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C2E2: Marvel Comics announce stunning roster of talent and panels for Chicago event

Marvel Comics are ramping up for a massive weekend of content at this weekend’s C2E2 event, taking over the South Building at McCormick Place in Chicago IL, Friday 28th February-Sunday March 1st 2020.

In a period when the company on the ‘other side of the aisle’ are in a state of flux and uncertainty (with the recent sudden jettisoning of EIC Dan DiDio), Marvel are capitalising on this by bringing some of their biggest guns and creative teams for a full line-up of panels and booth appearances.

From signing events featuring some of the biggest names on the X-MEN books past and present to cosplay competitions embracing a new young audience, to sessions showcasing the House Of Ideas’ latest event series, EMPYRE, Marvel really are making sure that they will be grabbing the lions share of attention at C2E2 this weekend.

From the Marvel press release:


Check out the Marvel Booth (#327) for an exciting lineup of signings, exclusive merchandise, giveaways, contests, and more – including a chance to be admitted into Marvel’s Strange Academy!
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This weekend, Marvel returns to Chicago with a nonstop schedule of star-studded signings, panels, stage events, and more! From Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 1, fans will want to stop by the Marvel Booth (Booth #327) and experience a thrilling series of events happening all weekend long.

From the moment the doors open, fans will be able to get their hands on Marvel’s convention-exclusive t-shirts (while supplies last) featuring iconic characters like the web-slinging hero Spider-Man, the deadly assassin Black Widow, and more of their favorite Super Heroes. Fans will also have the chance to purchase an exclusive Black Widow Spirit Jersey only available at C2E2 this year!

For attendees at both C2E2 and ECCC this year, Marvel will also be offering an exclusive selection of individually numbered, bagged & boarded variant comics while supplies last, including:

  • X-MEN/FANTASTIC FOUR #1 GLOW-IN-THE-DARK VARIANT BY FRANK CHO (limited to 3,000 total copies)
  • GWEN STACY #1 GLOW-IN-THE-DARK VARIANT BY SARA PICHELLI (limited to 3,000 total copies)

Looking for more comics? Fans can snag an exclusive giveaway sketch variant of Excalibur #7 by artist Mahmud Asrar during the Marvel Fanfare with C.B. Cebulski panel.

Marvel Unlimited Plus members and Marvel Mastercard cardholders will be able to get an exclusive ultra-rare variant cover of Captain Marvel #15- for FREE!* Drawn by artist Todd Nauck, the cover presents Earth’s Mightiest Hero Captain Marvel soaring through the cosmos – rendered in the inimitable style of Cosbaby by Hot Toys!

In addition to grabbing your exclusive variants, be sure to swing by Marvel’s booth to check out Marvel Unlimited – Marvel’s digital comics app providing access to over 27,000 digital comics. Anyone signing up for a subscription at the booth will receive a free Venom box, including an action figure, comics and more.** And Marvel Insiders, make sure you attend Marvel panels and visit the Marvel booth to capture special codes to earn tens of thousands of Marvel Insider points!

Marvel’s signing schedule will include some of the biggest creators in the industry – including Chris Claremont, Al Ewing, Nick Spencer, Tini Howard, Ben Percy, Jonathan Hickman, Skottie Young, Eve L. Ewing, Rainbow Rowell, and many more!

Attendees at Skottie Young’s signing on Friday will also be able to test their abilities for the mystical and mysterious Strange Academy! Marvel’s first school of magic is in session this March, and Skottie Young wants YOU to apply! But do you have what it takes to train with the best of Marvel’s sorcerers? Drop by the Marvel booth to apply for admission and find out if you are accepted or denied directly from Skottie himself  – and receive a signed Strange Academy poster while you’re at it!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com and be sure to follow all of Marvel’s social feeds for all the latest news, updates, and more from this year’s C2E2.

*In order to redeem the comic, fans must come to the Marvel Booth #327 and present their Marvel Mastercard (if they are a Marvel Mastercard cardholder) OR Marvel Unlimited+ membership card or order confirmation (if they are a Marvel Unlimited+ member).  One comic per member or cardholder.  Comics are available while supplies last.

**Supplies are limited. Must subscribe to Marvel Unlimited on site. Auto-renewal and other terms and conditions apply.


PLEASE NOTE: due to guest scheduling conflicts, Marvel’s Storyboards World Premiere with Joe Quesada (originally scheduled for Saturday, February 29) has been cancelled

Marvel Artist Extravaganza: A This Week in Marvel Special Event
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room S401

Marvel’s most amazing comic book series shine due to exceptional artists and storytellers creating each issue. This Week in Marvel invites writer & artist Skottie Young (Strange Academy) and other Mighty Marvel Guests who work on X-Men, Venom, Spider-Man, and more to talk about how they work with their creative teams and the unique storytelling process of the medium.

Marvel Fanfare with CB Cebulski
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Room S401

This is your chance to meet the head of editorial at Marvel! In an exclusive and intimate panel experience, Editor in Chief C.B. Cebulski along with Marvel mega-stars Jonathan Hickman (X-Men) and Al Ewing (Empyre) will talk about anything and everything involved with Marvel Comics. Learn about the origin stories of these superlative storytellers straight from the source, and ask all of your burning questions during the Q&A!  PLUS – Attendees of this panel will receive an EXCLUSIVE Excalibur #7 sketch variant, available while supplies last!

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room S401

X-ceptional writer Jonathan Hickman (X-Men) is joined by Editor in Chief C.B. Cebulski, Senior Editor Jordan D. White, and a Krakoan Habitat’s worth of X-Men creators to bring you all-new data straight from the House of X House of Ideas! The Dawn of X has broken, and mutantkind has begun to leave a new mark on the world! But what comes next for Marvel’s Merry Mutants? Find out in this can’t-miss panel featuring Gerry Duggan (Marauders, Cable), Tini Howard (Excalibur), Benjamin Percy (X-Force, Wolverine), Ed Brisson (New Mutants), Vita Ayala (Children of the Atom), and Leah Williams (X-Factor).

3:45pm – 4:45pm
Room S401

Come join us, brothers and sisters, as we enumerate upon the crimes of the intergalactic war criminals knows as the Avengers and the Fantastic Four, and take up arms in a mighty Kree & Skrull Alliance against them! The rally will be led by Ryan Penagos, with Alliance members Al Ewing, C.B. Cebulski, and Tom Brevoort in attendance in Emperor Hulkling’s stead. The Kree and Skrulls are ready to present a united front against the Avengers – and any other Terrans that stand in their way. This panel will detail the battle plans to be chronicled in Marvel’s earth-shattering comic event series of 2020…Your presence is mandatory.

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room S401

Al Ewing! Skottie Young! Donny Cates! These titanic talents along with Editor in Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort unite to bring you the hottest Marvel projects of 2020! What cosmic calamity awaits the Guardians of the Galaxy in the outer reaches of space? Is Venom prepared to face his deadliest foe yet? And which class at Strange Academy has the hardest midterm? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this premier panel event!

Women of Marvel
12:15pm – 1:15pm
Room S401

Today, telling stories for Marvel means stepping into a long lineage of characters and a vast web of backstories. What’s it like to take on that challenge as a creator? This year at C2E2, Women of Marvel invites some of Marvel’s celebrated storytellers to the stage to talk about how they stay true to their creative style while continuing the stories of comic book characters so many people know and love.



  • 11:00am – 11:30am – Prop Store’s Marvel Television Live Auction Preview
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm – MARVEL COMICS: X-MEN SIGNING
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Marvel Becoming: Cosplay Photo Op
  • 3:45pm – 4:45pm – Marvel Comics: Strange Academy Signing & Application Test
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Marvel Super Hero Happy Giveaway Hour


  • 11:00am – 11:30am – Marvel Mystery Message
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm – MARVEL COMICS: EMPYRE SIGNING
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm – Marvel Becoming: Costume Contest (see www.marvel.com/c2e2-costume-contest-rules for full terms and conditions)
  • 3:15pm – 3:45pm – Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Exhibit Preview
  • 4:15pm – 4:45pm – Marvel Mystery Message
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Marvel Super Hero Happy Giveaway Hour


  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm – Marvel Mystery Message
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Marvel Civil War: Empyre Edition
  • 2:30pm – 3:00pm – Marvel Becoming: Kids Costume Event
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Marvel Super Hero Happy Giveaway Hour



  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm – MARVEL COMICS: X-MEN SIGNING (feat. Jonathan Hickman, Gerry Duggan, Tini Howard, Benjamin Percy, Ed Brisson, Vita Ayala, Leah Williams)
  • 3:00pm – 3:45pm – Al Ewing, Michael Cho, and Rachelle Rosenberg
  • 3:45pm – 4:45pm – MARVEL COMICS: STRANGE ACADEMY SIGNING & APPLICATION TEST (feat. Skottie Young)
  • 5:00pm – 5:45pm – Rainbow Rowell, Robbie Thompson


  • 11:00am – 11:45am – Leah Williams, Tini Howard, Vita Ayala
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm – MARVEL COMICS: EMPYRE SIGNING (feat. Al Ewing, Tom Brevoort, C.B. Cebulski)
  • 1:00pm – 1:45pm – Kyle Higgins, Rod Reis
  • 3:00pm – 3:45pm – Benjamin Percy, Ed Brisson, Jonathan Hickman


  • 11:00am – 11:45am – Chris Claremont
  • 12:00pm- 12:45pm – Nick Spencer, Pat Gleason, Ryan Ottley
  • 2:00pm – 2:45pm – Eve L. Ewing, David Nakayama
Leonard Sultana
Leonard Sultana
Leonard Sultana is a full-time DJ / part-time nerd and is doing his damnedest to swap those around. He is the creator of An Englishman In San Diego, The Convention Collective and a rather nice cocktail involving Dandelion & Burdock.

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