Last weekend was C2E2, Chicago’s comic and entertainment expo! This year marked the 10th anniversary for the only comic, cosplay, and pop culture convention in the heart of downtown Chicago. With over 80,000 attendees and hundreds of vendors we scoured the enormous show floor with one topic in mind: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles of course!
Though the heavy hitters like Marvel and DC are represented well throughout the convention with an abundance of merchandise, talent, and cosplay it’s fitting to have to look below the surface for the presence of our dear teenage turtled teens. But, fear not, C2E2 had some radical sights to offer Ninja Turtle fans of all ages!
C2E2 also featured none other than voice actor legend Rob Paulson who we know as 1987’s Raphael and 2012’s Donatello. Though his appearance was set around a wild Animaniacs reunion, Mr. Paulson had to mention his legendary TMNT roots especially in a comic crowd.
Comic conventions are always an experience whether you’re supporting your favorite fandoms through cosplay, gaming, or merchandise. I had a wonderful time connecting with some passionate TMNT fans of all ages at C2E2’s tenth anniversary show. We shared many memories on how the Turtles impacted our fandom through the years as well as discussing their independent comic book roots. When it comes to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, everyone always seems to have a fond memory whether it be through comics, toys, cartoons, or movies. I’m eager to see what other comic conventions in Chicago will offer this year in the case of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Upcoming shows include Wizard World in late August and newcomer Comic Con Revolution in June.
I’d like to give a special shoutout to Pulp Culture Comics and Collectables for sharing some radical insight on their TMNT collection. They were some of the friendliest vendors at the con! Also Toy De Jour for a great selection of vintage TMNT figures at great prices!
Were you in attendance at C2E2 this year? Share your TMNT memories below or through our social media! We’d love to hear of any turtle goodness you found at this years convention and beyond!
Photos taken by Kayla Bersztaitis