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This post is quite a bit late in coming, but I wanted to revisit my awesome weekend in Chicago. I had originally planned on going to this show's sister show, the New York Comic Con this past October. But due to having my place to stay fall through and it being absurdly expensive to get a motel room in Manhattan, I had to call it off.  So I just pivoted and planned a trip to the Chicago show instead. I went two years ago, and it was a blast.

I made sure to be at the show first thing on Friday. I wanted to hit the show floor before all the craziness happened. The size of the show was so much bigger this year than in 2011. By the time I finished walking all of it, I was exhausted. I wound up finding several toys that had been eluding me for a while including a MOTUC Roboto, a mint on the card Silverhawks Quicksilver figures, and a vintage Hoard Trooper figure from the He-Man toy line. All super awesome stuff. I even took in a show the varient stage where a group was performing the entire "Once More with Feeling" musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Very Entertaining.

New this year was a section of the floor called "The Block" which was like Artist's Alley, but for people who make comic and entertainment related toys and other goods. Lots of cool indie action figures, art toys and all kinds of neat stuff.

I didn't make it back on Saturday. The good friends I stayed with offered up a trip to the zoo instead. I couldn't pass it up. Spending a day with friends was just what I needed to take my mind off of the awful events from a couple weeks prior.  Such a blast.

Sunday I made it back in for a while. The floor was SUPER crowded at this point. Since the last day is "Family Day", there was a lot more children and people in general. I was really glad I did the floor on Friday.  The one panel of the show I actually made it to all weekend was the "Drawing DC" panel where you got to watch several DC artists including Chris Burnham, Patrick Gleason, and Doug Mahnke sketch on a projector while they talk about what they do and answer audience questions. It was my favorite panel in 2011 and this one didn't disappoint either. You can see one of Burnham's sketches below.

All in all it was a great weekend. And while I did miss quite a bit of the panels, I still highly enjoyed spending time on the floor and see all the amazing artwork in Artist's Alley and The Block.  Below are some pictures from the event.