C2E2 & Drawing Dreams 2014

C2E2

In less than two weeks, C2E2, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, will once again be upon us! And just like last year, Chicago Loot Drop has something very special planned for the con. Once again, we’ve partnered with five talented local artists to bring to life the creative visions of five very special patients from Comer Children’s Hospital for the second edition of Drawing Dreams. We’ve asked these five children to describe themselves as a superhero. What sort of power(s) would they have? What would they do with those powers? What would their superhero name be? We took their responses to our five artists, who are creating a few panels depicting what a comic book based on the children’s’ ideas could look like.

This year, we’re honored to have three returning artists from 2013’s Drawing Dreams: Tim Seeley, Heidi Foland and Jim Terry. Joining them this year are Jeff Couturier and Rich Kunz.

TIM SEELEY is one of those “slash” people … a writer-slash-artist. He has drawn a number of different comic book series including G.I JOE, HALLOWEEN, THE DARK ELF TRILOGY, EXILES, and WILDCATS. His writing work includes LOVEBUNNY & MR.HELL, LOADED BIBLE and ANT-MAN/WASP. He is most known for Revival & HACK/SLASH, which he considers a blessing/curse. There’s that slash again. He resides in Chicago, Illinois with his wife Gina, and a closet full of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE figures.

HEIDI FOLAND is an Illustration graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is currently working for the local Chicago game design industry as a freelance illustrator and professional lurker.

JIM TERRY is a Chicago-based cartoonist/writer who has worked on THE CROW: SKINNING THE WOLVES and numerous independent titles including LIE DOWN LOW and COMA D. CLOWN. You can see his work at www.woundedbutdangerous.com.

RICH KUNZ is a high school art teacher and freelance artist from the Chicagoland area. He has always been interested in the comic book medium and has been actively attending conventions for the past three years. Rich has worked on a wide range of private commissions and has recently completed original sketch card art for Marvel Comics and HBO through Rittenhouse Archives. You can view much of Rich's portfolio on his company website www.diligentvisual.com.

JEFF COUTURIER is a comic artist and designer, curator of the Comic Creators Group, and resident indie comic geek for the Universal Geek podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jeffcouturier.

Curious what these artists came up with? Come by our booth at C2E2! We’ll be in the Fan Village, raffling off this one-of-a-kind artwork along with a host of other awesome stuff from comic books to video games. Oh, and did we mention that our booth is the only place to get one of our super-classy t-shirts?

The Fan Village is in the Grand Ballroom on Level 1.  We're in booth FV3020 (Floor Plan).

We’ll see you at the con!

Press START To Drink

 
It’s time once again for Press START To Drink

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As we head into what we hope are the final weeks of this Chiberian winter, we bring tidings of great joy! Yes, Chicago Loot Drop is at it again, with another charitable event that is sure to please. Coming Sunday, March 30, to The Public House Theatre in Lakeview. And just what is this "Press START To Drink" thing, you may ask? Imagine, if you will, two fantastic video game-themed films screened back-to-back on an enormous 20-foot screen, coupled with a bar stocked with copious quantities of beer, cider and an assortment of other delicious beverages. And did we mention the aforementioned films would be none other than Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Wreck-it-Ralph? BAM! We just blew your mind, didn’t we?
 
The Details:
Date: Sunday, March 30 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: The Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613)
Cost: $10

So join us for some brews, views, and witty banter, all in the company of like-minded folks. As always, proceeds will benefit Comer Children’s Hospital and Child’s Play, because sick kids deserve to have fun too.

See you on March 30th!
 
 
 

Tokens & Tankards

Nov. 3, 1pm-4pm @ Emporium Arcade Bar (1366 N. Milwaukee)

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It has come to our attention that a great many of you enjoy video games, and a great many of you also enjoy craft beer. We honestly can't blame you, and that's why we are getting together with Chicagoland brewers and Emporium Arcade Bar for something very special.

Allow us to blow your mind: A craft beer pairing event, matching local brews to Emporium’s arcade games. Each of the brewers are going to contribute a beer, which will be available at the bar. Each beer is specially and expertly paired by our drinking and gaming experts. Attendees will be given 12 tickets. Each ticket is worth 4oz. of one of the paired beers. Attendees will also receive 12 tokens to use on of the paired games.

Tickets are $28 in advance, $30 at the door, and are tax deductible. Proceeds will be used to purchase books, toys, and games for kids at University Of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, in partnership with Child's Play.  You must be at least 21 to attend.

We think this is going to be pretty amazing. So hurry up and get your ticket! And make sure to tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Check out our Help Out page for other ways you can help.

STARRING: Haymarket Brewery, Revolution BrewingMetropolitan Brewing, Atlas Brewing Company, Hopothesis Beer Company,Off Color Brewing, Flesk Brewing Company, Half Acre Beer Company, Finch's Beer Company, Two Brothers Brewing Company, Lake Effect Brewing Company, Solemn Oath Brewing

ALSO FEATURING: Tron, Mr. and Ms. Pac-Man, Frogger, The Paperboy, Q*Bert, The Simpsons and dozens more!

STUNTS BY: Jumpman, Little Mac, Bill "Mad Dog" Rizer, Lance "Scorpion" Bean, Ivan "Ironman" Stewart, Johnny Cage and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

CATERING BY: Peter Pepper and The Tapper

SECURITY PROVIDED BY: Max Force and Hit Man

NerdRiff - Superman: The Movie!

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Look - up in the sky! It's a bird! No...it's a plane! No, wait a minute, is that...a cape and red speedos?

That's right, Chicago Loot Drop and The Nerdologues are teaming up once again to take you back in time to the late '70's silver screen. Who can forget Richard Donner's classic take the world's most famous superhero? From Marlon Brando's riveting Jor-El, to Christopher Reeve's award-winning man of steel, Superman: The Movie is one film you don't want to mess with.

But we don't care. We're totally messing with it.

The Nerdologues will be providing live commentary on the film, "nerd riffing", if you will. It will be totally hilarious.

So grab a friend, come on by, and prepare to get your chuckles on, super-style. It's all for a good cause.

When: Sunday, July 14th, 7:00 PM Doors open at 6 PM Come by when the doors open for a special, FREE edition of Your Stories, hosted by Eric Garneau! Where: The Public House Theater (3914 N. Clark St.) Tickets: $10, with 50% of the proceeds benefiting Chicago Loot Drop. Tickets are available at the door, online or call the box office at (800) 650-6449.

Seats are bound to go faster than a speeding bullet, so RSVP before they're gone!

We'll see you there!

Schlock And Awe

Schock And Awe

Support Chicago Loot Drop and laugh your face off on Tuesday, 6/25! We're partnering with Democracy Burlesque, where "only the politics are naked," with proceeds from the show benefiting Chicago Loot Drop. If you like political satire, you'll love this show. Select Loot Drop Supporter at checkout to ensure they know that Chicago Loot Drop sent you! And the musical act will be our friends in Cover Stories!

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Schlock And Awe

Justin Bieber gets in touch with his feminine side. Secrets of the cultural illuminati are exposed. Puppets are violated and we can't stop talking about Game of Thrones either.

Democracy Burlesque, Chicago only political sketch comedy company is proud to present "Schlock & Awe: Uncultured Sketch Comedy About Pop Culture." It's a full frontal assault on the news we love to hate, and hate to admit we follow.

Assuage your guilt for knowing the sex of Kim & Kanye's baby but not your own Congressman. The Huffington Post is covering it, so it must be news right? So come out on a Tuesday night grab a Dirty Politick martini and join us for an evening of cultural schadenfreude and fun featuring musical guests, stand-up comedy and sketches performed by the Actors of Evil.

Democracy Burlesque

DB has set the standard for world-premiere political satire since 2006 producing comedy & variety shows that take on the issues; education, health care, food, elections and more! Democracy Burlesque’s mission remains to create riotous comedy while raising awareness, supplies and money for an ever lengthening list of Chicago Causes Célèbre: nonprofit grassroots organizations serving the interests of Chicago Communities. So far, we have helped more than 50 groups raise much-needed cash and awareness, and continue to do so during their 8th season.

Dweebutante Ball

Dweebutante Ball

This Sunday night is the Dweebutante Ball! Chicago Game Lovers (who are also on Facebook and Twitter) are celebrating their 10th anniversary, with a garden of gamely delights, and they’re donating the proceeds to Chicago Loot Drop!

The folks of Cantina Forward have put together a great lineup of events to celebrate a decade of what has become a mainstay of the Chicago gaming scene. Not only will there be scheduled and open gaming of both the board and video varieties from noon onward, but there will also be food, beer, costumes, belly dancing, a graphic novel reading, podcasting, and improv!

The fun lasts from noon until midnight at The Public House Theatre, 3914 N Clark St, Chicago. So grab your tickets, call your mom to say “Happy Mothers’ Day!” and head on over!

Drawing Dreams Results

We had a great weekend at C2E2. So many wonderful people came forth to contribute to our cause and help make the stays at Comer Children's Hospital a bit more enjoyable for all of the kids there. We collected numerous votes on designs from five of the children being treated at Comer. Each one of them will be receiving prizes, and the child with the most votes will be receiving a Nintendo 3DS! And now, without further ado…

And the winner is ... The Brainiac!

Drawn by Angela, Age 15
Re-interpreted by Heidi Foland

The Brainiac (Angela's original) The Brainiac (Heidi Foland)

Our other entrants also did a fantastic job. Many thanks to both the children and our amazing artists for their contributions!

Trixie The Purple Pixie

Drawn by Miriam, Age 11
Re-interpreted by Jenny Frison

Trixie The Purple Pixie (Miriam's original) Trixie The Purple Pixie (Jenny Frison)

Sir Shapeshift

Drawn by Ryan, Age 15
Re-interpreted by Ryan Browne

Sir Shapeshift (Ryan's original) Sir Shapeshift (Ryan Browne)

SHOCKO

Drawn by Gabriel, Age 11
Re-interpreted by Tim Seeley

SHOCKO (Gabriel's original) SHOCKO (Tim Seeley)

Ballerina

Drawn by Lindsay, Age 11
Re-interpreted by Jim Terry

Ballerina (Lindsay's original) Ballerina (Jim Terry)

Cinco De Bilbo

Date: May 5th, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: The Public House Theatre (map)
Cost: $10

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Chicago Loot Drop will be teaming up with The Nerdologues for a night that will be one part sketch comedy and one part sing-a-long to the 1977 Rankin-Bass animated version of The Hobbit. Come join us for what is sure to be a night of great mirth, singing the songs of Middle Earth!

Sketch Show Details: Imagine a world where the Cubs keep doing better and better. With their success, the darkness of Wrigleyville spreads, raising the drink prices higher and higher at every bar in the city. The Nerdologues, finding themselves caught up in this blue-and-red-tinted evil, journey forth as any true adventuring party would - to find cheaper drinks, the source of the madness, and ultimately ... themselves. After all, the greatest adventure is the one that lies ahead or something.

Sing-a-Long Details: That's right, we said it. Sing-a-long! Join us as we go down, down to Goblin-town and start roll-roll-rolling down the hole! We think that 1977 Rankin-Bass animated version of The Hobbit was one of the best adaptations of Tolkien's classic verse to song. With such classics as "The Greatest Adventure" and "Fifteen Birds in Five Fir Trees", and the epic vocal talents of Glenn Yarborough and Thurl Ravenscroft, it's one of the soundtracks we remember most fondly from our childhood. So let's together raise our classes and crack the plates, because that's what Bilbo Baggins hates!

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Chicago Loot Drop + C2E2 = Epic Awesome!

Great news, Loot Droppers!

We’re planning some new activities for Chicago’s nerd mecca – the one and only C2E2 (the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo)! We spend much of the year just looking forward to April, when tens of thousands of nerds descend upon the mighty McCormick Place for one weekend, transforming it into a truly magical place full of comic book idols, cosplay heroes and entertainment icons too numerous to fathom. And this year, we have even more to be excited about. For within C2E2’s hallowed halls, we've got our own booth (Booth 1538!), from which we will be kicking off our most ambitious and exciting project yet. We’re calling it…

Drawing Dreams

For Drawing Dreams, we will work be working directly with Comer Children’s Hospital and a handful of their patients. These kids will submit their own written and/or hand-drawn response to these questions: “If you could be a super hero, what sort of hero would you be? What powers would you have and what would you use them for?” We will collect and review these submissions, displaying a selection of the most detailed and well-crafted responses at our C2E2 booth, where convention attendees can vote on their favorite submission, with each vote requiring a small donation. The child who gets the most votes wins a shiny new Nintendo 3DS! Each child’s submission will also be partnered with an artist, who will create their own rendering of the child’s submission. These one-of-a-kind pieces will be displayed alongside the children’s work, and will be available for purchase only to C2E2 attendees, via silent auction. You read that right, we’re going to have one-of-a-kind art from amazing local artists, which you can only get from Chicago Loot Drop! Here's a bit more about the fantastically generous artists who so graciously agreed to participate.

Tim Seeley

TIM SEELEY is one of those “slash” people…a writer-slash-artist. He has drawn a number of different comic book series including G.I JOE, HALLOWEEN, THE DARK ELF TRILOGY, EXILES, and WILDCATS. His writing work includes LOVEBUNNY & MR.HELL, LOADED BIBLE and ANT-MAN/WASP. He is most known for Revival & HACK/SLASH, which he considers a blessing/curse. There’s that slash again. He resides in Chicago, Illinois with his wife Gina, and a closet full of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE figures. Check out his blog at timseeleyart.blogspot.com.

Jenny Frison

Jenny Frison is a comic book cover artist and a member of Chicago's Four Star Studios. She has worked for Image, Dark Horse, DC, Marvel, Dynamite, Top Cow, IDW, and others! She is currently creating covers for Image's REVIVAL series.

Ryan Browne

Ryan Browne (pronounced Brown) is an American comic-bookmen who once used his own sock to wipe pizza from his face when no napkin was present. When not cleaning his face or his pizza stained socks, he writes and draws the questionable comics "God Hates Astronauts" and "Blast Furance: Recreational Thief". In addition, he co-created and drew the spaghetti and western free Spaghetti Western known as "Smoke and Mirrors" for IDW and is the often confused fill-in artist on "The Manhattan Projects" from Image Comics. Currently he is taking over as second banana artist of "Bedlam"—which coincidentally is also published by Image Comics. As of writing this his face is happily pizza free, but the day is young my friends. The day is young...

You can check out his highly questionable web-comic at www.godhatesastronauts.com and follow his wild swearing on Twitter and Instagram @ryanbrowneart.

Jim Terry

Jim Terry is a Chicago-based cartoonist/writer who has worked on THE CROW: SKINNING THE WOLVES and numerous independent titles including LIE DOWN LOW and COMA D. CLOWN. You can see his work at www.woundedbutdangerous.com.

Heidi Foland

An Illustration graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Heidi is currently working for the local Chicago game design industry as a freelance illustrator and professional lurker.

We’ll see you there! Find us at booth 1538.

World Of Class Warfare: Sketch Comedy For Every Tax Bracket

World Of Class Warfare

Support Chicago Loot Drop and laugh your face off on Tuesday, 3/26! We're partnering with Democracy Burlesque, where "only the politics are naked," for one night only, with proceeds from the show benefiting Chicago Loot Drop. If you like political satire, you'll love this show. Get tickets now and use coupon code M26LOOTDROP at checkout to ensure they know that Chicago Loot Drop sent you!

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World of Class Warfare: Sketch Comedy For Every Tax Bracket

The world is full of Haves and Have-Nots. Underemployed protesters clash with overcompensated plutocrats while everyone in between attempts to avoid the crossfire. Democracy Burlesque braves the front lines of the fracas to satirize it all in its first show of 2013, WORLD OF CLASS WARFARE: SKETCH COMEDY FOR EVERY TAX BRACKET!

Join DB’s ACTORS OF EVIL -- along with an array of special comedy and musical guests -- as they examine all sides of the Class War. You can even contribute to the controversy with a witty line or two yourself! Rise up with laughter and join us at the barricades of Mary’s Attic.

Democracy Burlesque

DB has produced world-premiere political satire since 2006. With contributors and performers from across Chicagoland, they produce comedy & variety shows that take on the issues; education, health care, food, elections and more! Democracy Burlesque’s mission remains to create riotous comedy while raising awareness, supplies and money for a variety of Causes Célèbre: worthy nonprofit grassroots organizations. So far, they have helped more than 50 groups raise much-needed cash and awareness, and continue to do so during their 8th season.

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