Fifty years ago, fandom was changed forever when Nostalgia â€˜72 took over the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont Illinois, creating the first space in the midwest for fans to gather and celebrate comics. Now known as FAN EXPO Chicago, the convention will return for its biggest show yet – bringing an incredible round-up of legendary celebrities, comic creators, voice actors and cosplayers to the Windy City from July 7 to July 10.
To celebrate the golden anniversary, FAN EXPO Chicago has assembled an incredible roster of superstar comic artists and writers, headlined by legends Brian Michael Bendis (writer, creator of â€œNaomiâ€), Geoff Johns (writer, creator of â€œStargirlâ€), Joe Quesada (CCO, Marvel Entertainment) Greg Capullo (â€œBatmanâ€), Marc Silvestri (celebrating 30 years of Image Comics), Kevin Smith (â€œDaredevilâ€), Leinil Francis Yu (â€œX-Menâ€), Jorge Molina (â€œBatmanâ€) and dozens of others.
In 1972, Chicago collectibles dealer and local school teacher Nancy Warner made history when she united 2,000 of Chicagoâ€™s biggest comic fans in the midwestâ€™s first ever comic and collectibles convention. Beginning as a space by and for comic collectors, and expanding to include exhibits, attractions and celebrities from all walks of fandom, what is now known as FAN EXPO Chicago is gearing up for its biggest year ever – while paying homage to the traditional comic culture that started it all.
â€œWhile the phrase â€˜comic conâ€™ continues to grow in popularity with convention groups throughout the world, it sometimes feels like those groups have left the actual comics in the dust,â€ said Andrew Moyes, vice president of FAN EXPO HQ. â€œFandom culture is more than just blockbuster movies – itâ€™s a deep loyalty to and appreciation of the classics and a celebration of the everlasting impact those comics, characters and creators have had on each of us. At FAN EXPO Chicago, weâ€™re working to take the fan experience to new levels, while also staying true to the root of who we – and our guests – are.â€
Other standout creators attending include Zeb Wells (â€œAmazing Spider-Man”), Jock (â€œBatman: One Dark Knightâ€), Steve McNiven (â€œStar Warsâ€), Jose Luis Garcia Lopez (legendary artist, â€œBatman vs Hulkâ€), Dike Ruan (â€œShang-Chiâ€), Michael Golden (legendary artist, “Batman,â€ â€œDaredevilâ€), David Mack (â€œKabuki,â€ â€œJessica Jonesâ€, Ben Templesmith (â€œWormwood,â€ â€œ30 Days of Nightâ€ and Tony Harris (â€œStarman,â€ Ex Machinaâ€). See the full creator list and keep an eye out for more additions at https://fanexpohq.com/fanexpochicago/comic-creators/.
Comic fans will particularly revel in the special Comic Guest VIP packages just announced featuring Heroes in the Windy City, Jock, Silvestri, McNiven and more. See the full list at https://fanexpohq.com/fanexpochicago/comic-guest-special-event-packages.
In addition, superstar celebrities will reunite, including â€œthe Hobbitsâ€ of the iconic Lord of the Rings trilogy (Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd), Stargirlâ€™s Brec Bassinger, The Book Of Boba Fettâ€™s Ming-Na Wen and stars from The Mandalorian, Jay and Silent Bob, Clerks, Cobra Kai, Star Trek, as well as a stacked roster of voice actors includes Futuramaâ€™s Billy West, Star Wars: The Clone Warsâ€™ Ashley Eckstein and the hottest leads from My Hero Academia and Demon Slayer. With additional guests and attractions representing dozens of the greatest franchises across genres and decades, the massive lineup will create the ultimate playground for fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, gaming and more.
FAN EXPO Chicago will host attractions for fans of all ages and fandoms, including panels, autograph sessions, photo-ops and meet-and-greets and retailers and artists from all over the world selling unique merchandise, artwork, memorabilia, comic books and collectables. Exclusives for FAN EXPO Chicago include DC Batman #251 Special Chicago Edition, 50th Fan Expo Chicago exclusive/limited edition: bag, t-shirt, pin and many others.
FAN EXPO Chicago will take place from July 7 until July 10 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The show will be open from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets start at $22 and can be purchased at www.fanexpohq.com/fanexpochicago/buy-tickets/. For more information and to stay up-to-date on new guests and attractions, visit www.fanexpohq.com/fanexpochicago.
ABOUT FAN EXPO HQ
FAN EXPO HQ is the largest comic con producer in the world. Collectively it hosts nearly one million fans annually at FAN EXPO Canadaâ„¢, MEGACON Orlando, FAN EXPO Dallasâ„¢, FAN EXPO Bostonâ„¢, FAN EXPO Denver, FAN EXPO San Francisco, Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo, FAN EXPO Vancouverâ„¢, Toronto Comicon, Dallas FAN FESTIVAL and Edmonton Comics & Entertainment Expo. In 2022, FAN EXPO HQ presents six new shows previously organized by Wizard World: FAN EXPO Chicago, FAN EXPO Philadelphia, FAN EXPO St. Louis, FAN EXPO Portland, FAN EXPO New Orleans, and FAN EXPO Cleveland. The latest schedule of events is available on the Website, along with up-to-date ticket information. Discover. Celebrate. Belong.