C2E2

It'll be hard to miss old school dynamic duo, Adam West and Burt Ward, at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo this weekend. And tickets for "An Evening with Kevin Smith" are already sold out. So stop worrying about the marquee names and take a look at four less publicized (and way cooler) events during the convention.

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A note for convention newbies: Each year C2E2 invades Chicago with a mixture of industry events, treats for hard-core fans and genre celebrities (to appeal to "normal" people). If you love comic books, superhero movies or science fiction but haven't been to a convention before, do yourself a favor and check out the full schedules. You're sure to find something you'd like to see or someone you'd like to meet.

Jane Espenson and Brad Bell, creators of Husbands

The hit web video and comic book series, Husbands, isn't Jane Espenson's first rodeo. She's written for shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica and, currently, Once Upon a Time. Brad Bell created the character "Cheeks" as a vehicle for funny social commentary on YouTube. And when their powers combine, you get Husbands, the hit online sitcom heading into its third season and the subject of their new comic book release. They'll be screening some of the show and talking about the future of entertainment content at Husbands: Television and Beyond.

I've known of Jane for years from her insightful blog on television writing (and lunch recommendations!) and she'll also be doing a panel on that too.

Fun fact: Brad Bell studied at the Second City Training Center in Hollywood, so we Chicagoans can claim that tiny connection. If you're already a fan, say hi to Jane and Brad at their autograph session.

Israel Idonije's The Protectors

The Protectors by Israel Idonije

Chicago Bears defenseman Israel Idonije has a passion off the field too, and it's comic books. So he worked with a team of amazing writers and artists to bring his comic ideas to life. "The Protectors" blends superheroes and sports and you can meet its makers and see how the story came to life.

Brian Posehn & Comedy Mutant

Powerhouse comedian Brian Posehn brings his Comedy Mutant show to C2E2 for a free performance. Brian, seen in Chicago last year at UP Comedy Club, is a vet of Mission Hill and The Sarah Silverman Program. He'll be there with Myq Kaplan and Mike Drucker.

Chicago Comics from the Chicago Scene

Chicago has its own vibrant comic book scene, and although C2E2 brings in the big names for autographing sessions and photo ops, the local comics get love too. If you're curious the geniuses creating comics right here in Chicago, stop by and introduce yourself.

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