see the first episode of NOS4A2 early before it airs on AMC on April 30.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 30: (L-R) Marv Wolfman, Carrie Bernans, George Perez and guest arrive for Excelsior! A Celebration of The Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible and Uncanny Life Of Stan Lee at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)

1. Marv Wolfman and George Perez: In Conversation (Sunday)

George Perez recently announced a well-earned retirement from creating comics and attending most conventions (Except DragonCon and FetishCon). So, C2E2 is one of the last opportunities that fans have to meet the artist of New Teen Titans, Avengers, and Crisis on Infinite Earths, not to mention once the nicest people in comics. This panel with long time collaborator, Marv Wolfman, who was also responsible for co-creating Blade and Bullseye, should be interesting to attend as two legends reflect on their legacy and swap war stories of 40+ years in the comics industry.

Preview: Clueless: One Last Summer OGN SC

Clueless: One Last Summer OGN SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Amber Benson and Sarah Kuhn
Artist: Siobhan Keenan
Colorist: Cathy Le
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Natacha Bustos
Price: $14.99

The class of 1997 is newly graduated from Bronson Alcott High School, and with the temperatures rising and the summer starting, Cher and besties Dionne and Tai are heading off for their last summer vacation adventure together before, ugh, real life!

Picking up after Clueless: Senior Year, head back to the ‘90s for summer fun and fashion from superstar writers Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex) and Amber Benson (The Witches Of Echo Park), and illustrated by Siobhan Keenan (Adventure Time).

Your New Look at Clueless: One Last Summer

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a new look at Clueless: One Last Summer, the brand new follow up to the 2017 smash hit Clueless: Senior Year that arrives in stores November 2018. The writing duo of actress, filmmaker, and author Amber Benson and author Sarah Kuhn reunite with artist Siobhan Keenan for another comic book based on Paramount Pictures’ hit film.

In Clueless: One Last Summer, Cher, Dionne, and Tai journey out for their final summer vacation before they head off to college and the world of adulthood.  However when life threatens to topple their elaborate plans for the summer to remember, they’ll be challenged to stay true to their best selves amidst the chaos. Luckily they’ve got each other to lean on, because that’s what best friends are for…and because no one stops Cher when she makes up her mind!

Clueless: One Last Summer will be available for sale on November 28th at local comic book shops and on December 4th at bookstores.

A First Look at Clueless: One Last Summer

BOOM! Studios has released a first look at Clueless: One Last Summer, a follow up to the 2017 smash hit Clueless: Senior Year that arrives in stores November 2018. The writing duo of actress, filmmaker, and author Amber Benson and author Sarah Kuhn reunite with artist Siobhan Keenan for another comic book based on Paramount Pictures’ hit film.

In Clueless: One Last Summer, Cher, Dionne, and Tai journey out for their final summer vacation before they head off to college and the world of adulthood.  However when life threatens to topple their elaborate plans for the summer to remember, they’ll be challenged to stay true to their best selves amidst the chaos. Luckily they’ve got each other to lean on, because that’s what best friends are for…and because no one stops Cher when she makes up her mind!

Clueless: One Last Summer features a cover illustrated by Natacha Bustos.

Clueless Returns For A Final Summer Vacation!

Cher, Dionne and Tai return this Fall in Clueless: One Last Summer from BOOM! Studios. As a follow up to the 2017 smash hit Clueless: Senior Year, BOOM! has reunited the writing duo of actress, filmmaker, and author Amber Benson and author Sarah Kuhn with artist Siobhan Keenan for another comic book based on Paramount Picture’s hit film. It features a cover by Natacha Bustos.

In Clueless: One Last Summer, Cher, Dionne and Tai journey out for their final summer vacation before they head off to college and the world of adulthood.  However when life threatens to topple their elaborate plans for the summer to remember, they’ll be challenged to stay true to their best selves amidst the chaos. Luckily they’ve got each other to lean on, because that’s what best friends are for…and because no one stops Cher when she makes up her mind!

Clueless: Senior Year Signing at Arsenal Comics and Games this Saturday

Your favorite girls from Beverly Hills are back in an all-new, all-original adventure! It’s senior year and Cher, Dionne, and Tai find themselves in a bit of crisis of self… where are they meant to go, and what are they meant to DO after high school? Luckily, they have all year—and each other’s help—to figure it out!

From the BOOM! Box imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, head back to the ’90s in this brand-new comic written by superstars Sarah Kuhn and Amber Benson and illustrated by newcomer Siobhan Keenan.

Who: Writers Sarah Kuhn and Amber Benson, and artist Siobhan Keenan
What: Clueless: Senior Year signing event
Where: Arsenal Comics and Games, 2333 Michael Dr, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320,(805) 499-6197
When: Saturday, November 11, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Why: The creative team behind Clueless: Senior Year will be on hand to sign copies of the book and available for photo opportunities.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Javier

Darkseid Special #1 (DC Comics) – Given that we celebrate Jack Kirby’s centennial this week, this book is auto selected as my number 1 pick. Penned by Mark Evanier (Kirby’s biographer), and with Paul Levitz, it includes Granny Goodness, an OMAC short, and a classic Kirby Fourth World story.

Deadly Class #30 (Image Comics) – 1980s big hair and depression. Remender delivers.

Crosswind #3 (Image Comics) – Gail Simone and Cat Staggs breathe new life into the old body switcheroo story gimmick, with a murderous hitman twist.

Animosity #9 (Aftershock Comics) – Marguerite Bennett’s post-apocalyptic animal ruled world blends action and drama with Latorre’s spellbinding art.

Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer (BOOM! Studios) – There’s definitely some hubris in including the writer’s name in the comic book’s title, but this is the Victor Lavalle who wrote ‘Slapboxing with Jesus’ and ‘The Ballad of Black Tom’. His graphic update on Shelley’s Frankenstein is potentially the BOOM! sleeper hit of 2017.

 

Brett

All-Star Batman #13 (DC Comics) – All-Star Batman has been one the most consistently entertaining comics from DC and one of the best comics on the market. A character study in comics and a must read.

John Carpenter Tales of Science Fiction: Vault #2 (Storm King Comics) – Great science fiction horror action that ups the tense setting and story.

Return of the Dapper Men (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing) – The award winning graphic novel is reprinted with new material. If you missed it the first time, now is your chance to get it.

Star Wars #35/Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #1 (Marvel) – Some of the best comics Marvel has been producing has been their Star Wars comics and this week we get two releases that I’m sure are entertaining if the past releases are any indication. Add in a comic just focused on mace Windu and I’m totally in.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #10 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s Transformers comics have been knocking it out of the park with political intrigue, action, lots of drama, and some of the best science fiction allegories being produced today. These comics feel like they have more in common with the original Star Trek than they do the 80s cartoon.

 

Review: Clueless: Senior Year

CluelessSeniorYear22 years after the fantastic teen comedy that forever changed American slang and one of the best Jane Austen adaptations period was released, writer Amber Benson and Sarah Kuhn, artist Siobhan Keenan, and colorist Shan Murphy return to the world of Amy Heckerling’s Clueless in the Senior Year graphic novel. The book kicks off with Cher having a huge existential crisis thanks to a yearlong class assignment about who she wants to be during her senior year. She tries on a bunch of different outfits (Including one possibly inspired by Alicia Silverstone’s current career as a tree hugger.) and personalities and is out of commission as a queen bee for most of the story.

Benson and Kuhn structure Clueless: Senior Year into four chapters: one for each season, and even better, each chapter is from a different character’s POV. Summer and Spring are from Cher’s, Fall is from Dionne’s, and Winter is from Tai’s. This change in point of view keeps the story fresh and also separates Senior Year from the Clueless film, which was solely told from Cher’s perspective with voiceovers and everything. However, the friendship between the three girls is front and center as this comic easily breaks the Bechdel test even if it has some nice romantic comedy elements, like Tai and Travis being totally adorable.

But it’s nice to see them interact by themselves in a variety of settings like Tai’s great aunt’s apple farm upstate, which she has inherited after her unexpected passing. This is definitely the most emotional chapter of the story with Keenan drawing winsome flashbacks of Tai enjoying the countryside, and Benson and Kuhn slowly telling the love story of her great aunt Ellie and “friend” Edwina. Murphy uses a softer color palette for the basically abandoned farm, and there is a lot more spacing in Keenan’s layouts. There is an idyllic charm to the Frasier farm, and even though Beverly Hills bred Cher and Dionne don’t initially see it, Tai has a tough decision to make between running it and going to art school. Keenan sells it in the sad smiles that Tai has when she’s talking about her great aunt Ellie as well as the difficulty of choosing between the past and future. There’s also the nice bonus of incorporating some more great queer characters into the Clueless universe just like they did with Christian, the classic movie watching, greaser styling gay teen in the original film, who unfortunately doesn’t appear in Senior Year.

Dionne gets to take the spotlight in the second chapter of Clueless: Senior Year, and her running for student body president against her often unappreciative boyfriend Murray is one of the bigger “twists” in the graphic novel. Her debate speech is a mid–1990s pop culture reference masterpiece that starts with the phrase “I’m Batman” and uses the Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy’s Jeff’s matching outfits as an example of the student body and their leadership working together instead of using it to showboat like Murray would do. Murray’s constant mentions of wanting to be the king of the school made me  crack up along with his extremely misogynist reading of X-Files. He’s a very immature high school boy, and it’s nice to see Dionne put him in his place for once.

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Siobhan Keenan’s character and fashion designs are so fabulous (And displayed in many “montage” sequences.) that there should be a Clueless Senior Year coloring book or paper doll set for Cher’s outfits alone. The plethora of outfits tie into a major theme of the story, which is Cher trying to construct an “adult” identity for herself by combining bits and pieces of people she’s seen in TV and read about in magazines plus her own unique personality. Keenan has a knack for quick witted visual humor too like Josh’s reaction to Cher, Dionne, and Tai throwing all their outfits and bags everywhere in his immaculate, spartan apartment when Cher cancels their hotel reservation because she wants to “rough it” as part of her activist phase. Her art is very pretty, but has a range of emotions and doesn’t just coast on its aesthetic.

Even though it doesn’t directly affect the plot, the “mixtape” choices scattered throughout Clueless Senior Year personally helped me get into the headspaces of Cher, Dionne, and Taj. There are the Radiohead songs that remind Cher of his her (now) ex-boyfriend Josh and will put you in a drab mood as soon as the opening guitar riff of “Just” kicks in to the female empowerment tunes by TLC and Veruca Salt that get Dionne pumped to run for president. Tai’s mixtape has more of a nostalgic bent with tunes by Glenn Miller  and Fats Domino that set up the vintage flashbacks and the old timey-ness of her chapter. And, like every great teen movie set around a prom, there’s one great dance number that ties into some of the themes of the story while just being plain fun.

Clueless Senior Year certainly isn’t a Monet (This is a compliment FYI.) and gives some amazing character development to Cher, Dionne, and Tai while rocking hilarious, pop culture infused dialogue from Amber Benson and Sarah Kuhn plus some of the most stylish fashions you’ll find in comics from Siobhan Keenan and Shan Murphy. In its references and fashion, Senior Year is very 90s, but its themes of independence, identity struggle, and coming of age are timeless just like the original film.

Story: Amber Benson, Sarah Kuhn Art: Siobhan Keenan Colors: Shan Murphy
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5  Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Black Hammer #12 (Dark Horse) – Jeff Lemire continues to impress with his take on deconstructing super heroes.

Detective Comics #963 (DC Comics) – Things are kicking up as the group now knows that Tim Drake is alive. But, before we get to that this issue focuses on Spoiler and Anarky.

Mother Panic #10 (DC Comics/Young Animal) – Batman without the restraint. Just brutal and awesome.

Nightwing: The New Order #1 (DC Comics) – Maybe not the best timing but we’re intrigued to see what this fascist Nightwing has in store for us.

First Strike #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue started off with a bang (literally) and we can’t wait to see what the second brings in this crossover of properties like G.I. Joe and Transformers.

Saucer State #3 (IDW Publishing) – Aliens. Conspiracies. Politics. The President of the United States. Yes please!

Hard Place #1 (Image Comics) – A former wheelman tries to go straight but is caught up in a robbery and is being chased by the cops and Russian mob. Sounds awesome!

Lazarus X Plus 66 #2 (Image Comics) – Some of the best world building in all of entertainment.

Shirtless Bear-Fighter #3 (Image Comics) – The concept is goofy but we’ve been having a blast with this series.

Generations: Unworthy Thor & Mighty Thor #1 (Marvel) – We’re not quite sure the big picture point of these one-shots, but we’re still holding out hope.

Secret Empire #9 (Marvel) – We’ve had mixed reactions here as to this event (generally negative) but with one more issue to go we want to see how it wraps up and if there’s any way to right this wrong.

X-Men: Gold #10 (Marvel) – The relaunched X line from Marvel has been a big improvement and this is easily its best series.

Bubblegun Vol. 2 #4 (Aspen) -A fun sci-fi series with eye catching visuals that feels like it should have a game to go along with it.

Catalyst Prime: Incidentals #1 (Lion Forge) – The company’s latest addition to its Catalyst Prime line of comics and the first group book. We’re intrigued to see where things go and how this stands out.

Clueless (BOOM! Studios) – As if!? The classic film gets a new graphic novel and we’re so ready to head back to the 90s.

Heathen #5 (Vault Comics) – The first four issues have been fantastic to read and look at in this new take with a vikings(ish) world.

Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Sounds like a riff on Empire Records. We’re sold on that alone.

Letter 44 #35 (Oni Press) – All the answers!!! ALL OF THEM!!! The series wraps up with this final issue.

Sisters of Sorrow #2 (BOOM! Studios) – A gritty series from the same person that did Sons of Anarchy. The first issue felt like a 70s exploitation/revenge film in a way and it’ll be interesting to see where the series goes from there.

War Mother #1 (Valiant) – This character has been touched upon a few times through various Valiant events, but she’s finally getting her own series and we can’t wait to see what’s done with the character. Valiant consistently knocks it out of the park and we’re expecting no less with this one.

Preview: Clueless SC

Clueless SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Amber Benson, Sarah Kuhn
Artist: Siobhan Keenan
Cover Artist: Natacha Bustos
Price: $14.99

Your favorite girls from Beverly Hills are back in an all-new adventure! It’s senior year and Cher, Dionne, and Tai find themselves in a bit of a crisis of self… Where are they meant to go, and what are they meant to DO after high school? Luckily they have all year—and each other’s help—to figure it out!

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