Drawing Dreams 2015

Drawing Dreams 2015 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 2015!

Ronaldo The Great

Inspired by Aaron, Age 5
Drawn by Rich Kunz

Mrs. Healzintien

Inspired by Kylie, Age 12
Drawn by Gabriel Bautista

Animal Healer

Inspired by Ashley, Age 12
Drawn by Ryan Browne

Magic Morpher

Inspired by Autumon, Age 10
Drawn by Ali Cantarella

The Seer

Inspired by Sabrina, Age 15
Drawn by Tony Moy

C2E2 & Drawing Dreams 2015

Just like last year, Chicago Loot Drop has something very special planned for C2E2. 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 our third 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 sketches depicting what a comic book cover based on the children’s’ ideas could look like.

Gabriel Bautista

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 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

Ali Cantarella is a comic artist and watercolor children's book illustrator working and playing out of Chicago, IL. Current projects include "The Hasty Pastry" -- 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-drank cups of tea on various surfaces around her apartment. You can check out her work at www.thewetstain.com.

Rich Kunz

This is Rich’s second 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.

Tony Moy

Tony is a Mixed Media artist (Pencils, Inks, Digital, Watercolors, etc) located in Chicago, IL. He has been published in comics such as X-Files, Dungeons and Dragons, Transfusion and Memory Collectors among others. Check him out on the Interwebs at Facebook.com/tonymoy88 and instagram.com/tony_moy.

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.comand follow his wild swearing on Twitter and Instagram @ryanbrowneart.

Curious what these artists came up with? Come by booth 1294 at C2E2! We’ll be on the main floor, raffling off this one-of-a-kind artwork. Oh, and did we mention that our booth is the only place to get one of our super-classy t-shirts?

C2E2 2015 Ticket Giveaway!

We’re giving away three pairs of 3-day passes to C2E2 2015, courtesy of ReedPop and C2E2! That’s right - you could 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.

The Hobbit Sing-A-Long

The Details:
Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
LocationThe Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613)
Cost: $10
Age: 21+

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Chicago Loot Drop is bringing back our classic The Hobbit sing-a-long! Come join us for what is sure to be a night of great mirth, singing the songs of Middle Earth!

Join us as we go down, down to Goblin-town and start roll-roll-rolling down the hole, on the greatest adventure (that lies ahead)! We think that the 1977 Rankin-Bass animated version of The Hobbit was one of the best adaptations of Tolkien's classic verse to song, but it was still missing something. So we added a bouncing One Ring to the on-screen lyrics! With such classics as "The Greatest Adventure" and "Fifteen Birds in Five Fir Trees," it's one of the soundtracks we remember most fondly from our childhood, and still find ourselves singing in the shower from time to time. So let's raise our glasses and crack the plates, because that's what Bilbo Baggins hates! Speaking of glasses, we'll have delicious beer for sale from our sponsor, Arcade Brewery, that you can fill up with!

As always, just showing up means you're supporting Chicago Loot Drop and helping put smiles on the faces of patients at Comer Children's Hospital, and we’ll have more opportunities for you to further help our cause, at the event itself.

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2014 In Review

And so it is that the year 2014 is behind us. And what a year it was!

We had another installment of Press START To Drink with Scott Pilgrim VS. Wreck-It Ralph, followed up by our second annual Drawing Dreams at C2E2. In the summer, we were very fortunate to be the beneficiaries of many wonderful events, including a screening of We Are Batman at The Chicago School Of Professional Psychology, The Lord Of The Wrigley: Fellowship Of The Cubs by The Nerdologues, Dodgeball Dungeon: MEGADUNGEON, Geek Show by VSTheUniverse, Bit Bash, and the Midwest Game Developer’s Kickball Tournament. Amongst all that, we even had a team run in Traffick Free’s 4th Annual 5K before ending the year with our 5th annual holiday fundraiser, Shamblers’ Ball at The Public House Theatre.

We set out to raise $5000 for Comer Children’s Hospital and Child’s Play, which would have been the most we’d ever raised before. Thanks to you, not only did we reach that goal, but we came close to doubling it. All told, we raised $9107 in 2014. That’s more than we raised in our first 4 years combined! Suffice to say, we're pretty excited, and extremely grateful. Our donations made a massive difference in the lives of the kids of Comer Children's Hospital and their families.

We've already begun planning our 2015 events, and with the momentum we picked up in 2014, we have every intention of taking things to the next level. Expect an announcement soon about our first event of 2015.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Shamblers' Ball

 
The Details:
Date: Monday, October 27, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
LocationThe Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613)
Cost: $20 September early-bird special; $25 October early-bird special; $30 at the door
Age: 21+

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."
-Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Discerning geeks, nerds and lovers of brains, join us as we dance the night away at our 5th annual holiday fundraiser! As always, proceeds will go towards the purchase of games, toys and books for the children of Comer Children's Hospital, part of the Child's Play network. For this exclusive event, we have enlisted skilled dance instructors from The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, as well as a live ballroom band, to lead a proper English Country Dance. However, this is the Shamblers' Ball. So of course, we have a twist. 

At some point during our reserved reverie, we will be visited by a wandering horde of ravenous undead, intent on supping upon our brains! At this point, the dancers must fight for their lives, ala the Netherfield Ball from Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, in a quick, fun zombie attack game inspired by Humans vs. Zombies. Truly, it will be a superior experience to the Netherfield Ball, and is sure to blow Ms. Austen's face (or at least her left arm), clean off. 

Food: A buffet style dinner is included with your ticket so no need to delay getting to the ball by stopping for something to eat.  We've got you covered.  Only the undead will be ravenous.

Dress: There is a dress code of Cocktail Attire or Dressy Casual.  Assuming you're coming from an office job, you should be fine as long you're not wearing jeans or a t-shirt.  If you feel like dressing up in a Regency period costume, you're welcome to do that as well.

Photos: With everyone looking so fancy, we'll have a photo booth by Katie Hall Photography with weapons to defend yourself against the zombie horde. In addition to that, it's going to be a very unique photo booth experience that you won't want to miss.

Braaaaaains: Online radio drama, Our Fair City, will be creating an immersive evening by providing the soundscape for the zombie apocalypse throughout the dance.

Tickets are $25 in advance  and finally $30 at the door!

Check out these recent media apperances for more info about the event and possible ways to save money on your ticket:

 

Bit Bash

The Details:
Date: Saturday, September 6 2014
Time: 2:00 pm
LocationThreadless HQ (1260 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607)
Cost: $10 suggested donation

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Join Indie City as they present a gallery of over 30 unique video games, hand-picked by Chicago-based game developers. Featuring live music, local beer, local art and of course, video games.

They've gathered a wide selection of video games; games you can play with a controller, games you play with friends, games you can hold in your hand, games with custom built controllers and rare arcade cabinets.

From 2pm - 7pm they will offer a relaxing and inviting environment for the public to try new interactive experiences. At 7pm the event transforms into an all-out party with live music, beer and new games.

Share this event with friends through http://bitbashchicago.com/

Tickets available now - Free beer for pre-ordering patrons over 21 (while supplies last)

Donations will help them pay for this event and fund future game events. A portion of your donation will benefit local Children's Hospitals through Chicago Loot Drop.

Donations accepted at the door as well!

 

THE GEEK SHOW: A Nerdy Variety Talky Thing

The Details:
Date: Friday, September 5, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
LocationStage 773 (1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657)
Cost: Free

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THE GEEK SHOW: A NERDY VARIETY TALKY THING will showcase some of the best and brightest of Chicago’s geekosphere! You can expect interesting guests from the Chicago community, sketches and comedy acts by the VStheUNIVERSE crew, fun games and prizes brought to you from your favorite Windy City haunts, and a few musical guests that’ll knock your star wars socks off!

SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE: Michi Trota from Chicago Nerd Social Club, Lauren Faits of Geek Girl Chicago, the SHOCK T's and many more!

THE GEEK SHOW: A NERDY VARIETY TALKY THING is a a show that will allow you to let your freak flag fly and celebrate the fandoms you love and be entertained at the same time. All are welcome, as the event is FREE!

VStheUNIVERSE will be partnering with Chicago Loot Drop to bring you the Loot Crate Raffle! The crate is filled with goodies like comics, games, and a 1/4 model replica of R2D2! Buy tickets at the event for your chance to win! Proceeds benefit University Of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital!

THE GEEK SHOW CREW ARE:
Aaron J. Amendola
Sam 'Sam Sam' Begich
Jamie McCabe
Sandy Hunter Dawson
Cody Melcher
Sawyer Heppes
Edward Söderberg
& Viewers Like You!

For more VStheUNIVERSE action, check out VStheUNIVERSE.org and facebook.com/VStheUNIVERSE

Dodgeball Dungeon: MEGADUNGEON

The Details:
Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm
LocationComedySportz Chicago (929 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657)
Cost: $10

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Battle monsters, escape deadly traps, and save the world in Dodgeball Dungeon's biggest adventure ever... the MEGADUNGEON. The family-friendly adventure game show returns in partnership with Chicago Loot Drop and ComedySportz Chicago for a charity event benefiting the University of Chicago Medicine’s Comer Children’s Hospital.

The Kingdom of Gwendaloth is in trouble! Again! Evil is stirring in the heart of the mysterious MEGADUNGEON, the deepest and most perilous dungeon in the kingdom. No living soul remembers what was imprisoned in the dungeon long ago, but one thing's for sure - it must not be allowed to escape. Once again it's up to the heroes of the realm (that’s you) to pick up their dodgeballs and descend into the dungeon to Save the Day!

  • Play as a mighty Warrior, a cunning Thief or a mysterious Wizard!
  • LEVEL UP! Grow more powerful as you defeat the forces of Evil! Coat yourself in golden foam Armor, lay devious traps below your opponent's feet, and unleash EARTH-SHATTERING MAGICS to overwhelm them with balls!
  • Discover magical objects like the Orb of Darkness (blind your opponents!), the Cloak of Flames (turn red dodgeballs into explosive Fireballs!) , or the Armor of Mist (drop all your dodgeballs and disappear)!

All proceeds will benefit the University of Chicago Medicine’s Comer Children’s Hospital!

Lord Of The Wrigley: The Fellowship Of The Cubs

 
The Details:
Date: Saturday, June 14 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
LocationThe Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613)
Cost: $15

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Chicago Loot Drop will be going to Lord of the Wrigley: The Fellowship of the Cubs presented by The Nerdologues on Saturday, June 14 and we'd like you to join us. The Nerdologues will be donating a generous portion of that night's ticket sales to Chicago Loot Drop. You won't want to miss out on this opportunity to see a hilarious sketch show with the added bonus of helping us raise funds for Comer Children's Hospital.

If you missed our Cinco De Bilbo fundraiser last year, you missed out on a fantastic sketch show by The Nerdologues. Thankfully, they're bringing back an updated version. Now's your chance to see it again or for the first time. Don't miss out!

Show description:
When the balance between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox mysteriously shifted, resulting in the Cubs winning game after game in an unparalleled streak of victories, Wrigleyville began to spread its influence throughout the city. As beer prices skyrocket and fairweather fans jump on the bandwagon in every neighborhood, a group of unlikely heroes are given a dreadful task: journey to US Cellular Field ("The Field of the Cellular") and confront a deadly "dragon" to restore the balance of baseball in Chicago.

Written and performed by The Nerdologues, one of the premiere comedy groups in Chicago, this show takes you on a journey through the city in a way you've never seen it before. Explore popular Chicago locations with Lord of the Rings-style trappings as our adventurers combat Wrigleywraiths, spider queens, and even sexy joggers in an attempt to save the city!

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