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Chicago's C2E2 comic expo seeing growing crowds, business

Chicago's C2E2 comic expo seeing growing crowds, business

For all the focus on costumes, comics and celebrities, C2E2 — the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo — is also big business.

Pop culture conventions across the country have been growing in size and number. And while C2E2, kicking off its seventh year at McCormick Place on Friday, is still far smaller than the country's biggest shows, it's growing fast, with both attendance and exhibitor numbers on the rise, said event director Mike Armstrong.

C2E2 drew 71,000 fans last year, Armstrong said. That's well short of events like Comic-Con International: San Diego, which typically draws about 130,000, and New York Comic Con, with more than 160,000 attendees....

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