Where is Caitlin @ C2E2?

C2E2 is my home con, and I honestly really love going.  (The fact that I get to sleep in my own bed at the end of a long day is definitely a big part of that equation.)  This year I thought I was going to cut way back on the number of panels I do, but then I totally had signed up for stuff I forgot about...oops.  So if you'll be at C2E2 and want to see my face, you can!


Most of the weekend I'll just be wandering around.  If you've never seen me in person, you can look for this face to the left right there (avatar by Genué Revuelta).  Not only is it a super accurate portrayal of my "I told a Dad joke" face, I'll have a big button with that picture on it somewhere on my person.

The show technically starts on Friday, but the Thursday before I'll be moderating a panel discussion about Catwoman!  Tim Hanley has written several books about some of my favorite DC characters (you can read my review of his book on Lois Lane here) and he's all around an awesome comics nerd, so when he asked if I'd participate I jumped at the chance.  We'll talk Catwoman in comics, tv, film, and of course the upcoming wedding.

Joining me and Tim will be Lauren Burke (a fellow Ladies' Night editor), Katie Schenkel, and Angelica Jade Bastien.  Come join us!

  • The Many Lives of Catwoman Panel Discussion
  • At: The Book Cellar ( 4736-9 N Lincoln Ave)
  • When: Thursday April 5, 7 pm

I'll also be in a bunch of panels with my Chicago Nerd Social Club family!

On Friday we'll be doing "It's OK to Not Like Things", one of my absolute favorite panels to do.  CNSC often starts our events with Nerd Confessions, a judgement-free zone where people can share secrets like that they've never read the Lord of the Rings and be absolved by their fellow nerds.  "It's OK to Not Like Things" is the same sort of thing, a space to talk about the things you're supposed to like...but don't, without fear of judgement.

  • CNSC Presents: It's OK to Not Like Things
  • Where: Cards Against Humanity Comedy Stage (S402)
  • When: Friday April 6, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Then on Sunday, CNSC will be doing TWO panels in the CAH Comedy Stage: a family edition of "It's OK to Not Like Things" and also a roundtable discussion about Geek Parenting (which I'll be moderating, as a neutral non-child-haver).

  • CNSC Presents: It's OK to Not Like Things Family Edition
  • Where: Cards Against Humanity Comedy Stage (S402)
  • When: Sunday April 8, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


  • CNSC Presents: Geek Parenting
  • Where: Cards Against Humanity Comedy Stage (S402)
  • When: Sunday April 8, 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

C2E2 Panels to Check Out

So all of a sudden C2E2 is this week.  The month of April completely disappeared on me.  But I wanted to make sure to share a couple of panels I think folks should check out this year.  (If you want to know where I'll be, it's on stage for three panels myself, or in the audience of a bunch of these.)


Professional Geek: How to Turn Your Passion into A Career

  • April 21, 2017, 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM, S503
  • A panel of professional geeks from various industries, including video games, music composers, producers, podcasters, and journalists offer the audience sage advice for how to break into your chosen industry, and tell some funny stories of how they got into the jobs they’re in now. Includes a discussion on the different ways that being a geek can help you become a better professional, and advice on everything from copyright law to networking and turning your favorite thing into your career. (Keisha Howard, Devin Delaney, Mark Beers, Blare (Kleeman) Knight-Graves, Majdi Badri, and Keidra Chaney.)

You Have Died From Exposure: The Importance Of Compensating Geeky Marginalized Creators

  • April 21, 2017, 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM, S405a
  • “Do It for the Exposure!” “Aren’t you just grateful to have this opportunity?” Too often, marginalized creators are thrown these adages as compensation for their hard work and creativity in lieu of financial redress like their privileged counterparts. We will be discussing the importance of equal compensation for equal work, the benefit of outreach, and how it’s led to opening the geek culture markets for creators & consumers who don't look like or think in "mainstream". (Tanya DePass, Charlie Hawkins, Michi Trota, Suzanne Walker, and Jennifer Cross.)

More Than a Sidekick: Expanding Visibility for Asian American Characters and Creators in Comics

  • April 21 2017, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm, S405a
  • Asian Americans are often relegated to the role of sidekicks in comics, but new generations of creators and characters are changing that narrative. This panel will examine the evolution of Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) representation in comics - both on and behind the page - and how these characters and their AAPI creators are fighting for wider recognition and opportunities in the industry. This panel is co-sponsored in part by Chicago Nerd Social Club. #MoreThanSidekicks. (Mary Anne Mohanraj, Draven Katayama, Mark Martell, Michi Trota, Natalia Roxas, and Gene Ha.)



Geek Girls Unite: Finding Your Space in Fandom

  • April 22, 2017, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, S405a
  • Join some of your favorite women for a discussion on how to create your own space in geekdom – be that a book club, geek girl brunch, craft circle, or online group. This panel will address how female-identifying fans can find welcoming space in a convention setting and make the most of networking and making friends while there. Learn how fangirls find each other and inspire each other to create new media geared towards nerdy women. (Ashley Poston, Ivy Weir, and Christina Stewart.)

Racebending.com Presents Diverse Means for Diverse Works

  • April 22, 2017, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM, S403
  • Racebending.com has assembled a mixture of independent publishers and creators who saw a lack of diverse content in their fields and began publishing to provide a home for those stories. We will tackle the issues and opportunities that independent publishing presents for creators and fans who support diverse representation and storytelling in comics. (Gabrial Canada, C. Spike Trotman, Professor Turtel Onli, Michi Trota, and Mary Anne Mohanraj.)

Behind The Parable And The Power: A Celebration Of The Black Women Creators Of The ‘Verse

  • April 22, 2017, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM, S405a
  • The ladies from A Black Nerd Girl’s Journey and More Than Warriors And Weather Witches are back! This year, we’re going to celebrate the black women behind the pages and productions of our favorite stories from the ‘Verse. We will laud the history of their influence, analyze how far we still need to go, and hopefully hear from the audience how their favorite black women creators have inspired them to pursue their own geeky paths. (Tanya DePass, Jennifer Cross, Mikki Kendall, and Keidra Chaney.)



Creating Kickass Characters

  • April 23, 2017, 1:15 PM -2:15 PM, S405a
  • Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel - how have female comics characters changed over the years and why? We analyze some of our favorite and not so favorite old character makeovers, and celebrate some new ones. Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja), Shawna Benson and Julie Benson (Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, The 100), and Joelle Jones (Lady Killer, Mockingbird) talk about the trends in comic character development and where we are headed. (Shawna & Julie Benson, Amy Chu, and Joelle Jones.)

Reblog, Retweet, Resist! Hashtag Movement and Fan Activism presented by Racebending.com

  • April 23, 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, S405b
  • You reblog, retweet and resist! Social media has transformed pop culture fans into popular movements through fan activism and Hashtag campaigns(Gabrial Canada, Tanya DePass, Michi Trota, Mikki Kendall, and Mary Anne Mohanraj.)

Crosberg at C2E2

It's that time of year again!  Thankfully, C2E2 has moved back to late April, instead of mid-March like it was in 2016, and they've just posted the panel schedule.  I'll be doing three panels this year, which is about the max I'd want to do, honestly.  More than that and you run the risk of missing out on fun stuff.  Here's a picture from last year (that's me eating the burger dog toy in the back).

Without further ado:

Gender Identity: Understanding Through Art

  • April 22, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, S405b
  • At the forefront of modern social debate is the nature of gender identity and how we move forward culturally with new understanding of the diversity within. Many contemporary graphic novels directly and indirectly address this debate by providing fictional and non-fictional representations of individuals expressing and explaining how the definitions of both identity and gender have evolved. This panel will gather artists and critics to discuss the value of these texts to the conversation. (Bilal ShelbyCaitlin RosbergJeff PastiakKatie Schenkel, organized by the Comics Education Offensive.)

The Representation Book Shelf: Building a More Diverse Comics Classroom

  • April 23, 2017, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, S503
  • Building a 21st century graphic novel library in your classroom is a daunting task. A library which appeals to the diverse nature of your student body can make this challenging. This panel will gather teachers and creators together to discuss the importance of diverse titles in classroom libraries as well as suggestions for titles to fill that shelf. (Adan AlvaradoBilal ShelbyCaitlin RosbergRonell WhitakerDr. Katie MonninKatie Schenkel, organized by the Comics Education Offensive.)

Pitches and Portfolios: How to Get the Attention of Editors and Get Into Anthologies

  • April 23, 2017, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM, S503
  • Have you been pitching publishers, or do you want to? Do you know the most common reasons why pitches get rejected? (Do you know that editors talk to each other?) Come pick the brains of multiple editors from the US and the UK and learn what you can do to make your pitch or portfolio rise to the top of the stack, learn what to avoid, and go into your next submission with a better understanding of how to succeed. (Caitlin RosbergMegan ByrdSummer SparacinLauren Burke, Hanna-Pirita Lehkonen, Zach Lehner, organized by Ladies' Night Anthology.)

In the coming weeks, I'll also post a list of panels you should check out.