Showing posts with label Girls Rock Chicago. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Girls Rock Chicago. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

INCOMING: Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo C2E2 2013

Check out our original photos from C2E2 2012 Saturday above

R2D2?    No....C2E2!!!

Yeah, OK... maybe both.   R2D2 @ C2E2


Du-Jay & Sagezilla dug C2E2 and can't wait for 2013


It's bigger on the inside....

This year's Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) will be their biggest by far. Tickets are selling earlier and faster than ever.  As of the final week of February, VIP tickets are sold out; 1-Day ticket sales are up 65%; and 3-Day ticket sales are up 78%. This is an overall increase of 64% compared to last year! 

**Meanwhile, their exhibit space is also this point, they are 25% larger than last year.** 

This is great news as it means that the Midwest - and Chicago, in particular - is becoming a center for pop culture enthusiasts similar in scale to New York and San Diego. 

Have you gotten your tickets yet?   Don't miss out.   Click here and order your tickets as soon as possible.   ChiIL Mama will be there...will YOU?!   We'll have photo filled recaps, individual features, hot new releases, reviews, and free downloads for you.   So check back with ChiIL Mama/ ChiIL Live Shows like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often!!

C2E2 2013, April 26-28, 2013 at the West Building at McCormick Place.

Check out their main site here for special guests and more.
Our ultra favorite thing about C2E2 isn't one show or genre's mash ups and context!   We swung by Micky D's on the way out and it was beyond amusing to see the comic book world superimposed on reality. It's all about context.  As realtors are fond of saying...location, location, location.

"Welcome to McDonalds, may I take your order?"


We also love to see the colorful mash ups that organically happen in the crowd as everyone's story lines intermingle.   

Steampunk was a growing presence at C2E2 12, and we bought a fabulous corset & a wooden mustache monocle.


We also bought a unique ocarina necklace & a "teacarina" musical, pottery tea cup/instrument among other finds.  

Sagezilla and Du-Jay enjoyed the show, and it's fairly family friendly.   There were a ton of kids of all ages there, and there was plenty for kids to see and do, particularly for tweens and teens.    

Kick Ass fam friendly fun at C2E2

Sure, there's a plethora of the usual comic book boobs n skip it with the littles if they're very young and easily freaked out, or if you're uber conservative.  Otherwise, dress up and come on down!

Of course we're suckers for any excuse to play dress up, and enjoy seeing adults who are reeeeeally into what they're into, and we dig comics, anime, Dr. Who and games.   That means C2E2 is right up our alley.

First time we ever quoted Mr. T around Sagezilla, she thought we said "I'm Winnie the Pooh", and used to repeat it in a booming Mr. T impression.  To this day I still can't hear "I pity the fool" without laughing.


We saw many fun freaks, and even derby zombies from The Outfit!


 There were loads of graphic artists, actors & writers about.


We're a little bummed.   These Romanian artist guys took a steam punk photo of Sagezilla & Du-Jay and said they'd anime the kids and send us the sketch via e-mail after the show, and it never happened.    Was that supposed to read get your sketch a year from today?!

We're coming back to find you for C2E2 2013, so start sketching... long haired boy and tiny but mighty grrrrrl, or they'll kick you in the kneecaps!

You can even get inked up permanently, with some new scars, if you're brave & of age.   I do have 4 tattoos, but not from C2E2.   We just stuck with the kind of ink you turn the pages on!

We also saw another of our big favorites--Threadless--and stocked up on more, cool, artist designed t's!   They give back to the community and work with kids for free, at Girls Rock Chicago camps, 826Chi Writing Workshops and more.

Sage spent her "helpful works" cash on a bunch of seriously rockin' handmade fimo necklaces another kid had made.  They were one of a kind and one of the coolest thing we saw at the whole show because they were so creative.   She also bought a Shawnimal Ninja necklace.   

Du-Jay bought Activision Skylanders, one of his Wii favorites.


We also ran into one of our favorite author/artist duos... Kim & Dino, of Traegonia fame.  

We gave away a set of their excellent books to one of our lucky readers in December, as part of our huge Holidaze Giveaways.  

 The Traegonia books are a middle grade, eco-friendly fantasy series our family really digs!!  Highly recommended.   Check out their main site right here.



Come on out and play.   C2E2's a must see for geeks, gamers, pop culture enthusiasts, families and YOU!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Girl's Rock! Chicago Fugazi Cover Benefit This Sunday at Lincoln Hall

We've supported Girls Rock! for years before we even had an eligible kid.   Simply put, Girls Rock! Chicago ROCKS.   This sweet summer camp teaches girls how to play instruments, builds self esteem, teaches self defense, band promotion and more.   Last year, ChiIL Mama's daughter, Sagezilla was old enough to start learning guitar and she can't wait to come back again this summer.   The girls wrote their own lyrics and music and then performed LIVE and in a recording studio for a compilation CD.   Her week of camp's final showcase was at METRO!

Sagezilla (right) plays Metro after just 1 week of guitar lessons at Girls Rock! Camp with her first band, Octopie.

Sunday, June 3 | 7pm
Lincoln Hall | 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. | Chicago, IL
All-Ages | $10 | Kids under 10 FREE

The headline might read: Punk Rock Vets Play Fugazi to Support Budding Tween & Teen Musicians. Even if it doesn't, we're thrilled to be the beneficiary of this very cool event organized by staunch GR!C supporter Paul Kelvington. Paul assembled a group of stellar local musicians - Kevin J. Frank (Guage, Haymarket Riot), Jay Ryan (Dianogah) and Adam Reach (The Poison Arrows) to form INSTRUMENT and become Fugazi for one great night --- and one awesome cause! 

They'll perform Fugazi's beloved compilation, 13 Songs, plus some surprise favorites. Girls Rock!'s own When Flying Feels like Falling will open the ALL-AGES show so bring the whole family to celebrate the DIY spirit Fugazi embodies and rock camp seeks to provide! Tickets available at Lincoln Hall's site here.

*Come early and catch WFFLF!    We've known Violet since she was a 3 year old and it's been fun to see her grow up and hit her stride.    These high school GR!C kids are our fav under age punk rockers and we frequently promote their shows.    They rock hard!

Paul Kelvington is a man who loves to pay tribute and adores doing
it for a good cause. In 2010 he formed Econoline, a Minutemen tribute
which enrolled the talents of over 20 fantastic local musicians to both
pay homage to Minutemen's D. Boon, and to help foster DIY spirit and
musicianship in future generations through a generous donation to Girls
Rock! Chicago summer camp. 

For one night only, he's back with INSTRUMENT, playing Fugazi's definitive compilation, 13 Songs (plus some secret favorites). Joining him are Chicago punk vets and Econoline contributors Jay Ryan, Kevin J. Frank, and his old friend Adam Reach.   Veteran Girls Rock! campers When Flying Feels Like Falling open.

All proceeds benefit Girls Rock! Chicago, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to fostering girls’ creative expression, positive self-esteem and community awareness through rock music. Girls Rock! summer camps are open to girls 8-16 regardless of their ability to pay or play. 2012's camp season begins June 25 and limited spaces are still available.


Saturday, June 23rd | 1 to 6pm
Chicago Quest |1443 N. Ogden | Chicago, IL
$5 person | $10 family | campers FREE

Campers! Parents! Volunteers! Grab your friends and family and help us get this summer started off right at the  4th Annual Camp Kick-Off Party & Show! As always, there will be food, bands and fun so bring your own blanket and enjoy the day in the sun with GR!C. All 2012 campers are admitted free so this is a great day to meet campers from both sessions as well as our awesome volunteers, staff and board! Stay tuned to the website & our facebook page for more details as we have them.

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