Drawing Dreams 2016

Drawing Dreams 2016 at C2E2 was a great time! We got to meet a lot of Loot Droppers, make new friends, and raffle off awesome art. For those who missed it or want to relive it, here's the full roster of artwork from Drawing Dreams 2016!

Miss Pain Taker

Inspired by Diamond, Age 16
Drawn by Ashley Erickson


Inspired by Rachel, Age 16
Drawn by Rich Kunz

Sassy WowA

Inspired by Nell, Age 16
Drawn by Ali Cantarella

Super Girl Naomi

Inspired by Naomi, Age 6
Drawn by Tim Seeley

Incredible X

Inspired by Xavier, Age 9
Drawn by Jeff Couturier

Super Chris

Inspired by Chris, Age 6
Drawn by Gabriel Bautista



Chicago Loot Drop at C2E2 2016

If you're coming to C2E2 this weekend, we hope to see you for the 4th Drawing Dreams. We'll be it booth 1292 all weekend long raising money for the kids at University Of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital.  We have six new superheroes created by kids from Comer and realized by local comic artists.  Come by to enter for a chance to win one of the original drawings as well as some awesome Chicago Loot Drop merch! The prize drawing will be Sunday at 2pm.  Need not be present to win.

Here's a sneak peek at what will be up for grab:

Aren't they amazing?! Come see the full drawings at booth 1292.  If you don't have your ticket yet, there's still time to get them here: http://www.c2e2.com/?appname=100610&moduleid=0&campaignid=61900167

C2E2 & Drawing Dreams 2016

For those of you that didn't win in our C2E2 ticket giveaway, there's still plenty of time to get your tickets.  We'll be in booth 1292 and we definitely want to see you there because for the 4th year in a row, Chicago Loot Drop has something very special planned for C2E2. Once again, we’ve partnered with six talented local artists to bring to life the creative visions of six very special patients from Comer Children’s Hospital for our fourth edition of Drawing Dreams. We’ve asked these six 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 six artists, who are creating a few sketches depicting what a comic book cover based on the children’s ideas could look like.

Gabriel Bautista (Artist Alley table C1)

GABO, also known as Gabriel Bautista, is a Chicago based Illustrator who has worked for DC Comics, Image Comics and Oni Press.

He is the artist for The Life After, written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, published by Oni Press.

He is a recurring artist on Elephantmen (Image Comics), and series artist on Albert The Alien (Thrillbent). 

He is also an Eisner and Harvey award winning colorist for his work in Comic Book Tattoo (Image Comics), his color art can also be found in several issues of The Spirit and All-Star Western (DC Comics).

Ali Cantarella (Artist Alley table C3)

Ali Cantarella is a comic artist and watercolor children's book illustrator working and playing out of Chicago, IL. Current projects include The Hasty – a comic all about a girl named Cat and her dog, Pugsly, working in a bakery together – and DinoBugs! a coloring and activity book where dinosaurs and insects get morphed together for whimsical results.  When not working on artwork, Ali loves creating food as colorful as it is tasty, biking around the beautiful city, and leaving half-drunk cups of tea on various surfaces around her apartment. This is her second year as an artist for Drawing Dreams. You can check out her work at www.thewetstain.com.

Rich Kunz (Artist Alley table E18)

This is Rich’s third year as a Drawing Dreams artist. He 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 four years. Rich has worked on a wide range of private commissions and has recently completed original sketch card art for Star Wars, The Hobbit, DC Comics, Topps, Marvel Comics, Cryptozoic and HBO through Rittenhouse Archives. You can view much of Rich's portfolio on his company website www.diligentvisual.com.

Tim Seeley (Artist Alley table G2)

Tim Seeley is one of those “slash” people: a writer-slash-artist. He has drawn a number of different comicbook series, including G.I Joe, Halloween, The Dark Elf Trilogy, Exiles, and WildC.A.T.S. 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. This is his third year working with Drawing Dreams. Check out his blog at timseeleyart.blogspot.com.

Jeff Couturier

Jeff 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.

Ashley Erickson (Artist Alley table C2)

Ashley is an illustrator and freelance artist with 8+ years of experience in the games industry.  This is her first year as a Drawing Dreams artist.  You can see her work at Hardshellart.

Last call to win C2E2 2016 passes

We have a pair of 3-day passes to C2E2 2016 we're giving away but time is running out! You have until 11:59pm, Wed., Feb. 17th (that's tomorrow!) to enter for your chance to win. All you have to do is simply answer correctly the trivia questions on this form. The winner will be announced on Thursday.

Don't worry if you don't win, however! Tickets are still available here.

C2E2 2016 Ticket Giveaway!

Once again, we’re giving away a pair of 3-day passes to C2E2 2016, courtesy of ReedPop and C2E2! Be a part of Chicago’s largest pop-culture convention, for free!

To enter for your chance to win, simply answer correctly the trivia questions on this form.

Live Rock Band 4 Karaoke

The Details:
Date: Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Time: 8:00 pm
Age: 21+
Cost: Free (Additional donations, drink packages, and raffle tickets available)

Update: Harmonix was gracious enough to contribute a PS4 Rock Band 4 bundle for the event.  We'll be using it throughout the night, but if you'd like to take it home with you after, you can for just $10 per raffle ticket or 3 for $20!


Update: We've added a Song Request option on the tickets page. If you'd like to play a DLC song, instead of a stock Rock Band 4 song, select that option and answer the related question that's part of the checkout process.

The Song Request option is only available till noon on Thursday. We might make it available at the event, but no promises.

Stock Rock Band 4 songs

All DLC songs

With the release of Rock Band 4, we're dusting off our plastic guitars and bringing back our original fundraiser where we move Rock Band from the living room to the concert hall, giving you the chance to rock out in front of a screaming crowd. We're dropping the tournament aspect of it, and replacing it with a night of live-band karaoke. On Thursday, November 12th, come to Emporium (Wicker Park) for our 6th annual holiday fundraiser. 

Grab 3 friends for your band, pick your favorite song, grab the mic or a controller, and rock everyone's faces off with Rock Band 4, the latest in the popular videogame franchise. Costumes encouraged! Or take the stage and let our house band fill in for you on any instrument you might need.  You can also just  come to watch.  The show alone will be a lot of fun to see!

Entry is free but a drinks/tokens package that comes with a Chicago Loot Drop 16oz pint glass is available via Brown Paper Tickets.  If you just have to rock right away and want to ensure you get to take the stage, you can also donate to be on the priority band list and crowdsurf to the front of the line.  Or just make an additional donation.

Beautiful: A ClickHole Show

The Details:
Date: Friday, October 9 2015
Time: 8:00 pm (Doors @ 7:30 pm)
Location: Cards Against Humanity Theater (1917 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60642)
Cost: $15
ClickHole, The Onion, and Cards Against Humanity have teamed up to create Beautiful: A ClickHole Show., a sketch, stand-up, and music variety show. Come out and see writers from ClickHole, along with some FUN GUESTS, show off their amazing, heartbreaking, and unbelievable talents off the internet. 

Tickets are $15 and all proceeds in October go to Chicago Loot Drop. The show is at Cards Against Humanity HQ at 1917 N. Elston at 8pm on October 9, with doors opening at 7:30pm.

There are only 60 seats available. IT ALWAYS SELL OUT. Please buy ahead!!!!!! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beautiful-a-clickhole-show-tickets-18827067265


The Details:
Date: Friday, October 16 2015 - Sunday, October 18
LocationBlock 37 (108 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602)
Cost: $20 - $55
We'll be at ValorCon, Chicago Gamers' Convention, from Oct.16th - 18th, at Block 37!  Stop by our table in between video games, board games, and panels to get a super soft and comfy Loot Drop tee and find out what we've got going on for the rest of 2015 — and beyond!
ValorCon brings together players of tabletop games, electronic games, and live-action games, be they beginners or veteran players, from every gender, age, and ethnicity. ValorCon is a safe haven for playing games you already love, discovering new ones, and connecting with gaming communities through gameplay, discussions, demos, and teamwork.
Activities at ValorCon explore numerous facets of gaming, from solo play and team competitions to cooperative games and beginner’s classes. You’ll have opportunities to play some of the most current and popular games as well as discover obscure and retro titles from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. Two track rooms and the main stage will run panels, discussions, entertainment, and demos from Friday morning through Sunday night. ValorCon will feature all types of games:
  • Paper Role-Playing Games
  • First-Person Shooters
  • Collectible Trading Card Games 
  • Minecraft
  • Euro Tabletop Games
  • Fighting Games
  • Just Dance
  • Adventure Games
  • Artemis Starship Simulator
  • Real-Time Strategy
  • Action/Platformers
  • Splattoon
  • US Board Games
  • Wargaming
  • Escape The Room
  • Ingress
  • Strategy Games
  • Electronic Role-Playing Games


Bit Bash

The Details:
Date: Saturday, August 22 2015
Time: 2:00 pm
LocationThreadless HQ (1260 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607)
Cost: $20

Get Tickets! | RSVP

Chicago's Alternative Game Festival is back with a vengeance. Bit Bash is an interactive arts festival in Chicago, showcasing an international collection of lesser known but culturally significant video games.

Dance To The Future

The Details:
Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015
Time: 9:00 pm
Location: The Hideout (1354 W Wabansia Ave)
Cost: Starting at $10
Age: 21+

Get Tickets! | RSVP

Chicago Loot Drop is teaming up with Tesoros De Dios, a nonprofit special-needs therapy center in Nicaragua.  In honor of the year that Marty McFly traveled forward to the distant future of 2015 in Back To The Future Part 2, we're hosting Dance To The Future. It's a Back To The Future costume dance party at The Hideout on Saturday, July 18th at 9pm. Proceeds for the event will benefit the therapy center and the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.
Featuring a DJ set by Coach Gordon Bombay, come ready to dance through time, dressed as any era from the Back To The Future series: the 1950s, the 1980s, alternate timeline 1980s (after old 2015 Biff changes the past), the 2010s (the movie version), the 2010s (the real version, in case you don’t want to wear a costume - but costumes are encouraged!).  Shoot, you can even go for the 1880s if you’re so inclined, partner. Yee-haw! 
Tickets start at just $10:
For those that come dressed as characters from the movie, we’ll be having a costume contest at 10 PM, judged by the one, the only, amazing Elliott Serrano!  The best three costumes will receive prizes, including prizes from Wormhole Coffee and Chicago Costume.  Sign ups start at 8pm when the doors open.
Head here now to get your tickets, before you run outta time!


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